Today I’m going to kick off a segment called “Hey Mama”. Where each week I write about a Mama, to shine a light on her family and the ever evolving dance that is parenting. We are all so different but I hope you can find comfort and inspiration in our similarities. I thought the best way to start things off was to tell you all a little about myself and my family but don’t worry, next week I’ve got a super inspirational Mama to write about so stay tuned… Name Baylee Kids Preston 3 and Hudson 1 Passions Events and special occasions, fresh food, cooking, nature and animals. The thing I love most about being a Mama is seeing everyday things for the first time through my babies’ eyes. It’s definitely a lesson in patience. Being a parent makes you stop, sit back and just watch the world go by. Darkest parenting moment Right after I had my first son Preston, he had breathing problems and high blood pressure so he had to be taken by ambulance without me or my husband to Brisbane Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. So we had to follow the ambulance in the car and meet him at the hospital. The worst thing was I had to leave the hospital without him, (only to eat and sleep of course but) it was the scariest week of my life. Being a first time parent and in that sterile environment where nurses were taking care of my baby instead of me or my husband, we felt so helpless and alone. Thank god he came through it perfectly fine. What makes me feel most supported Funnily enough the most supported I’ve ever felt was the day after I had my second son Hudson. My mum, my sister and both their partners came over, cooked up a feast and just hung out all day, helping us with Preston, letting us rest and taking turns doting over Hudson. We were all just so comfortable, it was amazing! Kids say the darnedest things Preston loves to help me cook and I usually let him lick the spoon afterwards but sometimes he gets impatient and wants to lick the spoon while we’re still using it. (Who can blame him really?!) On one particular day he was overtired and impatient so when I told him he couldn’t lick the spoon yet he went into a full scale melt-down screaming, “but my tongue just wants to lick something! Please let it lick something! Anything! Please!” Which of course is not the perfect time to laugh, but truly the perfect time for the Australia Post man to come to the door and witness my parental chaos. If I could change one thing about the world for future generations it would be Our willingness to put our own convenience at a higher value than the earth. There is such a throw away culture in western society. It breaks my heart. I’m trying so hard to slowly transition my life to be more sustainable and friendly to the earth. It sounds cliche because every brand is trying to position themselves as being “eco-friendly” or “green” and we have so far to go, but I will say that it is going to be a slow and gradual process both on a global and a personal scale. I hope we can move mountains soon for the sake of the earth and our babies that have to live here in the future.I want to teach my kids that women are complex, capable creatures that generally just want to bring people together. That’s my aim with the Mama + Me markets. To raise other women up and give them the knowledge and confidence in themselves to be the best Mamas they can be, to encourage everyone to reach out and support each other even when they need support too. My babies’ daddy rocks because he supports me in all my parenting choices. We work as a team on most things but he really and truly gives with his whole heart. He also teaches my boys priceless things that make me laugh like how to eat a meat pie, funny handshakes and to say “peace out homie” to older relatives. One of the proudest moments was when someone asked me why I was “STILL breastfeeding” our eighteen month old and he calmly told them because it was still benefiting our family and there was no need for us to stop. What gets me through the toughest days is thinking about in twenty years or so when we’ll be sitting on our porch drinking tea, watching our kids run around after our grand kids and we’ll giggle to ourselves and know that it was all worth it.