Before I was a Mum…

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Before I was a Mum

I made and ate hot meals.

I had unstained clothing.

I had quiet, leisurely phone calls.


Before I was a Mum

I slept in as long as I wanted and never worried

about how late I got into bed.

I brushed my hair and my teeth every day.


Before I was a Mum

The hallways were free of obstacles.

I never tripped over toys or forgot words to lullabies.


Before I was a Mum

I had a vivid social life.

I never thought about babysitters or wondered how long

formula could stay fresh in the refrigerator.

I had never been

puked on

pooped on

spit on

sneezed on

chewed on

peed on

or pinched by tiny fingers.


Before I was a Mum

I slept all night.


Before I was a Mum

I never looked into teary eyes and cried.

I never got gloriously happy

over a simple grin.

I never sat up late watching a baby sleep.


Before I was a Mum

I never held a sleeping baby just because

I didn’t want to put him down.

I never felt my heart break into a million pieces

when I couldn’t stop the hurt.

I never knew something so small

could affect my life so much.

I never knew that I could feel how much

someone needed and loved me

without them saying a word.

I never knew that I could love someone

so much.

I never knew I would love being a Mum.


Before I was a Mum

I didn’t know what it felt like having my

heart outside of my body.

I didn’t know how special it would feel

to feed a hungry baby.

I didn’t know how it would melt my heart

to have someone look at me and utter the word “mama” for the first time.

I didn’t know what it felt like to have a baby

fall asleep in my arms.

I didn’t know the bond a mother feels to her child.

I didn’t know that something so small

could make me feel so special.


Before I was a Mum

I had never gotten up in the middle of the night

every ten minutes just to make sure

everything was ok

I had never known

the warmth

the joy

the love

the heartache

the wonderment

the satisfaction

of being a Mum.

I didn’t know I was capable

of feeling so much

Before I was a Mum.








This poem was written by Suzana Haertzen.

Nicole Cassey

written by

Nicole Cassey

Nicole Cassey, Mum to Jacob and Emily, founder and general dog’s body at Bubbaroo. Nicole was inspired to create Bubbaroo and Australia’s first swaddle after the personal experience she had with her first child, Jacob.

Nicole explains "It is such a steep learning curve becoming a parent. Getting to know the baby you created and finding your groove as a parent. You sometimes feel like you need to become a detective to try to interpret your baby's cues, personality, cries and behaviour. This is my passion to help parents on their journey, especially new parents as they transition to parenthood."

Nicole has a passion for sharing knowledge and community, regularly organising and presenting at various expectant parent and sleep workshops. Nicole ensures she is up to date with the latest evidence-based safe sleep and health research. Bubbaroo collaborates with experts in their field that share similar values and philosophies and have a passion for helping and supporting parents and expectant parents.

Nicole’s attention to detail with the creation of her premium quality baby, toddler and child sleepwear is exceptional. Nicole has been committed to ensure that Bubbaroo is not just a mass market brand producing products, Nicole’s focus is on helping your baby sleep safely in products that stand the test of time.

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