Elonda Johnson shares with us about her life as a supermom raising her three kids (including the new addition of twins) and starting a new business venture, all while working full time!
Tell us a bit about yourself and your family!
My name is Elonda, and I'm a mom of three, Bella (4.5), Benton and Brooklyn (9 month old boy/girl twins). By day, I'm a Talent Leader and Leadership Coach for a professional services firm. I've been married to my entreprenuerial husband, Jay, for 6.5 years. He works for his family's architectual business and together we run three other businesses. We affectionately refer to ourselves as The Johnson Party of Five and our kids are Three the Hard Way! We have an amazing support system in our parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends; and the transition from 1 to 3 wouldn't be as smooth without their presence! How did you and your husband react to finding out you were having twins?
It's safe to say I'm still in shock some days! Bella actually predicted that we were having twins before she knew I was pregnant. She started doing everything in twos. When we inquired about it, she said that she was preparing for her brother and sister. That was 6 weeks prior to our first doctor's appointment at 10 weeks. Our sonographer and her husband are both twins, so we were chatting about that when two black circles popped up on the screen. I was the first to see them and said, "Do you guys see that?!" My first thought was we are going to need a bigger car! Jay says that in the moment he felt a clearer sense of purpose and an urge to step his game up. We've sinced started two new businesses! Needless to say, we pay real close attention to Bella's visions of the future! ;-) How did you prepare Bella for the arrival of her two siblings? Is she a good big sister now?
To my earlier point, she was more prepared than we were. She is an amazing big sister! Her level of care and empathy is way beyond her 4.5 years. We've continued to carve out time just for her with mommy, daddy and her grandparents. We are in a phase now where she wants to be a little to hands on, and Brookie and Benton are sure to let her know! She likes to snuggle, hold and play with them, and when they fuss her feelings get hurt. It's a great lesson in boundaries and personal space. We also remind her that she learned to crawl, walk and explore on her own. Lately, Brookie has taken an interest in Bella's toys, so we are constantly reminding Bella of the importance of sharing and being gracious. Thankfully she loves baby laundry and washing bottles! That totally outweighs everything else!
Tell us about your new business venture!
In January 2019, I launched E3 Coaching Solutions. E3 stands for Equip.Engage.Elevate. We provide leadership coaching and HR consulting services for women and women-owned businesses in transition. As women, we are in a constant state of change, whether spiritually, emotionally, personally, or professionally. As a leadership coach, I am here to ask powerful questions, create awareness, act as an accountability partner and motivate you to step into your purpose. At E3, we believe you are equipped with everything you need. E3 is a manifestation of my God-given talents for supporting, developing and encouraging others. How does your faith play a part in your ability to be a supermom that is a great wife who cares for three kids, works full-time and is building a business?
First off, thank you! Most days I don't feel like a supermom or a great wife, but I'm reminded of God's grace every morning when I wake up to my loving husband and amazing children. I wholeheartedly believe that God does not put more on us than we can bear. He places accountability partners in our path to help us along the way. I have a circle that won't let me be anything but great! Iron sharpens iron. You are a reflection of the five people closest to you. I also view prayer time as part of my self care regimen. It's so easy to place yourself on the back bruner as a wife, mother, business woman and employee. This year I committed to starting each day with time for God and me, even if it's just 10-15 mins. It makes a positive impact on my outlook as I navigate the day. I'm also hyperaware of incongruence in my life. Being sensitive to that feeling helped me to clearly define God's purpose for my life and to understand when I am not operating in accordance with His plan. I'm at my best when I'm operating in my strengths aka God given talents. Lastly, I believe that prayer changes things. If I'm feeling stuck or unmotivated, I pray and ask my circle for prayer. It works!
How have your kids handled teething? What symptoms did they show?
Bella was an a great teether. She wore a baltic amber teething necklace and never showed any signs of discomfort. I naively expected to have the same experience with the twins. We tried the amber teething necklaces for a few weeks, but they didn't seem to have any effect positive or negative, and we were concerned about the safety. Brookie's teeth started to come in at 7 months. She was irritable and kept her hands or other objects in her mouth constantly. Benton's teeth just started to come in within the last two weeks, and he has two on bottom and one up top. It's impacting his sleep, mood and he's constantly sucking his thumb or chewing on toys.
What are your thoughts on the Dents de Bébé teething necklace(s) you've worn?
The necklaces have been lifesavers for us! The babies love chewing on them, and an occasional tiff has been known to breakout! Jay (here's a plug for a men's line), Bella and I all wear them. I'd much rather them put their mouths on the the necklaces than their toys. I love the convenience of throwing them in the dishwasher or washing them along with the bottles. I'm also a little accessory challenged, so I love that the colors compliment so many different outfits! I wear them when I'm out without the babies and always receive compliments. I've even had people try to reach out and touch it until I share that it's a teething necklace!
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