It has been a little over a year that I have officially been a stay-at-home mom and what an adventure it has been. With my youngest daughter, Leighton Jean, recently turning one, I feel like I’ve graduated. The fact that both of my children have survived, along with my husband and myself is reason enough to celebrate. This year has been a roller coaster of amazing moments mixed with some incredibly challenging ones. Going from an ambitious girl dreaming of a successful career to a stay-at-home mom changing poopy diapers dreaming of a nap, was a huge adjustment for me.
However, it really is true what they say “we don’t grow when things are easy; we grow when we face challenges.” I have learned SO much about myself this past year, and in all honesty, I feel like I’m a completely different person (in a good way). First of all, I am completely selfless … well, not completely … let’s be honest (I have been guilty of putting on another episode of Sofia the First so that I can continue to shop online in peace), but I never thought I’d see the day when I was more excited to shop for someone other than myself. Second of all, I am more resilient. When the terrible two’s hit our house – I thought I was going to lose my mind. It was more like the World War Two’s around here. But now, I have learned to embrace the saying “this too shall pass”, handle it and move on. Third – It no longer takes me 2-hours and a bottle of champagne to get ready. I have mastered the art of going from looking like a transient person to a somewhat decent looking civilian in less than 10-minutes (my greatest accomplishment yet). Lastly, I have learned to really appreciate and celebrate the little things in life. Like the sound of a baby’s first belly laugh (the BEST), or the very rare occasion when I get both girls to nap at the same time for more than 10-minutes, or the fact that my 3-year-old has finally learned to properly wipe her butt after going poop without my assistance (insert amen and dancing girl emoji).
With the joys along with the struggles I’ve faced in my new role, I have realized the importance of staying true to you; continuing to partake in the hobbies that I loved pre-babes as well as the value in connecting with other moms. Both of these have helped me not only be a better mother to my girls, but grow as a person. I have always loved to write about things I’m passionate about and I have been craving a creative outlet since I stopped working (something other than toddler arts and crafts). But with the constant on-the-go lifestyle that comes with having children, endless amount of chores, and meals to be prepared, it’s hard to find the time to shower let alone start a passion project. So I figured why not do something that combines my life as a mom with other hobbies I enjoy – I’ll start a blog (a stay-at-home mom with a blog, I’m officially a cliché). So with that said, welcome to Mommamosa!
The name has big meaning in our house. I have always loved my mimosas, but since having kids the name has changed to “Mommamosa”, symbolizing the modifications a woman makes to the things she enjoys after kids. See official definition below:
Mommamosa: [mom-ma-moh-suh] n. 1. A quick solution to keeping mom happy 2. An acceptable alternative to water 3. A delightful drink in honor of all hard-working moms.
I am so excited for this new venture and look forward to sharing more!