The Motherhood Project: Katie

*due to the massive amounts of participants I have had willing to help me with this project, I will be posting not only on Fridays, but also Tuesdays

“Everything (rightfully so) becomes ALL about this little person after you give birth. You’re always on duty and don’t ever truly get a break. Even when you’re away from your kids they’re on your mind.”

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Name: Katie | Child: Emmaline

Did you enjoy your pregnancy?: I have had really easy pregnancies so far. I had morning sickness in the first trimester with both, but it was gone around 14-15 weeks both times and wasn’t TOO horrible. I enjoyed being pregnant up until the very end where I felt like a beached whale, my ribs always ached, and I was so anxious to meet my baby! I’m only halfway through this pregnancy, so we’ll see if it’s the same way!

How was your delivery experience?: Great! I had amazing nurses and doctors, and the epidural was my best friend. 😉 I pushed for around two hours and was extremely exhausted, but other than that it was pretty good as far as childbirth goes!

What is your biggest struggle when it comes to being a mom?: Oh man, motherhood is a beast sometimes. A beautiful, wonderful, amazing beast. I think my biggest struggle right now is not losing “me”. Everything (rightfully so) becomes ALL about this little person after you give birth. You’re always on duty and don’t ever truly get a break. Even when you’re away from your kids they’re on your mind. So sometimes its hard to be something other than “mom”. I try to keep hobbies, go on dates with my husband, read books, and treat myself from time to time. I’m first and foremost a mom, but I am also a lot of other things and I don’t want to squander those. In fact, I feel like doing those things makes me a better mom.

What is your biggest strength when it comes to being a mom?: I think I have found a good balance of structure and “go-with-the-flow”. I keep her safe, healthy, fed and we try to stick to some sort of routine. I have boundaries with her and teach her. But we also have fun! I’m not too strict. She gets to eat sweets here and there, we stay in our pajamas some days, we have late naps to play longer, and stuff like that. I hope my kids remember a fun but structured childhood.

What is your parenting style?: Is “survive” a parenting style?;) We do what works for us, and try not to listen too much to what others say, as long as my children are safe, healthy and happy.

What is your favorite part of the day with your child?: Nap time! Just kidding (mostly). I like the time after her nap. She’s rested and happy and I’ve been able to recharge during her nap, so I have the energy to play with her.

Who is an inspiration to you when it comes to motherhood?: My own mom. She had four kids (including twins), married my dad with his six kids, and they had me, making eleven. Eleven kids! And she handled it so well. We all felt so loved. She is such a patient and kind woman and goes out of her way to help people. I have always known she is amazing, but I’m even more astonished with what she did now that I myself am a mom.

Advice for fellow mothers who need a boost?: You are doing an amazing job. Truly. Motherhood is by far, by FAR, the hardest job on the planet. We all have bad days. You are not a failure. Keep your chin up, eat some chocolate, and tomorrow is a new day. 🙂

Where is a favorite place to shop for yourself? Favorite place to shop for your child/children?: I don’t shop for myself a lot (kids clothes are cuter) but I like places like H&M, Downeast, Old Navy, Charming Charlie…and does Target count? 😉 For my daughter I like Carters, Target, Old Navy, and Children’s Place the best for clothes.

What is one product for yourself you can’t live without? Favorite product for your child/children?: One product I have to have is chapstick. I HATE dry lips. My favorite is the original Burt’s Bees. The best! For my daughter, it was when she was a newborn. The Halo sleep sacks with the Velcro wings were AWESOME. It was the only swaddle she couldn’t break through.

How has being a mom changed your life?: It has changed my life in every way imaginable. All of the sudden you have to become so selfless and always put someone else’s needs before yours. I have never loved someone so much. I have never had my patience tried so much, either. I’ve never slept less or smiled more than I do now. I’m tired all the time, but I would never, ever want to change my life. I cry all the time, whether I’m happy or sad. Personally, I feel like I finally am doing what I was always meant to do. Is it hard? Oh, yes. Hardest thing I’ve ever done. But everything is a little brighter knowing this little person loves you more than anything in the world and to feel the same about them. Motherhood is the BEST. Period.

*If you have anyone you’d like to nominate to be featured on the blog (yourself included) send me their email or phone number and I will contact them/you! ceeceesparkles@gmail.com

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