5 things that surprised me about becoming a Mum.

That it would be so HARD.

I’m embarrassed to admit that before I become a mother, I genuinely thought, what’s everyone complaining about? Surely it can’t be that hard? When Ava was born after weeks upon weeks of broken sleep, limited support as we were living in the States, lots of trouble with feeding…I finally understood what all the fuss was about.

Becoming a Mum has made me a better photographer.

I do think that having kids has given me a deeper appreciation of family and connection and the immense importance of capturing special memories for my beautiful clients.

I’m more driven to succeed.

This one has really surprised me because part of me did think that life would really slow down, and my children would be my one and only priority. But I’ve come to realise that loving my work, and letting my children see that – is SO good for them. I believe it’s important for their learning and development in life to see their parents enjoy what they do.

My organisation has improved.

Before kids, things happened when they happened. Now, I honestly don’t know what I did with all my time back then! I currently have 2 daycare days to do my work, and have the kids the other 3 weekdays. I make sure I use those daycare days so efficiently now!

I’m the healthiest I’ve ever been in my life.

Now before you want to punch me in the face, I’ve seriously committed to the gym and nourishing my body with the right foods (following an amazing plan by Health With Bec) for the past 8 months. It hasn’t been easy, but I love going to the gym in the mornings and it’s a sacred time that’s just for me. Which is SO important for me to get that space for myself in the mornings. And don’t get me wrong, I still love my chocolate (and wine!)

I really hope I haven’t come across as ‘having it all figured out’ because I definitely do not, I’ll be the first to admit. I wanted to share this though, because I was so scared about having kids and how it would ‘ruin’ my life and freedom. Yes, having kids piles on huge responsibility and life is never the same. But honestly? Life has never been better.

Happy Mothers Day to all of the Mummy’s out there. I reckon it’s one of the hardest jobs there is, but it’s one of the best.

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