Christine came to be a Canberra mum after she left Seattle for love. She brings her joy of laughter into her photoshoots of couples, children and families, and documents her days with her own babies on Instagram in light-filled images radiating emotion and warmth. We asked her how she’s found motherhood so far. This is what she told us.
Has becoming a mother changed you?
Yes and no. I feel I’ve grown leaps and bounds, but the core of me still remains. I’ve always valued creativity, building friendships, play-based learning and being around children, and now I incorporate all those aspects of my personality into how I relate and raise my kids.
What was a normal day for you before you had kids?
Coffee dates, reading books, lots of running, studying (I was doing a masters in international relations), painting and cooking.
How have you found motherhood so far?
It’s easier than I thought it would be, but that could just be the phase of my life right now and the age of my children. I’m sure as they get older their needs will change and my life will be a lot more different, and perhaps difficult trying to juggle everything, but at the moment I feel like I’m easing in and it’s been such a positive experience.
What’s the best parenting advice you’ve been given?
Trust your heart – you know best.
What has surprised you most about becoming a mum?
How many new friends I’ve made. The mama network is incredible, especially here in Canberra, and it’s so lovely connecting with other mums and inspiring women who seem to multitask and have it all! While the first few months of motherhood felt quite isolating, the past couple of years have been amazing. I love meeting other women, letting our children play and become friends, and learning from each other.
What do you wish you’d known before you were pregnant?
That while a part of your identity might get lost somewhere along the way in the path of new parenthood, you’ll find it again in bits and pieces and slowly start rebuilding – not all is lost.
What helps you parent well?
My husband. He’s the ying to my yang. He’s rational, level headed, keeps his feet firmly planted, and is the best dad to our girls. He has crazy amounts of energy, so is usually off with both the girls playing games, reading books or jumping on the trampoline. I don’t know where he gets his energy from!
What’s the best creative advice you’ve been given?
If it scares you, do it.
Christine is one of six inspiring Australian women featured in the August 2015 issue of CHILD Mags. Pick up your copy to read advice on being a creative mother from Christine Pobke, Anna Walker, Beci Orpin, Laura Blythman, Amy Harris and Chantelle Ellem.
Christine Pobke is a 33-year-old photographer who left Seattle 10 years ago to live with her husband in Canberra. They now have two daughters Pippa, 3, and Elsie, 1. Visit her website and follow her on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.