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Meet the Mommy [Week 5] – Namreen

Meet mommy - Namreen

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 idea for this feature – a short interview (short, because for moms, the time struggle is real yo!) with regular moms like you and I. Here we’ll get to “meet” different mommies, and find out a little about them.

This week we meet mommy blogger, Namreen. Whether it’s posts about mom life, or personal style, I always enjoy reading what Namreen writes. I’m so happy to feature her here today. 🙂

1. Please tell us a little – or a lot (we like details) – about yourself. 

Strangely enough, I struggled to answer this question the most. I have many roles and functions… I’m a stay at home mom with two teens and an almost 8 year old, I’ve been a wife for the past 16 years; a sister for forever, and I’m a full time daughter and occasional blogger/writer. I used to love baking, but right now it just feels like a chore amongst the other chores… But I feel like those things don’t properly define who I am; and who I am is constantly evolving as I journey through life. At various times I identified more strongly with one of the above mentioned roles; but now I feel like I can proudly say that I’m just Namreen, journeying through life with my kids, husband, siblings and parents by my side ❤️. I think I’m very traditional in my values and family is everything!  

Meet mommy - Namreen

2. What’s the one thing you find most challenging about being a working / stay at home mom? 

I’m a stay at home mom, and in the beginning the hardest part for me was forging my own identity. I didn’t have a career or identity other than being a mom. Right now though, I think the hardest part is finding a balance between being my own person, while still effectively fulfilling my duties and responsibilities. And generally feeling like I’m falling short and not able to give each child the undivided attention that they need. The afternoons are particularly nightmarish and sometimes I feel like there’s always one person getting the short end of the stick. I guess I sometimes feel that time is short and I worry that I’m not the kind of mom I want to be. 

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? 

Oh gosh… there’s so many! But my absolute favourite thing would be if we’ve discovered a new life lesson together, or if I was part of them evolving as a person. I also particularly love the moments when we’re all piled up on the bed or engaging in some fun family activity. We can be proper fools sometimes and I love that we can laugh at each other and with each other. 

Meet mommy - Namreen

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?

This is a tough one because it’s a topic I’m quite passionate about so it’s hard to choose just one thing! I guess if I should choose, then one thing then I’d say that kids require most is parents who are present…and not just physically, but emotionally connected to them. And sometimes that task gets harder as they get older, but that’s when they need it most! 

5. Share with us one of the funniest moments you’ve had since becoming a mom.

Parenting is no joke!!! LOL…Jokes! I can’t think of anything that stands out as particularly funny. I do, however, find it amusing that people ALWAYS ask me if I’m my children’s sister. In the shopping mall or the ER; I ALWAYS get asked it and I kind of like it!  

Meet mommy - Namreen

6. Please tell us where we can find you online. 

My blog is Life and Times of the Fireflies, and I can be found on Facebook under that name. On Instagram I can be found at @namreensonday and I’m on Twitter as @220779 (don’t even ask how I got that handle!)

Meet mommy - Namreen

Thank you Namreen for giving us a glimpse into your life as a big sis mom. 😉

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Tammymum

Meet the Mommy – Melissa

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 idea for this feature – a short interview with regular moms like you and I. Here we’ll get to “meet” different mommies, and find out a little about them.

This week we meet Melissa, our second mommy blogger in the series. Melissa is such a lovely lady, and I was so happy to meet her at the recent Jozi meetup. And it’s a pleasure to feature her here today.

1. Please tell us a little – or a lot (we like details) – about yourself? 

I’m a journalist by day (well, currently doing PR) and a blogger by night. I’m a mother of a 17 month old daughter and my step-daughter is 22, living in Cape Town as a Chef de partie. Married to a music composer, my life is filled with toys, Tupperware, and music instruments laying around on the floor. I’m the first one to hear my husband’s creations. I find myself falling asleep when I put my youngest to bed. Husband will be working through the night on his music. I have to mention that Husband is normally the one who changes Princess’ nappies and who dresses her in the morning. He does it in a fun way – I always hear her laughing. My favourite food to cook is lentils. We enjoy travelling long distances with the car – my parents and other family live in other provinces.

Meet mommy - Melissa

2. What’s the one thing you find most challenging about being a working / stay at home mom?

I find it hard to work on my blog or to type anything at home, because my daughter stands on her toes and presses on the keyboard. I also find it hard to discipline my child. To her, “no” means “let’s go there and do the opposite of what mommy says”. She has a happy go lucky spirit, so how can you get angry at her? 

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? 

My child hugging my legs when I am busy doing the washing or the dishes. Just kissing her, and her smile, makes me happy. 

Meet mommy - Melissa

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?  

I realised that my family members won’t tell me I’m doing a good job – so I have to remind myself of the little things I did to be a good parent. I don’t take for granted that my child eats vegetables daily, and you know there’s other small decisions you make that you will feel are best for your child. Remember, you are a good mother, because your child is smiling at you and loves you. You are good enough for your child. My mom used to say, “a mother is the light of the house” so remind yourself you are that light.
5. Share with us one of the funniest moments you’ve had since becoming a mom.

I seriously can’t think of any funny moments, but my child who is 17 months old started biting her dad and I two months ago. She would bite our thighs while standing in between our legs, or shoulders if you are carrying her. It’s annoying and makes a person nervous. We say “no” but she finds it funny. 

Meet mommy - Melissa

6. Please tell us where we can find you online.

Blog: Mel’s Postbox

Twitter: @melissa_nel

 

Thank you Melissa for giving us a glimpse into your life as a mom. 🙂

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Tammymum

Meet the Mommy – Carly

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 idea for this feature – an interview with regular moms like you and I. Here we’ll get to “meet” different mommies, and find out a little about them.

This week we meet Carly, our first mommy blogger in this Meet the Mommy series. I’ve been following Carly’s blog for a while now, and I especially love her sense of humor which comes through in her posts. I recently had the chance to meet her in person, at the #JoziMeetup mommy bloggers event, and I’m so happy to feature her here today.

1. Please tell us a little – or a lot (we like details) – about yourself?

I’m at 35 year old married stay-at-home mom of 2 little girls, 2 cats and 2 birds. I’m originally from Zimbabwe (my heart home). I lived in the UK for 10 years where I met my South African husband. We moved back to Africa after we got married, and started our family here. Our girls were born in Zimbabwe, and shortly after my youngest was born we moved to SA. We move a lot due to the nature of the industry my husband works in (Construction) and I’m slowly ticking off the SA provinces I’ve lived in the past four years: Mpumalanga, Gauteng, Northern Cape, and the Free State. I love living in Africa, I am most definitely, a child of Africa. I have also had both hips replaced, nearly two years ago now – best thing I ever did. I am also a huge fan of Grey’s Anatomy and … surprise surprise … Wine! In my spare time (don’t laugh) I do a bit of freelance copy-editing and proofreading. I think that covers almost everything. Maybe a little too much information.

Meet mommy - Carly

2. What’s the one thing you find most challenging about being a working / stay at home mom?

I’m a Stay-At-Home-Mom for now, I’m waiting for my SA Resident Permit to come through (nearly 2 years waiting now) and then I might consider going back to work part-time, unless my blog takes off and earns me a tonne of cash. I love being available for my kids and family whenever they need me, but it can be quite a lonely life. Contrary to popular belief, us SAHMs don’t actually spend all day gyming, shopping or getting our nails and hair done.

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?

The absolute trust and belief in me that my kids have. They truly believe I can do almost anything they need, except open the over-tight soda bottles. It’s a huge responsibility to live up to but very humbling.

Meet mommy - Carly

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 judge – I’m guessing that’s not cool, but you really shouldn’t judge unless you have all the facts (I think it’s actually very cool, quite brilliant advice Carly). Or if you do, keep it to yourself. I found a cool quote the other day that I had to share on my Instagram – it goes like this:

“Don’t judge people for the choices they make, when you don’t know the options they had to choose from.”

5. Share with us one of the funniest moments you’ve had since becoming a mom.

My kids amuse me constantly. I think it’s especially funny when I hear them repeating my words to each other, scary too. I do put a lot of it up on my blog, but the best that stands out for me wasn’t something they said, it was something they did. We were in the Drakensburg and had spent the day busy doing Zip-Lining and exploring the area. When we got back to the lodge we were staying in, my husband and I were busy unpacking the car and the kids ran ahead of us to the kitchen, absolutely dying of thirst (apparently).  A few minutes later my husband and I walked in to find the eldest daughter on her hands and knees in front of the fridge, with the younger one standing on her back to reach the juice on the higher shelf. It was so funny and clever at the same time, and they were so proud of themselves. I did take a picture of them (ever speedy with my camera phone) and it’s the best example of “Team Crawford” to date.

6. Please tell us where we can find you online:

I’m on my blog, obviously: Mom Of Two Little Girls

Twitter: @momof2lgs

Instagram: @momoftwolittlegirls

Pinterest: momoftwolittleg

Google+: Mom Of Two Little Girls

Meet mommy - Carly

Thank you Carly for giving us a glimpse into your life as mom of two little girls. 🙂