Meet a Mom: Meet Heba

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.

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 Gessica.

MEET A MOM: MEET GESSICA

Hi Gessica! Thanks for speaking with us. Can you tell us how many children you have, and their ages?
I have two boys. Sebastian Duke is two and Benjamin Maxwell is six months old. 

Before becoming a mom, what did you do for life/work?
Before I became a mom, I worked as a residential mortgage underwriter for a mortgage lender.  

What do you like best about what you do?
As a mortgage underwriter I like being able to help people attain their dreams of home ownership, especially given how difficult that has become as of late. 

What is your favourite part about being a mom?
I LOVE seeing the smiles on my children’s faces. I love hearing them laugh and giggle and I love seeing them learn new things. I guess that’s more than one thing… lol. 

What have you found to be the biggest challenge since becoming a mom?
The biggest challenge has been the death of my previous life. I could eat when I wanted, sleep (wake-up) at my leisure and go out when I wanted. Being a mom, the lack of sleep is like nothing else, especially at the newborn stage. It really affected my state of mind, especially with my first baby. Overall though I’d say the lack of true “me time” is a huge challenge. While I’m thankful for the 10 minute shower alone or the odd times I get my nails done, I’m really craving a full night away where I can truly relax for at least 24 hours and come back to my kids feeling refreshed.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without as a mom?
The internet. It sounds funny but it can be the key to a lot of unanswered questions where kids are concerned. If I’m looking for a new recipe for my picky toddler, need answers to sleep issues, developmental leaps, etc. the internet is there to help!! 

Favourite thing to do in your downtime?
I like to listen to music. It’s the one thing that helps me to clear my head and just be still. 

Current fav show on Crave?
It’s between Big Little Lies and The Handmaid’s Tale

You joined Mommy Connections in summer 2019. What did you enjoy most about the program?
The AMAZING group of moms I met there. It happened by chance that I ended up at that particular group as the Mississauga North location was cancelled. I’m so glad I decided to try out this group instead of opting out altogether. We have a great rapport and get along so well. We even get together once a week outside of Mommy Connections! 

Anything else you’d like to share with other moms in our community?
I know sometimes motherhood can be tough and you can feel isolated but my best advice is to get out there and join a mommy group or visit an EarlyON centre near you. Find others who are going through it so you can share your experiences and feel less alone. Plus, you never know when a simple meeting could turn into a beautiful friendship! 

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. Next up: Jennifer.

MEET A MOM: MEET JENNIFER

Hi Jennifer, so nice speaking with you today. Can you tell us how many children you have, and their ages?
Hannah is currently 6 months old. She is my first baby.

Before becoming a mom, what did you do for life/work?
I was in market research doing product testing for consumer packaged goods and then decided to pursue a second career in healthcare. 

What do you like best about what you do?
I’ll let you know once I start my second career. 😉

What is your favourite part about being a mom?
My favourite part about being a first-time mom is watching Hannah achieve developmental milestones like her first laugh, turning on her side, intentionally grabbing things. She recently started giggling and OMG baby laughter is so infectious. My heart literally died the first time I heard Hannah laugh.

What have you found to be the biggest challenge since becoming a mom?
I miss the good old days where I had down time for myself. Someone once told me it’s OK to grieve your loss of freedom. Dads can’t fully comprehend this lack of freedom because you are “on” all the time (especially if you are breastfeeding). It was an emotional roller coaster the first few months, but it has challenged me to know who I am as an individual without the mom title.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without as a mom?
Facebook Marketplace hands down. It’s an awesome way to buy used baby items from other moms, save money, and reduce waste.

Favourite thing to do in your downtime?
Be a coach potato and watch a Korean drama or some sappy romantic movie.

Current fav show on Crave?
Star Trek Discovery!!!

You joined Mommy Connections in spring 2019: What did you enjoy most about the program?
I loved that Mommy Connections provided a space for new moms to connect and introduced us to many mom and baby services that are available in our community. It was very informative and fun! The music class by Tip Toe Music was my favourite with all the singing and dancing. It was a great sensory experience for Hannah.

Anything else you’d like to share with other moms in our community?
Being a new mom can feel lonely, but it doesn’t have to be. Join a mommy group, go take a stroll outside, check out an Early On program. There are lots of activities out there for you and your little one.

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, and next we’re meeting Madeline.

MEET A MOM: MEET MADELINE

Hi Madeline! Thanks for joining us today. Can you tell us how many children you have, and their ages?
One son, Xander, five months. 

Before becoming a mom, what did you do for life/work?
After leaving school, where I was studying subjects in the Liberal Arts field, I took up a career in Aesthetics. I had always been involved in the elements of that industry and realized that it is what I wanted to do for work on a day-to-day basis. It was also something I could do part-time and from home after becoming a mom, which was always in the back of my mind when thinking about my future.

What do you like best about what you do?
I like that there are many pathways one can take in the Aesthetics industry; self employment, specialization of specific procedures and a business side. I also love making connections with others who work in the industry. Trying out new products and treatments is always interesting and fun, as this field is constantly expanding with new technologies.

What is your favourite part about being a mom?
There are so many things I love about being a mom, but the way my son looks at me with his big loving eyes has to be the best feeling. Overall, I love this completely new path my life is on. All of the plans my husband and I make together with our son, all of the mom and baby classes we join, thinking about the different activities Xander will be involved in, the new experiences we will have with holidays now—it’s all so exciting!

What have you found to be the biggest challenge since becoming a mom?
I think becoming a mom is full of new challenges that we think we can totally prepare ourselves for but never end up grasping until the time comes. With being a very analytical and structured personality, I made sure I read all of the books, had all of the baby gear ready, and asked all of the moms for advice…but It wasn’t until the first night we got home from the hospital that I realized nothing can truly prepare you. We are wired differently now as mothers—our minds never stop even in the few moments we get to relax, because our baby’s well-being is and will anyways be the forefront of our thoughts. I was told you never know a love so strong until you have your own child and I now truly understand what that means.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without as a mom?
My Baby Brezza Formula Advance Pro! After weaning off breast milk and switching to formula full time, we invested in this wonderful machine and I do not know what we would do without it! Instant and perfect bottles every time! 

Favourite thing to do in your downtime?
I’m a bit of a foodie so I find it soothing to cook, try new recipes or meal prep. I also love to take long walks with an audio book and I enjoy yoga as well. When I get the opportunity, I look forward to dining out and trying new restaurants.

Current fav show on Netflix?
Schitts Creek and Working Moms are at the top of my list.

You joined Mommy Connections in spring 2019: What did you enjoy most about the program?
For myself, I loved looking forward to a scheduled day out and meeting up with other moms who were all sharing similar experiences of early motherhood together. We all still keep in touch and it’s great to have connected as a group. I also felt very fortunate to have the opportunity to listen to different industry professionals each week and obtain such great information on different aspects of motherhood and baby life. 

For my son, it was the group socialization and trying new activities that encouraged his development (some of which we ended up pursuing further outside of Mommy Connections). It was so great watching him, even so young, being around others and seeing how he interacted with the environment.

Anything else you’d like to share with other moms in our community?
I think it’s important to be reminded by one another that we are all awesome, powerful women who are capable of anything, and who are doing a great job being mothers! 

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, and this month we meet Kleine.

MEET A MOM: MEET KLEINE

Hi Kleine! Thanks for taking the time to speak with us. Can you tell us how many children you have, and their ages?
I have an 11-month-old baby girl named Ariel.

Before becoming a mom, what did you do for life/work?
My full time job is Manager of Governance for the YMCA, working with the Board of Directors and the CEO on ensuring the organization sets high standards, and continually complies with laws and relevant regulations as we work towards fulfilling our mission and vision.

I’ve also used my maternity leave as an opportunity to build my coaching practice. I help women go from feeling anxious and held back by their financial situation, to feeling confident and clear making big life-changing decisions that come with a big financial investment and feeling excited about their future. My website is currently under construction, but the best way to connect with me and learn more is through my Instagram: www.instagram.com/kleineachiles

What do you like best about what you do?
As a coach, I love seeing the women I work with transform, and become open to all the possibilities and opportunities that they thought they didn’t have. My last client was terrified of asking for a raise, and experiencing a lot of anxiety around her ability to make life-changing decisions because she had a lot of student loan debt. Going through three months of coaching with me, she gained the confidence to ask for adequate compensation and got a promotion, she and her husband were able to get pre-approved for a mortgage, she opened up an investment portfolio, and was finally able to see the light at the end of the tunnel to her student loans. Debt no longer had control over her life. Her future opened up and became more exciting. But the best part was that she finally realized she could create a future and the life she wants.

What is your favourite part about being a mom?
Watching my baby girl grow, learn new things, and see her personality blossom. I love discovering what she likes and doesn’t like.

What have you found to be the biggest challenge since becoming a mom?
One of the biggest challenges I found was when my baby came down with her first cold. And she just recently experienced her first fever, too. It was so hard to see her stuffed up, having a hard time breathing and eating. Using the nasal aspirator was so hard too and of course she hated it. I wasn’t able to give her any medication because there’s not much you can do for a viral infection except wait it out. What got me through it was just reminding myself that this cold, this fever, etc. was her body’s way of building up her immune system.

What’s the one thing you can’t live without as a mom?
A gratitude and meditation practice. I had a gratitude practice before I got pregnant (I used a journal called “The 5 minute journal”) where I’d write down three things every morning and evening that I was grateful for.

Once I had Ariel, I fell off my gratitude practice, but recently picked it up again, along with meditation. I find this has helped me stay grounded, calm and less overwhelmed, especially as my mat leave is nearing its end and there are some final things to prep before I got back to work and Ariel starts child care.

Favourite thing to do in your downtime?
I love listening to podcasts. I like to listen to a mix of business-related and spiritual-related ones. Currently listening to: The Get Paid podcast, Biddy Tarot podcast, and starting to listen to the Intuitive Entrepreneur podcast as well.

Current fav show on Netflix?
Lucifer

You joined Mommy Connections in spring 2019: What did you enjoy most about the program?
I really loved getting to know other moms and their birth stories, listening to the different experts/professionals that came in, and how all of us moms could relate to each other and how these experts/professionals could help us. I also loved the activities we did with the babies—it really sent the message that you can still do things and have fun with your baby, you just may need to adjust your expectations (like a baby yoga class…you won’t be able to do yoga during the whole time, but you will get some in, and that’s still winning).

Anything else you’d like to share with other moms in our community?
It is so important to get out with your baby, make connections with other parents and get support/help with any issues you’re having. If you’re experiencing an issue, there is a good chance another mom is experiencing it too, and so the more we openly talk about the struggles of being a mom (motherhood isn’t all sunshine and roses), the more moms will realize what is and isn’t normal (for example, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed every now and then; it’s not normal to feel overwhelmed and sad every single day) and hopefully get the help/support needed.

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, and this month we meet Giulia.

MEET A MOM: MEET GIULIA

Good morning, Giulia! Thanks for speaking with us. Can you tell us how many children you have, and their ages?
One baby, Alessio, and he will be nine months soon! 

Before becoming a mom, what did you do for life/work?
Prior to becoming a mom to my sweet boy, I have been working in the Retail Industry for 20 years. Most of this time has been spent in women’s fashion apparel, however I’ve  moved onto the luxury jewellery sector. For the longest time, it was only my husband and I (together for over 20 years!) so having this little boy be part of our lives has been a lot of fun! 

What do you like best about what you do?
Meeting wonderful people along the way. Some have even become great friends. Building relationships and in the end seeing people happy is the most satisfying aspect of my job! 

What is your favourite part about being a mom?
Alessio has grown up so quickly these last few months. I guess you can say that’s the sad part, however watching him grow into this little personality has been so much fun. Laughing with him and seeing him smile every single day is my absolute favourite!

What have you found to be the biggest challenge since becoming a mom?
The most challenging is not knowing what the day will be like. It’s unpredictable and can’t be planned at times. Your schedule is all about the baby which can be an adjustment, but once you have some part of it figured out it gets much better.

Favourite thing to do in your downtime?
Sit outside on a nice day enjoying a glass of wine!

Current fav show on Netflix?
Life in Pieces.

You joined Mommy Connections in spring 2019: What did you enjoy most about the program?
Each week it was nice to have different presenters to share their expertise. It was also nice to get to know other new mom’s going through exactly what you are going through and seeing their babies change and grow. Since the program, we have been keeping in touch via a group chat and also have had play dates!

Anything else you’d like to share with other moms in our community?
Sign Up! Don’t be discouraged. I know it can feel overwhelming at times trying to get yourself and the baby ready to go to activities, but it’s definitely worth it!

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, and this month we meet Allana.

MEET A MOM: MEET ALLANA

Hi, Allana! So nice to chat with you today. Can you tell us how many children you have, and their ages?
One, her name is Sloan and she’s 8 1/2 months.

Before becoming a mom, what did you do for life/work?
I worked for a food company as a customer service rep for the past five years. But I also enjoy spending time outdoors doing anything, really.

What do you like best about what you do?
I enjoyed getting to know the business—but really it was the work environment that we had and the people that I worked with that I enjoyed the most.

What is your favourite part about being a mom?
I’ve always wanted to have a baby of my own, but I really love watching her grow, getting excited and giggling at what she enjoys, and of course, the cuddles.

What have you found to be the biggest challenge since becoming a mom?
I think the hardest part so far was the feedings in the newborn stage. I’m breastfeeding so that was a challenge at the beginning, but now it’s much easier. And of course the lack of sleep is sometimes difficult.

Favourite thing to do in your downtime?
I enjoy reading, which doesn’t happen much anymore. I also really enjoy live music and spending time outdoors when the weather allows.

Current fav show on Netflix?
I actually don’t have a Netflix account, but I am addicted to Big Brother.

You joined Mommy Connections in spring 2019: What did you enjoy most about the Mom & Baby and Mini Movers programs?
I really enjoyed all the activities we did together in the group and the open talks we had. It’s been great finding a group of other moms at the same stage and keeping in touch with them and their littles.

Anything else you’d like to share with other moms in our community?
Some days babies are hard and some days babies are easy… but every day babies are beautiful. Being a new mom can be difficult at times, but it’s the best job I’ve ever had and I wouldn’t change any part of my new life. I can’t imagine my life with out my sweet little girl. If you’re on the fence about joining Mommy Connections I would say you should do it—it’s a wonderful experience for both mom and baby, and you’ll probably make some new life long friends for both of you.

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 new “Meet a Mom” series continues, and this month we meet Simone.

MEET A MOM: MEET SIMONE

Hello, Simone! Thanks for taking the time to speak with us today. Can you tell us how many children you have, and their ages?
One son, and he is five months old.

Before becoming a mom, what did you do for life/work?
I have a bachelor degree in business but I’ve always worked in sales in the industrial sector. I’ve been working with the welding industry for quite a while now, which is a sector dominated by males. Currently I’m the Manager of Marketing, Products and Sales Operations for the aluminum division of a worldwide welding company.

What do you like best about what you do?
I love fixing processes and delivering a perfect customer experience. I also enjoy developing new products.

What is your favourite part about being a mom?
So far it’s having this little human being looking at me with that smiling “I love you face”.

What have you found to be the biggest challenge since becoming a mom?
The lack of sleep is tough in the beginning but I found the unpredictability of my day the worst. I like planning my days/weeks but this has caused some frustrations because I’m not able to do what I’ve planned, therefore, I had to let it go and play by ear.

Favourite thing to do in your downtime?
Running and watching TV.

Current fav show on Netflix?
Black Mirror.

You joined Mommy Connections in spring 2019: What did you enjoy most about the program?
I enjoyed the entire thing. It was very helpful to learn more about the subjects presented. The bonus was to make new friends that are going through the same situation.

Anything else you’d like to share with other moms in our community?
Be active! Participate in events in your community. You are still a woman, not only a mom, and need to socialize to feel like you’re part of the world again.

In the lead up to Mother’s Day, Mommy Connections Mississauga celebrates all the moms in our community, the ones who are tirelessly raising the next gen of Canadians to be compassionate, smart, and fearless individuals.

Over the past few days we have been sharing the stories of five amazing moms who recently participated in our Mom & Baby programs—Binny, Derrilynn, Amy, Asha and Hughene—as part of our new ongoing series, “Meet a Mom.”

Today is the final post in our Mother’s Day series.

MEET A MOM: MEET HUGHENE

Morning, Hughene. Thanks for chatting with us! Can you tell us how many children do you have, and their ages?
Georgia, age seven-months.

Before becoming a mom, what did you do for life/work?
I have always had my own art appraisal business. For life my husband and I loved travelling, hosting dinner parties and enjoying time with friends and family.

What do you like best about what you do?
The freedom and flexibility and the constant challenge to make it all happen.

What is your favourite part about being a mom?
I love seeing my daughter grow and develop, and in particular laugh! She is really into swinging at the playground these days, which is super fun.

What have you found to be the biggest challenge since becoming a mom?
Hmmm… that is tough! Everything. Your whole world is thrown upside down. I would say motherhood is like two steps forward and five back. Just when you “think” you have figured it out your baby changes. For me I would say having my own business and trying to maintain that while trying to be there for Georgia has been very difficult. Throw in extreme sleep deprivation and never getting a real break (especially if you are nursing) and there you have the whole struggle of balance!

Favourite thing to do in your downtime? (i.e. hobby, activity, etc.)
I am often working when I am not looking after Georgia, or trying to sleep, but my husband and I love playing Scrabble. I also love to read in the bath!

Current fav show on Netflix?
Chef’s Table, always. I love it!

You joined Mommy Connections in winter 2018: What did you enjoy most about the program?
I enjoyed listening to the different experts and learning from them, and also learning from the other moms. Motherhood is like a whole new career so you have to talk to as many moms as possible as you really can do a lot of “information gathering”!

Anything else you’d like to share with other moms in our community?
Everyone finds motherhood really hard, probably the hardest thing I have ever done by a mile. It helps to keep it real and be honest with other women!

In the lead up to Mother’s Day, Mommy Connections Mississauga celebrates all the moms in our community, the ones who are tirelessly raising the next gen of Canadians to be compassionate, smart, and fearless individuals.

Over the next few days we’ll be sharing the stories of five amazing moms who recently participated in our Mom & Baby programs—Binny, Derrilynn, Amy, Asha and Hughene—as part of our new ongoing series, “Meet a Mom.”

MEET A MOM: MEET ASHA

Hi Asha! We’d love to hear your thoughts about life after baby. How many kids do you have, and their ages?

I have one son. His name is Theo! He is five-months old.



Before becoming a mom, what did you do for life/work?

Before becoming a mom, my full-time job was working with children with Autism. I am a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst, and work as a Senior Autism Consultant at ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development.



I absolutely LOVE my job, and am so honoured to be able to work with these amazing children and families! In my role, we help to support children gain various different skills using Applied Behavioural Analysis based on their individual needs. These skills can include communication skills, social skills, daily-living skills or behaviour management. We work closely with families to determine what skills will be most beneficial for their child and their family, and work as a team to help achieve those goals. The outcomes are remarkable, and watching these children and families flourish is extremely rewarding! 



What do you like best about what you do?

For me, the best part about my job is seeing the incredible gains and achievements each child and family makes. It’s the little things, but those little things can make such a huge impact on the functioning of a family!



For example with one family, the child was completely non-verbal and had no communication system/method in place when he began with us. We were able to progress him to a communication system using an iPad, which allowed him to type out sentences and have the iPad read it out for him. 

One day at drop off, his dad pulled me aside to share a story. With tears in his eyes, he said that the night before his son had grabbed the iPad, came up to him, typed out a phrase and played it for him. The phrase said “Daddy I want a hug, I love you.” His dad said he had never been able to say anything like that before. But by teaching him and providing him with those communication tools, this little guy was able to express some pretty great things with his family! I definitely shed a tear when his dad shared this story.

It’s successes like these that make each and every day so rewarding, and keep me going back for more!

What is your favourite part about being a mom?
How do I pick just one thing!! I’d have to say right now, one of my favourite parts is watching Theo learn and develop. His curiosity is so intriguing to me, and seeing him change day-to-day is so incredible! I love that I am able to help foster that growth and development. I also absolutely LOVE the adoring looks he gives me and my husband – they melt my heart!



What have you found to be the biggest challenge since becoming a mom?

The thing that I have found the most challenging since becoming a mom is the lack of “me time.” I love spending every minute that I can with Theo, but I know I also need time to recharge so I can be the best mom possible for him! Knowing that I sometimes need to take a little step back, even if it’s just for 15 mins to go and have a shower, pop out to the grocery store, or even just scroll through Instagram (!) is really important, and I feel so much better when I take those quick little breaks. My husband and I work so well as a team, and really work hard at making sure neither of us are feeling burnt out or overwhelmed. You can’t pour from an empty cup! So really taking the time to identify that, and allowing myself to have those breaks has been huge.

Favourite thing to do in your downtime?
My favourite thing to do in my downtime is to bake or cook! Now that I have Theo, it can be a little more challenging to make those more elaborate meals or treats. When I do have the downtime, I find myself really enjoying diving back into that world and creating some really delicious meals! I even find myself trying out new recipes that I wouldn’t necessarily have tried out before; it’s some fun “me time” as well!

Current fav show on Netflix?
This is a tricky one! I have a few favourites on the go right now. I just finished binge watching Queer Eye! I love this show – literally cried during every episode! I love how they really help each individual during the episode become their true self. I am also really loving Our Planet. I’ve always been a fan of Planet Earth, Blue Planet, really anything narrated by David Attenborough! It’s such a beautifully shot documentary, and really puts into perspective the impact of climate change and what we can do to help preserve our planet.

You joined Mommy Connections in winter 2019: What did you enjoy most about the program?
What I enjoyed most was the opportunity to meet a group of really amazing moms that are all at roughly the same stage in motherhood that I was in. It can sometimes feel pretty isolating, and it definitely doesn’t help seeing only positive posts on social media (which can cause you to go down a rabbit hole of “why doesn’t my baby do that?” or “how is it possible that they have their life together so well?!”). Having this wonderful group of ladies was really grounding for me, and it was amazing being able to come to the classes each week and chat with the other moms about what was going on in our lives. 



Theo went through a pretty rough stage where he was waking up 8-10 times a night, and I felt like a zombie! I also found it easy to get down on myself, as I would see other people posting about how wonderfully their babies were sleeping. Being able to come to the Mommy Connections class and talk to the other moms about his sleep, know that Theo wasn’t the only one going through that phase, and getting some really amazing tips and advice was so incredible helpful. I wish the classes were longer than the eight-week block! That being said, we all still keep in touch, and meet up for lunches and play dates!

Anything else you’d like to share with other moms in our community?
One thing that has been absolutely invaluable throughout my motherhood journey so far, is having that “mom tribe.” Finding other women that are going through what you are, and who understand where you are coming from is so helpful and validating. It can definitely become easy to spiral or let your thoughts run wild, but having that group of moms can keep you grounded. They are a great sounding board for ideas, thoughts, or just for venting! And the amazing thing is that they get it. By joining Mommy Connections, I was able to expand my “mom tribe” and now have more people that I can lean on and reach out to for support. Definitely, definitely, definitely find your tribe!

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