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Overcoming the New Mommy Slump

I’m sure I am not the only woman out there that goes through the new mommy slump. It seems like every pregnancy I just let myself go. I don’t care about getting to the salon to get my roots covered, let alone spending time to put makeup on my face if I don’t have to leave the house. Usually it takes me a bit after I have my sweet little bundle to actually start caring again.

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The difference is that after the baby, I am fighting exhaustion and am always out of time. So how does one overcome the new mommy slump when there aren’t enough hours in the day, and the moments you do have would rather be spent sleeping? I don’t have time to get to the nail salon, and I sure don’t have the time or energy to get all fussied up every single day.

I have started making time for ME! Yes, it sounds a little selfish but it is so important for me to steal a few minutes to myself. It doesn’t always happen, but I make a point to squeeze it in a few times a week. Most times it is just me getting away in the evening for a few minutes alone in the bubble bath.

I know it may seem silly, but having my nails painted makes me feel more “put together”. However, I don’t have time to keep up with nails at the salon every 2 weeks. So, my newest splurge on myself is a home mani. I hand the baby off for daddy time while I spruce my hands and feet up. It’s the little things that matter!

Another thing I let go during pregnancy is my hair. When I’m pregnant my hair grows way to fast to try and keep it blonde. So my natural dark starts quickly shining through. This time around I bought a box from the store and got it as close to my natural color as I could while the blonde grew off. But, now that our house is back into a routine with our time and our finances….I am headed back to the blonde. That 2 hours at the salon every other month is my happy getaway place. I realize this isn’t always an option so even if it is turning your bathroom into your personal salon, DO IT! I feel like a new person when my hair gets done.

It doesn’t have to be extravagant. Maybe it is just a few minutes with your feet up that makes you feel like a different more put together woman. Take those minutes and don’t feel guilty for it. Anything that can help you overcome the new mommy slump! When we are more refreshed, we are better at our daily tasks.

Overcoming The New Mommy Slump @TheJoyfulFamily.com

It is so easy to get in the habit of throwing on those yoga pants and t-shirt with your hair in a pony every single day. Trust me I pretty much lived that way over the last year! If I am honest with myself though I feel more human and “together” when I spend a little bit of time on myself. No, you won’t find me all fixed up everyday of the week, but you may find me with my nails done and some lipgloss with those yoga pants. Whatever makes me feel pretty and like I have it more together than I actually do!

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Homeschooling While Pregnant

Homeschooling while pregnant- Now I realize this is not a big deal for some, but for others that aren’t so great at being pregnant it is a huge deal. Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining about being pregnant AT ALL. I couldn’t be more excited. I am just not one of those olive on a toothpick type of girls. I don’t have the easiest time during the 1st, 2nd, or even 3rd trimesters.

Homeschooling and Pregnancy

I envy the girls that can look all fashionable and darling during this blessed time of their lives. I wish I could be one of those. Somehow I got the swell as big as possible and be as frumpy as possible genes when it comes to these 9 months. So, needless to say homeschooling on a daily basis while going through this phase is a bit of a challenge.

If pregnancy takes it’s toll on you like it does me, you can still homeschool through it. There have been days that I was so sick I couldn’t get out of bed. On those days all the kids brought their books to my bedroom and we worked through it. On the days I was feeling a little more up to par, we got the more intensive projects completed. Lesson planning has been few and far between. I have a general idea of what has to be done, and then we just take it day by day. Science may be a super fun project on a good day, or an Awesome Science video from Mardel Homeschool on the not so good days. And you know what? It’s OK.

My kids are still getting a quality education each day. Whether it be from a traditional method, or a method that lets us take it a bit easier that day. Regardless of how they are learning, just know that they are. They are little sponges soaking up every piece of information that you are able to get to them that day.

So pregnant homeschool mom, take it easy on yourself. This is an amazing journey that your family is on. Don’t let stress or discouragement steal the joy that this time brings.

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The Lord Had A Plan

Though this is just the beginning for our new phase of life, it is the 3rd part of our journey. I shared with you about what happened to us when we allowed everyone else to have a say in our decisions instead of seeking God. Then I shared with your how we had to fix what never should have been broken. Now I get to share the most exciting part of the journey! The Lord had a plan, and made sure it came to pass!

It has only been since the end of February that things have been fixed. I shared how we received a miraculous report of being blessed with a high percentage of things being back to normal. Now, just a VERY short time after that procedure….We are expecting BABY #5.

Our Miracle Coming December 2013 ~ TheJoyfulFamily.com

All I know is just like every person placed on this earth, God has a divine plan for this baby’s life. He moved in ways I never thought possible. This entire journey has been one miracle after another. I will be blogging about the pregnancy along the way, and can not wait for you to meet our new addition at the end of the year.

If you are believing God for your baby, DON”T GIVE UP! He is able to do more than we could ever ask or think!

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