5 MINUTES WITH... KATE RITCHIE
Actress, radio presenter, mum to 22-month-old Mae and author of I Just Couldn’t Wait to Meet You
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THE BOOK?
It was completely the anticipation of a baby arriving. At that point I didn’t know I was having a girl, so it was just purely about waiting for a brand-new little person to arrive. It is exciting and there are so many feelings – it can be quite daunting at times – but it’s such a lovely period, not only for an expectant mother but for grandparents and the extended family too.
It all began with a few little notes scribbled on a paper that I thought I would transfer into a book for the baby, and then it turned into something else and I thought, ‘Well, if I’m feeling all of these things, then surely this is universal, surely this is something other people feel, so why don’t I turn it into something more?’. I felt even if I only had one copy to give Mae on her 21st birthday, then that’s OK with me.
DO YOU READ THE BOOK TO MAE AT BEDTIME?
I do, and I’d like to think it’s one of her favourites, but she can’t really tell me that right now [laughs]. She does enjoy it and she does seem to love the beautiful illustrations.
HOW HAS MOTHERHOOD CHANGED YOU?
It’s changed absolutely everything, to be really honest. First and foremost, it’s given me a greater appreciation for my own parents. I feel bad about giving my mum such a hard time when I was a teenager, but now I have all that to look forward to. In others ways, motherhood has taught me to be more patient, which I haven’t always been, and to not necessarily try to control everything – I think that’s what a baby teaches you more than anything. For someone like me, who always felt fairly in control of everything in her life, a baby pretty much throws that out the window.
HAVE YOU CONTINUED WRITING ABOUT MOTHERHOOD AND MAE?
I haven’t actually. As most mothers know, you tend to run out of time. I’ve been trying to juggle too many other things since Mae arrived, but I would like to think this is just the beginning of my writing career.
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