Today we celebrate all great moms around the world. We had a chat with two of our instructor mom’s about motherhood. Meet Alex, an Amsterdam instructor. And Jana, a Rocycle instructor at Utrecht .
Has being a mother changed you? How so?
A: Being a mom changed my view on love. It showed me just how big a heart can be and that there is no limit on how much you can love.
J: Yes definitely!! Being a mother has changed the world for me. Not just the regular things like becoming more mature and a (necessary) shift in priorities, but much more. The moment I became a mother to my beautiful son Liam, he became the most important thing in my life, and he still is! His happiness and well-being are my first priority. Since becoming a mom, I have learned to appreciate and love little things in life again. Who would have thought that I would be seriously excited about watching ants cross a path ever again? Since I’ve become a mom, I have been more loving, caring, mature, persistent, tired, chaotic and appreciative than ever!
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from being a mother?
J: I think the biggest lesson I’ve learned is that it is extremely important to be flexible. Flexible in what you plan, do, think and dream of, as well as the way you approach all those things. Children are not machines, and as soon as they are born, they already have their own personality. I learned that sometimes it’s best to take a moment to step back and have a look at things from another perspective. The way we do or plan things isn’t always the best for all people involved, and, because children are still so impulsive, you get that feedback right away!! Then it’s time to be flexible.
Also I learned that being present and in-the-moment is very important!! I wouldn’t miss my son’s first words, steps, hug, kiss, cry for anything in the world!
What is the most important lesson you want to teach your children?
A: The most important lesson I want to teach my children is to respect everybody. I always tell them to ask a simple question before doing: Would I like it if it was done to me? If the answer is ‘no,’ then don’t do it! We should all follow this rule in life!
How do you combine a busy schedule with workouts and raising a child?
A: How do I combine a busy schedule with workouts and raising children? Just one phrase: planning is key!
J: Lots of running from point A to B. Haha. If you’ve seen me before, you probably noticed that I was in a hurry. I try to plan everything perfectly, but to be honest, I am terrible at it, so usually everything ends up with me running through the streets because I am a little late. Right now I have two babysitters helping me out. I try to be there for my son every day either before or after school to spend some quality time together. Sometimes I don’t even know how I am keeping up, but I just do it. Seeing my son happy gives me the strength to go on! We have busy days for sure, and there is always Plan A – Z – plus an emergency plan – but we’re doing alright. Most of my time is spent either working or with my son; me-time is a limited luxury.
Describe your experience and relationship with your ‘mom body’
J: I have always been sporty, but quite frankly, I had no idea that all my muscles would just disappear after I had a baby haha. It took me a while to get back to being ok with my body. I had my son at the age of 18, so most of the girls around me were in their best body shape! I wore a lot of wide and fluffy clothing to hide my post-baby belly, and I did avoid going swimming where I would see people I knew. Sport helped me a lot with regaining trust and confidence in my body because I realized that I hadn’t forgotten all the movements. I just lacked strength, which was something I could work with. Now, I am mostly fine with the way my body is shaped. But I am a woman after all, so once in a while little meltdowns occur 😉
A: Of course my body has changed after having three children. And yes I am sometimes insecure about my body and how it looks. But more than before I had kids? NO! Every stage of your life brings insecurities. But what’s far more important is that I am so proud of my body. I have three beautiful children, so those ‘tiger-stripes’ are just a reminder of how strong and amazing my body is.