An Open Letter to My Mom Tribe
Good morning! Happy Tuesday friends, this week already feels like it’s going by fast. We’re heading to Atlanta on Thursday night, so knowing it’s another short week for us has me working on overdrive! Since our trip to Colorado, I’ve had so many ideas flowing and have some exciting stuff that I’m planning on launching in July! I love when I get this fired up about something and I hope you guys like it as much as I do!
Today’s post is a little something different, but it’s been on my heart lately. Since having Owen, I’ve been overwhelmed by the love, support and genuine interest you guys have shown in our lives and Owen’s well-being. It seriously feels like he has a bunch of aunts looking out for him all over the world, so thank you so so much. Sometimes I hate technology, but then I think about all these relationships I’ve formed with you guys that would have never been possible without Instagram or this blog! You guys have been my saving grace when it comes to weird rashes, illnesses, sippy cup recommendations (he’s loving the Munchkin 360, by the way) and random mom hacks.
Now that Owen is a little over six months old, I feel like we’re out of the “dark days” where I was exhausted, sleep deprived and went days on end without bathing. I know it won’t be all smooth sailing, but as I’ve gotten more comfortable with being a mom, the bumps along the road don’t rock me nearly as much as they used to. So, on that note, I wanted to share a little letter and thank you with you all.
To my mom tribe (virtual and real life),
Thank you for all of your support these past six, almost seven months! And, even before that. You calmed my nerves and cheered me on during those last exhausting weeks of pregnancy. You welcomed Owen to this world with the same enthusiasm as if he was was your own nephew!
Since his birth, you’ve helped me heal blocked tear ducts, get my baby to sleep through the night, shared your favorite baby products, and ultimately made me feel like I don’t totally suck at this mom thing. You’ve reminded me that “this too shall pass” when it feels like things will never get better. Best of all, you’ve taught me to not take myself so seriously. Motherhood should be fun.
You’ve helped me enjoy this phase of my life so much more than if I was doing it alone.
I wanted to pay it forward for all the kind comments, words of wisdom, encouragement you gave me. Truly I hope that I can be as supportive and loving to you as you have been to me! I also wanted to share a few little tidbits I’ve learned in my very short time as a mama, but good life lessons that I know will make baby number 2 so much easier (well, maybe) and less stressful.
Never feel guilty for taking care of yourself or doing something that makes you feel more like you. Take a shower, blow dry your hair, go get your nails done. Whatever it is that you feel like you need to do to just feel slightly more like your pre-baby self, do it. The better you feel both mentally and physically, the better of a mama you can be to your babies. Plus, the happier person you will be to everyone else around you.
It’s hard (like, so hard!!), but it does get easier (and a whole lot more fun!). I’ve been there and sometimes you just need to vent to someone! I’m happy to listen 🙂
If you’re having a crappy day, never hesitate to DM or email me.
You can’t do it all, and you shouldn’t. It’s not always easy, but learn to ask for help! Friends, family members, or hired help. Do what you’ve got to do!!
You should feel proud of yourself. Take a moment and think about everything you’ve done for your baby. You carried them in your belly until they came into this world, you nurtured them, fed them, snuggled them, changed countless diapers, bathed them and show them just how much you love them.
It’s okay to second guess yourself. Or, ask yourself why you even wanted kids (I asked myself this a lot those first few weeks!)—sleep deprivation will do that to you. But give it time. It’ll pass and you’ll soon wonder how you ever lived without them!
You’re stronger, more resilient and more powerful than you can ever imagine. Believe me, I continue to surprise myself! You’ve got this.
There’s a reason that YOU were made to be your baby’s mama. So don’t forget that for a second.
So, thank you again. I can say it a million times, but I’m not sure it’s possible to really show much you guys have helped me during this phase of my life. I’m so thankful to have this community. I look forward to seeing it grow with more mamas and babies along the way!