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How to prepare for Motherhood...

Nicky Craig Bellaroo NZ - Thursday, August 06, 2015
Courtesy of "A Kiwi Mumma"

So, how do you prepare for Motherhood?

Hah. You can't. It's impossible.

If you are looking for an enlightening or practical insight into how you best prepare yourself for impending parenthood, then I'm sorry I can't help you.

I've been doing this Mothering business now for just over 8 months and I still can't work out the answer to this question. That's the thing. There is no answer. Nothing I, nor anyone could say to you could possibly prepare you for the responsibility of being a Mother. There is no written instruction manual and certainly no right or wrong way of doing it. There is nothing you can do, before having a child, that can prepare you for the emotional rollercoaster that is parenthood - and no, raising a puppy does not even come close.

Someone told me once that being a parent was the hardest thing they'd ever done. Back then, before child, I really didn't fully comprehend what that meant. I smirk now though when I think back to those days and remember thinking at the time "Really? It can't be that hard, right?" and "People do it all the time and sometimes multiple times, so it can't be that difficult surely?". Holy crap was I naive.

I thought when people told me these things they were just trying to scare me. Trying to put me off having children but in reality they were just being honest. Because, in all honesty, at times it's fricken hard. Without a shadow of a doubt it is the most difficult, life changing thing I've ever done.

I thought I was exhausted before having Ella, when I was pregnant with her, but now she's here there is no comparison. When I complained about not being able to sleep or not being able to function on little sleep there is NO comparison to the permanent exhaustion when you actually have the baby. 

I know it sounds like I'm being condescending or scaremongering but in reality you actually don't know what it's like to have a baby until you have one. 

When it's one of those days where your baby's been grizzling all damn day or nothing seems to satisfy them and they're just NOT sleeping - there is just no getting away from it. Not only this butthey COMPLETELY rely on you for everything. You are the sole responsibility for ensuring this little person is fed, watered, clothed, nurtured and brought up to be a well rounded, confident and pleasant human being.

The weight of this responsibility is huge. It can be so daunting. There are days when I'm like "what am I doing?" and "am I doing this right?" But in reality there is no right answer or right way of doing it. It's completely trial and error, with a little bit of maternal instinct and finger crossing thrown in.

So, you may ask where is this blog post going? How do you ACTUALLY prepare for Motherhood?

Im sorry, but again, you can't. 

I guess what I am trying to say is that although you can't prepare for what being a Mother involves at the end of the day none of the stress, uncertainty or exhaustion matters. Because, no matter what Motherhood (or baby) throws at you and after all the tears, exhaustion and tension headaches. It does get better. After a thundercloud comes the sun and when that sunshine comes out - it's glorious.

The laughter, the smiles, the cooing and the chattering, the growing, the learning and that delicious baby smell. When those eyes light up if you enter the room or when you're treated to the biggest mega-watt smile - in that moment, it's all forgotten.

The rush of overwhelming love you have for that little human being makes every single damn tantrum and grizzly day 100% worth it.

So, if you are preparing for Motherhood all I can say is...

Welcome to the emotional rollercoaster. It's life-changing, overwhelming and amazing. No one tells you this but, it's ok to not "like" your child at times it doesn't mean you don't love them with all your heart and soul, it just means that you are human and that being a Mother is tough! It's also immensely rewarding and worth every single minute. Don't forget - it get's easier and everyday is a new day!

Sophie La Giraffe - Part 1

Nicky Craig Bellaroo NZ - Friday, July 31, 2015
I had heard a lot about this popular natural rubber teething toy, Sophie La Giraffe. I always wondered is it just the big hype and advertising that makes her so popular.  I read how that little giraffe had been around for over 50 years! So of course I ordered one to see what I was missing out on otherwise, no actually my baby was missing out on. I knew being European the quality would be good and she's French so she will have charm.  When the parcel arrived, I opened it and thought it looks simple...and I believe that's exactly it!

Simple, effective, charming, loveable,...end of story!

My son instantly loved her, the feeling and the chewiness of her.  The giraffe is just the right size, texture and the right weight for little baby hands.  We have since purchased the "soft" Sophie comforter which instantly became his night time getting to sleep support and best buddy. My little feller loves chewing on her feet and horns and eventually falls asleep holding Sophie in his cute mouth.  In fact he loves her that much I had to buy another one so I could wash her with out him knowing.  Sophie goes everywhere with him
As a mum, I can truly recommend the Sophie la Giraffe toys. Be assured that they really do make a difference in baby comforting, stimulation and teething.  The high standard of quality and safety that went into development and production.  Every rubber Sophie is hand painted and therefore unique.

Once you buy your first Sophie toy for your child you will understand what you've just read.

You can choose from variety of Sophie la giraffe toys on our website: www.bellaroo.co.nz as well as other gift ideas for mum, baby and child.

All the best, Nicky and the Bellaroo team.

Being a stay-at-home Mum - the PROS & CONS

Nicky Craig Bellaroo NZ - Sunday, July 19, 2015


Being a stay-at-home Mum has it's advantages and disadvantages, I think the "pros" are fairly obvious but sometimes the cons are not so obvious - obvious to those of us that are actually SAHM Mums, but perhaps not so obvious to those around us (in order to not have to keep repeating myself we will use SAHM instead).

Being a SAHM can sometimes be a major adjustment for those of us that were working full time up until giving birth to our precious little bundles. It's only now the weight of what my "job title" involves has hit home. I am a Mum - first and foremost, a cleaner, a caretaker, a cook, a bill-payer and sorter, a personal shopper, a taxi-driver, a laundromat and a blogger - the list is endless! None of these tasks are paid, my time is all "free" not to mention the fact that I have no annual leave, sick leave or scheduled lunchtime breaks. If I do get some "annual leave", so to speak, I have to make sure every single moment when I am not there is organised from nap times down to the last scheduled bottle feed. I can't even begin to think what it would be like to try and juggle all those tasks and throw in a full time job -these women are super Mum's for sure!

Don't get me wrong. I love being a SAHM so much! I am lucky enough, at this stage, to continue to be one for the near future. For me, the benefits of being allowed to be a SAHM far out way the "cons" of not being one.

Sometimes, though, being a SAHM is tough and I miss the ability to just scoot off to work and be someone OTHER than Mum. So, if you like me are a SAHM Mum and can relate or maybe you are considering being a full time Mum rather than going back to work or, perhaps you are working full time and considering being a SAHM then I hope this post may be of interest to you.

1. Witnessing milestones, this is fairly obvious, but being SAHM means you are certain to not miss out on those exciting milestones a child goes through as they learn and develop.
2. Being able to enjoy their company without times restraints and trying to cram mummy time into a few hours after work.
3. Just being there. For everything, seeing them grow, playing with them, singing to them and generally having fun.
4. The ability to be involved with their schooling, going on school trips and watching school plays and shows.
5. Having time to go out and socialise with other Mums and babies.
6. Not having to look "respectable" for work. I.e the ability to wear pyjamas all day and not wear make-up with out anyone commenting on my, generally, dishevelled appearance.
7. Not having to work for a, potential, tyrannical employer. Although, the baby or toddler is pretty much the tyrannical employer sometimes.
8. Not having to work in a job that you don't enjoy or really don't want to be doing.
9. No office politics other than toddler tantrums and epic meltdowns.

1. Never being able to leave without organising a military operation, that said though I'm sure it's even harder when your a working Mum.
2. No breaks from the children. There is no start or finish time, with no scheduled breaks in between and definitely no sick leave.
3. Being expected to have the house clean, the dinner cooked and the child entertained and looked after for when the "other half" gets home just because you're at home all day.
4. There are no promotions or bonuses. There is no well done you've done an amazing job, here have $100.
5. Being the "default" parent. You are the go to when it comes to decision making, clothes buying, food making - in other words, everything child related, or often house related, is your responsibility.
6. Your job title is Mum. You give so much of yourself that your not even sure who you were beforehand. Getting to go work claws back just a little bit of the life you had before children.
7. You are brainwashed with the constant sounds of Dora the explorer, nursery rhymes and fairytales and you crave adult company and conversation.
8. Having to do all the boring day-time things such as grocery shopping, taking the car for a warrant of fitness and housework.
9. If your baby is having a particularly grizzly day, there is no escape, you are stuck dealing with constant grizzling and tantrum throwing until HOPEFULLY your significant other can take over and relieve you.
10. Nap times are a constant battle of do you A. sit down, have something to eat and relax or B. clean the house, do some washing and prepare dinner in advance or C. none of the above.

Let's be honest, being a Mum is hard work regardless of whether you are a stay at home Mum or a working Mum. It's a thankless tasks that very rarely gets acknowledged or praised. We plug away at the millions of things we have to do on a daily basis because we have to, because it's the life we've chosen to live, because we love our children no matter what we suffer through and because we'd do anything to make sure they are cared for, nurtured and loved.

So, I put it to you... if money was no object and you had a choice would you be a SAHM? or would you choose to work!


Ahh...I feel like I need to constantly add disclaimers to my blog posts. I have been fortunate enough to not have had any negative feedback on my blog posts so far but I know if I don't cover my arse then it'll probably happen the one time I don't - let's be honest though, it's going to happen anyway! I am not trying to gloat about being fortunate enough to be a SAHM nor am I dismissing the plight of a working Mum. I am just trying to shed light on the, sometimes, unsung heroes that are SAHM's!

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