Alesha Glowicki, RN
Tell us about your own journey and how your experiences have changed the way you look at motherhood and parenting.
Motherhood has been a journey like no other, and is by far the most challenging yet rewarding job I have had. I married my high school sweetheart in 2011, and we welcomed our first daughter in 2016, followed by a second daughter in 2019. I will admit that having children rocked my world. I had been a NICU nurse for 6 years prior to the birth of my first child and really thought motherhood would be a breeze because of this. Boy was I shocked when this newborn was not following the pattern of the babies in the NICU- Eat,sleep. repeat. My hormones were raging, breastfeeding was HARD and my baby would not sleep unless she was being held. I should also mention that I have a type A personality which did not bode well with this lack of control. I couldn't understand how I could teach a mom in the NICU how to latch and breastfeed a baby but was having difficulty doing it myself, and I felt like I was the only mom in the world struggling.....which I soon learned is far from the truth. I was extremely lucky to have an incredible amount of support from my husband and my family, and like they said "this too shall pass". I will say the second time around has gone much smoother which I attribute to many things including experience and a different mind set. Having children has taught me not to sweat the small things, to let perfection go , live in the moment and enjoy each one.
Tell us a little about your nursing career.
Growing up I always knew I wanted to be a "baby nurse", so 10 years ago when I landed my dream job in the NICU I was thrilled. Shortly into my career as an NICU nurse I realized that aside from my passion for newborns I loved connecting with and teaching new moms, which is why the mama coach is a great fit for me.
In addition to working as a NICU nurse I have also taught as a clinical instructor with the University of Alberta. I have facilitated a variety of courses but found my niche in community health nursing with a primary focus on maternal and child health. Working with young, eager to learn nurses has been an incredible experience, and taught me the importance of developing well rounded nurses of the future.
What are the two most important lessons you've learned working with moms, babies, and families?
1. Everything is a phase, don't get too caught up in one because before you know it you will be onto the next. Just be consistent throughout these phases with your love and parenting
2. It takes a village, it's OK to feel vulnerable and ask for help
If you had one bit of advice to give to a new parent, what would it be?
I will share with you the most enlightening piece of advice I was given, "the days can feel long, but man are the years short" and how true this has been, so let yourself surrender to the chaos and cherish ALL the moments- good, bad and ugly!
Self-care is a big challenge for parents. How do you maintain your own energy and outlook?
It took me time to realize the importance of self care, but allowing myself time to do things I love has made me a better parent. Exercise, particularly running has always been an outlet for me to clear my head and feel good about myself so I try to do this 3-4 times a week. I also thoroughly enjoy a good book, and although finding time to read can be challenging I do make time before bed for at least one chapter. Spending quality time with my friends and family is also a big part of my self care. My husband and I come from extremely tight knit families and love spending time with them each week, Sunday dinners are the best. And lastly, as a family of four we enjoy taking trips, going for bike rides, watching movies and snuggling:)
Is there anything we've missed that you'd like to share with Mama Coach clients?
I would also consider myself a "life-long learner" and lover of all things education. Therefore, in 2018 I began my Masters degree in Nursing and will be graduating in June 2021!
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