Real-mom Interviews: meet Jessica

Jessica is one of the kindest people I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet. I admire this mama for her ability to uplift those around her and always seeing the brighter side of things despite the circumstances. She’s an early child-Educator who simply loves kids, you can feel her smile though the answers below.

Tell me about yourself

My name is Jessica Makken. My maiden name was VanWyngaarden. My husband’s name is Richard Makken. I am 29 years old and I became a Mom on September 21st, 2018 to a daughter whom we named Robin Maria Makken.

Did you always want kids? If not, when did that change?

Yes, I’ve always wanted to have children. My husband on the other hand, did not. Eventually, He loved me enough to give me my daughter. Either that, or he knew I wouldn’t let it go!

Tell me about the birth, or infancy stage of your child?

Robin was born at 6:02am on Friday, September 21st, 2018. The birth was intense, my husband was so distraught that I found myself comforting him while I was in labor! Nevertheless, my Robin was such a good baby once we figured out that I needed to cut milk out of my diet. We knew something wasn’t right after a few weeks of her screaming in what seemed like a fine for 4 hours straight every night. Today, She is such a happy and loving 8 month-old girl who loves her Dad so much, Her entire face lights up and she squeals whenever he comes home from work. It’s a delightful sound to hear every day.

Funniest memory?

I don’t really have a funniest memory yet. But I love discovering how ticklish my daughter is and listening to her giggles and squeals of joy and happiness. Her laugh makes me laugh.

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

Robin loves animals! Anytime she sees a cat or dog or chicken she squeals and crawls after it in attempt to touch/catch it!

What’s something that you wish people knew about you?

I come off as a shy person at first but once you get to know me I’m an open book. I love reading, eating chocolate, playing volleyball, snuggling with my daughter, visiting with friends and family, and enjoying beautiful days outside.

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

I’m an athlete that not only played varsity volleyball in college, I continue to play in competitive local leagues. When I was pregnant however, I gave up playing volleyball for the first summer in a long time which was hard for me. I also gave up coffee, and everyone who knew me back then knew I loved my coffee! I am now an avid tea drinker!

What do you love most about being a mom? Name 3 things.

I love being able to be at home with her on maternity-leave because I get to witness her reach her developmental milestones. I love seeing her face light up with a huge grin, and the aforementioned excited/happy squeals she makes when she sees her father and me. I love being with her when she experiences new things. I can just imagine the wheels turning in her head, while she’s trying to figure out if she likes something or not, and how it works, and what would happen if she tried different things with it. It’s fascinating like the worlds most interesting reality show.

Who does your tribe consist of? (b) What’s something you wish they knew?

I come from a family of 4 girls from my Mom and Dad. My oldest sister is married and has been blessed with 3 boys! My younger sister(#3) is just engaged and getting married in Mexico next year.My youngest sister is single and dating. My husband is from a family of 5, he is the youngest with a Mom and Dad, sister (has 2 children a boy and a girl) and brother (has 4 children). We were blessed with being raised in the country on a farm which was the best upbringing I could’ve asked for! I wouldn’t have changed that for anything else! I want all of them to know that I’m thankful for everything they do for my family and I, and that I love them very much.

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

 I hope to teach Robin manners, kindness, looking up to her elders, not to be a pushover, a love of being outdoors and playing sports, to name a few.

Final thoughts or advice for new moms?

My advice for moms to be is to enjoy every minute of it, even the hard ones because it will all go by so quickly. Once your little bundle of joy arrives it’s as if time doubles its pace and escapes through your fingers like sand.

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