Meet Trish Hartman, our featured speaker this year at MOABS: The Philadelphia Edition!
Trish Hartman is a Bucks County native who joined the Action News team as a reporter in June 2015. Trish started her broadcasting career at KRTV, the CBSaffiliate in Great Falls, Montana as a reporter/photographer. Trish grew up in Bensalem, Pa., and discovered her love of journalism in high school, writing articles for "Reality," the teen section of the Bucks County Courier Times. Trish is a proud graduate of the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. During her first semester of college, watching the coverage of the 9/11 attacks solidified her decision to pursue a career as a journalist.
In her free time, Trish enjoys running, yoga and knitting. She lives in Bucks County with her husband, daughters and greyhound.
We recently had the chance to sit down and learn more about Trish. Read on to find out how she balances motherhood, and a busy life.
1. How do I balance work and parenting?
With a lot of help. Working in news comes with unconventional hours. Weekends, night shifts, early morning shifts. Sometimes that actually works in our favor schedule-wise. Sometimes it's really hard and we have to call for backup. Fortunately, I have the best husband ever and we have a lot of family close by when we need help. We couldn't do it without them.
The hardest part? Battling constant mom guilt. It’s easy to feel like I'm letting someone down at any given time. My kids, my husband, my boss, or myself. Or my friends. Or my dog. (I'm sure I'm forgetting someone.)
2. What was your favorite part about pregnancy? Most difficult part?
My favorite part about pregnancy: Feeling the kicks and somersaults. The anticipation of wondering who she would be, what she would look like, how little she would sleep. Eating all the ice cream I wanted.
Most difficult part: Intense heartburn. Both times. Hence the ice cream.
3. What do you wish someone had told you about new motherhood?
I wish I had more warning about how painful the recovery would be after childbirth. Everyone told me about labor and delivery, but I was not prepared for the ugly/painful aftermath, compounded by exhaustion. (Maybe that's why no one warned me?)
4. What was the best resource you had has a parent?
My best resource - my mother. It was like she had this hidden wealth of knowledge that I didn't even know about before I became a mom. I cannot imagine being able to do this without her help and support. (I also find myself wanting to apologize to her daily for things I did when I was a kid. Sorry, Mom.)
5. What’s a must have product you used for your pregnancy?
6. Must have product when your daughters were born?
Boppy pillow. Life saver for breastfeeding, and they both still have them now and lounge on them to read books.
7. What is one piece of advice you’d give to new parents?
Do what's best for you and your kids. There are a million different ways to be a great parent and a happy family. Choose the one that works for you and yours. Also - try to take time for yourself. You'll be a better, happier parent for it.