I am interviewing a diverse group of mom’s from all over the country. Each mom will share their unique journey through motherhood. These moms will make you laugh, tear up and most importantly, feel normal(yes, we’ve all cried over spilled (breast/formula) milk). I hope their stories inspire you as much as they’ve inspired me.
New York Native, Regional Healthcare Sales Person, 5k front runner + Mom!
Jeannie is always smiling and is one of the most personable people I know. It’s no surprise that she’s had a very successful sales career. After graduating from SUNY Brockport, she started working in healthcare sales in Tampa, FL. She has since stepped into a regional sales position in GA + AL. In her spare time, she shares her love for books and reading by hosting virtual Usborne book parties (I’ve personally found some of my sons favorite books through her parties). She is one of those moms who is just a natural, I know you will enjoy reading about her journey through motherhood.
MomMode: How many children do you have?
Jeannie:1 amazingly crazy almost 2 year old and 1 on the way! I would love to have one more after this pregnancy.
MomMode: What is your relationship status?
MomMode: What is your work status, FT, PT or SAHM?
Jeannie: Work Full Time as a Territory Sales Rep covering 2 states, GA and AL.
MomMode: How did you know you were ready to have your first baby?
Jeannie: I didn’t! Honestly if I didn’t become pregnant with my daughter I don’t know when I would have had my first child. I was so scared about the financial aspect of having a child that I was not ready. I cried and cried when I found out thinking the worst of circumstances (I’m a glass 1/2 empty kind of gal). I often feel guilty ever thinking those thoughts but I guess this is part of life.
MomMode: What is the hardest part about being a mom?
Jeannie: Thinking that you’re doing it all wrong. It is the windiest roller coaster you will ever get on.
MomMode: What do you love most about being a mom?
Jeannie: Everything. Every single day is something different and new. Watching the little person that you and your significant other made is simply incredible, no matter what age. Every stage brings more laughter and joy than the one before….if you can even believe that’s possible.
MomMode: How do you balance motherhood, dating, working and “me” time?
Jeannie: I’m not sure if I do! Haha Making time for your spouse is very very important, remember your marriage is the reason you brought a beautiful baby into this world to begin with. If I’m working from home, that my “me” time. I also have 2 dogs so even going to the bathroom doesn’t count as “me” time.
MomMode: How did you decide between being a working mom or SAHM?
Jeannie: Financially we knew I was going to have to go back to work…those lovely student loans. As much as I do miss my daughter when I am at work or on the road she is enrolled in a fantastic GA daycare that provides more to her than I believe I could as a SAHM.
MomMode: What tips do you have for navigating maternity leave & going back to work?
Jeannie: The cobwebs will grow, the dishes will pile up, and the dust bunnies will try to hide their faces, my advice is to just let it go. The days are long but the years are short, enjoy the time you have with your little one as they grow up so fast! I took 6 weeks of maternity leave when I had Audree and it was tough going back to work but I knew she was in great hands. I work for family oriented company that made the transition back to work very easy and welcoming.
MomMode: Spill the beans…what is your best mom hack?
Jeannie: My daughter loves to pull wipes out of the dispenser, over and over again. I took an old wipe case and cut up a stained swaddler blanket and made pretend wipes for her baby dolls.
A special thanks to Jeannie for sharing her journey with us! If you are looking for unique books for your kids, grandkids or as gifts for others, check out Jeannie’s site. For more mommy interviews and tips on how to navigate mom life click here.