Welcome to the latest installment of our series Mum vs Life. Each week we’ll feature a prominent Aussie mum and take you through her day.
This week we talk to Labor member for Greenway, Michelle Rowland. Ahead of the September 7 Federal Election, Michelle is busy campaigning and caring for her 18-month-old daughter Octavia. She takes us through a typical day in real time!
WAKE UP: "I wake up a few minutes before my alarm..."
Alarm - I actually wake up a few minutes before it goes off. I sleep with my BlackBerry charging on the bedside table. My body is back in the rhythm of the early wake up so it doesn't hurt as much as it did a few months ago. My 18-month old daughter, Octavia, now goes down in her cot without fuss at around 7pm each night and usually sleeps through until anywhere between 5am and 7am. I remember getting up for the multiple breast feeds during the night, I think it was the short bursts of sleep that hurt more.
I walk quietly onto the landing and feel my way down the stairs in the dark. I hear Octavia talking, it's coming from the spare front room. She must have woken while I was in the shower and my husband has taken her into bed with him. On week nights when I have an early start, I sleep by myself in our room. It means I can wake up, shower and dress without disturbing anyone. Octavia hears the safety gate click on the lower set of stairs and I hear the cutest, "Byyee!" come from upstairs. I'm smiling.
BREAKFAST: "It's my shout for breakfast at the Lebanese cafe in Blacktown..."
A good morning at Seven Hills station doing meet and greet with commuters. I've lost count of the number of times I've done this over the past 3 and a half years. I enjoy doing it outside of election periods, it's a nice way of reminding constituents - and yourself - that it's important to stay in touch. Usually I do this on my own but now the election campaign is in full swing, a big team has turned out to lend a hand.