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 @leighacampbell: mother to her beautiful boy Alexander, executive editor & podcast host at @mamamiaaus & small business owner.
🍑How Old is your son, Alexander?
👩🏻He’s a cheeky, adorable, exhausting two year old!
🍑What was the worst piece of unsolicited advice you received either while pregnant or with a baby?
👩🏻Oh gosh, where to start! I think all unsolicited advice is bad - though generally well-intentioned - because often new or expectant mums are already feeling overwhelmed. I shut all of it out and thankfully followed my gut.
🍑What surprised you most about the birthing process?
👩🏻That the epidural can stop working mid labour without any warning. That wasn't in the brochure!
🍑What was the hardest part about coming home from hospital?
👩🏻We were moving house a few weeks after birth so we were juggling a newborn and moving boxes, packing, and an emergency C section recovery. It was a lot.
🍑What saves your sleep as a parent?
👩🏻The SNOO bassinet. Pricey but for us was such a huge help and set our son up to be a great sleeper.
🍑What's your guilty pleasure as a parent?
👩🏻I don't believe in guilty pleasures - there’s enough guilt as a mum. A genuine pleasure is going to work and feeling like my old dynamic self. Being a parent is only one facet of who I am.
🍑What do you do now, as a mum, that you 'swore you'd never do'?
👩🏻OMG, pretty much all of it! The biggest being giving my son an iPad...swore I never would but in reality it means my husband and I can enjoy the odd Sunday morning cafe breakfast with toddler in tow, or have relative peace and quiet on a road trip. It's a saviour.
🍑 What advice do you wish you'd been given as a new mum?
👩🏻It's okay if breastfeeding is hard. Don't take on the shame from the midwives....follow your gut and do what feels right for you and your son.