61. Motherhood by Thoraya

Interview 61.

1. Please introduce yourself: Name, what do you do & how many children you have. 

Hi. I’m Thouraya (everyone on social media knows me as Subwaymom). I have been a stay-at-home-mom for almost 10 years. I was a market researcher by profession and am now redirecting my path. I am studying to be a Health Coach. I have two children, Mimi (almost 10) and Oullie (almost 8).
2. What is your biggest accomplishment in life?
By far my biggest accomplishment is my kids. I am so proud of them. Most days I just look at them and wonder how could I be so blessed. Some days I want to pull my hair out because I have repeated myself for the gazillionth time.
3. I am a Mum and…
I have my shortcomings but I’m having the time of my life.
4. Who inspires you and why?
A lot of people inspire me in different ways when it comes to being fit, active, eating right, how they cook or bake… but when it comes to motherhood… In a total self love manner… I inspire me! I’m not perfect but I am fully dedicated to being a mother to my monkeys.
5. Given we are all about embracing Motherhood, what advice would you give a first time Mum?
Trust your instinct. No one knows your baby better than you do. I mean No One.
6. Tell us something people don’t know about you.
I love driving fast cars. More so in stilettos.
7. What has been your biggest parenting challenge you had to face with so far?
Potty training. It was the end of me when I was potty training Mimi so I decided to chillax when it was time with Oullie but oh man did it stress me out.
8. What is your favourite & least favourite thing about motherhood? 
My favorite part is I have the best side kicks. I can be a monkey with them and no one looks at me like I’m weird. Well some people do but those people are weird themselves.
My least favorite part is constantly worrying about the psychological well being of my kids. I always feel like I must be doing something wrong.
9. What are your passions in life and hobbies and do you still make time for them now that you are a Mother?
Art. It has always been art. And yes I make time for it but differently. I used to have 2 big boxes for arts and crafts stuff. I used to make things with the kids from Alien helmets to collages to glitter glue masterpieces. All the artwork around our home in both Kuwait and Dubai was their work. I never hung a single thing that was not made by them. Now that we have moved back to Lebanon, I’m slowly starting to reassemble an arts and crafts drawer. I have even found my charcoal drawings from university, drawing board, charcoal, oil pastels, drawing pencils and lots of paper. We have set up the drawing board on the balcony and the kids have been bursting with creativity.
10. Finally, what do you love most about Mums in Beirut and why?
Some of your posts have made me laugh, some have made me go “ah I’m not alone”, some have made me think “I should try making/doing that” and some have made me bawl my eyes out because they are so true. Thank you for keeping it real. xo