Water births, the secret of coconut oil, the end of sleep as one knows it, and learning to trust maternal instincts. Three first-time mums share their personal experiences. By Cai Mei Khoo.
The one thing you’ve learnt about yourself since becoming a mother? I’ve learnt to be a whole lot more patient! I’m a huge control freak and love doing things a certain way, but with the twins, I’ve learnt to let the little things slide and to allow people to help me. Which of your personality traits, or your husband’s, do you hope they will adopt? Definitely husband’s generous nature and his real appreciation for the arts. The best thing about being a mother? Falling asleep with them on your chest. What are some things you’re looking forward to doing with them when they are older? I can’t wait to take them on holidays with us and explore the world with them. Your aspirations for your children? As my parents were with me, I’d like my children to become their own person. I want them to respect their elders, be proud of who they are, and be compassionate towards others. Parenting tips to share? Don’t let other people influence you into doing things; always get a second opinion and trust your gut.
January Low with twins Leo and Jade Siva