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Meet the Mama Q&A with Kristy
Mama to two little boys

Good Morning and happy Monday!

Today we are chatting with Kristy who runs the beautiful instagram page, @inspiring_little_explorers. It's a beautiful page, filled with great sensory play ideas. I have shared a few of Kristy's ideas on our stories, I can't wait to be able to do sensory play with Charli!

Thank you for joining us today Kristy, I know this little Q&A has been in the works for a little while! Tell us a little about yourself and your family.
My name is Kristy and I’m mumma to two beautiful, busy little boys ~ T (3yrs old) and F (18 months). I’m also a primary school teacher, currently working part-time. Despite the challenge of juggling it all, I do love teaching, and am so lucky to have a supportive husband who helps to keep everything running smoothly. 

Wow! That would definitely keep you busy. It's wonderful to hear you are supported so that you can combine doing what you love while raising your little family.
I alway's love asking this question, what did you crave most when you were pregnant? 

Oooh with T I couldn’t get enough of those cheesymite scrolls from the bakery, funnily enough it turns out he is a big cheese and vegemite fan! And with F I had the biggest cravings for salt & vinegar chips - which I had always hated!!

Yum! I haven't had one of those scrolls in AGES, I will need to get one now ha!
What would be your biggest advice for someone about to welcome a little cherub into the world?
Remember that everybody is different and we all have different experiences! No two labours are the same, just as no two babies are the same! Do what works for you, and be confident in your choices. 

This week, Charli has learnt how to clap her hands and it's just been the sweetest watching her - she is so proud.
What would you say is an exciting milestone your little cherubs have reached?

I honestly find them all so exciting! I just love seeing my boys learn new skills and find it fascinating how they both learn how to do things in their own time and in their own way! For example, they were both quite ‘slow’ to crawl - T preferred to roll everywhere, swivelling around on his belly to change directions because he knew that was the quickest way for him to get around! Whereas F had the strangest ‘crawl’ ~ it kind of looked like he was doing freestyle as he scooted his little body forwards! But it worked for him and he learned how to walk soon after! I also love listening to their  language develop as they learn new words - it’s just the sweetest!! 

I find it so fascinating how different our little cherubs can be, the way they learn and change. What have you found to be the best everyday hack with little cherubs?
One of the most helpful things I did in preparation for F’s arrival was to make up some themed busy boxes for T (dinosaurs, trains, trucks etc). They were perfect for engaging T’s attention and were a lifesaver on those days when I was running on empty! I still pull them out on occasion and they still work a treat! 

Wow - I absolutely love that! It would definitely be a big help keeping the oldest cherub engaged while you have time with the youngest cherub - or "me" time.
Speaking of running on empty, what are some of the challenges you've faced since becoming a Mum?
I think there are lots of challenges Mums face. For me, I’ve had to learn not to compare myself or my children to others ~ which can be really hard when you’re wondering why your baby hasn’t rolled/crawled/walked etc yet, or when your friends houses are pristine, and yours has toys and books etc everywhere! I’m much better at it now, but I do still have to check myself at times! 

I honestly think, this is something every Mama faces. It is really hard not too. I try so hard not to compare Charli, or worry where I "think" she should be at. At the end of the day, I just try and tell myself that Charli will do what she wants to do - she is my daughter haha! 
What's the best thing about being a Mama?

The unconditional love! You can have the most restless night with a teething bubba or the most extreme toddler tantrum…but then they’ll snuggle into your chest or whisper “I love you Mummy” into your ear, and it’s all so worth it! 

Oh my *tears up*, I can't wait for the day Charli says that to me. It's so true though, like you say, on rough days - then they look up at you and you can just see the love in their eyes. The best! 
Let's talk about sensory play, as this is something I can't wait for with Charli, and love the ideas you share! 
Your instagram account (@inspiring_little_explorers) explores your little cherubs sensory play experiences - what made you start sharing sensory play ideas?
There are so many benefits to engaging little ones in sensory play ~ it inspires curiosity, encourages language development, aids sensory and cognitive growth, develops fine motor function…but most of all it’s FUN!! My boys love engaging in sensory play, so why not?! 

It really does look like so much fun, I think I'll enjoy it just as much as Charli when the time comes. Do you find sensory play messy?!
I’m not going to lie - it can be! We do most of our sensory play outside for that very reason! However when we do play inside, I’ve taught the boys to try and keep the sensory base in the tray ~ so there’s just a little mess and not a catastrophe haha! 

I reckon, the little cherubs would love getting messy haha! What would you suggest to someone that want's to give sensory play a go, but doesn't know where to start? Or if they worry their little cherub won't enjoy it.
My advice would be to give it a try, but keep it super simple! The very first play tray I made for T (when he was around 13 months old) consisted of plain rice, a wooden spoon, a whisk and some plastic measuring cups. I wasn’t sure that he’d enjoy it either, but he played with that tray for ages - longer than he’d ever played with anything else! And so sensory play has been something we’ve been engaging with ever since. But if you try it and it turns out it’s not something your little one enjoys, that’s ok too! 

That's great advice, I know sometimes I do not keep things simple haha! I love the idea of the plain rice, I can imagine the texture of it would be something of interest to the little cherubs.
Thank you so much Kristy for sharing with us a little about you and your family. Also for sharing your awesome sensory ideas - if you aren't following Kristy, I definitely recommend you pop over and give her a follow!

Our #meetthemama Q&A's will be fortnightly moving forward.
If you know a Mama (or even yourself) and would like to take part - please reach out. I would love to chat with all Mama's!

Have a beautiful week!


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