Moms And Babies - Lauren






This week I'm featuring Lauren from Happily Mother After! I just found Lauren's blog recently, and I've really been enjoying reading it - her "baby" is two years old, and I'm excited to do an interview with a mom with a little more experience!

I especially liked reading her answers in the following interview, because she is a pediatric physical therapist and had some great advice about helping your baby strengthen his/her muscles . . . read the interview to see what I mean!



Tell us a little about yourself.

I am a wife and mother full-time and a pediatric physical therapist part-time. I met my husband in fourth grade, started crushing on him in seventh grade, began dating him in ninth grade, and married him after we graduated from college. I started a three year graduate program a few months after we got married and I gave birth to Brody 3 weeks after I graduated with my doctorate. We didn't plan to have him so soon, but God's timing was perfect and I couldn't have planned it better if I tried.

What's your baby's name and how old is he?

Our son's name is Brody. He is a big two year old as of May 23rd!

Give us an idea of what a typical day looks like for you.

Wake up. Eat breakfast. Play (cars are the latest obsession). Lunch. Brody naps while I catch up on whatever and exercise, hopefully. Play/read books. Snack. Tidy up the house. Dinner. Shower. Read a Bible story. Bedtime.

If you had to choose three words to describe your baby's personality, what would they be?

Smart. Sweet. Silly.



What's your favorite part about being a mom?

Hmm. I've never been good at picking favorites.

I love having an endless supply of hugs and kisses available at every moment of the day. I love watching him grow and learn new things each and every day. I love hearing the funny things that come out of his mouth...He calls strawberries, "strawbabies" and I can't get enough! We usually try to correct him when he says a word wrong, but I can't help but encourage this one. :)

Do you have any tips on losing the baby weight?

It doesn't happen fast.

For me, breastfeeding was a great start. I lost a lot of the weight that way in the beginning. Once Brody started sleeping through the night, I felt more like myself and less like a zombie so I was ready to get back into running. Signing up for 5Ks and 10Ks is a great way to keep yourself motivated. My husband and I also started the p90X workouts which have been amazing for both of us. We keep each other motivated. It usually works out that when one of us wants to skip a workout the other is pumped and can guilt the lazy one into getting off the couch. Plus, we found it is a great way for us to stay connected and deepen our relationship.

What have you and your husband done since your baby's arrival to keep your relationship strong?

I can't say we are the experts on this one. I wish I could tell you that we have a weekly date night out, but since our family is in another state we don't have the luxury. Instead, we usually try to make a point of spending time together after Brody has gone to bed. Lately, we've been snuggling up in bed and watching old "Fringe" episodes online. It definitely has given us a lot of interesting topics to talk about over dinner.



Are there any must-have products that you would recommend to other moms?

The Bumbo is definitely a must if you ask me...which you did. :) It's great for helping your baby to strengthen his back once he is able to hold his head up but not yet able to sit independently (plus it frees your hands to be able to get things done). As a pediatric physical therapist I could probably ramble on longer than you care to read about this topic. It's so important to make sure that your baby is not always in a car seat, bouncy chair, swing, etc. Your baby needs to be able to strengthen his head, neck, and back in order to reach milestones at appropriate times and avoid a list of complications. I can't stress tummy time enough either. Even if your baby strongly resists tummy time at first, just keep pushing him to stay on his tummy for a few minutes longer each time. A good goal is an hour and a half each day (which can be broken up into tiny sessions). Before you know it, he will enjoy it and will learn to roll all over the place. I can't tell you how many babies I treat who really just needed tummy time from the beginning. That being said, always put your baby on his back to sleep at night.

Okay, I'm stepping off my soap box now.

What has been your favorite moment or outing as a family so far?

I've been sitting here staring at the screen for about half an hour now trying to rack my brain over our favorite outing. My mind immediately went to vacations when I read this question. I started to write about our cruise to the Western Caribbean this past October when it hit me. Backspace. Backspace. Backspace. The answer is simple. My favorite outings are all the times we do the little things like going to the park, going for ice cream, or taking a walk on the greenway together. Those are the moments that fill my cup.

Any advice for first-time mothers?

Sing. Singing works like a charm. It worked with Brody and every baby I have ever worked with. Bonus: It calms you down too (which is probably why it calms the baby down).



Thanks Lauren! And think I defnitely need to go buy a Bumbo seat now . . .

Check out Lauren's blog to read more!



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Kara @ Just1Step said...

Such a cute family! Thanks for sharing. I will have to stop by her blog and say hello. :)

Lydia said...

Love your advice about singing!! It doesn't always calm my baby down... but like you said, it keeps me calm and my head clear!

Lauren said...

Thanks, Callie! I have really enjoyed reading your blog as well. I'm so glad you're taking my advice and getting a bumbo. You won't regret it!

cait said...

Loving this guest post! The series is so fun. What great advice she had! I have heard the Bumbo seats are amazing and it's a must for our registry list!

She Said... said...

these are some of my fave post. it is always nice to get advice from other mommies.

p.s. we love the bumbo too! our baby hated tummy time and I think the bumbo is what really did the trick to help strengthen her back and neck muscles.

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