When I’m With Her: Erin, Sienna & Mason
At the tender ages of 10 and 11, Sienna and Mason are on the verge of adolescence. Their mom Erin speaks candidly about the worries, pride and admiration she holds for her kids.
TAKE US BACK TO WHEN YOU FIRST MET SIENNA.
“It’s almost 12 years ago now, and I was scared to death to tell the truth. I was excited because I knew my husband was going to be a great dad, but I was going to be the first in my group of friends to have kids and didn’t have anyone to learn from or to guide me through it.”
“When Sienna came out, it was like the best high you could ever imagine. It’s an odd feeling of pure joy. It’s shock, and so many emotions at the same time. My initial expectations were to travel all over the world with my newborn, but I soon found out that wasn’t possible. Just having her cuddle next to me was the most precious thing and I would watch her every second to make sure she was okay.”
DEFINE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH MASON AND SIENNA WITH THREE WORDS.
“Happy, loving — and real.”
TELL US A DETAIL ABOUT YOUR MOM YOU SECRETLY LOVE.
“Our mom is the best person in the world. She’s very bright, smart and funny, except in the mornings when she’s grumpy before she gets her coffee.”
“She loves to embarrass us, especially when we’re playing or hanging out with our friends. She’ll sneak up on us and kiss and hug us. She thinks it’s funny to embarrass us!”
They’re both so confident and positive about themselves, which is something I wasn’t, and that makes me content.
HOW IS MOTHERHOOD DIFFERENT NOW THAT THEY’RE NOT TODDLERS ANYMORE?
“It’s easier. I love the ages they are right now, but I’m a bit nervous of them becoming teenagers, because I wasn’t the nicest at that age, and I’m dreading snotty attitudes.”
“I could say I’m nervous about them feeling a need to fit in and feel validation from friends and school, but I honestly don’t feel that for them. They’re both so confident and positive about themselves, which is something I wasn’t, and that makes me content.”
TELL US ABOUT A MEMORY THAT YOU KEEP CLOSE TO YOUR HEART.
“When Sienna was in the second grade, a little boy in her school was pointing out the birthmark she has on her forehead. He probably didn’t know he was being hurtful, but the school called me and told me what was going on and I tried to figure out how to go about it. She had bangs at the time, covering her birthmark, and the next day when she woke up, she told me that she wanted to start wearing her hair slicked back for everyone to see her, to see her whole face. I was amazed by that, and felt so much relief, and so much admiration for her.”
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PHOTOGRAPHER Jacqueline Harriet
STYLING Liz McClean | Walter Schupfer Management
MAKEUP Linda Gradin | L’Atelier NYC
HAIR Sabrina Szinay | The Wall Group