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Mum's the Word

MOMSPIRATION: CAITLIN CRONENBERG

WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING THING ABOUT BEING A MOTHER? BIGGEST JOYS? BIGGEST CHALLENGES? BIGGEST SUPRISES?

I think the most rewarding thing is seeing Wolfy learn new things and grow, both physically and emotionally. Like now he can crawl into any room and close the door in my face and say “BYE”. It’s so satisfying. Every day there are so many joys. He hugs and kisses and snuggles me so much that I forget how tired I am.

WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT BALANCING MOTHERHOOD WITH YOUR CAREER?

I have learned nothing about balance, but I have somehow managed to do both at the same time. I take Wolfy to work with me, so it is less of a balance and more of a sticky mash-up of motherhood and career. I love having him at work with me because I’m not distracted wondering how he’s doing. It’s the best. Plus, he is having lots of interesting experiences and meeting lots of people. He loves being on set. He charms everyone in the room and keeps the mood light. It’s almost better than having a puppy on set. Almost.

 

 HOW HAS MOTHERHOOD INFLUENCED YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY?

I haven’t really noticed a difference to be honest.

WHO HAS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE PERSON TO PHOTOGRAPHY (OTHER THAN YOUR SON, OF COURSE) 

My favourite person to photograph is Sarah Gadon, who, coincidentally, was the first person to tell me about Ani + Wren!

HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH YOUR SONS' NAME? 

We started calling him Wolfy when I was still pregnant with him. There’s no real story, just that we talked about thousands of names and both thought Wolfgang was a very cool one. It’s classic but not very common, so it was cool without being a made-up name or a name hybrid of some kind. His first name is Charles, so Wolfy is really a nickname. We use both at home, but with his crazy hair he is a pretty serious Wolfy to me.

QUOTE THE WORST/FUNNIEST THING YOUR CHILD HAS EVER SAID. 

He doesn’t really talk yet because he is only 15 months, but once when he was up in the night and calling out he said, “Mama! Mama! Mama! Mama! Elmo! Dada!” That was pretty memorable.

SUNDAY NIGHT TRADITION? IF NOT, ANY FUN FAMILY TRADITIONS? 

Every weekend we have pancake breakfast. Wolfy likes to dip his in a combo of Greek yogurt and maple syrup, and then our cat Mickey stations herself close by and licks his fingers. He giggles. It’s the best.

HOW DO YOU FIND TIME FOR YOURSELF? WHAT'S YOUR IDEAL GIRLS' NIGHT? 

I have had exactly ONE epic “girls’ night” since Wolfy was born and it involved a (possibly illegal) firepit in my backyard and a make your own sundae bar, while Wolfy was upstairs sleeping. That was great. It has been sustaining me since last summer. If I can pee alone once in a day I consider that my “time for myself”.

WITH THE POWER AND INFLUENCE OF SOCIAL MEDIA SUCH AS INSTAGRAM, HOW DO YOU DRAW THE LINE ABOUT WHAT YOU THINK IS APPROPRIATE TO POST OF YOUR CHILD? AS A MOTHER, DO YOU ENJOY AND/OR FIND IT BENEFICIAL TO SHARE PHOTOS AND VIDEOS OF YOUR FAMILY ON SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS? 

I really don’t know where this line is. I do post some photos and videos online if I feel comfortable with it in my gut. I think this moment in our lives is unlike any other, because obviously sharing about our lives is at an all-time high. I try not to go too crazy with it, but it’s hard to hold back. The world needs to know about this zany little character.

ANY LAST WORDS OF WISDOM FOR OUR FELLOW NEW MOMS? 

Do whatever it takes to keep you both alive.

Images sourced from @caitcronenberg