Laura(30), Joel(32) and our 4 children Sam (11), Max (5), Olivia (2) and Baby Leo (8 months)
I am a mummy to 4 little beach babes. My husband and I recently left suburban life to follow our dreams of bringing our kids up on a Tropical Island. We are all about the simple/minimalistic life and live in a 2 bedroom unit without all the modern day essentials. I have recently jumped on the blogging band wagon to share my journey.
Location? Christmas Island, Australia
Occupation? Full time Mum
5 favourite things/items?
1. My Market basket/Cane beach bag… I literally take it everywhere, throw all my baby stuff and my beach essentials in there. Best baby bag ever and perfect for Island life.
2. My Thermomix… We moved here with basically nothing but what we could fit on the plane. I managed to ‘sneak’ it into the kids carseat boxes that went on the plane, oops lol.
3. Essential Oils.
4. Our old 60 series Landcruiser
5. Aeropress coffee plunger
What are you most passionate about?
All things to do with being a mother…Pregnancy, Birth, Breastfeeding, Natural Parenting. Although I am far from a perfect mother… I am so passionate about it.
Do you have any hobbies/things you do in your downtime? My perfect downtime would be riding my bike down to the beach and going for a snorkel with my 11 year old son. It gives me that sense of being young and free again and gives me a break from having little children “attached” to me [😊] . Both activities make me feel alive and rejuvenated and I love being in and under the water.
How would you describe your family? We love the beach, camping up the coast, living simply, adventures, fishing, taking risks and living an authentic and amazing life. We are passionate about raising happy, healthy kids surrounded by nature and outdoors.
How did becoming a mother change you? The love that hits you when you meet your first baby and turns you into a mother. It stays and grows stronger with each child you have.That love changes you incredibly, it makes you able to stand the meltdowns, sleepless nights, gives you more empathy for people around you, and once you feel it, something inside you changes forever.
What’s the best part about being a mother? All the mile stones. From the first smile, first time they say mum or when they learn to ride a bike or swim. Even with the 4th we are so excited when they reach a mile stone and learn something new. Its remarkable watching these beautiful unique little children grow.
Naming your children is always so difficult (or maybe it was just me!) Was it easy to pick your child’s name and why did choose it? The boys were all reasonably easy, We weren’t planning on doing the 3 letter thing but it just evolved that way. When i first looked at Olivia i said to myself “Olivia Jane” then went through a week of indecisiveness before we went back to the original name. Even though we didn’t find out what gender Leo was, my husband and I both seemed to just ‘know’ that he was a boy and his name would be Leo.
Has your personal style changed since becoming mother? If so how? I have always loved a more natural style. Jewellery and makeup make me feel uncomfortable. In a way its been a blessing because becoming a mother didn’t massively change me “style wise”. If anything it has made me more comfortable being this way because casual style suits mum life perfectly.
Is there anything about motherhood that has surprised you? It would be how with every child you have, the amount of love you have in your heart multiplies. After having my first baby, i thought it would never be possible to love anything more. Now having 4 children, it feels like my heart is bursting with love for these little humans.
Also how judgmental motherhood can be. There are so many different styles and ways to parent. Do whats right for your family and celebrate and be proud of all the mothers out there that do it differently. In the end we all have one thing in common, we all want whats absolutely best for our children.. Uniqueness is a beautiful thing.
Favourite thing to do as a family? Anything to do with the ocean, Its our family’s happy place. You will find us there most days, what ever the weather. We enjoy things like camping, surfing, spearfishing, kayaking, snorkelling, diving, finding shells, fishing etc.
What has been the most memorable moment for you in motherhood so far? All of my children births. But the most memorable experience was Leo’s (our baby). We walked into hospital feeling so powerful and confident having done it all before we felt respected by all the staff. The labour and birth was beautiful and everything we had hoped for. My husband (knowing i don’t like hospitals) surprised me and booked me into an amazing apartment over looking the ocean for a few nights, We had Leo at 3am and we were leaving hospital by 1pm. We spent 3 days/nights bonding, cuddling and resting with each other and our beautiful newborn son Leo. The midwives came and visited us daily and we had a comfortable king size bed with fresh soft sheets, beautiful room service food, fresh sea air, and peace and quite. I really got to saviour those precious newborn days and felt like royalty which is how every mother should feel after birthing there baby’s.
What are some baby essentials every new mother needs? Sakura Bloom ring sling, Essential oils, Amber Teething Necklace, lots of onesies, old school bouncer, and an Ikea high chair. Also I have a little obsession with baby blankets and swaddles. All my babies have had one beautiful cot blanket each that i have held onto.
What are some of your favourite shops/websites for baby wear? Next, Two Tykes, Sacred legacy arts (breastmilk jewellery), Boho Sundays, Wild and Bliss.
What is the one thing you want to teach your children? I want to teach our children to always see the positive in there mistakes and see them as an opportunity to learn and grow from. I want to teach them to take chances in life, follow there passion’s and to think outside the box.
Have any advice for newly mothers/mothers to be?
Back in the tribal days it wasn’t just one mother looking after the kids, cleaning, cooking, gathering food (shopping), doing the washing, working etc. It was all the woman helping each other out and doing it all together. I believe as a society we put so much pressure on our mums. If you are struggling, remember Its not “natural ” to do it all. Work out where you are finding it hardest and then get help. pay for, except . Get a cleaner, help with the kids, pay for your washing to get done or do what ever it takes to make your life easier. Your children are only little once, if your not coping, Its ok.. and remember, “It takes a village to raise a child”