Eleven months on from welcoming her first bub with cricketing superstar husband Michael, Kyly Clarke reflects on motherhood and how she manages to run her own business while caring for the adorable Kelsey-Lee.
How have you found the first year so far of motherhood?
I’ve found it quite fun actually! In the beginning it can all be a little daunting because you are not sure what you are in for, but once you start to understand your child more and their routine, as well as what it is like to be a mum, it becomes easier and you become more confident in yourself.
What have you found the hardest since becoming a mum?
I think the hardest thing is just time management and trying to be as organised as possible and I think that makes everything work and flow a lot easier.
You recently hosted an event for Mamia, what attracted you to this opportunity?
I think that it was just a really good fit – I’m a family girl and I’ve always shopped at ALDI. I also loved the idea behind the event – getting mums together, with their babies to talk about all the common topics that mums ask each other (and want to know). The morning tea and Tresillian’s involvement meant that it was something I could really relate to, which is why I wanted to be involved.
Funnily enough I’ve used the baby wipes to remove my makeup for a very long time. They’re only $1.89, which to me – as a mum – is really cost effective.
Things like the nappies – I go through about 7-10 in a day and the fact that they are so affordable just makes life easier.
How have you found introducing foods/solids to Kelsey-Lee?
I think she has been fantastic and I think it’s pretty obvious that she loves her food! I try to do as much home cooking as I can because I feel it’s important to have as much fresh food as possible but it’s also great that you have the likes of ALDI and their Mamia pouches. As a mum, if you are in a rush you can just pick one up which is what I do if I’m running around, but as they’ve been developed by nutritionists, I feel confident giving the pouches to Kelsey-Lee.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I wake up before Kelsey-Lee at 6am and then she tends to rise around 7am. From the first moment, I am truly focused on her and we enjoy the start of the day together. We then head down to the gym in my house and place Kelsey-Lee her playpen whilst she giggles at me doing my silly exercises. I then tend to spend most of the day in the office working hard on my candle and diffuser collection Lyfestyled by Kyly. Kelsey-Lee will play throughout the day and I change her every hour.
Can you provide any tips for a work/life balance as a working mum?
I think everyday is different, so the balance has to be what is right for you. My tip for other mums would be to be organised and stay on top of things as much as possible. I always clean up after Kelsey-Lee once we have had lunch or once she’s played. I don’t leave things to the end of the day, when all of a sudden you might feel as though you are in a disaster zone. I want to feel in control. I always believe in life that if you do things one bit at a time, all of a sudden it’s all done!
How involved is Michael with Kelsey-Lee? Does he change nappies and get up during the night?
Honestly he is quite involved and it is so nice to see. One of my favourite things about seeing Michael as my husband is more-so seeing him as a father to my child. Being so involved and playing with Kelsey-Lee – he is really attentive when he plays.
Education is a priority for both of us, and he’s great in helping achieve that for her. I love weekends when it’s family time and it’s really really important for us to make sure that we continue to have that family bonding time every weekend as well because we all have such busy routines during the week.
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