As moms are on the forefront of everyone’s mind this weekend, we at Manhattan Toy can say that we think about moms each and every day. And actually the large majority of the Manhattan Toy team consists of mothers perhaps just like you! So we’d like to start off our new blog by telling you about one of Manhattan Toy’s newest moms, Maja, who is now the proud mother of Zoe Marie “Zoom-Zoom”, born January 2012. Learn more about Maja’s story and take away a few words of advice from the newest mom in the Manhattan Toy family.
From the moment they met, Maja and her husband Matt knew that someday they wanted to have children. It was only a matter of time before they got married and talked about when they would like to have their first child. However, Maja and Matt’s idea of becoming parents was only the beginning of a long journey towards parenthood that consisted of both heartache and happiness.
Maja learned early in her childhood that she had a heart condition that would inhibit her from having children, unless she underwent heart surgery. Shortly after their wedding, Maja had her surgery in hopes to be able to have children one day. After a successful six months of recovery and a year of trying, Maja and Matt were expecting! The next nine months were filled with wonder and anticipation for the big day!
Many women say that the delivery room can be full of surprises. After all, every woman has their own story. So we dared to ask what Maja’s experience was like.
“Well it was the coldest day of the year, it snowed the whole way to the hospital and to top it all off, Matt battling the stomach flu and my mother was sick with a cold! Plus I’ve always been shy to needles; however I thought that was over after nine months of being poked and prodded for blood tests and other examinations. But I still managed to faint while the newly trained nurse was attempting to insert my IV.”
But meeting your child for the first time is a once in a lifetime experience, so what did Maja think when she saw her little Zoe for the first time?
“OMG! She’s here!! It was so surreal, I couldn’t believe it. And of course there were lots of happy tears.”
Motherhood poses many questions; hear Maja’s response to several of our biggest questions for this first-time mom.
Question: What is it like being a mom?
Maja: “The toughest and yet the best job you can have. Cliché I know, but so true. Everyone tries to tell you before you have the baby what it will be like, but you don’t fully understand until you experience it for yourself.”
Question: Becoming a mother is on of the biggest of life's challenges and yet arguably the most rewarding undertakings that a woman can experience in her lifetime. What have you found is the best part about being a mom?
Maja: “That you have a little part of you that you can hold in your arms; it’s crazy to believe that you are her world.”
Question: “What is one thing you were most surprised about once becoming a mom?”
Maja: “I did not expect that she wasn’t going to sleep! I also didn’t think I would be so emotional.”
Question: “What are you looking forward to most in your journey through motherhood?”
Maja: “Seeing her grow and finding out who she is; if she’s more like me or more like Matt. I can’t wait to see what her personality is like.
Question: How has your life changed since becoming a mother?
Maja: “More hectic and stressful and at the same time, nothing is more important or makes me happier to have her in my life.
Question: Do you have any advice for future mothers that you wish someone had told you, or maybe someone did tell you but you didn’t believe it until now?
Maja: “When the baby sleeps . . . Sleep! You don’t know when you will be able to sleep until you find yourself continuously awake. Also, don’t be afraid or embarrassed to accept help; if someone is offering to help you out in any way, take them up on it. Lastly, remember that although you may not be certain about what you’re doing or feel stressed about trying to figure out what they need, the calmer you are the faster they will become calm.”
What’s your Baby Story?