Our Social Media Manager Sarah Ortmayer shares her experience of becoming a "Girl Mom" after having four boys: "Finding out the gender of my first baby was one of the most exciting moments of my life. Even though my husband and I had both been convinced we were having a girl, we couldn’t have been happier to find out we were having a boy! ..."
In this fast-paced world of never-ending news, social media posts, and hyper-scheduled days, it’s so easy to feel like we’re not measuring up to all the moms out there who seem to be doing everything perfectly. Can I tell you a secret? You’re doing a wonderful job. Seriously.
We talk a lot about what to expect from pregnancy, labor, and delivery, but we don’t always talk about the emotional expectations of motherhood. It can be exhausting and exhilarating, heartwarming and heartbreaking. When Mother's Day rolls around and it's our turn to be celebrated, a complicated mix of emotions and expectations can sometimes lead to stress.
Guest writer Emily Foster shares, "Before having a baby, you might have had a romantic idea of what motherhood would look like. If you’re like me, in this vision your hair is wrangled in the perfect messy ponytail, you fit into your pre-pregnancy jeans, and the cutest baby you’ve ever dreamed of coos and smiles at you with 'thank you, Mama' eyes. Sure, you’re tired, but you’re so blissfully happy that nothing else matters..."
Guest blogger Maggie McGarvey shares how she found (her own) beauty in motherhood: "Puberty hit early for me, and it was not my friend. I sprouted into a C-cup overnight, and no one seemed to know how to react to my changing body. Where I’d previously walked with a dancer’s posture, I suddenly felt like everyone was staring at me, and I began slouching through the world..."
When I found out I was pregnant, I was pretty sure I knew what motherhood would be like. I’m a teacher and have worked with children in some form or fashion for as long as I can remember. The oldest of three siblings, I started babysitting for other families at age 12. (What were they thinking letting a sixth-grader watch their toddlers?) I’d read the books on what to expect and truly felt that all my experience and knowledge had prepared me to raise a little one of my own.
There may be no greater joy than being tackled by your giggling toddler, squeezed into a bear hug, and smothered in kisses. That’s the kind of thing you might have daydreamed about when you got that positive pregnancy test. You probably didn’t daydream about the laundry, dishes, and tantrums. You probably didn’t daydream about how tough motherhood can sometimes be. In this article, we'll share 10 of our favorite parenting affirmations (downloadable) to help you in those tough times.
As we commemorate Pregnancy and Infant Loss month, we wanted to share some recommendations to help parents and families find special ways to honor the babies gone too soon. Those who have lost a baby know there are no magic words to take the pain away and no Band-Aids to mend the broken hearts, but our hope is that these ideas may help the families of angel babies as they work through their grief.
I know a lot of moms who struggle to find community. They had a community before they had kids, but when they became mothers, things changed. Perhaps some of their friends weren’t ready for the new dynamics. And that’s fine. Friendships evolve. I also think most moms want a community experiencing the same life events as they are. My ideal community, and what I think we really need, is a combination of people who’ve known us forever and people who are in the thick of it with us. I asked our followers on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook for their tips on how to build community.
In this guest post, coach and blogger LaTisha Cotto emphasizes how important self-care is for new moms: "For me, motherhood has been a magical time... Every milestone is a miracle. Every smile is from heaven. Every giggle melts my heart. There’s also the tough stuff."
Affirmations and mantras are great ways to infuse positive self-talk into our breastfeeding journeys. In this article, we'll share 15 of our favorite breastfeeding affirmations (downloadable). Whisper them, shout them, sing them to your baby, dance to them, repeat them over and over in your head -- every little bit of positivity helps.
Whether readily apparent or happening behind the scenes, it’s stunning how well-equipped we are to nourish life and bring it into the world. As your baby bump expands and you look forward to your new addition, feel confident in how physically and mentally ready you are.
If you’ve ever been pregnant, you know that by the end of the third trimester you’re not only exhausted but also just ready to finally see this baby you’ve carried around inside you for so long. You want to look at his eyes, see what color his hair is, count his fingers and toes; I wanted to know every detail about him.
Since November is a month of giving thanks, I wanted to share the gift of our BraveMoms' blessings with you. Their words filled my heart with happiness, gratitude, and a reminder to keep celebrating the good in my life. I hope that you too can enjoy the wonderful expressions of others’ grateful hearts.
From the time I found out I was pregnant with my first, there was no doubt in my mind that I would breastfeed. As a mom-to-be, I already wanted to provide my baby with the best quality everything, so I read everything I could on the subject. Positions, signs of a good latch, how to tell my baby was getting enough. Nothing prepared me for the pain.
Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate with the ones we hold dearest – our little one/ones, significant others, and our dear friends and family. My family had our own Thanksgiving celebration this weekend, (before several families were traveling out of town for the week), and I got to spend time with some of the people I’m most thankful for. I’m also grateful for each of you because without your encouragement and support I would not have made it this far.