Meet our Amazing Mom - Julie LeBlanc
Meet our amazing moms who are part of our community, we hope you find their stories as inspiring as we do.
Julie is a social worker from New York City and has a 14 week old son - she was one of the first to sign up to MomsHood and has listed plenty of boxes on the site! Here's her story...
Tell us about your upbringing?
I grew up in Maine in a small town. My mom was a stay-at-home mom until I started school. My family is a large family - 38 of us, counting aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents. So I spent a good deal of time with my family when I was growing up, enjoying holidays and summers at the pool.
How did your life change after you had children?
My life has changed in such an amazing way. My spouse and I have gotten even closer as we enjoy watching our son learn and grow. We now have to be better planners and super organized to keep up with all of the ‘baby gear’ that comes with an infant.
What is the best part about raising children?
The best part is holding my infant and being close, watching him as he learns about the world, while being safe and sound in my arms. I love watching him explore a new toy, or a sound, and to watch the expressions on his face as he experiences new things. He is only 14 weeks old, so not speaking yet, but I can’t wait to see his sweet personality and his voice.
What is the hardest part about raising children?
The hardest part, by far, is the lack of sleep! Followed closely by the struggle with breastfeeding. It is a lot more difficult than I thought it was going to be.
Who are the people in your life that support you?
My spouse, my parents, my close friends and work colleagues all are a wonderful source of support.
What do you love most about your job?
I love my job! I am a social worker, so I get to help others, which is such a gift. I am still trying to figure out how to juggle everything. I need to find a tote bag that is large enough to carry my laptop, my pump, and my personal items. Any suggestions anyone?
Do you have any tips on the work/life juggle?
Be organized. It takes so much stress out of getting out of the house with baby. Before I go to bed at night I take all of the baby items I will need for the next day and I put them by the front door. I then take out what baby will wear, and what I will wear and get that together. I also try to shower at night. By doing this, it takes a lot of the stress and chaos out of the morning.
What makes you nervous about motherhood?
I am always worried about my baby’s health. Is he feeling ok? Do I have too many layers on him as he sleeps? Trying to figure out what all of his different cries means and what he needs.
How do you spend your quiet moments?
I spend my quiet moments meditating, Pinterest-ing, or watching episodes of Man Men.
What influence, if any, has your own mom had in your life and in your parenting?
My Mom was so good at making me feel comfortable and secure. So, that influence has rubbed off on me. I try to do as good a job as she does at making my baby feel warm, cozy, fed and full, and happy.