New Mom Mondays – Meet Holly

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This post is part of the New Mom Monday series! A series about moms and their advice to new moms! Books and videos can only teach us so much, but there’s something special about hearing from real life moms. Honest, true, and always beautifully inspiring!!
♥ What’s your Name?

Holly

♥ Tell us a little about yourself!
Most importantly, I am a wife to a wonderful husband and a mom to a beautiful baby girl and our sweet dog Lucy. I am also a 4th grade teacher by day and by night (while the baby sleeps) I have fun keeping a blog all about natural living, baking, making and motherhood.
♥ How many kids do you have? What are their names and ages?
My baby girl Easton is almost 5 months old.
♥ How do you find your “me time”?
I find “me time” while the baby is napping and on my 30-minute drive to and from work!
♥ What is the best baby related book you’ve ever read?
The Mindful Mom to Be
♥ What’s the most useful baby product you have? Why do you love it?

My ring sling!  I have used it since my baby girl was just a few days old to keep her close while I get things done around the house!  She loves to be carried around and I am able to be productive!

♥ If you could say something to yourself when you first brought home your first baby, what would you say?
 Just enjoy your time with the baby and your new little family.  Limit visiting time by other family members and make anyone that does visit bring a meal, because making food will be the last thing on your mind.
♥ How much planning did you do before your baby was born, and how do you think that it helped or didn’t help?
I did A LOT of planning because I am just a planner by nature.  In some ways it was very helpful, but in other ways, there is no way to prepare for a new baby because each baby is different and will like or need different things.  I’m just glad we had an Amazon Prime membership with 2-day shipping!
♥ What do you believe are the top three pieces of advice a new mom or someone trying to conceive should know?
1. RELAX.  Everything will find a way to work itself out.
2. Enjoy your time with your partner or significant other before the baby is here.  Seriously. This is SO important!  Even if you have wonderful babysitters who are available to help out and watch the baby from time to time, you won’t be able to completely relax because you will be worrying about the baby in the back of your mind. It just won’t be the same!  So go on as many date nights as you can now!
3. Every baby is different so do not have any expectations about what your newborn will be like.  For instance, some newborns will sleep all the time, no matter where you are and some newborns will not sleep, like ever *cough* my baby *cough*!  Just know that everything is a phase and it’s ok if your baby isn’t a “typical” baby!
♥ What is your best memory so far of being a mom?

Other than seeing my baby girl for the first time, hearing her first real giggle was pretty amazing!  I’ll never get sick of it!

♥ Give us the short form version of your birth story.

I gave birth in a hospital with a midwife.  After almost exactly 48 hours of labor, many spent at home, 3 of them where I was pushing, I had the natural birth I had been hoping for, thanks in large part to a supportive husband and an amazing midwife.  I did not expect labor to be nearly as long or hard as it was, but after going through it, I can say it was not only the hardest, but most rewarding accomplishment of my life!  I seriously felt like superwoman afterward and know that if I could make it through a 48 hour labor and an unmedicated birth, I can do anything!

♥ Lastly, for fun, define motherhood!

The most wonderful, hardest thing you will ever experience!!

To hear more from Holly be sure to visit her blog Hollybbaking.

If you would like to participate in New Mom Mondays please feel free to message me by using my contact form! I would love to not only feature you on my blog but learn from your answers, as I’m sure many readers would too! 
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