Mother's Day // Sonia

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Mother's Day // Sonia

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If ever there was a year that mothers should be celebrated well, it would be every year but this year especially, moms around the world have had their superhero capes on around the clock.  This Mother’s Day, we want to honour all of you incredible moms out there for your strength, wisdom, and special mom magic. 

We hope that you will find a moment this Mother’s Day weekend to pause, relax, indulge in a little self care, and perhaps reflect on how far you’ve come since the early days of diaper changing, midnight feedings, and goodnight lullabies. 

That’s why we asked Woodlot Co-Founder, Sonia Farraj, to share a little with us about what life is like these days, with twenty-one month old son, Sohin!


US:

What about your life is the most different since you’ve become a mom?  Has your son become a part of the rituals you had before, or has his presence inspired entirely new ones?

SONIA:

Structure.  I always thought I didn’t thrive on it, but since having my son, I have realized how important it is to have some structure in my day and week.

US:

What rituals exist between just you and him?

SONIA:

Recently, I’ve started to set up morning invitations (activities) for him.  I typically set this up the night before so he has something to look forward to in the morning.  This also gives me time to enjoy some coffee while he discovers a new way to play with his toys.

US:

Given that you work with your partner, and you’re often trading off between working at the studio and being at home, family time must be really special for you guys.  What do you like to do all together? 

SONIA:

We really enjoy spending time in nature and being active together.  We live on the West Coast and have access to incredible parks, mountains, and trails.  We also really enjoy cooking together as a family so we recently got this kitchen counter that allows him to be in on the action when we’re making dinner together.

US:

Tell us how you prepare each night for the following day?  Do you like to know what the two of you will be up to or do you often just decide you’ll let things play out depending on how you’re both feeling?

SONIA

As mentioned, I am really enjoying preparing a morning invitation each night for the following morning.  Pre-covid, we did have more of a routine with activities throughout the week, and now, while we have formed a bit of a new routine, we do allow for spontaneity in our days.  You’re only a kid for so long!

US:

There’s a ton of mom inspo online now.  What are some of your favorite accounts to follow, bloggers, books, etc?   Which tips and insights have you picked up from other moms and incorporated into your own routine? 

SONIA:

I follow quite a few accounts on Instagram Art, Music, Speech Therapy, Nutrition, as well as some mom bloggers for Escapism and Style Inspiration.  I have always loved @cupofjo, even before having our son.  She’s super down to earth and is raising two kids in a big city.  I rely on mom friends for a lot of tips and inspiration as “word of mouth is the currency of parenting”.  I’ve learned a lot from other moms from how to make certain foods, advice on potty training, condo activities, and pretty much everything else you can think of.

US:

Having so much information and advice available can be overwhelming too.  How do you tune out all the outside noise and connect with your own intuition?

SONIA:

I stopped googling ALL THE THINGS when I was pregnant.  I realized that the amount of information available in general is a lot.  So I started to really curate the newsletters, and articles, and recommendations from friends, and family, and some of my own research.  The thing about noise is that you can always make the choice to opt-out, so if something I read or hear starts to make me feel icky, I remove it.

US:

Alone time can be rare when you have a little one.  What’s you favorite self care ritual these days?


SONIA:

I love clay masks.  The process of blending clay with different ingredients and creating a paste is really meditative for me.  If I can squeeze in a long bike ride and a mask in the same week, that’s self-care goals for me.

US:

Lets finish with some gratitude.  What’s the number one thing you’re thankful for this Mother’s Day?

SONIA:

I’m thankful for the love and support that I’ve received as a new mother from family and friends old and new.  Thankful for the moments I get to spend with my son who feels like a constant teacher.  And thankful that I get to create products that give other moms an opportunity to slow down and take a moment for themselves.


Thanks to Sonia for sharing a little of her mom magic with us this Mother’s Day.  We hope this  chat with Sonia has inspired you to do a little reflecting of your own this weekend.  Light a candle, run a bath, hang up that cape, and enjoy some much deserved ‘me’ time!

Happy Mother’s Day from Woodlot! xx










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