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 HAYLEY BATEUP had to say…

Hayley Bateup has a long list of achievements – she’s won multiple Ironwoman Championships, has had countless victories in skiing, paddleboarding and running, and even has TV experience as ‘Nitro’ on Australia’s ‘Gladiators’. But in 2015 she took on a new, totally different challenge – motherhood. Now Hayley, her partner April and two-year-old Baxter are eagerly awaiting the birth of their next family addition.

What do you admire most in your own mum or mother figure?
My mum was the kind of mum that was always there – taking me to training twice a day and school, always being at every sporting event all around the world. I always had the best packed lunches and a well ironed uniform and didn’t want for much. I still spend a lot of time with my mum, too, which is nice.

Did your partner have any pregnancy cravings or habits that you could not understand?
April didn’t really have too many cravings other than chocolate and ice cream.

At what point (if any) did you realise you were ready to be a mum?
I always knew that I wanted to be a mum, but at the right time. I was recently retired from Ironwoman racing and had finished building our family home and felt we were more ready than ever. We finally got Baxter through IVF thanks to the expertise of Dr Michael Flynn at Pindara.

How did you come up with your son’s name?
We loved the name Baxter but also loved the connection the name has with my beloved grandmother, Muriel Baxter.

What has surprised you most about seeing your son growing up?
Just how smart he is and how much he picks up and how much he loves it!

Which three words would others use to describe you as a mother?
Hmm…  relaxed, loving, yet firm.

What is one value you will try to instill in your son?
‘Manners maketh man’

What is the most hilarious thing your child has said or done?
I don’t think I have one stand-out funny thing – he makes us laugh everyday and makes us enjoy things all over again. He is very musical and loves to stand right up close to bands and copies them dancing… pretty cute!

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