Having a baby, so everyone says, changes your life forever. For author and comedian Zoë Norton Lodge, the first-time mum found that it's way more fun than she was led to believe.
When she isn't authoring a best-selling kids' book series, appearing in Netflix and ABC's The Let Down, or presenting at the monthly story-telling event Story Club (that she also co-founded), she is a mum to Rufus and wife to Mark.
We grabbed Zoë for a cheeky five minutes to find out the things she's learned to love, loathe, and laugh about since becoming a mum.
1. What is your favourite thing about being a mum?
Having a new mate who is the best.
2. What’s your favourite thing to do with your son?
Currently I am partial to playing him like all the instruments. For example, I say “I’m gonna play my Rufus like a flute” then I blow across the top of his head and make his hair stand up. Or “I’m gonna play my Rufus like the bagpipes” and then I lift his hand up (like the pipes), blow into his shoulder (the mouthpiece, obviously) and then with the remaining hand I puff out his shirt (the bag). He thinks it’s the best.
3. What is the thing you miss most about life before you became a mum?
Not being bit extremely hard on the nipples. Rufus has one deadly snaggle tooth. It’s the cutest thing in the world and also my nemesis.
4. What has been the biggest surprise for you about being a parent?
It’s absolutely more fun that I was led to believe.
5. What does 'me time' look like for you?
Wine/sleep/shower/show about hoarding or similar in any old order.
Hear Zoë and other Aussie parents on The Parent Panel live every Friday from midday and available wherever you get your podcasts.
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