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“ What were you least prepared for in motherhood? Is there any stand out experiences you didn't expect? ”

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In my case it was the overwhelming emotion that I was least prepared for. Love, fear, worry, hope and did I mention love?

From the moment I knew I was pregnant I was overcome with a sense of protectiveness. I once dreamt I had given birth and the hospital I was in came under siege and I stood next to the door of my room fending of attackers with a garden blower.

Yes, a garden blower.

I have no idea why I was trying to defend myself and my baby with a garden blower. It was a dream and I guess you don't get to choose your weapons in your dream, but I do remember waking up knowing that from that moment forth, I would do anything to protect that little life growing inside of me.

That sense of protectiveness continues to grow - every . single . day.

On another note, I wasn't quite prepared for the amount of washing a little person creates. Honestly, I think the last time I was ever ‘on top’ of the washing in our house or at the very least could see the bottom of the laundry basket was maybe… oh… circa 2001.

Three kids on and I have given in to the never ending cycle of collect, soak, wash, fold and repeat.

My dining table is pretty much a permanent folding station an Read more

In my case it was the overwhelming emotion that I was least prepared for. Love, fear, worry, hope and did I mention love?

From the moment I knew I was pregnant I was overcome with a sense of protectiveness. I once dreamt I had given birth and the hospital I was in came under siege and I stood next to the door of my room fending of attackers with a garden blower.

Yes, a garden blower.

I have no idea why I was trying to defend myself and my baby with a garden blower. It was a dream and I guess you don't get to choose your weapons in your dream, but I do remember waking up knowing that from that moment forth, I would do anything to protect that little life growing inside of me.

That sense of protectiveness continues to grow - every . single . day.

On another note, I wasn't quite prepared for the amount of washing a little person creates. Honestly, I think the last time I was ever ‘on top’ of the washing in our house or at the very least could see the bottom of the laundry basket was maybe… oh… circa 2001.

Three kids on and I have given in to the never ending cycle of collect, soak, wash, fold and repeat.

My dining table is pretty much a permanent folding station and when I find clean and still folded shirts and socks in the dirty clothes basket I could just keel over and cry.

I had no idea that the sight of my husband washing and ironing could be such an aphrodisiac.

I kid you not.

My husband knows that these days, nothing turns me on more than a basket full of washed and folded clothes and if it wasn't of the fact he took over the ironing after the birth of our first born, then that first born would probably have been an only child.

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Sonia

Sonia is a proud Mama of three beautiful boys, a domestic goddess, perfectionist and overall crafty individual. Being a true Gemini, Sonia has the personality for any occasion with all instances expressed in her blog Life Love and Hiccups. The blog is her outlet to share fabulously flawed attempts at being the unstoppable mother and wife. Sonia’s often-hilarious hiccups in life are posted with her audience throughout social platforms, in an attempt to make the audience feel good, relaxed and at home. Sonia shares her crafting adventures, love of cushions, life with boys and other random stuff along the way.
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I never expected the amount of unconditional love I could have for another person. I remember bawling my eyes out when my eldest daughter was four and received her very first certificate at a school assembly. I watched her tiny little self walk across that giant stage and completely lost the plot, she’s now 17 and full of sass and spark.

Most days it’s the little things that bring me indescribable joy – a small hand reaching for mine after pre-school with an ‘I love you, Mama’ thrown in too. Or my teenage daughter coming out of her room to give me a hug and chat excitedly to me about her day. And as a mother I will never ever get tired of looking in on them before I go to bed and watching them sleep because in that brief moment you realise that no matter how freakin’ tough your day has been you would not trade it for a single damn thing.

I never expected the amount of unconditional love I could have for another person. I remember bawling my eyes out when my eldest daughter was four and received her very first certificate at a school assembly. I watched her tiny little self walk across that giant stage and completely lost the plot, she’s now 17 and full of sass and spark.

Most days it’s the little things that bring me indescribable joy – a small hand reaching for mine after pre-school with an ‘I love you, Mama’ thrown in too. Or my teenage daughter coming out of her room to give me a hug and chat excitedly to me about her day. And as a mother I will never ever get tired of looking in on them before I go to bed and watching them sleep because in that brief moment you realise that no matter how freakin’ tough your day has been you would not trade it for a single damn thing.

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Sarah

Sarah is a passionate, fit, family-orientated, loving Mum of four kids and a ‘hippy’ husband. She is on the journey to move more, eat better and live a life well loved! As a Registered Midwife and Nurse, when it comes to writing about health matters Sarah gracefully separates fact from fiction while combining personal experience with university qualifications. Sarah sets the standards high with her understanding of nutrition with the additional help from her sidekick Hubby, Brad. Move Fuel Love showcases Sarah's passion for fitness, family and zest for life.
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The weariness. No one can prepare you for that. And the love. No one can prepare you how deep it is. And the fear. The fear that comes from loving someone so much.

I remember the moment I gave birth to my first baby, a beautiful girl, after a 24-hour labour. The doctor put her on my chest, and I kept saying to my husband over and over, “It’s a baby. It’s a baby. It’s a baby.” Of course it was a baby, but meeting her for the very first time was so incredible, I just couldn’t believe it.

That little baby girl is now a teen, and I look back and realise having children changed me for the better. I didn’t expect that. I am both stronger and more compassionate for having them in my life.

The weariness. No one can prepare you for that. And the love. No one can prepare you how deep it is. And the fear. The fear that comes from loving someone so much.

I remember the moment I gave birth to my first baby, a beautiful girl, after a 24-hour labour. The doctor put her on my chest, and I kept saying to my husband over and over, “It’s a baby. It’s a baby. It’s a baby.” Of course it was a baby, but meeting her for the very first time was so incredible, I just couldn’t believe it.

That little baby girl is now a teen, and I look back and realise having children changed me for the better. I didn’t expect that. I am both stronger and more compassionate for having them in my life.

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Kelly

Kelly is an inspiration for all Mums who see the joy in life and motherhood in a fast-paced world. She loves every moment in life from little to big, is inspired by all and creates beautiful masterpieces along the way. Kelly believes in creating a happy childhood for her children, it’s like gifting them little memory anchors that can be drawn throughout their entire life. Be a Fun Mum is Kelly's blog where she showcases insight into being the absolute best mum she can be.