Moms And Babies - Katie

Today I'm featuring Katie from The Amazing In The Ordinary! Katie's blog is fairly new to me, but it's already one of my favorites - I love her insights into life, her walk with the Lord, and being a mom. Sometimes I read her posts, and it's like she's reading my mind - we must be kindred spirits! Check out her interview to learn more about her!

Tell us a little about yourself.

I'm Katie, 23, wife to my military man hubby and momma to a 5 (almost 6!) month old baby girl. From the south, transplanted to the east by the military. I'm a stay at home mom. I'm also a follower of Jesus and I am striving to learn more and more about who He is and what it truly means to follow Him in my life.

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

I call my daughter Little Bug in blogland. Not her name in real life. Promise. :)

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

On a "typical" day (I'll let you other momma's decide just how often that actually happens for us!) Little Bug wakes up between 645 and 715. I feed her some breakfast, usually fruit and some cereal and give her a bottle. Quick breakfast for me, then I get ready for the day while she plays on her activity mat, and shortly after we may run some errands if I have any that need done. At about 10 she takes a 45 minute nap or so, and when she wakes up I feed her another bottle. Lunch for me, and we're off. I try during the next few hours to get out to a play date or activity just to have something different to do! (although that doesn't always happen!) Then we make it home in time for a bottle and nap around 2. As soon as she is in bed I wake up my husband (he works nights...for now.) and we get to hang out for a few hours. When Little Bug wakes up we usually play with Daddy until he has to leave for work, another bottle & some veggies in there somewhere around 430 and then dinner for me after. Then it's play time/crawling practice/reading time until bath/bottle/bed around 7. We usually start the bath around 7 and she's *usually* asleep by 8.

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

Happy, sassy, sweet.

What's your favorite part about being a mom?

I just love everything about being around Little Bug and getting to help her learn and grow. It's so exciting to me! I love watching her smile, big slobbery baby kisses, "talking" with her, and seeing her love her daddy.

Do you have any tips on losing the baby weight?

I actually wrote a whole post about it! To sum it up, if you don't feel like clicking, is don't eat like you're still pregnant, start working out hard as soon as possible, make time for working out (you can, promise. your child sleeps! I hope), eat right and think of it as being a good example to your child, and make your health a priority!

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

Keeping lines of communication open, even if what we have to say is ugly. We say it as good as we can, but even if it still comes out hurtful or messy, at least it's out there and can be dealt with! Finding time to laugh and play together. Also finding time and energy for romantic relations *ahem*.

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

I think must haves change all the time! But right now I would say, a bouncer seat (helps occupy and fits in the bathroom so I can shower!), carseat toys, swaddles (for the early days), lots of burp rags, an activity mat and lots of patience. Sigh. I wish you could just buy patience!

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

I have lots of favorite moments watching my husband and my daughter interact. I love those moments as we never know how long he will be in the country, so I have to hold those in my heart for the times when he is far away. Outing would probably be when we took Little Bug to the aquarium. She loved watching the fish and it was the first time where it felt like we were out doing the big family outing thing!

Any advice for first-time mothers?

I'm not sure I'm the best for advice, but here goes! I would say to realize that you can't do everything you want to and that is okay. You will get around to it! Eventually you will get it together to get the cleaning done, but don't freak out if that day is not today! As long as your baby is taken care of, and next that you are taken care of, the rest will work itself out. My momma told me that when I had Little Bug and it helped me get rid of a lot of stress.

Thanks Katie! Head over to Katie's blog to read more!

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Melissa said...

Aw! I love Katie. She is one of my favorite bloggers! :)

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