I’m so glad that I decided to bring this series into 2018, because there are still so many mommies to meet, and I love sharing their stories with you. If you missed last week’s feature, you can find that post here.
This week we get to meet Nadia from The Non-Adventures Of A Stay-at-Home Mum. I love the name of her blog; I absolutely love her crazy sense of humor; I’m really looking forward to meeting her soon IRL; and I’m so happy to be featuring her here today.
1. Please tell us a little – or a lot (we like details) – about yourself?
I’m actually pretty boring so I always dread this question… but I’m going to try to up-sell myself this time so here goes! I am a full time mom and a part time blogger/painter/insatiable bookworm and super sociable introvert. Hmm…that still sounds kinda lame, lol! At the moment I’m sitting (haha! who has time to sit!) at home and living my best life caring for my two girls while my HR Honours degree gathers dust.
2. What’s the one thing you find most challenging about being a stay at home mom?
At the moment what I find most challenging is being present. The nature of being a blogger is that you are almost constantly checking your social media accounts. I don’t know what crazy witchcraft is involved there, but I lose SO much of time just scrolling through Facebook or Instagram. When I stop and look up I instantly regret not focusing 100% on my girls. It’s also difficult being present 100% of the time because the days tend to blend into each other as a stay-at-home mom. It is something I am striving to work on because I see everyday how quickly my girls are growing up, and I really don’t want to miss any of it.
3. We all know there are challenging moments – moments which call for chocolate, or wine (or both), to soothe those mommy nerves… Forgetting all that though, what is your absolute favourite thing about being a mom?
You know, I never thought I would love motherhood as much as I do. I am not a maternal person to anyone except my own kids. It’s really weird. With my eldest I love hearing the thoughts in her four year old mind being verbalised. Talking to her is such a pleasure, and she constantly surprises me with her understanding of seemingly complicated situations. With my youngest (she just turned one), I love watching her explore the world and learn new things every single day. She studies her sister intently and tries to copy everything that she does. It’s adorable!
4. From the experience you’ve gained since becoming a parent, what is a pretty cool piece of advice you would give to other moms?
My advice – Let them be little. Sometimes I will watch my kids run around screaming with glee for no reason, or throwing all their crayons up in the air, and I have to remind myself that they are just kids. I can’t expect them to be calm all the time. They get joy from really simple things, and instead of looking at the mess left behind, I try to encourage their childish behaviour. It isn’t always easy, especially after just tidying up, but they will only be kids for a very short time. There really is no hurry for them to grow up. This is something I sometimes forget myself, but I am trying really hard and that’s really the best that anyone can do.
5. Share with us one of the funniest moments you’ve had since becoming a mom.
My daughter started school at the ripe old age of 4. There was much excitement in the build up to her first day, but by Day 3 the novelty had clearly worn off. She woke up on Day 4 quite annoyed that I had woken her up, and insisted that she didn’t need to go back to school because she had learnt everything already. I had to then come up with a list of exciting things that she still had to learn about to convince her to get ready. I confess that I didn’t have the heart to tell her that she would have to go to school for another fourteen years…
6. Please tell us where we can find you online.
Thank you Nadia for giving us a glimpse into your life as a mom. ?
How this little series was born… A while back I was thinking about how all the moms I know are different in many ways – be it their parenting style, or whether they go to work, stay at home, or work from home. Some have one little person, while others have three or four. Some of our babies began their journey inside us learning the sound of our heartbeat, whilst some began in another only to meet us later and hold our hearts forever. Whatever the differences in how we became moms, how we parent… Being a mom, plus ALL that comes with it, is what we all have in common.
And that’s how I came up with the Meet the Mommy series – an interview with regular moms like you and I, where we get to “meet” mommies who are different in many ways, yet have so much in common too.