The Moms and Babies feature is back for the New Year! This week I’m featuring Lauren from Meet the Chapman’s. She has the cutest little baby boy, but I’ll let her tell you more about him!
Tell us a little about yourself.
Hi! My name is Lauren, and I've been married to my husband Kurt for 2.5 years. I work full time as a mom and as a project manager for a big global company.
What's your baby's name and how old is he?
Our son's name is Alex and he will be 7 months on Saturday! Where has the time gone!
Give us an idea of what a typical day looks like for you.
Since, most days are work days that's probably a typical day for us.
5:45 - Wake up and get myself ready for the day. Shower, pump, make bottles, breakfast and pack bags, laundry if I'm lucky.
7:45 - Wake up Alex, feed him and get him ready for Kurt to take him to daycare.
8:30 - 5:00 - I work full time, most days onsite, some days I work from home (though Alex still goes to daycare those days too). During the day I have to manage to fit in 3 pumping sessions which is always a challenge! Alex generally has 3 bottles while he's at daycare and sometimes he is a great napper, sometimes, not so good.
5:30 - Pick up Alex from Daycare. Head home for some family time. We spend time playing on the floor, playing with the dog. Besides dinner, this time is 100% Alex time for us (unless he didn't sleep at daycare and he falls asleep on the way home, it's usually for the rest of the night).
7:00 - Time to get Alex ready for bed. Bath, book and one last feeding for the day.
7:30 - Alex is in bed and usually passed out already. We spend some time together watching TV, on the computer/blogging, some nights we have to work, chores, etc. It all depends on the night and what's going on the next day.
11:00 - Sleep! We finally go to bed way too late!
If you had to choose three words to describe your baby's personality, what would they be?
Easy-going, happy and determined.
What's your favorite part about being a mom?
It is so hard to pick just one thing. I love watching him learn new things and grow. Sometimes it's so hard to see it day-to-day but when you think back to how he was doing a week before it's amazing to see the changes! I love the happy smiles, grins and laughs for no reason at all!
Do you have any tips on losing the baby weight?
At 5 months I had lost all but .5lb of the weight I gained when I got pregnant. Honestly I didn't follow a routine or anything. Breastfeeding certainly helped. I did go for walks whenever possible and joined a moms-in-motion group (light aerobics), that helped not only get some exercise in (with baby) but meet new moms. Give yourself time! Also, along the same lines, get a haircut and buy a few new pieces of clothing that you like in that next size until you get back to your previous size. You may not want to spend the money but it's worth it when you know you can put on real clothes and not maternity clothes anymore. You'll feel so much better about yourself!
What have you and your husband done since your baby's arrival to keep your relationship strong?
We haven't done as well with this as we had hoped. Unless my sister is available, we don't have a baby sitter so most of our time together is with Alex or after bed. One thing that's helped us is to still go out to dinner with Alex. He is so easy going and makes it really easy to go to dinner and do some of things that we used to do before!
Are there any must-have products that you would recommend to other moms?
I think this changes based on the age!
- We use the Adain + Anais swaddlers for lots of different things so those are a must have regardless. Swaddling, playing, nursing cover, they're very versatile!
- The Snap-n-go is always in our car. We use it all the time. It's so much more convenient than a big stroller, plus carseats don't fit in the top of carts like I thought!
- Lastly I would say that if you're nursing, the "My-Breast Friend" nursing pillow was ah-maz-ing when I started!
What has been your favorite moment or outing as a family so far?
My favorite outing as a family has been when we went to Washington DC just a few weeks ago. We went last minute and luckily my husband had to go for work so we tagged along. We got up the next morning and we just walked around the city. At this age he's still fairly easy to take along without too much of a hassle, he's a great car-seat/stroller sleeper and loves to just chill and look around. We visited monuments and a museum and just had a good time, not rushing and slowing down to enjoy ourselves!
Any advice for first-time mothers?
- Do what works for you! If breast-feeding doesn't work for you or you don't want to do it then don't! Don't let someone tell you that one is better than the other. Don't do cloth just because it's the thing to do. If you want to do disposables, go ahead!
- Get out of the house - Sometimes even if you just go to the mall or the store and walk around with no intention of buying something, it's nice to just get out and do something!
- Take lots of pictures! When you look back at them you'll see the difference that you don't see as well day-to-day.
- There will be good days and bad days, you just have to take them as they come and deal with them that day. When tomorrow comes it's a fresh day and time to start clean.
- Take everyone's help! If someone offers to make dinner, take them up on it. If someone offers to help with anything, laundry, cleaning, staying up with the baby while you sleep for a little bit, be thankful and then say YES!
Thanks Lauren! To read more about Lauren, check out her blog Meet The Chapman’s!