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The faces of modern motherhood

Meet the hip new breed of funky, feisty women joining forces to embrace motherhood in the most modern manner

Posted: 21 December 2012
by Catherine O'Dolan

Lucy Brice
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Lucy Brice, 31, mother of Rufus, three and Hudson, one

Profession Founder of childrenswear brand Ruff And Huddle.

What three words describe your pre-baby life? Footloose, fancy, free.

And now? Better than before.

What’s the best thing about being a mother? Hearing “I love you” from Rufus has to be the most amazing, heart-tingling thing ever.

And the worst? Chores.

What has been the biggest shock of parenthood? Dealing with poo – in all of its infinite varieties.

What are the biggest challenges? Fighting the sleeplessness. Tricks to help overcome this are good coffee, running to shake it off, and make-up.

What has surprised you most? Meeting a solid network of mothers. Motherhood is a great leveller. My life has been enriched by some wonderful women I would never have had the opportunity to meet otherwise.

How do you manage the work-life balance? It’s a juggling act. When the boys are awake, my full attention is on them. As soon as they nap, then it’s all systems go with work. I’ve
learnt to let go and prioritise the most important things. My one indulgence is going running.

How has your relationship changed with your partner? We have a deep-rooted bond that’s impossible to break. We were children before we had babies and we’ve grown up together.

If you could pass on one secret of motherhood, what would it be? Listen to your instincts. Don’t think you have to do everything by the book.

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It's so refreshing to hear mothers speak honestly about their experiences, and the challenges of balancing both the 'motherhood' identity and the 'individual' identity that so often gets left behind.I don 't think that women should feel guilty about wanting to have both, and I think a dose of selfishness can be a healthy thing, to a point. A healthy happy mother makes a healthy happy child. We always want to give our children the best of everything; that should include ourselves. I want my children to be secure in the love I give them, but I also want them to look back and be proud of what I have accomplished in life (besides making them!)

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