It’s so weird to remember that I was carrying over forty extra pounds around this time last year! Over this year of being a new mom, this saying has helped me: “It takes a year to gain the weight during pregnancy, so it is okay for a year to take it off.” I first heard this from a Mom who had eight kids and stayed skinny. This saying has been comforting as I’ve seen CrossFit Moms on Instagram posting their before and after pregnancy pictures where they lost all their baby fat in a couple of months. I had to unfollow one of them, and choose to be content with the way I am walking. Continue reading
Pregnant with your first baby or just want to know of some knowledgeable books to have on hand while parenting? Four that I have been dipping into recently include one on breastfeeding (that I read before the baby arrived and now have been looking up different sections for reassurance about different topics), a step-by-step developmental guidebook, a book about sleeping (that I read while my baby was just a couple of months old) and a book about eating. Continue reading
As a child, when my Mom was happy, I knew it—her face relaxed, she smiled, and she talked a lot more; I could relax then. When she was perturbed, I got nervous and scared. At breakfast, I remember looking at my Mom’s face to see how she was doing that day.
A mother at peace is like a bright lighthouse shining across the waves. What makes mothers happy? Is there a secret to staying peaceful? I don’t think there’s just one secret, there’s actually a bunch of habits mothers can do to grow peace in their hearts, which comes out of their eyes, into their children, and everyone who walks by.
A book that has helped me grow in peace and confidence as a Mom is The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers: Reclaiming Our Passion, Purpose, and Sanity by Dr. Meg Meeker. Dr. Meeker, as a pediatrician, has met hundreds of moms and has distilled traits she has seen in happy mothers. Continue reading
He surprised me! Mother’s Day started on Thursday when Stephen came home with a bouquet of iris and yellow lilies plus a bar of white chocolate (since dark chocolate makes the baby spit up). Continue reading
I’m thankful, Mom, that you:
Taught me how to sew, and that we made that blue and green apron together. You were tired, but I loved making that special project with you.
Taught me how to cook and bake bread! You showed me the basics and then let me go. I’m thankful I got to grow up on homemade bread and butter, with our homegrown honey too. Continue reading
Is having a baby a let down in an adult’s life? Some people may think that staying home to take care of a child might be a let down compared to a fast-paced career… and thinking from this perspective sure made a hilarious series that is currently on Netflix!
The Let Down is a seven episode series made by Netflix to highlight common struggles that new parents have, such as sleep deprivation, communication problems with those close to you, and feeling lost among all the newness. Continue reading
What should you do with all those beautiful greeting cards that you got to celebrate the birth of your baby? These are some of my favorites! (Just tonight I did not have the peepee teepee in place soon enough, so we got a shower onto the floor; that card about this topic is so true.) Continue reading