Brave Mama in My Family Story #6 - Meg Langton

February 22, 2016

Brave Mama in My Family Story #6 - Meg Langton

Meg is from Melbourne but lives in London. And what I love most about her story is that we both share something in common. That is to pack up our bags and leave the place we're so familiar with and leave for a different continent, bub in tow. Her adventurous spirit is admirable. But in the midst of all the fun and adventures, being a mama in a foreign land, requires a lot of courage. Join me as we welcome Meg to the #Brave Mama in My Family! 

 

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1. Tell us about yourself, where you are based and a little about your little one(s). 

 

I’m a first time stay at home mama, to my cheeky little boy Austin who is 18 months old. Austin is an all climbing, forever running, action packed boy who keeps us on our toes all day long. Phew, it can be exhausting, but it’s also the MOST fun we’ve ever had, raising this small babe. Hubby and I have also dragged him half away across the world to freezing cold London but as it is with most kids, he couldn’t care less about the cold. Nope, he’s too busy exploring this funny old town.

 

And as we go around exploring I’ve been documenting our adventures in the blog I started around 9 months ago. It’s been a fantastic creative outlet, and hey let’s be honest, it’s been a damn good time checking out all this city has to offer.

 

 

2. What is the most difficult/challenging thing you had to deal with in your mama-hood journey? 

 

Challenge? There’s no challenges in mamahood, right? It’s all latte’s in the sunshine, nice long sleep-in’s and heading out for lunchtime yoga sessions. Well ok, that might be a small bit wrong. Ermm or nothing like the truth at all! How nice would that be though, right?

 

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Mamahood throws SO many challenges at us, sometimes I found the hardest thing being the perpetual not knowing what to expect! But the biggest challenge for me was to not stress the small things (or the big things, or pretty much everything!). Before having a baby I never knew you could care so much about one singular thing. That one small being could take over your whole soul in a heartbeat. And when you care SO much about this one small person it's hard not to worry about every small thing.....because you want to do everything so perfectly for them and everything to be just right. But in reality parenting will never be perfect, not even close (am I right mamas?).  With countless all nighters (and no, not the fun type), milk sprayed tops and toddler tantrums we are well inducted to our less than perfect parenthood lives.

 

"I found the hardest thing (in mama-hood journey) being the perpetual not knowing what to expect"

- Meg Langton

 

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So after spending the first three months stressing about close to everything I finally got the confidence to trust my instincts and trust that the one person who will know what is best for me and my baby and my family ... Is me.... And phew, I’m so glad I finally did! Spending less time worrying about the small and sometimes insignificant details gave me the chance to enjoy watching his cute little head grow in to the crazy toddler he is today.

 

"in reality parenting will never be perfect, not even close"

- Meg Langton

 

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3. What is the bravest thing you had to do as a mama?

 

We decided that being a new mama and dada to our dear little man wasn’t challenge enough. Nope! Why not move continents as well? So off we went with our one year old son on our biggest adventure yet.

 

It was SUCH a hard decision to make the move to London. There were so many things that we kept thinking about… moving away from our families, Austin being without his grandparents, whether he would cope or not (…whether we would cope or not).

 

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But when we really thought about it, we knew it was the right thing to do. I kept thinking when we are 80 years old and look back on our lives will we be happy with our decision if we decide not to do it? And we both knew so clearly that we just had to get out there and give it a go, no matter how difficult or even if we fall flat on our asses and come back with our tails between our legs.

 

And you know, Austin LOVES the big red buses, the lush green parks and both sets of grandparents have already planned trips over (lucky mum and dad, we might be able to squeeze a few date nights in, woo).

 

Of course we miss everyone back home terribly but we know living here is going to be momentary, so we just keep thinking what the hell, let’s make this the best damn time of our lives.   

 

"It was SUCH a hard decision to make the move.... whether Austin would cope or not (…whether we would cope or not)."

- Meg Langton

 

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4. Is there another brave mama who inspires you? How has she inspired you?

 

So many mama’s inspire me. Especially my own mama, which took me 29 years to realise how truly wonderful she is (wow, I was slow right?). Once I had my own child it really made me realise all of the wonderful things she did, was not because she had to, but because she made a choice to. She made those choices day in, day out to put us kids first, to make us feel loved and make our lives so wonderful. Pretty special, huh?

 

"She made those choices day in, day out to put us kids first, to make us feel loved and make our lives so wonderful" 

- Meg Langton

 

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5. What would you say to another mama who may be going through similar circumstances?

 

Trust your instincts. Your brain might be freaking out, you’re probably the most tired you’ve been in your entire life and you might feel like you have no idea what you’re doing with this new precious babe but remember that you’re a strong woman and your inner mama will know what to do.

 

"Remember that you’re a strong woman and your inner mama will know what to do"

- Meg Langton

 

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I know of many admirable women, when life throws curveballs at them, they take the ball and throw it further and higher. No matter what situation you may face today, one step at a time, you got this. 

xx Meng

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can follow Meg at:

Website: http://www.megamamma.com.au/ 

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/mega_mamma

 

 

 




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