Like, probably, most of NZ I found myself intrigued by the Beehive baby. Jacinda: the first prime-minister to take maternity leave. How is that for kiwi girl power! I thought it was great.
When the news came of the birth (no star appeared by the way), I was on my own at a conference so couldn’t really share the joy I felt with anyone. I did, however, bore everyone I saw that day at the conference. As usual, some shared the joy, and others shrugged me off as rambling kiwi girl again. My heart swells when I hear any news about New Zealand but to hear such happy news was even better.
I watched the videos that were released over the next few weeks with a sense of wonderment – she’s an amazing role model but also wondering how she looked so fresh! The beaming love and tenderness on a face of a women in power was so wonderful to see…she is human! She is a mum! For sure she’ll get some flack and will feel stresses and guilt, but from one working mum to another, I’ll defend her. She’ll be doing just fine!
6 weeks has gone so fast. Now she’ll be back dealing with the other babies she works with. She’s so lucky to have her partner take on the parental duties so she doesn’t have to hand the baby over to a stranger to look after. She’s sharing the responsibility with the dad! That’s awesome and I bet a lot of working mums wish they could do the same! I was lucky enough to have 7 months off and then pass over baby duties to my hubby. It doesn’t feel quite as painful. Still have the guilt and stress but the pain is less.
Baby Neve is another feather in the kiwi girl accomplishments cap. Showing to the world. Another first for New Zealand females: from the vote to possibly a breastfeeding PM (and everything in between 😜).
I’m not much of a labour fan but I have found myself following Jacinda on social media and am fascinated as to how this situation will pan out. She is an inspiration and I would love to be in the country when she is in office.