Being a new mom is hard. Being a new mom while your husband is a firefighter is even harder. Being a new mom looks good on Jessica, though. She is a stay at home mom who started a blog to help her express herself as she navigates through this new motherhood role.
She talks about how motherhood is better than she expected it to be, how dairy is her enemy, and how being a mom has helped to bring back her sense of wonder. Please help us welcome Jessica into our Mom of Fame. Leave her some love in the comments and be sure to check out her blog using the link below.
Tell us a little about yourself and your family.
My name is Jessica, and I am a wife to a firefighter and a stay at home momma to a sweet little 5 month old ladybug. As I am figuring out this whole mommyhood thang, I realized that I needed to have a creative outlet, and finally follow my passions of writing (end goal is to publish a few kiddo books). It just fit that I start a blog to share my own adventures anddd it just so happens that everyday is an adventure in mommyhood land:) You can read more at Adventuring to Neverland.
What is the best piece of advice you were given about motherhood? Did you take it? Would you give that piece of advice to someone else?
The best piece of advice I was given was to sleep when the baby slept, eat when the baby ate, and groom while the baby was being groomed by daddy. I may or may not have only napped two times in the first month of our little’s life, but I definitely did take advantage of the eating and the grooming part. I know its difficult because lots of spouses do not have lots of time off to help, so I was very thankful with the way my hubby’s schedule played out.
How is motherhood different than you imagined it would be?
Gosh, I think it’s better. You hear some people talk about how hard motherhood is and how they never had any time for themselves, which can be true, but I have a hard time not appreciating the little bit of perfection I get to snuggle up with on the daily. Seeing that little bug smile in the mornings melts away any struggles that may have come up the day before.
What are your three strengths when it comes to motherhood?
Patience [which is surprising since I’m normally not very patient], awareness, and silliness
Describe a time where you were completely overwhelmed as a mother.
Our baby had a bout with gas at 3 weeks, and that was one of the hardest times I’ve gone through thus far. She was sleeping pretty well through the night, and all of a sudden, she would wake up and scream the most ear piercing scream. We were clueless as to what was happening until we exhausted all of the things it could be, and we started wiggling her legs, and then we heard a toot, and she was immediately relieved. It was then on I realized dairy was my enemy with little bug.
Is there anything you feel that you have lost about yourself since becoming a mother? What have you gained?
I don’t think I’ve lost any parts of myself since becoming a momma. I mean, I guess I may have lost the ability to look put together at all times because we definitely venture out to the grocery store looking like hoodlums sometimes, but as long as our little looks good, I think we’re excused from that 😉
I think I have gained my sense of wonder again. I think I lost it for a hot sec in my 20’s, but with our sweet baby, my mind is always wondering things now.
What do you want your child(ren) to learn from you?
I’d like my kiddos to gain lightheartedness from me. I try not to let things get to me too much, and I kind of act like a kid, all the time, which helps me get through this crazy life. I’d also like my little to be kind and brave!