Lennox 4 months
My partner, Christien, and I are raising three individual and outgoing young children in our little 3-bedroom home in suburban Adelaide. We spend our time together surfing down the coast, exploring the outdoors and getting creative around the house. There is always artwork on our kitchen table, sand over the wooden floorboards and muddy boots at the front door. We’ve created for our children a grounded, humble family life that encourages them to embrace their personalities and learn about the world.
Adelaide, South Australia.
I am Diploma qualified in beauty therapy, and before my pregnancy was working in a laser and skin clinic. Christien is a landscaper by trade, and is forever building and designing new things at home. We’ve just discussed how we might be able to fit a half pipe in our backyard!
5 favourite things/items?
A full bottle of water. I drink at least 4 litres a day.
Skincare: cleanser, serum and moisturiser.
My iPhone. It’s my form of communicating with the outside world and I also take photos of everything.
Fitbit. I am quite fanatic when it comes to keeping active and healthy; it helps me monitor and incorporate exercise into daily life with the kids and without the gym (who has the time?!).
Christien. Can I put him on the list? I could not live without his love and support every day. Our relationship comes above all else; it’s how we maintain our happy family.
What are you most passionate about?
The future of our planet and ensuring it is here, in all its glory, for generations to come.
Do you have any hobbies/things you do in your downtime?
I love interior design and creating spaces that are beautiful but still fun and easy to live in. I’m always in our kitchen and there is a constant supply of fresh biscuits or cake in our pantry. I experiment a lot with natural products and fresh produce. We are forever encouraging the children to try new things.
How would you describe your family?
Free spirited, kind and compassionate, down to earth and genuine. We don’t hide behind false fronts or pretend to be something we are not. What you see is what you get with us!
How did becoming a mother change you?
It changed me differently with each one of my children. I was only 21 when I had India and I still had a lot of learning to do. When Lola came along I was still very much trying to find my place in the world. Now, having just had Lennox, I am no longer searching. I have found my bliss and I am happy.
What’s the best part about being a mother?
Watching the lives I’ve created learn and 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?
India Rose sounded strong and earthy. Funnily enough it is exactly how she is growing. She is an old soul and connects with the earth.
Lola Grace embodied a vintage, classic feel. I’ve always imagined her in women’s rights protests and fighting for what she believes in. She is a very strong-willed individual.
Lennox Kai was named after the little surfing town of Lennox Head in northern NSW (between Ballina and Byron Bay) and Kai is Hawaiian for ocean. Christien is a true surfer boy so it was only fair our little boy had a name that resembled it. He is a very chilled-out, calm and collected little boy – just like his Daddy!
Has your personal style changed since becoming mother? If so how?
I was once a very image conscious, ‘best of everything’ type of Mother who appeared to have it all. Honestly, this just wasn’t me. I craved something much deeper. Now, I am a hippy Earth Mother with the soul of a gypsy, and it is reflected in what I wear not just the values I embrace.
Is there anything about motherhood that has surprised you?
The overwhelming feeling and depth of love I feel for my children, which also encompasses the love I have for Christien and brings meaning and purpose to my life.
Favourite thing to do as a family?
We live at the beach. It’s the place where we can all stop and take a breath. It’s spiritually balancing and a calm environment for us. We collect treasures, learn about the earth, teach the kids to surf and be safe in the water, and most of all escape the daily stresses of everyday life. The children get a taste of wide open space and the never-ending motion of the sea.
What has been the most memorable moment for you in motherhood so far?
When I first held my children in my arms… the indescribable feeling deep inside that I had at that moment. This feeling has continued to be incredibly strong and resonates within my soul; it continues to remind me of my connection with each of them.
What are some baby essentials every new mother needs?
A good quality maternity bra that is both comfortable and supportive.
Another human being who is encouraging, rational and helpful emotionally.
A nipple cream to aid breastfeeding in the first few weeks (I used Mudder Udder Balm by MooGoo).
What are some of your favourite shops/websites for baby wear?
Children of the Tribe, Summer + Storm and Duke of London are very popular in our house. Bonds is also a good staple for their Zippies… no-one likes press studs in the dark during nappy changes at 2am!
What is the one thing you want to teach your children?
Kindness. To themselves, others and the world.
Have any advice for newly mothers/mothers to be?
Live in the moment, enjoy each precious second because children grow and change so quickly. Be grateful, and feel blessed by the little soul that has chosen you to be its Mother in this lifetime.