Being a new mom can be many things: exciting, terrifying, rewarding, draining, easy to figure out and at the same time totally confusing. Abbie is no stranger to the rewards a new baby can bring, as well as the many questions to other new moms—“It takes a village to raise a child” is no exaggeration. Abbie shared with us an inspiring quote from Gretchen Rubin, American author, that also applies to motherhood: “The days are long, but the years are short.” We’re sure these words resonate with most new moms—perhaps even all. To celebrate all mothers, we interviewed Abbie, asking her all about being a new mom and what she does to make time matter more.

Paul Hewitt includes a small trademark of an anchor on all of their watches. The anchor symbolizes stability and strength. As a new mom, how do you find stability and strength in your day-to-day life?

I am lucky enough to have a lot of family support in the city. Between my mother and mother-in-law, I am given the ability to relax and reboot. My husband especially gives me stability and strength just by simply encouraging me as a mother and loving me unconditionally.

Tell us a little about you.

I am a born and raised Calgarian. It meant a lot to me to stay close to my family, and now I have been lucky enough to start raising children of my own in this city. I am a registered nurse, and I’ve worked in maternity at the Rockyview General Hospital for the last 13 years. I love to travel around the world, spend time with the people I love, and eat!

We like to mark the moments that matter most. What has been your most special moment since welcoming your bundle of joy?

Every new milestone she reaches is an incredibly special moment. The small things like learning to clap and wave have been more thrilling than I expected! Being a mom usually means a lot of time management, and we say WATCH IT! is “where time matters more.” What helps you stay on track throughout your day? Since I’m a little bit Type A and a control freak, I put notes in my phone to remind me when my baby should wake up, eat, and nap. It helps me stay on track!

Since becoming a new mom, what’s the best advice you’ve gotten?

“Expect the unexpected.” Anytime you think you’ve gotten something figured out, it changes. I’ve learned to go with the flow a little more.

If you could grant one wish to your little one for her path through life, what would it be?

Enjoy the little moments and the journey to get somewhere or to achieve something. Don’t rush into anything and be grateful you have the time to pursue your dreams.

Motherhood can be extremely rewarding, but it also has its difficult days. What advice would you give other moms on their worst days?

Hang in there! Get outside, get some exercise, and lean on other mom friends for advice. It takes a village to raise a baby! What is one thing you wish motherhood didn’t include? Early wake-up calls and interrupted sleep!

Every mom needs a little “me time.” How do you take time for yourself?

I spend time with my friends meeting for brunch or lunch. I like to go to some of my favourite fitness classes like spin, barre, or yoga. I also like to watch a little reality TV as my guilty pleasure.