Monday, September 3, 2012

Real Momma Mondays

Welcome to a little installment here at the blog that I hope stays around.  It is all about honoring and building up each other as woman and mothers.  So drumroll please...

The first spotlight belongs to Andrea, the mother of two wonderful boys, J (4 years old) and A (17 months).  She lives with her adorable family in Washington and her hubby is bravely serving our country in the military.

1.  What is the best thing you do for your children? 

For mine and my familyʼs lifestyle, the best thing I do or have done for my children
was to be a stay at home mom. Although at sometimes I feel like I am going to go
completely insane, I do understand and appreciate that I was/am fortunate enough to
be able to stay home with both my kids while they were young.

2. What is your one must have items for moms?

My must have items as a mom would be PATIENCE!!!! ( which is hard to practice all
of the time!) Honestly, I have always had the theory stuck in my mind that itʼs best to
make due with what you have/donʼt have. Although we are never short of toys and
items thanks to very generous grandparents and family, my kids have always gone
from one obsession to another so quickly that we couldnʼt keep up! Patience can go a
long way in any situation and in the end toys come and go so often I try to not put too
much focus on that one “perfect toy/ item that will solve this problem or that problem”.

3. Describe how you would tell a pregnant woman to prepare for labor and birth.

I would tell a woman to prepare for labor/birth by packing anything and EVERYTHING
that makes her comfortable and taking it with her to the hospital or wherever it is that
she will be giving birth and recuperating after. It is SO important for the mother to be
calm and comfortable those first few hours after birth because itʼs a whole knew world
you are being thrown in to. It is nice to have a few comforting items around you to
ground you (pillow from home, favorite pjʼs or new lounge pants. Whatever!)

4.  How has becoming a mother of two changed you, your marriage and your family?

Being a mother has changed everything in my life. The perspective I have on life, the
meaning of life, the value of life. Everything has change, and I would say it has changed
for the better. Although, I must admit, children (In my case I have two boys) do put a
marriage in stress at times, but the kids have also brought us together as parents, and
as team mates, so for that I am grateful.

Thanks to Andrea for being such a great mom and sharing a little bit of her family with us today!  If you are interested in participating in this installment, please email me at