Local moms reflect on their role

. May 1, 2017.
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Motherhood is a beautiful, exhausting, crazy experience.
This Mother’s Day we asked local moms to share thier
thoughts on the highs and lows of the job.

Kristi Leigh

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Mom to Ivie (9), Beckam (7), Liam (5)
News Anchor

What’s the best thing about being a mom?
Watching my children develop their own unique little personalities. They’re becoming little people now and it’s exciting to see them learn and grow. And of course the very best thing is just having them around.

What’s the hardest thing about being a mom?
Finding a healthy balance between spending quality time with my kids,
managing our home, and the investment in a career I love and I’m blessed to have.

What’s your ideal way to spend Mother’s Day?
Breakfast in bed, then cuddled up with my children just taking it easy and
watching movies/reading books. A lazy day together!

Describe your life in five words.
Hectic, exciting, unpredictable, full and blessed.

Katie Thompson

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Mom to Declan (6), Caroline (4)
Advertising Sales Rep at Buckeye Broadband

What’s the best thing about being a mom?
Hugs and kisses and that feeling of always being wanted and loved by my kids.
I know that as they grow the hugs and kisses will slow down and they won’t want to be around me as much, but for right now that’s the best thing.

What’s the hardest thing about being a mom?
Balancing it all. Having “mom guilt.”

One thing I wish I knew before I became a mom:
It’s a lot busier and more stressful than I thought. My husband and I will occasionally say “What did we do before kids?” seriously!

What’s your ideal way to spend Mother’s Day?
I love planting flowers with the kids on Mother’s Day, grilling out, taking it easy and just being outside playing with the family. I also like to spend some time with my mother as well.

Sara Hegarty

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Mom to Leah (9), JJ (4), Nicholas (2)
Executive Director of the March of Dimes

What is the best thing about being a mom?
Watching my kids grow into their personalities and become little people. I see so many characteristics of myself and my husband in them. Watching them figure out the world in “their” way has been amazing.

What’s one thing you wish you knew before you became a mom?
That the worrying will last forever. I worry about my children’s happiness, safety and
everything else nonstop. I was not expecting that.

What’s your ideal way to spend Mother’s Day?
With my kids! The simple things with my kids make me happy, like spending the day at Wildwood and playing on the new playground. Of course then going out to eat, because this momma isn’t cooking.

Describe your life in five words.
More than I ever imagined

Kathleen(Kat) Tomasewski

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Mom to Mya (11), Maxwell (9), & Maddy Grace (6)
Blogger, Mom on the Go in Holy Toledo

What’s the best thing about being a mom?
The privilege of witnessing these precious souls, that have been placed in my care,
blossom and grow.

What’s one thing you wish you knew before becoming a mom?
How painful stepping on a Lego really is! I would have banned those suckers from
the house from the very beginning.

What is your ideal way to spend Mother’s Day?
A day trip with my mother…she is my saving grace, she was the one on the receiving
end of any/all weeping phone calls as a new mom, she is the wisest, humblest, kindest woman. I would enjoy a day trip where both of us could have a complete thought
without a child interrupting!

What’s the best advice you got from your mom?
That marriage is the lifeline of the family….to nurture my marriage.

Ashley Collins

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Mom to Bentley (5), Preston (3), Maddox (9 months)
Stay at home mom

What’s the best thing about being a mom?
Seeing the excitement in the eyes of my children as they explore the world around them and learn about things for the first time.

What’s your ideal way to spend Mother’s Day?
To do pretty much anything, as long as it’s with my kids and husband.

What’s the best advice you got from your mom?
When we had our first child, my mom told us that lots of people would give us advice but we needed to figure out what works best for us and our children because all kids are different.

Describe your life in five words.
Loving, fulfilling, exciting, adventurous, and humorous.