Day 10 - 10 Moms. 10 Questions. 10 Honest Answers.

Friday, March 16, 2018 8:00 AM | Christina (Administrator)


Originally from Kitchener-Waterloo, Danielle has spent her adult life between Toronto and London, England. She originally studied as a dental hygienist, but after five years of practice, she sold everything, packed up her life and moved to London to model. Over the course of five years in the UK she has trained as a yoga teacher, opened an organic juice bar and started working with various health networks presenting healthy eating/drinking and fitness.  Her hobbies are yoga, boxing, travelling and mountain trekking. She has trekked the Peruvian Andes, Atlas Mountains, Banaue in the Philippines and the three peaks challenge in the UK. After the birth of their beautiful daughter Lily, they decided to make the move back home to Canada to be near family! Danielle is currently working on a documentary to raise awareness on postpartum depression! Follow her in Instagram @daniellech.

1. How would you describe yourself before having a baby?
Before Lily arrived, I lived life quite selfishly! A free spirit who would travel every month, sometimes for long periods of time. Living day by day! I was confident, outgoing, and social and would find it very hard to sit still. I loved going out for dinners, dancing, football (UK) matches and practicing power yoga 5-6 times a week!

2. How would you describe yourself after having a baby?
After Lily arrived I was so lost and quite miserable from the sleep deprivation. I was quite snappy and just living in a daze. I tried to exercise as much as I could (half asleep). I always felt irritated, especially with my husband. I definitely have lost a lot of my confidence, mainly because I feel my brain is in a fog! If the conversation isn’t about “baby stuff”, I feel lost, inexperienced and have little to offer. I find it difficult to focus on things and try to nap during the day when the baby does. I feel my “spark” is overburdened with the new realities of motherhood!

3. What is one thing you miss about your pre-baby life?Freedom! To travel for long periods of time!

4. What is one thing you wish someone prepared you for when it comes to Motherhood?
I wish someone had told me how important it was to have a strong support system around all the time!! From husband to family, friends and hired. You can never have too much help!!

5. How has Motherhood changed you?
Motherhood has given me a new purpose, a much more important purpose! It has stopped me in my exhausting footsteps, to lead a calmer and more selfless life.

6. Do you feel like you have “balance” in your life and why? 
As of recently, I feel I am leading a more balanced life. I have enrolled at the The University of Toronto to take courses to help me transition into a new career I am passionate about. I have hired part-time help, gone back work (part-time) and moved back to Toronto from London, England! I have time to exercise now, spend time with husband and meet my friends for play dates!

7. What helped get you through the postpartum transition into Motherhood? 
Hiring help! I was living in England, without any family on either side, so I really didn’t have a support system. I joined mom and baby fitness classes met with other moms on a regular basis and went back to work part-time. Just knowing that there still was “Danielle” in there somewhere, really helped me transition through the rougher times.

8. Motherhood is hard. What gets you through each day, day after day?
Any help (hired or family) that allows me to exercise or do jobs! Also, I keep telling myself “ it's just a phase!” (The best advice I have ever received!) However, my husband and awesome mom network are the reasons I can get through each day …Wine!

9. What makes you grateful about motherhood? 
The best part about motherhood is you get to experience a love like no other, even though they stress you out and can drive you crazy, it truly is a love so powerful! And those innocent baby laughs are priceless.

10. What is one thing you would tell a new or expecting Mother? 
Ask for help! Don’t expect to do it all, you have nothing to prove. Hire if possible, enlist family members, do a nanny share. Anything!!

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