We spent some time getting to know mom, Huggies Ambassador and host of brand-new parenting show LIGHTS Camera Baby, Linda Mtoba. She let us into her busy life juggling her business and life with her beautiful baby girl, Bean.
Q. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am an actress, content creator, new mom to my daughter, Bean, and happily married to my life partner for three years.
Q. Bean has just turned one. Tell us how your journey of the first year as a mom has been.
It has been a beautiful ride around the sun. I have experienced so much joy, love, growth and lots of learning. No day is the same and I love that.
Q. What has been the most challenging thing about being a mom?
The most challenging thing about being a mom would have to be finding a balance between being a mom and “being myself”. As much as being a mom is now part of who I am, there is so much more to me. My husband has to remind me that I must not forget about myself.
Q. What has been the most rewarding part of being a mom so far?
Just being a mom is rewarding on its own. I have the most beautiful little girl with the biggest personality next to me everyday, who I get to watch grow and become a “real” human being. Honestly, that’s the reward itself.
Q. You are the current brand ambassador for Huggies. Tell us a bit about that.
I have been blessed to work with a brand that cares so much for my family and my wellbeing. Being a Huggies mom has opened up another realm of motherhood and introduced me to a community that is very supportive and welcoming. My Huggies family has made my journey of being a new mom one that is filled with lots of memories. They have been with us from the very beginning and growing with us through every milestone.
Q. What is the one thing you wish someone had told you before you became a mom?
I took a lot of advice from moms before the time and that got me really well prepared for motherhood. I also did extensive reading and research during my pregnancy, which helped me a lot. The one thing I wish I was told about and prepared for is how to handle a “poonami”. I was never ready for that.
Q. What was the best piece of advice you have ever received about motherhood?
The best advice came from my mother-in-law. She told me that I will be a mom and I WILL KNOW, I will always know what is best for my child and I should never doubt myself.
Q. What is your go-to source of advice for anything parenting related?
It would have to be the people around me, especially other moms. I ask my mother, sister-in-law, mother-in-law, literally all the mothers around me, because it’s true that it takes a village to raise a child.
Q. Do you have any hobbies and what are they?
I recently took up embroidery and so far I am really enjoying it.
Q. How do you separate work life from being a mom?
I am always a mom, even when I am working, so it’s a matter of creating time for everything. If I know I’m shooting the whole day, I always make sure my daughter is okay and has everything she needs. When she is napping, I use that time to create content, so I don’t really separate being a mom and working, because my life actually revolves around being a mom.
Q. Tell us about your most embarrassing mom moment yet, if you have one.
It would probably have to be my breast leaking in public and my only realising that when I got to my car.
Rapid fire questions
Tea or coffee? Coffee.
Day or night? Night.
Summer or winter? Winter.
Money or fame? Fame.
Acting or singing? Acting.
Cats or dogs? Dogs.
Savoury or sweet? Sweet.
Movies or books? Movies.
Biggest phobia? I don’t have any.
Facebook or instagram? Instagram.
Catch Linda as the host of the new parenting show LIGHTS Camera Baby!