I have known Melissa all my life and she is both an amazing woman and wonderful mom to her two baby girls, Lucy and Daphne. It has always amazed me how she manages to balance motherhood and a career in the Big Apple. Take it away City Girl!
What is the most rewarding part of being a mom?
Seeing them discover the world and developing their own passions. I can’t wait to see the amazing, unique individuals they will become.
What is the hardest part of being a mom?
The fact that you can’t protect them every step of the way. Sometimes, even doing the best you can is not enough.
How do you stay true to yourself as a woman?
I try to stay in touch with the things and people I loved before I had children. I may have less time for them now, but I find that I still love them.
How do you juggle work and motherhood?
It’s really hard. I have a long workday and a two-hour commute. You have to let go of the guilt – a common curse of the working mom – or you won’t be effective as a parent or at work. Teamwork is essential, and I am lucky to have a fantastic husband, who is my partner every step of the way.
How do you destress and relax?
I love reading – a good book can transport you out of your reality, and sometimes I really need that. I love yoga but don’t get to do it as much as I should. Cooking is soothing, and I love being outside and taking pictures.
What is your favorite sound? Least favorite sound?
Their laughter. Their whining.
As a mom, what is one thing you couldn’t possibly live without?
Skype. It allows my children to have a relationship with family who lives far away.
What do you do to encourage healthy habits in your family?
We love a routine, and find that the kids enjoy it too. They are much happier when they know what is coming next. I try to cook as much as my busy life allows it, and believe that kids should eat real food, not processed and full-of-chemical lab foods.
Read more about Mel and Daphney’s journey as a preemie in her blog, Catching Up with Daphne.