Anna: I was pretty relaxed. I certainly wasn't one of those mums that read lots of books on what my child should or shouldn't have been doing. I was back playing netball when my first was five months old, so I think having that balance was good. I wasn't totally consumed with motherhood but from the moment I became a mum, I loved it.
Karina: I was a nervous train wreck that looked calm and collected on the outside. I always second-guessed myself, and needed reassurance from the people around me before I did anything.
Miriama: I was really grateful to have a baby, as I didn't know if I could have children or not. My daughter was a wonderful surprise. I think I was ready to roll with any challenges.
Jude: I have had some of my happiest and proudest, and yet also sad and stressful, moments with my parent hat on. We have three and four-year age gaps between our kids, so it's always a case of them being at quite different life stages, which is a bit of a challenge sometimes.
Anna: It's now just finding that balance of mummy time, Anna time and Anna and [husband] Jeremy time. I think I parent a lot better when I have that time to myself and am able to do something for me that I enjoy. Kids can wear you down (well, mine can!) and it's about keeping them busy and finding them new and exciting things to do.
Miriama: Tantrums, probably. Trying to figure out what my daughter wants when she loses it.
Karina: I'm a goofy mum who thinks she lives in a musical. When I'm doing the house-cleaning or cooking, I find myself singing a number from Grease or The Lion King.
Jude: I don't know, really – so I sent a text to my teens and asked them. "Loving and forbearing," the 16-year-old tells me. The 19-year-old says, "You know us all well and respond to our needs as best you can in relation to our different personalities." And the 11-year-old is at a sleepover, so I can't gather her opinion!
Anna: I'd like to think I'm a pretty cruisy mum – I try not to sweat the small stuff.
Anna: Enjoy them while they're young! And not to stress if you can't breastfeed. It's about doing what's best for you, your baby and your family at the time.
Karina: A happy mum, a happy bub! It was from my mum – she always reminds me to take care of myself.
Jude: From my own mum, "This too shall pass." She was right. The challenging times don't last, but the lovely ones aren't constant either.
Anna: Your kid will sleep through the night once they start solids!
Jude: Try letting your baby cry themselves to sleep.
The mums on...
Miriama: For me, it was excruciating. It was really painful for the first six months. But I'm really glad I stuck with it because I ended up loving it. It's such a wonderful time to bond physically and emotionally.
Anna: I always ran out of milk, had bleeding and cracked nipples right up to nearly six months with my last child – so needless to say, I didn't last long with any of my kids!
Jude: Do it in summer. Wait for them to tell you they are ready – or you'll end up in unnecessary battles.
Anna: On day three, my daughter asked if I could walk a few steps behind her as she wanted to walk in on her own and not be seen with her mum! I couldn't believe it, I didn't know when to laugh or cry.
Jude: Get a coffee after the drop-off with some other mums so you don't feel completely lost and empty!