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. Today we’re chatting with Gessica.
MEET A MOM: MEET GESSICA
Hi Gessica! Thanks for speaking with us. Can you tell us how many children you have, and their ages?
I have two boys. Sebastian Duke is two and Benjamin Maxwell is six months old.
Before becoming a mom, what did you do for life/work?
Before I became a mom, I worked as a residential mortgage underwriter for a mortgage lender.
What do you like best about what you do?
As a mortgage underwriter I like being able to help people attain their dreams of home ownership, especially given how difficult that has become as of late.
What is your favourite part about being a mom?
I LOVE seeing the smiles on my children’s faces. I love hearing them laugh and giggle and I love seeing them learn new things. I guess that’s more than one thing… lol.
What have you found to be the biggest challenge since becoming a mom?
The biggest challenge has been the death of my previous life. I could eat when I wanted, sleep (wake-up) at my leisure and go out when I wanted. Being a mom, the lack of sleep is like nothing else, especially at the newborn stage. It really affected my state of mind, especially with my first baby. Overall though I’d say the lack of true “me time” is a huge challenge. While I’m thankful for the 10 minute shower alone or the odd times I get my nails done, I’m really craving a full night away where I can truly relax for at least 24 hours and come back to my kids feeling refreshed.
What’s the one thing you can’t live without as a mom?
The internet. It sounds funny but it can be the key to a lot of unanswered questions where kids are concerned. If I’m looking for a new recipe for my picky toddler, need answers to sleep issues, developmental leaps, etc. the internet is there to help!!
Favourite thing to do in your downtime?
I like to listen to music. It’s the one thing that helps me to clear my head and just be still.
You joined Mommy Connections in summer 2019. What did you enjoy most about the program?
The AMAZING group of moms I met there. It happened by chance that I ended up at that particular group as the Mississauga North location was cancelled. I’m so glad I decided to try out this group instead of opting out altogether. We have a great rapport and get along so well. We even get together once a week outside of Mommy Connections!
Anything else you’d like to share with other moms in our community?
I know sometimes motherhood can be tough and you can feel isolated but my best advice is to get out there and join a mommy group or visit an EarlyON centre near you. Find others who are going through it so you can share your experiences and feel less alone. Plus, you never know when a simple meeting could turn into a beautiful friendship!