Mom Crush Monday – Meet Catey Harkins

Meet Cate Harkins, a Prince George Mom raising two kids with a husband working for CN Rail, just like Bailey! We admire Catey for her resilience and strength in her mothering journey.

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Tell us about your family?
I have 2 girls, 6 and almost 2. My husband is an engineer/conductor with CN so I solo parent alot. We also have a 7month old lab who drives me bananas. The mister and I were married in July, but we’ve been together almost 8 years. A few years ago we moved to Saskatchewan so he could be home more (at that point he was being forced out of town for months at a time). We lived in Melville for a year and just after we found out I was pregnant he was asked to transfer back to Prince George, it was great timing.
What keeps you busy in life?
Everything, my oldest is in grade one and does gymnastics on the weekend. The youngest is fearless, and always into something. Im taking this semester off but I’m working towards my accounting certificate. So normally have homework and studying to do.
Describe yourself in one word? Strong
What do you do in you ‘free time’?
Naptime is my only opportunity for free time, usually that’s when I workout, run, shower… If I get to escape the house kid free, I usually just go grocery shopping.
What is your favourite colour? Red
How did you become a mom?
I never wanted kids, but I became pregnant just before our first anniversary, right after I turned 20. It was terrifying, there were complications during pregnancy and after giving birth. But we had a beautiful baby girl who is now a beautiful smart 6 yr old. Then I became a mom of 2 in March/17.
What is your biggest challenge as a mom?
Patience
What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you as a mom?
I’m not sure it’s the most embarrassing, but it’s funny. When my oldest was 3.5 we were at the grocery store, heading out of the store and I look behind me to make sure she’s following. I see a woman walking behind me with a confused look on her face. My oldest comes up and tells me she ‘got her butt’. You see we would smack her butt( lightly) and say ‘got your butt’. So she had slapped a stranger’s butt in the grocery store, I then had to explain to her that we can’t slap other peoples butts.
What do you want to teach your children?
I want to teach them how to live a healthy life, by being active, eating well and taking care of their mental health too.
What keeps you going, day after day? Coffee
What is your favourite thing about having young kids? Naptime!
What’s something you said you’d never do as a mom, but did anyways?
Co-sleep, it didn’t start until our oldest was almost 2 and we tried changing her bed into a toddler bed. It didn’t go well.
How do you take care of you? What do you do for selfcare?
Running, it clears my head and the runners high is pretty good. I also like to have a creative outlet I crochet or sew almost every day.
What is your favourite activity to do with your family?
Going to the lake or for walks
Do you have a favourite event in Northern BC?
My girls love the animals at the vanderhoof fall fair.
Where do you spend most of your days with the kids? At home.
Does your community need something more for moms and kids? What is it? Indoor play spaces.
What’s something we might not know about you? I’ve had 2 complicated births, so even if we wanted more kids (we don’t) it just wouldn’t be safe to do so.
What is your proudest accomplishment? My daughter, for years, has been saying she wants to be a mom. So it makes me feel like I must be doing something right.

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