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Mum’s the Word // Jess Skarratt

Mum’s the Word // Jess Skarratt

Big ones, small ones, tall ones, short ones. We all have one – and that’s a mum. Just as people come in all shapes and sizes, mums too don’t ever fit a societal mould. Just ask this bunch of women who are juggling the mother lode.

On the eve of Mother’s Day 2017, haven sat down with a variety of mums to discuss all things motherhood – that hardest job of all. Here’s what JESS SKARRATT had to say…

Gold Coast beauty Jessica Skarratt might be better known to us as that pretty TV face on Seven show Queensland Weekender but this Mother’s Day Jess will celebrate a brand new feather in her cap. It’ll be her first official Mother’s Day with the arrival of her first child, gorgeous little Halliday Grace, in January this year.

At what point (if any) did you realise you were ready to be a mum?
I have been madly maternal from a young age. I have always been baby obsessed and being an aunty to six nephews and nieces had always been one of my greatest joys in life. But I don’t think I was ‘ready’ until I met the right man that I could share the journey of parenthood.

Did you have any pregnancy cravings or habits that you find strange in hindsight?
Anything starchy and carb-laden at the start of my pregnancy when I felt super nauseous.

How did you come up with your baby’s name?
The brother of a friend of mine has a daughter named Holliday. We liked that name but we also love the name Hallie. I guess it was a combination of those two names that resulted in the name Halliday. And we thought the name Grace made a pretty and soft middle name.

What surprises you most as you watch your bub grow?
Hallie is still young, but I think what surprises us most is that we’re already getting an idea of her personality. She has a really soft and gentle nature and is such a cruiser but also cheeky.

Which traits of yours are you happy your kids inherited?
I think it’s too soon to tell. But I am pretty stoked that she has my big blue eyes.

What do you admire most in your own mum or mother figure?
I admire my Mum for raising my younger sister and I as a single mother from when I was five years old. Her resilience, selflessness, forgiveness and capacity to love astounds me.

Which three words would others use to describe you as a mother?
Loving, fun and relaxed.

What do you struggle with, as a mum?
I initially had a lot of trouble establishing breastfeeding. I’ve worked really hard to boost my supply of breast milk.

If you could describe your kids with a movie or song title, what would it be?
Hallie is always so happy so I would say Happy by Pharrell Williams.

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