“It’s amazing how much we can love a little person from the first instant we see them.”
Name: Felicia Houston
Child/Children’s Names/ages: Hank – 20 months
Did you enjoy your pregnancy?: I loved being pregnant with Hank. I had mild morning sickness that lasted until I was 19 weeks and REALLY swollen ankles the last month. Those are the only things that stand out in my mind, so i really cant say a bad word about being pregnant. It was a magical 9 months -full of worry, of course, pregnancy can be scary- but
oh so magical!
How was your delivery experience?: My delivery was wonderful. I was so worried about it my whole pregnancy. My biggest fear was going to the hospital and being sent home. But in the end, it was kind of a breeze. I had a doctors appointment Monday morning. He stripped my membranes and told me i’d have some bad cramps but don’t go to the hospital. Two hours later the “bad cramps” started. They started to get closer together and more intense. I had no idea they were contraction. I think I said to Kyle probably 30 times, “if these are just the bad cramps i’m not gonna make it. I can’t have a baby.” I called my mom to ask her about it and she said they sounded like contractions and if i wanted to have a baby today i needed to go for a walk to keep them coming closer together. So we
did. At about 5:45 that night they were about 2-3 minutes apart and i started throwing up, so my mom told me to go to the hospital. I walked in so scared they would turn me away – but they didn’t!! I was far enough they let me stay. They gave me an epidural, broke my water, and i progressed really quickly until i got to about a 8 1/2. Then we sat there and waited for a couple hours. At 3:28 am and after an hour of pushing – Hank was finally born. It wasn’t the delivery i had imagined in my head. They didn’t let Kyle cut the cord and i only got to touch him for probably 10 seconds before they rushed him down the hall to the NICU team. But everything turned out fine. After a week in the NICU our sweet little baby got to come home to us. It was a week full of lots of emotions (and hormones), but i wouldn’t change anything about it.
What’s your biggest struggle when it comes to being a mom?: I think one of my biggest struggles is trying to balance being a fun mom while still doing real life stuff like laundry,
cleaning the house, and grocery shopping. Sometimes I think Hank gets board of me cause i’m the parent that folds the laundry and then dad comes home and they build a fort together and get out every toy in the entire house. So during the day I have to make sure I spend enough time just being with Hank and not worrying if my to-do list gets done.
What’s your biggest strength when it comes to being a mom?: I think my biggest strength is communicating with Hank. –But that is probably Hanks doing and not mine.– I can explain to him why we can’t do something and he nods his head ok and moves on. He rarely gets upset when I explain to him why we cant do something and life just moves on. He’s an awesome little guy.
What is your parenting style?: I’m kind of just a go with the flow kind of mom. I was raised to just go with the flow, so as a mom I am the same way. Hank does have a pretty good schedule, but we’re very flexible. Which means sometimes Hanks nap is in the car. But thats ok with me. I cant handle being in the house all day to keep a strict schedule. So we just go with the flow because every day is different.
What is your favorite part of the day with your child/children?: My favorite part of the day with Hank is when he wakes up from his nap. He usually takes a good 10 minutes
after he wakes up to really wake up. So for 10 minutes all he wants to do is snuggle with me on the couch. It’s my favorite part of the day. It melts me, and it always gives me a little pick me up to keep trying to be the best mom I can be for him because I feel so lucky he is mine.
Who is an inspiration to you when it comes to motherhood?: I look up to so many people with their amazing examples. But of course my main inspiration is my mother. She is
literally the most amazing mom. She was always my best friend growing up and she still is. I call her probably way more than i should. But i don’t care… and i don’t think she does either! 🙂 I hope i can be that kind of mom for my kids.
Advice for fellow mothers who need a little boost?: Just remember we are all making it up as we go. Just try your best to make your baby happy and that’s all that really matters!
Where is your favorite place to shop for yourself? Favorite place to shop for your child/children?: My favorite place to shop for Hank is Target. They have cute stuff that you don’t have to spend a fortune on. I don’t really have a favorite store for myself. Boring – i know. But it really just depends on the day for me.
What’s one product for yourself you can’t live without? Favorite product for your child/children?: All I need is a Diet Coke a day. haha just kidding. But seriously. It keeps me going. For Hank I love, Eucerin Baby Eczema Relief Body Creme. I have tried a lot of different things on his dry eczema little legs but every since i started using this his skin has been so soft!! I would recommend it over anything else.
How has being a mom changed your life?: Being a mom has been the funnest, most fulfilling, and most challenging thing all in one. It’s amazing how much we can love a little person from the first instant we see them. I would do anything for Hank, even though he tests my patience everyday. Having a baby of my own has given me a whole new perspective. It makes me love things more, appreciate things more, admire my own parents more, and have better goals for myself. Being a mom is an amazing blessing.
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