WHAT'S THE MOST REWARDING THING ABOUT BEING A MOTHER? BIGGEST JOYS? BIGGEST CHALLENGES? BIGGEST SURPRISES?
Seeing her happy, smiling, growing. Ido (my husband) and I get overjoyed by what a sweet and loving personality she’s already showing us. I know a lot of parents say this about their kids but Ayv is a real angel. So sweet!
One of the, biggest challenges for me would have to be the lack of sleep and balancing Ayv and being a good mom with my career. I just started back at work full time and I feel SO guilty leaving her every day. I just want to stay at home with her and look into her eyes, bond, kiss, play. I don’t want to miss a thing, I can’t believe how fast it’s all going.
Another big surprise to me is how daunting feeding a baby can be. The allergy thing gives me anxiety and so many of the pureed vegetables are nasty…I’m like…I know why you don’t want to eat this…it’s gross!
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT BALANCING MOTHERHOOD WITH YOUR CAREER?
That you have to schedule down time with your husband and kids. I love my job and there is so much going on right now but if I don’t schedule the time to be with my fam, I feel so disconnected and I feel like I’ve missed too much.
HOW HAS MOTHERHOOD INFLUENCED YOUR COOKING? ARE YOU COOKING MORE/LESS? (WHEN CAN YOU FIND THE TIME)
Well, I am opening my first restaurant with Esquared Hospitality called DEZ, so I’ve been cooking a lot! To be honest, the only thing I cook at home right now is Ayv’s food since I’m cooking every day in the kitchen.
WHAT FOOD/DISH ARE YOU MOST EXCITED FOR AYV TO TRY?
Pretty much anything with tahini…I’m obsessed and put it on everything.
WHO HAS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE PERSON TO COOK FOR?
All my friends. When I get to spoil my friends and fam it makes me so happy. I’ve been so tired with the baby and the restaurant that I haven’t been cooking at home that much…soon, I will get back into it.
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH YOUR DAUGHTER'S NAME?
She’s named after my grandfather Abraham, a nickname for Abraham is Avi. We played with Avi and came up with Ayv.
FAVE FAMILY VACATION SO FAR?
Tel-Aviv Israel. My family lives there and so does my husband's.
SUNDAY NIGHT TRADITIONS? IF NOT, FUN FAMILY TRADITIONS?
I grew up having brunch every Sunday and I am going to keep that going in my fam. Gryfes bagels, smoked salmon, my dad’s famous tomato salad, cream cheese, freshy chopped veg and herring.
HOW DO YOU FIND TIME FOR YOURSELF? WHAT'S YOUR IDEAL GIRL'S NIGHT?
I haven’t really had that much downtime since Ayv was born. I’ve gone for a couple of facials, which have been magical but if I were to go out for a girls night I would say, dinner and drinks all the way.
YOU ARE SUPER HONEST AND OPEN ABOUT MOTHERHOOD ON INSTAGRAM - IS THERE ANYTHING YOU HOLD BACK TO POST OR IS EVERYTHING FAIR GAME?
I definitely like to make light of situations, becoming a mother is intimidating and can be scary at times, since there is so much to learn, but my husband and I always try to just laugh things off. I would say the only things I don’t post would be the days I get frustrated or overwhelmed…and trust me, those happen often.
ANY LAST WORDS OF WISDOM FOR OUR FELLOW NEW MOMS?
Be kind to yourself, your husband and your kids. Everyone is learning and growing together. Also, try to just laugh off any hard times, there are going to be many to laugh and shake it off, it’s not worth stressing over it in the end.