NEW PRODUCT RELEASE - FOR THE MILK MAID & BABE

NEW PRODUCTS - FOR THE MILK MAID & BABE

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NEW PRODUCTS IN STORE NOW FOR MUM OR A MUM TO BE!

So your planning your trip to the hospital and have no idea what to wear for afterbirth around the ward.....your home from hospital and breastfeeding has started to become a challenge and anxiety has started to rise....your wanting to help your babies new skin the best you possibly can but your not sure what to use...sound familiar to any of you?

The Cheeky Britches tribe have worked towards creating few yet impacting pieces to help new mums along the way. We as mums know how much easier life as a new mum can be if we have the right equipment. If we feel good, look good, relax and give our babies the best start possible the huge job of nurturing your new life and baby has become a little easier.

Our new women's clothing is made with comfort and style in mind. Cut from the same bamboo cloth our babies deserve and are treated to here at Cheeky Britches our mothers can now find these easy to wear simple pieces to take to the hospital for afterbirth luxury and home time comfort. Great to lounge in with guests, feed baby in comfort and sleep in like a dream I just know you'll struggle to take them off to wash them!!

Our new soy candles were developed with breastfeeding / bottle feeding in mind. At one stage or another feeding your baby can easily become routine, stressful, tiring and more! Constant feeds, late nights, weight gain issues, supply problems, oversupply problems, taking the bottle....the list can go on. Feed times with mum and bub should be one of the most rewarding, nurturing and bonding experiences of your entire life...it truly is amazing. We hope to help nurture that experience to take a little pressure off and get you feeling a little more relaxed within the experience. Our beautiful soy candles have been made within Melbourne, AUSTRALIA by a great candle maker with the hope that it's use at feed times help you through with a little love and southing help. They are a Limited Edition fragrance so there will only be a handful made before we move onto another. If you find it helping please let us know so we can work hard to continue a fragrance just for you!

At one stage or another in the journey of motherhood we can all call ourselves the "MILK MAID" because we simply are...try out some of our new items just for mum or mum and bub and let us know if they helped you!

xx giorgie

DIRECTOR / DESIGNER

KEEPING ON TOP OF OUR HEALTH- The challenge to keep in shape + staying strong for ourselves + our bubs

WHATS YOUR SECRET? - My story + struggles on staying on top of it all!

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HEALTH

 

IT'S EASIER SAID THAN DONE...SO HOW DO WE KEEP OURSELVES POSITIVE + HEALTHY

 

We all remember prior to having our kiddies we promised ourselves we would stay on top of our health....make ourselves a priority somewhere so that we don't fall apart, but the reality of having children is a demand that we never expected to be so great.

I am the mother of two beautiful children who challenge me every day to be a better person and raise them with all the strength I have. So where do we get our strength? Does it all come from within or do we need to work on it? An if we need to work on it where do we find that time?

In the beginning after my first child I waited the 6 weeks before resuming my weekly running which helped initially. As a positive with breastfeeding and in addition to the exercise I found no struggle in keeping fit and my weight down. However as time went on and we were blessed with a second child, the demands on my time started to grow. Between my husband working interstate and overtime, my work demands increasing and the demands of my children rising every day, I found it near impossible to return to my running schedule and lacked the energy to stay on top of healthy eating. So what are we to do? How is it that we are meant to "look after ourselves" though such tough times? The life as a mother of young children in our society is filled with pressures, obligations, demands and the never ending need to give more and more to others and less to ourselves.

Earlier this year enough was enough when I found myself so tired in the mornings it was difficult to raise to the daily challenges, my energy was so low, the weight of carrying my kids had impacted my back leaving me in constant pain, my work days were so demanding I found I was skipping meals and living of adrenalin, tea and coffee....it just had to improve or my kids, my husband and my life would suffer.

My children are active....I mean ACTIVE! If left in a house all day they turn into the dinosaurs and monsters we read about in their story books. A low energy mum was not what my household need's, they need a fit, strong, healthy, fighting mum....sound familiar??

 

I found my answer in scheduling a weekly class at the local Hot Yoga studio where I found my fitness, strength and flexibility challenged. Encouraged to start by my cousin and friend we found going together kept us on track and in that class every week.

Through scheduling just one class a week I found my drive slowly coming back, my healthy eating began to return naturally and most importantly I found my whole body began to feel like it had before I had even birthed my first child. Winner, winner, I was an able mum again!

I am happy to report it has been almost 5 months and I still attend my weekly session. Granted I need to pick the kids up from kinda + day care, feed them, bath them, dress them for bed and even try to get them into bed before I go, but once I'm there every Thursday night, I find the strength through knowing how much it helps to work as hard as possible through each class. My back pain has gone, my strength returned and my attitude is more positive through the trying times than it had ever previously been.

So what has helped you? It seams so impossible to keep ourselves on top of it all and not to cave into the unhealthy bodies of an overworked mum. My secret is Hot Yoga, but many shake their heads at the idea of such strenuous exercise, so what gets you through?

We would love to know!!

Keep smiling, you are loved and you love, there is no greater pull to better ourselves every day than the smile of our children!

xx giorgie

DIRECTOR / DESIGNER

 

 

 

INSPIRING MUMA'S - Melbourne mummy Dr Gordana Ukalovic -Cato + life as a new mum

INSPIRING MUMMIES - Melbourne yummy mummy Dr. Gordana Ukalovic -Cato + life as a new mum

 

INSPIRATIONAL MUMS

 

WE TALK WITH DR. GORDANA UKALOVIC-CATO ON LIFE AS A NEW MUM + WORK

 

We all know it so well, the desire to become a mum, the desire to achieve in our career's and the hope that we inspire our children to be the best possible being they can be whilst finding their passion and following their dreams.

Gordana is one of those mums who inspire us and reminds us to reach beyond our abilities and push through the hard times to build a life we want our children to be a part of....in hope that some day they are in turn inspired to push themselves to achieve a life they dream of.

We spoke with Grodana on life, motherhood and work.


Tell us a little about yourself pre+post mumma life?

Pre mum I was working full time towards specialising in my chosen field of medicine, leading a busy life juggling work and family with the added pressure of constant exams. Since having my first child Olivia, I decided to extend my maternity leave to ten months and find my life at present involves attending to a little person that needs me 24/7.

This new role is very different as my needs are truly trumped by my daughters, cats and husbands. Though I must add it's very rewarding watching Olivia grow and become her own little person.

Was it a difficult decision to start a family with such an intensive career path?

The decision to start a family wasn't difficult as I always knew children were part of my life plan. I figured work will always bet here but having a child is a privilege that I didn't want to leave too late and risk missing out on.

Did you enjoy being pregnant? What are your helpful secrets?

I was lucky enough to have a relatively normal pregnancy in terms of symptoms. It was great being pregnant but I did miss being able to fit into my clothes and being able to eat the foods that were off limits. I relied heavily on crackers to get me through the day and pressure stockings as I was on my feet for a majority of the day.

Birthing and hospitals, tell us what you would like to about the experience + what got you through?

Olivia was ten days overdue so I was induced and then progressed the next day to an emergency caesarean section. My trust in our obstetrician go me through as I quickly realised the  "how" she was delivered was out of my control. What mattered most was her safety so I quickly let go of my preconceptions and literally went with the flow.

When Olivia was finally born what were your feelings as a now new mum?

When Olivia arrived I felt very detached from the experience as fatigue coupled with the emergency nature of the delivery left me dumbfounded. She was taken from me rather quickly so hubby got to spend a couple of hours bonding whilst I was in recovery. I remember knowing she existed whilst we were parted but reality was yet to sink in that I now had a daughter and I was a mother.

How are you finding life as a new mum?

The earlier days were tough. Being a shift worker for many years I assumed tending to an infant multiple times overnight would be easier for me as my body clock was used to it. Not so and I struggled to get through the days and nights at the beck and call of a hungry baby that seemed to need feeding every second of the day.

However the day you are rewarded with the first smile or a milestone make it all worth it. And it does get easier as time goes on though just when you think you have them sorted things change again to keep muma on her toes!

Your now thinking of number 2 + returning to work. Do you feel conflicted or pulled in any direction?

Number two will have to wait a year or two as I am waiting to finish my training program and to minimise the amount of disruption given that I am so close to finishing. My major concern is Olivia going to childcare whilst I return to work full time again in August. I know she will be fine as they are very adaptable it's mama that needs some TLC!

Tell me about your work and inspiration?

I work in a specialist field of medicine called anaesthetics. I am currently at the latter end of my training working towards becoming a consultant which takes 5 years of training on top of a few years of general training in hospital.

I love my job it is a privileged role with a lot of responsibility. My role entails seeing patients before their operation and answering any questions or worries they have before floating them off to sleep. I have always gravitated to roles with a practical aspect and anaesthetics provides the best of both worlds requiring sound clinical judgement and high level practical skills.

I can only hope Olivia sees what I have achieved and it gives her the inspiration to dream big as anything is possible if you are following your passion.