Morning all my lovely readers and welcome back to MomEtc! I have had such a busy couple of weeks and now that things have finally calmed down I am so excited to be able to put in more time blogging. Like some of you know I launched the MomEtc YouTube Channel and I am overwhelmed with the amount of love and support I have received so far- so to you, thank you! You can check out the channel directly here
Ok so back to Guest Blogger Friday, I can get a bit sidetracked especially when having too much fun! So today I want you to meet Amanda who is the owner of greenteaandcotton. I met this wonderful blogger through Instagram of course and after reading some of her blog posts I stumbled on this one and of course had to share it with my readers. I think any mother out there can relate to this post ( I know I did) so I hope you enjoy!
I recently interviewed a few mom friends and scoured the internet to bring you some tips on surviving the transition period when you bring a new child home. Bringing home a child, whether it is your first or fifth, brings challenges to every aspect of life under your roof. I’m here to provide some helpful tips to surviving those first few months, even years, and a little humor along the way.
Before I get started, let me give you a little bit of info about me and my children. I became a mom at the age of 22, then at 24, 26, and and again at almost 29. Each of my children are 26 months apart from their next sibling. To say the least, I have spent the better part of my 20’s covered in spit-up, poop, and crap in my hair or on my shoulder without ever realizing it. My boobs have maybe seen the inside of a Victoria Secret bra for a combined total of 12 months since having children and the idea of a nice outfit is something that won’t look bad if I spill yogurt on it. Oh, I forgot to mention…I have 3 boys followed by a little girl. My days are filled with math problems and reading and breaking up fights that the 4 year old instigates. Did I mention we have a dog? Yeah, that thing. He really deserves a medal. Enough about me. Let’s get you some good tips for survival!
Many of the comments I received ranged from very practical to down right sarcasm to keep your sanity. I received comments from first time moms to well seasoned veterans in the game and I will break it down from no children to adding your third child – after adding the third child, you become well aware of what works and what doesn’t. I’ll give you enough to survive the time when you become outnumbered and your warrior decides to climb a baptismal font with a K’nex sword he finagled from an 11 year old and does a warrior cry. True story.
– Ask for help. Whether that helps is from a neighbor friend or church members. People will help but only if you ask.
– Schedule a date night and/or a girl’s night out every three months. If you can swing it every month, do it! It’ll make you feel like a woman and help you reconnect with your significant other and friends.