Sharing motherhood through our Moments with Moms blog series has been a part of Mommy Mailbox since the beginning. As we celebrate our first year in business, we felt it was only fitting that we take a turn in the hot seat! Today, we turned the questions around and interviewed each other about the way we parent. Turns out that although we run a business together, we’re all raising our kids a bit differently! Read about how each of us are doing motherhood, and grab our December box here to get all our favorites this holiday season.
Tell us what you do for Mommy Mailbox.
My job with Mommy Mailbox is mostly operational. I work behind the scenes to keep the business running smoothly. That means I am in charge of bookkeeping, shipping, fulfillment, and customer service. Whew, that’s a lot of hats to wear!
In a few words, how would you describe your approach to parenting?
I am a complete Type A personality, so I like to be very hands-on and involved in my boys’ lives. My ultimate goal (probably the same for most parents) is to raise upstanding, polite boys who are confident and comfortable with themselves. I am finding that this takes A LOT of work!
If you could summon one memory from the early days with each of your children, what would they be?
My oldest, Owen, is almost 5. Looking back, I think some of my most favorite times, and some of the most difficult times, was right after he was born. He taught me (and continues to teach me!) how to be a mother. After Owen was born, I had four months off of work for maternity leave, and although he was a difficult baby, but I wouldn’t trade those months for anything.
Griffin is my second son, and he is only a year and a half younger than Owen. Because we had these two boys so close together, I haven’t been able to spend a lot of one-on-one time with Griffin. This year, Owen goes to preschool every morning, but Griffin only goes to preschool two mornings a week. I am truly cherishing the three mornings a week I have to spend with just Griffin. We have gone to the zoo, the park, ran errands, and played at home together. I have learned so much about him and we both look forward to our mornings together!
You're getting ready for baby number three. What’s become natural to you and what is still a challenge?
It has taken me a LONG time to settle into my role as a mom. By now, I have been a mom for almost 5 years, and I think I have finally accepted that this is who I am now. My favorite part about being a mom is to watch my boys play and grow and become their own individual people. I think I will always struggle with the sleep deprivation though. That is something I will never get used to!
Balancing a business and young kids is no joke. How do you stay sane and organized?
This year, I allowed myself to put both of my boys in preschool a few days a week. For some reason, this was a difficult decision for me, especially with my youngest, who just turned 3 years old. I felt guilty about pushing my boys into school when they are so young and I felt like I should be able to teach them and give them more at home. But now that I see how happy they are at school, I know that we made the right decision. And I have also found that this gives me the time I need to focus on my business and fulfill my responsibilities there. When the boys get home from school, I have done my work and I am so happy to see them! I am more able to focus on them, and I enjoy the time I spend with them so much more!
What would your perfect day with your family look like?
We would wake up slowly, kids would come snuggle in our bed, and then we would go get donuts for breakfast together. We would have a family outing (like going to the zoo, or a hike, etc) and then go out to lunch. We would come home and all take naps and then play together at home for the afternoon. It’s a simple day really, and one that happens almost every weekend. I don’t need anything fancy-I love spending time like this together!
You left corporate America behind for motherhood, and for a small business adventure. What do you like most about these new jobs?
I LOVE the freedom and flexibility that comes from owning my own business. I am so glad I had the previous professional experiences that I did, and I feel like I am able to use the skills that I learned while working for a large company. My family always comes first, and for the stage of life we are in now, this is the best way that I can keep my professional skills current and also be able to care for my family.