#thisissparenthood photos & videos

Yesterday

Been there! ⁠⠀ Babe sleeps on his tummy and when he falls asleep in our arms, trying to get him back into his cot without waking him is near-impossible. ⁠⠀ It's possibly one of the most nerve-wracking things. Because honestly, once you've gotten them to sleep, there are few things worse than them waking up for round two of resettling. ⁠⠀ .....⁠⠀ #mumlife #thisismotherly #thisissparenthood #workingmum #workingparent #workingmother #worklifeintegration #parenting #familyiseverything #parenthood #kidspotmoments #familytime #family #honestmothering #motherhoodunplugged #babysleep #infantsleep #sleepproblems #resettling

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3 days ago

Literally follows him around like a little puppy dog 😍⁠⠀ When I was young, my family nicknamed me Xerox (like the photocopier ) because I always wanted to copy my big sister. Now I know what they were banging on about. ⁠⠀ This kid seriously thinks he is four already - tries to play with his brother's legos, takes all of his toys, bashes down his towers. ⁠⠀ But really, all he wants to do is hang with his big bro! Where has my baby gone?!?! 😫⁠⠀ ......⁠⠀ #mumlife #thisismotherly #thisissparenthood #workingmum #workingparent #workingmother #worklifeintegration #parenting #familyiseverything #parenthood #kidspotmoments #familytime #family #honestmothering #motherhoodunplugged #brothers #brothersforlife #bestbuds #puppydog #xerox #copycat #bigboy #wherehasmybabygone #growinguptoofast

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2 weeks ago

According to my almost-four-year-old son, I look very pretty today. This morning, he asked me why (side note here: shouldn’t I always look pretty to him??!?? ). I explained to him that I had to be up super dooper early to do a presentation for purple day (in my role as Chair of the World Pancreatic Cancer Day Committee ) and I put on a bit of make-up to look nice for it. He looked at me very seriously and said that when he grows up and is an adult, he’s going to help me be in charge. Straight off the bat, I just wanted to smoosh him with kisses. This little child never met his nana. But he knows that purple day is about her. He’s very proud whenever he puts his @PurpleOurWorld t-shirt on and always asks me questions about my work for ‘purple day’. I have always said that my mum’s legacy will live on through my family. Everything I do for #PurpleOurWorld is because of her and for her - because I don’t want her passing to be in vain. My hope is that through our loss, we can save lives. My role is to be her voice, although I’m not quite sure that I’m as loud as she was (my dad may disagree ). What’s amazing, is that despite never knowing his nana, my son wants to be her voice too. And if that’s not honouring her legacy, I’m not sure what is 💙💜 ….. #pancreaticcancer #pancreaticcancerawareness #pancreas #cancer #purpleourworld #cancerawareness #pancreascancer #raiseawareness #mumlife #thisissparenthood #workingmother #worklifeintegration #parenting #familyiseverything #parenthood #honestmothering #withoutmymum #motherlessmother #motherlessdaughter #losingalovedone #mummysgirl #lifeafterloss #familyloss #copingwithgrief #copingwithloss #losingmymum #livingwithgrief #losingaparent #honouringherlegacy

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2 weeks ago

This was me for the first five months of the babe's life... mainly because he would only sleep on either me or daddy, but also because it was delicious. Having the preschooler home during lockdown meant the newborn was in the carrier and I didn't get the shuteye pictured though 🙄⁠⠀ Now though, we've boot camped him into his cot, he's linking his sleep cycles and slowly slowly, consistently sleeping through the night. ⁠⠀ I'm sure more of these days are in my future... because #kids . ⁠⠀ But I'm also sure that some days, both kids need this. And you know what... some days, so do I! ⁠⠀ 📷: @growupbrite ⁠⠀ .....⁠⠀ #mumlife #thisismotherly #thisissparenthood #workingmum #workingparent #workingmother #worklifeintegration #parenting #familyiseverything #parenthood #kidspotmoments #familytime #family #honestmothering #motherhoodunplugged #productivemum #productivity #letthemrest #letherrest #resttime #snuggles #cuddles #babysleep #newbornsleep #infantsleep #sleepcycles ⁠⠀

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3 weeks ago

When the baby wakes up from his naps, I try to give him a bit of wake-up time rather than whipping him out of his cot. He rolls around and chats to himself, and sometimes I'll pop some books in there for him to look at (read: chew ). I'll potter around upstairs, put a load of washing on, tidy the rooms, and then I'll get him up and we'll head downstairs to play. ⁠⠀ But, when his big brother is around, this happens instead. And my golly gosh does it make my heart melt 💛⁠⠀ .....⁠⠀ #mumlife #thisismotherly #thisissparenthood #workingmum #workingparent #workingmother #worklifeintegration #parenting #familyiseverything #parenthood #kidspotmoments #familytime #family #honestmothering #motherhoodunplugged #bestfriends #bestbuds #brothersforlife #brothers #brotherlife #bestbigbro #besottedwitheachother #reading #bookworm #books #booklovers #bookworms

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3 weeks ago

Big cousin around? Put him to work. The biggest and the littlest going for a stroll. ⁠⠀ In actual fact, the big one just took the pram off me because he wanted to help. The relationship these two have is pure love. The big one is old enough that he genuinely helps out - he gives his little cousin his bottle, cuddles him and plays with him. He brings him to me when he's crying and sings to him to comfort him. It's amazing to watch. ⁠⠀ I thank my lucky stars every day that my kids are growing up so close to their cousins. It's truly such a special relationship and one I know they will cherish for the rest of their lives 💙⁠⠀ ......⁠⠀ #mumlife #thisismotherly #thisissparenthood #workingmum #workingparent #workingmother #worklifeintegration #parenting #familyiseverything #parenthood #kidspotmoments #familytime #family #honestmothering #motherhoodunplugged #cousins #cousinsarethebest #purelove #mylittlehelper #bestbuds #pramlife #pramlyfe #cousinlife #specialbonds #specialmoments

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4 weeks ago

Lols @jesscarpenterwrites - hit the nail on the head right here! ⁠⠀ The latest for mister-almost-four is that daddy loses his pyjama pants and night nappies, only to find them on his head a few minutes later! The giggles are adorable... the hyped-up child, not so much. But if it gets daddy putting him to sleep, I'll take it! ⁠⠀ @danawinik_munchdietetics - reminded me of you! ⁠⠀ .....⁠⠀ #mumlife #thisismotherly #thisissparenthood #workingmum #workingparent #workingmother #worklifeintegration #parenting #familyiseverything #parenthood #kidspotmoments #familytime #family #honestmothering #motherhoodunplugged #sleep #childsleep #bedtime #kidsbedtime #dadtime #daddytime #momentswithdad #bedtimeforkids #sleepytime #sleep #sleeptime #thethingswedoforlove #thethingswedoforkids

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5 weeks ago

Ok, so the babe hasn't gotten the hang of driving his car... but the older bro has definitely got the 'look after my younger sibling' idea down pat! ⁠⠀ When I see moments like this, I know that despite the arguments that are surely in our future, they'll always have each other's backs 💙⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ #mumlife #thisismotherly #thisissparenthood #workingmum #workingparent #workingmother #worklifeintegration #parenting #familyiseverything #parenthood #kidspotmoments #familytime #family #honestmothering #motherhoodunplugged #brothers #siblings #boymum #boysquad #bestfriends #bestbuds #brotherhood #boys #momentslikethese #familyiseverything #familytime #besties #mummoments #brothersforlife

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last month

When you lose someone you love, every moment of joy is sprinkled with just that little bit of heartache. You wonder how they would have reacted if they were here. You wonder how you would do things differently with them by your side, because I can almost guarantee things WOULD be different with them around. When I suddenly went into labour with my second son, much earlier than anyone expected, I was thrust into the unknown. You may think that because I’d already had a kid without my mum around I’d know how to handle it, but truth be told, I was scared shitless all over again. Bringing another soul into the world is nerve wracking. Could I do this all over again without her? Of course. I don’t have a choice. But it’s hard. Especially when he does things for the first time - like sitting up, crawling, or trying to launch himself into his toys rather than crawling through the very-adequate door on the other side of the car. How I wish she was here to giggle at these moments with me 💕 . . . #mumlife #thisismotherly withoutmymum #motherlessmother #motherlessdaughter #grief #griefjourney #losingalovedone #realmotherhood #lifeafterloss #familyloss #missingyou #copingwithgrief #copingwithloss #familyiseverything #losingmymum #livingwithgrief #losingaparent #lifeafterloss #alifetimeofgrief #livingwithloss #thisissparenthood #parenting #parenthood #kidspotmoments #familytime #family #honestmothering #motherhoodunplugged

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last month

These two are the epitome of the saying: cousins are those childhood playmates who will grow up to be forever friends. ⠀ They fight like brothers... but they also LOVE like brothers. ⠀ Born 11 weeks apart, they have grown up like siblings. They argue. They want the same toys and sometimes they don’t share. But they ALWAYS look after each other. ⠀ My son gave his cousin his bunny the other night because he was sad. My nephew helps my son feel more confident in big group situations. They are chalk and cheese in personality. But that’s what makes them love each other so fiercely. ⠀ My nephew was my son’s first ever friend, coming to visit us in the hospital wrapped snuggly in his pram bassinet. ⠀ They’ll go right through school together and while they may not be in the same class, they’ll know the other is there, not too far away, if they ever need each other 💙 ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #mumlife #thisismotherly #thisissparenthood #parenting #familyiseverything #parenthood #kidspotmoments #familytime #family #honestmothering #cousins #foreverfriends #bestfriends #bestbuds #familyislove #foreverfamily #familyisforever

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last month

With a name like Jessica and a husband named Daniel, our kids were never going to have common names. At school, in my year alone, there were six Jessicas. Six! While it's great our kids have uncommon names, finding them pressies in the souvenir stores is proving very difficult! Even our 'traditional' Rafael is spelt the less-common way. So, here's to spending a shit-ton of money trying to personalise things for our kids! 🙄⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ #mumlife #thisismotherly #thisissparenthood #workingmum #workingparent #workingmother #worklifeintegration #parenting #familyiseverything #parenthood #kidspotmoments #familytime #family #honestmothering #motherhoodunplugged #namingkids #kidsnames #uncommonnames #kids #souvenirstores #personalisedgoods #personalisedpresents

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Jul 2020

My husband doesn't appreciate being called a babysitter. Why? Because he's not. ⁠⠀ Sure, the other day I asked him if he knew what was needed in the nappy bag to organise both kids and he looked at me blankly, but if he absolutely had to, he would not only figure it out but he'd dive in headfirst. ⁠⠀ He's a PARENT, not a babysitter. ⁠⠀ He makes our son's lunch every morning. He puts our other son to bed every night. He cooks for us all (well, maybe not the baby ). He gets the emails from kindy and he plays the very best games. I don't know how I'm going to cope when the baby is bigger and all three of them are running amok before bathtime. ⁠⠀ He supported me taking on the Chair role of @worldpancreatic , he supported me going freelance so I could find more of a balance for our family, he supported me sitting in our hospital room working on the @purpleourworld campaign when our babies were just days old (yes, both times ). ⁠⠀ He parents our children so I can be 'me' and I do the same for him. ⁠⠀ There's more at the link in my bio (thanks @babyology ) ⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ #freelancelife #freelancewriter #freelanceblogger #blogger #worklifeintegration #mumboss #contentmarketing #copywriting #contentcreation #freelancecareer #mumlife #thisismotherly #thisissparenthood #workingmum #workingparent #workingmother #worklifeintegration #parenting #familyiseverything #parenthood #familytime #family #honestmothering #motherhoodunplugged #sharingtheload #thejuggleisreal #thestruggleisreal #parenting #sharedparenting #dadsarentbabysitters

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Jul 2020

A month ago, my son broke his arm. ⁠ Yep, that's him getting his cast put on. ⁠ I thought the worst... the x-ray would freak him out, the cast would scare him, the pain would be horrible. But boy did this kid surprise me. ⁠ Not only was he excited about the x-ray (because X is apparently his favourite letter ), but he sat beautifully to get his cast put on and was so super proud to show all of his friends at kindy. ⁠ Then, came the dreaded removal of the cast, cutting saw and all. While I brought headphones to disguise the noise of the saw, rather than watching YouTube on my phone, he watched the physio saw off the cast, then calmly pulled his arm out. He even touched the saw before they started cutting! ⁠ It just goes to show that kids, when given the chance, take things in their stride. Often, it's the parents who are more stressed. Case in point! ⁠ HUGE thanks to @bondi_junction_hand_therapy for taking such excellent care of us! ⁠ Boy does this kid have some stories to share when he's bigger 🖐️⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ #mumlife #thisismotherly #thisissparenthood #workingmum #workingparent #workingmother #worklifeintegration #parenting #familyiseverything #parenthood #kidspotmoments #familytime #family #honestmothering #motherhoodunplugged #brokenbones #cast #handtherapy #brokenarm #braveboy #boymum #kids #theycansuresurpriseus #xray #castremoval #bondijuctionhandtherapy #brokenbonessuck

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Jul 2020

Working from home lyfe... This one thought it would be hilarious to spin circles in his cot for two hours last night so he’s super clingy today. Winning right now hey? I’ll cut him some slack because he has his first tooth coming through AND he’s learning to crawl but I’ll be honest, it’s not fantastic for mummy’s ability to work 😫 So this is our current solution... wonder how long it will last until he cracks it again 😴 . . . #mumlife #thisismotherly #thisissparenthood #workingmum #workingparent #workingmother #worklifeintegration #parenting #familyiseverything #parenthood #family #teethingbaby #teethingsucks #tiredmama #freelancelife #freelancewriter #freelanceblogger #writer #blogger

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Jul 2020

I never had the guilt because bottle-feeding my children was a choice for me, but I don’t think enough mums hear this from others. It’s not about how they are fed, it’s about how they are LOVED. And it’s about how you, as a mum, nourish and care for your baby, whether that be breast, bottle or tube. Our babies don’t mind how they’re being fed, as long as they’re being fed and enveloped in love by a happy mama. So to the mums feeling guilty about feeding, about sending kids to daycare, about having to work or even about sitting down for five seconds, listen to your guilt because it’s real. But remember, YOU are their number one. You’re their safe space. Give them love and they’ll give it back ten-fold ❤️ . . . #mumlife #thisismotherly #thisissparenthood #workingmum #workingparent #workingmother #worklifeintegration #parenting #familyiseverything #parenthood #kidspotmoments #familytime #family #honestmothering #motherhoodunplugged #breastfeeding #bottlefeeding #fedisbest #lovedisbest #bottleorbreast #safespace #mumguilt #realmotherhood 📷: @scarymommy

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May 2020

I don’t know about anyone else who has been through the loss of a loved one, but these past few weeks being separated from my family has brought up a lot of feelings. I feel like I’ve lost all over again. My family has lost this precious time with my children and it’s time that we will never get back. My baby is no longer a newborn, emerging from this isolation period as an infant. It’s unfathomable to me that my dad, my sister and my aunts have missed this. The other day I found myself mourning my mum all over again because this period of time has reminded me of how much we’ve lost, just by losing her. It’s bad enough that she will never meet my kids - see their smiles, hear their laugh, cheer them on from the sidelines, witness them take their first steps, the first day at school ... the list could really go on. But now the rest of my family has missed my baby’s first smile too. His first laugh. I know I should feel grateful that I can still see them as they do drive-bys and talk to them over FaceTime, but I’ll be real, it’s not just my three-year-old who wants to envelop his extended family in cuddles... hint: it’s me too. Yes, things could be worse... but it’s ok to admit that things suck right now ❤️⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #mumlife #thisissparenthood #parenting #familyiseverything #parenthood #familytime #family #honestmothering #covid19 #coronavirus #selfisolation #isolation #newbornjourney #newborn #newbornmum #newbornparent #thistooshallpass #pandemic #stayhome #specialmoments #grief #losingalovedone #withoutmymum #motherlessmother #motherlessdaughter #itsoktonotbeok #infant #missingyou #griefjourney #mourning @motherlessdaughtersau

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May 2020

Yesterday was a LOOOOONG day with the baby. We’re blaming it on the four-month regression but he wouldn’t let us put him down, or sit for that matter. When he finally fell asleep for his late afternoon catnap, I collapsed on the couch and this precious child snuggled right on up, looked me square in the eye and told me he loved me. And suddenly, everything seemed right again 💙

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Apr 2020

It has been five weeks at home with this one. There have been tears and tantrums (mainly from me ) but there have also been lots of smiles. Looking back over the past five weeks, this one has honestly been absolutely incredible - taking most things in his three-year-old stride. There have been lots of questions about the ‘silly virus’ and when he can see his family again but he has, for the most part, been so amazingly well behaved that it has pleasantly surprised both me and the hubby. He’s going back to kindy next week and he is sooooo excited to see his friends and his teachers, albeit a bit confused why he’s going to kindy and still not seeing his cousins - silly virus! It has been a rough few weeks but honestly, I think I’ll miss these moments. Even more honestly though... I’m counting down the hours until Tuesday 😂⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #mumlife #thisismotherly #thisissparenthood #parenting #familyiseverything #parenthood #familytime #family #honestmothering #covid19 #coronavirus #selfisolation #isolation #newbornjourney #newborn #newbornmum #newbornparent #thistooshallpass #pandemic #health #stayhome #momentslikethese #kindy #backtoschool #kindykid #familytime #specialmoments #mummysontime

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Apr 2020

Businesses are suffering, especially the small ones. Parents are struggling to manage working from home with having the kids around 24/7. New mums are missing those crucial catchups with their new mum friends. Extended families are missing moments. People are losing jobs and income, they’re losing security. But do you know what I’m noticing as I stroll around my neighbourhood? Parents playing with their kids in front yards. Neighbours chatting to each other over balconies. Families doing drive-bys and yelling to each other from the car, just to put smiles on the children’s faces. Kids kicking balls in the park or riding scooters down the street. Chalk-covered sidewalks. Squeals and giggles of delight as music blasts from speakers. Couples enjoying a glass of wine or cup of coffee on the front porch (depending on the time of day ). I’m noticing the moments shared. And realising that our kids won’t remember that they may have had too much screen time. They won’t remember you working your way through their playtime. They’ll remember dancing in the living room and getting letters in the post from their friends. They’ll remember playing in the street. They’ll remember the moments that you’ve shared. And they’ll have loads of stories to tell their own kids one day, about the time the whole world stood still. Keep safe everyone! ❤️

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Apr 2020

We don’t just grieve people. We also grieve the loss of moments, of memories. So right now, it’s ok to grieve the loss of those moments you had hoped to share with your newborn. Those mum and bub play dates, the gymbaroo classes, the music sessions, time spent with family and friends as you watch your little one grow and develop day by day, hour by hour. It’s ok to grieve the loss of the memories you were so hoping to make. I am. I come from a family who is so intrinsically involved in each other’s lives - we speak multiple times a day and it wouldn’t be strange for us all to be hanging out together all day, everyday. And I’m constantly sad at the fact that they are missing so much of my baby’s life at the moment. While technology is wonderful, no amount of pictures or FaceTime will ever replace the human and physical contact you get with a child. It’s ok to admit it. This situation sucks. I live for the small moments like these - best buddies holding hands - and I hope for a better tomorrow! . . . . #mumlife #thisismotherly #thisissparenthood #parenting #familyiseverything #parenthood #familytime #family #honestmothering #covid19 #coronavirus #selfisolation #isolation #newbornjourney #newborn #newbornmum #newbornparent #thistooshallpass #pandemic #health #stayhome #newbornmoments #newbornbubble #newborncocoon #hopeforabettertomorrow #momentslikethese #grief #grievethemoments #grievethememories @kidspot @babyology @essentialbaby @mumcentral

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Apr 2020

To all the newborn mums and dads... I’m sure this isn’t how you anticipated your first few months to be. It’s sure not what I imagined. As my second time around, I was looking forward to appreciating things a bit more - meeting up with friends, slow and long hang outs in the park, gymbaroo, baby music classes. Hell, I was looking forward to spending more time with my family as my second son hit all his milestones. Every day, my almost three-month-old changes and every day, my family misses it. There is some merit in staying at home, cocooning yourself in the newborn bubble. But it’s also exceptionally hard, being isolated from the support that we so often need. To all the newborn mums and dads reading this, reach out in any way you can - FaceTime, send daily pics and videos, even post some mail just for a change of pace. And remember, this too will pass, and you’ll be the heroes who brought life into the world in the midst of a global pandemic. . . . #mumlife #thisismotherly #thisissparenthood #workingmum #workingparent #workingmother #parenting #familyiseverything #parenthood #familytime #family #honestmothering #covid19 #coronavirus #selfisolation #isolation #newbornjourney #newborn #newbornmum #newbornparent #thistooshallpass #pandemic #health #stayhome #newbornmoments #newbornbubble #newborncocoon

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Mar 2020

Today was a baaaaad day. The newborn wouldn’t sleep properly which meant constant visits to his room to try and settle him. By lunchtime, the three-year-old was well and truly over it, and when his baby brother cried at 5pm, his little face dropped. His words: I’m sad because it takes ages for you to come back down and play. Heart. Broken. This gig is rough. The big one is so used to so much stimulation from kindy that he craves activities and routine during the day. Unfortunately though, the newborn didn’t get the message 😩 Reset tomorrow! . . . #mumlife #thisismotherly #thisissparenthood #workingmum #workingparent #workingmother #worklifeintegration #parenting #familyiseverything #parenthood #kidspotmoments #familytime #family #honestmothering #motherhoodunplugged #coronavirus #covid19 #stayhome #selfisolating #shutdown #kindyshutdown #schoolshutdown #lockdown #howmanymoredays

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Mar 2020

When my first son was born, I agonised for a while about breast or bottle. After some discussions with my psychologist and my husband, we decided the best thing for me and my family was to bottle feed. Having gone through the trauma of losing my mum only a year previously, it was important for me to be able to hand over my child if I was ever feeling too vulnerable to look after him the way he needed. This time around, while the reasoning is still sound, it’s also just a hell of a lot easier for me to bottle feed. So I am. Many people question the ‘bond’, saying one of the key benefits of breastfeeding is the attachment between mum and bubs. But here’s the thing... this is my seven-week old son holding my hand while I feed him. He grabbed my finger. He stares into my eyes while I feed him. We sing, we smile, we sigh through our bottle feeds. Our attachment is there and it’s real! It’s special. And no matter how I’m choosing to feed my kids, I’m their mum and I always will be - nothing will take that bond away ❤️💙 . . . #mumlife #thisismotherly #thisissparenthood #workingmum #workingparent #workingmother #worklifeintegration #parenting #familyiseverything #parenthood #kidspotmoments #familytime #family #honestmothering #motherhoodunplugged #bottlefeeding #fedisbest #bottlefeed #bottlefed #bottle #pigeonbottle #newbornfeeds #newbornlife #newborn #baby #newbornbaby #motherbabybond

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Mar 2020

Sunday arvo chill session! This kid has been such a cranky pants lately. I’ll forgive him because he’s only seven weeks old. They say when a kid is cranky, you should ‘just add water’ - give them a drink, let them play with water or give them a bath. But it’s also a matter of ‘just add fresh air’ - it’s amazing what happens with a little sunshine and a lovely breeze! Fave wraps right there too, thanks @belliesandbeyond ❤️ . . . #mumlife #thisismotherly #thisissparenthood #parenting #familyiseverything #parenthood #kidspotmoments #familytime #family #honestmothering #motherhoodunplugged #justaddwater #freshair #summertime #summer #bondibeach #justaddfreshair #kids #toddler #newborn #newbornbaby #sydneysummer

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Feb 2020

Last night our son’s room sprung a leak. I know it pales in comparison to people who watched their roof blow off or those who are dealing with a lot more flooding but it was honestly the last thing we needed with a newborn in the house. ⠀ After shuffling furniture, carpet and kids, we finally collapsed into bed at around 11 (to then be woken at 11:30 and 3:30 by the newborn for his feeds ). ⠀ Suffice to say, today has been exhausting as we juggled the kids and started the process of putting our son’s room back in order so he can sleep in there as soon as possible, including shifting all the furniture (again ), putting on the industrial fan and tonight, putting on the heater to help dry the carpet out. ⠀ What cheered me right up though was breaking loose and having a quick boogie with the kid to Bluey in the middle of the living room - an excellent way to put a smile on anyone’s dial! ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #mumlife #thisismotherly #thisissparenthood #workingmum #parenting #familyiseverything #parenthood #kidspotmoments #familytime #family #honestmothering #newborn #newbornandtoddler #swappingrooms #roomshuffling #motherhoodunplugged #sydneyweather #sydneystorm #sprungaleak #kids #bluey #blueyobsessed #weather #storm #ludostudio #blueypod #gottabedone #forreallife @officialblueytv @weplayludo

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Jan 2020

Ask any second or third or even fourth time mum how they’re feeling before they welcome the next kid and chances are they’ll talk about how their other kids are going to cope. We had very little expectations on our three-year-old, simply answering questions when they came, listening to his concerns and taking him to buy the baby toys and books. He has watched the nursery unfold and has chosen the baby’s outfit to wear home. He talks about helping us look after the baby and how he’ll get his nappies for him when he needs to be changed. But nothing, absolutely nothing prepares you for the bond. When our oldest son met his baby brother he was a bit timid at first, not really knowing what to do. But the moment he saw him out of the bassinet, he fell head over heels in love... hard and fast! Seeing his amazement and awe, and watching how he has already started to dote on his baby is absolutely magical. Sure, there’ll be fights in their future, but the pure love that is radiating at the moment is truly special and something that I will cherish for the rest of my life 👨‍👩‍👦‍👦 . . . #mumlife #thisismotherly #thisissparenthood #parenting #siblings #siblingbond #bigbrother #littlebrother #birth #baby #boymum #boyfamily #brothers #brotherbond #brotherlybond #siblingconnection #siblingbond #familyiseverything #parenthood #kidspotmoments #familytime #family #honestmothering #motherhoodunplugged

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Apr 2020

Businesses are suffering, especially the small ones. Parents are struggling to manage working from home with having the kids around 24/7. New mums are missing those crucial catchups with their new mum friends. Extended families are missing moments. People are losing jobs and income, they’re losing security. But do you know what I’m noticing as I stroll around my neighbourhood? Parents playing with their kids in front yards. Neighbours chatting to each other over balconies. Families doing drive-bys and yelling to each other from the car, just to put smiles on the children’s faces. Kids kicking balls in the park or riding scooters down the street. Chalk-covered sidewalks. Squeals and giggles of delight as music blasts from speakers. Couples enjoying a glass of wine or cup of coffee on the front porch (depending on the time of day ). I’m noticing the moments shared. And realising that our kids won’t remember that they may have had too much screen time. They won’t remember you working your way through their playtime. They’ll remember dancing in the living room and getting letters in the post from their friends. They’ll remember playing in the street. They’ll remember the moments that you’ve shared. And they’ll have loads of stories to tell their own kids one day, about the time the whole world stood still. Keep safe everyone! ❤️

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May 2020

I don’t know about anyone else who has been through the loss of a loved one, but these past few weeks being separated from my family has brought up a lot of feelings. I feel like I’ve lost all over again. My family has lost this precious time with my children and it’s time that we will never get back. My baby is no longer a newborn, emerging from this isolation period as an infant. It’s unfathomable to me that my dad, my sister and my aunts have missed this. The other day I found myself mourning my mum all over again because this period of time has reminded me of how much we’ve lost, just by losing her. It’s bad enough that she will never meet my kids - see their smiles, hear their laugh, cheer them on from the sidelines, witness them take their first steps, the first day at school ... the list could really go on. But now the rest of my family has missed my baby’s first smile too. His first laugh. I know I should feel grateful that I can still see them as they do drive-bys and talk to them over FaceTime, but I’ll be real, it’s not just my three-year-old who wants to envelop his extended family in cuddles... hint: it’s me too. Yes, things could be worse... but it’s ok to admit that things suck right now ❤️⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #mumlife #thisissparenthood #parenting #familyiseverything #parenthood #familytime #family #honestmothering #covid19 #coronavirus #selfisolation #isolation #newbornjourney #newborn #newbornmum #newbornparent #thistooshallpass #pandemic #stayhome #specialmoments #grief #losingalovedone #withoutmymum #motherlessmother #motherlessdaughter #itsoktonotbeok #infant #missingyou #griefjourney #mourning @motherlessdaughtersau

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Jul 2020

My husband doesn't appreciate being called a babysitter. Why? Because he's not. ⁠⠀ Sure, the other day I asked him if he knew what was needed in the nappy bag to organise both kids and he looked at me blankly, but if he absolutely had to, he would not only figure it out but he'd dive in headfirst. ⁠⠀ He's a PARENT, not a babysitter. ⁠⠀ He makes our son's lunch every morning. He puts our other son to bed every night. He cooks for us all (well, maybe not the baby ). He gets the emails from kindy and he plays the very best games. I don't know how I'm going to cope when the baby is bigger and all three of them are running amok before bathtime. ⁠⠀ He supported me taking on the Chair role of @worldpancreatic , he supported me going freelance so I could find more of a balance for our family, he supported me sitting in our hospital room working on the @purpleourworld campaign when our babies were just days old (yes, both times ). ⁠⠀ He parents our children so I can be 'me' and I do the same for him. ⁠⠀ There's more at the link in my bio (thanks @babyology ) ⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ .⁠⠀ #freelancelife #freelancewriter #freelanceblogger #blogger #worklifeintegration #mumboss #contentmarketing #copywriting #contentcreation #freelancecareer #mumlife #thisismotherly #thisissparenthood #workingmum #workingparent #workingmother #worklifeintegration #parenting #familyiseverything #parenthood #familytime #family #honestmothering #motherhoodunplugged #sharingtheload #thejuggleisreal #thestruggleisreal #parenting #sharedparenting #dadsarentbabysitters

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Feb 2020

Last night our son’s room sprung a leak. I know it pales in comparison to people who watched their roof blow off or those who are dealing with a lot more flooding but it was honestly the last thing we needed with a newborn in the house. ⠀ After shuffling furniture, carpet and kids, we finally collapsed into bed at around 11 (to then be woken at 11:30 and 3:30 by the newborn for his feeds ). ⠀ Suffice to say, today has been exhausting as we juggled the kids and started the process of putting our son’s room back in order so he can sleep in there as soon as possible, including shifting all the furniture (again ), putting on the industrial fan and tonight, putting on the heater to help dry the carpet out. ⠀ What cheered me right up though was breaking loose and having a quick boogie with the kid to Bluey in the middle of the living room - an excellent way to put a smile on anyone’s dial! ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #mumlife #thisismotherly #thisissparenthood #workingmum #parenting #familyiseverything #parenthood #kidspotmoments #familytime #family #honestmothering #newborn #newbornandtoddler #swappingrooms #roomshuffling #motherhoodunplugged #sydneyweather #sydneystorm #sprungaleak #kids #bluey #blueyobsessed #weather #storm #ludostudio #blueypod #gottabedone #forreallife @officialblueytv @weplayludo

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Jul 2020

I never had the guilt because bottle-feeding my children was a choice for me, but I don’t think enough mums hear this from others. It’s not about how they are fed, it’s about how they are LOVED. And it’s about how you, as a mum, nourish and care for your baby, whether that be breast, bottle or tube. Our babies don’t mind how they’re being fed, as long as they’re being fed and enveloped in love by a happy mama. So to the mums feeling guilty about feeding, about sending kids to daycare, about having to work or even about sitting down for five seconds, listen to your guilt because it’s real. But remember, YOU are their number one. You’re their safe space. Give them love and they’ll give it back ten-fold ❤️ . . . #mumlife #thisismotherly #thisissparenthood #workingmum #workingparent #workingmother #worklifeintegration #parenting #familyiseverything #parenthood #kidspotmoments #familytime #family #honestmothering #motherhoodunplugged #breastfeeding #bottlefeeding #fedisbest #lovedisbest #bottleorbreast #safespace #mumguilt #realmotherhood 📷: @scarymommy

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2 weeks ago

According to my almost-four-year-old son, I look very pretty today. This morning, he asked me why (side note here: shouldn’t I always look pretty to him??!?? ). I explained to him that I had to be up super dooper early to do a presentation for purple day (in my role as Chair of the World Pancreatic Cancer Day Committee ) and I put on a bit of make-up to look nice for it. He looked at me very seriously and said that when he grows up and is an adult, he’s going to help me be in charge. Straight off the bat, I just wanted to smoosh him with kisses. This little child never met his nana. But he knows that purple day is about her. He’s very proud whenever he puts his @PurpleOurWorld t-shirt on and always asks me questions about my work for ‘purple day’. I have always said that my mum’s legacy will live on through my family. Everything I do for #PurpleOurWorld is because of her and for her - because I don’t want her passing to be in vain. My hope is that through our loss, we can save lives. My role is to be her voice, although I’m not quite sure that I’m as loud as she was (my dad may disagree ). What’s amazing, is that despite never knowing his nana, my son wants to be her voice too. And if that’s not honouring her legacy, I’m not sure what is 💙💜 ….. #pancreaticcancer #pancreaticcancerawareness #pancreas #cancer #purpleourworld #cancerawareness #pancreascancer #raiseawareness #mumlife #thisissparenthood #workingmother #worklifeintegration #parenting #familyiseverything #parenthood #honestmothering #withoutmymum #motherlessmother #motherlessdaughter #losingalovedone #mummysgirl #lifeafterloss #familyloss #copingwithgrief #copingwithloss #losingmymum #livingwithgrief #losingaparent #honouringherlegacy

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May 2020

Yesterday was a LOOOOONG day with the baby. We’re blaming it on the four-month regression but he wouldn’t let us put him down, or sit for that matter. When he finally fell asleep for his late afternoon catnap, I collapsed on the couch and this precious child snuggled right on up, looked me square in the eye and told me he loved me. And suddenly, everything seemed right again 💙

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Mar 2020

Today was a baaaaad day. The newborn wouldn’t sleep properly which meant constant visits to his room to try and settle him. By lunchtime, the three-year-old was well and truly over it, and when his baby brother cried at 5pm, his little face dropped. His words: I’m sad because it takes ages for you to come back down and play. Heart. Broken. This gig is rough. The big one is so used to so much stimulation from kindy that he craves activities and routine during the day. Unfortunately though, the newborn didn’t get the message 😩 Reset tomorrow! . . . #mumlife #thisismotherly #thisissparenthood #workingmum #workingparent #workingmother #worklifeintegration #parenting #familyiseverything #parenthood #kidspotmoments #familytime #family #honestmothering #motherhoodunplugged #coronavirus #covid19 #stayhome #selfisolating #shutdown #kindyshutdown #schoolshutdown #lockdown #howmanymoredays

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last month

When you lose someone you love, every moment of joy is sprinkled with just that little bit of heartache. You wonder how they would have reacted if they were here. You wonder how you would do things differently with them by your side, because I can almost guarantee things WOULD be different with them around. When I suddenly went into labour with my second son, much earlier than anyone expected, I was thrust into the unknown. You may think that because I’d already had a kid without my mum around I’d know how to handle it, but truth be told, I was scared shitless all over again. Bringing another soul into the world is nerve wracking. Could I do this all over again without her? Of course. I don’t have a choice. But it’s hard. Especially when he does things for the first time - like sitting up, crawling, or trying to launch himself into his toys rather than crawling through the very-adequate door on the other side of the car. How I wish she was here to giggle at these moments with me 💕 . . . #mumlife #thisismotherly withoutmymum #motherlessmother #motherlessdaughter #grief #griefjourney #losingalovedone #realmotherhood #lifeafterloss #familyloss #missingyou #copingwithgrief #copingwithloss #familyiseverything #losingmymum #livingwithgrief #losingaparent #lifeafterloss #alifetimeofgrief #livingwithloss #thisissparenthood #parenting #parenthood #kidspotmoments #familytime #family #honestmothering #motherhoodunplugged

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