“To know we created this little perfect human, and to get to help him grow up is truly a divine calling.”
Name: Brooke | Child: Remington
Did you enjoy your pregnancy?: I didn’t love being pregnant, I just felt large and in charge and was too anxious to meet my little man. I loved feeling him kick and move around though, and I loved the ultra sounds. Now looking back, I was lucky to have such an easy pregnancy so I’m hoping with hindsight I’ll enjoy my pregnancy a little more next time!
How was your delivery experience?: Remington was very comfortable in me, he was not coming out on his own. A week after my due date I was induced. I was in labor for 14 hours, with very little progress. He was in distress and after his heart rate dropped scary low, it was decided a quick c-section would be the safest option for him. 10 minutes later we heard his little cry in the OR. It wasn’t how I imagined it because I wasn’t able to hold him immediately, but he got here safe! 🙂
What’s your biggest struggle when it comes to being a mom?: Breastfeeding, hands down. I had to give it up early due to his poor suck and my poor supply (bad combo). It was pretty devastating. It’s such a natural thing and you hear all these women who do it so easily and bond with their baby, so to not produce enough milk to support my baby was really hard. I know there are perks to bottle feeding, like my husband being able to feed him, but it still makes me sad I wasn’t able to do that for my baby.
What’s your biggest strength when it comes to being a mom?: I feel I’ve always been a patient person, and my patience has shown since becoming a mom. Late nights and a crying baby can be draining and frustrating but I feel I’ve done a good job staying calm and giving my son the extra tlc when he’s needing it.
What is your parenting style?: I have been around so many kids I thought I was going to be so laid back. Ha jokes on me. Having it be my own child I’m kinda a worrier. Is he eating enough, is he on a good schedule be to be good sleeper, am I holding him/putting him down enough, should I do more tummy time etc. Good thing for Google! I am trying to be somewhat in between totally relaxed and totally rigid. I want him to be on a good schedule and get good sleep, but I also don’t want his sleep to dictate our lives, I want him to be flexible.
What is your favorite part of the day with your child/children?: He’s really needy with his morning nap (which happens to be when I’m writing this). He won’t nap in his crib but zonks in my arms. It’s hard because I don’t get ready until later morning, like 11 🙈, but I will miss when he doesn’t want these morning snuggles!
Who is an inspiration to you when it comes to motherhood?: My sister! She is cool, calm, and collected when it comes to her kids. All of them are very different and she accommodates their individual needs so well! Her kids are all so funny, kind, well behaved, and happy!
Advice for fellow mothers who need a little boost?: Being such a new mom I’m not sure I have much advice yet, I guess it would be to cherish the little moments, because soon they will be gone.
Where is your favorite place to shop for yourself? Favorite place to shop for your child/children?: For myself if I can afford it Anthropologie is my absolute favorite. I am really liking the online boutique Piper and Scoot right now too. If I’m sticking to our budget, target! Target is my happy place! For Remington I love to shop at baby gap, tip- NEVER buy their clothes full price, get on their email list because they honestly have 40% off weekly. I have never bought something there for him full price! I also love Zara, especially for boys. Their clothes are unique and are priced pretty well.
What’s one product for yourself you can’t live without? Favorite product for your child/children?: I cannot live without my Volcano candle. Being at home so much now, it makes it my little sanctuary. It smells sooo good, if you’ve never had one, do your self a favor and buy one, they are pricey but last a while and so worth it! For my son I have loved the puj tub. We started out with one for the regular bathtub and it was so uncomfortable to bend over and he was chilly. This tub fits right in your sink and I swear he would chill in there all day if I let him!
How has being a mom changed your life?: How has it not changed my life! Everything in my life is different, but it’s so wonderful. It makes you really reflect on what’s important in life. And, not to get too religious, but it is so spiritual. To know that we created this little perfect human, and to get to help him grow up is truly a divine calling. I’m so honored to be his mom. It is a weird/wonderful thing to have your life revolve around this new tiny person, but it’s the greatest thing!
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