Happy Mother’s Day to all the mommas out there! You make the world go ’round. To commemorate this special day, I decided to do a fun Q&A with my lovely, silly mother, Jean. She has successfully birthed and raised six of us children: Kevin (32), Me (28), Robert (27), Karim (25), Ayesha (24) and Jamaal (22). And she never had to have a C-section and reports that she never left any of us in a public place.
A few fun facts about my siblings: I hold the record for staying in the womb the longest, while Karim left the soonest. Jamaal was the most painful birth for my mother, as he weighed nearly 10 pounds. Robert and I are “Irish twins” in that we are the same age for a month between May 30 (Robert’s birthday) and July 7 (my birthday). Jamaal and I share the same birthday, six years apart.
A few fun facts about my mom: She goes by “Alison” around family. Expressions and Sentiments is the name of her gift basket business that she is relaunching. Her mac and cheese will change your life! And last but not least, she is the best mom on Earth!
Champy, thanks for your selflessness and unconditional love. I appreciate EVERYTHING you do for us knuckleheaded kids, big and small. You are the epitome of a Proverbs 31 woman, and I hope to be just like you when I grow up. I love you!
My mom as a youngster. Can you see the resemblance between us?
Here we go!
Can you share any funny hospital or labor stories? I pooped while having Kevin.
Do you miss being pregnant? If so, why? Yes, because you get to eat everything and people make a fuss over you. No, because you get fat.
When you were younger, did you have a preference how many kids you had and what gender? Eight: 4 boys and 2 sets of twins.
What were some of the names you wanted to give us? Ashley: Ashley or Ruth; Ayesha: Daisey or Karima; Jamaal: Jamaal or Matthew.
Why did you want a big family? Because it was just me and Carol (her younger sister).
What’s the best part about motherhood? Giving life.
What’s the best Mother’s Day gift you ever got? All the homemade gifts.
What’s the weirdest, strangest or worst gift one of us has given you? They all have been great (Way to be diplomatic, Mom. LOL).
What has having children taught you? To love unconditionally.
Did parenting get easier as you had more kids? Yes, you learn how to do it better.
Did your parenting style evolve throughout the years? How so? Yes, I stop sweating the small stuff.
What are some of your proudest moments as a mother? Seeing my kids graduate from high school and college.
Put this question to rest, once and for all: Who is your favorite? It’s impossible to have a favorite. You all have such different personalities.