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Q&A with Stephanie Pollock

Posted on March 15 2017

What is the best part about motherhood?
Gosh, there are so many wonderful things about Motherhood. It's way hard to try and narrow it down. But the first thing that comes to mind is hearing your children laugh. A child's laugh is the most innocent thing and can cheer you up in seconds!

What is the most challenging part of motherhood?
For me, the most challenging part of motherhood is the lack of sleep. I won't lie, I've had some amazing moments with our daughter in the wee hours of the night that I will treasure forever, but lack of sleep leads to low patience and irritability. My husband and I have found a sweet groove in the mornings. Without ever talking about it we just sort of started switching off giving each other time to sleep in, in the mornings. If that's for 20 minutes or an hour, it helps SO much. The other most challenging part is self-doubt. Self-doubt tries to come in and steal all your joy and make you feel like your a failure. Learn to nip that in the butt real fast. Know you are a great mother and your doing an amazing job and don't let self-doubt take that from you.

 
How do you balance work and family?
I am awful at this. I run a success photography business. Since having Olive, I've had more sessions booked than ever, and it's been hard for me to set time apart to edit and show my business the love and work it deserves. Now that my season has slowed down I'm going to try hard to get very organized and ready to take on the new year with a new mindset when it comes to work. But in a dream world, I would balance work and family with a Calendar! As much as the thought of scheduling out my days makes the adventurer spontaneous person inside me cringe, making a schedule is the only way I have been able to find some sort of balance

What do you do for “me time?”
"Me Time" looks different for me every week. I try to go to Yoga twice a week in the evenings after Olive is asleep. But sometimes instead of yoga, I run to the store or grocery shop alone. Sometimes my alone time collides with my work time, and I'm editing photos at a coffee shop late at night. My husband works from home, so when the stars align, and she happens to nap while he's not busy I run out during the day and try and meet up with a friend here and there. Me time is so important, and when I don't get it, it wears on me.
What is one piece of advice you would pass on to other moms?
Have grace with yourself. Grace on grace on grace. Make sure to get some alone time to remember who you are and what you love to do without your babes around. And make time for your spouse. This all won't happen at once, and some weeks you may fail to have alone time or spend time with your spouse, or you will be way to hard on yourself. Just remember that each day is brand new and a fresh start. ​
 

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