A Mama Minute — JULIE

“It’s made me more morbid. My husband will come home and I’ll be crying and he’s like “what happened?” and I’m like “you know I’m gonna die some day and he’s gonna be left all alone” and he’s like “omg you can’t think like that”. I had a really hard hard time with intrusive thoughts. Postpartum anxiety.  I had to go to therapy for it and one of the things I learned [to help] intrusive thoughts was it’s an actual moving meditation to say “I’m not going to make meaning of that thought”. It’s easy to meditate when you have quiet and no kid but taking that practice, that’s what it’s about right, moving it into real life even if it’s really hard –  it kind of takes it to the next level.”

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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 – 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 – 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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A Mama Minute – ROBYN

“I made the decision to stay home after a 15 yr career in advertising so it was tough… I didn’t know that it would entail a lot of loneliness and a lot of…you feel like you’re boring a lot. Like you know you’re not boring but like you are really boring. And then you don’t have the time to make yourself less boring. So then you’re mad at everyone else for not thinking you’re interesting but then mad that they’re not taking your kids so that you can be more interesting. And then when you have the time to be interesting you’re too tired so you drink wine and watch Netflix. So I didn’t know how emotional it would be.”

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A Mama Minute – KARIMA

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“How I managed their diagnosis (her daughter was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and her son with Tourette’s Syndrome)…in terms of what I had to do. And I think the more calm and matter of fact I was about it the more success I had in getting them the help they needed. And just fighting for them. I was always such a, you know, I’m still not a big confrontational person but I was always a kind of passive, I don’t want to say anything, I would never even think of telling a doctor something thing they did was wrong and then when it came to them I was like a different person. And I learned if you don’t ask, you don’t get and that was really kind of crazy and heartbreaking because you think of people who don’t have access to stuff or have a language barrier. There was so much I had to figure out just trial and error.”

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