Bodee is amazing Mum to her two best friends, Sonny & Jade. Bodee sits down with ‘The Nanny Emporium’ to talk about why her biggest passion is being a Mother…
Tell us about your family...
The Kawenga-Baldocks consists of myself, my partner Dean, our 5 year old son Sonny and 3 year old daughter Jade.
What do you love most about being a Mum?
The friendship I've gained with my kids, I don't think I'll ever have better friends in my life. It's like we've got our own exclusive club.
What has been one of your favourite memories about motherhood so far?
Motherhood has been full of a lot of amazing memories so it's hard to pick one. I remember the immense joy I felt when both of my kids finally started sleeping through the night, it felt too good to be true after almost a year of waking up constantly with both of them.
Other than being a Mum, what are you most passionate about?
Seeings I had Sonny pretty much straight after high school, I haven't really had the time to find my passion in life besides my family. I'm lucky though as Dean is a huge inspiration to me, he's started his own successful gardening business which has been going for a few years now, so his passion is mine. His determination and dedication shows me anything is possible if you put in the hard work.
We are currently working on our website www.dingosgardens.com.au or you can find us on Facebook under "Dingo's Gardens".
What baby product can you not live without and why?
Wipes, wipes and more wipes. Poo-ey bums, sticky fingers, snotty faces, dirty high chairs, dusty houses.. So many uses!
When hiring a nanny, what qualities would you look for in the applicant?
Someone that my children feel comfortable with, so fun, easygoing and all-round nice. Also someone that I can communicate easily with, this person will be helping me raise my children so I think it'd be very important for us all to have an open and honest relationship and for them to feel comfortable "parenting" my children the way I would.
What is your fondest memory of being pregnant?
Their first ultrasounds, nothing in the world compares to the feeling you get when you see your baby and hear their heartbeat for the first time. It is indescribable, it honestly gives me butterflies just thinking about it.
What's one of the things that you least expected about motherhood?
How much confidence it gives you. I've found since being a mother I've come out of my shell so much, I want to lead by example so my children can grow to be confident and independent people.
Sometimes life can get a little crazy, what do you do to stay sane?
I think it's really important to have alone time. When things are getting too much for me I like to either go for a long walk by myself or lay down in a quiet dark room. A little bit of peace and quiet can make such a difference.
What's your favourite activity that you and your children love to do?
Cooking! Or baking really, even though it usually ends up in a huge mess. I think the kids are mainly in it for the leftover batter.
Is there any advice you can give to mums-to-be?
Don't be so quick to judge other mothers, just because they aren't doing it your way doesn't necessarily mean it's the wrong way. Women need to uplift and empower one another, not drag one another down.
And on a lighter note.. If your child spills weetbix, clean it up asap, that stuff is like cement once it's dried.