Real Mama: Melanie Watson

Tell us a little about yourself.

I am a married mama of a two-and-a-half year old little boy. My husband and I have been married since 2009. I work full-time in the cancer research field and my husband is a chef. I love all things crafty and am often covered in hot glue from some new crazy project.

Where is home?

We live in Winnipeg, Manitoba — right in the middle of Canada!

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

I think the secret to balancing life as a full-time working mama is being fluid with expectations. You can never be perfect at everything, just as you can’t please everyone — but if you are trying your best, you are doing pretty great. Good communication with your partner is key and knowing that it is constantly a new game — rules have to be able to bend with sudden changes in situation, and that’s OK as long as there is an overall goal.

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 that I have heard is that you shouldn’t worry about doing everything wrong. Especially on those first few weeks at home with your baby. Baby doesn’t know if you aren’t doing something “the right way” according to everyone’s suggestions. Do what feels right for you and baby. And remember to breathe and eat.

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

I think that I am the kind of mama I wanted to be — in that I try to show as much love as I can, as well as enough arm length between during these toddler years, so that independence is also learned. I am glad my little boy is learning that perfect isn’t everything and that there are always family and friends around who love you.

It’s hard to be the kind of mama you thought you would be, because you can imagine how much you love a baby and then you are sitting up with them at 4 a.m. and suddenly your heart can barely hold the amount of love you feel. It comes in waves and I’m just glad that I am the kind of mama who can recognize such an amazing feeling and celebrate in it.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

In ten years, hubby and I will have decided whether or not to add another to the brood, we will be settled in our home and attending many hockey games, or soccer games, or maybe music classes, or whichever activity meets our son has decided on.

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

If I could have any superpower, it would be that little nose wiggle magic that Samantha had on Bewitched— and then suddenly all the cleaning would be done or the supper would be cooked… it would be awesome!

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

My birth experience was not at all as I had expected it to be. We had some complications at the moment of birth and our son was whisked away with a very low APGAR score. We saw him for about five minutes after his birth and he was taken to the NICU for a cooling protocol which kept him cold for three days to prevent any further brain injuries. We had the opportunity to hold him on the third day and take him home a week after his birth.

Of course, if I could change anything it would be to have an emergency c-section before anything went wrong— but my son is here and healthy and amazing. If I change one thing, it could change something about him, and I think he’s perfect.

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?

We were so scared through every milestone as to whether or not he would meet them when he should. As he got bigger and stronger, and showed us he is happy and healthy, I began to worry less.

I swore I’d never be able to make baby food on my own — that is so much work! I actually started doing it and fell in love with making it for my son — it was cathartic and made me happy that I was doing something I wasn’t sure I could!

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

Now that we have entered the two’s, it’s more of a “serenity now” mantra; my little boy loves to jump from high places, play like a big boy and generally find himself in the most painful and awkward Curious George-esque situations. If you can’t find the humor in the situation, it’s going to make for a very long day.

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: Melanie Watson

  1. great post! i try to love my kids as much as I can too- to be the best mom i can :) you sound like a great mother!

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