Mum’s The Word

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She’s penned a book (The Baby Bible: The No Bullshit Guide to Motherhood) and she is leading the charge with her #nobullshitmums movement. With The Baby Bible blog to boot, ace mother-of-two Olivia Siegl is our kinda gal

Number of kids?

Two tiny divas aged two years and 10 months.

Worst mothering moment?

Oh God there have been so many, most of which have scarred me for life and left me questioning why the hell I thought I was qualified to do this job… My little girl puking in my mouth I will never forget the moment or unfortunately the taste! Tipping the buggy over with my four-month-old baby still in it and the one that really secured my Mother of the year award… My one-year-old choking on a cracker during a flight home (which I was doing on my own and pregnant) – she had turned purple and was passed over the heads of onlookers to the air steward who then performed some first aid manoeuvre which made her vomit all over me, the aisle and the stewardess. Needless to say my baby was fine, I on the other hand was a TOTAL wreck for days afterwards!

Best mothering moment?

Again, there have been so many, however, its usually the most simple of moments that are the best…recently I was pushing both girls on the swings in our local park, the sun was shining and the girls were giggling and that memory is now my happy place that I hold onto during the days when the baby shit has hit the fan!

Tell us about The Baby Bible…

The Baby Bible has been billed as the new movement in Motherhood which is all about supporting ALL Mums, NO judgement! I started writing about the realities of Motherhood following the birth of my first daughter and after I was diagnosed with PND. I realised that there were so many areas of being a mum that we just don’t talk about as honestly as we should and I therefore started to write about them. I started a secret Facebook page which now has nearly 2,000 mums on there known as the #nobullshitmums, started my blog and wrote my book “The Baby Bible: The No Bullshit Guide to Motherhood” which is currently being pitched to publishers. I have met some amazing women along the way and feel really honoured to be an Ambassador for PANDAS and Mind helping to raise awareness of Maternal Mental Health issues.

Dinner party or play date?

How I am feeling right now (like I no longer know what none mum civilisation looks like) then a dinner party for sure! Preferably one with really good mates so I won’t be judged for drinking my body weight in wine Oh and lots of good old kitchen dancing!

Home or away?

Ohhhh beautiful tropical island, with babysitting, cocktails and gorgeous food as far as the eye can see!

Can’t live without…

My hubby and our crazy little family! It’s been a bloody roller coaster over the last two years and we have fought our way through some pretty tough times with my PND, difficult pregnancy, premature babies (both girls were born 5-6 weeks early) and moving country, however, we have got through it all together as a family. My hubby is my best mate and the fact that despite how hellish the day we still love hanging out together, having a laugh and drinking way too much wine (regardless of if we wanted to kill each other moments earlier) makes me think we are doing ok! : )
Can’t live with…Messy kitchen sides which by the very nature of being a mum to two small children renders me pretty much screwed!

What’s the last thing you bought?

Wet wipes and a loaf of bread – Rock and sausage roll!

Last call?

To one of my best mates who moved to Dubai several months ago… I miss her loads so it was so great to hear her voice and put the world to rights.

Most pukka thing you own?

My MacBook Air – it was a gift from my hubby to make me feel like a “proper writer” and I absolutely love it.

Most annoying thing other mother’s say?

Anything laced with a tone of judgement and snide. Life is too bloody short to be throwing other mums under the bus because their parenting choices happen to be slightly different to your own. Let’s all just stop the judgemental bullshit and support each other as at the end of the day we are all going through varying degrees of the same crap.

Mothering is…

A total shit fight but the most rewarding and amazing shit fight you will ever have the good fortune to be involved in.

To join Olivia’s secret #nobullshitmums Facebook page, email olivia@the-baby-bible.com

Anna Whitehouse

Founder of Mother Pukka, Anna Whitehouse likes super hero cape-making classes and dislikes the naming of celebrity couples (TomKat, Brange etc.) She tries (and often fails) to parent the shit out of life.

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