Hey, New Mommies! <3

 

“Mothers are all slightly insane.” –J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

“Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.” –Barbara Kingsolver, Homeland and Other Stories

“Supermom wasn’t a bad job description. The pay was lousy if you were talking about real money. But the payoff was priceless in so many other ways.” -Roxanne Henke

 

Recently, I was asked what advice I would give to a new mommy. It took me back for a minute. My first thought was, why are you asking me? I have no idea! 🙂 Well, I have two kids of my own now, so that makes me an expert, right? HA!! 🙂 It seems like just yesterday I was struggling to find as much information as possible to prepare for becoming a mom. So at that moment, this blog topic was born!

Listen and Smile

You will be given A LOT of advice, and it usually comes from a good place, but some of what you hear from different people will be contradicting. For example, breastfeeding vs. formula. Listen to the advice you are given, smile and be kind, but remember YOU get the final say. Bottom line, do what is best for you and your baby/family.

It Will Be OK

There will be moments where you don’t feel like it will be ok. But it will. And I also want to point out that when you are exhausted a lot of things feel impossible. Exhaustion plays tricks with your emotions and your logical thinking. But what I would have loved to be told when I was a newbie is that whatever you are feeling, just FEEL it. It is OK to be tired. It is OK to be scared. It is OK to cry. It is OK to make mistakes because we all do. Let me also be adamant, if you feel like what you are feeling is more than just a few new mom baby blues than please reach out for help. Talk to your doctor. Postpartum Depression is not to be taken lightly. Here is a helpful link for PPD.

Breathe And Take In Every Moment (Even the crazy ones!)

Take LOTS of pictures. Babies change so quickly. With both of my boys, the “newborn” phase seemed to go so quickly. They didn’t stay teeny tiny very long. 😦 Sometimes I feel like if I didn’t have pictures I wouldn’t remember that they were ever that little! Try to cherish each new moment. The new sound. The new smile. The first giggle. All these phases are temporary, even the hard ones, and one day you will look back and realize it all went by so fast, even if you didn’t feel like it in the heat of the “battle.” 😉 I truly agree with the statement that “the days are long and the years are quick.”

 

Motherhood Is A Job

It is a job and you might not “love” it every day. And that is completely OK. However, being a mom has been the most rewarding job I have ever had and I know that nothing will ever top it. Eventually, it will get easier and sometimes you have to learn to just LET IT GO. I think that is something that I might not have learned with my first, but it has definitely been learned with my second. Don’t compare yourself to other mothers. Don’t get fired up over the small things. Choose your battles. If I cried every time something was spilled or broken I would be crying all day long. Sometimes you just have to LET IT GO. ❤ And remember, if you are deep in the trenches and need a lifeline…just call your Mom. 😉

There Will Come A Time…

When you must choose to either sleep when your baby is sleeping or

  • shower
  • eat
  • wash clothes
  • clean house
  • etc…

It really is ok to choose sleep. Honestly, choose what you need the most. If it is sleep, then it is ok to let the dishes or the clothes sit a little longer than normal. In fact, find your new normal. Learn that it is ok to ask for help.

Last Little Tid Bits…

Have fun! It really does happen all too fast. Get all the cuddles you can get. Pray. A LOT. ❤ Journal and write down dates. One day you will love looking back and remembering.

 

Good luck, Mamas!!


#ThankfulSunday, November 18, 2018

Thankful Sunday 4

“God says to give thanks in everything. That doesn’t mean you need to give thanks FOR everything. You don’t need to give thanks FOR that bad day. Or FOR that bad relationship. Or being passed over at work. Financial hardship. Whatever it is – you are not to give thanks FOR the difficulties, but rather IN the difficulties. That is a very important distinction, and one I think we often miss. Giving thanks IN everything shows a heart of faith that God is bigger than the difficulties and that He can use them, if you approach Him with the right heart and spirit, for your good and His glory.” -Tony Evans

#ThankfulSunday

My week of giving thanks. 🙂 Keep On Reading!!


7 Random Facts about Lana: The Versatile Blogger Award

Versatile Blogger

I had the honor of being nominated for the Versatile Blogger award by Sonja at Too Much Character

I appreciate the nomination,   Be sure to check out Sonja’s post in response to this award, as well as her blog dedicated to finding the “funny and good in every day while sharing ways to support the children and important people in your life.”

Rules for The Versatile Blogger Award

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Include a link to their blog in your post.
  • Nominate 15 bloggers of your choosing to keep spreading the love.
  • Share 7 facts about yourself.

 

July 7 Facts About Me

  1. I hated my name as a kid. It was a cool thing to have a short nickname when I was younger. For example, Nic for Nicole…You couldn’t do much with Lana. 🙂 Now I love my name because it is different and I do not hear it often.
  2. I’m a bit obsessive about cleanliness and personalization. I know some people that would adamantly agree with this statement. 😀
  3. Everything on my computer is perfectly organized in folders within a folder, within folder…etc.
  4. I’m a good listener but if I get excited about the topic then expect frequent interruption. When I am passionate about something it is hard for me to keep still or quiet. ❤
  5. I tend to overthink, which probably gets me into trouble and doesn’t help with my anxiety.
  6. Sometimes I talk way too fast!
  7. I need to learn to say no more often.

This list was surprisingly hard for me to come up with. I write all the time and share a lot about my life, but trying to come up with 7 facts about myself took a little more time than I expected… 🙂

And the nominations go to….

Awards

  1. Eleanor at Eleanor Catalina Creative
  2. Latisha at Renew Inspiration
  3. Jen at The Frozen Mind
  4. Jennie at Failure to Thrive No More
  5. Tammy at MidLife Milestones
  6. Linda at Wittes World
  7. Brittany at Ordinarily Extraordinary Mom
  8. Stacey at Stacey Pardoe
  9. Maree Dee at Embracing the Unexpected
  10. Cindy at Living for the Sunshine
  11. Koral Dawn at The Unsanity Blog
  12. Tricia at In The Mommy Trenches
  13. Allison and Rachel at Healthy Living in Colorado
  14. Lauren at They Say Parenting
  15. Becki at Backpack Becki