I just thought I would pop in to say hi….how’s it going….what’s been happening?
Spirited Mother has grown lately (fist pumps, high fives, happy dance happening in lounge room) and for those who don’t rrreeealllyy know me, I just wanted to sit down, have a cuppa, introduce myself and explain what this space is all about.
As I started writing this post, I realised there are two very big reasons why I created Spirited Mother which both just went on way too long, so I’m going to split this into two posts…we are busy women…no time for long reads!
So, here we go!
I’m Stacey (aka Stace), I have two kids who are 2 and 6 years old and about a year after my first baby was born, I got very sick, both physically and mentally and like all good stories….this is what started my whole road to well…..here!
It was a long and interesting trip, lots of twists, turns and gorgeous views, I learned a hell of a lot but one of the most significant things I realised on this journey, that both really shocked and annoyed me, was the lack of support for women in this country after they become mums.
Women are amazing, resourceful creatures. As soon as we decide to try or become pregnant, we turn into researching ninjas. We want knowledge, to be organized, have a plan and it seems a very common occurrence that we all somehow end up with the same collection of books:
“What are the dos and don’ts during pregnancy”
“Birth – all the different ways, places and tips”
And lastly “what and how to look after this little creature once it has arrived”.
However there is something very significant missing from this collection…….what about the mums?
What happens to them after this huge life altering experience? What about their health, wellbeing and what they may need?
We exit the buildings we gave birth in, with a bundle full of breastfeeding pamphlets in one hand, a little creature in the other, in this place we call “a newborn cloud”, and leave those very same doors to a world that suddenly looks very different and daunting!
Everything has changed.
Our bodies – from the way it looks, to how it works, to how it now feels.
Relationships – with our partners, our friends and especially with ourselves, no longer the same as they were before.
The way we feel – our confidence, insecurities, worries, all so hugely altered the minute we embark on this journey of motherhood.
It all completely changes and yet there is no information….no course….no preparation….no awareness….nothing!
So many parts of my sickness would have been significantly reduced if this information and support had been made easily accessible to me.
Just the acknowledge that I wasn’t alone, that it was even normal, that the mum down the street was going through the exact same thing. That the pleasantry smiles and the illusion of the “perfect mum” was in fact not real, and I was not the only one going through all these things on my own…. wow, that would have made the biggest difference of all.
It was easier to find a piece of gold in my backyard than it was to get this information and I would have paid anything to get it!
So…..I decided to create it.
I created Spirited Mother so that no matter where a mum was, no matter what her circumstance or how messy her hair or house was, she could turn on the computer and access something that gave her acknowledgement, comfort, information, and more importantly made her realise that she wasnt alone.
With the fire in my belly (that still burns damn bright), I created a blog, a website and studied at the Institute of Integrated Nutrition for the sole purpose of Spirited Mother and everything it represents….. and this is just the beginning!
So there you go lovely ladies, that is Part 1 of me, what SM is about and what gets me going!!!!
If I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting you yet, “hi there”, I am so glad you are here and I really look forward to hanging out with you in the future gorgeous mum.