The gorgeous Petria sat down with The Nanny Emporium to talk about life as a young FIFO mining family, her motherhood journey so far & the birth of her new baby, Coco Rose Interiors...
Tell us about you and your family...
We are a young FIFO mining family, married with three beautiful daughters, Rhiana, Lola and Coco.
What is your fondest memory of being pregnant?
With each of my girls, it would have to be when I first see them on the ultra sound. In that very moment, for me, the unbreakable bond of mother and child is forged. It still amazes me to see life growing inside of me and hearing their heart beat for the first time. It's natures greatest miracle and its always a teary, happy moment.
What do you love most about being a Mum?
I love watching my girls develop into beautiful young girls and on to confident young ladies for the future of our society.
Knowing that it's my responsibility as their mum, to shape and mould them with the right care and instruction, is an incredibly humbling position to be in. Every action I take and emotional environment I create will have profound effects on their wellbeing. With the smallest of detail they watch everything I do, to learn who they should be, so I am constantly self aware and forever grateful I have been given this opportunity to nurture and guide them.
What has been one of your favourite memories about motherhood so far?
For me it's always their firsts. Those milestones that day to day when they are older you may take for granted but are truly incredible feats in their lives.
I wish I could bottle those feelings up of pride and pure excitement when I first saw my girls wave back at me, take their first step, hear their first giggle or read their first book. It's such a proud moment in motherhood and ones I'll always cherish.
It was only recently that Coco first pulled the phone to her lips and gave her daddy a kiss. My husband is away at work and it was such a sweet moment to see and absolutely filled his heart during harder times away.
What's one of the things that you least expected about motherhood?
Definitely how hard it is, especially when your partner is away for long periods. I am always tired, I always have a million things to do, my house is never tidy and I never have time to myself.. But honestly, I wouldn’t change it for one minute. Even when they drive me crazy especially at bedtime routine, I am so thankful that they are in my life. They complete me and without them, I would be lost.
What is the biggest lesson that motherhood has taught you so far?
Children require patience, and lots of it! I'm a Virgo and it's a quality that I don’t normally have.
Somehow I have learnt to give them patience and keep my calm. As manic as children can be and the stress they can induce, my girls actually keep me heavily grounded and self aware. If I show impatience, they learn impatience. If I'm stressed, they will emote in the same manner.
So I've learnt to maintain patience and a calm persona most of all. Especially in toddlerhood because everyone knows that toddlers need it the most!
Also Discipline - Often its hard to be the ‘mean mum.' Its never nice hearing your child say that they don’t like you (its not often) but when it does happen, you can't help but question yourself. Am I being unfair? Should I just let this slide? But I know at the end of the day, if I stay true to my word, it will install important values and a sense of right and wrong for the future.
What values do you feel are the most important to instill into your child/children and why?
To be kind, To be thankful, To treat others as they want to be treated, Money isn't everything.
After living in Bali for 1 year, our children were opened up to poverty and sometimes 3rd world living. The people we met during our time there, that lived like this were often the happiest.
Through our travels, as we were leaving for the next place, we often asked our girls to give another child one of their toys or a book they liked reading and explained that these children weren't so lucky to have a mummy and daddy that could give them nice things. They would often talk about it after we left and would say how they liked making other children happy.
Money isn’t everything and the things that they ‘need’ at the end of the day aren’t important. It was an important life lesson for them and taught them to share what they have to offer.
Other than being a Mum, what are you most passionate about?
I'm incredibly passionate about my small business I have just launched! For years I have worked as a florist but always for someone. I've always been passionately creative and love being a mother and around children, so I'm incredibly excited to create Coco Rose Interiors. We are a tropical bohemian inspired brand creating dreamy children's furniture and decor for beautifully styled rooms and nurseries.
We have a range of nursery products including rattan bassinets, toy boxes, rocking horses, day beds and nursing chairs. Leather bags and cushions and macramè wall hangings and plant holders to name a few!
You can visit our online store at www.cocoroseinteriors.com.au and follow our social media channels on Facebook and Instagram @coco_rose_interiors for the latest on nursery styling.
What baby product can you not live without and why?
I absolutely LOVE the Ergo baby carrier! I've used it so much with my 2nd daughter that I literally wore it out and had to get a new one. It goes everywhere with me.
When hiring a nanny, what qualities would you look for in the applicant?
I have three girls so for someone that would play a large role in their lives I would look for a female with most of the qualities I've already mentioned here.
Mostly a nanny with enduring patience and a genuine calm persona. Someone willing to listen and mentor, not just be a carer for my children. I understand anyone close to my children will have an effect on them so I would want my nanny to have good moral values to impart.
Sometimes life can get a little crazy, what do you do to stay sane?
Drink coffee and champagne. In moderation of course
What's your favourite activity that you and your children love to do?
Spend time together. With a fifo husband we have learnt to appreciate the simplest of things in life. Just spending quality time all together as a family unit, is so precious to us.
A recent memory which seems so normal to the everyday family is one Saturday my husband was mowing the lawn, we went grocery shopping with the girls and prepared for an afternoon with friends. It may seem trivial but it just felt so nice to be doing normal family activities together. Things that most wouldn't even stop to think about.
Is there any advice you can give to mums-to-be?
Sleep, Sleep, Sleep, Sleep! It's something that will never be the same!
Enjoy the sleep ins and don’t ever feel guilty for them.
When someone offers to visit you once bub is born say yes to whatever their request is to bring…… cooked dinner, them to clean, put a load of washing on, watch the baby whilst mum sleeps. It's a beautiful but also overwhelming experience when you first come home with your newborn and it's actually ok to accept help from others who have been there before. We are mum's and we understand what you're going through x