Today I’m so excited to introduce you to my next Fabulous Mom in the series, FabMoms! Meet Joelle Khannakhjavani, one of the owners of Mother Earth Brew Co. here in San Diego, California! Mother Earth Brew Co. is an awesome brewery with a tap house located in Vista. Their tasting room is family friendly and offers some of the best San Diego beers on tap. Joelle also happens to be one of my good friends who I met in college and an all-around great person and rad new mama! You can follow Mother Earth Brew Co. on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, too!
- Who calls you mom and what’s his/her/their age?
My little Valentine, Zane, born 2/14/14.
- What do you do? (SAHM, business owner, blogger, full-time/part-time employee, etc.)
I work part-time for our family business, a MicroBrewery in Vista, Ca called Mother Earth Brew Co. I do a little bit of everything; right now I mostly manage our Homebrew Store but soon I will be working closer with our sales team.
- What does a typical day look like for you? (And the word typical should be taken with a grain of salt – I know they’re hardly ever typical)
On a day off, I like to meet up with a mommy group or other friends around the area, hit the park, the pool or go for a walk. If my husband is home we do an outing to the store or maybe even the driving range. On a work day, fortunately I am blessed with lots of family that lives close by so Zane is watched by my Mom twice a week and either his GiGi (my mother in law) or my aunt the other day.
- Any advice on how to “juggle it all”?
Take help when it’s offered! Whether it’s a friend bringing dinner, your brother offering to babysit or your mom coming over to vacuum, take it. Also, a little bit of normalcy goes a long way. Have a glass of wine or a pint once the little one goes to bed, or go out on a date with the hubby as much as you can. A glimpse back at the “pre-baby” you can re-set you after a long week, and that can do wonders.
- When was the first time you really felt like a mother?
When I overheard my husband asking Zane “Are you ready for Mommy to give you breakfast?” after Zane was a few days old. Hearing someone else refer to me as “Mommy” made it hit home.
- What’s the hardest thing about being a mom?
Finding time for me, my husband and me, AND my son, my husband and me. It’s all a balancing/juggling/scheduling act that is endless but exciting and necessary too.
- What’s the most rewarding thing about being a mom?
The first time I heard Zane laugh, it felt like I was actually doing a good job. It meant he was happy, and I was the one keeping him that way.
- What’s the funniest/most shocking thing that has happened to you since you’ve become a mom?
My husband was changing Zane’s diaper early in the morning. The way the room was situated, Zane was pointed directly at the head of our bed. We happen to have a Temperpedic Ergo and I was raising the head of the bed to nurse him. Right when the bed was at the right height, Zane EXPLODED and poo shot out exactly in the spot my head would have been had I not raised the bed. We about died laughing, and quickly cleaned up the mess.
- I wrote a post about “mental snapshots” that I’ll always remember, even without a photo. I know it’s hard to choose one, but what is your favorite moment, or “mental snapshot”, with your little one(s) so far?
Again, that first laugh. I’m not a super emotional person but I about broke into tears the first time I heard that raspy belly laugh. I was sitting on my brother’s couch, and I was holding Zane so he was sitting up facing me. I would lean toward him and say “HIIIIiiiiiIII” and he just broke out into his first ever giggle. It was so amazing. My husband wasn’t there but luckily my mom, brother and sister-in-law got to hear it too!
- What has been your best baby product purchase so far and why? What age is it appropriate for?
Oh my there are soooo many life savers, but I have to go with the Baby Einstein Neptune Play Gym. Not only is it a great distraction so I can get some dishes and laundry done, but you are actually able to watch a lot of their developmental stages. From newborn and just trying to focus on the objects, to seeing themselves in the mirror, to grabbing the toys, now pulling and chewing on the hanging objects. It’s also great for Tummy Time and has a portable music player that lights up that you can move to the car or crib.
- What’s something new you have learned about yourself after becoming a mother?
I’m a lot more patient now. I used to always feel like I was in a rush so things could be done, but now I’ve learned to relax a little more, not fully, but more than before Mostly because there are just some days you can’t do it all, and that is OK.
- What do you do to unwind/relax when you have some rare time to yourself?
Mani/pedi or drinks with my Hubby or the girls. Resets the soul.
- What is your favorite outing, to date, with your little one?
Well, there have been many since I was never one to stay at home, but one of my favorites had to be the beach. We were staying with my mom in San Clemente and went to the Pier for a few hours. We took sandwiches and laid out on a big quilt under an umbrella. Then I dunked his feet in the water and took the stroller to the end of the Pier. It was a beautiful day and he was all smiles the whole time.
- I have a running list of Whine & Dine Restaurants that are family friendly in San Diego. What’s your favorite restaurant that you frequent with your baby/kids/family and in what city? Why do you dine out there?
Well this might come off a bit biased but of course our top place is Mother Earth Brew Co. We are family (and pet) friendly and have lots of space for strollers or carriers. I’m one of the lucky ones and Zane LOVES background noise so he usually passes out when we get there. We don’t serve food but usually order a pizza or Mexican food from the neighboring restaurants, and relax for an hour or two while the little one either sleeps, or gets passed around by friends. It’s great for big groups or just the three of you.
- Pretend your best friend is pregnant and about to have a baby. What’s the most important piece of advice you would share about “motherhood” (and assuming she is willing to hear it :))?
I would have to say it goes back to #4. Take help when it’s offered, in any form, and find any normalcy that helps you get through those tough days. EVERYONE has a bad day, or 16, but it always gets better. That, and anything that vibrates will help with naps (that’s not supposed to sound dirty haha).
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