I have ALWAYS struggled to sleep. I don’t know what my deal is – sometimes it’s insomnia, sometimes it’s back pain, sometimes it’s anxiety… and, sometimes it’s just BEING PREGNANT. Getting a decent sleep while pregnant is it’s own kind of hell for me.
Talk about doing the impossible!
Travelling changed me, marriage changed me, loss changed me. Anxiety did as well, and disappointment. Even blogging changed me. Learning more about who God and what He thinks about me has certainly changed me. Most of these things brought subtle, slow changes that became evident over time. I didn’t even notice them at first.
But becoming a mother – becoming a mother has changed me so completely and so drastically that I couldn’t help but notice.
You’ve adored her growing baby bump for months now. You had a blast at her baby shower, and you’ve bemoaned her swollen ankles with her. And finally, that perfect bundle of joy is here! But wait…before you rush off to meet the little baby, read this list of rules for visiting a new mom.
You’ve survived the swollen ankles, wonky cravings, wretched morning sickness, and the pain of labor. Now you’re holding your precious new babe and it’s time to breastfeed.
So now what?
Here are 5 things you need to know about nursing your newborn the first week postpartum.
Adding a new baby to the family is an exciting thing, but it can be a bit hard for a toddler who has never experienced it before. One great way to help your little one adjust to sharing you with a new baby is to let him be your "helper".
A messy house is no fun - it makes me feel stressed and overwhelmed in all areas of my life actually. I even sleep better when my house is clean. And I can't get my house clean unless it's organized - shoving stuff into the cupboards and under the bed doesn't count as "clean" to me.
When it comes to getting organized, one of the key elements must be decluttering.
If you've read many finance books or blogs, you've probably heard that in most relationships, there is just one person who is largely in charge of the finances. It's a generalization, but one that hits the nail on the head with my husband and me. We make all our major money decisions together - house, car, investments, insurance... anything that costs more than a couple hundred bucks really. But I, almost unilaterally, do all the spending.
Earning extra income from home – as a mom – can be life changingAnd… it can also be really difficult. (I can say this with some certainty, as a mom who works from home.)
Generally, the hardest thing for ME is that my work requires my undivided attention – writing, editing, creating images… all these things mean I need to be able to sit down at the computer for a few hours at a time.
lways planned to be a stay at home mom, I always knew it was what I wanted… but that didn’t change the reality of our situation.
Just because I WANTED to be at home with my baby didn’t mean that we were financially able to make that happen. I see a ton of “how we lived on one low income” articles floating around… but we live in a very expensive part of the country, and generally, one low income just isn’t going to cut it here.
Raising children is one of the most rewarding jobs in the world, however, it does come with its own set of unique challenges that make it difficult for moms to go to and from the office every single day in order to work a full time job.
You’re a busy mother.
But you probably also have goals that you really want to achieve. Maybe one that excites you and gives you something that is yours – outside of your role as a mother.
You’ve got kids who need you 24/7. A husband. A job. The housework needs doing. Babysitters are hard to come by and you’re barely sleeping as it is.
~ I'm on a new adventure with the Squishy Baby, figuring out this mommy thing one day at a time. Raising little people while keeping our homes and finances under control might be a challenge, but it's one I'm excited to tackle... and I want to encourage you to tackle it too.
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