Each month, Fisher-Price recognizes an every-day mom, nominated by her peers, with the Real Mom Moment award. It's their way of honouring the moments that make motherhood so special. This month, we honour Heather from momstown Burlington. She is thrilled to be receiving this honour and will be enjoying the Kid Tough Digital Camera with her children.
Heather is the mom of two little guys and a very active momstown member - both online and in real life! She is always quick to help others on the message board and has a wealth of knowledge about everything from green mama living to how to get your little ones to start listening! Heather is a compassionate, empathetic member who is always going out of her way to help people - even those she's never met before. Heather has hosted a number of events at her house and even offered up her home for a mama's night out with less than 24 hours notice, when the original host wasn't able to have the event anymore. Overall, Heather is a wonderful person and we're so lucky to have her as part of momstown Burlington!
momstown moments chatted with Heather about her experiences with motherhood.
MM: What did you find to be the biggest change to your life when you had your first child?
Heather: The realization that "popping out to grab something at the store" involved an hour of preparation, and that I can't get "a few" errands done in one day. By the look of my house at the end of the day, clearly we "accomplish" a lot. But none of it is on my to do list.
MM: What has surprised you the most about motherhood?
Heather: How quickly the day can shift from total utter miserable chaos to beautiful blissful loving moments. (and yes, back again too!). Usually the chaos is over in 30 minutes. I can get through 30 minutes of pretty much anything.
MM: Can you tell us about one of your favourite moments with your children so far?
Heather: I watched my shy, watchful, introverted son approach two older boys and engage them in a game with his soccer ball. I was so proud of him and was humbled that I should take things as they are today, but not assume that temperament is static. It was lovely just to watch it unfold, and not interfere.
MM: What are you most looking forward to with your family as your children grow older?
Heather: Camping and canoeing with them. Discovering who they are as people --I'm excited to see their personalities emerge. (And I need to be prepared that this may not include an affinity for camping!).
MM: What advice would you give to a woman who is about to become a mother?
Heather: Everyone says "they grow up so fast. Enjoy every minute of it". It's true. But I think we forget that it's ok not to enjoy every minute. Sometimes a good day means just getting through with your spirit intact. And a great day is having time for a cup of tea (and nothing else). Be prepared to parent differently than you ever could have imagined, especially if your little one needs more, or needs things differently than you expected. The best parent you can be is the parent that your child needs, not the parent you pictured being.
Be forgiving of yourself. There's lots of time to make mistakes. And a lot of time to find out some pretty amazing stuff about yourself along the way, too. Love is very forgiving. Our real amazing moments in parenthood don't come when things are going along tickity boo. It's maintaining our composure (to one degree or another) when the dishwasher breaks down, there's poop on the floor, your toddler just bite your baby, the cat just scratched your toddler, and the doorbell is ringing. Do what's most important for everyone. And usually that means sitting down for a cuddle.
Oh, and last but not least, meet and spend time with other moms. Being a mom is a tough job. Noone should have to do it alone.
We thank Heather for her story - and hope she and her family have lots of fun with the Kid Tough Digital Camera from Fisher-Price!
Want to nominate a mom in your momstown community? Email us and tell us about her Fisher Price Real Mom Moment - she might just be our next winner!