The Motherhood Project: Rachel

“When you’re tucking them in at night, your heart is just so full no matter what went on that day, good or bad you made it through the day together!”

Name: Rachel | Children: Akiah-6 Knox-4 Bodie-2

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Did you enjoy your pregnancy?: There were parts that I really loved and other parts that weren’t as fun to experience and go through. I had toxemia and preeclampsia with all my pregnancies from 20-40 weeks. But I do miss the kicks, and the hiccups, just being pregnant in general is such an amazing thing!

How was your delivery experience?: Akiah- I had to have him 5 weeks early because of the preeclampsia. My blood pressure was so high that it was putting him in distress. They told me to come in and they’d do a c-section. At 7:00 pm they took us into the room, gave me an epidural and they got started. I had the shakes and I was emotional. I was going to be a first time Mom and I was so excited and nervous! I heard his cry and my Husband told me that he had a head full of dark hair. They placed him on the scale and he weighed 5lbs. 1 oz. my Husband brought him over to me and I got to hold my baby boy for the first time. He was perfect! They told me that he’d have to spend some time in the NICU so they took him away. As the Dr. was stitching up my incision, my epidural started to wear off. I could feel everything. They weren’t aloud to give me anything for the pain for what seemed like hours. Worse pain I’ve ever experienced. My husband was terrified. You could tell he wanted to take the pain away and help me but didn’t know what he could do. After I got the pain managed nothing else mattered but that sweet baby of mine. He stayed in the NICU for a month and we finally got to take him home! Knox- I knew I wanted to try for a V-bac this time. (a vaginal birth after cesarian.) They scheduled my induction on a Monday at 8:00 am. I came in with heavy contractions and they broke my water. Gave me an epidural and we started pushing at 5:00. It was a hard process for me. I wanted to give up a few times, he just didn’t want to come out. I started to tear, so they gave me an episiotomy. After 30 minutes of pushing he finally made his appearance! 9lbs and 1 oz. he was huge! And he had no hair. He was the exact opposite of his brother! Just when I thought I couldn’t love something or someone as much as I already did with Akiah, I held Knox in my arms and he too had a piece of my heart! Bodie- I had heavy contractions with him and thought I’d go to the hospital to be safe. It was almost midnight when I went in and they hooked me up to the machine to monitor my contractions. They were 3-5 minutes apart so they decided they would induce me and get me the epidural. We waited maybe 30 minutes and I felt like I needed to push. He was coming! The nurse checked me and said I was fine, but I still felt the pressure and the need to push. I told her again that he was coming and she checked me two minutes later, and she felt his head and ran to get the doctor. He came in and I pushed once and he was out! Easiest delivery out of the three! He practically fell out. Haha but once again we had another beautiful baby boy! He looked just like Knox! They could have been twins. All different experiences but ones that I will cherish and remember forever!

What’s your biggest struggle when it comes to being a mom?: Patience. Something you need when you’re a parent. Sometimes I lack in that area. When you’re a Mom you have to find a balance with everything you do. Sometimes it can be overwhelming trying to get everything done in one day.

What’s your biggest strength when it comes to being a mom?: I’ve wanted to be a Mom for as long as I can remember. From the moment I found out I was pregnant my life was changed forever! I was no longer Rachel, I was Mom! My kids are my life! There’s not a day that goes by where I won’t tell them how much I love them! They are my strength!

What is your parenting style?: Be the best Mom you know how to be. That’s it. I make mistakes, I learn from them and keep trying everyday to better. I’m sure I have a style… But I do my best everyday to raise good, strong, respectful and loving kids.

What is your favorite part of the day with your children?: Honestly… Bedtime. When you’re tucking them in at night, your heart is just so full no matter what went on that day, good or bad you made it through the day together! And most of the time, we’ve made some amazing memories!

Who is an inspiration to you when it comes to motherhood?: My own Mom! She raised me and my siblings all on her own and she always made sure we felt loved and taken care of. She set an amazing example for me of what a Mom should be!

Advice for fellow mothers who need a little boost?: Some days are just hard. But just remember that every day may not be good, but there’s something good in everyday! You just have to stay positive and find the good!!!

Where is your favorite place to shop for yourself? Favorite place to shop for your child/children?: Target! The saying really is true, you go in for one thing and come out having spent 100+ dollars. I’m not picky, anywhere really! I love Dillard’s for the boys. They always have cute name brand clothes and hats. But it doesn’t have to be name brand.. Walmart works just as good! They’re boys, they don’t care.

What’s one product for yourself you can’t live without? Favorite product for your child/children?: I don’t even know…. I’m trying to think if I HAVE to have something and other than the essential baby things.. Diapers, wipes etc. I’m good! Oh I guess if chocolate counts… Always carry a little chocolate bar in your bag for those extra rough days.

How has being a mom changed your life?: Oh man, everything about it has changed! Definitely for the better! Life is a lot more fun when you literally love someone more than you could have ever imagined! It’s such an indescribable feeling! Between my Husband and 3 boys, my heart is literally split into 4 equal pieces! Life is good. Life is beyond good. Motherhood is hard, but so rewarding and amazing!

*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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