5 Things I Survived The First Year of Motherhood

With Mother’s Day right around the corner I was reflecting back on my first year of motherhood and a few random memories came back to me. It is hard to believe that my oldest is now in elementary school. I hope you enjoy reading about 5 things I survived my first year of motherhood.

Weird Dreams

I’d wake up at night believing I’d brought the baby into bed and that I lost him in the sheets. I nearly had a panic attack the first time it happened. I was frantic mess screaming, turning on the lights, and ripping the sheets off our bed. Josh would wake up both confused and alarmed. Then he would go check on the baby in his room and there he would be sleeping soundly. Josh had to keep reassuring me that he was in his crib. I was in tears and it took me going into his room to see he was ok for me to be able to try to sleep again. It  happened every night for a few weeks.

Other nights Josh would wake up to find me roaming the hallway. I honestly think I was sleep walking because in my head I was holding the baby nursing him back to sleep while I walked up and down the hall. Josh would turn on the lights and repeatedly ask me what I was doing. I was annoyed because I couldn’t understand how he couldn’t see I was feeding the baby. Then I would look down and see that I was holding my very engorged boobs thinking they were the baby. Very weird but eventually it became almost comical, I said almost, it still freaked me out a little. Anyone else have crazy nightmares like this?

Projectile Vomit

I was so concerned something was horribly wrong with my son when this would happen. And it didn’t happen often. This picture captured my son’s little smile after he had unloaded on me. It was everywhere. Hair, face, body, and floor.

And this episode was totally my fault. He spiked his first fever and after calling the pediatrician they said it would be ok to give him medicine. I was trying to give him infant Tylenol with the dispenser and accidentally caused a gag reflex.

My Husband’s Firefighter Schedule

I really wasn’t sure how I would do with Josh being gone for 24 hours, sometimes 48 hours, at a time. Babywise helped so much because I had a schedule and routine to follow that we rarely deviated from. I knew what time I would be nursing and putting the baby down for naps each and everyday regardless of when my husband was home.

The fire department really is our extended family and Josh has been fortunate with the people and crews he has worked with. They have let him come home for emergency’s, welcomed our family into the station for visits, and given us gently used clothes and toys.

It wasn’t until we had our first baby that I really began to see the benefits of the firefighter schedule for Josh and our family. He has been able to spend so much time with our kids doing the day to day things that most dads don’t have the availability to do with a nine to five job.

Funny fact. I went into labor while Josh was on shift with baby 1, 2, and 3.

Mastitis

Mastitis is an infection of breast tissue that is caused by clogged milk ducts, tight fitting bras, and not emptying the breast all the way during feedings. The symptoms include fever, tender and swollen breast, nausea and/or vomiting, and overall fatigue.

Eight weeks postpartum I went to swim laps and go for run. I got dressed after my swim and discovered my sport bras did not fit me very well and were quite tight. Later on that day I noticed a huge and painful lump in my right breast. It felt like a golf ball had been shoved under my skin. I knew from my friends that this meant I had a clogged duct and there was the possibility that I could develop mastitis.

I immediately began massaging my chest to see if I could release the clog (this was really painful) and made an appointment to see my doctor. Several hours later I was diagnosed with mastitis. Booooooo. I was told to go and invest in new bras, and was prescribed several herbal remedies, antibiotics, and a lymphatic massage for my treatment. A few weeks later I was feeling much better.

Related Reading: My Breastfeeding Story & Pumping, Dumping, Freezing Breastmilk and Bottle Feeding

The Cockroach

This last and final story really doesn’t have anything to do with motherhood directly it just happened during my first year of being a mom. We had large cockroaches that lived around our townhouse. When the complex was sprayed each month it wasn’t unusual to have 5-10 dead on our doorstep.

Josh and I had turned out the lights and gone to bed and within minutes he was already asleep. Shortly after I heard this weird noise on the wall behind me. Seconds later I felt something fall on my head and into my hair. Sitting upright in bed Josh woke up asking what I was doing. I told him something had fallen on me. After the weird dreams I had been having about the baby he told I should go back to sleep. When I laid my head back down I felt something moving in my hair. I started screaming, shaking my head, jumping up and down and stripping off my clothes, while turing on the lights. Josh kept telling my to be quite because the baby was going to wake up. And that is when we saw the huge cockroach crawling around in our bed.

Thankfully my hysterically screaming didn’t wake up the baby or disturb the neighbors we shared common walls with. I had the hardest time going back to sleep even after changing the sheets and taking a shower. And that is saying a lot for a mama with a newborn to not be able to fall asleep ;).

I treasure being a mother to my children and I hope you enjoyed this post! I would love to know something you survived your first year of motherhood.

Happy Mother’s Day to all you beautiful mama’s this weekend! Enjoy your blessings that God has given you!

Related Reading: A Mother’s Day Tribute

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10 Minute Hill Workout

The weather has been absolutely gorgeous this week in Arizona. Cool breezy mornings with even a few sprinkles is generally unheard of this time in May. The afternoons have been equally fantastic with sunshine and blue skies! I am not sure how long it is going to last but the summer heat is right around the corner so I will enjoy this weather as long as possible.

I have been spending my mornings enjoying a walk outside and today I decided to add a few hill sprints into the mix. Treatments are just wrapping up on my legs for varicose veins and I decided to test out how they are feeling now. Before treatment I could barley run or even stand for long periods of time. My legs felt so heavy and they would ache. Today running was possible and my legs didn’t feel like they weighed 100 pounds each. Yay!

Find an outdoor hill with a moderate incline. Do as many rounds as possible of this workout for 10 minutes:

  • 15-20 second uphill sprint
  • recovery walk/jog downhill
  • 10 walking lunges
  • 10 squats

Go as fast as you can on the 15-20 second uphill sprint. Walk or jog to the bottom of the hill, perform 10 walking lunges, and 10 squats and repeat it all for 10 minutes. If you are looking to add a cardio blast at the end of a workout this would also make a great finisher.

I did this 10 minute workout in addition to my walk this morning and it was enough for me. If you happen to try this workout let me know how it went. I love hearing your feedback :).


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What’s In My Grocery Cart

I am sharing my current five favorite items that are in my grocery cart. We usually go to the grocery 1-2 times a week. And when I say go to the grocery store I mean I order our groceries online at home in my pajamas after the kids go to bed and then pick them up the next day never having to leave my car. It is amazing and saves so me time and money because I am not wandering up and down the aisles looking at all the new products and adding things that weren’t on my list into my cart.

Hope you enjoy seeing a few items that make it into our grocery cart each week!

Larabars

We have been eating these for years and I recently discovered this new to me flavor. And it so so tasty. We usually buy our LARABARS at Costco in bulk because it is so much cheaper but when I see a flavor I have yet to try at the grocery store I buy a few bars and the Mint Chip Brownie did not disappoint. Our grocery store only sells individual bars of this flavor but Amazon sells them in 16 count cases. LARABARS have very few ingredients and are made from real whole foods, they are also kosher, dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan. Our kids love them too!

Tessemae’s Green Goddess Dressing

This Green Goddess Dressing is so good! I could easily go through a bottle in a week. It is good for salads and marinading chicken or veggies. It is gluten and dairy free.

Baby Romaine Lettuce

I find it is easier and faster for me to make a salad if I have lettuce readily available and already washed. I could wash it myself but at this point in time I am willing to pay for the added convenience. These little boxes only last us about two days so we usually have 2-3 in our fridge at a time.

Frozen Broccoli

While the bag says you can steam it, I enjoy roasting these in the oven so much better. I will take the frozen veggies out of the bag, run them under warm water to start to defrost them, cover with a light coating of avocado oil and salt and pepper, and pop them in the oven. 25-30 minutes at 425 degrees.

Frozen Cauliflower

Just like the broccoli I prefer roasting these in the oven and will often combine the broccoli and cauliflower together. Again I know I could buy cauliflower and broccoli fresh in the produce section but I am willing to spend the extra to ensure that my food doesn’t go to waste and is one step closer to being finished by having all the washing and chopping done for me.

I would love to know of any item that is always in your grocery cart or a product you think I would love. Share below! I love learning about new to me items!

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