By Angela Potter
Jaimie is a vibrant soul who is an accountant and a mom to a wonderful little girl.
Where do you call home?
I've moved around a lot in my life so this is a tricky question! But I once told my husband when we were dating that if home was where the heart was then my home was with him! And that's never been more true now that we are parents to an amazing girl who is our world.
We met in Hawaii, he is from Oregon and I am from Utah. We currently live in Vancouver and hope to put down roots here!
How many kids do you have?
We have 1 daughter. We had hoped to have one more child but that never happened.
What was one of the hardest changes for you physically during your postpartum journey?
I had a C-section so simple things like coughing or sneezing or going up and down our front porch steps became a challenge in the days following my daughter's birth. Also, I'm always peeing my pants a little when I cough or sneeze or jump up and down!
What was one of the hardest changes for you mentally/emotionally during your postpartum journey?
I felt like I lost my mojo - my self confidence. I waited until late in life to have children and before I gave birth I was so confident that I had all my shit together and that I would be a good mother.
But that all confidence went out the window once I actually had a child to care for. I realized that I was a lot like my mother, which was a bad thing in my mind because my mother constantly lost her temper with me when I was a child. But at the same time, I could now understand WHY she constantly lost her temper with me! I finally saw her side of the story and I could relate with her better which has actually helped my mom and I grow closer.
What surprised you most about the postpartum time?
That it took YEARS for me to get back to feeling confident and like my old self again! My daughter is almost 5 and I am just now getting my mojo back!
What has been your greatest joy in motherhood?
Watching this brand new human being - that I helped to create - develop into a unique person with a unique personality is a little bit miraculous! I look at her baby pictures and see who she is now in who she was then. And I can picture who she will be as an adult. I love to watch her grow up!
What is one resource that felt invaluable to you during the postpartum time?
The Baby Whisperer book helped me understand sleep training and Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids helped me understand why my daughter would start acting out sometimes and how to stop that from happening as much.
Joining Stroller Strides was also helpful in that I could connect with other new moms, get some exercise and my daughter could have play time with other babies/kids her age.
What is one piece of advice you would like give to pregnant moms in preparation for their postpartum journey?
Don't worry about much else besides giving your little one lots of love. Everything else will work itself out.
I am a 46 year young mother to an almost 5 year old girl named Megan and I am married to my soul mate, Ryan. I always knew in the back of my head that I would have 1 daughter named Megan someday but I never really wanted to have children until my late 30's. I got a B.A. in Accounting and an MBA with an emphasis in accounting and I got my CPA license. I got started working for CPA firms doing audits and tax returns and then transitioned to Controller positions in private companies, managing accounting departments.
Megan is the best thing to ever happen to me without doubt - she has taught me what true love is and I am a more patient, more loving, and more confident person today because of all the lessons I have learned with her over the last 5 years.