Being a Mom First

I’m baaaaack, but I might disappear for another week again before going back to regular posting. We are hosting the StrongFirst Certification this coming weekend so I’ll be busy day and night! So excited to be participating as an assistant!

When I last wrote, I metioned my jaunt back to corporate America and some house projects we have going on. After that, Mike was away all last weekend so Connor and I had some bonding time, play dates and down time at home. It was a nice low-key weekend and Connor was really well-behaved.

Can you just check out these two? They love each other.

Toddler Play Date

Unfortunately, a few days later my poor little man got really sick so we spent lots of time snuggling on the couch last week. I hated seeing him so sick, but I have to admit the snuggle time was wonderful.

Snuggle Time with My Toddler When Sick

So yes, I put some of my work (and all of my blogging) on hold last week in order to take care of my child and make sure that he got better. I’m going to be honest here and admit that one of the hardest things about being a mom can be having to suddenly put your life on hold and change your plans when you have a sick kid or can’t find childcare.

Last week I realized that I’m finally (almost 2 years later!) getting used to this aspect of motherhood and I actually appreciate the way that being a first-time mom has made me slightly less up-tight. A dirty house, missed gym time, or an unexpected change of plans used to turn my world upside down and now I am learning to go-with-the-flow a little bit more.

Moms Making Time for Workouts

I’m thankful that motherhood is teaching me about what’s important in life and what’s not worth stressing about. I’m a work in progress and I certainly still stress out when things don’t go as planned, but I’m getting there. Slowly, but surely. One day at a time.

Moms, in what ways has having a child changed you for better or worse?



  1. Being a mom has taught me many lessons in patience, selflessness, and flexibility! It’s so much work, but such a blessing :) My son has made me become more laid-back than I was before being a mom!
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  2. Being a mom has made me so much less up tight! I would have died if I ever missed a run pre-child. Now, I’m happy to enjoy the extra time with her!

  3. I think motherhood would make me less uptight too! Motherhood looks beautiful on you, just saying :-) and poor little man, he looks so sick in that pic! BUT So cute with his little girlfriend πŸ˜‰
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  4. It’s funny b/c I’m friends with a lot of people now that I didn’t know before I had kids and I discovered that they perceive me as “laid back.” SAY WHAT??? I guess it really does change you!

    Sorry your little guy was sick last week – hope he is 100% this week!!
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  5. Yes, having H has definitely not me to chill out. I’m still a little nutty with schedules, but I’m learning everyday to be more flexible. Hope C feels better now!
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  6. Kristin Parker says:

    Having a daughter has changed my perspective about a lot of things. I realize I need to set the example for her starting now. I’m much more cognizant of the lessons it’s taken me many years to learn that are so important because I think of her every time I find myself in a situation where I have a behavioral choice to make:

    1. Not being too quick to judge because you could miss out on getting to know someone for who they really are.
    2. Never apologize to anyone for not being perfect, but always try your hardest. Appreciate the effort and celebrate every little win as progress.
    3. Don’t get involved in drama. Life is too short.
    4. Try everything at least once even if it’s outside your comfort zone.
    5. Relationships take work. Invest in them, nurture them, and put expectations aside. If they are meant to be, they will flourish.

    I think about these things every day and it allows me to let go of the things that don’t matter and focus on what does. I love that so many women in my life are becoming new moms at the same time as me, and the growing friendships I have with them have already made my life richer. I’m finally finding some peace and happiness with my fitness goals as I’m accepting that there are only so many hours in the day. Thinking about my daughter growing up, and sharing in her interests and things she wants to try makes me excited for the future as a family and the memories we’ll create together.

  7. I feel like having a child has made me more aware. I read into things a little more, what outside factors are contributing to a situation ect. So I have a better understanding and can act accordingly.
    For me staying home with a sick child meant getting backed up at work, feeling like I was letting my team down and feeling guilty for my daughter that these thoughts raced through my head. Its never easy and theres no clear cut answers. We should seriously work on that, where’s that parent how to book we’ve all been waiting on? πŸ˜‰
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