4 Weeks Back!

WELL THAT WAS A GIANT SLAP IN THE FACE.

Whoever said “mamas can have it all, or even try to have it all”, made me laugh evil-y last week. I did not have it all. Any of it. What I did have, was a flu from being run down, boob milk on my suit jacket and a new, special kind of super-exhaustion that made me about as upbeat and positive as Eyeore from Winnie the Pooh (you know, the depressed donkey). No amount of positive trash talk, which usually motivates me, like this or repeat plays of Level Up saved me last week.

I found myself sitting at my desk, thinking “No, I do not want to answer your email immediately” and “No, I cannot jump back into things like nothing has happened.”

The truth is, so much has happened. I have to accept that my weekday cannot revolve around work like it used to. I have another, way cooler job of being a mama that I would like to have enough energy to do well (or well enough, am not weighing myself down with expectation here).

I have to remind myself, this is a transition, and it is hard, and that is ok. I also didn’t factor in getting sick with the flu last week. I know they say in tough times, dig deep. But digging deep when you need to dig deep is, well, tiring, and boy was I tired.

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The joys of the mid day pump…

My attempt to dig deep saw me (unconvincingly) reminding myself “everything is hard when you are unwell, so don’t be so hard on yourself there, mama”. My better half reminded me of this important message, for that I am so grateful. And in my own mama’s words, “just participate, make it through each marathon day one day at a time and give it a red hot go”.

So I had a day off, and then gave it a red hot go. And this week, I am pleased to report, is infinitely better. I am not sick and I am making it through the days, dare I say, well (hoorah!).

But know this, to all of you glorious, ball-juggling-mind-and-time-management- guru-working-mamas out there who have gone down this brutal transition path before me: I salute you. I now join you on the gloriously gruelling journey of WELL-HOW-ON-EARTH-AM-I-GOING-TO-MAKE- THIS-WORK-AND-NOT-GO-INSANE?

Don’t even get me started on pumping – is it not the most laborious, pain staking thing ever?

Please, wish me more luck.

Sxx


Sophia

Sophia is a new mum, slowly adapting to the many changes that a new baby brings to life. She is a keen writer and adventurer who loves to travel, although now considers leaving the house and walking around Kennedy Town, where she lives, an adventure in itself (ah, how times change post baby).

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THE BIG RETURN (TO WORK)

As my maternity leave comes to an end, I am a bundle of nerves and fears.

At my worst, I feel like I have just got into the swing of things, Bub and I have our own (loose) routines, plenty of hugs on tap and the odyssey of learning-to-breastfeed has finally been overcome, only to be ruined by the Big Return to Work which will send me back to square one of how-will-I-cope-ever-again.

At my best, I am so proud of how far Bub and I have come, little man is ready and raring to gain more independence and I feel ready to use my mind and to have conversations that aren’t to the tune of a nursery rhyme.

But back to my worst, because I spend more time in that zone at the moment, dreading the Big Return.

The fears are many, and range from: How and why would I want to leave Bub ever, let alone for 8 hours in a row? Will he forget me? Or worse, will he be bitter and hate me for leaving him? Will he cry constantly? Will he take the bottle every day? Can I survive without him in my sight? The wildness of some of these fears as I type does not escape me, yet I feel these things all at once.

My mind turns to the giggles, stories, songs and rocks to sleep I will miss during the day, the looming pain of the breast pump sessions to come at the office. Ugh, sometimes I feel overwhelmed by the mountain ahead.

But then the tiniest voice of encouragement peeps out from behind it all: come on there, mama. No one said it was easy, no one said you won’t feel a million things at once, no one said the season of first time mama hood will be fear free. Don’t quit before you’ve even started, give it a go and try your best, you can’t do any more than that.

In my heart of hearts, more than anything I feel grateful. Grateful that I got the precious gift of spending this time with Bub, bonding in a way I could never explain or understand without going through it.

Everything feels a bit more intense now (thank you hormones), but along with the fears and nerves feeling strong, the moments of joy and wonder are richer than ever before too. Our precious Bub has made my other half and I into a family. He has changed it all for us and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I just have to try to accept that my bundle of emotions are part and parcel of mama hood now, and the right decision will always present itself, and worrying about future ifs and buts help no one.

I came across a brilliant quote from Mamadisrupt’s Instagram that will have to become my mantra for the next few months: She was powerful not because she wasn’t scared, but because she went on so strongly despite the fear.

Wish me luck.


Sophia

Sophia is a new mum, slowly adapting to the many changes that a new baby brings to life. She is a keen writer and adventurer who loves to travel, although now considers leaving the house and walking around Kennedy Town, where she lives, an adventure in itself (ah, how times change post baby).

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Bambino Concepts

Mompreneur: Rachel
Business: Bambino Concepts


Rachel is a 23 year-old wife and mother. She has a 2 year-old daughter.
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Rachel is currently working in the Hospitality Industry, a field known to be a demanding and stressful work environment. She found herself feeling quite guilty working full-time with a growing daughter at home. Her work-week is long, with busy weekends and unpredictable days off.
Rachel has made the decision to work towards entrepreneurship. She desires a different path with more freedom, working towards something that she’s passionate about, while allowing her more time to dedicate to her daughter.
Hence Bambino Concepts was born.
Bambino Concepts is a one stop shop for unique children’s products and essentials, dedicated for both parents and their children. Inspired by her daughter, Rachel wanted to create a brand that represents a young and free-spirited soul. Offering a children’s clothing line and baby essentials.
Bambino Concepts also partners with different Mompreneurs and feature various products in store. Their aim is to connect, inspire and to share.

 

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Tora Denmark

Mompreneur: Maria
Business: Tora Denmark



 

ToraA daughter, sister, mother, wife and lover of all things Scandinavian. Being introduced to the culture of Denmark early on in my marriage to a Dane, I quickly became envious (being American) of the style and simplicity of the Danish architecture and design.

All of our accessories are hand made in Denmark and Sweden, with our leather bracelets collection following the traditional jewelry of the Sami People of Laapland, using only the finest materials of pewter silver, leather and reindeer horns. Swedish reindeer are domesticated and shed their antlers annually, so they are in no danger for our vanity .

I am honored to share my love of Scandinavia with you!

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 Petit Crayon Studio

Mompreneur: Karine
Business: Petit Crayon Studio



Petit crayon Studio Hong kong Themed Gifts Store

My name is Karine and I am the founder of Petit Crayon Studio, an illustration and retail brand based in Hong Kong. I am from French Canadian origins and been living in Hong Kong for 3 years.

I am a mother to a 9 year old daughter who was born in Paris, France and also lived in Canada a couple of years.  I find Hong Kong is a great place to raise children as it is not only stimulating but also safe and calm.

My work typically incorporates watercolor, delicate details and vibrant colors.   I get directly inspired from my love of Hong Kong, the people I meet, as well as the wonderful moments I spend on a daily basis in this vibrant city.

My Process

All images printed on my products start on paper: sketched, painted and sometimes hand-lettered (I am still challenged on that point!).  Most of the time, I would only use watercolors, but adding details with Sharpies, gold and silver watercolor can change drastically an art piece, so I do incorporate different medias once in a while.

What makes my art so unique are the imperfections!   If you observe well my products, you can see different un-erased line strokes, mistakes and details which makes my art imperfect yet so unique.   Boites aux Lettres Petit crayon studio

Once the paper version is complete, I scan it and edit it so that colors can be adjusted and minor imperfections fixed.

I partner with a variety of manufacturers from Canada, UK, Hong Kong and China that transform my watercolors into best-selling products.  I care about product quality, the environment, fair wages and working conditions for laborers, so I make every effort to source as many products nearby and I pick my manufacturers carefully.

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