Not all of our interviews are with 'mumpreneurs' or businesswomen. ALL mums are worthy of celebration - we all do what we can to make it work! Our latest interview subject, Sarah Howe, left her job at Shell to be a full-time to mum to Molly (4) and Daisy (nearly 3). She tells us why she chose motherhood over career (for now)...
Tell us about your lifestyle and your family.
My Husband and I had been together for 10 years before we got married and after a year of marriage, we decided to start our family. It is a scary decision to make, I could just about get myself organised on a daily basis let alone a tiny person too, but we decided to start trying and see what happened. We were lucky enough to fall pregnant very quickly and long came Molly in 2012.
My husband soon went back to work and it was time to tackle the daily routine and getting out of the house to socialise and meet other new Mums. My confidence changed and grew when meeting new people, I felt like I was able to relate to the women I was meeting, as we all had one thing in common.
My maternity leave came to an end and back to work I went. I found it difficult for the first couple of weeks, but I knew Molly would be in great hands with family looking after her. It made it easier for me to leave her with people she knew and we were lucky enough to be able to do that.
It was a pleasant surprise when Daisy arrived in 2014. Having two children under 2, how on earth were we going to manage!? As a mum, you surprise yourself when you can get through each day and settle into changes quite quickly. Don't get me wrong, it was very tough at times! But I wouldn't have it any other way.
After Daisy, I gave up my job that I'd had for 9 years to be a stay at home Mum. My husband and I talked it through, and with my parents having moved away and my sister having her third child not long after me, we knew our child care within the family was limited. So we both decided I could have the time off to bring up the girls. I feel very lucky to be able to do that.
What are your top tips for new mums who want to make the most of maternity leave?
Join a class or a toddler group - it'll make sure you get some adult conversation during the day! If you can, try to learn something new during this time - even if it's just experimenting some new cooking skills in your kitchen. It'll make you feel like you've made the most of the time because it goes really quickly!
But most of all, enjoy the time you have with your little one. You will not get that time back so try to appreciate it.
It's so hard for mums to manage family life and a career. What, if anything, do you feel you've sacrificed by choosing your lifestyle?
I do applaud Mothers that go back to work and want their career after having children - it is very tough. I found it difficult going back to work after my first child part time even for 3 days a week. I've worked in an office since leaving school and felt like this was my time to be a mother to my two little girls. But when the time is right, I will start to look down which career path I would like to take in the future.
And being a stay at home Mum isn't easy, it's a full on job! Some days I feel ashamed that I haven't set enough time in the day to give the girls my attention. They are both very good at entertaining themselves and each other. The older they get they start to learn to role play, which is great fun for them. I feel I have missed out some days, as I just had a list of jobs to get done.
Make us feel better about ourselves. What's your secret mum fail?
Oh I have many failing Mother moments!! From leaving cardboard in a new pair of shoes that Molly had on all day, to Daisy falling out of the pram and having a fat lip for a couple of days.
But seriously, I have to say breastfeeding - like many other Mums out there who struggle with this task. It's daunting having a newborn and being able to feed them is a big important job, which I was not able to do. I felt like a failure.
Where do you like to hang out in London?
Now the girls are older we have set classes and pre-school to get to 4 days a week, but on the one day we have together in the week we normally head out to do something fun if the weather is nice.
Greenwich Park is our favourite spot. From the deer, ducks and squirrels in the Flower Garden at the top of the park to doing a nice long walk and a picnic. The museum is also a great place for children. They have a great play area and it's very educational the older they get.
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