Yvadney Davis is a kids stylist, founder of blog Mums That Slay and mama to her two adorable kids, MG and Lolo. She is a proud Londoner and an avid believer in rocking motherhood.
Read our interview with Yvadney below.
WHAT DOES MOTHERHOOD MEAN TO YOU?
Motherhood means legacy, love and lots of laughter. It is not only a huge responsibility but also an honour to be able to raise the next generation, my contribution to the world with a lot of fun, kisses, phonics and bubbles along the way. It is love from the very moment I knew I was carrying them forever.
HOW HAS MOTHERHOOD CHANGED YOU?
It has inspired me to be more proactive in bringing my dreams to fruition. It has released me from any concern of what others may think of me or fear of trying something new because I want to do things not only for myself but also to inspire my children. So, that has meant tapping into my love of the arts and being creative.
I’m also much more expressive with my style and am willing to take risks and have fun, without worrying what people might think. I just feel more centred, confident and comfortable in my own skin now.
Lack of sleep! I miss lie-ins.
IS THERE ANYTHING ABOUT MOTHERHOOD THAT HAS SURPRISED YOU?
People say you lose friends as you get older, and to some extent that is true. However, I have made so many really good friends since becoming a mum, connections through the school run, social media and baby groups that have expanded my social circle with some amazing women and experiences.
HOW DO YOU JUGGLE EVERYTHING & MAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF?
I avoid multitasking and make a point of separating my day. So when I’m with my toddler, we do toddler things and then I catch up with emails and work while she naps. I used to try and do it all at once, which meant I was never really doing anything properly. So, that means my working day starts when the kids go to bed. Making time for myself is, unfortunately, at the bottom of my list, but I make sure I spend my child free days wisely, fitting in some gym time, watching arty movies and rooting around vintage shops.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING A MOTHER?
The best thing about being a mum has to be watching my tiny balls of baby fat and kisses blossom into wonderful little beings. Children full of personality, dreams, opinions and mischief. I often stop and stare at them marvelling how I have been lucky enough to create two wonderful people.
Watching their sibling bond develop has been particularly special. My son was quite unimpressed when his baby sister was born as she didn’t do much, but now she’s older they play together, giggle and kiss and hug one another regularly.
WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU WANT TO TEACH YOUR CHILDREN?
The one thing I want to teach my children is to love. Love for the world, love for other people, nature, their community, each other, for life itself and of course themselves.
AND FINALLY, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO NEW MOTHERS?
To be kind to yourself. That means, look after yourself physically and emotionally. Don’t worry about what other mums are doing or people say you are doing wrong, you are the best mum for your child, so enjoy it and recognise that you are enough. You don’t have to do it all, you can sit back and wing it a little bit, enjoying the experience of those early days, as it really does go so fast and before you know it they’re wiping off your kisses.
With thanks to Yvadney Davis X
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