Woke mama: Ashly

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Name & age: Ashly, 21 years old

Baby: Nolan, 6 months

What does being a woke mama mean to you?

Being a woke mama to me means trusting my instincts, allowing what may be, respecting my son as his own individual and his need to be a baby, and being present in every moment with him.

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

I didn’t chose gentle parenting, it just happened naturally. I love to mother through breastfeeding; these past 6 months have been a blessing and I will continue to for as long as he wants.

Having my son attached to me 24/7 is my favorite part of gentle parenting. The way he trusts me to protect him and knows he is safe in my arms is priceless.

I am his mother, he feels safe with me but I also feel safe with him. His love is pure, his smile, his laugh, his happiness cannot be faked and that’s what keeps me safe.

Most awesome moment so far?

There are so many amazing moments with my sweet boy!! But on top of my list is waking up to his lovely smile each and every morning. It’s priceless.

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

My biggest struggle is being a stay at home mom. It is truly a blessing and I am so thankful that I get to stay home with my son but it’s a constant job with NO breaks.

It is honestly the hardest job I have ever done. And with zero family in the state I live it makes coping with stressful moments a little harder. I love the saying “This too shall pass” and I remind my self of this when I’m feeling overwhelmed.

Any advice you would give to new mums?

Listen to your heart – and baby knows you’re doing your best so don’t be hard on yourself.

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

John Legend – Love me now.

For more of super mum Ashly, follow her blog: inmycanvas

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