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?
♥ Tell us a little about yourself!
I am a Christian mom, wife to the love of my life for 8 years, and a family travel blogger. I was born and raised in Southern California and I don’t plan on ever moving away. I love to craft, from scrapbooking to wood crafts, I love it all. My new addiction is to adult coloring books, they are so calming to me. I could eat pizza and tacos everyday of my life as long as I have a rootbeer to go with it.
♥ How many kids do you have? What are their names and ages?
I have two children, ages 3 & 4. Shane and Scarlet
♥ How do you find your “me time”?
I miss me time. It is the one thing that I have not found time for in my last 4 years of motherhood.
♥ What is the best baby related book you’ve ever read?
I stayed away from reading mommy books. Once you start letting others influence your parenting you will be unhappy.
♥ What’s the most useful baby product you have? Why do you love it?
The Nose Frida saved my sanity on numerous occasions. When my children would get a running nose, I was so scared to use those awkward nose suckers you get when you bring your baby home. The Nose Frida is the same concept except so much less stressful. Now when my children have a runny nose they ask for the Nose Frida because it clears them right up.
♥ If you could say something to yourself when you first brought home your first baby, what would you say?
Your baby is not going to break. Don’t be scared of her, all she needs is your love.
♥ How much planning did you do before your baby was born, and how do you think that it helped or didn’t help?
I love to plan and I did a lot of it before I brought home both of my children but nothing could have prepared me to care for a new baby. Going from a family of 2 to 3 and then from 3 to 4 is a huge transition.
♥ What do you believe are the top three pieces of advice a new mom or someone trying to conceive should know?
My husband and I struggled with infertility and it was some of the hardest times of our lives. The negative pregnancy tests seemed to be never ending. What I would say to those trying to conceive is that God has a plan for you, don’t let it consume your life, he will provide. Enjoy the time with your spouse because once you have a little one, your life will forever change. Stay positive, as hard as it may be, this is just apart of your life’s journey, embrace it.
♥ What is your best memory so far of being a mom?
Watching all of my children’s accomplishments. Seeing them proud of themselves always makes me cry happy tears.
♥ Give us the short form version of your birth story.
I suffer from extreme anxiety and when I was making my birth plan with my doctor we decided that we would induce and give me an epidural very early on to keep me from feeling any pain. I labored for 3 days and pushed for almost 4 hours. I was exhausted and hungry but had a healthy baby girl to show for all of my suffering!
♥ Lastly, for fun, define motherhood!