I am a baby-wearer to the MAX. I studied cross cultural parenting in college which gave me a whole new outlook on baby wearing. Not only is it convenient but it has AMAZING benefits. Personally, I practice Attachment Parentingand something called "The Second Nine Months" , and it has honestly been incredible with all 4 babies. I have 4 very secure babies, who sleep great and are very confident. Confident enough to play on their own without hanging all over me. Which is why I can survive with 4 kids!
Motherhood is full of so many ups and downs. I honestly love motherhood more than anything in the world. I love every stage so far from newborn to my oldest who is 9. I feel honored to be able to wake up with them every day and lay them down each night. But there are so many aspects to motherhood that can leave a momma down at the end of the day.
I am a total book worm. I could spend hours reading book after book. Thankfully, my kids (most of them) have taken after me in that aspect. My oldest LOVES books so much. She usually reads chapter books in a day or two. But when she was younger, it was easier for me to get reading time in with her. She was interested AND I had more time to give just her. But ask the family grows, its harder to find time to spend with each child reading individually. Yes, the husband and I conquer and divide, but sometimes we want to all be together too.
Getting out of the house is challenging to say the least. I was so worried about how I would get around with all the kids plus everything we have to carry with us. Most double strollers have no space for diaper bags or any shopping bags. So you are stuck holding bags and its just too much work to do anything. When I found the Austlen Stroller, I knew I had to have it.
Alright, mamas. Breastfeeding is HARD! Thankfully, I have had great breastfeeding experiences with 3 out of 4 of my babies. But the first time around with my oldest, I was misadvised which lead to pain, stress, lots of tears and eventually formula. And I feel like there is so much misinformation out there regarding nursing. So I brought in the best Lactation Consultant I know to answer some of those questions new andexperienced mamas have regarding nursing! Amey Clark with Az Breastfed Babies is a literal Breastfeeing genius and so educated on every aspect of nursing! (and much, much more!) She has graciously answered some of the FAQ's of breastfeeding and given us her Top 5 Breastfeeding Tips!
Most people think that with each baby you have, you stress less. That with your first baby, you are a ball of stress but by baby number 2, 3 or 4 you are a professional. But I don't think that is the case. Especially with large amount of information that swirls around the internet. Its incredible that we have this much information at our fingertips, but it also sometimes causes more worry. Especially for us mamas that are sometimes up all night either googling a rash, nursing every hour or just checking that our baby is still breathing.
With each of my first 3 previous pregnancies, I delivered the baby and went back to work RIGHT away. After all, I was a hair and make up artist, so I worked for myself. No one paid me maternity leave, no one gave me 6 weeks off. If I wasn't working, that meant I wasn't making an income. And at that time, that just wasn't possible. Fast forward, and I delivered Olivia and decided to just rest. I stayed in my jammies, I took a couple naps, and I didnt leave my house for about 2 weeks. I didn't go shopping as much as I wanted to. But the best rest of all, was resting from my phone. Not answering calls, not responding to every single message. I posted rarely on social media and that was only for work purposes. I just rested. I remained present with my family. I had no desire to get ready or even get dressed. And I cannot tell you another time in my life that this was even possible.
We are home and have had our sweet girl with us for a full week (+2 days). This week has flown by. To start, we feel more balanced than ever. Its funny, my husband looked at me today and said, I feel like we are so much more balanced with 4 kids. And I totally agree with him. Mia totally threw us off when we had her. Everyone said that baby #3 is a hard adjustment, and I never believed them. But it totally was. It could have been circumstantial with a rough pregnancy and a very hard delivery and I never felt quite right after her. But with this one, all feels right in our home.
Thursday, June 22nd at 10:02 pm, we welcomed our sweet baby girl into the world. We did not know her gender prior to birth, but we were completely convinced it was a boy. To our surprise, another sweet girl entered the world! I will share more about the birth in another post, but she came on her own, a few days after her due date and completely natural. It took us a few days to comprehend that we had another sweet girl, but we finally landed on a name and it is so fitting for her sweet face!