Woke Mama: Lena

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Want to know WTF a Woke Mama is? Each week, we’re introducing awesome women who are making the world a kinder place, one happy baby at a time.

Name: Lena
Age: 37
Baby: Romy, 3 and baby no. 2 due in early October

What does being a woke mama mean to you?

I parent following my instincts and gut feeling. Plus I always remember that my child isn’t my possession, I don’t ‘own’ her — she’s her own person.

What made you choose gentle parenting? And what is your favourite aspect of it?

I didn’t really think about how I would parent, I just felt we’d figure things out as and when needed.

Consequently I didn’t make any decisions on where the baby would sleep, whether I would breastfeed or not, etc. It just so happened that breastfeeding worked out for us and that we enjoy co-sleeping.

The one thing I’ve always known though, is that I’ve wanted to treat my child as a person and an individual.

Most awesome moment so far?

Way too many to pick! There are little moments every day where she does something new or unexpected or funny. She recently started to tell me bedtime stories, that’s pretty amazing.

Biggest struggle so far? How do you cope with stressful moments?

Finding the balance between full-time work, family and time to myself. My husband is the one who cut back on his job and took on most of the childcare; it’s worked out really well for us.

How do you juggle work with gentle parenting?

I went back to work full time when Romy was 5 months old and still fully breastfed. It took me a few weeks to adjust to pumping and lots of night feeds but we got there in the end.

Any advice you would give to new mums?

Do your own thing, whatever that is.

What’s on your soundtrack to your first year of being a Woke Mama?

Lots of Beatles and 60s soul.

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