Q&A: The magical journey called motherhood

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Every mom has a story to tell, whether they’re young, old, experienced, or brand new. We asked three different moms —a new mother, an experienced mother, and a stepmother— to give us a look inside their journey this Mother’s Day.

Participants include: Sarah Stevener, new mother to her four-month-old son; Jerriann Calenzo, mother to three children and one grandchild; and Lindsey Mandia, stepmom of 12 years and mother of her own for seven.

What three skills have been essential to your motherhood? 

New mom, Sarah: Patience, communication, and time management have been prominent in my daily life the past three months. Patience with myself and my baby boy, open communication with my husband, and managing my time throughout the day to dedicate to myself and my baby. 

Experienced mom, Jerriann: Three skills that have been essential in motherhood for me were: patience and understanding, to be able to multi-task when it came to schooling, extra curricular activities, etc., and raising my kids to be close to God.

Stepmom, Lindsey: Patience, empathy, organization.

When it comes to being a mother, what are you most proud of thus far?

Sarah: I’m most proud of making it through the tough days running on little to no sleep! Like they all say, sleep will come, and it slowly but surely is starting to. 

Jerriann: I am most proud of the accomplishments of my children and knowing that I raised them with values and to push themselves to be the best they can be.

Lindsey: I’m proud of the kids I see developing before my eyes. We may have some tough days, but they’re my world and we will get through them together. 

What advice do you have for mothers-to-be?

Sarah: Soak up every moment, and be present. It’s easy to be distracted and be thinking of all the things we could be doing at any given time. But your baby needs your attention most, and that’s the only priority! 

Jerriann: Advice for mothers-to-be is once you become a mom your life now revolves around your children. I always believed family comes first and the long lasting bond you will have with them is forever.

Lindsey: The days are long, but the years are short. Try to enjoy every minute of your time with your children. It’s so easy to get caught up in housework and life, but don’t let the days pass by without spending some time together. They will remember even the small things and these special moments will have such a positive impact on their lives and yours!

Happy Mother’s Day!

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