This month we are featuring a Mama who beat the odds and gives us goosebumps when we think about her. The incredible, super Mama:.
Tell us a little about yourself: "I’m married to my best friend, Gavin, and we share our home with three rescue pups and our beautiful son, Luke. We love early morning coffee on the promenade, DIY, good food and have serious wonderlust!"
Kirst, those that know you also know that you are an inspirational Cancer survivor. (I get super emotional just thinking about your journey to here)
Would you mind sharing your story with us, and how it impacted you becoming a Real Life Mom?
Do you have any advice for pregnant moms?
Keep active as much as possible- it will make postpartum so much more enjoyable!
So now you have your miracle, and we are so overjoyed for you!Tell us a little about having a newborn:
Do you have any advice for new moms?
Choose one or two moms whose parenting style you really love and stick to advice from them. Always remember that your gut feel is very powerful!
What has been the most difficult thing you have had to overcome, in the journey of becoming a mom/being a mom?
Not taking criticism to heart. You can’t please everyone so do the best for you and your family.
What was the best advice that YOU received?
YOU are the best mom for YOUR baby
What was the most useful product/item that you purchased or were gifted?
Stretch carseat cover that doubles as a feeding cover/blanket/burpcloth
Dummy sterilizer spray (So Pure have a great one on the market) for easy cleaning on the go
ZAZU Zoe the Penguin whitenoise/nighlight/nursery rhyme machine – we have very noisy dogs and it took a while for Luke to get used the barking etc
Avent microwave bottle sterliser bags – game changer when travelling or out and about!
5 MUST HAVE pregnancy/baby items/products:
Digital thermometer (doubles as a bath water thermometer)
- Ubuntu baba carrier
- My beautiful “Story of You” baby record book (www.stellarizeyourlife.com) that my Hubby bought me for my babyshower- it is the most incredibly sentimental gift!
- Wireless video baby monitor that you can watch on your phone via an app (Takealot)
- Good quality muslin blankets
- Baby/Sleep/Weaning Sense books by Megan Faure
3 things that MUST go in your hospital bag:
- Your own pillow and soft blanket
- Dark towel and facecloth (postpartum isn’t great for light linen!)
2 things that MUST go on your baby shower registry:
Medicine box with a starter kit of meds (Calpol, Panado, Surgical spirits etc)
- Books for all ages with a written note on the inside cover
1 thing you feel that you absolutely DID NOT need:
Name 1 thing you wish you had bought or received. And why?
Sleepyhead baby pod. I’ve gone through two knockoff ones already!
Do you have a parting thought for our other Real Life Mamas:
"When you’re having a tough day, don’t be afraid to ask for a break or help. There’s so much power in having a bit of time to yourself (and a hot cup of something!)"
Quick Fire Challenge
(The below aims to normalize motherhood. We get so worked up over “doing the right thing” when in actual fact there is no right thing. You are doing a great job if your baby is fed, clean, dry and happy. You got this Mama!)
- Breast or Bottle or Both
- Cloth Nappies or Disposables
- Natural Birth or C-Section
- Followed a strict schedule or went with the flow
- Co-Sleep or Own Bed (from the beginning)
- Full term or Premature
- Stay at Home Mom or Back to Work
Back to work
- Nanny or Playschool/Creche
Playschool half days
- Pureed Food or Baby Led Weaning
Baby Led Weaning
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