Mind & Body by Samantha Nichole

Mind & Body by Samantha Nichole

Monday, November 25, 2013

Update on Life

So much has happened since Audrey was born in September. It’s amazing. I am certainly the same person, but I am different. I’m actually calmer; things don’t stress me out as much. I’m not sure if this mindset is healthy or unhealthy for me. I know that I used to stress at the little things, and right now I’m not as affected. It’s liberating, actually.

Physically, I am near my goal weight, and I am successfully exclusively breastfeeding. Yay! I am so thrilled. I have been a breastfeeding, babywearing, cloth diapering mamma, and it has taken me very little effort to do those things.

Audrey and me in Tennessee visiting her great-great grandparents.
I was wearing her in a Moby wrap. The stares were amusing.

With cloth diapering, I only do it around the home since traveling with disposables is easier. Although I want to decrease my carbon footprint, cloth diapers aren’t much better than disposables. (After doing enough research I came to that conclusion. Of course, it’s completely understandable if you disagree with me.) The main reason I cloth diaper is to save cash. Plus, cloth diaper covers come in adorable colors and patterns!

So far parenting hasn’t been easy, but it’s coming very naturally to me. The best advice I have been given by anyone is to trust my instincts. As a woman, I was literally born to do this. Of course, there are things that doctors and the medical world can detect and tell us that we wouldn’t be able to find out ourselves, but overall I trust my instincts.

A big change I have been working through is not working full-time. I specifically decided to work part-time because I believe that’s what is best for my family, and with where I was in my career when I left my full-time job, I felt it was an appropriate move to make. I struggle with booking my calendar to the maximum. Yes, I am a coach. I absolutely love coaching cheerleading and dance, and coaching is something that I will probably be doing for the rest of my life. What I mean is that I love to make commitments and be a part of my community, but I often forget to leave a day (or more) open to relax at home with my family. I am hyperactive. There is no question about that.

Below you’ll find a list of what I have been doing since becoming a part-time working & work-at-home-mom.
  1. Christmas planning! It's awesome how shopping for Christmas presents suddenly became exciting. 
  2. Coaching for Alverno College and assisting Campbellsport High School.
  3. Writing a novella in celebration of NaNoWriMo. That has been taking up so much of my time! 
  4. Baking. I make delicious muffins.
  5. Unpacking my house. (I was 2 weeks postpartum when we moved. That was not fun at all.)
  6. Budgeting, taking care of family finances, meal planning—you know, the fun stuff.
  7. Working part-time for the Alverno College Media Hub in addition to coaching.
  8. Cleaning meticulously. I don’t think my house has ever been this clean. I still make messes.
  9. I have been watching a little bit of daytime television, but I don’t sit down to watch it. I let it play in the background while Audrey was sleeping. One time I watched a soap opera, but I decided to shut it off because it was confusing, and the acting was terrible.
  10. On the topic of daytime TV, a show from a Canadian channel taught me that I’m a visual learner. I pretty much already knew that, but I learned that visual learners tend to be messy. It’s not that I’m unorganized—it’s that my organizational skills are different from the norm. I need to see everything       in front of me, because if it’s out of sight, it’s out of mind!
Those are my current updates! I’m working on a post about what I have been doing to combat the postpartum blues and depression.

1 comment:

  1. Lovely pic, baby and update! :) Welcome to motherhood! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com