SAHM Life

7/14/2015

Being a stay at home mom is the greatest and most rewarding "JOB" I've ever had. Everyday I wake up so grateful that I have the opportunity to watch my son change and grow. I'm beyond thankful that I get to experience all of his firsts and watch him accomplish all of his new milestones. I'm the first person he sees each morning and the last person he sees before he drifts off to sleep each night. With this job, comes an incredible amount of time, responsibility, selflessness, sacrifice, patience, nurturing and love {just to name a few.} Being a stay at home mom is by far the HARDEST job I've ever had but I wouldn't change it for the world. 

I thought today I would share a few "tips" on how to make the best out of those long days at home.

-shower & get ready: I can't even begin to elaborate on how important I think this is. Trust me, I know first hand there are many days where a shower isn't even a priority. But it should be. Just because you're a mom now doesn't mean you're not important. A 5 minute shower, a clean outfit and a quick foundation/mascara combo can do wonders for your self esteem. I knew it was bad when I put jeans on + brushed my hair and my hubby said, "Wow babe! You got ready today, what's the occasion!?" That was a moment that changed me. Before coming a mom I used to spend so much time on my appearance! I took pride in how I presented myself and I think that's still something you should do even as a mom. So, trust me- take 10 minutes for yourself and make yourself presentable! You won't regret it and it's actually a great start to the day. 

-schedule is key: make/learn your baby's schedule and stick to it! I'm a firm believer that babies thrive on a solid routine. Not only is it good for your baby but it also helps your day flow SO much better and helps you stay on task!

-don't procrastinate: clean early! Get all your housework and laundry done first thing in the morning. I know from experience the longer you put it off the less likely you are to actually get it done. Instead of making "to-do" lists, actually pencil in a scheduled time to accomplish the task. Treat your day like a "real" job and knock out your responsibilities like you have a deadline to meet. 

-get out of the house: go for a walk, take a quick drive, meet another mom for coffee or a play date. Staying active and keeping up with your social life are key to a healthy, happy mama! 

-make time for your marriage: at the end of a long day I know the last thing on your mind is keeping the romance alive but before that baby came along it was just the two of you. Your husband still wants/needs your time, attention and affection. Send him a text at work letting him know you're thinking of him, make him his favorite meal, rub his feet or just have a normal, {baby-free} conversation. He still needs to feel important too!

last but not least, 

-be you: so many mamas fall into a "mommy-funk" or a depressed state. I myself have been there. Mommy life is hard work! Take time for yourself and tell yourself everyday that you're good enough. Don't forget who you are or lose yourself now that you're a mother. Your babies will always love you but they need you to love yourself! 

xo


12 comments :

  1. Jane Holland McGrawJuly 14, 2015 at 8:53 PM

    Wise words. I'm so proud of you. When raising my babies (46+ years ago), I don't believe I adhered to all of your tips. I should have! Keeping a schedule is excellent advice. It sounds like you have really got this 'mommy' thing all figured out.

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  2. Love your blog! I am a SAHM and I Deff. agree with the get ready advice. I feel so much more put together and better when I get ready!

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  3. Great tips! I especially love the first and last ones. It really is amazing what a shower and some mascara can do for your mood! And it is super easy to get lost in taking care of everyone else and forget to take time for yourself. That's why I blog ;) I just wrote a post on how toddlers test our patience if you're interested!

    http://www.aprilshappyplace.com/nothing-tests-your-patience-like-a-toddler/

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  4. Great advice! I am a SAHM also. I enjoy your blog!

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