Georgia Jones is one of our all-time favourite celebrity mummies. She's a model, presenter, wife to McFly's Danny Jones...and most importantly a mum to Cooper, one.
Mother&Baby spoke to Georgia to discover the top lessons she's learned since becoming a parent...
1. You have to accept that your body changes
At first, I found my body changing in pregnancy difficult. Being a model, I’ve always been in control of my body and, when I got pregnant, everything changed! I put on weight and I felt bloated. It was only when I started to get a bump that I accepted my body had to change for me to have a baby. It was just doing its thing!
2. Bonding doesn’t have to be instant
When I first saw Cooper, it wasn’t instantly like ‘Oh my god, you are my entire world. I can’t imagine my life without you!’ I could definitely imagine my life before him because I got a hell of a lot more sleep! I had to get to know him a bit and it took a few months before I felt that surge of love everyone talks about. The connection came when he started to react to what Danny and I said, and we could see that he knew we were his mummy and daddy. I don’t think that’s a negative thing – the connection took a little longer, but it was still really special when it happened.
3. Breastfeeding was tough
Cooper was a really hungry baby and needed feeding a lot and, because he refused a bottle for the first four months, I found it hard. I felt a bit trapped because I couldn’t go anywhere and have a couple of hours to myself, even if it was just to go to the supermarket. But then, when it was time to stop breastfeeding, I found that tough, too. I was sad that this was the end of our little breastfeeding journey together.
4. It’s ok to feel sad
I’ve learnt that there are going to be days when I think: ‘What am I doing?’ I know now that it is just a feeling that’s totally normal, and it will pass. That even though you know how lucky you are to have this amazing, beautiful family, it’s still ok to feel sad. Being a mum is such a learning curve, we all need to stop being so hard on ourselves.
5. I don’t like saying no
I feel like I’m saying ‘No!’ a lot to Cooper at the moment – he crawls at such a speed and he just wants to explore everything. Especially dangerous things he shouldn’t be exploring – like plug sockets! But he’ll appreciate it in the long run… when he’s still got all his fingers and toes! And now he’s learning to walk, which is going to introduce a whole new level of danger…!
6. I don’t worry what people think anymore
My priorities have changed. Some friends and I were looking at old photos from when we went to Vegas together, before babies. We were like, ‘Oh my god, look at our bodies!’ But if don’t have rippling abs now, that’s ok. And if I do, that’s ok, too! What’s really important now is my closest friends and family.
7. Taking a break helps you to be a good mum
When I’m with Cooper, I’m never not thinking. I’m always like, ‘Right, I need to do this! I need to do that!’ But if I have some time to myself, I can switch off and relax. Sometimes I’ll just go to the coffee shop down the road on my own for 20 minutes. I’ll sit there and do nothing, and it’s so lovely. It’s absolute bliss!
Having worked for Mother&Baby magazine for three years, Emily trained as a journalist at Northumbria University. She writes the magazine’s news and product pages, features and celebrity franchise, Now I’m a Mum, where she has interviewed mums such as Paloma Faith, Fearne Cotton and Alex Jones.
A fondness for travel, chocolate and her sausage dog Luna, in her spare time. Emily also runs the lifestyle blog, Musings & More
At last, we’ve finally brought all of our years of experience, expertise and motherly advice together to bring you our new “Gold Collection” of Mother&Baby mattresses designed to give your baby and toddler the best night’s sleep possible