Moms And Babies – Chloe




 

This week I’m featuring my blog friend Chloe From Tryin’ To Throw Our Arms Around The World!  Chloe and I are blog friends from way back (I think I was her first follower?  Or close to it), and we even got to meet once.  I was so excited when I heard that she was pregnant and due just a couple months after me, and her blog continues to be an inspiration to me as I read about her thoughts on motherhood.  Check out her interview to learn more about her (and amen to her answer to that last question – something I’m still working on)!

Tell us a little about yourself.

I'm a 23 year old born and raised Jersey girl currently living in the south who has been married for two years to an almost-attorney (who graduates law school in May, heck yes!) and was a dancer for 18 years before I started running marathons, and I'll actually be running the New York City Marathon next month. And of course, I had my first born baby boy this past May! Being a mommy is simply the best job ever! Oh, and I love Oreo's. :)

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

We call him "Gee Baby" on anonymous internet world (yes, we're paranoid), and he will be 5 months on the 13th!  :)

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

Well I give you a picture of my ideal day, which at any time is subject to drastic changes, thanks to my squishy little boy. I try to wake up around 5am and go running before either my husband or Gee wakes up. Then Gee usually wakes up between 7 and 7:30, and I change him and set him with some toys, then get ready for the day myself. Then he goes down for a nap about an hour later, while I catch up on devotions/emails/blogging/chores/etc.  He'll wake up and eat, then I'll eat, and we'll either do chores with him in the Moby, run errands, go to the library, go for a walk if it's nice out, or sometimes meet up with other moms. Late afternoon he usually takes 1-2 shorter naps, and we play together before I start making dinner. Then he usually goes down for bed anytime between 8 and 9.

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

Pensive, determined, happy.

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What's your favorite part about being a mom?

Oh there are so many aspects that I love, but I think my favorite may be how it has enabled me to understand just a little bit more HOW MUCH we are loved by God, though we've done nothing to deserve it, just like I love my baby SO MUCH yet he has done "nothing" to deserve it from me. What's even more amazing is that God loves him - and me - more than I really can even come to grips with during my time here on earth.

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Do you have any tips on losing the baby weight?

Ha - train for a marathon! Seriously though, my running a marathon 6 months postpartum is actually seven kinds of nuts. I wouldn't actually recommend that to people. But definitely do nurse your baby, drink A TON of water, stay active, and don't always have Oreo's in the house. (That last one was a note to self....)

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

Well to be honest, with him still in law school and so much attention naturally going to the baby, it's been tough. When we were around our families this past summer, we had a plethora of free babysitting with sisters and moms around, but now that we're back down south, it's been a lot harder. We do try to spend time together after the baby goes down, even if just to watch baseball online or read together on the couch. And we always have dinner together, even if it's at 9pm. We're still figuring it out. :)

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

For me, having a playmat has been indispensable! He loves playing with the hanging toys, and it's safe on the floor. We just can't hold babies every second of the day, (though I'm sure they would love that), so this has made for a great distraction. :) Also, if you're a mom/future mom wanting to use cloth diapers, Grovia is a simply amazing brand for multiple reasons.

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

After I finally got out of the hospital from having Gee, it was just the three of us heading home for some rest, while our family went back to the house where they were staying. I was starving though, as they had been giving my a liquid diet at the hospital, so we stopped at Firehouse Subs for a delicious sandwich and we brought little Gee in his car seat, only 3 days old, while we ordered. It was our first outing as a little family on a quiet Monday afternoon, and it was perfect. :)

Any advice for first-time mothers?

Well I'm a first time mother with still so much to learn, but the best advice I can give you is to move heaven and earth to make time for daily devotions and prayer. It's easy to use the baby as an excuse, and it's true, babies keep you crazy busy, but your busy life will only be so much more blessed and joyful if you make the time for Jesus. I know there is such a shift in my attitude and in serving my family after I've had my daily quiet time, and yet I still often cheat myself out of this blessed time. Better a messy house than a messy soul. :)

Thanks Chloe!  Check out Chloe’s blog to read more!

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Momma Megan said...

Chloe, LOVE your advice for first-time mommas! SO TRUE! Thanks for sharing!

Amanda said...

I also loved Chloe's advice for moms. I've been horrible about putting off having quiet time even before kids, so now that I'm expecting, I want to get in the habit so that my daughter will know that lifestyle, too.

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