Welcome to the latest installment of our brand new series Mum vs Life. Each week we’ll feature a prominent Aussie mum and take you through her day.
This week we talk to Liberal MP Sophie Mirabella, Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research and mother of two girls.
Sophie with Katerina (left) and Alexandra (right)
WAKE UP: “The kids come in and jump on the bed…”
I am more of a night owl and have trouble getting to bed at a reasonable hour, even when my schedule allows. Mornings usually starts before 6am, sometimes before 5am if I’m traveling that day.
My occasional sleep-in days let me sleep until the kids come in and jump on the bed around 7am. The first thing I usually do on waking is check the phone for emails and messages, followed by a scan of the day’s newspapers on the iPad.
BREAKFAST: “I always have breakfast…”
I always have breakfast if I can, usually some oat bran and milk, and maybe, time permitting, a scrambled egg with a bit of salami and feta, and a coffee. Depending on the timing of work commitments, weekends are often no different.
Most days start with a good brisk walk for at least half an hour, but with the travel I’m doing I’m finding it increasingly challenging to do this. This is one thing I would love to change, because I always feel better if I walk in the morning.
BATH vs SHOWER: “The kids rarely interrupt me…”
I am a shower person, always in the morning and often in the evening as well. I might spoil myself with a longer shower on a Sunday. The kids rarely interrupt me, mainly because I’m on the road so much.
I have a teenager in the house who does tend to use a lot of hot water, but it’s rarely a problem for me in the morning. My husband often showers in the evening, and he’s the one who misses out if all the hot water is gone!