Questions For Our Mothers: Emily’s Mom

In honor of Mother’s Day, we’re interviewing our moms to find out how their lives changed when we were born and what they learned about love and life as a parent. Today, Emily’s mom.

I am not one for words, which is why I am a designer at The Frisky, not an editor, but my mom is one of the most amazing people in my life. After constantly fighting with her throughout my teenage years, my mom and I have become best friends (finally!). I talk to her just about every night and I don’t know what I would do without her and her words of wisdom. I know a lot about my mom, but not that much about what it was like for her when she had me — besides the fact that she got gestational diabetes and it stuck! — so it was really interesting to learn what her life was like before me! Did you always know you wanted to be a mom?

Having such a big family as a kid, I didn’t really think about it. I did want to be a mom, but I was never really sure when. I couldn’t get pregnant right away like my sister and sister-in-laws, and I thought something was wrong with me. I found out later that something was wrong with me. But I did not let that stop me!

How was your life different before you had kids?

We went and did what we wanted, whenever we wanted. Life before kids, well, we partied a lot. That changed when we had responsibilities as parents. But we did not stop traveling. Your first camping trip was when you were 3 months old! We took everything with us: tent, stove, baby crib, diapers, bottles, milk, etc. … You get the idea! We had a really great time. We went to the Catskill Mountains. We took the BIG baby stroller, and your father hung a pine tree branch over it to help you stop crying!

What were your fears about becoming a mother?

None really. I had faith things would always work out one way or another.

What did you think when you found out you were pregnant with me?

Pretty excited since it took me so long to get pregnant! Then I just knew I had to change my ways and be a good person because I was carrying a new life into the world. I did not want anything to happen to my baby!

Do you have any regrets about how you raised me?

Not really, well, except that you do not have any siblings. Since I had such a large family growing up, I felt like I got lost with so much going on, and I did not want that to happen to my family.