Real Mama: Kathy Conway

Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m 29 years old. I worked as a chemist for a paint company for just more than five years and recently accepted a position as a Plant Technical Service Representative for the same company.

I’m married to my best friend, Matt. He is truly a gift from God, a rock in our marriage and an amazing father to our son. We have been married for almost three years. We had a goal to wait for at least one year before we ventured into parenthood. It was while on vacation for our first anniversary that we got the best news of our lives… we were going to be parents!

I enjoy spending time together as a family and hosting people in our home. As a hobby, I party-plan, workout, travel, blog and do DIY projects around the house with my husband.

Where is home?

Cleveland, Ohio.

What are your secrets to balancing your life as a working mama?

I was able to have about two months off for maternity leave and it was difficult to get back into the routine of full-time work. I made changes in my schedule so that I was able to get out of work earlier to spend time with our son. The way I balance everything in my life is by making schedules and lists and sticking to them! It seems insane sometimes, but if I didn’t stay organized I would lose all sense of myself. I schedule when I clean the house and keep to a weekly meal plan. I coupon on the weekends and grocery shop every other week. All the organization pays off with extra time to spend with my family. And when all else fails, our family is known for spontaneous dance parties that shake all the stress away!

Who has been your biggest inspiration?

By far, my mother. I look at her and see Super Mom. She worked while raising two girls and managed to even start her own business as a seamstress. She taught me how to work hard and put God and family first, always. I catch myself constantly asking, “What would my mom do in this situation?”

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?

The best advice I ever got was, “housework can wait.” So true. There are days when the dishes are piled or I need to clean the bathrooms and Avery is in the mood to play instead of nap. I take those opportunities to play with him until he putters out of steam. It’s those moments that I treasure the most with him.

My advice to other mamas is to trust your gut. You’ll get advice from anyone and everyone who claims to be an “expert” at child raising. But it’s your child… you alone know them and you alone can make the ultimate decision on how to handle and raise them.   

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

Yes and no. I always knew I would be a mama… and I really looked forward to it. Everything has come quite naturally for me and for that, I wasn’t surprised. It was shock to my rigid schedule of a life that I didn’t expect. Being on a baby’s schedule rocked my world. I had a hard time in the beginning getting used to being late for appointments or missing out on events or a get-together with friends. But after awhile I embraced the chaos Avery brought to my life… in essence, he really balanced me out!

Where do you see yourself in ten years? 

A mother of two to four kids (without the baby fat), a step up in my career and a dog owner (at least my husband hopes so!).

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

The ability to be two places at once! Come on… what mother wouldn’t love that?

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

No it wasn’t. I had an unplanned c-section due to Avery’s unexpected size (9 lbs 2 oz). It was stressful and frightening, but I wouldn’t change anything. It was an experience that had the most miraculous outcome. You can find my full story here.

How has your mothering evolved since those early newborn days? Is there anything, thus far, in your approach to mothering that you swore “I’d never do…” and you are?

I’m way more laid back than I was in the beginning. At first, a raindrop wasn’t allowed to hit my son’s head without my permission. Now, I let him be the boy he is. I caught him eating a Cheerio off the floor that he’d dropped from his highchair earlier that day. I just sighed and thought, “good thing I mopped yesterday.”

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

“Chill Kathy, labor was worse than this.”

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

Take pleasure in motherhood. It goes by so fast. Take a day off work or from housework and just spend time with your kid(s). They are gifts from God… so enjoy them!

By Kathy S.

Kathy S. is Mommy to a beautiful daughter named Cassidy, born in January of 2012. Currently living the small town life in South Western Ontario with her handsome hubby, she is a Sales and Marketing professional with aspirations of being a stay-at-home-mom one day. In her spare time she enjoys cooking/baking, reading, scrapbooking and being outdoors. You can find posts from Kathy in Real Mamas, Real Recipes and Real Reviews.

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One Response to Real Mama: Kathy Conway

  1. Wow! You are impressive with those lists and schedules! You seem very positive and I love your mantra :)

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