It was a wonderful sunny morning and we saw a little toddler, Thea, walking happily around in the house, eating little strawberries.
The beautiful rays shine into the house, reminding us that every day is a brand new day for us mums. For our newest Mère Inspo, introducing Sherlyn Chan. She often shares beautiful snippets of her life via her Instagram @sherlynchanwp.
Sherlyn is a very busy mom, who is handling moving to a new house, business, as well as preparing for the arrival of her second baby. Yet she manages to pace herself and takes it one step at a time. An educator herself, combined with her love for sharing, she’s able to bring in a wonderful range of products under her brand A Greener Wood and bring joy to the mummies. How does she manage to do it all?
We had a lovely cosy conversation at her workspace and so happy to let you all know that a few weeks after this interview, Sherlyn gave birth to a beautiful baby boy, Elliot. We are so happy for her and wish her the best.
1. How are you feeling right now?
I am feeling a bit anxious because I have quite a number of things on my plate right now. Baby number two is coming, I have to move house, and I am also trying to manage Thea’s emotions. But I will take things one step at a time and try to be positive. Also, I believe God is watching over me.
2. So, how has your second pregnancy been different from your first?
I would say both pregnancies are pretty similar. Thankfully, they have been quite easy, no complications. However, this time during my first trimester, I was a little bit more nauseous. But overall, I would say, it is an easy pregnancy.
3. Any cravings so far?
Amazingly, I have no cravings. I didn’t have cravings even during my first pregnancy.
4. Do you have any birth plan?
Ideally, I would love to have a natural delivery. But sometimes we never know how things go. So, let’s hope for the best and be prepared for the worst. My gynae is actually pro-natural, so we will try to have things go as naturally as possible. But still, I will be taking the epidural. I want my body to be relaxed and I might go for delayed cord clamping.
5. Why and how did you launch A Greener Wood?
Previously I was an educator and I owned a boutique English centre called Elia Education, where we taught primary school children. However, we had to close it when the landlord sold the place. At first, I was really miserable. But I realised that it must all be in God’s plan because I was carrying Elliot (baby number two). It would mean I would need more time with the family, more so due to the Covid situation. So, after I came to terms with the closure, I found a bit more peace moving on to this new project which is A Greener Wood.
This was the time when Thea was a lot more interactive, she had started to take more interest in toys and books. I have quite a different taste and like to source these things for her from overseas. However, bringing them in on a personal level is very expensive. So I thought why not make a business out of it. I was sure there were many other mums who also wanted these things but were finding very hard to get them.
So when A Greener Wood started, things started to roll out quickly. Although these handmade toys are on a higher end pricing, and very limited in quantity, they are very well received in Singapore. I was surprised by the overwhelming response.
6. What have been some of the biggest challenges as an entrepreneur while being pregnant with your second?
I think the biggest challenge is to funnel my time into these little projects that I am doing right now. Being an entrepreneur, caring for a toddler, becoming a mum for the second time, and of course, also being a wife and having some time for myself!
Also this time, I have more mum guilt than the first pregnancy. This time, the baby is a little smaller and I keep thinking if it is because I’m working too hard and not getting enough rest.
7. What’s your morning weekday routine?
I actually get up later than my husband and Thea. I get to sleep in a little bit more because I’ve been carrying Elliot. Once I am up, I try my best to spend as much time as possible with Thea. So we try to have a little breakfast at home. If there’s time, I’ll try reading to her and make little conversations with her, even if it means helping her with simple routines like brushing her teeth and cleaning her face.
I try to be involved as much as possible. My husband is also currently on a work-from-home situation. Therefore, our whole family has the chance to drop her at the school together.
8. Any advice to fellow mummies?
I think my biggest advice is to take all the help you can get from family and friends. Don’t be hard on yourself. You might have a plan but not always things go as planned. And if this happens, don’t blame yourself or the situation. Take it in your stride, and you never know – you might be surprised by how this change in situation, is actually a change for the better.
For example, when Elia Education was closed, it sounded like a very bad and sad deal for me. But it was a blessing in disguise! So, we should focus on the happy things.