This week for Moms and Babies I’m featuring my blog friend, Lori from Everyday Blessings! Lori’s due date was about a week after mine, and her baby girl was born a week after Wyatt (both about three weeks early – what are the odds?). You can tell by reading her blog how much Lori loves being a mom, and I’m glad to know her! Read on for more.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a very Blessed wife and Mother! My husband and I struggled to conceive our 1st child for almost 4 years. Those years were very challenging for both of us, and we have learned a lot from them. We were Blessed to get a positive pregnancy test in July of 2010, just days before our 5 year anniversary. We welcomed our beautiful daughter on February 18, 2011. I never imagined how much love I would have for this precious little girl. She has brought such JOY to our lives this past year. I m a very over protective Mama!! I sometimes struggle with that, but at the same time I know that it will never change. She is our little child, and it is up to us to protect her, love her and cherish her. So if you would get to know me 'in real life" you would probably think I am a crazy Mama!! :) Some other things that I LOVE would be, Organizing, Shopping, and watching way too many reality shows!
What's your baby's name and how old is she?
Savannah Lane, and she is 11 months and 1 day!
Give us an idea of what a typical day looks like for you.
8am-Start my day when Savannah wakes up. I have been thrilled that she is sleeping till 7:30 or 8! I still give her a 2 oz bottle when she wakes up, then an hour later I will feed her breakfast!
10-10:30am-Naptime. She has been teething horribly lately so the morning nap as not been going so well lately. It all depends. On a normal, good day, she will sleep 2 hours!! Of course while she naps I am flying around like a mad woman trying to get a lot of chores done that are difficult to get done while she's awake! I also usually get dressed and ready for the day during her morning nap.
12:00- 12:300pm-Lunch time as soon as she wakes up! Then we play till her afternoon nap.
2-2:20pm-Afternoon nap. This is usually the time that I try to complete my laundry for the day, and also my ironing. I do not like doing laundry after my husband comes home, I love to have family time in the evening with no chores other than dinner!
4:00pm-Savannah is usually up by now, so I will start to prepare Dinner. Savannah is usually really happy right after her nap, so she plays by herself the best right after naptime. I am thankful for that, because it is very difficult to prepare Dinner with a clingy baby.
5:00pm-My husband comes home!!! Love this part of my day. Savannah is so excited to see him, as am I, eight hours is just to long for me not to see him! We then have Dinner, family time which involves lots of playtime with our sweet Savannah!!
7:00pm- Bedtime for Savannah. She gets her bath, then I rock her to sleep with her bottle. After she is asleep I will get my relaxation time (soak in a bath), this is so relaxing for me. My body is usually so ready for this time of my day!!
8:00pm-This is when me and my husband catch up on shows, computer time and just relax together.
If you had to choose three words to describe your baby's personality, what would they be?
Determined, charming, curious.
What's your favorite part about being a mom?
Being that "safe place" for Savannah. I love how I can soothe her, and how all she says now is "Mama."
Do you have any tips on losing the baby weight?
As far as weight loss goes, I was back to my pre pregnancy weight 5 weeks after giving birth. With that being said, I still did not fit into my clothes. My body was just "different." As the weeks went on I gained 10 pounds (and I was breastfeeding) so that was very disappointing for me. I always thought breastfeeding will make you lose weight not gain! So after months of feeling so yucky, and just hating how my clothes fit, we decided to start a diet! We tried the Abs Diet, which was a total life change when it comes to your eating habits. It has been a success for us, in which I was able to drop 5 pounds in 2 weeks. I was also able to keep that weight off through the Holidays, which was a total shock to me since we were not watching what we ate! So my tip would be eat healthy foods, no sweets, water instead of other drinks, and let yourself indulge at least once a week!! I know I sure can't go longer than a week without some Dessert!!!
What have you and your husband done since your baby's arrival to keep your relationship strong?
My husband and I enjoy spending our time with our little girl, we have gone out to one Dinner on our own since Savannah has been born! As I just typed that I know that is not good, BUT we both don't mind at all. We would rather stay at home, and stick to our routine that we have. After we put Savannah down for the night, we usually have "date night!" Since Savannah's arrival we have been on a very tight budget, we are seeing so many financial success' due to staying on our budget that we really do not have much of a desire to go out and spend money. If we do go out to Dinner we usually go early and take Savannah along. It always feels like a huge treat that I don't need to cook!! I feel that once Savannah is older we will have tons of time to go out alone again, so for the time being I am beyond content with staying at home vs. going out. I would say that we have kept our relationship strong by communicating about everything, and when I say that I mean literally every little thing. Once you have a child there are so many more issues that can be stressful on a marriage, I think it is so important to pick your fights, and let the small things slide, I often times need to bite my tongue, but later I am always thankful I did!
Are there any must-have products that you would recommend to other moms?
The Boppy pillow was a must have for me. I used it a ton when she was younger. It was used for Breastfeeding, and also used a lot as a support for Savannah while she was learning how to sit. I do not use it anymore, but it was probably one of the things I used the most up until now.
For Breastfeeding Moms I would recommend to have some HPA Lanolin nipple cream, it was a life saver for me!!!
What has been your favorite moment or outing as a family so far?
We went to a local Fall Festival in our area sometime in October, and it was just one of those days that was perfect all around. When I think back all I can think of is how Savannah just loved all the animals they had there, and she was getting to the age where she was really aware of her surroundings. I remember the weather was so beautiful that day too, and as all you Mom's know that makes a day out with children so much more enjoyable!!
It's Ok to ask for advice, but it is also Ok to do things your way all the time! When Savannah was born my Mother's instinct came out, I knew what she needed at all times. Of course there are those times that I call my Mom for some advice, but do not feel bad for not taking that advice if it doesn't feel right for you and your baby. You are the Mother now, and you know your child better than anyone. Follow your first instinct, and you will have success!!!
Thank you Lori! Check out Lori’s blog to read more about her!