A Mama Minute — KRISTEN

“A lot, unfortunately. People I thought would have been in my life more strongly now seem to not be there as much and I’ve been finding new relationships. For me it was a very hard time becoming a parent two months before a pandemic hit and I know there are plenty of other mamas out there who understand what that feels like but it was extremely isolating and upsetting. There were lots of things that my postpartum body needed to be taken care of and I didn’t necessarily have resources. Thankfully for me it was a little more on the physical end than the mental end but there were a lot of friends and family that I wished had reached out and had been closer that weren’t. And that’s okay. I think everyone is dealing with things in their own way and I’d say the positive for me has been finding new relationships and maybe that’s just, ya know, your life.”

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A Mama Minute – NICOLE

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“I was fun. I was everything to everyone and everyone’s best friend and I instantly clicked with people. I’m a very social [person] and I feel like I still am but just to a select few people. Obviously in Motherhood you find your group of moms and those are your people and in that you have to select the ones that you personally get along with, not just your kids. So just like in adult life, instead of counting friends you just collect the few you have. So I think that person is still me but with just not as many friends. I’m still fun but I do more fun things for kids.”

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A Mama Minute – JENNY C

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“Probably the hardest day to day task is just keeping up with the correspondence and trying to continue to be a good friend and a good sister and a good employee and a good all of that. Like really trying to be as present as possible with all of my people so that they feel supported but also not burning myself at both ends so that I feel supported. It’s been a real tricky balance of finding stability in self care of myself, right, self care and then caring for others. So it’s like that day to day of responding. You know, you see those memes all the time where its like “sorry I responded a week later” Yes, I’m fine. The day to day the hardest part is just being present, really present.”

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A Mama Minute – JENNY C

“Moving my body physically. Teaching lights me up. *(Many of our favorite @Soulcycle instructor!)* I didn’t realize how much I missed teaching till I wasn’t doing it and then I went from teaching 13 classes to 3. And those 3 hours a week when I’m on the microphone, on the podium, instructing are the times when I truly feel the most myself. I feel like Jenny C, like no one but her is up there. And I feel free and important but in a different way, because you know you’re important as a mom but it’s different when you’re around strangers and you’re trying to help people live their best lives and believe in themselves and lay that foundation for something bigger than they can even imagine for themselves. That’s when I feel the best”

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A Mama Minute – JUDIT

“The unknown. The unknown of everything. You actually never know when it will happen. We waited 15 months and we had a couple of dropped adoptions. We had several matches and several fell through. That simply tells you how much you are in the unknown of it. Adoption is so fluid and once you become a part of it and once it’s you’re life, it’s a lifestyle. It’s different for everyone. You cannot possibly prepare one way or the other. You just have to learn that you are not in charge and you’re not in control and you’ve just got to flow with it.”- What was the emotional toll on those dropped adoptions? Did they get easier as they went? “No, not at all. In fact, the one right before Ophelia, which was just a week and a half before we actually had Ophelia, we traveled across country by car in the middle of the pandemic. We drove all the way to Kansas City, we rented out an Air b&b for a whole month and then while we were there, before the birth, the birth mother decided she would like to parent which is fantastic. We’re so happy for her but we were so heartbroken because obviously we went there in hopes of bringing home a child. And then one and a half weeks after we completely recovered and were flying across country again and 3 weeks later bringing home a baby.”

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A Mama Minute – KATELYN

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✨”I think the best part is that I’m playing more. Just getting down on my knees, using my imagination, playing dolls with Violet or yesterday we pretended we were in the ocean and there was an octopus above us. Playing make believe and imagine. Things you used to do in your childhood for most of the day. Somehow you go into adulthood and you forget the joy and simplicity of just playing. So I would say there are so many things but lately I’ve been really digging the fact that kids come into our lives for many reasons, to teach us many things and I wholeheartedly think one of those is to remind us to play more.” ✨

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A Mama Minute – KATELYN

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“No one prepares you for that world shift, right? That heart explosion, that love that you can’t even describe until you’re in it. Especially these days in terms of women and feminism, I think bringing a woman into this world, into humanity, it really opened up my mind in a way that I never did for myself which was funny. Having a daughter and thinking about the world we brought her in it’s actually activated me a bit to think more about how to make the world a better place. Before I was a mom I didn’t think about those things as much. She’s really thrown a wrench into my life in the best ways.”

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A Mama Minute – STEPH

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“Really the realization that these little humans are their own person. And I am really not here to teach her my way of living necessarily. I can help create safety in her life but for me what has been so eye opening is she is her own self and I am really just here to guide her as best as I can. And for me, every time I’m met with a challenge or we’re having a conflict, I remember that and I really try my very best to guide her in the sense of what is best for her while keeping her safe.”

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A Mama Minute – RACHEL

“I guess that it’s just all-consuming. It is an all consuming 24/7 job and it IS work. I think there are so many jobs where people are respected on a different level, whether it’s creative work or anything in the professional field but Motherhood is kind of seen as this thing that is just your duty and it’s expected. And there are so many Mothers, most Mothers, who are just going over and beyond 110% of the time that I think there is just so much invisible work that we do.” ✨

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A Mama Minute – LIZ

“…the burden of Motherhood…we wear so many hats and we have so many jobs. As a mom usually you’re the one who has to call off work when your kid is sick and take care of them. I think it’s just kind of a cultural thing…we are just expected to carry that burden and that weight. We’re the homeschool teachers…we’re so many different things while still trying to meet career goals and personal goals and find time to work out and it’s like how do you pack all these things in and find all this time and still feel like you’re being a good mom and the best version of yourself? You know, we always talk about balance and I don’t really know that there is the right balance or if you’ll ever find balance.”

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