Sometime during pregnancy you began loosing sleep, you probably didn’t notice it because you were so excited by the changes that were happening and you were planning and wondering. Then you brought your bundle of joy home and you probably started to notice that you were loosing sleep.
Generally it is not acceptable in our society for adults to take naps, and so we as moms tend to feel guilty about taking time during the day to catch up on our much needed sleep. This need for sleep is normal, and you are not being lazy if you take some time for yourself to catch up.
Before you ventured on the journey to motherhood you probably had a sleep schedule built around your job and your lifestyle. Your body adjusted to that schedule and once you acclimatized to it, you felt that it was normal. You have to look at this change as yet another lifestyle change. You aren’t suddenly able to survive on less sleep than you did before, you haven’t become a super hero overnight… you have become a mom, but you still need to look after your needs in order to be the best mom you can be!
Look, if you were to take a minute to realize that not only has your body just gone through a crazy amount of changes (hormonal, physical, biological) and that you have also made some huge mental changes as well – you would be able to understand why it is that you need this sleep. You have probably never had to be “on call” 24/7 for a baby before and you were not prepared for the toll that it would take. Most of us think we understand what is about to happen, we hear about it from other moms, we even see our friends go through it, but it is never the same as when we go through it ourselves.
For those of you who have adopted children, you are still going through a bunch of changes, emotionally and physically you have some big changes to adjust to as well.
I know what you are thinking, you have probably already heard people around you who have given you their wisdom. Many of the women who have gone before you will tell you that the dishes and the laundry will still be there when you get up from your nap and that your dusting can wait.
The biggest message here is to be kind to yourself. Whenever you hear yourself complaining that you don’t have enough time to sleep because there are towels to fold or supper to make, take a step back and think about what you would say if a friend was saying the same thing to you. Would you tell them that it was important to look after themselves and get the rest that they needed so that they could be 100% present for their child(ren) and partner – or would you tell them that they better suck it up and get it all done! Would you tell them that they are expected to be perfect and unblemished in taking on this new role? I hope that you are the type of friend that is thoughtful and supportive and helps your friends to find ways to look after themselves… if that is how you would talk to your best friend then it is time you were your own best friend!
If you are still not able to talk to your self this way then perhaps it is time to enlist someone who will reinforce these ideas for you. Find a friend or family member who you trust to help guide you through these changes. The important part in this relationship with the person you choose is that you actually take their advice and listen to the knowledge that they are giving you. If you think that you won’t listen to the person you are about to choose for this role – then I suggest you choose someone different.
Ultimately the addition of a baby to your household will bring challenges to the time schedule regardless if it is the first or fourth baby. Please take care of yourself and get the rest you need and take time to be a woman not just a mother. Your children and your partner will thank you, because you will have more patience and love to give if you first give it to yourself.
More than a decade ago, I had the great pleasure of wearing the wrist corsage at the VIP Reception and having my photo taken as a nominee for the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards (WEYA). It was truly one of the most exciting days of my life. My business partner at the time had secretly brought my brother to Canada to attend the awards banquet and his sudden appearance at lunch was a tremendous surprise. Having staff, friends and family in attendance at an event where one is honored, even just by being nominated, is breathtaking and unforgettable.
See more about the winners and finalists at http://www.wbom.ca/site/winners?nav=07
The WBOM (Women’s Business Owners of Manitoba) has chosen Majda Ficko, owner of the Hair Do Zoo (25 years in business) and owner of Olen Cosmetics Corporation (manufacturer of all natural products and Baby Butz cream) for winning the prestigious award of Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Lifetime Achievement.
We met at the women of distinction awards. You have truly changed my life and the lives of my children. I recommend Baby Butz to everyone even my children’s Pediatrician and even buy it for gifts. You are my hero and I was so happy to meet you. You truly understand what it feels like to look at your child and have no help or answers and now you gave us one. I cannot wait to see the other things you have in store and you will always be my hero.
Hair Do Zoo/ Olen Cosmetics Corporation/ Baby Butz cream
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Majda Ficko- President and Founder of Hair Do Zoo and Olen Cosmetics Corporation- Declared Finalist in Provincial Awards in Canada
Winnipeg, MB. Canada – The Women Business Owners of Manitoba (WBOM) are proud to announce,
Majda Ficko owner of The Hair Do Zoo and Olen Cosmetics Corporation has been declared among 30 Finalists in the 2012 Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Awards! This annual gala event puts the spotlight on the successes and achievements of women entrepreneurs in Manitoba. The dinner, to be MC’d by Gord Leclerc and Leah Hextahl from CTV, will take place at the Winnipeg Convention Centre on Thursday, May 17th. The finalists’ names are public, however the winners are not revealed until the evening itself.
This year’s 30 finalists come from across the province, and represent businesses as diverse as a jewelry design, spas, holistic medicine and of course, Specialty children’s hairstyling salons called The Hair Do Zoo and Olen Cosmetics Corporation maker of Winnipeg’s famous Baby Butz cream
Majda Ficko, a mother of Invention and Innovation, opened Hair Do Zoo, Canada’s first specialty children’s hairstyling salon in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1987, and this year, they are celebrating their 25th anniversary!
Olen Cosmetics Corporation, another of Ficko’s companies, manufactures the famous all-natural diaper rash cream, Baby Butz, that she had made for her ailing son. See the full story, www.babybutz.com
“Manitoba is rich with women entrepreneurs whose stories are inspiring,” said Lucy Camara, President of WBOM and Vice-President of Olatech Business Hosting Corporation. “Anyone in business knows how tough it can be to keep that entrepreneurial spirit alive when the bills are mounting and the challenges exceed the triumphs – but when you believe in your business, in the vision you’re realizing your passion fuels your strength to carry on.”
Women represent a growing economic force in Canada:
- Women entrepreneurs are one of the fastest growing segments of the Canadian economy: 4 out of 5 businesses are started by women; between 1991 and 2001, women’s self-employment increased by 43%.
- The 821,000+ women entrepreneurs in Canada annually contribute in excess of $18 billion to the economy.
- The number of women-owned businesses that focus on manufacturing, construction, transportation and communications is growing rapidly.
A full listing of finalists is available online at www.wbom.ca.
Hair Do Zoo/ Olen Cosmetics
Corporation/ Baby Butz cream