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’m a mom to two beautiful littles. I live around Vancouver, BC but an east coaster at heart. My high school sweetheart moved to this area 7 years ago and fell in love with it. My blog is my “me time” as a new mom to two I have lots going on in life and love connecting with other moms. I love knowing that I’m not alone on this crazy road.
How many kids do you have? What are their names and ages?
Owen 7 years and Ella 8 months
How do you find your “me time”?
Right now I’m running on nap time and when my husbands home…
What is the best baby related book you’ve ever read?
I don’t have much time to get into books but parenting magazines are always my go to and blogs. Its easier for me to read short stories with busy kids!
What’s the most useful baby product you have? Why do you love it?
There are so many amazing products offered to moms now. When I had my first born there wasn’t much to choose from and you kind of went without a lot. But since having Ella I love my Aden + Anais swaddles and of course so much easier to wrap those babies up. I also use it as a feeding cover and car seat cover.
If you could say something to yourself when you first brought home your first baby, what would you say?
And so it begins… The transition into parenthood. It was nice knowing you sleep!
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 for my first and little for my second. I loved the whole idea of making a plan but in reality plans go off track all the time. It became difficult until I just started to go with the flow!
What do you believe are the top three pieces of advice a new mom or someone trying to conceive should know?
- Don’t get discouraged
- Have a good support team behind you
- Don’t compare yourself and your stories with others.
What is your best memory so far of being a mom?
Watching my son and daughter play. It always gives me a sense of relief knowing that I’m doing a good job. Knowing that even with the large age gap they can still play and laugh. Knowing my family is complete.
Give us the short form version of your birth story.
Owen was born in a hospital with a doctor which was more stressful. He came out with a fight ending in an epidural episiotomy two hours of pushing and stitches. For both births I only had my spouse in the room with me.Ella was also a hospital but with a midwife.Much easier she came out easy peasy. No epidural no episiotomy 15 minutes of pushing and no stitches. I loved my midwife. She even let me delivery half of the way. As soon as her head and shoulders were out I got to pull her onto my chest. The most memorable moment of my life.
Lastly, for fun, define motherhood!
It’s a whirlwind of fun stress love and craziness. I have good days and I have bad days but at the end of each day theres no place that I’d rather be than with my littles. xo
To hear more from Keisha Boutilier be sure to visit her blog Loving Littles and follow her @lovinglittlesblog