It was a chilly winters morning but inside this little cosy Mt Isa home, Beth and Leo were doing their everyday thing. Some days can just feel like someone has hit the repeat button. The cycle that continues to go around and around. Days of feeding, nappy changes, washing, rocking, soothing, cooking, singing, picking up toys can feel long and yet they are so short. I sat with Beth and watched her and her beautiful boy do the things they do together, one of which was to simply feed and have a bath.
We chatted all things motherhood and I observed their love for each other through my lens, knowing these images will soon be a cherished memory. I asked Beth a few questions and this is what she had to say.
What Was The Best Advice On Motherhood Have You Ever Received? The best advice I received is to remember not to worry about what you think parenthood should be - instead embrace what it is. Tell me what you have found to be most challenging in the transition to motherhood? Honestly the most challenging transition for me was adjusting to the lack of sleep! At the beginning I felt like a walking zombie, I looked the part too. No one, and I mean no one, can explain how sleep deprived you are going to be and how it affects you. Thankfully this got easier as Bub got older but let’s be honest I’ll never sleep the way I did before having Leo. How has becoming a mother changed the way you see yourself, both inside and out? How I see myself now has changed dramatically now that I have become a mother. Firstly, the love I feel as a mother is nothing I’ve experienced before. It’s unexplainable, there are just no words. I feel as if my heart has become softer, I have more love, empathy, patience for others all gifts my son has given me. Now I’m a mum I can truely see and appreciate what actually matters and what’s worth my energy and time. I don’t take time for granted anymore, it’s like motherhood flipped a switch in me and quality time with my family has become the most precious thing to me. As for the outside I love my body more than ever! It blows me away how incredible the female body is, how incredible my body is. I’m still amazed at how I’m able to breastfeed Leo. Things have changed, bits now wobble more and the boobs, well they’re sitting lower than ever but because of this I have a healthy son and I’m so thankful for that.
If there was one thing you could tell your pregnant self, what would it be?
Embrace it more. Embrace those tiny moments more because babies don’t keep. Yesterday he couldn’t crawl. Now he can. Things change so quickly. He will grow so fast, so embrace it more, soak it in. This is a gift that keeps unwrapping and you will love seeing him grow and learning new things but you will miss the way it was before, it can’t be as it was so soak it up.