Thursday, January 31, 2013

From One Mom to Another: The Girl in the Red Shoes

Me saying I am blessed is quite an understatement. A couple of weeks ago when I was in the hospital to have surgery, one of my best friends, Meg, reached out to some of my favorite mommy bloggers (didn't get an email yet? I'm making this a series...stay tuned!) and asked them all about mommyhood. I got so many posts back and the response was overwhelming. The advice that was given to me through these posts is PRICELESS!!!

With so many new mommies out here in blog-land and pregnant bloggers and bloggers that are eventually going to get pregnant, I thought you all would appreciate these posts as much as I do!!!

Allow me to introduce The Vintage Apple's new weekly series:




We start with Julie...one of the MOST BEAUTIFUL souls I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I have never met this mommy, but she is on my list of people to stalk meet. I love her blog and absolutely adore her. She has given me so much advice already and I know that I can reach out to her anytime and ask her anything. We share an affinity for See's candies and we both are mommies to precious little boys!!!!!!! Please go by her blog and show her some love...she is amazing and will quickly become one of your FAVORITE bloggers. I promise!!!!!!


My name is Julie and I blog over at The Girl in the Red Shoes. I'm a new mama to my little man Hudson, who is 5 months old. I blog about life as a mom, my attempts at decorating my house, and everything in between!


Something you wish you knew before having the baby: There are SO many things I wish I knew before having a baby! I wish I knew how infrequently babies sleep. I thought newborns slept a lot....but mine seemed to be awake all the time! I wish I knew how much babies poop....and that poop will get everywhere. On the wall. On your clothes. On the floor. All over the baby. In the car seat. And you know what? At some point it won't even phase you. Gross, I know. I also wish I knew that it was okay (and normal) to feel like you have absolutely no clue what you are doing....all the time. I wish I knew that I would have zero time to cook or clean my house, and that's okay....those things can wait. I wish I spent less time when I was pregnant worrying about being a good mom.....I know now that I would do ANYTHING for that little man and makes me the best mama to him.


Most surprising mommy moment: I was surprised at how sweet breastfeeding my baby turned out to be. I don't mind those late night feedings...it means uninterrupted snuggle time with my little man. I'll sleep in a few more years....I can't get this time back!


How has motherhood impacted your life all around? Everything is different now that I'm a mama. I'm more patient, more scatterbrained, less organized, more thankful, more forgiving, spend way less time on my makeup, have dirty hair most days, and feel more exhausted, yet happy, than I've ever been. I can't even imagine life without Hudson. He makes everything better.


Best piece of advice: My best piece of advice is to tell you that yes, you are doing it right. There is no right or wrong when it comes to your baby.....and whatever your mama instinct tells you to do is probably right. Also, remember to spend time with your spouse. Men can feel left out, especially in those early days, so make sure you take time to build him up and tell him what a good daddy he is.

To my sweet friend Michelle: You are absolutely a wonderful mama to your little guy! I hope that time goes slowly for you so that you can soak up every little second of your sweet baby. I hope that you get some sleep. I hope that you make some time for yourself and for your marriage. I hope that you cut yourself some slack and let your house get messy and laundry pile up. Those things can wait. I promise you that in a few weeks you'll feel more confident in your mama skills. I hope you take lots of pictures, and that you get to be in some of them too. Love you girl!

16 comments

Emily said...

as a mama-to-be expecting a little guy in June, i am definitely looking forward to this series! thank you! been following julie for awhile...love her blog too!

Jess Beer said...

I love this! Especially the yes, you are doing it right!

the girl in the red shoes said...

Thank you so much for the sweet words Michelle!!!! Love this series and I am so honored to be the first one! xoxo!

Unknown said...

Great post Julie! I can't agree more, with everything you said! Dishes, laundry, dirty house can wait! And I too loved my breast feeding time! Even if I was exhausted :) Great start to a new series!

Unknown said...

Oops... ^^^ That was Carly Sapp :)

Rochelle said...

I think it is so great that you are doing this series, especially since little one is due in April and I'm already freaking out about everything. I look forward to reading more!

natasha {schue love} said...

Such a sweet post and I agree with everything Julie is saying here! Love this network of mamas we have to support each other!

Jeannie said...

what a beautiful and encouraging post! I love all of her great advice :)

Carolyn said...

Such a sweet post! :) and some great advice!

Sarah said...

as a blogger who wants to start a family I am THRILLED to see a series like this. I am new to the blogging world and have been looking for bloggers just. like. this.
Thank you thank you a million times thank you!

Sarah
anythingbetween.blogspot.com

Meg O. said...

Love this post! Glad to have collected for you!

Magical Mystical MiMi said...

I wish I had this circle of encouragement when I was bringing my babies up.. I thought for certain I was doing everything wrong and never had anybody there to tell me differently. God Bless you young women and your beautiful babies.. Be there for each other..

Sara said...

Wonderful series! What a great idea! There are so many things I wish I would have known before having a baby. Although I'm not sure I wouldn't have believed anyone if they'd told me! It really does change everything.

Abbie Lewis said...

Such a heartfelt post and oh my goodness all of your pictures are gorgeous. Such an adorable baby boy! My little girl is due in a few months and I can't wait to enjoy every second of mommy-hood.

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

What a great series!!! And what a wonderful blogger!

Leah said...

What a fun series!

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