Thank you so much you guys for all the comments, emails and general enthusiasm about the Mom’s of Instagram Series, I really have been so humbled by how much you all have embraced this series and been exceptionally patient with me during the little “morning sickness” break I was forced to take. I will be taking a break from the series for a couple of months to revamp the content and search for several more fantastic articles but I plan on re-launching the series again in the summer.
Our last and final interview of the series is Madelon (@madebylon), who lives in Holland with her husband and two children. Madelon is one of the first people I met on Instagram and then in person a couple of years ago when I traveled to Amsterdam with my two boys. She’s completely genuine and amazing, my only regret is that we didn’t get to spend more time together. Here’s what Madelon had to share:
Tell me a little bit about yourself and your family.
Before meeting Bart I wasn’t sure if I wanted children. Didn’t really like them. Especially babies!
I love the simple, clean and bright Scandinavian style. But it’s not my room, so they have a say too. Sylvester has a strong opinion about what it has to be like. But I’m not into a theme room. He is into super hero’s at the moment, so there is one print of Spiderman. That’s all. And everything is on his level, so he can grab his own clothes, books and toys.
It’s hard, but since school and staying at home it’s easier. Also, I moved to a little village near Amsterdam and that made it better. People in big cities are always on the go, busy, and keep life more to themselves is my opinion. I’m still a city girl at heart, but living just a little bit outside.
Sylvester is a very picky eater. So we make him try everything on his plate (not much) and let him finish one piece of vegetables. They always say don’t make it into a battle, but I do. Every single night. Luckily he loves fruit, so sometimes he can skip vegetables and eat some fruit as dessert.
We are at our best being together. And we love to explore! So us four, going all over the world. We went to Copenhagen in November (traveling with kids is great! Different, slower, but great. Don’t wait until they are older. Just do it!) and I guess we will be exploring the US the coming years. Can’t wait to show them San Francisco and New York!!
A big role. At first it was a place where I could post my photos (I always made too many). But when I was pregnant with Reva it became so much more. It’s a place I get inspired, where I found some real life friends and real virtual friends. It’s a sub world, but heart warming, kind, encouraging and real.
Instagram makes the world so tiny. I’m ‘meeting’ people all over the world who I get to know, laugh with, cry with, love. This community is so big hearted. People helping each other, take the time to answer your questions, give you that little push in the right direction, just ‘be there and feel for and with you. It makes me happy. There are still so many good people around. And I love meeting people! You were my first (and I was so nervous!! Haha, I came a long way since then). Because you see photos, have small conversations you have a feeling you know each other. It makes it so much easier. I truly made some new friends, even though I’m not that good at it.