In the same way that no two births are ever the same, neither are any one parents' experiences. This series explores any and every topic relating to pregnancy, birth and early parenthood, from a featured parent's perspective. This week our featured Mom is Stephanie Bertuzzo, founder of Unguilty Motherhood Club.
During my mat leave, I took the kids out a lot, I hated being home all day.
One day when I was loading them into the car, this little old man who lives across the street from me slowly waddled over. I never saw this man, if I hadn’t been home on leave, I might not have even known he lived there. When he reached me, I smiled but sort of kept my head down, buckling in the car seats.
Out of nowhere, he started telling me he saw me with my kids all the time, and he told me I was a good mom. He said he saw my husband all the time too, what a hard working man. He told me we both took such good care of the kids, what beautiful children, the little one is almost walking now.
I could picture him alone in his house, watching us from his window, coming and going, hustling, frantic, happy, stressed. I was so touched that he walked over to tell me he thought I was doing a good job.
New moms are hit so suddenly with a heavy workload, and very few people stop to tell us they see us. It was unusually kind, and will stay with me forever.
Stephanie Bertuzzo of @shopfafita
Fafita is digital print business run by a Toronto Mom of two. She offers what might be the simplest way to buy beautiful, original art: buy a print, receive a high res image in your inbox instantly. Done. And her captions are somehow both heartbreaking and hilarious. Like, often at the same time. This is a woman you need to be following for the IG stories alone — her wit is unparalleled, the real motherhood is a must.