"It's wild - very wild. Seriously solo parenting has got to be the most confronting thing ever. But it’s also been the best thing ever"
- Alarice on solo parenting for our Mother Muse image series which celebrates woman and motherhood ahead of Mother's Day Sunday 13th May.
She made me a mom, three and a halve years ago. And yes, that halve is super important. Apparently ❤️ • By @irisdorine
A photo of me with my loves for @mothermusemag (link in bio). “My biggest epiphany was realizing when we die, all we leave our loved ones with is a feeling. How will you be remembered? I hope my children remember the laughs and can recount great memories that make their hearts sing. They can share those memories with friends and their own families one day, I will live forever if that happens. So now life is about trying to live slower, love longer and creating moments.” 📷 @jenzelvelo#mothermuse
new VIDEO 🎥 I’m starting a series here titled, “what my baby taught me...” 👶🏼 weekly lessons from my littlest teacher, who reminds me the real magic in motherhood is born from unexpected plans. This week’s topic is on feeding, and my transition into giving him his first bottle of formula... mamas, let’s remember to celebrate the unknowns in this journey together, and to take care of ourselves, too 🙏🏼 #babyandlu#motherhoodunplugged 🎥 by @timandcocreatives
"Going from being a business owner in NYC working 12 hour days with an apartment, a husband and a plan for my future—to becoming a single mother in Auckland with a newborn. Motherhood within itself is an act of surrender, and I didn’t expect to have to let go of everything else at the same time. But I did it, and found out what I was made of along the way." - Amy, on what she didn't see coming. As part of our Mother Muse image project in celebration of Mother's Day, Sunday 13 May
From @mothermusemag ✨ “I was terrified. We didn’t know Beckett had Down syndrome until after he was born. When I saw Beckett, I knew he had Down syndrome but no one in the delivery room said anything. Not a word. Later that night my doctor told me her thoughts. We were sad but also embarrassed to feel sad about our baby….we were scared because we didn’t know anything about Down syndrome.
I started reading and researching Down syndrome, we became experts – we knew we were the captains of Team Beckett. We did cry but it was short-lived, we fell deeper in love with Beckett every second. When I look back on that time I wish I had never cried but I know my tears were coming from a place of fear.” 📷 @jenzelvelo#mothermuse#downsyndrome#downsyndromelove
Hello, I’m Michaela. A little bit about me...I’ve been a wife for 9.5 years and a mama for 5.5 years. I have a three year old and a 9 month old, and a beautiful little girl who would be 5 now. She passed away 2.5 years ago. I’ve been a medical mama, I’ve caught slippery babies in India, I’ve been a doula and encapsulated placentas. I’ve owned my own jewellery business. I breastfeed but don’t care how you feed your babe. For now I’m a stay at home mum, and frankly it’s the hardest job. I’ve had two children but only for 7 months. So I’ve reached a new level of mothering as I care for two active boys.
I have recently just started coming out of the fog called postpartum anxiety. It’s a real beast. Anxiety in general is terrible and as I’ve shared, SO many other women have opened up to me about their struggles with anxiety, whether in the postpartum or beyond. I think this day and age we have way too much access to information. Google is not okay for me anymore. I cannot look up symptoms or even ask questions. It’s just not healthy for me. I also don’t watch the news. I find my anxiety creeps up on my even when I accidentally swipe right on my phone and I see a slew of awful headlines.
Besides all that, some of my favourite things to do are cook good food, try new recipes, read and write (but these days it’s like pulling teeth to do either), go thrifting (I’m not sure why this is an excellent form of therapy but it is!! Anyone else?) I love watching the ocean, I don’t camp, I need music to survive and probably listen to it 12 hours out of the day. I’m a semi crunchy mama meaning I drive a Subaru, let my kids eat organic Cheerios, buy grassfed only sometimes, use reusable beeswax wraps, am not a vegan but I often cook that way (there is way too much leather and sheepskin in my house) and if you ask my toddler what his fav dinner is he will respond: cheesy pasta, aka Annie’s boxed mac and cheese. So that’s a piece of me. Share something totally random with me! I love meeting you all.