I’m 36 years young and I live in Sydney, Australia with my husband Alex, 34 and my two sons Jax 4 and Jed 1. I have been a stay at home mum since Jax was born. Before that I was working for an Interior design firm.
What’s been the biggest surprise to you about being a stay-at-home mother?
My biggest surprise would be how little you can get done in a single day. Even though the days are always busy, the feeding, cooking, cleaning, washing and tiding up chew up a lot of time.
Can you share some of the challenges you’ve encountered caring for your children full time?
I find winter pretty challenging. In summer we are either at the park or swimming in our pool so the days are active and busy. Winter we tend to stay home lots more and Jax definitely needs activities to keep us all sane. Sending Jax off to kindy two day a week and a day with his grandma definitely helps break up the week.
What’s the best part about having two boys?
There is something so special about brotherly love. My boys are are 3 years and 2 months apart and it’s the most perfect gap for us. Jax is very considerate and knows Jed is smaller. I love how they make one another laugh and now they are starting to play together. I’m sure Jax can’t wait to have Jed dress up as a superhero and run around with him on a secret mission.
Has your view of work changed since becoming a mother?
Most definitely. I know that I’m much happier being at home with my boys. I love that it’s me looking after them and not hired help. I do miss the adult stimulation that you get at work though. I have created my own creative outlet through my screen printing business ( Two and Jax ) that I started when Jax was a baby. Having that outlet has really helped me find myself as a person and not just a mum.
What’s a typical day like in your household?
Early starts, we have breakfast together, hubby is usually out the door before that’s even begun. If the weather is nice we might scooter to the park and have a picnic lunch and back home for a day sleep. I try and arrange a play date or two during the week just to mix it up.
Every morning after breakfast we go for a walk and scooter and this is how it ends.
Do you manage to carve out any ‘you’ time during the week – What do you like to do to unwind?
Not really. I do struggle with this and am working on a way to get more me time. On the weekend my husband is happy to give me some time out. I usually take myself for a walk and treat myself to breakfast in a cafe. I love these mornings on my own. I always come home feeling a little bit more recharged.
Lastly, what advice would you pass on to a new mama?
Relax and enjoy every second as it passes way to fast. Know that there will be bad days but a good day is only around the corner.