MomCom is thrilled to introduce our newest team member Amber Withycombe. Amber will serve as MomCom’s Director of Sponsorships and Exhibits.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’ve lived in the Austin area my whole life. I am married to my college sweetheart, Todde. We have 2 kiddos – my daughter, Carson is 7, and my son, Coen is 3. When I’m not being mom to them or working, I like to read, exercise, play tennis and cook.
What personal accomplishment has given you the greatest satisfaction?
Completing a triathlon! For some reason this came to my mind first. I’m sure I have better accomplishments. I’m terrified of non-pool water and I had to tackle that fear in the race because we swam in a lake.
Have you ever failed at something, and if so what did you learn from it?
Yes, I fail all the time! I think when you have kids you are constantly having mini victories and mini failures in your interactions with them. I’m always learning from my kids – mainly patience. And there are many times when I fail to have patience. Some nights when I reflect on the day, I know I could have done better and I failed in certain situations. But I think every time you fail you learn something about yourself and use that to do better next time.
What has been one of the most challenging mommy moments?
I’ve had many challenging mommy moments. My most recent one was when my son was very sick and diagnosed with Kawasaki Disease. We were at Dell Children’s Hospital for 2 days. To top things off, my 7 year old daughter was at home sick with a stomach virus at the same time. My husband and I had to do a lot of juggling and driving back and forth so we could be with both kids. I want to take this moment to raise awareness about Kawasaki Disease. Grey’s Anatomy is doing an episode on it tonight. KD is a rare disease that is very hard to diagnose. I hope people will watch this episode to learn about KD and the symptoms involved.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
I would want to be able to make myself invisible. There are so many times I’d love to sneak in and see my kids without interrupting them or having them see me. I love to see them interact with others when I’m not around. Plus, if I were invisible I could use the bathroom in peace. 🙂