Real Mama: Sherry Richter

Tell us a little about yourself…

I am a first time mom; my daughter will be 1 year old in May. I work in the financial industry and enjoy spending my weekends at our cottage and I travel often. I am an avid golfer and can’t wait for my little girl to start golfing with me and my husband.

Where is home? Real Mama: Sherry Richter

Waterloo, Ontario is where I was born and raised.

Image by Jamie Dimitry Photography

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

I am currently on maternity leave but fill up my time with many playdates etc. I often take advantage of activities at the Early Years Center and the local library to keep my little one busy. I stay organized with my Blackberry calendar and preparing things like dinner prep and picking out clothes the night before so we’re ready to take on the day the following morning.

Who has been your biggest inspiration?

My mother has been my biggest inspiration. I hope to be as great as a mother to my child as she was to me. She always put her children first while still being a successful career woman.

What has been the best advice you’ve received as a mama?

The best advice I received when I found out we were adding on to our family was to make sure I still give my husband some attention to ensure my marriage stays strong during our new adventures of raising our first child together.

I was told that, often, a new mother will focus all of her energy on her child and put her husband to the side which could damage a marriage especially with all the new changes that come with being a parent.

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

I was surprised how natural being a mom came to me. I was so nervous I wouldn’t know what to do since none of my friends have small children. I was amazed at how quickly the “motherly instinct” kicked in. Talking with other new mothers was also very helpful as it was great to hear many others were going through the same things I was with being a new parent. 

I feel like I am doing a fantastic job for my daughter. You always think ‘what more can I do?’ but if you provide your child with the basic building blocks and provide good morals and lots of love, you’re doing a great job.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

In ten years I hope to see myself with two children. I would love to be a stay-at-home-mama, but at the same time I love my career so I am a little torn— I am sure many mothers also feel this way. I do, however, see myself being very involved in my children’s education and extracurricular activities. I also see us traveling often as a family and getting out on the golf course to bond as a family.

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

If I had a superpower, it would be to predict the future…. the opportunities are endless! You would always be able to protect your child and know without a doubt that you are pointing them in the right direction. You would also know what to do differently as a parent before making any detrimental mistakes.

Image by Sarah Desousa

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 much better than anticipated. I pictured something so painful and the anxiety built up quite a bit near the end of my pregnancy. If I could go back, the only thing I would change was to sleep more after my epidural. This really is the last worriless sleep you will get for quite a while before constantly worrying about your child.

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?

Since having my baby, my mothering style has become more relaxed. The first couple of months of being a mother, I would clean and sanitize everything — and often. I would be hesitant to let my child play with the toys or books at public facilities, but then  I realized kids need some germs to make them tough. I survived as a kid!

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

When times are tough I just take a minute and watch my child play. Seeing her so happy gives me a calming feeling. My mama mantra would be “slow down and watch your child and spend time with them because it goes way too fast.”

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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