Real Mama: Amy Pina

This full time working mama prides herself in making the best life possible for her little man. She does what she has to do to make sure he has everything he needs first. Her desired super power? To multiply… so she can be in more than one place at a time… something to which I think all mamas can relate!

 Tell us a little bit about yourself. Real Mama: Amy Pina

My name is Amy Pina and I am a working mother and a wife. I got married on May 1, 2010 and my son Tony was born May 19, 2011. My husband and I knew we wanted to try right away to have a baby since we had been together for five years.

I am a kindergarten teacher in Maryland and my husband works for a financial company based out of Baltimore. I just recently received my master’s degree in instructional technology through Johns Hopkins University.

We have a boxer named Cody and we hope to have more children in the future.

Image by John Clements Photography

Where is home?

Home, to me, is where ever you make it! Right now, home is in a townhouse in Millersville, MD. It is perfect for my little family of four. Eventually, we hope that home is in a nice single family home where we can expand our family.

What kind of mama do you consider yourself to be?

I am a working mama. I am a Kindergarten teacher in Maryland. I will say that it can be difficult to balance everything together. I work with 19 five- and six-year-olds all day and then come home to make time with my own kid when all I really want to do some days it sit on the couch and take a breath. Watching as my little man learns and grows is completely worth it to me. Besides, I can rest and sleep when he is 18 right? 

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I don’t have any secrets. I think I just know that these are things that need to do so that my son has the best life possible. I try to use my time effectively during the day so that I do not have to take my work home with me. When I get home, it is family time, not work time.

This was a lot harder when I was getting my master’s. My little boy was born during my master’s program so working, being a new mama and going back to school was very difficult and tiring! I would never have made it through without the help and support from my husband.

Who has been your biggest inspiration?

My biggest inspiration would be my mother-in-law. She is amazing. I only hope that I can be half the woman and mother that she is. She does everything she can for her children and grandchildren with no regards as to how it will affect her.

She would give us her last dollar and her last sip of milk if we needed it. She is so loving and affectionate toward her grandson and he adores her. She is someone we can turn to for anything! I hope that I will be that person for my children when they grow up.

What has been the best advice you’ve received as a mama? What do you feel is the best advice, if any, that you’ve given as a mama?

I think the best advice I have been given is that it is OK to have your house a mess every once in a while. I was so stressed at the beginning about not having every room in the house clean all the time and the laundry kept up with. In reality, it won’t all always get done, so why stress about it?

Spending time with Tony and my husband is more important to me than making sure the dishes are done right away or the dining room table isn’t the “dumping” ground. Cleaning will happen when you have the time for it (this is what I tell myself!). I think the best advice I have given is the one that I just wrote about! I tell new mamas this all the time so they don’t get so stressed about it!

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Are you the kind of mama you thought you’d be?

I think I am. I always envisioned myself as a working mother who did what she could to make her child happy. I believe that this is me. Do I think it is as easy as I thought? No! Being a mama is definitely harder than I expected it to be. All the worry about what he will be when he grows up or how he will turn out or who his friends will be etc. can make you get nervous and scared!

With that aside, I am excited to see what will happen to him as he grows up and becomes his own person and sad at the same time that he won’t be my little guy anymore. In the future I see myself as the mother that is making her children breakfast in the morning and packing their lunch with cute little designs and notes. I hope that this is the type of mother I will be when my children start school. In three to four years I will look back at this and reflect on whether or not I succeeded!

If you could have lunch with anyone famous (dead or alive) who would it be?

Is this a trick question? Channing Tatum, of course!

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

If I could have any super power I would want to be able to multiply. I can send a copy to work, send a copy to do my housework, send a copy to do the shopping and then I can just play with my boy! 

Image by Jennifer Slusher Photography

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

In ten years I hope to have at least one more kid and in a single family home. Ideally I would like to work part time work so that I can work and still be able to spend a lot of time with the kids. I know this is a slim chance but a girl can dream right?

Was your birth experience all that you hoped it would be? If you could go back and change anything, what would it be?

No! I went in for a regular check-up to find that my fluids were dangerously low and I was being admitted and induced right away— scary! The pain was what I expected since I have many friends who have given birth and let me know their horror stories—thanks. During pushing time, the nurses tried to tell me I wasn’t ready but I told them I could not wait any longer because the pressure was too much so they went ahead and let me start.

His heart rate kept dropping and they kept putting an oxygen mask on me— again, scary! With only 20 or so minutes of pushing he was finally in the world! If I could go back, I would have definitely listened to the nurses and waited until they thought I was ready. Maybe I wouldn’t have torn if I had been completely ready!

Image by Jennifer Slusher Photography

How has your mothering evolved since those early newborn days? Is there anything, thus far, in your approach to mothering that you swore you wouldn’t do?

This is hard to explain. I wouldn’t say that it is easier but I would say that it is different. In the beginning, you are exhausted from lack of sleep and trying to figure out your new life with this precious baby. Everything he does and every sound he makes amazes you. Now, I am exhausted from keeping up with his energetic self!

Still, everything he does and says amazes me! It is really fun watching him learn and watching him grow. I don’t know what my life would be like without him.

I SWORE I would never bring him into bed with us. When he was around four months old and stopped sleeping through the night, we did it. It worked for us then so I don’t regret it. Besides, it got us more cuddle time.

Do you have a mama mantra or something you find yourself repeating over and over when times are tough?

Usually when things get tough I say “It could be worse.” This usually helps me realize that I have everything I need and more. If Tony is giving me a hard time, I know it’s him trying to tell me that something is wrong when he can’t express it in words. I have to try my best at comforting him until he feels better.

Is there anything else you wish to share with the Mama Say What?! audience?

You know what’s best for your child. If you are not comfortable with someone’s advice then don’t try it! No matter what, your little guy or girl will be perfect because they are yours.

Image by Jennifer Slusher Photography

3 Responses to Real Mama: Amy Pina

  1. I have been wanting badly to go back to school for another degree, but I worry how I would be able to balance that in with family and possibly work. You give me hope it is possible!!

    I definitely believe in doing what works for your family!

    Congrats Mama!

  2. I won’t lie…its def tough! You have to sacrifice some…..like loosing your 4.0 average by getting a B+ because you want to play with your child! I’d get straight B’s any day over loosing time with him though! You make it work and the hubby needs to step it up a lot :)

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