Journey To Motherhood, my first year being a mama... October 12 2012

Today Kimberly from Red Rose and Lavender shares her journey on MB. Each of these posts have been amazing to read and inspiring to us as mothers and we are grateful for these moms opening up to us, thank you Kimberly!

Name: Kimberly Sevilla

Hometown: Charles Town, WV

How long have you been living in Brooklyn? 20 years, this year

Occupation: Floral Designer owner of a Garden Center

When did you first become a mother? Was the reality close to your personal image/idea? I First became a mother in 2008. It was pretty scary for me, I had put off being a mom because of my career. At the time I was an account manager and I handled visuals and installations for clients like Calvin Klein, Barneys and the NFL, most of my co- workers were men with wives who stayed at home or single women who were never going to have kids. I was afraid that when I had children that I wouldn’t be able to work as hard and I had a very demanding job. When my daughter was about 6 months old I realized that I didn’t want to keep up with my demanding job and all the hard work wasn’t worth it, so I figured out something that I could do, and have flexible time to be a mom.  That was opening a flower shop and garden center.

Before becoming a mother what did you know about motherhood? I knew what kind of mother I wanted to be, I wanted the best for my daughter and I wanted to stay away from chemicals and have a natural experience as much as possible. After a year of using cloth diapers, cloth wipes, and only glass bottles, trying elimination communication, micro-examining everything to make sure it was organic, co-sleeping, the works.  I learned how to pick my
battles with baby #2.

Did you have a support system nearby? No, but I found one, an older lady who lives across the street and treats my kids like her grandchildren. She is the best.

Tips for new moms? Get out and meet other moms, talk, your not alone. Develop a thick skin and be thankful that all the strangers that offer ”advice” care about you and your baby, just tell yourself this, really just mean well, it will make you feel better. Ignore moms who say that it just’s get harder, they forget how overwhelming it is when you are a new mom.

We really love your store Rose Red and Lavender. Is there anything you can share with us that you’re currently working on? If parents visit the store, what can they expect? Thanks!! We love kids at the store and try to make it fun for them. This past spring we had an observation honey bee hive on display, I will put it back again this spring. Now we have lots of pumpkins and pumpkin carving kits, old school plastic ornaments and were doing a pumpkin carving demonstration on October 21st http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4353637848#We always try to make it fun.

 


Journey To Motherhood, my first year being a mama... September 28 2012

Vanessa was a friend of mine from high school and while we weren’t the best of friends (she was one year older than me) I do remember her being rad & playing volleyball. Part of me is jealous that she gets to raise her boys in El Paso. Its such a magical little town but I see that magic translated into her blog Tried and True. I’m sure you will too! In fact, I saw one of her posts while I was pregnant with my second and had no idea it was Vanessa until I clicked through the About page! 

Hometown: Sunny El Paso, Texas

How Long Have you been living in El Paso?  I grew up in Austin, Texas but I’ve been here long enough to consider myself a native of El Paso.

Occupation: SAHM and Craft Blogger

When did you first become a mother? Was the reality close to your personal image/idea? Jack was born just days before 2009 and here I am, more than three years later, still trying to figure out the motherhood ropes. This job is harder and yet, more rewarding than I ever could have imagined!

Before becoming a mother what did you know about motherhood? Not much at all. For nine months during my pregnancy with Jack and then later, when I was expecting Max, all I did was read and research what it was going to be like, how I was going to feel, what my life was going to become. While some of that information was helpful, most of it was thrown out the window once the reality of being responsible for a new life set in. 

How would you describe first year as a mom? Amazing, exhausting, transforming. I don’t know if it takes this long for all mothers but I spent a good part of the first year learning how to trust my natural instincts and intuition, learning how to forget everything I may have heard or read and trust that I know what’s best for my son. I think that’s a really tough lesson in a time where we have, for better or worse, an almost endless supply of information is at our fingertips.

What helped you to get through it? Long walks along the canals behind my house.Conversations with other new mothers. Dates with my husband. Squeezing in some sort of creativity whenever possible.

Did you have a support system near by? I’m so lucky to have both my parents and my sister in the same town as us. I love knowing that my children are making memories to last a lifetime with people who adore them while my husband and I catch a movie. It’s a win/win for everyone.

We really love your blog Tired & True. Is there anything you can share with us that you’re currently working on? What can we look forward to? I have a guest post on another blog coming out later this week that includes two of my favorite things right now…washi tape and instagram! Who doesn’t love those, right?

When I get a little bit more free time (in, um, four years), I’d love to write a book on robot crafts. I have a ton of projects I’ve been saving. 

Tips for new moms? Go easy on yourself and try to stay away from comparing your house/your children/your marriage and most importantly, yourself with anyone else. You are, quite simply, amazing.


Journey To Motherhood, my first year being a mama... September 28 2012

Vanessa was a friend of mine from high school and while we weren’t the best of friends (she was one year older than me) I do remember her being rad & playing volleyball. Part of me is jealous that she gets to raise her boys in El Paso. Its such a magical little town but I see that magic translated into her blog Tried and True. I’m sure you will too! In fact, I saw one of her posts while I was pregnant with my second and had no idea it was Vanessa until I clicked through the About page! 

Hometown: Sunny El Paso, Texas

How Long Have you been living in El Paso?  I grew up in Austin, Texas but I’ve been here long enough to consider myself a native of El Paso.

Occupation: SAHM and Craft Blogger

When did you first become a mother? Was the reality close to your personal image/idea? Jack was born just days before 2009 and here I am, more than three years later, still trying to figure out the motherhood ropes. This job is harder and yet, more rewarding than I ever could have imagined!

Before becoming a mother what did you know about motherhood? Not much at all. For nine months during my pregnancy with Jack and then later, when I was expecting Max, all I did was read and research what it was going to be like, how I was going to feel, what my life was going to become. While some of that information was helpful, most of it was thrown out the window once the reality of being responsible for a new life set in. 

How would you describe first year as a mom? Amazing, exhausting, transforming. I don’t know if it takes this long for all mothers but I spent a good part of the first year learning how to trust my natural instincts and intuition, learning how to forget everything I may have heard or read and trust that I know what’s best for my son. I think that’s a really tough lesson in a time where we have, for better or worse, an almost endless supply of information is at our fingertips.

What helped you to get through it? Long walks along the canals behind my house.Conversations with other new mothers. Dates with my husband. Squeezing in some sort of creativity whenever possible.

Did you have a support system near by? I’m so lucky to have both my parents and my sister in the same town as us. I love knowing that my children are making memories to last a lifetime with people who adore them while my husband and I catch a movie. It’s a win/win for everyone.

We really love your blog Tired & True. Is there anything you can share with us that you’re currently working on? What can we look forward to? I have a guest post on another blog coming out later this week that includes two of my favorite things right now…washi tape and instagram! Who doesn’t love those, right?

When I get a little bit more free time (in, um, four years), I’d love to write a book on robot crafts. I have a ton of projects I’ve been saving. 

Tips for new moms? Go easy on yourself and try to stay away from comparing your house/your children/your marriage and most importantly, yourself with anyone else. You are, quite simply, amazing.