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Lucy Neary, founder of TeenyWeanies
I am step mum/mum to 3 little people; a step daughter of 9, daughter of 3 and little boy who is 4 months. I am a dietitian, and as well as my NHS job I run a business called TeenyWeanies running workshops that teach parents all about introducing solid food to their babies.
I qualified as a dietitian about 2 years before having my daughter and was commuting to a hospital about 2 hours away. I loved my job, my patients and my colleagues but it wasn’t sustainable with a baby as I felt so anxious about having such a long commute. I decided to look for another position nearer to home and thankfully found a job that I love as much at Basildon Hospital.
I had wanted to set up a family/child focussed nutrition business since I was at university and always felt weaning was the area I wanted to focus on. When I started weaning Juno I absolutely knew it was the right thing to do. Even as a dietitian I found that books, websites, friends and healthcare professionals would say different things. I found the whole process much harder than I had expected so I started studying and writing my course in order to teach other mums and hopefully make their weaning journey less stressful.
What drives you?
I am driven by a genuine passion for teaching people about nutrition; that delicious food can be simple, accessible and healthy and that babies and young children really can be taught to love all of the foods that we enjoy as adults. The future health of our children can be improved so much if they grow up eating and loving wholesome food so it’s really important to me that I teach as many people as possible and bring my message to their family!
I also want to show my children that anything is possible, that life is for living and the world is whatever they make of it. When I set TeenyWeanies up I really didn’t know whether anyone at all would want to come and although I’m only a small business it brings me so much more than just an income, it brings me satisfaction and happiness which is what I want for them too.
The biggest challenge in making it all work is wanting to give so much of myself to all that I do, but unfortunately it just isn’t possible. I feel like there’s guilt in lots of areas; being on my phone at home a lot, not doing as much reading as I’d like for either job and so on. Something I know so many working mums will empathise with!
What are you most proud of?
I’m most proud of the fact that people are so complimentary about a course that I have written completely by myself and that most people now come purely from word of mouth. I still get such a sense of pleasure delivering the workshops and seeing mums leave full of excitement to start weaning their babies. When I get a recommendation/good review it makes me SO happy!
What does the future hold?
Eeek I’m so excited about the future right now! I have lots of plans that are in the pipeline at the moment that I don’t really want to talk about very much until I have cemented them… so all I will say is watch this space!
What would you say to yourself as a new Mum?
There’s so much I’d like to say to myself as a new mum! I’d say hold your head up high and be proud of yourself because you are SMASHING IT! I’d say don’t worry what everyone else is doing and run your own race, because we all get there in the end but our journeys are unbelievably different. Lastly, I’d say it’s ok to ask for help if you need it, because being a new mum is bloody hard work. It’s life changing in more ways that you could ever imagine but those early days are over in a flash so outsource anything you can and just lay with your baby guilt free!
Self care, how do you fill your cup?
I’ve just spent some time readdressing this because honestly it hasn’t been much for a while. I’ve started doing yoga in the mornings before everyone else gets up. Usually my self care is running along the seafront early in the morning before the rest of the world gets up. That’s one of my happy places but I’ve not got back into it yet. I really must. Other than that it’s good food, cooking with my husband and going out as a family to introduce the girls to new foods as they love to eat out as much as we do!
You can find Lucy at http://www.teenyweanies.com/
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