Exclusive Interview: The Wonders of Motherhood with Yvonne Peter

Written by Yvonne Peter | Edited by Eve Bandusena

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Say hello to our mom, Yvonne Peter as we at Parents Avenue sit down and discuss the wonderful and messier bits of motherhood including the uphill battles, invaluable lessons, and the enriching aspects of motherhood. So, get yourself comfortable and start reading our interview now! 
 
Wonderful to meet you, Yvonne! Can you tell us more about yourself?
 
My name is Yvonne Peter and I will be 36 this coming September. I was born and raised in Kota Kinabalu and I’m the second and only daughter of 3 siblings. I started my education at St Theresa Primary School and after that continued with the secondary level at SM St Michael, Penampang. After SPM, I went for a Law Matriculation program at UiTM (Shah Alam) and proceeded in getting my Law Degree from the same place. After obtaining my Law Degree, I returned to Sabah and worked with the commercial arm of Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) as a Corporate and Legal Officer for a period of 3.5 years and then joined Sabah Ports as Senior Legal Executive which is coming to 8 years next January.

Can you tell us about your journey into motherhood?
 
In my 20s, I was diagnosed with PCOS and I remember my Gynae told me that it would not be easy for me to conceive. I was devastated about it. But Praise the Lord I conceived and delivered my daughter Hosanna the same year I tied the knot! Being a new mother at that time, I remember struggling with breastfeeding but with the support from my family, things went smoothly for me. 
 
I had a miscarriage in 2014 but I set a positive mindset. In 2016, I conceived my second child, Trevor in January 2017. It was a different experience compared to my first. Trevor had colic and eczema and both my husband and I were challenged with sleep deprivation.
 
Sleepless nights were our routine as Trevor was always crying due to his irritated skin. There were times I stayed awake for more than 24 hours and still had to go to the office the next day due to my busy schedule. I had to maintain my performance as a full-time office worker despite not having enough rest.
 
My husband and I got a surprise when I found out that I was pregnant with my third child, Derek. Trevor was only 6 months old at the time. It really hit me and to tell you the truth, I was quite depressed with the thought that my body was not ready for a close pregnancy gap as I just had a caesarian delivery for Trevor. Furthermore, our situation was not conducive at the time since we were already sleep deprived and tired. But thank God, I delivered Derek safely via another caesarian procedure in March 2018. By the time Derek was born, Trevor had already got his eczema under control and he can sleep well. God is fair, I believe. 
 
At this phase, we are still sleep deprived since Derek is a one clingy and cranky boy. He is easily awakened by noises and has the pattern to cry during midnight. But I always tell myself that these are the moments I should embrace my parenthood journey as this is the phase where the children are fully depended on me.
 
The children’s early years are crucial as it will develop their characters and that would be the parents’ utmost duties to nurture them in becoming better people. My husband and I had developed a routine to accommodate our demanding job and at the same time to be able to spend quality time with the kids. 
 

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What has motherhood taught you so far?

Motherhood has taught me many life lessons; time management, financial planning, and patience. In terms of time management, I will make sure that the children are well taken care of while I juggle with the household responsibilities. I will also try not to bring any office assignments home so that I can focus on my role as a mother at home. Financial planning is a must when you have kids, as poor financial planning will only stress the parents unnecessarily. I believe financial stability is important in ensuring the children basic needs are fulfilled. As for patience, well I learned to tolerate unnecessary stress in daily life, be it at work or home and always focus on what is important. There were times I felt overwhelmed with my duties as a fulltime working mother and my responsibilities as a mother without a helper at home, but setting a positive mindset really helps.
 

How has motherhood enriched your life?

I have been a mother for coming to 7 years now. Motherhood has definitely changed my life for the better. I have learned to appreciate the simple things in life like simple pleasures, ongoing small gestures and small success as it can mean so much more than a trendy or lavish lifestyle. As per Robert Brault’s quote; “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things”.  
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Care to share your best and worst motherhood experiences?

 

I think every mother would agree with me. The best motherhood experience is watching your children grow and pass every milestone; first smile, first step and when they call you mommy for the first time and until they enter preschool. As for the worst, well not having enough sleep and “me” time for myself is a sacrifice that I have to tolerate.

 

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