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

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - The Buzz -

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.

No-one told me I WOULD BE COM­ING HOME IN DI­A­PERS, too.

Chrissy Teigen on the af­ter­math of baby Luna’s birth.

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