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Stay at Home Mom – Keeping a Sense of You

It’s entirely too easy to lose yourself in motherhood when you’re a stay at home mom. You’ve entered into a whole new world full of diapers, bottles, tiny clothes and new responsibilities. The first few months of baby’s life are very demanding as you both adjust to this new world together. But before you morph into super mom trying to take on every challenge yourself and forget about tending to youÂ… stop, breathe and remember yourself!

What hobbies do you enjoy? What friends would you like to spend more time with? What new activities have you thought about trying? Who has offered to help in watching the baby so you can have some alone time? These are all very important questions to answer. I know it may seem impossible to nurture a hobby with a newborn, but it’s not as difficult as it may seem.

For instance, if photography is your passion now is the time to show off your skills. Make a record of your baby’s growth by taking pictures and noting the dates on each of them. These pictures will make memorable scrap books that can be put together in later years if time is not available now. There are also many different types of collage frames available to show your little one’s growth in one fantastic display. How about video? Sending clips to relatives that live a great distance away is a great way to stay in touch and show off your baby’s new moves and sounds.

Baby books can take on a whole new meaning if writing is your niche. Instead of using a preset book that simply requires you to fill in the blanks, opt for a blank journal that strikes your fancy. Each day find a few minutes to jot down what baby has done today or how baby was feeling today. It could be an entire page or it could be a sentence, either way it will compile to be a great work of art for you and your child to enjoy upon its completion.

Why stop at a baby book? Keeping a personal journal is great therapy in keeping your life in perspective. Finding just a few minutes a day to write down your thoughts and feelings that may not be so easy to talk to someone else about can take a heavy weight off of your shoulders and release inner tension. Personal journaling may become an invaluable outlet for feelings of being overwhelmed or full of anxiety. It’s also a great tool to be able to look back on and see how you’ve changed over time. Trying to lose those extra baby pounds? Track your activity and weight for added incentive to stick to healthier living.

Are you the type that likes to get your fingers dirty in a flower bed? Don’t put off gardening simply because you’ve got a little one in tow, let them help. Toddlers love to get their hands dirty and find worms and bugs in the ground. Have patience with them when they pull blooms off of your plants, it’s a compliment to how beautiful the flowers are! If your child is too young to get its hands dirty, bring out the playpen and set it up next to your garden. There are screens you can purchase that will surround the playpen keeping any bugs away from your baby while you are busy. The fresh air will do wonders for the both of you.

It’s all about using your time wisely. Don’t lose sight of your passions or trade them in for household chores. Work the time into your schedule and as your day becomes more predictable you’ll be able to spend even more time on your hobbies. The important thing here is to keep your spirit lifted by nurturing hobbies.

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