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WNY moms share realities of parenthood

Posted at 11:44 PM, Oct 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-23 23:44:12-04

(WKBW) — After Megan Markle got personal with her own struggles through motherhood in an interview this month, the conversation around the realities of being a mom came front and center.

Whether you're a princess, director of resource management or a medical resident, it's hard sometimes being a mom.

"Sometimes I wonder what I used to do before I had kids when I wasn't at work," Elizabeth Cimasi said. She's a working mom of five in Amherst. All of her children are under the age of six.

"I would say it's very exhausting, but fun all of the time," she said. In the age of social media, this Amherst mom said not every post is what it may seem.

"Everything looks great, but that's only what they're posting, but sometimes I think it's hard for people to remember the day-to-day real stuff isn't posted online," she commented.

Cimasi said, at least for her, having people to discuss parenting struggles with -- either friends or family -- goes a long way. At the end of the day, how you parent, she said, is totally up to you.

"You just have to do what you need to do to get through the day," she said.

Caitlin Galbo is a first time mom of one month old Giovanni.

"It's a lot of work, but I love it," she said while cradling her baby.

On the topic of "mom shaming," "People all the time tell me I'm too young to have a baby, had a baby too young or had a baby while I'm in residency."

The soon-to-be 26-year-old West Falls mom said it can be frustrating.

"I just don't really respond to it anymore. I just kind of laugh it off and go about my day," she said.

Galbo added, to her, it's no ones job to judge others on how they may parent. She's thankful for the strong family support she has heading back to first-year general surgery residency.

"I think everyone has their own struggles and we should validate their struggles and not put our judgments on them," she said.