I know how hard it can be dressing the bump. It doesn’t matter how many people tell you that you look ‘amazing’!! It is hard to believe it (and all you pregga mummas reading this -DO look that great! Growing a baby is so incredible, I am still in awe of what our bodies can do), but most of us cannot help but feel a little frumpy and not like ourselves when pregnant, I know thats how I feel- which makes it hard to dress right and feel confident.
There are just two weeks to go until I’ll officially become a mum of two little boys! Time feels as though it’s racing when I compare this stage of my pregnancy with when I had Aston. Despite the fact I’m currently a lot less organised, I feel so much calmer. I think it’s because I know what’s coming this time round.
Prior to welcoming Aston into the world, I’d invested a lot of time into researching. From baby washes and detergents ( I bought four different baby detergents tossing up which was better as I didn’t want nasty chemicals and fragrances and it sent me mad) to clothing fabrics, nappies and creams –everything was a big deal! I was getting myself well and truly in the know. This time around I just don’t have that kind of time.
Having all of that knowledge stored away is certainly powering me through as this second baby grows. I wanted to write this post for new mums to share a few of my personal learnings since having Aston. Hopefully, they’ll help to put your mind at ease.
1. You don’t have to listen to everyone
It’s fine to ignore advice and trust your gut instincts when it comes to your baby. I really believe that you know your baby best. Don’t feel the pressure to conform to other people’s expectations of what a ‘good mum’ is or looks like. And if you need help, find a tribe of mums that you love and trust.
2. You will still look and feel pregnant for a while
There have been some amazing ladies that have recently shown their real bodies after giving birth. When I had Aston, I did not have this kind of confidence. I remember feeling shocked at how my body looked after he was born.
Due to social media, I thought I would instantly have my flat stomach but that was not the case. It takes time for everything to move back into place, especially if you have bad abdominal separation like I do. Give your body time to heal and don’t push yourself. I know it sounds cliché but it takes 10 months to grow a baby, so it’ll take at least that long for your body to go back to normal. Don’t forget you’re not alone. All women are in the same boat.
3. Sleep when the baby sleeps
This can be hard to do when you have so much on, especially if you continue to work from home as I was doing with Aston. It is so important in for the first 3months however, to make sure you take every opportunity to sleep as you probably wont be getting much during the night. So even if it’s 11.00am on a Tuesday, sleep!!
4. Online shopping, is a lifesaver (thank you Country Road!)
Following on from the point above, when there is a newborn in the house, getting out is next to impossible. Even if you have an hour or so, your energy levels are not going to be high enough to brave the stores. Jump online and visit the brands you love & trust, like I do with Country Road.
I’ve teamed up with Country Road for this post as their newborn range is incredible. Made with beautifully soft organic cotton, their range is perfect for delicate newborns right up until 12 years. Clothes, blankets, beanies, bibs, bags & even gorgeous soft little animal teddies (also made with organic cotton) –check it out here. It’s a one stop-shop for everything you’ll need to feel relaxed & organised.
Shopping with Country Road means I don’t have to think. Simply selecting an adorable pattern & style is all that’s required to know my little ones will be sleeping or playing in fabrics that breathe. Washing is as simple as it gets and comfort & functionality is on point. Have a little look below. Writing this piece created the perfect opportunity to take some photos with Aston wearing his sweet little Country Road pieces.
5. Hang in there! Everything is a phase and doesn’t last forever
I remember my mum telling me to just hang in there and get to the 3 month phase and then it will all get better. It is true. You’ll look back to those really hard days and wish you hadn’t wished them away. The initial tough period won’t last forever.
6. Breastfeeding is not for everyone and that’s okay
I found breastfeeding hard with Aston. I had issues with him latching on and then a few bouts of mastitis but I thought I had to keep trying to push through (because that’s what ‘good mums’ do right?!) No that isn’t right, because a baby fed is best, it doesn’t matter if it comes from you or a bottle. I breastfed Aston to six months old but I now know that if I find it as difficult as last time, I don’t need to continue to push through.
In summary, take it all day-by-day. There is no “right way” to become a mum. Just go at your own pace & follow your natural instincts. If you do that, I can assure you, you’ll being doing an incredible job.
So with just over two weeks to go at my end, even though I know our nursery won’t be completed until the end of November, I’m not letting it worry me. Babies naturally invite an element of chaos into the home, so let the good times role!
Shot in collaboration with Country Road
This will be short post- sorry ladies, but this mumma is exhausted. I just wanted to share some images of my outfit from the Brownlow Medal.
I was so excited to host the Brownlow Medal red carpet on Monday night with Channel 7. I have attended the Brownlow for the last 10 years (missing a few of those years) and I have always loved attending as a guest, to support Jim and his teammates and all their great achievements for the year, so it was great to take on a different role now that Jim has retired.
I’m finding it hard to grasp onto the fact we’re almost officially in winter! Madness. While the chilly mornings (and my growing baby bump) make it more challenging to hop out of bed each morning, at least winter (which is my favourite season to dress for I might add) threads currently landing in-store mean that we’re on the brink of sinking into some romantic layers of knits & leathers. Woo hoo.
I’ve recently had the pleasure of playing with the latest Knitwear range from Ena Pelly; a range crafted from 100% Australian Merino Pure Wool. Danielle Pelly (who also gets another tick in my book as she is a Geelong designer) has collaborated with The Woolmark Company to build a range complete with relaxed & lusciously warm winter staples. In true form, Ena Pelly has kept a unique harmony between modern design and classic styles.
I love that her range has such a strong focus on quality, and this is evident in her new knitwear pieces which sit on the body so well but also feel comfortable to wear.
I’m pictured below wearing two of the newly launched knits, The Stella Knit and the Boyfriend Knit which I’ve styled with some of my go-to basics including ripped denim and my white tee. If you’re anything like me and love the ease of denim jeans paired with basic shirts & tee’s all year round, Ena Pelly’s new Knitwear range is going to compliment your style and seamlessly blend into your wardrobe.
I have also styled the range back with Ena Pelly’s popular leather jackets and suede skirts. I build my wardrobe on classic basics, so Ena Pelly suit’s my style perfectly, as her pieces can be mixed and matched with other pieces in my wardrobe easily. The less thought required each morning when I am getting ready, the better.
I love that each Ena Pelly piece has a relaxed fit, but it also has subtle pop of distinction woven in. The Classic Biker Jacket in grey for example, is made from a beautifully soft suede & finished off with sharp hardware, sophisticated detailing around the arms and a zip open cuff. The sister to this piece, the grey Suede Mini share’s it’s simplicity, but with a panelled detail on the front adding a hint of character.
Never underestimate the quality & timeless nature of natural fibres such as pure wool and leather. They last the distance & sharpen up almost any outfit.
The complete knitwear category will be launched in March 2019, with seven new styles. I cannot wait to see what’s coming next!
Photography: Emily Delphine
Shot in collaboration with Ena Pelly