Real-mom interviews – Meet Andrea

Andrea is a beautiful, fit mama that’s a veteran in the Kettlebell sport game for me! I met her through the sport, and when I was struggling In the earlier stages of being a mom of two, she validated my struggles and gave me much-needed words of encouragement! Her generosity and wisdom shines through her answers below, enjoy her interview!

Thank you Andrea! You continuously Inspire me to keep pushing myself physically to be able to handle motherhood mentally!

Let’s Raise this mother!

Tell me about yourself

I’m 32 😅(as of May 26) I have two kids Austin who just turned 3 and Arianna who just turned 5. Before having children I was a personal trainer for 3 years and now I work part time on our family farm in a small town called Sunderland.

Have you always wanted kids? If not, when did that change?

Yes I’ve always wanted kids.

When I was younger I loved babysitting and being a camp counsellor. Earlier on I wanted to have 4 kids just like me and my siblings but I’m very happy with two.

Tell me about the birth or infancy stage of your child

Both births were very challenging.

I had very long (days) in labour. I was stubborn and wanted no intervention or drugs which made things not so fun. When it came time to “push” with my son I struggled. I think at one point there was my husband, mom and 2 nurses pulling back on my legs. I seriously thought “I don’t physically think I can do this.” After finally pushing out my 9 lb son they notice I had lost a lot of blood and was getting blood clots. The doctor then had to press on my stomach to try and release the blood clots which was very painful. For about 30mins-hour I was too weak and in pain to hold my son, luckily he was in good hands with his daddy. I later took a picture of myself and you could see all the blood vessels I broke over my face, neck and shoulders from pushing. It was definitely physically the hardest thing I have ever done.

Funniest memory?

My daughter was able to talk at a super young age. I remember her barely being 2 and singing Turn Down for What by DJ Snake and lil Jon. Throwing her arms in the air and trying to get everyone else to sing.

What’s something you wish people knew about your son/daughter?

My daughter was an identical twin for the first 18 weeks of pregnancy.

Finding that news out at the 20 week anatomy scan and not knowing what was going to happen was heartbreaking and nerve-racking. At the time I never thought I would heal and I remember my husband and I taking turns to cry on each other. When Arianna was born she had open wounds on both her knees which now have left large scars. She battled to get here and we are so glad she did.

What’s something you wish people knew about you?

For those who don’t know me I compete in Kettlebell sport also known as Girevoy sport. It is a mix between strength and endurance where you lift submaximal weight continuously over your head for a period of time. I have participated on and off for the past eight years and throughout that time have achieved numerous World Records in my weight class.

What was the biggest sacrifice of motherhood to you? And how are you coping?

My sanity and sleep. I’m adapting and they sleep so much better now 😊

What do you love most about being a mom?

Loving someone so much! Having them look up to me and thinking I am everything Being able to show them things and experience life with them

They say it takes a village to raise kids: Who does your tribe consist of? (People helping you raise your kids) (b) What’s something you wish they (your tribe) knew?

I have an army, my husbands parents, my parents, my siblings especially my one sister Kristen. Sometimes I think they are more her kids then mine.

What lessons and values do you hope to instill in your child?

The importance of health and education, being open-minded and believing in one’s self. Also that mom is always right!

May we follow you on social media?

I really only post about two things. My kids and kettlebell sport. You can find me at alavoie (Andrea Lavoie) on IG.

Advice for new moms?

Through being a mother and an athlete I’m consistently learning new lessons through my failures and successes. Both have taught me hard work, discipline and the importance of routine/schedule. My advice for moms-to-be is don’t expect to be perfect.

Being a mom is hard but it helps if you keep yourself healthy mentally and physically. I find exercise allows me to be a better mom. I have more energy, I’m happier and it gives me an outlet and “me time” when I can get it. Also having a good relationship with your partner makes things easier. Someone to lean on, share duties and talk openly with helps with the stress and pressure of being a mom.