In honor of Mother’s Day this month, I wanted to celebrate the diversity of Motherhood from a few of my Mommy Friends! I chose six women, along with Stephanie and myself , to each answer eight questions. We have four FTM (first time mama’s) and four mamas with multiples. I wanted to see the insight each mom had, and to also share their similarities.
My main reason for hosting a Q & A with these women was to highlight what it’s like to be a mother. There was and is no right answer. We should all be celebrated for all we have achieved thus far. We are all neighbors in this mother’hood’ and the more perspective we have of one another the better we can understand and relate to each other.
I want to thank all of you for allowing me to feature some of your personal experiences.
You all are amazing women and I am so happy to call you my friends!
Well it happend, we survived the first year! I wanted to take a moment and compose a list of all the things that I believe really made a difference, and made it a little easier with this new transistion into motherhood. These are what happend to have worked for me, and I have positive testimonials to go along with them . I'm going to list the products as I used them. Let's get into it!
To say that 2017 changed my life, I believe is an accurate statement. Not only have I become a mother, and learning what all that entails, I also found out more about myself and who I am. This past year I have realized that my mental strength is one of my biggest powers. I know that over the years this has been tested many times before, but this year in particular was more personal..
Its dinner time, and in about a hour it's my husbands holiday party. I decided to do my makeup in the kitchen so I could still hang out, and make efficant use of time. I grabbed our Ipad as my mirror and I pressed record. I figured I would just watch it later. I've never actually seen myself get ready before; I thought it would be fun to see. Well it was, haha. I noticed weird things I do, that I did not know I did. I decided to keep the trend going and record my hair too. By then I was convinced I would share it with you guys. This hair and makeup look took me about 30 minutes in total. Now I'm pretty good with my hair, so that part went fast. If you are more skilled with make up you can spend a little more time on your hair. However 15 minutes for each is also very resonable. When we actually have our littles strapped in and immobile, that time is precious. Thankfully, my husband was able to feed her while I got ready. So here is a quick day or night time look depending on how much eyeliner and bronzer you want to apply. A very simple easy look, that has you put together in no time.
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Need I say more? Let’s have a little chat about our cute little preggo bods!
As you know from my birth story, I felt great during all of my pregnancy. I ate 5-6 small meals a day and I lifted 4-5 days a week. Not much changed in my routine, however my body definitely changed more than I anticipated, and I’m not just talking about the growing belly. Despite my efforts of continuing to lift fairly heavy (but safe, of course), my body started storing fat in place of that hard earned muscle I had! The first to go was my butt, I noticed a little less muscle, and a lot more fat (cough, cottage cheese, cough) and my boyfriend can attest to this LOL. I got saddlebags for the first time in my life. My inner thighs looked way less toned and my big ol’ quads shrank in half. I was fairly built from being an athlete all my life (if you count competitive cheer.. I do!), so this was a bit of a shock to me. I was so in love with being pregnant so my changing body wasn’t the end of the world.
I have officially been a SAHM for as long as it takes to grow a baby. Nine months. Does that make me an expert, not in the slightest. However, I am well versed in my constant. CHANGE. I didn’t always want to be a SAHM. When I was little my career choices were either Astronaut, Fashion Designer, Chef, or Hairstylist. The closest I am ever getting to the stars, is my horoscope. Once I realized there is so much math involved in sewing, that kinda made me lose interest in that. I like to think of myself as a self proclaimed Chef (toot toot). Mama can still get down with some hair though. Two out of four ain’t bad. It wasn’t until I had an early twenty’s ephifany, of how fun it would be to hang out all day with my kids. Hang out, she says. Oh, where has that naive little 22 year old gone. Let me give you a little back story. My husband went to medical school in Guadalajara, Mexico. He had just graduated from ASU, with his undergrad degree. We were both 22, and had been dating for 5 years. Still boyfriend and girlfriend at the time. Not only did I choose to go with him for our relationship, but I wanted to take advantage of this opportunity. To live somewhere new, in a whole
While parenting we experience tons of ups and downs, highs and lows, first times and then all the time. Because we are so focused on our littles, we sometimes forget that we ourselves go through the same process day in and day out. I’m talking about your first born, I’m talking about time management, I’m talking about balancing work and home. I’m talking about; dinner, working out, adult time…. you know LIFE!
Here I am. Sitting on a red rectangular story time mat that my daughter very thoughtfully picked out. First she noted the purple one to her left and the green one to her right. Then she chose the red one in the middle. South African music is playing softly in the background; all the toddlers are playing amongst themselves in what felt like a perfect atmosphere (compared to the terrible two horrors that managed to control my entire morning). Think: buttons scattered all over the living room, a brand new bottle of moisturizer smeared all over the dining room floor and all over my daughter, a full on food war with oatmeal that I even put sprinkles on… come on sprinkles! Nope, she still wouldn’t budge.. she forcefully declined by throwing it all over the floor after smearing some of it all over the high chair, of course.
Throughout one's life, you can transform in so many ways. Am I different? Yes. Am I someone I don’t recognize? No. One thing my past and present share is my love of nature. As I think back on certain distinct memories of my life, nature has always been a part of me. I have always had an interest and obsession with what naturally surrounds me. Nature's power to restore and renew life mentally, physically and even sometimes metaphysically is what I am drawn to. Let me start from the beginning.
Don’t we all have that perfect birth story already made up in our mind the second we find out we’re pregnant? I know I did. No emergencies. Natural. Drug-Free. Perfect.
Stephanie + Brittany here! We'll be sharing different topics week to week depending on what life throws at us! Funny moments, frustrating moments, heart to hearts, epiphanies, ideas, thoughts and anything in between.