Grab a cup of coffee and join the rest of us around the table as we enjoy each other’s company.
Super excited to start a new category on the Blog (and very, very nervous). The posts that get most engagement on our blog are those that talk about LIFE! The fun, the not so appealing and just about all kinds of happenings in between. When I asked in my few previous posts what you were excited to see in the future, personal posts were MOST requested. I hear you and agree, those are the best!. There is just something so special about connecting with each other and growing together.
I hope to create a space that will be a safe haven where we could all visit to share tips, ideas, support and life’s experiences, so we can all learn from each other. The topics will be diverse and I’m hoping each and every one of you will get involved and enjoy these posts. It’s so nice because then you could just go back and reread the comments if you cannot remember the tip someone gave that you wanted to try.
We are going start our first “Let’s Talk” category will “That Baby Life Though”. All about that Newborn – 12 months’ experiences. So fun! Hoping you all will share your wisdom on this topic. There is so much we can learn from each other. So many ways we can build each other up and bring encouragement. Perhaps there’s a product you discovered and absolutely love. Or you’ve learned to overcome the negativity in a really creative way. Or a way to sooth that teething baby (tired face emoji insert).Or whatever else is heavy on your heart.
I am going to start with some encouragement first.
MY SAY AFTER HAVING 5 KIDDOS-
-Enjoy them. LOVE on them, they grow so fast!
-Take a ton of pictures and videos and update them regularly. I created a scrapbook for each child with how they changed each month. They are so sweet to look back and enjoy. You can either fully create it yourself like the image I am attaching or use Shutterfly. They often have great coupons where you can create the books affordably. Also, as you are saving these pictures, delete the ones you know you won’t need. They stack up pretty quickly if you don’t edit as you go. Then five years later you have thousands and thousands of pictures you have to go through and that’ no fun.
-Find time for yourself. Things will NEVER be completely “done”. Something will always need your attention.
-Don’t forget about your husband. It’s so easy to put him on the back burner. You can read more about that HERE. Just remember, our kiddos are a gift God entrusted for a short time. Then, they will find that one that makes their heart flutter, get married and you will be left with your hubby. It’s so important for us to invest into our relationship with our spouse.
-An emergency bag. It’s really nice to have a bag filled will emergency things for those unexpected accidents. You know, like when you were in a hurry and your little peanut who now enjoys solid foods decides he needs to throw everything up that he just had – at your friend’s house, ha. Of course, it’s that day you forgot to throw an extra set of clothes for him into your diaper bag.
-Speak Life. Speak positively. Words HAVE so much power. Bless your little ones, they are so much negativity in this world today. When you are exhausted and just feel like giving up, think of that mom that just cannot have children but desperately wants one. Or the woman battling stage 4 cancer, she’d love to take your place running after little nuggets.
-Napping– If you baby is finally down for a nap and you are sleep deprived, nap with them! The dishes will never get done, neither will the laundry. But it’s amazing what a half an hour nap for mama will bring to the home. Happy wife = happy life. Can we get an AMEN!
-Embrace your new body. You don’t have to look like a supermodel 2 months after you give birth. Your body just carried another human being. Give it time to recover! Even if your best friend looked like she never had a baby 2 days after birth. Good for her but we are all different and not everyone bounces back so easily. Your health is so important.
-Storing clothes. I love being able to pass down the older kids’ clothing to the little ones. We use large plastic containers and just label them with the appropriate age.
-You are not perfect. No one expects perfection from you. Somedays things seem so perfect and top notch. Awesome. Other days, nothing seems to be going right, relax, tomorrow is a new day. Let’s share with each other the good and the bad. It’s so easy to display this “perfect” world of illusion. Don’t just share the awesomeness, embrace the struggles and be real.
There is so much more I can share, but I am sure you guys get tired of me! Tell me about yourself!
Favorite item I’ll share with is definitely this monitor. You will especially the talk button when the kiddos are a bit older. It’s so nice to just talk into the monitor and they have a button they can respond to you. SO helpful.
-Favorite product- Share a link to some of your favorite products? What have you tried and absolutely love? Pacifiers? Bottles? Sippy cups? Toys?
If the wiser and experienced you could share something with a younger self, what would you say?
Well, friends. I am so looking forward to hearing from all of you! Looking forward to the connections we will create. Most of all looking forward to the ways we will encourage each other. Share some things that you experienced with kiddos at that age. What did you learn? What were you most surprised by?
Lastly, want’s another topic you’d like covered?