Mia is the beautiful Mummy to her first child, Ivy. Through becoming a Mum, Mia has focused on becoming the best version of herself, putting her family first and avoiding sweating the small stuff. When she is not busy with Ivy, Mia's creativity and talent flows through her own business, Captain and the Dreamers...
Tell us about your Family:
My gorgeous little clan consists of my loving Fiancé Adam and our beautiful, bubbly one year old daughter, Ivy.
What do you love most about being a mum?
Becoming a Mum has made me want to become the best version of myself. I no longer sweat the small stuff, what is most important to me now is my family and their happiness. Hearing Ivy call me 'mum', seeing her smile first thing in the morning and getting unexpected cuddles throughout the day, really puts things into perspective. That is what life is all about.
What has been one of your favorite memories about motherhood so far?
Being a young mum (24) has meant that Ivy has been lucky enough to have not only a Nan, but a Great Nan and even a Great, Great Nan. We have five generations of women on my side of our family and one of my favorite memories was when we all spent the day together sharing in our individual journeys of motherhood. I’m so blessed to have such amazing women in my life passing down their pearls of wisdom.
Other then being a mum what are you most passionate about?
I am a creative soul so when I have the time to create an artwork that is what I love best. Adam has always encouraged me to do what makes me happy, so until only recently I have turned my passion into a part time job. It's great as I can work from home which means I don’t miss out on time with Ivy.
Instagram @captainandthedreamers or facebook page Captain and the Dreamers.
What baby product can you not live without?
When Ivy was first born the Love To Dream Swaddle bags were a god sent. But I would have to say we could not have lived without our portable Snuggle Bed. This was a MUST as it enabled us to easily set up an instant comfy bed for her. This was particularly handy when visiting friends and family.
When hiring a nanny, what qualities would you look for in the application?
It goes without saying that when hiring a nanny one should look for an individual who is trustworthy, caring, patient and attentive, however communication is also key. Someone who I can communicate with easily would be essential. They must understand and respect our style of parenting and most importantly have a bond with our little one.
What is your fondest memory of being pregnant?
I absolutely loved every moment of my pregnancy. Seeing my body change and knowing that I was creating a new life was the most incredible feeling imaginable. However, my fondest memory would have to be when Adam could feel Ivy kick for the first time. Seeing how much love he had for her in that moment is something I will never forget. I remember him playing the song “A Little Ray of Sunshine” while we both sat with our hand on my belly. So many happy tears were shed in that moment. We still tear up whenever we hear that song.
What’s one of the things you least expected about motherhood?
Two words “baby brain” I suppose this was my most undesirable, least expected aspect of motherhood. I really thought it would go away after giving birth but boy was I wrong. I found myself turning up to appointments days before, doing the same load of washing twice and even leaving the house for work with my plate of toast… eeekkkk! However a positive aspect would most definitely be the instant love I felt for her.
Sometimes life gets a little crazy, what do you do to stay sane?
I am very lucky to live so close to the beach so when I can I always try to enjoy it by taking a coastal walk or heading down for a swim. Adam has family that lives up north and in the country also, so we try to plan family getaways to visit as much as we can.
What’s your favorite activity that you and your child love to do?
Definitely Swimming. Ivy absolutely can’t get enough of the water. She also loves ‘Baby Loves Books’ which is a reading & singing group we do weekly at our local library.
Is there any advice you can give to mums-to-be?
Trust your gut and don’t be afraid to ask for help. It’s true; it does take a village to raise a child. Sometimes asking for help or getting the answer to what may seem like the smallest question can make all the difference to you and bub. One thing I did notice and I’m still noticing is that everyone has an opinion on EVERYTHING. The most common phrase I hear from others is “They say…” man I would love to meet whoever “They” is haha. I believe it is important to be open to others opinions but at the end of the day do what works for you. And lastly, don’t sweat the small stuff the dishes can wait. Spend time bonding with bub, its wasn’t until having a baby that I realised how quickly time flies. Cherish every nanno second.