We caught up with creative Chloe Isaac to find out more about her beautiful little family.
TELL US MORE ABOUT THE ISAAC FAMILY, WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT DO YOU DO?
It started as two kids: a spontaneous, free spirited Chloe met a driven, overly serious and creative Chris. We were so young, so different and yet so in love. We married at 21, travelled and pursued our dreams together. We’ve bought caravans, camper vans and pretty much anything we could make a home on wheels. We lived to travel; to explore and discover – so long as we were together. Heading into our thirties our family doubled. And just like that there was Harper and Hayes – our game changers. Nowadays we have a really busy house! The twins have brought a whole new, crazy, chaotic and beautiful dynamic to our lives. Chris is a musician and a corporate sell out all in one. He travels lots for work; meaning I have become somewhat of a master at the juggling act. I am a freelance photographer and graphic designer, but these days, it’s more like being a full-time mama-bear.
WHEN WERE THE TWINS BORN?
January 28th, 2016 Harper and Hayes entered our world, just 12 minutes apart.
WAS IT A GOOD PREGNANCY?
I definitely was not one of those women who loved pregnancy, it's not that I had a particularly bad time, it's just that being classified as a high risk pregnancy, I was under pretty strict instructions to stop work, rest, and pretty much be a vegetable on my lounge for the next 9 months. I know, most people would love that right? This was by far the hardest thing for me to do! To bound myself to the house for 9 months, let's just say my relationship with Netflix grew rather rapidly during that time. I had all the symptoms from intense nausea to crippling sciatica. There was maybe a period of 6 weeks where I felt that beautiful mama glow. The first time I felt them move, roll and kick, I felt like my heart would leave my chest. The strongest most intimate connection I had ever felt. Towards the end my belly had grown so big and I was just so uncomfortable I was practically begging for them to arrive. I made it to 36 weeks.
HOW HAS PARENTHOOD CHANGED YOUR WORLD? WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES?
Nothing is ever easy with two babes, it's always a juggle and often a challenge. We were that kind of couple. The kind who always imagined life wouldn't change all that much, we could easily adapt our babe into our nomad lifestyle. But, what we had imagined and what reality had, were two very different things. From the minute the twins entered our world it was turned upside down, in the best, most exhaustingly, beautiful way possible. We said goodbye to spontaneity and hello to routine. Nothing could have ever prepared us for Harper and Hayes.
We have always been night owls, from late night gigs to 2am brain storming sessions. To have to get used to early nights and waking before the sun was definitely an adjustment. I would say the hardest! Walking into parenthood has been the most beautiful, raw, unpredictable, emotional roller coaster ever. There is absolutely nothing in this world that could ever compare to it. The intense love and vulnerability you feel every day becomes more of an adventure then the mind could ever prepare you for.
WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE FOR YOU NOW?
Our typical day starts with a 5.30 am wake up call, usually the sound of Hayes whale slapping his feet into the bottom of his cot. Followed rather closely with a large cup of coffee, to help get me through the morning chaos. Most days are spent at home with daily outings to the park. We are big fans of picnicking and keeping our local ducks well fed. Afternoons are our wind down time before witching hour sneaks in.
WHAT VALUES ARE YOU HOPING TO INSTIL IN YOUR CHILDREN?
I think the biggest thing we want for our babes is for them to know how deeply they are loved. If we can instil anything, it would be to love unconditionally. To accept people of all shapes, colours, and sizes, to appreciate the small things in life, to walk lightly and to live with a gentle spirit and honest heart.
ANY TIPS FOR NEW PARENTS, ESPECIALLY EXPECTING MULTIPLE BIRTHS?
Remove all expectation and gracefully accept help and support.