It’s Wednesday, which means I get to introduce you to another mommy. ?
Last week, I featured Teri, the first mommy in the series for 2018. If you missed her interview, you’ll find it here.
Today we meet Rebecca, another mommy blogger I had the pleasure of meeting online (and for a few minutes in real life) last year. I’m so happy to be featuring this lovely lady here today.
1. Please tell us a little – or a lot (we like details) – about yourself?
I’m a Zimbabwe born, Botswana raised, Muslim with British Heritage, living in South Africa. ? A child of the world, my family is spread across 5 continents. I love to travel. I married my high school sweetheart, and am now a mum to two boys. My day job is in recruitment, and my “in between” jobs are as an Adventure clubs leader and creator, and a blogger at “In these Stilettos” (www.inthesestilettos.com). I have a passion for cooking, stilettos (of course), exploring, adventuring, dancing, being outdoors, crafting, and making the world a better place.I started my blog years back as a way to express myself. I couldn’t sleep at night with thousands of thoughts floating around in my head. Between marriage and children of course, it took a step back in terms of priority, and within the past 2 years I have focused on it again. I found after becoming a “mom” that so much is not spoken openly about. There are so many aspects to the motherhood journey that I know moms want to connect on; hopefully through my blog, I can achieve that. Connected to and with other moms, and helping them know that they are not alone in their thoughts.
2. What’s the one thing you find most challenging about being a work from home mom?
Focus! I literally work until about midnight or 1am most nights, purely because finding focus with little ones screaming in the background is quite challenging. Its also a constant tug between finishing up admin or spending time with them. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the flexibility more than one could ever imagine, but it definitely has its challenging days.
3. We all know there are challenging moments – moments which call for chocolate, or wine (or both), to soothe those mommy nerves… Forgetting all that though, what is your absolute favourite thing about being a mom?
I don’t drink wine, so for me chocolate is the winner. ? My favourite thing without a doubt is the unconditional love. The hugs, kisses, and attention that your little ones demand is the most precious thing in the world, and I’d be lost without it! I also love seeing how they view the world and going on the journey of exploration with them, it motivates me everyday!
4. From the experience you’ve gained since becoming a parent, what is a pretty cool piece of advice you would give to other moms?
DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF (easier said then done), but seriously, choose your battles. As a new mom you are surrounded these days with an ocean of information that can confuse the life out of you! You gain more confidence in your abilities as a mother every single day. I remember with my first born, every week that passed that I managed to keep this little tiny human healthy and strong, was a step closer to winning in my eyes. ?
5. Share with us one of the funniest moments you’ve had since becoming a mom.
How on earth do you pick? There are so many ! From the drugs wearing off with my emergency C-section with my first born, to screaming out “See I did it” after giving birth naturally to my second, there have been so many hilarious moments. Fishing poop out of a bath tub, to your child (in the midst of potty training) wetting his pants in the middle of raspberry fields. I think as a mother you HAVE to have a sense of humour, otherwise its going to be a very long journey. I often wish I had a voice recorder just to record some of the things my boys say.
6. Please tell us where we can find you online.
Thanks Rebecca for giving us a glimpse into your life as a mommy. ?
How this little series was born… A while back I was thinking about how all the moms I know are different in many ways – be it their parenting style, or whether they go to work, stay at home, or work from home. Some have one little person, while others have three or four. Some of our babies began their journey inside us learning the sound of our heartbeat, whilst some began in another only to meet us later and hold our hearts forever. Whatever the differences in how we became moms, how we parent… Being a mom, plus ALL that comes with it, is what we all have in common.
And that’s how I came up with the Meet the Mommy series – an interview with regular moms like you and I, where we get to “meet” mommies who are different in many ways, yet have so much in common too.