In all honesty my favorite part about this little blog is the people I have met along the way. Those I can help with tips, sharing my story or simply ones going through this whole raising babies thing with me. We can vent, laugh, shop and eat our way through our Girl Scout cookie stash while trying to ignore the havoc that is called toddlers. Which is how Mamas that Rock was born.
So here it is, October's (better late than never!) Mama that Rocks, a semi-regular series that will give you the low down on some pretty amazing women that are doing it all on top of being mothers. They inspire me and I hope that by sharing their stories, they inspire you to follow that dream and have it all.
Meet Mian LaVallee, real estate extraordinaire (she helped us sell our townhouse + find/buy our current home last year), mama to 3 sweeties, married to a supportive, hilarious entrepreneur (I mean would you expect anything else?), the sass and humor that will forever keep you giggling (don't believe me? Follow her Instagram here) and a shoe collection that has me wanting to live in her closet. Having her to go through the selling and buying process with was a peep into the ROCKSTAR that she really is.
(*Don't worry we will be partnering with a lot more for those of you looking to buy or sell in the future.)
After two short years of knowing her, I truly can't imagine life with out her cheering me on, giving me advice and always having the best home vendors to recommend. ;) I mean seriously. The BEST home vendors. Keep reading for our interview!
You aren't from Boston, right? How did you end up here?
I moved here from DC! I fell in love with a Boston guy who was a diehard Redskins fan and the rest is history. If it sounds crazy, it is!
Where are the Wilson Group - KW Realty office located?
Our main office is in Newton; and we have offices in Back Bay, Brookline and Framingham. We work everywhere in MA.
Little ones : Sophia- 8, Stella- 6, Lucca-2 I mean look at these cuties??!?!
Where can we find you ?
Facebook - WilsonGroupRE
LinkedIN- Mian LaVallee
Direct phone number: 703-626-9046
PS How cool is this virtual business card? I totally want one!!!
I know you must have a full plate but what do you like to do in your free solo time?
I love to cook! I’m not that good at it, but I love trying new recipes and of course sipping on my fav wine along the way. I also love to play soccer, so I play once a week in an adult league and its great to get back on the field after playing all thru high school and college.
Tell me about your experience on being a mama of three? Everything you imagined? Crazier? Easier after 2 more babes?
Its crazy crazy crazy but I wouldn't have any other way. i think the age difference is a blessing and curse. The older ones really do help with the baby, and they are a great extra pair or hands, but they also require different things. Soccer games on the weekends, girls scouts, ballet class. So often the baby has to tag along with or either my husband or I have to stay back to let the baby nap. I think as he gets older all of us being able to do things as a family of 5 will get easier.
How did you prepare the girls for Lucca's arrival?
We did a lot of girl stuff before he came. Mani pedis and the movies, we even redid their room while I decorated Lucca’s room. I was very worried at first that would feel pushed out of the way when i found out I was pregnant, but it was just the opposite. They were so excited there was a baby coming, they were great big sisters from the start. It did help he was a boy, i don't think they felt threatened at all!
Best & Worse advice you got as a new mama?
Best advice was that its ok to ask for help! Its not supposed to be a solo endeavor and sometimes it truly does take a village. Ask for help, and when its offered ACCEPT IT. You will be a better mom, and a better person when you can get a break here and there.
Worst advice: Was to enjoy every moment. Thats impossible. Not every moment is enjoyable. Some moments you wish would pass quicker then others, and some you wish would stay around forever. I also wish the baby stage was longer, but when I'm in the middle of it, I cant wait for it to be over. Its a funny thing, so just live in the moment, it will be gone too fast.
What do you wish someone had told you about being a mom?