Our next awesome mom:
What does a typical day look like for you? Well, I have one son named Conner and he is 17 months so, a typical day starts with Connor yelling, “yellow” at 7AM b/c he’s awake and wants to seize the day (He yells, “yellow” b/c we recently got a tot clock that turns yellow when it’s okay to get up). Once he’s up we eat breakfast, send dad off to work and watch Sesame Street together. After breakfast we get dressed to either work out or go to a toddler class. If I don’t get out of the apt. in the morning for an activity, our place tends to look like a tornado. After he wakes up from his nap we do an activity outside with friends or by ourselves. Connor loves looking for busses, ‘Bob’ the Builder (aka construction sites) and saying, “hi” to everyone on the street. I love that he still takes a 3 hour nap because in addition to the GoMommy classes, it allows me to recharge my “mom and Kelly” tank and I feel more balanced and energized.
Being a mommy is tough work, how do you make time to go to the gym? Making the time to go to the gym and spin or work out has always been a priority for me; but initially being a new mom made it tough for me to find a system that worked. However, it was only when I started going to WIO in January that I felt that I finally had a routine that fit perfectly into my family life. I kinda look at working out as my job. I am fortunate to be able to stay home with Connor and feel that I owe it to myself, my husband, and him, to model a healthy lifestyle. The days that I don’t go to GoMommy, I wake up at 6AM and run in the gym in our apartment building until my husband has to leave for work. I don’t relish getting up at that hour, but working out makes you feel better physically and mentally so it’s definitely worth it. However, I try to get to GoMommy as much as I can, so I can sleep in a little bit longer.
Did you have to put your career on hold to be a mom or are you able to balance both? Prior to having Connor, we lived in the city and I was a fifth grade teacher at a private school on the Upper East Side. I loved teaching and had such a passion for it that I never in a million years thought that I would give it up to be a stay at home mom. However, once Connor was born, it only took one shared look between us and I knew that there was no way that I could ever leave to have someone else teach him while I was off teaching other kids. One day, when Connor is in school, I hope to get back into teaching, but for now I am loving being the one that shapes his life.
What is something your kids have taught you? Having a kid has definitely taught me to enjoy being in the moment. There are somedays that when I find myself excitedly looking forward to nap time or bedtime that I have to remind myself, that time is fleeting and to soak it all up, the good and the stressful.
What would be a perfect getaway vacation for you? A perfect getaway would be on the beach somewhere tropical with my husband, Connor, and (stay with me here) my parents. That way Steve and I could do our own thing from time to time and the grandparents could spoil Connor with out us feeling guilty about leaving him with a sitter.
Any advice to your fellow mommy WiOs about how you find balance in you?everyday life! Finding balance in everyday life means not being so hard on yourself but in the same sense, also to make yourself a priority. Enjoy the everyday moments, find the positive in situations and know that the ups and downs of mommyhood are normal and expected.
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