Name: Natalie MacMillan
Location: Montreal, QC, CANADA
Number of babes and age: 1 sweet girl, 6 months old
What is your morning and/or nightly routine?
MORNING: Up and at 'em around 7am, nurse, and then she has some tummy time while I have breakfast. Playtime continues until she goes down for her first nap around 9am.
EVENING: She has a bath around 8:15, followed by pj's and a final feeding. Then into her crib she goes where we read a story or two and she drifts off around 9pm.
Life before kids was filled with…
Late nights, larger glasses of wine, and a lot less routine.
Life with kids is now filled with…
Earlier bedtimes and wake ups, constant picture-taking, a new appreciation for what's important.
Do you have any daily rituals you use to center yourself?
A super hot shower followed by a super hot tea while she is down for her first nap. And although it's not daily, my yoga class and getting to chat with the other mothers there works wonders.
How do you (or NOT!) balance motherhood and a career/personal time/relationships etc.?
I haven't had to balance the job part yet, but my personal relationships have had to adjust. Before it was easy to stay out as late as the fun of the evening dictated, whereas now I tend to make daytime or early evening plans so that I can follow her bedtime routine and let her get her rest. I try to send messages to my friends and family throughout the week to stay in touch with everyone between visits.
Do you have any special family rituals?
We really try to make the weekends count as this is when we can spend a lot of quality time all together, since Dad is at work during a lot of her waking hours during the week. We really like going for long walks and exploring together.
What is the best advice you have ever given or received about motherhood?
No matter what you do, someone is always going to have an opinion about how you raise your kids, so don't worry about what other people think and do what you believe to be right for your baby.
Your greatest joy since becoming a mother…
Watching her discover the world around her and seeing her grow. Seeing my husband be such a great father and love our daughter so much is amazing.
Your greatest challenge since becoming a mother...
It's been difficult dealing with other people imposing their expectations on us, or not respecting our wishes. Other people making unsolicited comments about her or about how they think things should be done is definitely a challenge.
Motherhood has taught me…
To be more careful of the things I say to people and more aware of what other people might be going through.
What’s the one thing you wish people knew about you outside of motherhood?
While I can happily ramble on and on about my baby, I like to talk about other things too :)
What inspires you?
Her future. I want to do my best as a mum so that she can grow up feeling secure, being a kind person, and having amazing memories to look back on.
What is your favourite part of motherhood?
Baby snuggles, hands down.
What have you learned about yourself or what have you tapped into since becoming a Mother?
There is not only one right way to do things and women shouldn't compete with each other, or feel so much pressure to do things a certain way.
What do you wish you heard more from other women?
Baby hacks! I love hearing other mamas' little tricks of the trade.
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