Meet a Mom: Meet Heba

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Meet a Mom: Meet Heba

March 23, 2020

Mommy Connections Mississauga celebrates and recognizes all the moms in our community, the ones who are tirelessly raising the next gen of Canadians to be compassionate, smart, and fearless individuals.

Our “Meet a Mom” series continues. Today we’re chatting with Heba.

MEET A MOM: MEET HEBA

Hi Heba! Thanks for taking the time to speak with us. Can you tell us how many children you have, and their ages?
I have a 4 month old daughter.

Before becoming a mom, what did you do for life/work?
I’m a corporate lawyer.  

What do you like best about what you do?
I love that I get to work with and learn from really smart people every day.  And each day my job is different, so I’m constantly learning new things. 

What is your favourite part about being a mom?
I’m fascinated by how quickly my daughter is able to learn new skills and recognize faces and places. She has such a strong personality, and she isn’t shy about asserting it. Watching her learn and grow into her own person is an amazing experience. Also watching my husband’s face light up whenever he’s with our daughter.  Seeing two people you love share such a deep bond is incredible.

What have you found to be the biggest challenge since becoming a mom? (i.e. work-home balance, lack of ‘me time’, constant feedings, lack of sleep, changing identity, etc.)
Yes to all of the above – I’m not sure which I’d rank as the ‘most’ challenging!  I do believe a lot of these issues stem from being thrust overnight into a situations where you have almost no control!  For many professional women I imagine that’s a universal struggle.  Also I actually do think lack of sleep exacerbates a lot of the other issues, so I do hope that improves with time.

What’s the best, or worst, piece of advice you’ve gotten as a mom?
‘Sleep when your baby sleeps’ and ‘be sure to relish every moment’ are probably both universal pieces of advice that didn’t work for me – especially in the first few weeks after birth!  The first just wasn’t practical – my newborn’s nap times were so short in the first few months that by the time I dozed off she’d be wide awake, and the cycle repeats! And the problem with the ‘relish every moment’ concept is that in those first few weeks we new mums are so busy adjusting to this seismic shift to our lives, and are so massively sleep deprived to boot, that it can be very hard to ‘relish’ moments and do anything other than hunker down and hang on for dear life.  On the other hand, the best piece of advice I got was: The first few weeks are going to be really tough. But once you survive them life does get much easier!

What’s the one thing you can’t live without as a mom?
(I never thought I would say this….)  My breast pump! As tedious as the whole pumping process can be, I think every nursing mum at some point may want to consider getting one, so that others can take over feeding your baby (while mum hopefully gets some much needed sleep).

Favourite thing to do in your downtime?
Walking.  I’d probably gone walking/running a handful of times around my neighbourhood before I became pregnant, but now me (and my daughter!) go crazy if I can’t walk outside for a day.

Current fav show on Netflix or Crave?
Netflix’s Formula 1 documentary! It’s something my husband and I watch together, and there’s something so relaxing about watching people deal with heaps of a totally different kind of mental and physical pressures! No previous interest in Formula 1 racing necessary (I had none…)

You joined Mommy Connections this January. What did you enjoy most about the program?
Our coordinator Jen went to painstaking efforts to make sure all sessions were interesting, relevant and interactive. So I felt I got a lot of benefit from things like our sessions on introducing solids, pediatric therapy, etc.  But I will say my favourite part of each session was getting to speak with the other moms in the group about their experiences.  I learned so much from them, and also took solace in knowing that we were all dealing with such similar issues and emotions.

Anything else you’d like to share with other moms in our community?
For any mums grappling with the changes of new motherhood like I was – and still am – I can’t emphasize enough how much signing up to a group activity like this can help! I always looked forward to the Mommy Connections sessions, and even on the days when getting ready and out the door was a struggle, I always felt so much better after that day’s session.

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