We interviewed Indonesian singer Andien Aisyah a few months ago on her pregnancy journey, as she awaited
the birth of her baby. Now that she’s given birth to son Kawa (home water birth), we caught up with her to see how the first few months of motherhood has treated her and what she’s learnt so far.
Read our interview with Andien below.
WHAT DOES MOTHERHOOD MEAN TO YOU?
Motherhood means everything to me. I feel like this has been the biggest metamorphosis of my life. It’s true when people say that when you give birth, it’s not only the child but also the mother that is being (re)born, I feel complete.
HOW HAS MOTHERHOOD CHANGED YOU?
In the most natural way, becoming a mother has taught me the true meaning of being responsible. I have also been able to prioritise and be a better version of myself. Another thing that’s changed is our routine. We wake up even earlier than before so we can tend to Kawa. My daily life has become more exciting. I carry him in every song I sing and every music I hear. Our home is also warmer and happier with the presence of Kawa.
(Andien just released a music video for her single Belahan Jantungku or Part of My Heart starring Kawa).
I wouldn’t say there’s been challenges, one of our priorities is to always ‘team up’. The three of us have really bonded ever since my pregnancy, and it’s really made a difference. This is a period of discovery for all of us and it’s been really fun.
IS THERE ANYTHING ABOUT MOTHERHOOD THAT HAS SURPRISED YOU?
I am amazed at just how much I’ve enjoyed motherhood so far. At first, I was rather scared thinking about life as a mother. But life is really full of surprises. I cherish the moments I get to hold Kawa close to me, stroke him and just being with him. It’s been incredible.
HOW DO YOU JUGGLE EVERYTHING & MAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF?
Kawa tends to be calm so it hasn’t been difficult at all. In terms of juggling everything, I take him everywhere with me, from meetings, singing performances to workouts. I’ve even taken him to a facial! I try to be with him as much as I can.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE BEST THING SO FAR SINCE BECOMING A MOTHER?
The best thing has been breastfeeding. He gazes directly into my eyes, his little hands always holding my chest. Skin to skin. Such an amazing moment, I could do it all day.
WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU WANT TO TEACH YOUR CHILDREN?
To be honest and open to people. I want him to grow up knowing how blessed he is and wanting to share with those who aren’t as lucky.
AND FINALLY, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO NEW MOTHERS?
Listen to them. Although they aren’t capable of speaking yet, they have their own special way of reaching out to us, it’s really special. It transcends words, all about the heart.
With thanks to Andien Aisyah X