Q & A
Tell us about yourself.
My name is Christina Fairbanks. I am 31 years old and a mother of two amazing children. I have a son, Michael Jr, who is 2.5 years old, and my daughter Charlotte is 11 months old. I have been with my husband for 12 years, married for 7. We met at college attending UNLV. I was a medical assistant for 10 years, before leaving the field to become a stay at home mom. For fun our family likes to watch movies or go for walks with our westie, Brody!
What is your biggest challenge as a mom?
My biggest challenge as a mother is finding time for myself! My days are spent taking care of my two young children, husband, and our dog, which leaves little time for mommy! But I am making sure I find small moments through out the day to find peace and serenity. I aspire to indulge in a new hobby, volunteer work, or start my own small business in the new year!
What is your favorite part about being a mom?
My favorite part about being a mom is without a doubt the unconditional love between a mother and her child. Even if we are having a rough day filled with tantrums and tears, a mothers hug, kiss and cuddle makes everyone feel better. I also love checking in on them once they are asleep for the night... I usually cry because I am overcome with my love for them in this QUIET peaceful moment. It helps me reset fully for the night and gear me up, to wake up and do it all over again!
What advice would you give to a new mom?
This is all easier said then done, but honestly don't sweat the small stuff!! You don't need them to have the 'perfect' this that or whatever, and all brand new items. All they need is you, your love, and patience. And if you lose your patience, you are still an AMAZING mother! Don't forget that though you have this new role as a mother, you are first and forever human, and we all mess up here and there. Life is messy, but love conquers all!
Anyone who you would you like to thank that has helped you through motherhood?
I would first like to thank my husband Michael. We entered into parenthood with fresh doe eyes. We have had to overcome my postpartum depression and anxiety not once but twice, with the second time being beyond more serious then the first. He supported me, took care of me, took care of the kids when I just couldn't, and he never wavered that I would get better. We both knew 'Christina' would come back from the darkness, and his unconditional love made that certain.
I would also like to thank Alicia Mattera. She has been an amazing support system and friend through my postpartum journey. I am beyond grateful that the PSI organization led me to her, and that she knows the importance of postpartum support for families, and opens her heart and her business to insure everyone has a safe place to find comfort, peace, and help. She is inspiring and truly a gift.