It wasn’t Snez’s first baby, but we wanted to know how the mum to 12-year-old Eve was coping with a newborn and what she noticed had changed in the time since she’d been putting on nappies.
The mum-of-two told us everything she remembered, the couple of things she forgot, and how Sam and Eve are adjusting to their new roles.
It’s been 12 years since you had Eve. How are you finding having a baby the second time around?
Having another baby is fantastic and I feel I’m a lot more confident and relaxed the second time around. The challenge is that being a fair bit older I need to stay on top of my nutrition and exercise more closely in order to keep my energy levels up so I can run around after both girls on little sleep.
I also have two kids now not one. Having realistic expectations and not over-committing are my rules. Sam is a brilliant help too that I never had before.
Is there anything you forgot about mothering newborns?
Most things came flooding back to me that very first night we had little Willow beside us, a night of sleeplessness. However, what I did forget was how long it takes to duck into the supermarket with a baby. What once took five minute now takes an hour. Eeeek.
There is a lot of new things out on the market that I find myself staring blankly at and asking “what’s this for?” Other than that I’ve always been fairly maternal and feel very relaxed and at ease in my role as a Mum.
What else have you noticed has changed since Eve was a baby?
It’s actually quite interesting how things have changed. Views on body image, breastfeeding and heading back to work after having a baby. There is pressure and expectation put on women to be at pre-pregnancy weight and back at work within a few weeks of having a baby. Then everyone is divided. They either praise you for a superhero effort or shun you for making others compare. You really can’t win. I try to ignore it as I believe every pregnancy and mum is so different that you need to do what feels right for you.
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How has Sam taken to his role as Dad?
Sam has always been an incredible father figure to Eve but obviously, nappy changing was never part of that. Now being a first time dad of a newborn little baby girl he is definitely getting his hands dirty. He loves to be involved with the bathing, settling and feeding and doesn’t love but is definitely still involved in nappy changing. Sam has taken to fatherhood with a lot of ease and is experiencing every part of being a newborn parent including the sleepless nights. He is an incredible dad and partner and makes my heart want to explode knowing how much he loves us and is protective of his girls.