Moms And Babies–Rachel





 

This week I’m featuring Rachel from Rachel and John!  I also found Rachel’s blog around the time I got pregnant with Wyatt, and soon after she found out she was expecting too (I feel like a broken record a little bit, but I seriously did find so many pregnancy blogs around the same time last year)!  I enjoyed reading about Rachel’s pregnancy, which occurred during the same year she was finishing her Master’s – I don’t know how she handled all that work along with pregnancy!  Read on to learn more about her.


Tell us a little about yourself.

I'm Rachel. I'm happily married to the love of my life. I just finished my M.Sc Degree at the end of March and in April I gave birth to our first child. All in God's perfect timing! 

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

Our son's name is Henry and he just turned 5 months old.

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

8:00am:Wake up, Feed Henry and get him ready for the day. Then we play until he gets tired.

10:00: Nap time for Henry, Shower time for me! I get ready too, and then play on the computer if I have time.

11:00: Henry wakes up, I feed him and change him. Then we head out to do any running around that needs to be done. If we don't have any to do, we take the dog for a walk and play some more. Sometimes Henry has another short nap...sometimes he doesn't. We just go with the flow.

2:00pm: I feed Henry and then he's down for his long nap. I use the time to check my email and either do some volunteer work for our church or practice for my science volunteering (I lead workshops for kids at schools)

4-5: Henry wakes up so I feed and change him. Then we call John to see when he'll be home and what he has planned for dinner (he cooks often and even if he doesn't cook he has good meal ideas). We start dinner. Henry plays in his jolly jumper.

6-7: Henry naps again, John and I eat dinner.

8: We get Henry ready for bed. I feed him and he's down for the night! Well, he's only slept through 3 times. He usually wakes up at 3:30am for a quick feed and that's fine by me. I usually stay upstairs once Henry is sleeping so I'm close to him. Sometimes John and I watch TV, sometimes I do chores or cleaning. It varies!

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

Happy, inquisitive, impatient!

What's your favorite part about being a mom?

Everything. I can't pick just one part. I love having such a purpose. I love the heart swelling love that takes my breath away. I love never being alone. I love being needed. I love that I made a person, and now I'm keeping him alive. That's kinda awesome!

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Do you have any tips on losing the baby weight?

Do 1 active thing every single day. And don't forget to EAT. The biggest thing that helped me was keeping my metabolism going. Eating healthy snacks all day long. And Breastfeeding (if you can). Don't focus on the pounds. I'm only 5 pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight but my body isn't the same. I'm trying to focus on getting back into shape, not just getting down to a certain number.

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

We try to spend a lot of time together both with and without Henry. John usually calls at least once a day just to see how we're doing. We usually make dinner together which gives us a chance to talk. We make sure we have family days as often as possible too. On those days we do everything as a family, even running errands. We plan to eventually have 1 date night a month without Henry, but right now we're just not ready to spend that much time away from him!

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

1) Washable breast pads (if you're breast feeding). I have a crazy over supply of milk that I'm very thankful for. But it means I have leaks quite often...unless I'm wearing washable BP.

2) A bouncy chair. I've never not been able to shower. I just put Henry in the bouncy chair and 8/10 times it puts him to sleep. WIN

3) A baby wearing device. It will not only let you burn some extra calories by carrying extra weight around but it also allows you to do almost anything while holding the baby!

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

I would have to say our trip back home to visit our family and friends. Not only did we love introducing Henry to everyone, we enjoyed taking him to all our favourite places. Plus he was an angel on the airplane!

Any advice for first-time mothers?

Do what feels right. Keep all that advice people give in the very back corner of your mind so if you are in a situation where nothing is working, you can draw from. And if you never need to use it, all the better! Take a million pictures. Stare at your baby. Hold your baby when everyone tells you you're spoiling him. Because soon he'll be wiggly and far too distracted to let you hold him any time you want. ENJOY IT!


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

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Tatiana said...

Oh her little kiddo is such a cutie!
And I really loved washable breast pads too :-)

Andrea @ The Dawley Fam said...

What a fun series! I always love hearing from other mommas!

J and A said...

YAY Rachel! :) Cute post.

Carly Anne said...

So enjoyed this. And, I loved reading her pregnancy journal on her blog. :)

chloë. said...

Love Rachel's blog! And her pictures here are SO cute!

cait said...

so love this series and love Rachel's blog. Her little Henry is so cute. Love the quote about how she made a human and keeps him alive...what an amazing thought! :)

Rachel and John said...

Thanks Callie! I had so much fun doing this. And thanks everyone for your kind words!

Lindsay said...

Great job Rachel! I love this post :)

Lindsay said...

Great job Rachel! I love this post :)

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