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Name & age: Teesha, 24
Baby: Mekhi, 17months
What does being a woke mama mean to you?
Being a woke mama to me means always teaching my child, understanding that knowledge never stops and always trying new ways to keep it creative and fun.
It’s learning to be patient with him. It’s ensuring he see’s himself in his books; representation.
What made you choose gentle parenting? And what is your favourite aspect of it?
Before I gave birth to Mekhi, I had this idea of what type of mama I would be and honestly it all came naturally.
When he was a baby and he’d cry I’d never think “unlucky me with the crying child”, I always think he’s crying for a reason and find new ways to hold and comfort him and it worked.
Now that he’s older, I’ve learned his behaviours. I know if he gets a little ‘naughty’ its because he’s tired/hungry etc.
My favourite aspect of it is learning, sounds silly but my child is forever changing and every day I learn something new about him and I really enjoy that.
Most awesome moment so far?
Such a tough question! I’ve honestly enjoyed most of motherhood (not the sleepiness nights and early mornings) but recently, Mekhi started saying “Love you” and it makes my heart melt a thousand times.
Biggest struggle so far? How do you cope with stressful moments?
My biggest struggle so far I think was when Mekhi was a newborn and I was breastfeeding and Mekhi stopped taking my expressed milk in the bottles — I couldn’t go anywhere without him or do much for 10 months but I just took each day as it came.
At the end of each day I was so proud of myself . That’s probably the biggest lesson life taught me about patience
Any advice you would give to new mums?
Take each day as it comes and try not to give into other peoples pressures. When most people give ‘advice’ it’s coming from a good place, but take it with a pinch of salt
What’s on your soundtrack to your first year of being a Woke Mama?
My pregnancy song was Zion by Lauryn Hill and now my song is Still My Child, when I sing it he falls asleep by the end of the song.
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