Lauren is our entrepreneurial MOM, she is talented, gorgeous to boot and has the most beautiful little girl Saara, here is their story…
A small intro…
I am Lauren, the mama over at @Saarajandmama, of course Saara takes centre stage as little princesses do. I just turned 31 in January and being a mother is something that I always knew I wanted from a very young age, in fact I always said I wanted to have 5 kids, but for now my 1 perfect girl is enough. I was born in Cape Town at the old Kingsbury and have always lived in the Mother City. I am married to the love of my life and Saara’s dad for 7 years (Feb 4 was our anniversary) Stay at home mom has been my title since 2017 and I have really enjoyed having the extra time with my girl. My blog which I waffle on about various things from time to time is www.saarajandmama.wordpress.com This year I am taking a big leap and returning to the corporate world, a decision which I have not taken lightly and one which I am very nervous, excited and have lots of mom guilt about, but we will see how it goes, life has a way of working things out in ways which we do not always expect and things fall into place. We love going to markets, to enjoy the food and stalls they have on offer, beach days are one of our favourite outings as a family. I love to keep active and fit and gym time is my me time and something I enjoy, although I have a love hate relationship with running, who am I kidding it is mostly a hate relationship..
Describe your typical day in 5 words or less.
Busy and very rewarding.
Name 3 things you can’t live without.
Saara, Rizaan and my iPhone.
Attach a picture of your current mom bag and what’s inside:
I have moved on from a big mom bag now that Saara is a toddler, so most times just have a sling bag and make sure I bring wipes out with me.
Name 1 thing you wish you knew before you became a mom
I am finding this to be a very difficult question. So many things took me by surprise, what I can say is that motherhood has taught me that you can’t plan for everything, sometimes you have to roll with the punches and take it as it comes. I had to learn that early on as Saara was born earlier than she was supposed to.
What do you do when the kids are asleep or napping?
Depends on the time of the day, during the day I will clean and cook while she naps and at night after bedtime Saara I watch my series and hubby and I spend time together.
What’s the best part of your day?
I don’t have a favourite part of the day to be honest, I do particularly enjoy pick up time from school, seeing my happy dirty child for the first time after a few hours brings so much joy to my heart.
Name a few of your mom Guilty pleasures;
Hmmm does Lindt 70% chocolate slab count? Sneaky coffee dates with myself lol
What has been the scariest moment of your mom life and who did you look to for support?
Having to leave my tiny baby at hospital and go home, when Saara was 5 days old she had to be hospitalised for jaundice, she was also dehydrated, I didn’t know that I was not producing enough milk for her, she never cried a lot so if it wasn’t for the yellow colour I would not have known. Leaving her knowing that she was ill was so tough, I just wanted to hold her and make it all better, but also knew she was in good care. My husband was my main source of support and we helped each other through. I think as a mother there are many scary moments, when your child takes a tumble head first off the couch, or trips while falling…
Who is your hero and why?
I have learned not to put people on pedestals, but if I had to choose, I would say my parents are my hero’s. Of course, as a girl your daddy will naturally be your hero, but mine really comes to the rescue on just about any and everything, he is a gentle giant, who can fix and build just about anything you ask him, and he bakes delicious cakes. Then my mom of course is someone I look up to as she’s always there for the family even though we are all grown ass kids, you always tend to need your moms for something, and she is always there to lend a hand.
Name one thing (anything) that you would do if you weren’t afraid and were fearless and there were no consequences and nothing to hold you back
Have another baby now. haha. I really don’t know, perhaps get my husband to take a year off work and have the 3 of us travel the world together.
Name something that your mom taught you that you have taken into your own motherhood / parenthood.
To trust my motherly instinct, it really is a guiding light.
If you could be anyone for just one day who would you be?
Myself with Adriana Lima’s (Victoria Secret Model’s) body
Oh goodness, most recent would be letting my child go on a zipline and not realizing that she could get hurt with the bounce back at the end.
How has motherhood changed you?
It has turned me into such a softie, I used to be so hard and in control before, now sweet moments in movies and memories make me cry. it has also made me more determined, to be the best version of myself so as to provide my daughter with the best example of what a woman should be.
As a mother you have so many of these, it is hard to choose, birthing a baby, seeing her crawl and walk for the first time. Honestly just seeing my baby girl happy makes me so proud.
If your house was burning down, name 3 things you’d grab besides the kids and pets?
Cellphone, ID’s and birth certificate, car keys.
Send me a photo when you were at your worst or best during your motherhood journey and tell me why you chose it.
This is right after Saara was born, I was the most tired I had ever been in my life, yet I was the happiest and most content as I had my little girl in my arms.
Name one thing you would change about yourself and one thing you wouldn’t.
I am not sure if this means physically or not, so I will go with not. I would change the fact that sometimes care too much about what others think, it can really rob you of joy. I will not change my beliefs and the fact that I put my little girls happiness first.
What piece of advice would you give to a new mom starting her journey?
Ignore the haters, don’t stress about losing the baby fat to the point of making yourself unhappy, just take care of you and your little one and trust your mom instinct.
Who is your biggest support, attach a photo of you and him/her:
My husband, he spoils me so much, even though he leaves his socks laying around.
What is the best part of being a mom, only ONE thing please, I know it’s a hard one?
Seeing my child happy.
Best book you’ve ever read:
I am not a reader, something which I am not proud of. I really enjoyed The Blood of Flowers and Slumdog Millionaire
Have you ever been judged for how you do things as a mom or how you parent? If so why?
Oh you know as a mom you are judged on everything all the time, religion, no religion, tv or no tv, nappy no nappy, cloth nappy. I just do what is best for my family and my girl.
Worst parenting advise you ever received?
Picking up and holding your baby too much will spoil her, what nonsense.
What made you start your business?
I started it when I stopped working as a way of keeping myself busy and active and make some money while taking care of Saara at home.
How did you balance running your own business and motherhood?
It can be very tricky I won’t lie, it actually isn’t easy running a home, taking care of a little one and making kiddies clothes, little clothing items take a lot of work to make. I have sat sewing at the machine with a sick toddler on my lap before just to get make sure I make deadlines.
Give us one piece of advice for starting your own business.
Be prepared that things may take time to take off, there will be let downs and losses, give it time to succeed.
You can follow Lauren over on instagram: @saarajandmama
Lauren Blog’s over at : www.saarajandmama.wordpress.com
Lastly, thank you Lauren for allowing us a glimpse into your journey as a mom, your heart and your home.