Most of my posts tend to be more straight forward about a product, outfit, accessory, etc…But, I wanted to try something a little different. I’m going to talk REAL,TRUE mom Life. There is this misconception of Moms who blog (and really blogging in general) and I wanted to take a moment to share what life is really like…Life behind the squares if you will.
I am a full-time ICU nurse, I blog full time + I am a wife and mother. I’m asked all the time how I keep up with it all, and naturally my first response is “coffee, lots and lots of coffee.” Which, let’s be honest, is true, but I also have a few tricks to help me manage it all.
Mom Life is HARD. The other night I was getting the girls ready for bed and I told Aria we needed to brush her hair. I kid you not, she had a FULL ON MELTDOWN, we’re talking stomping, kicking, screaming and crying…and I hadn’t even started yet! We’ve been struggling with her hair because it keeps getting in these crazy knots. She literally cried the entire time. Meanwhile, Amelia was crazy tired and naturally she started crying and rolling all over the place trying to kick Aria and I off the couch. It was pure madness. This happens pretty much every night.
Let’s be honest it’s always something and the little squares on Instagram are typically the best moments and experiences. Why is that, why do we only share the good stuff? Why don’t we talk more about the trials and tribulations of parenthood? Aren’t we all struggling to stay afloat? So often I feel like I’m the only one experiencing these things, but when I finally talk to a few other Mama friends I realize we are ALL going through something, if not the same things!
My Tips For Keeping It Together
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help. I don’t do this one enough, but when I do I am so grateful. This one is also hard because we don’t live near our family. But, that’s ok, I love living in California and I have been finding alternative options.
Find another friend and trade watching the kids one night a month. Use this time to go on a date with your spouse/significant other. Go to the movies, out to dinner, or whatever you and your partner love doing!
Make time for “Me Time”. This can be something you do every day or once a week, or once a month. For me, I get up a little early a couple times a week and enjoy my cup of coffee, while it’s fresh and hot. Sometimes I work and other times I watch a show.
Take a break from it all. Spend time to disconnect. Put away the phones and computers, turn the TV off, and spend some quality time with your family. It’s not about how long you disconnect, this is a personal preference, but mostly about the quality. Things we do are play outside, go to the park, and have dinner together while talking about the day.
Being a mom is the most challenging job I have, but I love it and wouldn’t trade it for anything. There is nothing better than coming home from work and seeing my family on the front porch waving and waiting for me. Or when you pick them up from school and they come running at you and give the biggest hug ever. Mom life is hard, but SOO worth every single moment! These little babies are my heart and soul and I love them with every fiber of my being.
I’d love hear what challenges you’re facing, that way I and other Mama’s know we are not alone!
Thanks for stopping by and hope you have fantastic week!