I want to start off by saying thank you for visiting my page! Next, I would like to tell you a little bit about myself my experience as a new mom and share with you my reason for starting this blog. “Out of the Mouths of BABES” Throughout my blog you will see parts of sentences in bold, this means it is a topic I have already or will soon be discussing. If you can’t find it or would like to know when I will be posting about such items in bold just send me an email. I’ll get back to you as soon as I can!
Now to INTRODUCE myself…..
My name is Miriah, “Hi!” (waves)
In my blog I will touch on everything from biggest parenting failures and successes, to secret family recipes, tips on how to spot or deal with postpartum, controversial parenting subjects such as breastfeeding vs. formula, product recalls, take and post polls on hot topics and so much more. Honestly, I have hundreds of ideas and topics rolling around in my head that I’m just dying to share with you and your friends! So, please tell a friend and never be afraid to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions,comment or topics ideas.
Now a bit about myself. 🙂
I’m 25 years old living in the Land of a Thousand Lakes (state reference, in case you didn’t catch that) with my six month old son and his father. I am a stay at home mom, that more than anything wanted to find a way to be productive in my life while still being able to stay home with my son. (Hints, this blog) My boyfriend works overnights and works anywhere from forty to sixty hours a week to support the three of us and I APPRECIATE it more than I have words. We’ve lived in our two bedroom apartment for almost nine months now and believe me if we didn’t have a wonderful support system of friends and family we couldn’t of made it this far. Heck, I wouldn’t even be writing this blog if it wasn’t for the help of a close friend and just think, then you’d be missing out on this awesome experience! *wink wink *
Being a stay at home mom, like anything else in life, you have your likes and your dislikes. To give a little better picture of me, I’ll touch on a few of them now.
- Mornings… definitely not my thing at all! If I hear my son crying whether it’s because he’s hungry or just playing in his crib and I roll over to see my alarm clock say its before seven am you can bet your shoelaces I’m going to let out a little grumble as I get out of my warm and cozy bed. DISLIKE! But walking in to see his gorgeous smile, that is just for me, priceless!LIKE!
- Teething… now teething is tough on me, and I’m sure others can relate to this, because who wants to see their child in pain?! That’s the obvious reason right? But giving them medication to soothe the pain. DISLIKE! Why, some of you might ask? A couple different reasons; one being it’s messy and stains clothes if they spit it out, which leads into my second reason, flavor! Even as an adult, medications for colds never taste good. Yes, yes, I know they aren’t suppose to taste good, I understand that but infants don’t understand that if you take the nasty medication you’ll feel better and won’t have to take it anymore.
- Watching them learn… everyone thinks yes, of course watching them grow and learn! LIKE! I don’t think parent out there can or will argue that but if you’re not a parent, one I’m curious as to why you’re reading this blog but still approve (keep reading my friend) two, it’s not a feeling you can explain with words. I mean to watch this person you created learn to roll over, play with their toes, hold their bottle for the first time, crawl, walk and use the potty. That’s ALL YOU! It’s the most fulfilling thing I have ever experienced. LIKE….no, LOVE!!!
Having a boyfriend that works overnights can be difficult for all three of us. It’s hard for him especially when it’s one of those times he works a mandatory weekend. Those typically end up being twelve day work stretches. That’s twelve days of going to bed at 2pm and waking up with enough time to get to work. So, he’s either sleeping or working for most of his day. Where does that leave much time for his son, his girlfriend or himself? This is ONLY ONE reason why I appreciate everything he does for our family! It’s hard on our son for the obvious reason, he doesn’t get to spend a whole lot of time with his daddy. Yes, he is only six months right now but TIME is ALWAYS of the ESSENCE! I’ll touch briefly on one reason a lot of people might not think of, on why it’s hard for me. When do I get to be girlfriend and not just a mother? Don’t get me wrong I LOVE being a mother and I don’t ever feel like I’m doing it alone. I just don’t always feel like I get enough time with my boyfriend, to myself that is but more on that later, look for think of YOURSELF in upcoming postings.
To tell you a bit about my experience as a new mom. The first few days home can either be the easiest or the hardest for you. For me it was like a cake walk, you go and go and go and then the music stops and you rush to find a seat, so you can have that cake because come’ on everyone loves cake! That’s what it was like for me. I just went and did and kept doing until he fell asleep and then there was my cake! Sleep, yes, sleep was my cake. When the doctors send you home and tell you sleep when he sleeps they mean business! I myself wish I had followed that advice more than I did. Sleep is important as we all know but definitely for new moms. Your child needs you to be well rested whether you’re breastfeeding or using formula.
It’s a new experience having someone that depends on you for EVERYTHING and it can also be very exhausting! Some of you might be able to relate it to when you were a kid and wanted your first pet. Your parents sat you down and told you how much work it was going to be and that it would be completely your responsibility. I myself never got that talk but I grew up in the out in the country or in the backwoods, as folks from my old town might say and we had so many cats that we never noticed if there was a new one or a neighbor cat that came to eat in the morning. Children especially babies depend on you for everything. This can be easier to some than others.
For me it was all instinct my first few weeks home. If my gut told me to do it I never bothered to run it by my brain for double checking and that’s my best advice. Trust your inner mom! Or if you’re too scared (WHICH IS COMPLETELY UNDERSTANDABLE) there is always Google because that’s what being an adult is anyway right? I joke I do, but I use Google almost on the daily. For anything really. How to make food, suggested sleeping schedules for your child’s age, when they start solid foods or first foods, how to tell if your child is constipated. EVERYTHING! To sum up, trust yourself and if all else fails your friend Google will be there with a helping hand.
That’s about all I have time for today but I hope you all will be back tomorrow and I’d love you hear from you. Questions, comments or ideas.
Thank you for reading, now go get your mom on!
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