Moms And Babies - Kristy

This week I'm featuring Kristy from Our Little Hawk's Nest! I found Kristy's blog a few months ago, and I love reading her perspective on things since our babies are so close in age. You can learn more about her in her interview below!

Tell us a little about yourself.

Hi All! I'm Kristy. I am a Christian stay at home wife to a wonderful man and momma to our little girl Amaia. That pretty much sums it up but I also enjoy making usually healthy food for my family, reading, organizing, going on walks, getting a tan, drinking coffee and some light crafting on the side :)

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

Amaia Ruth will be 6 months towards the end of August.

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

I try to make our days somewhat "typical", but of course it doesn't always work out like that. Most days look something like this:

600AM // I get up with my hubby and make coffee, make his lunch, eat breakfast, read my Bible and pray until Amaia wakes up.
700AM-ish // Amaia wakes up anytime between 6:30 and 8:00. I feed her when she wakes up and put her right back to bed. She loves to sleep in and and some Saturdays and Sundays I sleep in too :)
9:30AM // Wake up Amaia to start our day together. Nurse her and play, go on a walk with friends or run errands
11:00AM // Nap for Amaia while I clean house, prep for dinner or do anything else that needs to be done.
1230PM // Nurse Amaia and try some rice cereal. We have been trying rice cereal on and off for about a month though and she is slowly but surely learning what do with a spoon and making a big mess while she learns :). After this we play or take a bath if necessary.
200PM // Amaia takes a nap while I work from home for a couple of hours
400PM// Amaia wakes up and I nurse her. Then she plays while I prepare dinner
500PM // Amaia goes down for a nap again while Adam and I have dinner together (if it is night that he home) or if Adam isn't home I just might take a nap too :)
630PM // Amaia wakes and nurses again. Afterwards we head out to bible study, church, hanging out with family or friends or other activities. The evening hours are not typically Amaia's best time of the day, so we try to keep moving to keep the lil' miss happy.
900PM // Amaia nurses and it is bedtime! She is champ at bedtime. We sing her "Goodnight, Sweetheart" as her bedtime song while she smiles up at us to sweetly and she (almost always) drifts off to sleep without a peep.

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

SWEET (seriously I'm not just being a proud mama, this is the word everyone uses to describe her), sensitive, and observant.

What's your favorite part about being a mom?

I love watching her grow and learn and discover the world around her. I guess that is the typical response to this question, but it's true. I also love that I get to be her teacher. I love the look on her face when she discovers that she can roll over or sit up by herself. She is so proud of herself.

Do you have any tips on losing the baby weight?

Nothing that you have not already heard many times before :) Breastfeeding, eating healthy, staying active, etc, etc. I will say that I put really high expectations on myself in this area. I gained a lot more weight during my pregnancy than I thought was normal (45 pounds to be exact) and I was very eager (too eager) to lose it once I had my baby girl. I had always heard that breastfeeding makes you lose the weight and so I thought my body would be back to normal a couple months after giving birth. Ha! I think almost anyone that has had a baby knows that is just silly :) I think it was about the time that I stopped worrying about it that the weight started coming off more quickly. I am not completely back to my pre-pregnancy weight, but close now. I try to eat healthy for the most part, and I go on walks but I don't think it is a good idea to diet or workout a ton while still breastfeeding. I do think it helped that I worked out until the last week of my pregnancy. The only real piece of advice I have in this area is to remember raising a child in a practice in self-sacrifice that is totally worth it! Our culture acts like it is more important to take care of yourself and get yourself to the gym and wear cute clothes. Obviously it is good to take care of yourself, but children are wildly undervalued and such a wonderful blessing.

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

Well, we are extremely blessed to have both of our parents really close by and really willing to babysit! It's an incredible blessing to have babysitters that I know love Amaia just as much as we do. So we are able to get out a have dates sans Amaia a few times a month. We love to go out for breakfast or dinner or coffee and just talk. We also have two times a week (Thursday nights and Sundays) that are our family time. For the most part, we don't schedule anything else during these times. In short, we make time with each other a priority.

Also, in some ways having Amaia has made it easier to keep our relationship strong. We are both working harder than ever before. My husband has taken on a part-time job to support us and still comes home and helps around the house so much! I have so much respect and appreciation for how much he does for us and I think that goes both ways. Plus, it is just plain hard to be down about anything when Amaia is grinning at me.

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

Swaddle blankets with velcro! Those were a life saver for me. Personally, I was horrible at swaddling, my husband was way, way better at it than me. These blankets made it so easy. And in the first few weeks anything that makes getting your baby back to sleep in the middle of the night is amazing.

If you are breastfeeding a good pump. I was skeptical about this before I gave birth, because they are not cheap, but I would highly recommend it. I have a Medela and it has been wonderful. It helped us so much at the beginning because Amaia did not catch on easily to breastfeeding and now it allows me to have a bit of freedom and let her other family members bond with her during feeding times too.

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

This was a hard question for me. Any of the moments between my husband and daughter just make me melt. The other night Amaia thought that it was hilarious to touch my hubby's scruffy face. He kept putting her hand on his chin and she had us both cracking up with her. Those are the kinds of moments I just love.

Any advice for first-time mothers?

Be thankful, learn to go with the flow, and have a plan :)

First of all I think that is important to remember how much of an absolute blessing children are. Everyone tells you that parenthood is hard work and they aren't joking! This is the hardest job I have had in my entire life. The majority of the time I am so completely in love with my little girl that a doesn't bother me at all, but there are times when I get down or frustrated and that is when I have to remind myself what am amazing miracle it is that God is allowing me to raise and take of his little girl, that I have longed to be a mother for years and there are many, many other women that would love to be in my place right now. After that, I think it's good to have a plan before you actually have your baby. I read the book "Babywise" before having Amaia and that gave me a good idea of how to get her on a good, healthy schedule and how to know what she needed when. I think without it I would have been clueless. Lastly, you also have to go with the flow. I am a believer in schedules and routines. I think it is good and healthy for babies, BUT I am constantly trying to remind myself that babies are not robots (aka. you can't program them) and life is not always predictable.

Thanks Kristy! Check out Kristy's blog to read more!

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Meghan said...

I love her name and what a cutie!!! Thanks for sharing.

Amanda said...

what a sweet family! i think this is such a neat feature that you do callie! i want a baby too!!!! :)

Katie said...

Love your perspective on things Kristy! My daughter loves her daddy's scruffy face too, I think it's so fun as they learn that different surfaces have different feels to them :)

cait said...

love these posts. :) Love what she said about remembering that children are blessings. So, so true.

Dove of Snow said...

Great post! Great perspectives and I can see the optimism and gratefulness running through it all! And what a cute baby! :)

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