Kayla is an amazing mother of three. She is a stay-at-home mom and primary caregiver of a larger household of extended family. She has suffered from postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety. Stemming from her second son's birth and after the birth of her four month old daughter. Yet, she fights on. I have seen her grow stronger and more confident over the last two months. Not only has she been working hard on herself, but she is supportive and helpful to other mothers.
Nominated by Christina Fairbanks.
Q & A
Tell us about yourself?
I am a stay-at-home mom of three. I have two sons and one daughter, ages 4 years, 20 months and four months. Prior to having children I was a nanny. After the birth of my oldest, I became a daycare teacher. My hobbies include baking and doing yoga.
What is your biggest challenge as a mom?
My biggest challenge as a mom is finding balance. Between carpooling, toddler meltdowns, and baby growth spurts, it's hard to find time to cook, clean and maintain a household. Let alone time for my husband and myself. Some days I get the babies to nap at the same time an accomplish most of what I need to do, other days I am not as successful.
What is your favorite part about being a mom?
My favorite part about being a mom is bedtime (hear me out!) We take time every night to read books together. Before bed I spend a few minutes each night connecting with my children. We talk about day, what made us happy and sad, what we are proud of and what we could have done better. No matter what our day looked like, how many crazy moments we had, this part of the day is a reminder to take time and enjoy the moments.
What advice would you give to new moms?
Take it one day at time and trust your instincts.
Anyone who you would you like to thank that has helped you through motherhood?
My husband has been my biggest supporter from the very beginning. When I was struggling to breastfeed our first baby, he was the one pushing me to keep at it. He's held my hand throughout our parenting journey. I wouldn't be where I'm at today if it weren't for him.