Hello and welcome to the Brilliant Mum Feature. Once a week I will be featuring one mum in a bid to find out more about them and their lives.
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This week our brilliant mum feature is Jo from Intrepid Bebe.
Jo is a Mum of one brilliantly fiery two year old girl. She’s married to her best friend and they moved back to where Jo grew up (Surrey, UK) from Australia last year. Jo recently started blogging (a couple of months ago) and says it has so far been a truly incredible experience; the creative outlet for all her random thoughts, the connection with other lovely parents, reading other’s blogs. it has brought a lot to her life.
Thanks for taking part Jo!
Have you always wanted to be a mum?
Yes I definitely wanted to be one one day, but it was not on my radar when I fell pregnant.
How did you feel when your children were born?
My daughter was born prematurely almost two months early, via emergency Caesar on Christmas day in a Hospital three hours from my house and hundreds of thousands of miles from home in rural Australia. Certainly not what I had imagined my birth story would be like.
What have been your most rewarding experiences so far as a mum?
There are rewarding moments in every day, probably every hour, I am immensely proud of my Daughter. She is mastering speech at the moment, so it’s very rewarding seeing all the reading and teaching being translated into understanding. And she is also learning how to relate to other children, when she displays kindness and compassion to other people my heart could burst.
What are some of your funniest moments to have happened to you as a mum?
There are a lot that probably weren’t so funny in the moment, but you have to laugh later. Nearly walking out a cafe with my boob out because of all the constant feeding. Being pooed all over on my first mothers day (I mean ALL over). The time in an extreme state of sleep deprivation i thought my dog was my sleeping baby….You have to laugh!
Have there been any situations with your children that you have found difficult to cope with?
Umm all of it!! Her premature birth, not having her with me was agony and very scary. She cried endlessly for months and that was terrifying. She rarely slept for more than 40 minutes day or night and didn’t clock up three hours straight until she was nearly a year-the sleep deprivation was intense. Breastfeeding was exhausting and at times pretty painful. The isolation, the loss of identity, the feeling totally out of my depth… I was utterly unprepared for how hard Motherhood would be (can anyone truly be prepared), and I try now to be very open and honest about the struggles so others don’t feel alone. Especially in the realms of social media-I often back up an image on instagram stories with a behind the scenes, tantrumed filled chaos reality check.
What are your dreams and hopes for your children?
To know that she is so very loved. I hope she grows up in a world where she can feel safe, where she can enjoy a healthy and long life. I hope she will know how wonderful she is, and learn the resilience and bravery to tackle to tough times and keep going despite any knock backs. To loved, to feel loved, to find joy in every day.
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