Award-winning meteorologist Magdalena Roze has just welcomed her second son with Three Blue Ducks chef Darren Robertson. She might be keeping bub's name under wraps (for now at least), but her honesty on social media has won her almost 38,000 Instagram followers.
A quick scroll through her profile and it's easy to see why we're all hooked: Magdalena has always been unapologetically herself when it comes to motherhood. Case in point? Her latest couch selfie with two-year-old Archie and the new bub.
"Another day done as a mama of two and it's amazing how you can go from 'I've got this' to pure survival (and 'how does everyone else do this?!') in the space of minutes!" she wrote.
"I had no idea that going from one to two kids is this bloody hard and I feel like an emotional nappy changing, cleaning, milk bar." Amen to that.
Here, the Byron-based cookbook author talks candidly about being kind to herself, the celeb mum she looks up to and why motherhood isn't about being perfect.
What’s been the most surprising thing about motherhood?
Just how strong, resilient and intuitive we are. I'm in awe of our ability to carry and nourish our babies, our innate wisdom for what we need to do, and on how little sleep we're able to function. Mothers are superhuman!
I've also been surprised by the unconditional love, patience and selflessness that we're capable of and how much I continue to learn about myself through Archie. Children are so present and I'm conscious now about preserving his natural mindfulness and 'being in the moment' because we end up spending most of our adult life trying to get there again!
Who's your role model?
I gain so much strength, support and wisdom from the many women around me. I'm a big believer in the sisterhood and sharing knowledge, and living life with purpose and integrity, in a way that somehow benefits other people too.
If I had to pick, it would be my parents for their incredible generosity, courage, work ethic and passion for life. And burns survivor and motivational speaker Turia Pitt for her remarkable journey from adversity. I've met her a few times, and not only is her will and mental strength mind-blowing, but she also has a great sense of humour. She's used her story to help so many other people overcome their own fears and hardship — I really admire that.
What’s the biggest misconception about becoming a mum?
Perhaps that it comes naturally. While I've talked about our innate ability to nurture and nourish our children, there's so much that we're not prepared for and don't know. We assume that something like breastfeeding might come easily because it's nature, but it can actually be extremely challenging and even impossible for some mums.
I'll never forget feeling like a bit of a deer in the headlights when it came to bringing our newborn Archie home from hospital for the first time. I feel so much more relaxed about our second baby knowing what to expect!
What difference has having the boys played in terms of healthy eating and activeness?
Since becoming a mother I've become much more conscious about what I put in my body especially during pregnancy because suddenly you're responsible for another little person's health and wellbeing!
While there is much less time to look after myself now with children, it's actually more important than ever to make sure I'm nourishing myself and replenishing the stores, especially with the lack of sleep! I focus on eating real, good quality wholefoods that are as unprocessed as possible and make time, even if it's a few minutes, to sit down and eat a nutritious meal.
It's not about being perfect but doing the best with what you have and sometimes that's just scrambled eggs but they're such a complete food. When it comes to physical activity, I approach it like a treat and not a chore so it's about being kind to myself, getting stronger and feeling energised rather than trying to achieve a six pack.
What’s the biggest life lesson you’ve learned?
I've learned to prioritise, set boundaries and say no to things. I stay on top of my health with nourishing meals and the right vitamins as well as spending time outdoors.
You’ve got a few hours of ‘me’ time, what do you do?
I love the Byron Bay lighthouse walk followed by a swim in the ocean. Or yoga then brunch with a friend.
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