Our LagosMums mum of the month is Mayowa Adegoke. She is a new mother to a beautiful baby boy and also a loving, devoted wife. She is an international journalist, living abroad with a wonderful family. We really enjoyed talking to her. Read more about this amazing mum as she shares her passions and her newfound motherhood experience.
Please tell us about yourself.
I’m a “joyous” bundle of a human being who loves to tell stories through media – I’m a media professional and international journalist serving as Channels TV’s Dubai correspondent. I was born as the second child of a lower-middle-class family living in Papa Ajao, Mushin LGA, Lagos. Studied mass communication at Redeemer’s University and graduated in 2010. I began my career as a TV broadcast professional in 2013. Got married to Timi Adegoke in September 2019 and a couple of days after our first anniversary, we welcomed our son, Ebunoluwa PamilerinAyo.
Share one unexpected thing about you.
Haha…I think I was the first person to work with Yetty Williams on the LagosMums website. I’m always thankful for that opportunity. It was she who taught me about blogging, CCMS, and more importantly, not rushing into anything.
Can you share all the hats/roles that you wear?
I am a TV news reporter, MC and event host, and founder of #ProjectDDD (Donation Drive For December); a charity initiative that began in 2012, with the backing of a group of friends. I’m the convener of the Heart of Worship (gospel) concert and I also promote #GramForChrist online.
Tell us about your beautiful family.
Ours is an adventure-loving family. We rode the fastest rollercoaster in the world on Abu Dhabi, and the longest zipline in the world at Jabel Jais. My husband is a civil engineer, working in the UAE’s energy sector, building substations for government agencies. We are passionate about serving God by serving people, this is the essence of who we are.
What are your experiences through pregnancy and being a new mum?
My first trimester was quite unpleasant. I was a new bride, in a foreign country – far from family and friends. Morning (all day) sickness, loss of appetite, a heightened sense of smell all came as a rude shock, and then depression was the bad cherry on top. I really missed my mom during this time. The two other trimesters were beautiful. I had a “supernatural” C-Section and life as a new mom has been interesting. My husband and I had to do omugwo ourselves as none of our moms could visit us because of the travel ban. However, we have had amazing support from our friends, here in Dubai.
What has surprised you the most through your pregnancy to motherhood journey?
I didn’t think I was ready for motherhood and the level of sacrifices it takes to be a true mother until I had my baby. I feel like there was a natural switch that was flipped the moment he was born and immediately, I went from being just me to becoming a mother.
What has motherhood taught you about yourself?
Motherhood has taught me how wrong I was about certain things. It is not the end of “you”, it is a calling to a higher version of yourself. Motherhood cannot be undone! It changes you forever.
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What’s one thing you think your parents got absolutely right raising you that you would like to pass on as you bring up your own child?
Raising my siblings and I as independent-minded individuals, go-getters who won’t wait for anyone to do what they can do themselves. All 3 of us born to the Ogundele family are strong-willed, contented with what we have, ambitious and hardworking – so we strive for more. These are qualities I would definitely pass on to my children
How do you balance work and parenting?
This is what I’m trying to figure out right now. I’m just about to return to work and I’m wondering, HOW WILL I DO THIS? My answer is – one day at a time! I’ll figure it out just as countless mums have.
How important is a support system for a mum? Who is in your Tribe? What kind of support do you have now?
Every mom should have as much support as she believes she needs. Motherhood is HARD WORK! Right now, my husband is my biggest support system, present at home. He took two months off work to help us go through this new phase and that has been amazing. We have a host of friends to call on for help and are working on getting paid help.
Use one word to describe one thing that should not be missing from every home
I’d say kindness.
Share one self-care tip. How do you relax and spend time on yourself?
This is not advisable but my current self-care tip is SWEET THINGS. I also indulge in extra sleep, hot showers, lots of movies, family prayer, walks, and lots of cuddles from hubby. This is how I’m staying sane hahaha.
Can you tell us how you stay stylish and your beauty routine?
I’m ready for a wardrobe overhaul after going from size 8 to 10. So shopping therapy activated! As for the beauty routine, I’m still enjoying the new mom glow so all I do is a weekly facial scrub. I’ve never been one to do much in the beauty department.
What do you love about LagosMums?
I love how LagosMums has grown to become a leading parenting resource hub. Wow. I’m even more excited about how LagosMums is helping parents discard bad parenting styles and raise children intentionally.
N1million or more sleep?
- I’ll take 1 million, thanks.
Go on a shopping spree or all expenses paid trip to your top destination?
- Definitely going on that trip – as long my family is included.
Homeschooling or traditional school?
- Traditional school.
A spa day or Eat out?
- Spa please! My backache will thank you for it.
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