10th Anniversary Spotlight: Showered Mom Kaniya K.

Kaniya Knight's three children

2011 Operation Shower Mom

When and where was your Operation Shower experience?

We were showered at the Red, White, and Coo shower at Camp LeJeune in 2011.

How old are your Operation Shower babies now?

They are 6 years old, as of June.

Kaniya Knight's sonWere you separated from your partner during your pregnancy or early months of your baby’s life?

Yes, my husband and I were separated during the pregnancy.

How many children do you have?

We have three children.

What is/was the most challenging part of being a military family?

The most challenging parts of being a military family are the distance, the financial stress, his work life always having to come first, and for us, having children with disabilities.

What is the most rewarding part of being a military family?

The families you create with other military families and traveling the world are the most rewarding parts.

What is your favorite memory of your Operation Shower experience?

Mrs. Obama and Ms. Stewart being so openly loving and caring!! Everyone’s efforts and care made for a great memory too.

Kaniya Knight's sonWhat did Operation Shower mean to you when you were pregnant or a new mom?

It meant everything! We were given everything we didn’t have and couldn’t afford to get!! Operation Shower made a huge impact on our lives and we are still grateful.

If you could offer some words of encouragement to other military moms, what would it be?

Everyone says that as a military Wife you must be strong and just deal with all the things that come along with it. I say: reach out, get help, talk to other wives; it doesn’t have to be a struggle you face alone. Take advantage of mental health services and classes offered for new parents. Don’t be ashamed if you need help or guidance. One day you may be able to give that same help to a new mom or wife! It’s okay not to be strong, that it’s strength in itself letting go of ego and being humble. This is coming from a mom who thought that it wasn’t okay to reach for guidance. You are strong. Everyone is their own kind of strong. You don’t have to be anyone but yourself.

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