Sarah is the gorgeous Mum to her two beautiful boys, Cooper and Jackson. Sarah emphasises the importance of investing time in the significant things, like being present for your kids. This Mummy sits down with The Nanny Emporium to tell us all about her journey so far…
Tell us about your family…
My amazing hubby Robbie and I have been together for almost 7 years and have two beautiful boys Cooper (3) & Jackson (7.5 months). If I could describe Cooper in three words they would be energetic, happy, polite… He definitely keeps me on my toes! There are too many words to describe our beautiful little Jackson, but if I had to choose three they would be chilled, strong, happy! They are our world and bring us joy every single day.
What do you love most about being a Mum?
I love watching the boys grow and learn new things. They make me so proud! They have definitely taught me to enjoy the little things in life and I love creating special memories with them. So far I’ve loved the challenges (well most of them), and believe they’ve helped make me a better person. Together as a family, we can get through anything life throws at us.
What has been one of your favourite memories about motherhood so far?
The first time I cuddled my babies! It’s the most incredible feeling in the world! Their skin on yours and that instant bond and love that fills your heart! I will always remember that moment.
Other than being a Mum, what are you most passionate about?
I’m a high-school teacher and absolutely love my job. Although at the moment, I currently help run my husbands business “The Flyscreen Man”. So grateful to have such a hard working hubby who I truly believe is the best in the business!
What baby product can you not live without and why?
Baby wipes…. I use them for everything! AND Baby Swaddles…With Cooper we used the Love to Dream brand and Jackson we used the Baby Studio wraps!
When hiring a nanny, what qualities would you look for in the applicant?
Someone who is confident, loving and caring! I’d definitely want someone with experience who respects my parenting style and my child’s needs. I would have to feel comfortable that they would create and maintain a safe environment for my children at all times.
What is your fondest memory of being pregnant?
Feeling and seeing my body change was a pretty amazing experience. Those first movements are really special and even more special when my hubby could feel them too. By the end of my pregnancies, I would be teaching and the kids would watch my belly and see the bubbas arms and legs moving. They thought that was pretty cool. With my second pregnancy, my eldest Cooper loved my belly too, and would kiss it every night before bed, and say I love you to him.
What's one of the things that you least expected about motherhood?
Our first born showed us the true meaning of sleep deprivation… People warn you, but until you actually have a newborn baby who wants to feed all the time and not sleep. Then you realise what sleep deprivation truly is. As a mum of two, you can’t have a favourite… But our little Jackson likes sleeping. Ha ha I also didn’t realise how hard breastfeeding is. It truly is one of the most selfless acts you will ever do! It was a bumpy 10 months with Cooper. But it was definitely easier second time around, and I’m proud to still be breastfeeding my 7 month old. Currently we have a threenager in the house… We thought we escaped the so called terrible twos lightly… little did we know three’s are where it’s at. I never expected that my child wouldn’t listen to me ha ha and be so headstrong and bossy. I guess he’s a mini version of me. Jackson is definitely his Dad!
Sometimes life can get a little crazy, what do you do to stay sane?
I’m a really active person, so have to keep busy. Making sure I get out and about every day is a must. Lover of running and pilates. The running is on hold, so instead lots of walking with Jax to take time out.
What's your favourite activity that you and your children love to do?
We love the beach… It’s our happy place. Cooper is an early riser, so we like to get there early sometimes and we often have the beach to ourselves (apart from surfers of course)
Is there any advice you can give to mums-to-be?
Trust your gut instincts. Mummy’s know best!!! Do what’s best for you and your family. We live in a crazy busy world where people are expected to be here and be there. Invest time in the important things, like being present for your kids. They grow up too fast, relax and enjoy!