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Monday 27 February, 2017

Mum of the Month | Helen Ceravolo

I would like to introduce our Mum of the Month, Helen Ceravolo, who is the brains behind one of my favourite insta pages @themummyconfidentials. Helen is a beautiful human with a kind spirit and a very important message.

Introduce us to your family and provide a quick overview of who you are?  My name is Helen and I am mumma to 8-year-old Alexander and 6-year-old Bianca. My whole family is surrounded by children! I have 18 nieces and nephews. I am also godmother extraordinaire to 4 boys who, together with their siblings, I love like they’re my own! My whole life is family, friends, food and fun. I’m all about “keeping it real” and now that my children are at school age, as a mumma, I face new challenges – keeping it all together. I work part time for an accounting firm as well as working from home for our little plumbing business. Life is crazy busy! To top it all off, I was recently diagnosed with Breast Cancer and this rocked my world, but I manage to wake up each day and get through it a changed person … for the better.

What’s your life motto or inspiration in life?  I take each day as it comes and deal with it. It’s the only way to get through.

What is your favourite place in the world?  I am such a foodie and I love, love, love Italian food and so Italy is my favorite place in the world by far. Food comes so effortless for Italians. In Florence, I had THE best ever pasta ragu … heaven!

We love your blog/Instagram page @themummyconfidentials. How did you get into blogging and what do you love most about it?  About 3 years ago, my sister and two nieces were pregnant and would come to me for advice about pregnancy and motherhood. Sharing my experience with them seemed to help and I thought sharing my stories of life as a mum could help other new mummas, too. My niece and I joined forces and started The Mummy Confidentials. The blog ran for about 2 years but crazy, busy mumma life got the better of us and there was just not enough time in the day (or night) for the blogging side of things. The Instagram page just continued to get bigger with simple easy relatable posts, photos, quotes, etc. The key here is that by keeping it real, other mums can relate and I’ve formed a lovely Insta community!

What qualities would you like to teach/pass on to your children and why?  My husband is so reliable and honest and has an amazing instinct and I would love my children to inherit these qualities. I’d also say, love your family; they are your foundation.

What has been the most challenging thing you have been through in life?  Parenthood is so challenging. I thought having a newborn was the biggest challenge for me because there was so much I did not know. I couldn’t read the ‘signs’ of baby being hungry, tired, etc. I obsessed over crazy things like – Is baby’s poo the right colour? What is that new gurgling sound baby’s making; is he chocking perhaps? Why isn’t he reaching the “milestones” like the books say? Oh and speaking of those parenting books! They made things worse for me, but of course, I only learned this with hindsight.

We love that you have started a pledge to check and raise awareness for breast cancer. Can you tell people about your story?  First and foremost, I have to say check, check, check ! Check your boobs ladies! Look for differences even the slightest of changes and feel for lumps. Keep in mind the lump I found disappeared before I went for my screening but I decided to have a mammogram and an ultrasound anyway, and subsequently, when three more lumps were detected, I decided to have a biopsy. When my initial diagnosis was inconclusive I could have chosen not to worry and return for a follow-up check in 12 months, but I persisted! Early detection can save your life. My whole story has been published HERE.

What is your No. 1 parenting tip?  Don’t get too involved when siblings have an argument. You’ll continue to fume when they’ll be best friends again before you know it. Then you’ll wonder why you bothered. Happens to me EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

We love food here at Food Babies Love. What is your favourite meal to cook for your family?  I love food too and so do my children. Alexander is my little masterchef and I attribute this to giving him a huge variety of food early on. I never made a big deal about “trying food”, it was placed on their plate without fuss and they ate most things without fuss. We especially love chicken soup cooked with the pressure cooker. So easy and we reckon it’s medicinal. I include my children in every aspect of our meals from grocery shopping, preparing, cooking and clearing the dishes. I also love that we eat dinner every night together –at the dinner table as a family.

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