I’m sure I’m not the only one with this type of blog post, but I assure you that there’s always something new you can get from a different point of view.
New moms like me always discover new things according to their generations…decades they live in too. Maybe you will resonate with me with the thoughts I’ll share here today.
When I visited the mall I usually went up or down on the electrical escalator. But now that the baby is always with me and I move around with him in the stroller, I tend to direct my gaze to the in-store signs that point to the elevators. Thank you Macy’s, JC Penney, Sears, Old Navy, you make my shopping experience way more pleasant.
Family restrooms and nursing rooms
These definitely make my life easier! I recently discover that nursing my baby in public affects his focus on just breastfeeding, because the people around him are a big distraction. So I tried the nursing room this past holiday season and our breastfeeding time was uninterrupted and comfortable.
Besides the nursing room I also use the family restrooms to change my baby’s diaper, because they’re cleaner and quiet. For some reason my baby dislikes diaper changes and it makes it a better experience if I change him in a calm environment.
Shopping cart children’s seat covers
Among some of the discoveries of this century for me, there’s the shopping cart cover. My little one likes to put his mouth everywhere including the shopping cart handle and having him seated on the cover ensures that he’ll at least be chewing on a cleaner surface. My shopping cart is also a high chair cover; it’s the Gold Bug. I bought mine at Walmart, but you can also find it on Amazon too.
A new perspective on fashion
•loose shirts, blouses, leggins, strapless dresses, sleeveless dresses, flatforms, platforms, sandals
Hi, I’m a breastfeeding mom. I confess I’m a freak of all kinds of tops that allow me to breastfeed my baby without the trouble of wearing a bra. Same goes for the dresses I mostly use to go to church. Why did I mention flat or comfy shoes? Well, I like to carry my son most of the time and I wouldn’t like to fall off my feet with high heels on. As much as I love them, I reserve them for when hubby can do the baby lifting. I swear, I try to wear beautiful footwear all the time. Though I sometimes think sandals aren’t my type of fashion.
Jewelry selection (long earrings vs studs) I go C-R-A-Z-Y about long earrings. But I don’t want to go insane if my little one ends up pulling one and ripping my earlobe.
When I’m desperate about painting my nails, I have to forget about going to bed when my son falls asleep. I open my nailpolish drawer, and grab one that gives me several days of happiness everytime I look at my hands and toes.
I never knew the word “declutter” until I met my son. Ever since before I got married I stored soooo many things I never used, or just things I was attached to emotionally. But the clutter and the mess grew bigger around me. (Nothing I’m proud of, but hey it’s my truth and it’s all getting better) If you’re interested, you can follow my favorite vloggers and bloggers here for decluttering and cleaning your house with joy:
Minimalist blogger Sarah The Mindful Minimalist
Minimalist blogger Ali Martell on Instagram and Facebook she is @mamá_mínima
Vloggers that love cleaning and tidying their houses:
A Place To Nest https://www.youtube.com/user/aplacetonest
Clutter Bug https://www.youtube.com/user/OrganizedClutterbug
Scheduled house cleaning
Yes. I schedule my house cleaning as much as I can and manage it according to how my little one is demanding time from me on a daily basis. If I tell you I beat the agenda everyday I’m lying; because when you have a baby or a toddler and you are a stay at home mom, you have to leave the cleaning aside and meet his needs.
Normal strength vs supernatural strength
When the day runs smooth, I just use my normal strength throughout the day to do chores, breastfeed, play with the baby, etc…But hey, when I’m tired from the day before because I breastfed more, or I ran a lot of errands, or my son had a small accident during the day, that’s when supernatural strength develops within me. Doesn’t it happen to you? It’s like you know you are breaking barriers, and employing all of your physical, mental and spiritual power to get through the rest of the day. I’m working to keep this at a healthy level girls; it’s a must. Our loved ones need us whole.
•divided prayer/meditation time
Again, as I was saying we need to be whole for ourselves, for the love of those around us. If meditation for you works best to start the day with the right mood, go ahead and plan it that way. If it works best for you at night, please do so. But have some time to breathe, listen to some positive affirmations, pray, read a great self help book for a few minutes, or your spiritual guidance book.
My son developed milk protein allergy, so I had to change to non dairy products and created a different menu for both of us that allowed me to accomplish extended breastfeeding. I will share with you my favorite non dairy products some time soon.
Sometimes we forget that we have to make time for this. We can’t expect that everyone around us to come and hug us, or treat us right if we don’t have the love inside and reflect it. We tend to attract what we have within. I like my 15 minutes yoga in the morning, my coffee, my devotionals, my journaling, my reading time and prayer time. These things get me throughout the day smoothly, in a better mood and centered mentally, emotionally and spiritually. If you don’t love yourself first, you can’t perform those tasks that reflect your love for your family with excellence.
I’m certain that this list will keep growing,but until then I’d LOVE to read what are the things you’ve learned as a new mom or a mom with experience. Share some with me in the comment section!
Until next time!