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Mother's Day MOMents Interviews

We asked 6 awesome moms to share some MOMents from their motherhood journey.


Happy Mother’s Day! This week, we’ve been asking mothers to share the moments in their life that caused them to reflect on the motherhood journey. Whether they were silly moments where their kids were just like them, or the poignant moments when they first found out they’d be a mother – there are so many MOMents that make up a mother’s life.

We interviewed six amazing moms; Sarah Tilton, Rachel Pitzel, Marla Sokoloff Puro, Hollie Schultz, Lindsay Pinchuk, and Orly Marley. During the week, we picked one quote from each mother to share with the world – but they had so much more to say! That’s why we’ve compiled their interviews here, to serve as inspiration for other mothers (and fathers!) who are experiencing or about to experience the joy of parenting.

Thanks to everyone on Facebook who shared their amazing MOMents with us! We will announce the winners of our awesome prizes May 9th, 2016.

Orly Marley
Mother of 4, President of Tuffgong Worldwide, Wife of Ziggy Marley

The moment I learned I was going to be a mom for the first time I remember I felt sheer terror running through my veins. The first time I found out I was pregnant, I was a VP at my company, Ziggy and I were still living in my bachelorette condo, and I was in no way prepared for the journey that was to come, then it happened 3 more times.

My first ‘Mom' moment was taking my newborn daughter Judah to see her father perform at a big outdoor festival.  Being the planner that I am, I had purchased noise cancellation headsets to protect her hearing, and I remember wanting to add extra ear plugs as I was so worried about preserving her hearing.

My ‘pregnancy brain’ kicked in most when I tried to negotiate contracts at work and would have to reread the same clause over and over again.

Friends and family say my daughter, Judah, is my mini-me because she is extremely meticulous and particular about everything.  From the way she gets ready in the morning to the way she plans out her schedule or anything else in her life.  Watching her plan her 11th birthday party last week was quite surreal as I realized that the apple truly does not fall far from the tree.

I realized I was turning into my mom when I was negotiating with my 11 year old daughter the other day about how many times a week she can wash her hair.  Since she has curly hair she has to be careful not to wash it too often as to not to dry it out.  

The best advice I could give moms-to-be is just to give your kids lots of love and to breathe.  Your kids love you and just want your love unconditionally. Even bad days come to an end and tomorrow brings the opportunity to start fresh. All we can do is try our best every single day for ourselves and our children. Don’t get too hung up on your mistakes, just always strive to do better tomorrow.  Maintain a strong support system.  It takes a village to raise a child.  I take pride in my family and group of mommy friends who are always there to support and help me when I have a question or feel self-doubt about my parenting skills.  It’s important to surround yourself with like-minded positive people who can give you advice but at the end of the day it’s your life and your kids so just do your best every day and breathe :)

Lindsay Pinchuk
Mother of 2, Founder & CEO of Bump Club and Beyond

Describe what was going through your mind the moment you first learned you were going to be a mom.

Holy s*** is this really happening?

My first ‘Mom’ moment was...

the minute they laid my daughter Jordyn on my chest.  It literally took my breath away.  I couldn’t believe it that she was really mine.

My ‘pregnancy brain’ kicked in most when I….

Honestly, I don’t even remember (it was three years ago that I was pregnant!)

Explain the best advice you give moms-to-be, based on your experience:

Don’t be afraid to accept help.  Not when you’re pregnant and not when the baby arrives.  This is a tough job and no one expects you to go at it alone.

Hollie Schultz
Mother of 3, Founder & CEO of The Baby Gizmo Company

Describe what was going through your mind the moment you first learned you were going to be a mom.

Holy crap! This is happening. I really hope this marriage thing works out.

My first ‘Mom’ moment was when I thought out loud,

will a car seat fit in my convertible?!

My ‘pregnancy brain’ kicked in most when...

I tried to remember anyone's name during my second pregnancy. There was a lot of ...'ohhhh...you...' going on when I would see people at my daughter's preschool.

Friends and family say my son is my mini-me when...

he wants to make a batch of cookies on a random Tuesday night.

I realized I was turning into my mom, when I started saying things like...

Dry up, kid! Life is not fair and everything is not equal.

Explain the best advice you give moms-to-be:

Enjoy every second of it because it goes so fast. You'll blink and they will be headed to grade school, then high school and then college. Seriously, just relax and take it all as it comes. Don't worry about yesterday or tomorrow, just live in the moment of today no matter how hard it may seem at the time. Your babies are only little for so long.

Marla Sokoloff Puro
Mother of 2, Actress and Musician

Describe what was going through your mind the moment you first learned you were going to be a mom:

When that stick flashed "pregnant" I was speechless, elated, excited, terrified, joy filled and basically every emotion under the sun! Once the shock wore off, I couldn't wait to finally become a mama, something I had been dreaming about forever!

My first ‘Mom’ moment was…

The first time I took Elliotte out to lunch with a girlfriend - (she of course had on the cutest newborn outfit ever!)- she had a major MAJOR diaper explosion of epic proportions. The restaurant we were eating at didn't have a changing table so I had to change my poor new baby in the trunk of my car. I'm sure I was quite a sight!

My ‘pregnancy brain’ kicked in most when I….

Eeek. I think I'm going to have to give this one to my second pregnancy when I locked Elliotte in my car whilst Olive was in my belly! It was so awful. Of course it had to be raining outside. So there I was in the rain, giant pregnant with my toddler strapped in her (Britax!) car seat and my keys on the passenger seat. Oh my cellphone was in the car too naturally.

Friends/family say my son/daughter is my mini-me when he/she...

Olive looks most like me always because she is my twin. Elliotte is most like me when she opens her mouth because we have the exact same personality.

I realized I was turning into my mom, when I

started calling my daughter by her full name if she was doing something naughty.

Explain the best advice you give moms-to-be, based on your experience.

Schedules work!

Rachel Pitzel
Mother of 2, Founder & former CEO of Club MomMe

Describe what was going through your mind the moment you first learned you were going to be a mom.

This is bringing back memories; I can remember that day like it was yesterday!  During my wedding shower, I received a lot of advice, but a lot of the older women in attendance told me not to get pregnant right away.  "Enjoy being married," they said.  My husband had been dying to have a baby, he talked about it nonstop, and didn't want to be an "old dad."  

We got married in Scottsdale, and took a week to relax between the wedding and our honeymoon in Costa Rica.  That would be prophetic, because our honeymoon turned out to be during my fertile window.  A few weeks later, after a girl's trip to Charleston, I realized I was a bit cranky, my boobs hurt, and my period was late.  I knew!

I told my husband and we decided to wait three days to take a pregnancy test.

A day and a half later, I really knew.  I could just feel it.  I was still in the post-wedding whirlwind, and was in disbelief.  I drove to my husband's work, picked him up, and we drove to the grocery store.

I took the test, and there was no waiting.  The plus sign showed up right away.  Both of our mouths dropped, and we kind of said a few choice curse words (in happiness!) and we decided to eat dinner, and take a test in an hour.  Because home pregnancy tests are often wrong, right? (Actually, they are incredibly accurate).

The next test said the same thing.  We danced, jumped up and down, and decided we needed to call my mom right away to tell her she was going to be a grandma.  It was amazing, surreal, and raw.


My first ‘Mom’ moment was…

Someone parked too close to the passenger side of my car.  It was raining in LA, which almost never happens (whatever happened to El Nino?) and I literally was trapped.  I had no way of getting my daughter into the car!  I had to wait with her under an awning until the offending driver got to their car, and I glared at her!  She had to get in through the passenger side of her own car!  I felt so protective of my little boy that cold and rainy day.

My ‘pregnancy brain’ kicked in most when I….

Well it kicked in and I am not sure that it ever went away!  Because pregnancy brain becomes mommy brain, right?

Friends/family say my son/daughter is my mini-me when he/she….

Harper is my two-year old baby girl.  She always has a smile on her face, is always singing, eating, laughing or dancing.  She is obsessed with all things mommy right now, from her dress collection, to her shoes, necklaces, and yes, she just picked up my giant purse, that is almost the same size as her, and toted it around our house!

Grayson is my four-and-a-half-year old son.  He is a little explorer, insatiably curious, and wants to know all of the details about everything.  He frequently asks why, and then asks to look things up.  We spend a lot of time learning everything about dinosaurs, airplanes, trains, pipes and more.  He is mister curious, just like me!


I realized I was turning into my mom, when I when I...

told my two little ones, who were fighting over a toy, or crayon, or who could be first at doing something, that mommy needs a break.  I remember when I was a teenager, and not as the most appreciative, when my mom told us she was going on "strike."  No rides, nothing extra.  It was funny.  I said something like, if you keep doing x, you get nothing.

My son STILL says this to my mom and me almost every day when we do or say something he doesn't like.  If you tell me that one more time, you get NOTHING!


Explain the best advice you give moms-to-be, based on your experience.

The early years are hard, filled with heavy lifting.  The days are slow, sometimes painfully slow, but the years are short.  Soak it in.  Take time to just watch them sleep, breathe in their scent, and throw some lotion on your dry hands because pretty soon, they will be at a different stage.

Speaking of stages, one of the best pieces of advice I was given was about how quickly stages go by.  If you love an age, a week, a month, a time, cherish it.  Because soon, they wake up, look at you, and they are a different kid.  18 months and 20 months are completely different!  On the other hand, if you are not liking some behaviors or a certain stage, this too will pass quickly.  

At the end of each day, my husband and I share stories about the kids.  It's really our time to appreciate them.  We often include the littles, showing them photos, videos, and telling them stories from that day, that week, that month.

Sarah Tilton
Mother of 2, Britax Child Passenger Safety Advocacy Manager

Describe what was going through your mind the moment you first learned you were going to be a mom:

I wasn’t sure it was really happening. I was a young mother and questioned if I was able and ready to bring a young life in to the world.

My first ‘Mom’ moment was…

The first time I felt my first child – my daughter move/kick. Reality set in that there was a little person inside of me – and regardless of all fears, I was confident she and I would find our way.

My ‘pregnancy brain’ kicked in most when...

I returned to school……baby, daycare, homework AFTER spending time with her. The things I would forget due to “pregnancy brain” thankfully things that truly were not important.

Friends/family say my son/daughter is my mini-me when he/she…

We look a lot alike……but my mother always told me that my daughter and I act just alike – it was time for me to pay the dues I put my mother through.

Explain the best advice you give moms-to-be, based on your experience.

Moving through life I so often hear I am not sure I will be a good mother. All you have to do is believe YOU can do it. Once those new, little eyes are open and staring you in the face, you will find no greater peace…..and the happiness that comes as they grow, learn and advance in to adults as their actions reflect what they learned from you.

Thank you so much to all of the amazing mothers who shared their #BritaxMOMents with us this Mother’s Day!