To celebrate Mother’s Day, we spoke to some new mums at our London HQ who have recently returned to Coca-Cola GB after maternity leave to find out about their growing families, how they manage their work-life balance and how they're celebrating Mother's day. We also reconnected with some of the mums we spoke to last year, to check-in on their little ones one year on.

Bryony Lester, Senior Brand Manager, GB Marketing 

What are your little ones called and how old are they?

Penelope, who is 1 year old.

Since returning to Coca-Cola from maternity leave, how do you balance work and family?

I have less time now, so preparation is key! From the night before organisation to meal planning and shopping, if my head's not ahead of the game then nothing seems to work. Its hard to wing it with a toddler about!

What’s the best thing about being a mum?

There are so many more smiles and giggles in our house since my daughter arrived. I love how kids bring out the inner child in everyone they meet. They are also an incredible leveller, I’ve had so many more conversations with strangers I’ve met on the bus or in a shop than I would have in the past. Every time my daughter learns something new it amazes me. 

Do you know what you’ll be doing on Mother’s Day?

Spending the day as a family and treating mine and my husband’s mum. I appreciate everything they’ve done for us, so much more since becoming a mum myself!

What would your ideal Mother’s Day involve?

A family trip to the beach or park, with lots of sunshine!

Laura Misselbrook, Head of Communications, GB PAC

What are your little ones called and how old are they?

I have a little girl called Mia. She is just under 2 years old – and is a whirlwind of energy.

What’s it like being a mum at Coca-Cola and how do you balance work and family?

Coca-Cola is very supportive of working mums. Coke is a great employer and allows you to be flexible when needed. Balance is hard, as any working parent will tell you, and sometimes the best approach I find is to give yourself a break. The “mum guilt” can weigh heavily particularly when you are feeling stretched in all directions – being there for your team/work, your family and giving the best you can on all fronts is tough. Weekends become very sacred for me where I can spend that proper, quality time with Mia that I really do miss during the week.  

What’s the best thing about being a mum?

Hard to put into words, as any parent would know, but the intense love you feel for that person – and the constant giggles. Mia makes me laugh every single day.

Do you know what you’ll be doing on Mother’s Day?

I hope I will get a lie-in… and a lovely lunch out with my family somewhere nice.

What would your ideal Mother’s Day involve?

Cuddles, laughs and dancing with Mia and my husband in the living room.

Charlotte Davies, Communications Manager, GB PAC

What have been the biggest changes you’ve seen in your little one over the past year?

Well I have a fully fledged toddler now who can run and climb and scale a set of stairs quicker than you can blink. I also have a very grown up school girl who can read and write in between throwing the biggest diva strop you’ve ever seen.

What’s been the most exciting thing that your little one has accomplished over the past year?

Marley walking and starting to speak has been lovely to see. The first steps are always pretty precious. Slightly concerned that his first word was "more" though. In addition to her reading and writing Darcey has started cheerleading and is loving it. She can do a cute little routine if you catch her in the right mood.

What’s been the funniest thing your little one has done/said over the past year?

Darcey’s recent pearl of wisdom was that when people die they came back to earth as robots. Marley has a habit of throwing food which can be quite funny if you’re not on the receiving end.

How are you celebrating Mother’s Day this year?

With a lie in I hope and lunching with a big group of friends.

What’s the biggest thing you think you’ve learnt over the past year?

To let things go a bit more. Juggling a full time job and two kids (not to mention a dog) is a challenge and you have to try not to sweat the small stuff. Mums need to give themselves a break and I feel like I’m learning to do that a bit more these days.

Donnay Carter, Diet Coke Senior Brand Manager, GB Martketing

What’s been the most exciting thing that your little one has accomplished over the past year?

Gia started school “big” school this year and everyday I’m blown away by her capacity to absorb new concepts and by the interesting things she tells us. She’s also started swimming unaided which makes us really proud parents

How are you celebrating Mother’s Day this year?

We have one of Gia’s cousins birthday parties in the morning but looking forward to a late lunch with the family after that.

What’s the biggest thing you think you’ve learnt over the past year?

That when it comes to spending time with your child and balancing that with work, , quality over quantity is important. When I get home from work I try not be on my phone or laptop before Gia has gone to sleep to ensure our time together is special and uninterrupted.

Clara Leal, Senior Finance Manager, GB

What’s been the most exciting thing that your little one has accomplished over the past year?

My 4 year old is fully bilingual now, speaking Portuguese & English very well. She surprises me every day with her cleverness!

How are you celebrating Mother’s Day this year?

Going to a childless party on Saturday and sleeping in on Sunday

What’s the biggest thing you think you’ve learnt over the past year?

Stay away from perfection… things will not be perfect and that is ok!

How are you spending Mother’s Day? Tweet us a pic @CocaCola_GB.