This week, we speak with Hayley from Mum Little Loves. Hayley is a super talented mum in interior decorating and styling. She has a keen eye for all things stylish for the home. And I've too often catch myself pinning images of her house (from Instagram) in my mind for when I finally get a chance to decorate and style my own house. If you haven't followed her Instagram account or her blog, you need to do that pronto.
I'm so glad I got to speak with Hayley about her motherhood journey. No one story is the same. The story that every mother has to tell is always one of adventure and courage. Join me and read about Hayley's story.
1. Tell us about yourself, where you are based and a little about your little one(s).
I’m married to my best friend and blessed with 3 beautiful children, 2 girls aged 13 & 14, and a little boy aged 4. We live on the Gold Coast, QLD and have every intention of staying here for many years to come. We love our lifestyle of living by the water and our home really is our sanctuary.
2. What is the most difficult/challenging thing you had to deal with in your mama-hood journey?
Oh there have been so many, but truly, I have been very lucky so far with my children, they are all happy and healthy and we have never had any life threatening traumas. That doesn't mean that it’s all been smooth sailing. We have had our fair share of broken bones, seizures, spider bites, etc…We've also had our fair share of tantrums, broken hearts and disappointing moments. Life with 3 kids is busy and tiring, both physically and mentally, and there are days when I want to shut myself in my bedroom and never come out, but that’s life with kids! The happy, loving and tender moments far outweigh any negative ones, all in all we are lucky and blessed with our journey so far.
"there are days I want to shut myself in my bedroom and never come out.....The happy, loving and tender moments far outweigh any negative ones"
- Hayley Little
#Brave Mama in My Family
But, having a third child at 35, nine years since my last child, was definitely more demanding than I had anticipated. My body didn’t (and hasn’t) bounced back like it did with the girls, and although I think I have more patience, I have much less energy.
3. What is the bravest thing you had to do as a mama?
The first thing that comes to mind is obviously childbirth, but the physical pain is quickly forgotten once you have your beautiful baby in your arms. So, I would have to say the bravest thing I’ve had to do would be handing my children over to the care of a doctor when they have all had to have anaesthetics for various minor procedures (broken bones, dental, etc.) It is heartbreaking seeing your child frightened and crying, and not being able to be there to comfort them. I have such love and respect for parents of sick kids who have to deal with these types of situations on a regular, and much more serious basis.
"..the bravest thing I've had to do would be handing my children over to the care of a doctor"
- Hayley Little
#Brave Mama in My Family
4. Is there another brave mama who inspires you? How has she inspired you?
My own Mama is the bravest, strongest, most positive and resilient woman I know. She has been knocked down in her life and she has every reason to curl up in a ball and hate the world. Instead she continues to look at the best parts in life, she finds the positive in people and is always the first person to lend a hand in any situation. She is never greedy, nasty or judgmental. I strive to be more like her everyday.
5. What would you say to another mama who may be going through similar circumstances?
Stay strong, you’ve got this! And if you don’t - Ask for help! There is no need to go through anything alone, the world is full of beautiful people willing to help, all you need to do is ask!
"There is no need to go through anything alone"- Hayley Little#Brave Mama in My Family
It is so important to know that there is no need to go through anything alone. There are really beautiful people around us, who are there to offer a listening ear, and a shoulder and a hug. Surround yourself with fellow mamas who will uplift you. And let's walk this motherhood journey together.
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