Welcome to the summer series of Mum vs Life. Each week we’ll bring you our favourite celebrity mum who will take us through their day. This week we talk to actress Jenni Baird from the epic Aussie drama A Place to Call Home and mother-of-two.
My husband and I wake up at 6.30am EVERY DAY! This is because our daughter has one of those “Star/Sun” clocks and she waits for the Sun to appear before leaving her room and this happens to be 6.30 – otherwise it’d be earlier.
I am a morning person, however I am groggy until I have had my coffee. I love this time of day. The world looks glorious and I usually look forward to my day.
Yes, so first thing I do is turn on the coffee machine. Second thing is lift my baby boy out of his cot, third thing is a nappy change, and depending on how messy it is, sometimes we are running a bath at 6.45am!
Breakfast in all reality could just be the latte I have religiously. However, I will try and eat cereal and sometimes an egg as I know it’s good to eat breakfast. I find that the milky coffee really fills me up.
When I am feeling motivated in terms of health I will sometimes start the day with a glass of water with lemon squeezed in.
BATH vs SHOWER
I wish I had a firm routine with this, but I don’t. If I have been filming I will generally always shower before bed to really deep cleanse and get all the TV makeup off.
If I am at home with the kids, I have to wait for my baby boy to go down for his morning nap and then I can have a relaxed shower – ‘me time’, I call that.
Unfortunately, I can rarely use our big deep bath as the pipes are very close to Charlie’s room and we don’t want to wake him up! So I am a shower girl out of necessity.
Our daughter, Rose, does freely wander in and talk to me while I am in the shower. That’s because we’ve trained her not to yell out and wake her baby brother.
I am a firm believer in “just because you’re at home with the kids doesn’t mean you don’t make an effort”. I am afraid of the daggy-mum-in-track-pants trap because it would be so easy to give up and sleep and live in the same tracksuit for days at a time! So I really try (most days) to feel put together to some extent. That being said, the teachers at Rose’s preschool have seen me in all attires! From full hair and makeup and heels to Asics and baggy sweats.
I love clothes and love shopping. I can’t do it as much as I’d like. I was spoiled living in LA as there was so much affordable fashion there. Here in Australia, things are often twice what they’d be in the States (hello, Converse sneakers) so I will try and look for Australian labels like Lover and Lisa Ho.
I feel most comfortable in skinny jeans and some sort of heel on a boot- when I say heel, I mean a one-inch Cuban.