Mommy Connections Mississauga celebrates and recognizes all the moms in our community, the ones who are tirelessly raising the next gen of Canadians to be compassionate, smart, and fearless individuals.
Our “Meet a Mom” series continues, and next we’re meeting Madeline.
MEET A MOM: MEET MADELINE
Hi Madeline! Thanks for joining us today. Can you tell us how many children you have, and their ages?
One son, Xander, five months.
Before becoming a mom, what did you do for life/work?
After leaving school, where I was studying subjects in the Liberal Arts field, I took up a career in Aesthetics. I had always been involved in the elements of that industry and realized that it is what I wanted to do for work on a day-to-day basis. It was also something I could do part-time and from home after becoming a mom, which was always in the back of my mind when thinking about my future.
What do you like best about what you do?
I like that there are many pathways one can take in the Aesthetics industry; self employment, specialization of specific procedures and a business side. I also love making connections with others who work in the industry. Trying out new products and treatments is always interesting and fun, as this field is constantly expanding with new technologies.
What is your favourite part about being a mom?
There are so many things I love about being a mom, but the way my son looks at me with his big loving eyes has to be the best feeling. Overall, I love this completely new path my life is on. All of the plans my husband and I make together with our son, all of the mom and baby classes we join, thinking about the different activities Xander will be involved in, the new experiences we will have with holidays now—it’s all so exciting!
What have you found to be the biggest challenge since becoming a mom?
I think becoming a mom is full of new challenges that we think we can totally prepare ourselves for but never end up grasping until the time comes. With being a very analytical and structured personality, I made sure I read all of the books, had all of the baby gear ready, and asked all of the moms for advice…but It wasn’t until the first night we got home from the hospital that I realized nothing can truly prepare you. We are wired differently now as mothers—our minds never stop even in the few moments we get to relax, because our baby’s well-being is and will anyways be the forefront of our thoughts. I was told you never know a love so strong until you have your own child and I now truly understand what that means.
What’s the one thing you can’t live without as a mom?
My Baby Brezza Formula Advance Pro! After weaning off breast milk and switching to formula full time, we invested in this wonderful machine and I do not know what we would do without it! Instant and perfect bottles every time!
Favourite thing to do in your downtime?
I’m a bit of a foodie so I find it soothing to cook, try new recipes or meal prep. I also love to take long walks with an audio book and I enjoy yoga as well. When I get the opportunity, I look forward to dining out and trying new restaurants.
You joined Mommy Connections in spring 2019: What did you enjoy most about the program?
For myself, I loved looking forward to a scheduled day out and meeting up with other moms who were all sharing similar experiences of early motherhood together. We all still keep in touch and it’s great to have connected as a group. I also felt very fortunate to have the opportunity to listen to different industry professionals each week and obtain such great information on different aspects of motherhood and baby life.
For my son, it was the group socialization and trying new activities that encouraged his development (some of which we ended up pursuing further outside of Mommy Connections). It was so great watching him, even so young, being around others and seeing how he interacted with the environment.
Anything else you’d like to share with other moms in our community?
I think it’s important to be reminded by one another that we are all awesome, powerful women who are capable of anything, and who are doing a great job being mothers!