What I Miss Most About My Pre-Mom Life

The other day I joined some other moms for a mom to mom chat on Instagram . We had a really open and introspective conversation about motherhood and our pre-mom life. We were to ask a general motherhood question and the question I brought up in the chat was—

” What I miss most about my pre-mom life? “

We got some really interesting answers!

It’s not our pre-mom body (although it would be nice). It was an answer that I think a lot of moms can relate to. I say this with confidence that most moms would agree that our time is what we desperately miss about our pre-mom life.

Oh time, why did  I forsake you in my teenage years? In my early twenties!!!

George Bernard Shaw was correct when he said Youth is wasted on the young, not that I’m old or anything. I’m still in my early thirties but when I think back on all the time I had available and how sometimes I would complain about how little time I had?  So foolish. I guess we can also add that Time is wasted on the Young.

The flexibility of life of a non-parent is something that most people will only acknowledge once they have actually had children. And oh boy! It will hit you like a ton of bricks when you realize you can’t use the bathroom without an audience being present, possibly commenting.

Sure you can make time for yourself as a parent, and you definitely should but it’s just not the same. You HAVE to make time.

All of your little “freedoms” get taken away and you live for the ankle biters. My kiddo “tells” me when it’s a good time to go grocery shopping, when to shower, when to sleep or not or when to eat, when it’s a good time to make a phone call (side note: there’s never a good time to get on an important call with a toddler. EVER)

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Not because he actually has control over me but because their needs come first. In a sense he does, because if you are not sensitive to their emotions it’s going to blow up in your face. Their sleep comes first mostly because cranky babies, toddlers and children aren’t something I’d like to deal with in the middle of the supermarket or anywhere.

Yes, tantrums sometimes happens anyways. But a well-rested & well-fed child is less likely misbehave (for a period of time, probably shorter then you think). That’s where the decision making comes into play. What task/errand is most important? Is going to the market right now worth the possible tantrum? Maybe not, maybe tomorrow will be a better day or maybe you are at their golden hour (well-slept & fed). Then go on mama! Hit the road!

So when do we get time to ourselves? Technically we don’t, we can choose to not do something else and use that time for ourselves. But keep in mind you’ll just have to  A: do what you were supposed to be quicker B: Not do it all.

If you are not yet a mom or dad or is expecting for the first time, please do take some time to yourself. If you are planning on getting pregnant, this would also be a great time to the those things you’ve always wanted to sans baby. Parenthood is tough, it’s exhausting and you don’t get breaks.

Is it worth it? Of course it is. But with everything that is worth something comes a lot of sacrifice, hard work and perseverance. You have to be ready and willing to deal with the demands of tiny human beings.

I miss my pre-mom life but I wouldn’t change being a mom for anything.

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Book Recommendations:

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1.For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker
2.The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori
3.Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom by Pamela Druckerman
4.Praying Circles Around Your Children by Mark Batterson
5.Motherhood Realized: An Inspiring Anthology for the Hardest Job You’ll Ever Love by Power of Moms

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Caring for Baby’s Sensitive Skin

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I’ve never once worried about chemicals before I got pregnant and I definitely wasn’t aware of skin-to-skin contact with mom and dad. Although that care free world was less stressful, I can’t imagine not reading labels today. I’m more laid back with the things I personally use, but I am adamant in using natural products with my son. Children’s skins are incredibly sensitive, especially babies and having the right product for their skin is something worth talking about.

I am grateful to have known about the importance of skin-to-skin contact while pregnant, but it certainly is eye-opening when you watch such videos as the one below for the WaterWipes #PureLove campaign.

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It’s safe to say how influential our bodies are to our babies and how essential keeping babies sensitive skin chemical-free.

If you have some tissues at hand or WaterWipes, please grab some before watching this video.

 

Chemical free products are good for anyone, but especially for growing little bodies.  I’m in the process of kinda potty training my toddler (with no success, I think I’m doing it wrong lol) and I think I’m using more wipes now than I have ever. Let’s say there has been a few accidents. I’m impressed with how WaterWipes can handle these messes without me having to add chemicals to my son’s delicate skin.

WaterWipes are made with just water (specially purified and softened) and grapefruit seed extract, hypoallergenic so it won’t irritate baby’s skin. To top it off, WaterWipes has been awarded the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance.

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Bringing a new baby in the world is hard enough, we shouldn’t also have to worry about what our baby wipes have in them. WaterWipes is a no-brainer for any parent with a newborn or a rambunctious toddler like myself (and the occasional furniture cleaning, yeah, we use wipes for pretty much anything around here).

Give WaterWipes a try, you won’t regret it. #PureLove I’m a #WaterWipesMom

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Looking for your next book to read?

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1.For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker
2.The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori
3.Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom by Pamela Druckerman
4.Praying Circles Around Your Children by Mark Batterson
5.Motherhood Realized: An Inspiring Anthology for the Hardest Job You’ll Ever Love by Power of Moms

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3 Tips for Keeping Your Home Organized

With the kids all out of school and running around creating chaos around the house we must put a plan together to keep the house organized during the summer break. My kiddo is not yet in school but I am certainly creating an atmosphere where I am able to keep my home clean and my son fed, clean and entertained.

When things are in order we think better and can be better utilize our time.

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Yes I am one of those moms that has her house neat & tidy. I keep a journal of my to-do’s and try to follow it as much as possible. There are the occasional dirty dishes in the sink and toys around the living room as with any other home but it gets taken care of every day.

So how do I do it? I have a toddler running around at all times but I have a cleaning schedule to keep my home organized that I follow religiously.  I have days for certain types of laundry, days for certain areas of the house for cleaning and schedule bigger jobs throughout the month.

There’s no way to keep track of it all without tip number 1. I’d be lost without my bullet journal.

TIP 1: KEEP A LIST

The first tip is to write down all that needs to be cleaned.  Once you have written those down, separate them into similar tasks, then you can specify the days you will do each of those cleaning tasks.

It’s different for everyone and every home has different priorities. I don’t care much for toys during the day but I am a stickler for things being clean.

TIP 2: SCHEDULE, SCHEDULE, SCHEDULE

I’ve seen loads of photos of piles of laundry. I keep a laundry schedule that won’t allow our clothes to get so huge that I can’t keep up. I schedule most of my day and my laundry is definitely a biggie.

Laundry days are as follows : Mondays (Personal laundry : mine, hubs & kiddo), Thursdays (Personal laundry : mine, hubs & kiddo), Fridays (Towels, which are all white to make things easier when washing & bedding).

Putting clothes away are what’s most tedious for most people I would think, it certainly is for me. Usually If I don’t put it away as soon as they are dry, it gets some alone time in the basket. So it’s best to put it away quickly.

Fridays are also when I clean the bathrooms & kitchen.

TIP 3: STAY AWAY FROM PHONES/TV’S/COMPUTERS

This one is the toughest for me. I tend to be on social media all day and I see how much of a time drainer it is. What I have been doing is using Spotify on my phone (music app) and turning on some music while I’m doing chores do my mind doesn’t drift into never ending social media scrolling.

I vacuum every other day or as needed. We have carpet and the kiddo drops food everywhere. So it’s done often.

Since I keep the house organized & tidy throughout the week I don’t have to take so long cleaning up. It gets easier when you schedule it out.

Bonus TIP: DIVIDE & CONQUER

Big task get placed into days I don’t have so much to do.  I try to do it when I have the most energy, which is after breakfast. Things like wiping down blinds & windows are bigger jobs and things I do not enjoy doing but as a necessary evil I schedule their cleanings on days when the load is lighter.

My house is mostly clean at all times, but keep in mind I’m a home body and also schedule errands & events on similar days. You won’t find me going out every day unless to the playground (which happens to be across the street from our home).

My cleaning schedule might not be for everyone, it’s something that works for me and the amount of time I’m willing to put into keeping my house clean and organized. I don’t work outside of the home which gives me a more flexible cleaning schedule.

But keeping a list and organizing errands and to-dos is beneficial to any and everyone.

Hope this helps you in some way and if you have any more tips, please add them to the comments below. Keeping your home organized can be done with a little bit of planning.

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Books To Read:

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1.For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker
2.The Absorbent Mind by Maria Montessori
3.Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom by Pamela Druckerman
4.Praying Circles Around Your Children by Mark Batterson
5.Motherhood Realized: An Inspiring Anthology for the Hardest Job You’ll Ever Love by Power of Moms

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