Brooke Testoni on How She’s Celebrating Her 1st Mother’s Day

Brooke Testoni on How She’s Celebrating Her 1st Mother’s Day
Brooke wears Viktoria & Woods shirt, $380, and pants, $320, and Chloé earrings, $490. Franco wears Seed ‘Cord’ overalls, $39.95.

Photography by Georges Antoni
Styling by Rachel Wayman

To celebrate her first Mother’s Day, this designer is looking forward to a family getaway.

Though she’s in the bliss-filled baby bubble now, Brooke Testoni recalls the earliest days of her pregnancy as challenging. “I was quite sick for the first few months which wasn’t very pleasant. That was definitely the hardest part but the rest of the pregnancy I really enjoyed.” Her first child, Franco, was born in June. “Growing another life is an amazing experience. It made me realise how incredible our bodies are.”

Now, the influencer and founder of Rylan Studio is focused on the new and sometimes unexpected hurdles that come with a little one. “Time management is so important.

Growing another life is an amazing experience. It made me realise how incredible our bodies are.

I feel like I don’t stop and am always doing five things at once. It can be quite overwhelming.” The antidote to her stress? “Franco’s laugh is so infectious. And I’m lucky that family members are always keen to babysit when my husband and I need some time together.”

As she begins the transition back into working life, she – like many new mothers who run their own businesses – has discovered the power of nap time. “It’s a hard one but I make it work. There will come a time when I will put him into day care a couple of days a week but, for now, I’m enjoying being with him as much as I can.” Though she’s known for her expert eye for style and interiors, she says her mum uniform of “denim, a T-shirt, sneakers and a tinted moisturiser” is a lifesaver.

With her first Mother’s Day around the corner, Testoni looks back on what she’s learned so far. “Motherhood has taught me to slow down and enjoy every moment of life. Yes, work is important but family is more important. It is good to have a balance. Franco is growing up so quickly, I don’t want to miss a moment.”

To mark the occasion, she’s getting out of town. “My husband and I will take Franco on a little road trip. I’m really looking forward to having that special time with just the three of us.” Non-stop selfies and Instagram stories, however, aren’t on the agenda. “There is no need to document and film everything. The thing I care about most is being there and being present.”

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