The Tale Of Sigourney & Max Cantelo
Vogues beauty and health director and founder of new beauty tips website Beauticate Sigourney Cantelo is one of the only women I know who always manages to look naturally glamorous even if were going for a walk to the park. She's the reason women get the title Yummy Mummy. And shes also really, really lovely, so you can't hate her either. Cantelo gave birth to her son, Max William back in March 2012. She took six months of maternity leave, before returning to work.
"We made sure Max was learning to self settle from an early age, which was hard at times but it made our life much easier in the long run. White noise was amazing in the early months. We used the Sleep Sheep or an app called White Noise Lite - very loudly. It mimics the sound of the womb and Max used to settle very quickly with that. When he was really unsettled, I used to put him in the baby carrier and just get on with the housework," she says.
Last Christmas, Cantelo and her husband started a tradition of watching a James Bond movie with Max. "He's too young to know whats going on now, but we wanted to start from his first Christmas and continue watching a Bond film together every year. It's lovely to create little family traditions, which we will continue for many years to come." she says.
It's no surprise that she's an expert on baby beauty (LOccitane and Burt's Bees are favourites) but when it comes to baby clothes, Cantelo shops at Seed, Country Road, Cotton On, Jacadi and when travelling overseas, stocks up on Petit Bateau and Ralph Lauren.
"The best part about being a mum? I could go on and on. The smiles. The cuddles. Watching the little miracles of discovery and learning that happens every day as your child grows. Looking at them and seeing little parts of your husband and little parts of yourself. Gaining a new perspective on life. Seeing the look on their face when you pick them up and they recognise you. Watching your baby sleeping. Holding their tiny hands. Knowing that this is forever."
Sigourney's little list of loves:
Picnics in the park with Max and my husband Damien watching him explore the great expanse of green grass unleashed.
Drinking fresh, cold young coconuts.
Taking Max down to Balmoral beach and watching as he coats himself in sand like a little cutlet.
Watching him experience new foods and textures.
Going for long runs on the weekend. Just me and my iPod on the beautiful bushwalks around Mosman in Sydneys north.
Dancing with Max to music videos on a Saturday morning.
Cuddles in a warm bed when we first wake up.
When Max comes up and cuddles my legs.
Skin Gym at ClearSkinCare Clinics. It's like a fitness program for your skin. I'm seeing great results.
Dinners with girlfriends and a bottle of wine.