This isn’t your usual body transformation photo this is my journey to self love ♡
When I was 16 I had a terrible relationship with my body. I always felt not good enough, not skinny enough, not pretty enough.
Fast forward to when I was 18 my body started to stretch and change as it created life and grew my beautiful son.
19 I was left with a postpartum body I didn’t recognise, I tried to pretend it didn’t effect me but I didn’t like what I saw in the mirror and knew something had to change.
It wasn’t until I was 20 that I decided to start my journey to self love. I started embracing my body for what it was and threw away clothes that my child baring hips were never going to squeeze back in to. I decided to embrace my stretch marks, lumps, bumps and lose skin because that was me and I loved it. I finally learnt to love and accept myself.
Now I’m 21 and I couldn’t be happier. I’m still the same old Rach yet I’m beaming, I’m glowing because I am truely happy with my soul, my mind and my body ✨
I hope this inspires you to start your journey to self love or if you are on your journey, don’t give up! It’s a long bumpy road but learning to love my body and everything that comes with it was by far the best thing I’ve ever done for myself ♡
6196110 February, 2019
I had someone say to me yesterday “You would look so much better with a little make up on” and it just really didn’t sit right with me.
Everyone should be able to feel comfortable in their own skin without being judged, I believe beauty comes from within and it doesn’t matter how much make up you put on if you don’t have self love it will show. ✨
Clearly my kids are trying as hard as they can to make sure I never get to be one of those cute insta mums with the angelic kids who smile & pose for photos 😆
I’ve done a bit of a cleanse of the accounts I follow & one of the common factors of those in my ‘keep’ pile was that they share more than just the highlight reel 🎥
I’m all about that real-life relatability 👌🏼
I’ve tagged 5 of my favourite insta Mums in my photo & I’d love you to tag a Mama who keeps it real on the gram so I can follow her too 👀💕
Our hands are full but so are our hearts ❤️
Jason and I met when we were teenagers we dated for a few months then went our seperate ways. Little did we know that 10 years later we would reunite and create the most beautiful love story.
We moved in after 3 months together, 3 months later we were engaged and 3 months after that we were married and have never looked back.
Almost ten years married we have survived earthquakes, a potentially life threatening illness, infertility, difficult pregnancies and births, and two very demanding toddlers.
No matter what life throws at us it only makes us stronger ✨
This little boy has taken me right back to my core. We have been on such a journey with Alexander right from the moment he was born. We had the best labour ever with him, we took him home a few hours after and then it all started for us. The endless vomits the vomits then turned into weight loss and the weight loss turned into my mammoth 4.8kg chunk who barely squeezed into 0-3 was put into new born clothes. At a month old we were sent to hospital because us and the midwife was concerned about his weight only to be told he’s fine and he will stop “spilling” HELLO these weren’t spills these were whole bottle power chucks. I became isolated and anxious taking him anywhere in fear he would need a bottle as that resulted in a vomit. We had the best village surrounding us, supporting us, being there for me in my most needed time I was an emotional mess. No one would listen to my concerns we were seen by paeds time and time again to be told he was fine. We then went down our dairy free donor milk path and that changed our life!!!! It was such a huge mission for us to know where Alexander’s next feed would come from. People from my due group even helped by going df and helping Alexander and this is something that we cant be anymore appreciative of. We were finally seen by a paed who was very concerned. Next came the endoscope and colonoscopy. All that showed was severe rawness on his inside. Alexander was then put on liquid fat, omeprezole and erythromycin to help the vomiting and sure enough after several months of antibiotics it stopped. But that wasn’t the end for us. Unfortunately for Alexander weight has and probably always will be an issue for him and unfortunately his immune system is so god damn weak that when Alexander gets a bug he’s gets really really unwell. This time for us it’s resulted in a whooping 2kg loss in literally just over a month. We want to say a huge thank you to absolutely everyone who has been there for us, who has stuck by us and who has put up with me and my moods and the days that were really dark for me. Thank you everyone who has helped Alexander in absolutely everyway possible!!!! WE LOVE YOU ALL ❤️
945 hours ago
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Oh hey 👋 These two have actually aged overnight and I’m feeling a bit fragile about it. All of a sudden MacKenzie can spell her name backwards in a few seconds flat and Tilly has learnt her birth date and started giving me compliments like ‘that top is super cute Mum!’ #excuseme#getbackinyourbassinet
6386 hours ago
w h y n o t 🌿 after dinner tonight: me: "let's go back outside and I'll mow the lawn" Stella: "wouldn't it be cool if the grass was so long and we could make a maze in it?!" Me: "hmmmm...." .
Meanwhile, Andrew is filming his first same sex marriage today, I'm feeling that these two events are of equal momentous status 😉 #gogirls 🌈 @wekafilms
Also, does this shadow make my bum look big? 😜
5726 hours ago
Water babe 💦
Shower time is still one of our favourite times of day.
The bubbles, the stream of water, filling cups, pouring, wash cloth sucks and the splashing. We spend more than we need in the shower base enjoying ourselves.
I busted the shower door the other day too. So now we only have 2 sliding parts instead of 3 - mums not looking forward to winter and the cold air coming into her hot showers!
Two babies born the same year 10 months apart 🙌
I often get asked if Jack and Sammy are twins and sometimes I think the easy answer to this question would be yes because when I say they are 10 months apart I get interesting reactions 😂
And then the story follows ...
Jason and I struggled with infertility and had a long journey with fertility treatments and IVF to finally fall pregnant with Jack who was given a 50% chance of being born with Down Syndrome. Jack was born by emergency c-section premature yet healthy at 35 weeks after I endured a difficult pregnancy with preeclampsia. When Jack was just shy of 4 months old I found out I was naturally pregnant with Sammy. I was so shocked but felt incredible blessed. My waters broke at 29 weeks and Sammy was born prematurely at 31 weeks also by emergency C-section.
Two premature babies, two emergency c-sections, all in one year and one very overwhelmed Mama!
2667 hours ago
Seriously though, my daughter is pretty bloody cute. Just saying. 🤣🤣
Would you look at these little faces!? My absolute world sitting in that chair 🌏
In saying that....I’m more than just their Mum 👦🏼👶🏼
Connecting with the things that made us who we were before we took on this amazing role is something that too few of us do. I honestly believe it accounts for so many of the unpleasant emotions that we can feel as Mums - anxiety, guilt, pressure, confusion, envy, FOMO, worthlessness, loneliness...
Who were you before you had babies? Is there something tiny you could start doing everyday to help you uncover her in the midst of the tantrums, washing, cooking & cuddles?
If you’re a Mum reading this, copy/paste the sentence below into the comments + share 3 of your passions/hobbies outside of ‘Mum’ 💕
• I’m a Mum and aside from my babies I love.....
💜 My three crazy kiddos 💜
They say navigating motherhood a second and third time round is supposed to be easier because you know what to expect and in some respects it is. I’m less worried about meeting milestones, I don’t get as frazzled when bubs is screaming in the car, I don’t pick up baby at every sound, I can read sleep cues better...but I’ve also found that the more kids you add to your tribe and the closer in age they are the harder it gets. Some days I’ve got my shit together and I’m prancing round doing housework and making Hyperlapse workout videos and then the next day I’m pulling my hair out. 🤣🤣 Life as a SAHM with 3 kids is challenging and some days I’m surviving on nothing but coffee & positive affirmations, but let this not cloud the fact that it is also a blessing too. Every single day the kids learn something new and I love being able to be with them to watch their little personalities blossom. Today I am practicing gratitude and I am grateful for these 3 little grubs. What are you thankful for?