Firstly, congratulations on your beautiful Bali wedding! Why did you choose Bali as your perfect wedding destination?
Thank you so much. We’ve been wanting to go to Bali for our first family holiday for a little while, and thought, why not throw in a wedding too? Engaged for 4 years, together for nearly ten, we decided it was time to tie the knot. The whole big wedding thing wasn’t really us, and I’d always wanted to get married on the beach, so it was kind of the perfect location. It was a really special day, just the three of us.
You have recently returned to work, was the transition from a full time stay at home mum to a working mum difficult or more easy than you imagined?
It think it's been a bit of a mix of both. I didn’t expect to miss Eva as much as I do… sometimes I’m that crazy mum who looks at photos of her on my lunch break and tears up a bit (who even am I?). And then there’s the tough days where she’s whinging all day long and I cannot wait to go to work the next day, drink a coffee in peace and have a bit of time apart. We’re really fortunate that Eva loves her daycare, so I think that’s made it a lot easier. I do know for sure that being back at work a few days and not being a full time stay at home mum has made me really enjoy the days I do have with her more. They’re much more special now and when it gets to the middle of the week I’m busting to hang out with her. I think it’s a really good mix, for us both.
You have been very open about your experience with IVF, how did you get through this time, what advice do you have for women facing the same difficulties?
IVF is such a crazy rollercoaster, so many ups, and a whole lot of downs… but I really believe talking about it is so important. I remember when we were trying to conceive naturally I went a little nuts. It just takes over your life and I felt so alone. It was at this point I started looking for blogs and reading about other peoples experiences to get me through. If by talking about it, I can help someone else feel a little bit less alone, then that’s pretty amazing. How did I get through this time? I think by trying to stay positive and focus on the end goal. My advice to other women would be to take each day, every step, one at a time. Be kind to yourself and when you think you can’t do it anymore, you totally can, you’re stronger than you think. Also do your research in regards to your doctor and clinic, look at all their stats, but also go with your gut. Trusting your doctor 100% is so important. We’re ridiculously lucky and our IVF journey was a short one… I still often kick myself (even when I’m knee deep in tantrums) that it worked for us and we have our baby girl.
Eva is absolutely adorable! What is her best personality trait?
Oh gosh I don’t know where to start with this one… I could name her most annoying traits more easily I think. That’s not totally terrible isn’t it? I think my favourite thing is probably her cheeky little nature. She’s a little bit too clever for her own good which makes her such a little cheeky chops.
Your Instagram feed is en pointe!! What are your top tips for curating the perfect Instagram?
Just go with capturing what you love. I don’t know if there really is such a thing as the “perfect Instagram” so to speak. I love that there is so many amazing beautiful accounts on here, all different in their own way. But my tips for making your photos pop would be always shoot in natural light, look at how you’re framing your subject and what’s in the shot and learn a few little editing tricks!