Ten Questions with Tinamarie Clark, Model and Mama
At our last Talking Motherhood event, we met some of the most incredible #workingmoms in New York City. Among them was one of our guests, Tinamarie Clark - who, on top of being a model, is also a mother to Max! We caught up with her quickly after the event and asked her ten questions on her motherhood journey.
What was your pregnancy like? I had an amazing pregnancy I felt disproportionately happy. It was 9 months of zero anxiety, I knew it had to be hormonal.
Where were you in your career when you were pregnant? I was working almost everyday when I found out I was pregnant.
What surprised you about being pregnant? How happy I would be, I never laughed more in my life. I had zero anxiety!
What was the hardest thing for you post-partum? My body I had gained 70 pounds with Maximus so I had a hard time feeling like myself after giving birth.
How did you feel about your personal identity while pregnant and after giving birth? I was surprised with how identified I had become with my job title. If I wasn't a model anymore who was I?
Did you always know you'd go back to work? I wasn't sure. I am still up in the air about the time away from my son.
What was the transition like going back to work? HARD. My first job after Max walking in NYC fashion week and I remember the anxiety I felt being 20 pounds over my pre pregnancy weight and feeling really out of place.
What surprised you about nursing? How empowering breastfeeding would be! It's given me so much confidence as a mother and woman.
How do you indulge in self-care? Mommy groups, Pilates, and audio books.
Walk us through an average day for you!
7:00 am: Max wakes up and I breastfeed him on my right side.
7:30 am: Pump left breast to make sure I have enough milk for Max's evening (9 oz.!).
8:00 am: Max eats his breakfast organic purée (never thought I'd be doing that for my child).
9-9:45 am: Walk in Gramercy Park.
9:45 am: Max goes down for a nap.
10:00 am: Mommy goes to Pilates.
11:10 am: Mommy gets a green juice and walks home.
11:30 am - 1:00 pm: Playing, music, visiting friends with Max.
1:30 pm: Nap for Max! Mommy gets to read or meditate.
3:30-5:00 pm: Take a second stroll with Max and we do all our errands, shopping, meeting up with a girlfriend. If I have a casting he will come with me!
5-7:00 pm: Wind down before bed. That includes snuggling, getting an evening bath, reading books and playing in crib independently.
7:00 pm - 7:00 am: ME TIME! Watch a movie, go out for dinner with my fiancé, meet up with a girlfriend, or go to an event!