Jessa is mom to Willow and the founder of Inspired Brews Kombucha in Philadelphia.
what was the thing that surprised you most when you became a mom?
How much time I could easily spend staring at my daughter. It never gets old. And when I wasn't with her, I was looking at photos of her!
what do you wish someone else had told you about parenting so you would be better prepared?
I wish someone would have told me how hard it is to let go. Willow's almost 2 and I already feel like I have had to let her become more independent. Moving her into her crib after co-sleeping, leaving her with a sitter so I can actually get some work done, deciding to stop breastfeeding, dropping her off at a toddler school...she's so young and looking forward I feel like most of parenthood seems like letting your baby grow up :) It's fun seeing new development, and I always enjoy the new stages, but the letting go part isn't easy!
what is your biggest accomplishment you are most proud of?
I think I'm most proud of getting through Willow's first year while working to grow Inspired Brews. I had SO much help and support around me, and that's what made it happen, but it was a hard year. I had a lot of guilt when I was working, as I felt like I wasn't fulfilling the role of mama. And then when I was home, I felt like I wasn't able to give everything to my business. It was hard. I had to repeat to myself over and over to 'give yourself grace'.
what is your biggest pet peeve?
My biggest pet peeve is my dog! Ha, when Willow does sleep through the night, he normally wakes me up :)
if you had a day kid free to do anything you want, what would you do?
I'd probably sleep! That's just something that doesn't happen much with Willow around :)
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