1. How many children do you have & how old are they?
I have one child, Taj and he is 2 years 8 months old.
2. What are your 5 must have baby essentials?I’m a minimalist at heart so I really tried to keep things as basic as possible. Even the things that I thought I really needed before baby I found to not really be ‘essential’. So many baby items go unused, it is just such a waste. I believe what babies need in this world more than anything is love. Touching, tickling, smiles, being spoken and sang to beats any product.
3. What are your 5 must have Mummy essentials?
An edible garden- Taj and I get so much enjoyment out of gardening and I am very passionate about local produce and growing food on a small, individual scale. I try and plant a few of Taj’s favourite things at the moment that is strawberries and mushrooms, and also some things that he doesn’t usually like or isn’t very willing to try that’s capsicums and zucchinis this time around. A garden that you can eat is also great if you can’t make it to the shops, it will see you through!
Regular chiropractic care for mum and bub- my chiropractor is my immediate go-to for any health issue. She has been adjusting Taj since he was three days old and I fully credit the lack of health concerns Taj has had with the care she has given him. A healthy baby is definitely a mummy essential.
Someone to share it all with.
A morning ritual- Taj, Brad and I all have a cup of tea together in the morning.
A good haircut- who has time to work with a bad haircut?
5. Can you give us 5 words to describe your labor?
Sudden, Instinctual, Meditative, Surrender, Exposed.
6. What’s the funniest thing your baby has done to date?
During our end of year tax appointment last year Taj (18months) took his shoe off and threw it across the desk at our accountant. It was horribly embarrassing at the time, but with a bit of hindsight I can now see the funny side.
7. What’s your profession & do you plan on returning to it now that you’re a Mummy?
Before I had Taj I was studying chiropractic. At this point in time being a good mum to Taj is my priority. I do intend to finish my studies but that will be a bit further down the track.
8. What advice can you give to expectant mothers?
Forget everything that society tells you about babies and mothers, and follow your instincts.
9. What’s the thing that you least expected about motherhood?
How right or wrong something could feel and how much your body tells you.
10. What’s your favourite weekly activity that you and your baby do together?
Weather permitting Brad, Taj and I take the boat over to Wavebreak Island. We cook breakfast in the boat and then take Taj for a swim and play in one of the sandy coves.
11. What does it mean to be an “eco friendly” Mummy? & How do you keep it green?
Perhaps the largest part of being an eco friendly mum to me means not getting caught up in all the latest ‘must haves’. I’m a big believer in if something is heavily advertised it is usually crap- they are advertising for a reason. Think breakfast cereals, fast foods, plastic toys etc. I try to say no to one-use plastic toys that end up broken and as landfill and instead find toys that won’t be harmful to the environment.
I have also recently started a compost bin and I can’t believe how easy it is. I think this is hands down one of the simplest and best things you can do for the environment. Australians throw out so much organic waste that ends up as landfill, while it can be easily broken down in our backyards and reused on our plants.
13. Do you need to stick to any kind of diet or cut any foods out due to breastfeeding and if so why?
In particular I found that dairy didn’t agree with Taj but mostly it was trial and error. I found that the more I stressed about what I ate, the more he reacted. So cut out the stress too, because that isn’t helpful either.
14. What’s your favourite healthy meal that you serve to your family?
My partner is a keen fisherman, so fresh fish is regularly on the menu. I have been doing a dish at the moment with Snapper grilled in garlic butter, with a fresh salsa made with whatever is in the fridge usually tomatoes, avocado, cucumber, onion and fresh basil from the garden. We also love raw desserts so if you have caught me on a good day it might be followed with a coconut, lime raw cheesecake.
15. Are there any pregnancy or parenting books you recommend reading?
The books that I loved and got a lot out of were Well adjusted babies, The continuum concept, Kiss me-how to raise your children with love, Nourishing traditions and Wholefood for children.
16. What’s the thing that happens that makes you think & or say “Oh no not again!”
This actually happened yesterday…….. when a toy lands in the toilet, oh no not again!