Inspiring Mums: Layla Anna-Lee
Inspiring Mums: Layla Anna-Lee
Layla Anna-Lee is a TV presenter and YouTuber making global sports content for Eleven Sports Network, ESPN, Adidas and RedBullTV! She's also mum to 11 month old Lucas.
Layla and Lucas
You are super busy. How do you fit it all in?
I can't fit it all in - I'm already late!
Is there such a thing as an average day for you? And what does it consist of?
Thankfully no single day is ever the same, which is just the way I like it. I travel a lot which is awesome, there's no pattern for me but I make sure there's pattern in my home. My husband is Daddy full time so we manage to give Lucas a calm home whilst I may fly off at a moments notice. We often travel for my work together as a family. 3 months in India coming up. I can't wait!
How would you describe your parenting style?
Playful, affectionate and relaxed. I'm pretty chilled out as a parent mostly because Lucas is a very relaxed baby. I think it's important to respect children, respect their opinions and plans. It's amazing how 'busy' Lucas is. He's always has his own plan, things he wishes to do. He crawls across the living room with purpose. Parents don't always realise when you scoop them up to change a nappy without any warning were sometime interrupting the plans in their little mind. I'm communicative. It makes things easy.
What’s the one thing you wish you’d known before becoming a parent?
To work out your back more! My boy is HEAVY and pregnancy itself took a toll on my back. I wish I'd strengthened my back and core muscles in order to find this part of parenthood physically easier.
What’s been the toughest period/event so far?
Lucas is a strong baby and being born 16 days late at 9lb 14 means he's naturally going to hit milestones early. He was crawling at 5 1/2 months and trying to walk at 9 months. At 10 months he fell from an attempted stand on kitchen tiles which caused a hairline fractured in his shin. My husband and I were stood right next to him! We were mortified but these things happen you simply can't catch every tumble. At the hospital they didn't believe a 10 month old was attempting to walk, so we were questioned....a lot. That was tough.
What’s the best thing about being a working mum?
I feel proud. I hope I can teach my son a deep and wonderful respect for women. I feel like I'm setting a good example for women and his father setting an even better example for men. I hope Lucas grows up to feel compassion and drive do whatever he wants and I hope if he wishes to have his own children he will respect and understand the love it takes to stay at home and bring one up.
How do you find time for your relationship?
With Lucas! There's three of us now and if for any reason Lucas is struggling to sleep we say OK it's date night and we all go out for dinner together. Lucas has a late night and we enjoy a beautiful meal at a restaurant. He wouldn't have slept anyway!
Do you find time for yourself and if so how do you spend it?
Not really. Not yet. I recognise that I'm very lucky my working hours allow me a lot of time with my son. So I really just spend any free time playing. When he's sleeping I'll shower and tidy, things we used to take for granted. Now they become me time!
The one thing I’m most proud of is…
Lucas! Without a doubt, and the fact that our hard work before pregnancy gave us a stable home and home life that means one of us can make him our single priority and give him all the time he deserves.
Do you still have ambitions you are yet to achieve?
Of course. I don't think I'll ever sit back and assume I've fulfilled all my dreams. Although having a baby does make you feel rather incredible. It does give such an amazing sense of achievement to see a small human and attempt to comprehend he came from my body!
I’d like to be remembered for…
Things I haven't done yet! Watch this space.