- How she arrived at her decision to become a Single Mother by Choice (SMC)
- The process of choosing a donor and going through IUI and IVF
- What it was like bringing her daughter home and the early months of single motherhood
- Being an older mom versus a younger mom
- Going back to work and the importance of having an employer who understands work/life balance
- Navigating the journey with her daughter’s multiple food allergies
- The importance of asking for help
Carrie’s favorite quotes from Erin in this interview:
“Motherhood is a juggling act to get done every day”
Erin talks motherhood…
What would you tell an expecting mom about the experience of being a mother?
I have never been so at peace with my life and so happy to have my daughter Ellie. I have also never been so terrified and so stressed about all of the decisions and responsibilities that come with raising a child and trying to be a good mother.
What is the hardest part about being a mom?
The worry. Definitely the worry. I worry about everything from what to feed her for dinner to what my response should be if she gets bullied in middle school. I look at her sweet face and just want to preserve a bubble of perfection around her forever – silly and unrealistic, but all anyone dreams for their child is a life of happiness.
Erin Reiff is a working SMC (single mother by choice) trying to balance life with a young toddler and a full time job in tax law. Any free time she has is spent doing laundry, washing bottles, or napping while watching the Kardashians..