In the lead up to Mother’s Day, Mommy Connections Mississauga celebrates all the moms in our community, the ones who are tirelessly raising the next gen of Canadians to be compassionate, smart, and fearless individuals.
Over the next few days we’ll be sharing the stories of five amazing moms who recently participated in our Mom & Baby programs—Binny, Derrilynn, Amy, Asha and Hughene—as part of our new ongoing series, “Meet a Mom.”
MEET A MOM: MEET DERRILYNN
Hello, Derrilynn! Tell us about your family—how many children do you have, and their ages?
Two birth—Madison, 19, and Carter, 5-months—and two step-kids—Holli, who’s 21, and Jordyn who is also 19.
Before becoming a mom, what did you do for life/work?
I started as a legal assistant in 1998 before Madison was born, then became a law clerk in 2007, and have been working in securities law since 2002.
What do you like best about what you do?
It’s always changing, both the laws and the requirements for filing.
What is your favourite part about being a mom?
The cuddles! Watching them grow into themselves, developing their own personalities and become independent.
What have you found to be the biggest challenge since becoming a mom?
Definitely the lack of sleep this time round. At 20, I thought I was invincible. I now know I am not!
Favourite thing to do in your downtime?
Reading or baking.
Current fav show on Netflix?
Santa Clarita Diet.
You joined Mommy Connections in winter 2019: What did you enjoy most about the program?
I joined the program with a friend who’s son is 10 weeks older because she’d done the program with her daughter previously. I loved everything about this program, from the people who came in to chat, to the camaraderie with the other moms, all from different walks of life. Our facilitator, Jen, was amazing, with our meet-up questions each time, the ability to relate to other people in similar situations or with similar experiences, and the empathy for experiences of other moms stories (including my friend, whose own story I only knew half of).
Anything else you’d like to share with other moms in our community?
Trust your gut… ask for support if you need it. Laugh as often as possible. Cry when you need to. Spend time alone when you can. Stay in touch with friends, new and old! Most of all, enjoy every day because they grow up faster than you think.
Oh, and they WILL crash your car when they’re older!