BABYBROWNSUGAR MOM: SISI GENFI

BABYBROWNSUGAR MOM: SISI GENFI
Where are you based and what are your favorite things to do in the area with your family? 
I’m currently based in Union, NJ and my favorite thing to do with my family is go to any of the amazing parks in the area like Essex County Park. I love watching my son play!

How many little ones do you have and how old are they? What do you like most about this stage in their lives?
I have a 2 ½  year old and currently pregnant with my second. Two of the things I love most about this stage in his life are his infectious laughter when he does something new or fun like water play or when I push him on the swing. I also love being surprised every day by the new things he’s learning like putting his shoes on the right foot and hearing his vocabulary grow.

What does your kids' bedtime routine (or non-routine) look like in your household? Do you have any rituals that you swear by?
Our bedtime routine is pretty simple after he’s had his bath. He gets lotioned up and rubbed down while I play relaxing water sounds. Next, it’s PJ’s on and any one of his favorite books before we say our prayers. I absolutely swear by the water sounds because it really calms him and lets him know, “Playtime is over, time for bed.”


Tell us about your current role, project(s), or business(es) and what is your inspiration?
I’m currently on maternity leave and taking a much needed break in preparation for our child on the way. But normally, I’m working 1 on 1 with everyday women for their special occasions and weddings. I also own my own sunglasses brand and I may have a partnership with a cosmetic company on the way. It’ll be an exciting time once I return to work but I’m most inspired by the feeling inside of me that God has so much more for me. I’ve never let go of that feeling that God will always want more for me than I can even imagine for myself; it gets me excited every time I think about it.

As a boss mom, what do you want to instill in your little ones?
I want to instill a hard work ethic, staying committed to an idea and seeing it to the end as well as fairness and decency in all that you do and everyone you interact with. 

What is an inspirational quote or mantra that you live by?
“You can fail at what you don’t want so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.” - Jim Carrey

How has motherhood changed the way you move in the world?
Without question motherhood has changed how I move in the world! My husband and I took a weekend trip to Georgia this summer leaving our son behind with family for the first time ever. It was anxiety inducing but glad we got the time away. It’s hard to leave my little one for extended periods of time. I always find myself wanting to rush back to him. I adore him.

What has surprised you the most about your motherhood journey? 
The most surprising thing about motherhood is the physical capability of my body. Beyond just the obvious stage of pregnancy where my body went through so much, I was amazed at how much I could keep going while sleep deprived. The physical connection to my son is mind blowing like being able to sense when he needs me. I can jump out of my sleep if I think I hear his cry. My body just does. My body just keeps going. I never knew I had this strength.

Any advice you would give to new moms?
It takes a village to raise a child but it also takes a tribe of mothers to raise a mother. Please find your tribe of like-minded mothers. You will need them in your corner at any hour of the day.

How do you allow others to support you as a mother and creator? 
This is still a work in progress for me, but I’m learning to use my voice more to divide and conquer. We also recently hired a nanny to step in on those weekends that I am working and sometimes I book her to stay for a few hours longer even after I return from work just so I can have a moment to relax when getting home before the magical “Go Mommy” mode gets switched on.

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