In the spirit of Mother’s Day, we wanted to highlight one of the many amazing moms at Gildan. Diana Stamogiannos, Manager of Corporate Accounting, shares her experience adapting to her new work environment with two littles ones at home and the joys that motherhood has brought her.
“On a regular basis, my husband and I have a great system; we drop our girls off at daycare, go to work early and pick them up, but since March, everything has changed. Suddenly, here I am at home struggling to juggle kids and work while my husband is off working as an essential employee. It’s been very tough, especially this past month with our quarter end financial reporting deadline.
I’ve had to shuffle my 8-4 schedule; it just doesn't work for us these days. During the daytime, I try to entertain and care for my kids as best I can and make myself available for meetings or deadlines. When dinner and bath times are over, and the girls are asleep. That’s when I can finally get back to work without interruption. Everyone always asks, “how are you doing it?” and I don’t know what to tell them. I think when you’re a mom, you just figure it out somehow and get things done.
The nice part is that I do get to spend more quality time with my children these days. For my younger one, who is only 18 months old, having me at home is amazing. I think she’s having the time of her life! For my oldest daughter, who is four, the quarantine has been much harder for her. I can tell that she misses her friends and playing with new people. She also notices when I spend time on my computer. Having to say, 'No, mommy’s working right now', when she’s standing right next to me, begging for my attention, has been one of the hardest parts for me. It breaks my heart.
But at the end of the day, being a mom has been the greatest adventure. It’s hard to put in words because your kids just become your whole world and everything you do is for them."