Happy #MomVoxMonday this week meet the beautiful Jenn, though her image features her boys, her beauty shines through her wonderful answers below! I’m so grateful to have had her as a source of advice and support through the trials of motherhood. She was never judge mental and always validated my feelings when I was struggling. I appreciate this woman so very much, and the interview below will answer why that is. Thank you for everything you do, both for your family and your friends Jenn. Cheers to being a #BoyMom and loving every moment. & Thanjs for being a wealth of advice for me, you have no idea how much you’ve helped me.Cass – FitNerdyMom
Tell Me About Yourself
My name is Jenn. I am 38 years old and have been with the love of my life, Tyler for 18 amazing years.
We have 3 beautiful boys named Weston, Levi and Maddox.
Life is beautiful and yet extremely busy as well. On top of raising our boys, I work full-time as an Educational Assistant.
Have you always wanted kids?
From a very young age, I knew I always wanted to be a mom. I can remember growing up and always playing house with my siblings.
We we’re always pretending we were moms to our dolls. I grew up in a wonderful household with the most amazing parents and I knew I wanted to be exactly like them.
Share your birth stories
With our first son, I had no expectations. I really didn’t know what labour really entailed.
I took prenatal classes, read the books but it really didn’t prepare me for what was to come.
I gained 80 lbs and was 5 days late with our first born.
My husband knew more about child birth than I was prepared for. Thank goodness he was by my side and my mom.
I was in labour for 28 hours when the Doctor finally decided on a c-section. Lots of emotions but I was exhausted and wanted our baby to be safe.
Ironically our baby, Weston was born on labour day weighing in at 10lbs. I was so thankful, blessed and so in love with this little man. He gave me the greatest job in the world, being his Mommy!
Life continued and we we’re blessed with 2 more boys, Levi and Maddox.
I have a lot of funny moments but I have to say it was much harder with our first baby as we had no idea what we we’re doing. I remember my twin sister coming over for a visit. She was 8 months pregnant herself. When she arrived, Weston had a wet diaper so I proceeded to change him. I went through about 10 diapers. I was sprayed on a billion times, my couch was covered, I was covered. We had changed him into about 5 outfits. I remember laughing hysterically and admiring my new living room covered in pee. It was a new turn for me a new life.
Plus the look on my sisters face…like “this is what I will have to do!?”
But as promised it did get easier and by the time our 3rd baby came we we’re pros!
What’s Something You Want To Share About your Boys?
I have 3 of the most creative, smart, funny, handsome, kind and helpful boys ever. I am so proud to be their Mommy.
What’s the biggest sacrifice of motherhood to you, and how are you coping?
The biggest sacrifice for any parent is finding “Me” time. When you become a parent your whole world is your kids, your occupation, after school activities, cleaning and cooking to home work and making lunches for school. It can be overwhelming at times. I am so fortunate to have an amazing husband and father to our kiddos who eases the stress. My husband is a hard worker and will do anything to make life easier for me. I am blessed that we always work as a team.
What are the things you love most about motherhood?
The 3 things I love about being a mom is there endless love. They’re constantly telling us how much they love and appreciate us. They make a rough day so much better. My favourite part of the day is when I come home and they run into my arms with the world’s biggest hugs.
Next, I love hearing about their day. I love the stories, where they went, what they did in gym or who they ate lunch with.
And lastly, I love that even though my babies are growing up they still want to be with us. They still love going on trips, picnics, playing board games. Our family time is so important
I love all the moments we create as a family. I cherish all of them.
Who does your Tribe consist of?
Our tribe consists of many people.
My husband and I both come from very loving homes and we’re fortunate to see both sets of parents almost daily. The grandparents love and adore their grandkids so much and we’re truly grateful to have them. I am also lucky enough to have my twin sister live 6 doors down from us. She has 2 girls so it’s so nice to have her. We both depend on each other throughout the years. Family is everything to us.
What Values do you hope to instill in your child?
Values we want for our children is to be kind. Yes we want our boys to grow up, go to school, work hard but I often tell them that yes thats important to us but we would rather hear that your kind hearted kids over anything else.
The other day, we were at the Pen Center and one of Weston’s and Levi’s teachers came over to me to let me know what kind boys, I have. Proud Mommy moment.
Every day before I leave for work, I tell the boys how much I love them and to remember to be kind.
Do you have any advice for new moms?
Advice for new moms: Ask for help.
I was so fortunate to have family over nonstop to help with cleaning, or to play with the others or to even hold the baby while I took a shower. I was a new mom that was so grateful for all the help I could get. I always welcomed help. Also it does get easier. Time goes so so fast. Enjoy all the moments even the crazy ones.
All you moms are doing a great job. Being a mom is the most fulfilling, most rewarding feeling in the world. My heart is so full with the love of these boys.