Thursday, March 05, 2009

Unique Challenges of Motherhood


There are so many things that it never occurred to me that would be so difficult as a mom. Mainly things that revolve around feeding my precious girl. Ralph and I decided to head up to Columbus to watch the 5 Best Picture nominees the Saturday prior to the Oscars. We decided to skip two of them, making it a slightly shorter day. Initially, we thought we'd bring her with us. Then I got to worrying what if she had a tough day, the noise levels, etc. Suddenly the oh, so portable baby seemed less portable. :) Grandpa and Grandma were quick to volunteer to watch her--even though it meant being up well past midnight. Then came the concern, "How do I pump during this 14 hour or so day away from her?" I am in a whole new world. Turns out that Easton provides a nursing bench in its women's restroom, next to this bench was an outlet. It was the perfect spot to head to in between movies. I think it was worth it for Ralph and I to have a day out together, so far we have only done so separately, but it definitely takes more forethought and preparation than it used to. Just ask Amanda. We ended up leaving town about when she originally thought we would but we said, "Let's leave earlier," an hour and a half to be precise but were a little late leaving, had to run Nugget north to Grandma and Grandpa's, forgot critical things for pumping at home, had to head back south to pick up said items, etc, etc. Thank the Lord for an understanding best friend! She claims not to be a patient women but I think she has the patience of a saint! :)

So, to you experienced moms, what else should I expect to take more time and preparation than it used to? What tricks and words of wisdom do you have for me?

I've pulled off our first party, feeling pretty good about that, and am preparing for our first dinner party (aside from close family friends) in March. Taking care of her is the most fun I've had in a long time. I embrace each new challenge with the enthusiasm that comes from a long awaited desire finally fulfilled. Her fussy days provide me with an excuse to stop and cuddle. Her happy days fill my world with smiles and giggles--love those! I will get some on video for you grandparents and great grandparents and aunties and uncles soon!


P.S. Don't forget (Grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc) to check out our Flickr page for more pics. You can even download, print and order the pics we post there. Her two month pics (late, of course) will be in the mail to you all shortly!!!


  1. It sounds like you are doing great. Yes, it does take a bit more planning & time but you'll get it down. Before long you won't be worring about pumping but what food to bring with for her.

  2. You guys are doing great! She is too cute! It is so hard to remember everything, even when you plan ahead...I have done it for years and still forget things more than I would like to admit.

    I think as a mom you have to give yourself grace. I find myself saying, "if I could just get the details in order and the schedule down, then things would be easier & run smoother." But how can a get used to a schedule that is always changing because the kiddos needs and activities are always changing?! Before you know it, you will be packing stuff in the diaper bag that you don't even need anymore!

    Parenthood is great because you are always learning something new, never a dull moment. I am always trying to figure out new ways to do stuff, what will make everything run better, etc. It is all a process, a crazy, wonderful process. Hang in there! Like I said, you are doing are a fantastic mama!

  3. You are a great mom Stacie...the most important is to enjoy her and I can see you are doing that!!
    Her picture is so sweet. Give her a hug for us.

  4. Arwen is very blessed to have you for a mom!! Love ya

  5. Love the pics she is getting so big!!!;0) Chad likes to tease me because when I get up Sat. morning I lay out the kids church clothes, I find transitions are so much easier if I plan ahead for everything!! Not to mention it gives me more time (I think) to soak up all the joys of being a mom (and less melt downs)!:0) Sounds like you're doing awesome!!

  6. I don't really remember what things were like before I had kids, and it's only been 5 years, so I really don't think about what has changed, although I know a lot has changed. :) I am so used to planning and getting the kids ready - they go almost everywhere with me - that I don't really think about what it takes to prepare. I am very much a natural planner, though, and I think that helps. My words of wisdom: when I get things all figured out, I'll give you some wise words. Don't hold your breath. :)