• Dharma Nemani

Meet my mom friend: Marybeth Gertsberg

Updated: Jul 25, 2019

Instagram: @mb_gertsberg

Meet My Mom Friend: Mary Beth Gertsberg from Chicago. I’ve known Marybeth since college and picked her specially for this swim issue because she’s quite the swimming superstar. We chatted about her fav swim care products, her biggest worry leading into becoming a mom of two and more...

Can you share a little about yourself:

Hi everyone! I was so excited and honored when Dharma asked me to be featured. I’m a full-time working mom of two. I work in marketing, running a loyalty program for a large hardware retailer. I love all things Chicago, spending time at the beach/pool...and cookies :)

What’s been the biggest surprise for you, going from being a mom of one to two?

I have a three and a half-year-old daughter, Poppy and a seven-month-old son, Clark. My daughter has a big personality and has been very opinionated since birth. I was so worried that my daughter wouldn't like the baby and we would have problems with jealousy. I stressed and researched my entire pregnancy about ways to help toddlers adjust to new siblings. To my surprise I couldn't have been any more off base.

Poppy LOVES her baby so much I often have to tell her to stop hugging him so hard, no more kisses and pay attention to dinner. Her love for him honestly shocks me and makes me so proud. Seeing my first baby become a big sister and showing her pure love for this baby boy has allowed me to see a new side of her. We've obviously had sleepless nights and are still figuring out a new normal with two kids. But my biggest surprise is just how amazing it is seeing my two children love each other. Now let’s just hope they still have this sibling love when they're 13 and 16 - ha!

Do you make time for yourself each day? If yes, what does this look like?

Showering, doing my hair, and putting on makeup is honestly my me time. My husband thinks I’m crazy because I do this routine every single morning, no matter what. 6 a.m. flight? Doesn’t matter. I’m washing and blow-drying my hair.

I once heard "if you look good, you feel good" and I fully buy into that. I find that if I take the time to put myself together in the morning I feel my best and can be more productive at work, present with my children and a good partner. I may have toothpaste on my dress and peanut butter in my hair 10 minutes after the kids wake up but I like knowing I started out fresh.

Swimming / lifeguarding has always been a big part of your life. Can you share a little more?

I started swimming before I can even remember. Swimming was my life through elementary school and high school, lifeguarding in college, and now swimming for exercise and fun as an adult. When I’m in the water, it’s quiet and I'm alone with my thoughts. I've worked through many boy problems, memorized Spice Girls songs, and practiced presentations in my head while swimming laps. I think it’s important to find something you love and continue to develop your practice throughout your life.

I know Poppy’s been swimming for a while now. Anything you love products-wise / or things you do to make life easier while taking your kids swimming?

I've definitely passed my love for the water onto my children. We are washing chlorine out of our hair on a regular basis. We love the Cantu Care for Kids products for curly hair. Leaves my children's hair soft and curls bouncy!

What are some products or get-ready rituals you love for your kids?

For the kids, I slather them in ThinkBaby sunscreen every morning. Breakfast, brush teeth, sunscreen and out the door!

For me, I really love Mario Badescu rosewater facial spray. Smells good and makes my skin look fresh and dewy.

Editor’s note: It’s a total coincidence that MB stated she uses ThinkBaby sunscreen on her kids because I had just written about this product. Please read this to see why I think it’s a great choice.

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