We all know that being a mom is hard work! Imagine being new a mom and training for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games! Swimmer Dana Vollmer knows what it is like. Pampers will be partnering with Dana Vollmer to host a Pampers Twitter Party where Dana will share with fellow “tweeters” and “parents” on how she goes about being a mom to baby while training. She is going to give us some of her best tips and share with us all about how Pampers has helped her along the way.
Pampers recently had the opportunity to sit down and talk to Olympic athlete Dana Vollmer about motherhood.
Q. Why are you here today? / Why are you partnering with Pampers?
Ever since I became a mom, my whole world has changed. Yes, I still have the goal of winning a gold medal at this year’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games, but it’s my family’s dream, not just my dream. As a mother, nothing compares to the love I feel for my child and my desire for him to achieve anything and everything he sets his mind to.
That’s why I am thrilled to partner with Pampers. They know that the big dreams of babies start with a good night’s sleep – and they deliver the products that allow for sound sleep by offering up to 12 hours of overnight protection. A good night’s sleep for baby means a good night’s sleep for mommy, enabling us both to wake up well rested and ready to conquer our dreams.
Q. It was rumored that you retired after the 2013 World Championships. What made you return to competition after having your baby?
I truly could not have returned to competition without the support of my family. It’s their love and encouragement that led me back to the pool and it’s their faith in me that drives me each and every day. This journey to Rio is one that I share with them.
I was also so committed to getting back into swimming after becoming a mom, for myself, but also so Arlen could grow up recognizing the importance of hard work and so he could get inspired from a young age. I wanted Arlen to grow up seeing his mom achieving her dreams as a competitive swimmer, and hopefully ignite his own passions for success.
Q. How have you started training differently since becoming a mom?
Motherhood helped fuel my desire to get back in the pool on a competitive level and my sense of determination has grown even greater since having Arlen. Being a mom definitely broadens your perspective on what’s important and what matters in life – and it has also helped me learn how to balance the needs of my beautiful baby and family, with my own personal needs and those of my career.
Q: What does being a strong mom mean to you?
Being a strong mom means doing everything you’re capable of doing to create the best life for your child. For me I want to show how dedication, hard work, and perseverance can help my son accomplish any dream that he sets his sights on.
Q: Is being a mom what you thought it would be like?
Being a mom is both challenging and rewarding in ways far beyond what I could ever have imagined. What works for me is to call on my inner strength and to make sure I never lose sight of who I am as a person – that’s how I can ensure I’m being the best mom I can be for Arlen.
Q: How did you overcome the effects of sleep deprivation when Arlen was an infant?
Ah, yes, that is probably one of the hardest parts about becoming a parent – the sheer lack of sleep. There’s no real way to avoid it but I do think I was lucky that Arlen become such a great sleeper. With great overnight protection, Pampers diapers have always helped him get a sound night of sleep, which in my house, helps everyone achieve their dreams.
Q: How do you balance your training schedule and spending time with Arlen?
Sleep is important in the balance of everything. I need the energy to train and just keep up with Arlen! Arlen is a great sleeper and I use Pampers diapers which provides 12 hour protection that helps him get a sound night of sleep so he can achieve his dreams.
As you can see, love and encouragement from her family are what led Dana back to the pool. Her journey to Rio is one that she will share with them, and her goal of winning gold at this year’s Olympic Games is not just her dream – it’s her family’s dream. Dana was committed to getting back into swimming after becoming a mom, so that her baby son, Arlen, could grow up recognizing the importance of hard work and get inspired from a young age. She wanted Arlen to grow up seeing his mom achieving her dreams as a competitive swimmer, and hopefully ignite his own passions for success.
Join the Pampers and iConnect team along with Olympian and first time mother Dana Vollmer to learn how she balances heading to the #Rio2016 Summer Olympics with a new baby. We’ll be chatting about achieving our dreams and Pampers knows that the big dreams of babies start with a good night’s sleep!
We would love to have you join us June 16 at 9pm EST.
You can RSVP here to join in http://bit.ly/1TWorI6
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post; however, all opinions presented are 100% mine.