New Mom Mondays – Meet Samantha

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?

Samantha Bush

♥ Tell us a little about yourself!
I’m a mom of two kids ages 6 and 7.  I love the outdoors, when we’re not camping in the summer time you can catch our family out at car shows(hubby has an antique truck he enters) or just hanging out at home.  My blog is something I do to help bring awareness to other moms about the importance of being healthy and choosing the right foods for your family.
♥ How many kids do you have? What are their names and ages?
Kaitlyn is 7 and Jacob is 6.
♥ How do you find your “me time”?
I’m a WAHM so I find my me time when the kids are in school between helping clients and running errands for my mom.
♥ What is the best baby related book you’ve ever read?
What to Expect When You’re Expecting is the only book I read and with that came a lot of trial and error!
♥ What’s the most useful baby product you have? Why do you love it?

I would say the swing.  I know it’s simple but both my kids loved it when they were little, so it was a great buy because it gave me a chance to clean house or just have some down time while they enjoyed their swing time.

♥ If you could say something to yourself when you first brought home your first baby, what would you say?
Don’t stress!  And get sleep!  I tried to be the perfect first-time mom, up cleaning house, doing laundry and making dinner while she slept.  I didn’t heed the advice of sleep while they sleep!  And it drained me.
♥ How much planning did you do before your baby was born, and how do you think that it helped or didn’t help?

We didn’t go overboard on planning but we had the necessities in place by the time I was 6 months along, and that helped a lot.

♥ What do you believe are the top three pieces of advice a new mom or someone trying to conceive should know?
I lost two pregnancies before finally carrying my daughter full term.  It was a struggle because it was hard losing the pregnancies but also not really knowing what was the cause of it all.  I over stressed about it.  At the time I had a high-stress retail job that demanded a lot of me.  So my best advice would be, don’t stress.  Stress can really do damage to your body in so many ways. 
♥ What is your best memory so far of being a mom?

Last July we took the kids on their first over-night stay at a hotel to go to Lego Land.  It was such a cool experience getting to see their absolute joy by getting to stay in a hotel and travel.  Traveling is something I love to do so I know we’ll be doing that more in the years to come.

♥ Give us the short form version of your birth story.
For my daughter, Kaitlyn it was a quick birth, from start of labor to delivery was about 5 hours, which wasn’t bad.  I just had my husband in the room, he got to cut the cord of course.  After delivery, my mom and both in-laws came in to see the baby.  It was a great experience and I wasn’t nervous once everything started to happen.  Instincts kicked in.
With my son Jacob, it was a bit more planned.  I had complications in my pregnancy and passed out 3 times during my 9 months.  So I opted this time for an epidural and for the nurse to start labor.  I had Braxton hicks for 3 days before he was due and it felt different than last time.  I don’t remember how long I was in labor but it was about 10 hours and I was exhausted.  Again my mom and in-laws were with us and a friend stayed at the hospital with my family while I was in labor.
♥ Lastly, for fun, define motherhood!

It’s a huge ball of joy, excitement, worry, 2nd guessing decisions, patience and love all rolled into one.  You’ll have good days and bad days.  But you know love is there and that’s what keeps you going!

 

To hear more from Samantha be sure to visit her blog Simply Samantha Bush and follow her on Facebook.

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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