The Motherhood Project: Courtney

Back by popular demand – The Motherhood Project! I am excited to be featuring a mom every week on my blog! If you want to be featured or know someone you would like to nominate to be featured, read the information at the bottom of this post and we’ll make it happen! xo

“Being a mom has changed me, it has given me new goals and dreams, it gives me a purpose. It has helped me with patience, compassion, sympathy, unconditional love.”

Name: Courtney | Child: Bentley, 9 months

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Did you enjoy your pregnancy?: When I found out I was pregnant I was only 4 weeks along and was so excited. We took a few pregnancy tests, but the second line was always so faint so finally I went and got my blood drawn to get a for sure answer! It’s crazy all the thoughts and emotions that go through your head when it is finally real! I dreamed of that moment throughout my whole childhood and now it was really happening! I thought I was in the clear from morning sickness until it hit really hard around 6 weeks and lucky me it lasted until I was 17 weeks pregnant. I threw up constantly usually 2-3 times a day. My normal daily activities made me nauseous such as brushing my teeth, taking a shower, driving. Haha don’t worry I still did all these things, but it definitely wasn’t enjoyable. Then of course with pregnancy comes hormone changes, my poor husband. You know he is a keeper when he sticks around through all the crying, puking, and getting mad for no reason. Then after 17 weeks it was uphill I started feeling baby move. I finally looked pregnant not chubby, and things started getting closer and closer. Third trimester is the biggest test of patience! You finally hit 30 weeks and for some reason your brain things ok I am ready, but baby isn’t and you still have the longest 10 weeks ahead of you. Accompanied with body aches and not sleeping very well, I waited and waited! Looking back now I am grateful for those last few weeks. My baby was so big in there I could see him move and feel everything he was doing. I loved being pregnant and and excited for when I get to experience that again.

How was your delivery experience?: I walked into one of my one week check ups at 8am and 37+5 weeks pregnant and I knew something was off. I didn’t sleep at all the night before I was up with body aches and a few contractions. So right when i walked into my doctors office to get checked in my water broke. I felt a huge gush of water down my legs I went to the bathroom and yes I was definitely my water. I walked out of the bathroom and told my doctor I thought my water broke, she took me into the room to check and yes it had broke and it was time for my little man to come. She wheeled me over to L&D and I got checked In and changed. She checked to see if I was dialated and I was only at a 1+ she let me labor until about 3 then I asked for an epidural! Finally some relief. They started pitocin at 4 and by 5 I was a 6, they checked again an hour later and I was at a 10!! Finally time to push! I started pushing at 6 and pushed and pushed, my epidural stopped working from my waist up so I could feel all my contractions in my stomach and had really bad back labor. I pushed on my side for most of my delivery. Finally after 3 hrs of pushing my sweet boy made his entrance sunny side up with his umbilical cord wrapped around his head. They plopped him on my tummy cut the cord and rushed him to the bed to do some respiratory work. Luckily I didn’t tear! Finally my sweet boy was here, 6lbs 12oz and 20 inches long. And the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.

What’s your biggest struggle when it comes to being a mom?: Being a mom I have struggled with sleep deprivation, I am still nursing and that drains me. He is still eating through out the night and then of course through the day so I feel tired constantly, but I wouldnt change that for anything, I am so grateful for our breastfeeding journey! Us moms always push through it though right. To help with energy I make sure to drink water and eat enough to maintain my energy and produce milk for my baby.

What’s your biggest strength when it comes to being a mom?: When I became a mom I realized I am a pretty patient person. All the crying and rocking baby to sleep can be frustrating. In the beginning I thought I knew what was best turns out my baby did. I just have to watch for his ques to help schedule his day. Recognize when he is tired or hungry or not feeling good. I have noticed that he needs a night time routine to wind down in order to go to bed. Patience comes easier when you are always around your child when you know what to expect and you know what those little ques are.

What is your parenting style?: I never want to enable my child. I love watching him explore, get dirty, and have fun. Of course there are some boundaries on that when it comes to safety because if I let him he would be sticking his little fingers in every outlet in the house. He loves to play in the dogs water and food bowl, and sometimes I let him he just wants to splash or feel the dog food between his fingers. Babies are so curious and I have loved letting and watching him explore that and find new textures and figure out how things work by touching them or putting them in his mouth.

What is your favorite part of the day with your child/children?: Mornings, my little man wakes up so happy and talkative. He is constantly smiling and laughing. We wake up and get the toys out I love watching his little mind start working so quick, he wants to touch every toy and crawl all over the house, say good morning to the dog of course by crawling all over his bed and pulling on his ears!

Who is an inspiration to you when it comes to motherhood?: My mom, she has raised me in a way that taught me to love myself to trust myself and she always made sure to tell me how much she trusted me. She was always transparent as a mother. She has taught me all I know about being a mother. She has the answers to all my questions and supports me in all I do. She has always made sure I know how much she loves me and that is something I will always make sure to tell my children!

Advice for fellow mothers who need a little boost?: Just keep trying, none of us are doing it right we are all just trying. And what is best for us is probably the worst for many others. Motherhood is a game of trial and error. Just keep smiling through it and keep trying.

Where is your favorite place to shop for yourself? Favorite place to shop for your child/children?: For myself I love shopping at hope avenue, old navy, or target! For my baby I love h&m, and old navy!

What’s one product for yourself you can’t live without? Favorite product for your child/children?: COCONUT OIL!!! We both use this and I use it for everything moisturizer, shaving cream! And it is the only thing I use on his skin! It gets rid of red bum and makes his skin so soft!

How has being a mom changed your life?: Being a mom has changed me, it has given me new goals and dreams, it gives me a purpose. It has helped me with patience, compassion, sympathy, unconditional love. It has helped my marriage the connection and love we have for eachother has grown so much. It has modivated me to do things like get into shape or make more money! Being a mom is challenging and rewarding and the best thing I have ever done!

*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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The Motherhood Project: Valerie

“I honestly have my children to thank for the pure happiness and joy I have in my life right now.”

Name: Val | Children: Eli 2, Ivy 10 Months.

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Did you enjoy your pregnancies?: I enjoyed being pregnant for the most part with Eli, but I absolutely hated being pregnant with Ivy. I was miserable!

How was your delivery experience?: Delivery with Eli was pretty close to perfect. Delivery with Ivy was awful!

What is your biggest struggle when it comes to being a mom?: My biggest struggle is being patient 100 percent of the time.

What is your biggest strength when it comes to being a mom?: I get to stay home with my babies so I love spending so much time with them and knowing everything that they want/need.

What is your parenting style?: I have no idea what my parenting style is. I love them to death. I do my best to communicate to and with them and go from there.

What is your favorite time of the day with your children?: I love the mornings!

Who is an inspiration to you when it comes to motherhood?: An inspiration to me would be my sister. She not only loves and cherishes her own children, but she is that way towards all children.

Advice for moms who need a little boost?: If you need a little boost, a couple of things. First, it is not for forever. We all know too well that time goes by too fast. But sometimes it’s very hard when you are in the middle of it. Just tell yourself “This isn’t forever.” And give yourself a break. You are doing the best that you can and that is all your children need.

Where is your favorite place to shop for yourself/for your kids?: What, shopping for myself!? I haven’t done that since having kids. Before kids though, was Nordstrom. Kids, I love Carters, Gymboree and Dillards.

What is an item you can’t live without/your kids can’t live without?: I can’t live without my body pillow. And my kids can’t live without their soft swaddle blankets.

How has being a mother changed you?: Being a mother has changed my life in so many ways for the better! I had no idea how much I could love another person. I had no idea how much joy I would have in having kids. I have become so much stronger in the gospel because of my kids. I honestly have my children to thank for the pure happiness and joy I have in my life right now.

*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

The Motherhood Project: Ciarra

“my son knows how to throw away his trash and pick up his room but I still let him be a kid he’s still learning and as a parent that’s a beautiful thing to watch everyday”

Name: Ciarra Robnett | Child/Children’s Names/ages: Logan Robnett 1 1/2

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Did you enjoy your pregnancy?: Yes and no, there were times where he would sit on a pressure point and make me fall to the floor and than there’s those moments you feel them moving around kicking and of course when you get to hear the heart beat especially the first time.

How was your delivery experience?: It was different, I didn’t scream and yell like I thought I would have. However he did break my tale bone so that wasn’t fun.

What’s your biggest struggle when it comes to being a mom?: sometimes financial can come into play but it depends on how well you manage money, potty training is a struggle as well

What’s your biggest strength when it comes to being a mom?: When your baby/child comes to you or calms down when handed to you after they got hurt or upset and all they want is there mom, knowing that my child can come to me and I can comfort them and be there for them has to be one of my biggest strengths as a mom

What is your parenting style?: I would say a little layed back but not to much my son knows how to throw away his trash and pick up his room but I still let him be a kid he’s still learning and as a parent that’s a beautiful thing to watch everyday

What is your favorite part of the day with your child/children?: When I get home from work, because by that time (on a good Utah day) we go out and play with some toys kick the ball around for a little bit than its time for dinner.

Who is an inspiration to you when it comes to motherhood?: I would say my grandma’s they have been through so much and yet they are still standing strong it’s vary rare you see those woman show their struggles.

Advice for fellow mothers who need a little boost?: Try taking a nap when the baby does, it may seem like the ideal idea to clean and shower but really mommy needs to have time to her self during that time and get some sleep

Where is your favorite place to shop for yourself? Favorite place to shop for your child/children?: I generally go to Walmart for both

What’s one product for yourself you can’t live without? Favorite product for your child/children?: Logan cant live without his Elmo he’s got to have it everywhere we go. I never got into thought of what I can’t live without because I’m always so focused on my child.

How has being a mom changed your life?: he honestly has made me a lot stronger than I was before, I have been more determined to do better in life and show my son, I finished High School I got a better pay job and now we live in a apartment and it only keeps going up there

*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

The Motherhood Project: Katie

“These babies rely on me for everything, and it is both humbling and incredible that I am trusted to take on this job!!”

Name: Katie | Child/Children’s Names/ages: Sam, 2 years and Sophie, 5 months 🙂

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Did you enjoy your pregnancy?: I LOVED my first pregnancy! It was absolutely perfect (I know, I hate myself too ha!). My second one was not as good, though. I had morning sickness the first three months (and had none with my first!) and there were a lot of unknowns that made it a very stressful time. Thank God, everything turned out beautifully in the end, and I have a perfect little girl that made all of that worth it!

How was your delivery experience?: Delivery was crazy and hard and painful and beautiful and the most amazing experience in the world, all at once. I shared both of my birth stories on my blog! You can read them here and here.

What’s your biggest struggle when it comes to being a mom?: Definitely balancing everything. Some days, I do it fairly gracefully, and other days I’m just a hot mess. I think all moms can relate to that!

What’s your biggest strength when it comes to being a mom?: I love my babies with everything that I have.

What is your parenting style?: Hmm not sure! Don’t think I could pick just one “style.”

What is your favorite part of the day with your child/children?: In the morning, when they’re all snuggly and we just cuddle up and wake up together. Best part of the day. 🙂

Who is an inspiration to you when it comes to motherhood?: My own mom. She was my best friend and I often refer to things she’s told me when I’m parenting my own babies!

Advice for fellow mothers who need a little boost?: You’ve got this and you are NOT alone! We all have hard days, this journey of motherhood is NOT easy, but it is so rewarding and the good days outweigh the bad!

Where is your favorite place to shop for yourself? Favorite place to shop for your child/children?: For myself, I love Nordstrom, Shopbop and Target (duh) because they literally have everything you could want. For my babies, I love H&M, Gap, Old Navy and all of the adorable shops on Instagram and Etsy that I find! I love supporting small businesses and fellow #mombosses. 🙂

What’s one product for yourself you can’t live without? Favorite product for your child/children?: I can’t live without COFFEE. Does that count as a product? 😉 For my kids, I am obsessed with the Dock-A-Tot (seriously I’m convinced it’s the reason my baby sleeps so well!), swaddles, white noise, the mamaroo, Solly Baby wrap and… a stroller! All necessary!

How has being a mom changed your life?: Being a mom has changed my life in so many ways, but the number one thing is that it has made me learn to be selfless. These babies rely on me for everything, and it is both humbling and incredible that I am trusted to take on this job!! I’ve learned so much already in these two short years of motherhood, and know I have so much more that I will learn, thanks to these sweet little people whom I get to call my own!

See more of Katie on her Instagram, Twitter and Blog (click for links)

*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

The Motherhood Project: Katie

“Keep believing in yourself, because what you are doing is God’s work.”

Name: Katie | Children’s Names/ages: Bennett (3) Calvin (1)

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What’s your biggest struggle when it comes to being a mom?: Patience! Sometimes I forget that they are only as little as they are and my expectations need to be brought down. I also am constantly trying to work on letting go of the little things that don’t matter.

What’s your biggest strength when it comes to being a mom?: I like to think I’m a fun mom. 😉 I actually really think my greatest strength as a mom is my greatest strength as a person and that is that I’m an optimist. I think that carries over to my parenting and I try to see the good in every situation and stage! It makes a world of difference when I’m being a positive and looking on the bright side, especially when the days are difficult.

What is your favorite part of the day with your children?: I really enjoy the mornings. I love the days we get to hang out at home, eat otterpops at 10 am, play outside, and just let them be boys in their own surroundings. I also love to take them on little adventures in the morning! It’s my time to really focus on them.

Who is an inspiration to you when it comes to motherhood?: My own mom is probably my greatest inspiration. Becoming a mom myself has given me a new and greater appreciation for my mom. I admire her in so many ways. I’m also really blessed with lots of other “moms”, from my sisters to my grandma’s, to neighbors. I have the best women in my life leading and cheering me along!

Advice for fellow mothers who need a little boost?: Keep believing in yourself, because what you are doing is God’s work. It’s hard to keep that perspective, but if you believe in yourself that can help you tackle the hard days and long nights! I also think sometimes when you are having a bad day, taking 10 minutes or an hour to be by yourself and have your favorite treat works wonders. 🙂

How has being a mom changed your life?: Being a mom is who I am. I can’t imagine my life without my boys! They continually mold me in the person I am designed to be. They are the best parts of me and have taught me far more lessons than I could ever teach them! Most importantly, they’ve helped me to slow down and enjoy the simple things in life, because it’s those little things that make up the big things.

*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

The Motherhood Project: Michelle

“I strive to be the best that I can be for him, because he deserves the best.”

Name: Michelle | Child Names/age: Payton 2 1/2

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Did you enjoy your pregnancy?: For the most part. I mean for it being mainly in the summer time, it wasn’t too bad.

How was your delivery experience?: It was the scariest but most amazing thing I’ve experienced. It could have definitely been better. I was in labor for 16 hours and had him at 1030 p.m. I ended up needing emergency surgery, because I was losing too much blood. So I saw him for a few minutes, did skin to skin with him, then went back to surgery. I saw him at 4 in the morning, and was so exhausted. But I would do it all again in a heart beat, for us both to be here safe.

What’s your biggest struggle when it comes to being a mom?: Patience, and the lack of.

What’s your biggest strength when it comes to being a mom?: Being understanding. I always want to be there to understand why he is upset so we can solve the problem.

What is your favorite part of the day with your child/children?: Coming home from work, and having him run up to me super excited to see me. Giving me a giant hug and lots of kisses.

Who is an inspiration to you when it comes to motherhood?: My Mom. She is my best friend. Always there for me to lean on when I need support or someone to talk to. She shows me the patience that I need to have with Payton.

Advice for fellow mothers who need a little boost?: You can do this. Some days may be easier than others but tomorrow is a new day. Remember they love you, no matter what mistakes you think you’re making.

Where is your favorite place to shop for yourself? Favorite place to shop for your child/children?: For myself, it would definitely be Gormans or JcPenny’s. For Payton, Baby’s R Us, Carters, or Target, clearance is our best friend.

What’s one product for yourself you can’t live without? Favorite product for your child/children?: For myself, my eye liner, I feel naked with out it. For Payton, his sippy cups. He’s always got one.

How has being a mom changed your life?: Its made me a stronger person. I strive to be the best that I can be for him, because he deserves the best.

*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

The Motherhood Project: Kaime

“I am SO very grateful heavenly father chose me to be a mom to his precious children and nothing makes me happier than being their mom.”

Name: Kaime | Children: Drake 4, Kacen 2 and one on the way:)

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Did you enjoy your pregnancy?: I LOVED being pregnant. With that said I was really sick in all 3, however its not that i loved being sick. I love everything else. I love the process. I love the kicks. I love bonding with someone i have never met. I think being pregnant is one of the coolest experiences. Hard but super neat. What an amazing thing our body does.

How was your delivery experience?: I have so far had 2 types of delivery. I did the whole hospital/epidural thing for my first and the natural/at home/midwife thing with my second. My third we are going to do a mix of hospital/natural/midwife 🙂 They were both different. I have pros and cons for both. There is definitely something special or memorable about the natural birth, hence why we are choosing it a second time. I felt with the epidural i was tired and sluggish as well as my son for a couple weeks after and felt I had a little postpartum with it. My second child I was up and trying to do laundry after the first hour. For me i personally like the natural delivery more. I had more complications in the first delivery, but hey I looked great afterwards! haha!

What’s your biggest struggle when it comes to being a mom?: Patience. I lack patience so bad. I also struggle to not compare to all the other fit, cute and seemingly perfect moms out there.

What’s your biggest strength when it comes to being a mom?: I LOVE my boys more than i can express and i feel like it shows to them. I think i am good at expressing my feelings towards them and making them aware how loved they are.

What is your favorite part of the day with your child/children?: I love the little moments. The snuggles, random kisses and i love you’s. I love watching their facial expression when they see and/or are doing something they love. The excitement in their little faces is priceless. I don’t have a particular time. I think being around them can be some of the most fun in a day i have.

Advice for fellow mothers who need a little boost?: DON’T compare yourself to others and know what you are doing is best for you and your kids, not the people looking in telling you how to parent. Everyone has different wants and needs. You are doing your best, and you’re doing great!

What’s one product for yourself you can’t live without? Favorite product for your child/children?: For myself, my false eyelashes. NO. Not because Chelsea is amazing and I love her work, but lets be real. I never get ready for the day so having them makes me feel ok, to be out in the world. 🙂
My kids: baby wipes. That plain and simple. Wipes, wipes everywhere!

How has being a mom changed your life?: I look back at my “old life” pre kids and had a lot of fun, but nothing compares to the new moments i am making with them. I am SO very grateful heavenly father chose me to be a mom to his precious children and nothing makes me happier than being their mom. I look back at that life and think i will take my boys with the good, bad and ugly anyway before returning to that lifestyle. They have changed me for the better and have made me see people in a whole new light. I have more compassion for others and more love to go around. I LOVE being a mom!

*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