Life After Baby is a series to celebrate the journey of motherhood. To take an inside peak into the most memorable and vulnerable experiences we all share as mothers.
When I watch Cobi outdoors, his little eyes light up because he know’s he’s about to go on his own little adventure. Spending time in nature is not only amazing for their imagination’s but beautiful for the soul, mamas included. So as you can imagine, connecting with Michelle from Outdoorsy NZ on Instagram was a match made in heaven.
Outdoorsy NZ is a community which inspires mums to find their energy outside, engaging with their kids and rejuvenating themselves. Her website is full of fun ideas and tips for getting the family outdoors, wherever in the world they live. Super cool right?! We’ve been lucky enough to have her share some of her mamahood journey with us below.
Sum up in one sentence what it means to you to be a Mum
t’s such a fulfilling experience to introduce the world you love to the little one you love, teaching them things and seeing things anew through their eyes, too.
If you had to pick one, what’s been your most memorable experience as a Mum?
When he was 9 months old, my husband and I took Nate out to the Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve here in Northland, NZ. We jumped into the deep, clear water at the back of the boat and took Nate swimming in his lifejacket around the beautiful caves and rock formations. He absolutely loved it, and it made me realise that fear is something we create for ourselves – it brought to life the saying that there is nothing to fear but fear itself. Here was this tiny little baby completely trusting us and relaxing in the moment. That was a memorable experience.
Share with us your most vulnerable mama moment
That would have to be the night that Nate was born. I remember waking up in hospital during the night and looking across at this little bundle in the bassinet and thinking, ‘oh, my God! I did it! I’m a mother, there’s my son!’ and feeling incredibly happy and proud but also the most vulnerable I’ve ever felt. I suddenly realised how fiercely I loved him and wanted to protect him and never let anything happen to him. I’m learning to let go?!
What’s one thing you have learnt about yourself you didn’t know before becoming a mama?
I now truly realise how my parents feel about me. Parental love is an entity of its own!
Balance. It’s an individual thing so how do you define it?
Making sure that I am doing what is right for me, right now.
Finish this sentence
I secretly wish I could… fly
I combat self doubt and overwhelm by… going for a trail run
I’m most inspired by… people doing what they love
My current affirmation/mantra is… whatever happens to you, happens for you
My yoga practice is… time out and a great way to support my running
What’s your one parting piece of guidance for the mama tribe?
Spend as much time in nature with your children as you can. It is the best medicine you could dream up. I love this quote from Richard Louv, founder of the Children & Nature Network: “Unlike television, nature doesn’t steal time. It amplifies it.”
Michelle Morpeth is the New Zealand-based creator of Outdoorsy NZ – a community which inspires mums to find their energy outside, engaging with their kids and rejuvenating themselves. Her website is full of fun ideas and tips for getting the family outdoors, wherever in the world they live.
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