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Stay at Home Mom – Keeping a Sense of You

It’s entirely too easy to lose yourself in motherhood when you’re a stay at home mom. You’ve entered into a whole new world full of diapers, bottles, tiny clothes and new responsibilities. The first few months of baby’s life are very demanding as you both adjust to this new world together. But before you morph into super mom trying to take on every challenge yourself and forget about tending to youÂ… stop, breathe and remember yourself!

What hobbies do you enjoy? What friends would you like to spend more time with? What new activities have you thought about trying? Who has offered to help in watching the baby so you can have some alone time? These are all very important questions to answer. I know it may seem impossible to nurture a hobby with a newborn, but it’s not as difficult as it may seem.

For instance, if photography is your passion now is the time to show off your skills. Make a record of your baby’s growth by taking pictures and noting the dates on each of them. These pictures will make memorable scrap books that can be put together in later years if time is not available now. There are also many different types of collage frames available to show your little one’s growth in one fantastic display. How about video? Sending clips to relatives that live a great distance away is a great way to stay in touch and show off your baby’s new moves and sounds.

Baby books can take on a whole new meaning if writing is your niche. Instead of using a preset book that simply requires you to fill in the blanks, opt for a blank journal that strikes your fancy. Each day find a few minutes to jot down what baby has done today or how baby was feeling today. It could be an entire page or it could be a sentence, either way it will compile to be a great work of art for you and your child to enjoy upon its completion.

Why stop at a baby book? Keeping a personal journal is great therapy in keeping your life in perspective. Finding just a few minutes a day to write down your thoughts and feelings that may not be so easy to talk to someone else about can take a heavy weight off of your shoulders and release inner tension. Personal journaling may become an invaluable outlet for feelings of being overwhelmed or full of anxiety. It’s also a great tool to be able to look back on and see how you’ve changed over time. Trying to lose those extra baby pounds? Track your activity and weight for added incentive to stick to healthier living.

Are you the type that likes to get your fingers dirty in a flower bed? Don’t put off gardening simply because you’ve got a little one in tow, let them help. Toddlers love to get their hands dirty and find worms and bugs in the ground. Have patience with them when they pull blooms off of your plants, it’s a compliment to how beautiful the flowers are! If your child is too young to get its hands dirty, bring out the playpen and set it up next to your garden. There are screens you can purchase that will surround the playpen keeping any bugs away from your baby while you are busy. The fresh air will do wonders for the both of you.

It’s all about using your time wisely. Don’t lose sight of your passions or trade them in for household chores. Work the time into your schedule and as your day becomes more predictable you’ll be able to spend even more time on your hobbies. The important thing here is to keep your spirit lifted by nurturing hobbies.

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When Mom is Sick

As if taking care of an infant with a cold wasn’t tricky enough, finding a way to bring yourself back to health while tending to a little one may seem impossible. There are a few ways to sneak in some relaxing moments though, provided you’ve got the essentials. Before the cold season hits, take stock in your cold rescue items. Make sure you’ve got products that include cough drops, tea, honey, lemons, tissues, hand sanitizer and a few pair of comfy pajamas or lounge clothes.

When you feel a cold coming on, take great care to keep your germs to yourself. It’s much easier to get through the illness when baby is sleeping soundly at night and for naps. One way to stop the cold sharing is to always wash your hands after coughing, sneezing or simply using a tissue. Sometimes it is difficult to just get up and run off into another room to wash, who knows what trouble the baby would get into while you’re gone! Keeping small bottles of hand sanitizer next to tissue boxes in strategic places throughout the house will help. This way, after each tissue use you can easily sanitize your hands.

Drink lots of fluids. Drinking fluids will aid in loosening congestion which will help you heal faster. Hot tea is a great way to soothe the soul while getting sufficient hydration. Safety first! Never drink a hot beverage around an infant. Spills happen to the best of us and a hot beverage could cause a burn injury to the baby. This would be a great opportunity to utilize baby’s swing, jumper or exerciser. While baby is playing, sit back and enjoy a hot cup of tea. When preparing your tea, add a squeeze of lemon juice for added vitamin C and a bonus, lemon soothes a sore throat. Honey also soothes and is a great sweetener. Let’s not forget plain water, it’s a natural decongestant. Add a squeeze of lemon into your water for added vitamin C as well.

Try to keep your days on the quiet side until your energy is back up again. If you’re lucky, your baby will enjoy cuddling and snuggling with you. Grab a dozen or so of your baby’s favorite books, cough drops, tissues and hand sanitizer for you, and snuggle together under a blanket for story time. Your baby will love the one on one attention and your body will be able to rest a bit. If reading becomes too difficult, settle down for an educational DVD or simply turn the pages of a picture book and let baby “read” to you. This is a great way to see how baby copies gestures or points out certain objects in a picture that she is familiar with from being read the story before.

Don’t push yourself to accomplish all the normal household chores, unless of course it will boost your spirits. Decide which path will set you at ease and choose that path. There is no “Gold Medal Fairy” flying around town handing out shiny awards for the cleanest, most organized home. Now is certainly not the time to push yourself to your limits. There are some moms out there that would just go crazy thinking of all the chores to be done and not be able to rest at the sight of dirty dishes or laundry. For those moms out there, go for it. The idea is to keep your mood light and boost your spirits for a quick and healthy recovery.

With all the luck in the world you’ll reach a full recovery quickly and remove all those pesky cold germs from the house before the rest of the family catches them. And if those germs decide to take up residence in your home for a while longer, when they do finally leave it’s time to celebrate. You deserve it!

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