In celebration of the recent launch of our post natal program – The 4th Trimester – we’ve caught up with some inspiring Peachy Mamas to pick their brains and have a REAL conversation. Here’s Natalie – founder of The Polo Project, and mother of four.
🍑 How old are your kids?
💁🏽♀️ My children are Indigo 10, Blaise 9, Cassian 4 and Margot 1
🍑 What was the worst piece of unsolicited advice you received either while pregnant or with a baby?
💁🏽♀️ I remember vividly once bring told from a random woman at a function when I was pregnant with my first to say good bye to my body. This was in a negative, you will never loose your baby weight, way. I recall thinking what a horrible thing to say to a woman! This lady obviously struggled herself to become fit again after pregnancy, and it IS hard but I would say my body is stronger now that it ever was. I have so much more appreciation for my body these day, I mean I grew four people! Your body is never the same – it’s better!
🍑 What surprised you most about the birthing process?
💁🏽♀️ How intuitive the birthing process really is. I had a few different types of births, my first was an emergency c section, my second was an elected C because my ob had recommended. After a 5 year break, I decided to try and go for a VBAC and was lucky enough to come across doctors and midwives that supported my choice. I successfully had 2 natural births after 2 caesareans! Your body knows what to do and deep down, your mind does too.
🍑 What was the hardest part about coming home from hospital?
💁🏽♀️ Learning how to do everything with only one hand. I’m a pro now.
🍑 What saves your sleep as a parent?
💁🏽♀️ Getting into a really good night sleep routine from about three months old with all of them has really helped. I’ve never had 6 hours sleep straight a night newborn, but by 6 months they have all been sleeping really well. It’s harder in the beginning, but they are all fantastic sleepers now, which helps when there is four of them!
🍑 What’s your guilty pleasure as a parent?
💁🏽♀️ Eating ALL the things I bake for them.
🍑 What do you do now, as a mum, that you ‘swore you’d never do’?
💁🏽♀️ I always imagined having a kids bedroom filled exclusively with those beautiful wooden toys, handmade, eco friendly Steiner vibe. Turns out they prefer the bright, plastic, super noisy annoying ones better, and they have been given a lot of them!
🍑 What advice do you wish you’d been given as a new mum?
💁🏽♀️ There will be many times when you feel overwhelmed by situations with your baby, or that you have totally failed as a mum. But those moments really are the sweet spots, where you realise you didn’t have to be so precise with that routine, or whatever you forgot to pack in the baby bag really didn’t make that much difference in the end. Kids will always thrive when they have your love and attention.
🍑 What are your ‘can’t live without’ mummy products?
💁🏽♀️ Few of my favourite things: Bulk order Joonya wipes, Lullaby skin care sunscreen, Lansonil nipple cream (still use it as lip balm) and Gro-To skin food. All products that are great for baby and mama too.