Although her two younger children have been tucked in bed for a few hours now, entrepreneur Agatha Achindu won’t be taking a break anytime soon. She still has another round of paperwork and food prep that awaits her in the kitchen of her home in Atlanta. As the founder of Yummy Spoonfuls, a line of organic baby food sold in retailers like Whole Foods, sleep is a luxury she left behind many years ago, thanks to the demands of caring for her sons — Georges (23), Malcolm (15), and Jared-Zane (9) — and running her own business. Although the constant shuffle can be hectic, Achindu believes that the level of sacrifice is worth it.
Being a mother is something Achindu never takes for granted. After marrying her husband Georges in 2003, the couple soon started thinking about adding to their family (sons Georges Jr. and Malcolm are from Georges’ previous relationship). “It felt like it took me forever to get pregnant,” she says now. “For me, it was a long journey and everyone else was there already. It took me a full year to conceive. I found out I was pregnant in April and I kept it a secret from everyone, including my husband, until our anniversary in May. We were blown away.”
The first-time mother took to pregnancy quite easily. “I used to feel guilty about how good my pregnancy was — no cravings, illness, etc. I’d go to the gym three times a week and do yoga. My pregnancy was joyful and very uneventful until the end. Things changed a few weeks before I gave birth.”
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