Having a baby grow inside you does tend to make you think about being a mother more than I ever have. It also makes you fart a lot, you have been warned!
In all seriousness I have always thought about and looked forward to being a Mum and having a family. I personally think that is one of life’s greatest gifts. I remember being 15 and thinking to myself I wanted a huge family, enough to fill a rugby team, a man who made me laugh, and life full of adventure. I’m getting close to the dream!! Hehe
Over the past weeks I have enjoyed being pregnant so much more than those earlier months. I have my energy back, my appetite has increased (hence why my pants aren’t fitting) and I just feel happy and lucky to be here doing life.
I felt the baby move last week which was a very exciting experience. It caught me completely off guard, as I was doing the washing (a rare occurrence) it gave me a little kick. It scared me at first, but I was over joyed that this little human was moving around and felt an immediate connection to it. Since then baby bean has not stopped moving, most days he/she is pretty chilled but come late afternoon or even time to sleep, it’s like a party going on in there!
I have been thinking about being a mother and all the mothers before me. It makes me feel strong knowing so many women around the world give birth every day, and millions of women have given birth before. I feel a strong connection to mothers, like we are all in this together.
So I wanted to make special mention to some women in my life that have influenced my choices, given me strength and continue to love and support me in all I do. Firstly, I’ll start with my Oma Grace, a courageous, strong willed Dutch women who moved to Australia as a nurse during World War II. She found a Dutch man in Sydney with similar values and beliefs and there started the beginning and life of our crazy big Dutch family in Sydney. This woman raised 4 children with no help from anyone. She was on the other side of the world from her mother and family, yet without any complaint brought up her children and grandchildren on her own, what a legend!
My Nan, Barbra Allison an intelligent and cultured farm girl came from rural NSW to Sydney for her University. Whilst studying English literature she began dating her Professor, a man with a heart of gold. Three years later they married in Sydney and so begun her life as a primary school teacher. Soon enough she was starting a family. She raised 5 amazing children whilst managing to still work through it all. Taking her family of 7 over to England to live for a year and offer them an experience they will never forget. What a champion!
Lastly my own mother Alby, a spirited women who knows how to be the life of the party, where forgiveness knows no limits, and love is always in her heart. She managed a work /home life balance so well. She did her degree then a masters with 3 young kids, moved with her family overseas twice and was always so positive about life and all the adventures to be had.
I got so lucky to be able to call her my mum, and I’m so happy she is going to be a grandmum so soon.
And now me, a soon to be mother… My story is only just beginning and I can’t tell you much so far. What I do know is that love and gratitude is something I have in my heart thanks to all the wonderful people who have loved me, and that is something I am going to give in abundance. Xxx
My life really does revolve around food! I love learning about produce, reading new recipes, trying to create my own. Here are some of my food, travel and creative journeys, I hope you find them interesting or just delicious!