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Q&A: The magical journey of motherhood

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Every mum has a story to tell, whether young, old, experienced or brand new. We asked three different moms — a new mom, an experienced mom, and a stepmom — to give us some insight into their journey this Mother’s Day.

Participants include: Sarah Stevener, new mother to her four-month-old son; Jerriann Calenzo, mother of three children and one grandchild; and Lindsey Mandia, mother-in-law of 12 years and mother of hers for seven.

What three skills were essential to your motherhood?

Sarah, new mom: Patience, communication and time management have been a big part of my daily life over the past three months. Patience with myself and my little boy, open communication with my husband and managing my time throughout the day to focus on me and my baby.

Experienced Mom, Jerriann: Three skills that were essential in motherhood for me were: patience and understanding, being able to multi-task in regards to school, extracurricular activities, etc., and raising my children to be close to God. .

Mother-in-law, Lindsey: Patience, empathy, organization.

When it comes to being a mother, what are you most proud of so far?

Sarah: I am very proud to have got through the difficult days with little or no sleep! As they all say, sleep will come, and it begins slowly but surely.

Jerriann: I’m very proud of my children’s accomplishments and know that I raised them with values ​​and that they push themselves to be their best.

Lindsey: I’m proud of the children I see growing up before my eyes. We may have tough days, but this is my world and we will get through them together.

What advice do you have for moms-to-be?

Sarah: Soak up every moment and be present. It’s easy to get distracted and think about all the things we could be doing at some point. But your baby needs your attention the most, and that’s the only priority!

Jerriann: The advice to mothers-to-be is that once you become a mom, your life now revolves around your children. I have always believed that family comes first and that the lasting bond you will have with them is forever.

Lindsey: The days are long, but the years are short. Try to enjoy every minute of your time with your children. It’s so easy to get caught up in chores and life, but don’t let the days pass without spending time together. They will even remember the little things and those special moments will have such a positive impact on their life and yours!

Happy Mother’s Day!