Today, I am excited to describe myself as a nurturing mom of a wild toddler as well as a supportive big sister of four teens. I was not always as confident in my life as I am today though, and it took me a lot of work to get to this point.
I would like to share what I’ve learned over the years about being a homemaker with you, in hopes to help you gain your confidence faster than I gained mine on my own.
Empower yourself with me, momma.
Years Caring for Children
Of Easy Homemade Recipes
Proud to be the mom of Dee and resident of Maine. I’ve been with the man who gave me Dee for almost 4 years now, and I am so excited to continue the adventure with him. Our little firecracker was the best surprise we ever could have asked for!
Other than being a mother, I am the oldest of 5 siblings. With there being 8 years between the oldest and me, I sure learned a lot! I was well experienced in changing diapers and feeding babies by the time I was entering high school.
I went to college to become a medical assistant the year before I met my love. Luckily, I started as early as possible because I found out I was pregnant my second to last semester! I was 8 months pregnant when I proudly received my degree.
My goal has been to become a pediatrician, so I have continued my education since being a stay-at-home mom. My favorite classes have been those in nutrition, child development, pharmacology, and anything focusing on the human body. (Basically, I’m a bit of a science and psychology nerd…)
I also am certified for emergency basic life support on infants, toddlers, children, and adults. These were super helpful while I was pregnant and since having Dee as they taught me things like: how to eat well; know what medications are safe during pregnancy and while nursing; and even how to help my infant/child if she’s choking or unresponsive.
Note: I am not able to certify you with CPR training, and you should always seek medical advice from your physician or your closest emergency room! I just want to help you prepare yourself in a crisis!
Towards the end of my pregnancy, the plan was I would go back to work when she was 3-4 months old. Well, then she was born and neither her dad or I wanted anyone else with her all day. And honestly, we all needed me to be home.
Dee was born three days late, (my 4th of July baby!!), but her placenta had a deficiency and was not providing her with as much nutrition as it should have throughout my whole pregnancy. She was 5 pounds 6 ounces and was in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU) for only three days, two nights. (Though it felt like an eternity to us with all those tubes!) Her brain was not affected, and she loved to eat! So, we were able to bring her home on July 7th, 2018.
I was trying to figure out the whole breastfeeding and simply being a mom thing. Dad was trying to figure out, well, how to be a dad, (and help the hormonal, milk-covered mess that was now his woman) thing. And Dee just wanted to eat and know what was going on at all hours of every day. Needless to say, she was super difficult, and we knew I needed to be home with her. She needed stability, and she needed her home and warm milk supply.
During my time home with Dee, it has been my passion to create a very nurturing, comfortable environment in our home through my work. I strive to provide homemade meals, non-toxic cleaning solutions, and healthy entertainment for my whole family. This drive was definitely handed down to me through a long line of women experienced in living during the depression and similar times.
(Don’t get me wrong, the stability thing I was talking about came quite a while after the warm milk supply did… I was/am a very involved sister, but I was still a bit lost when I had my own.)
I love being home with her, and I want every mom to be able to enjoy their child as I do. With this motivation, I started Mom ‘n’ Dee so that I can use what I’m learning from Dee and what I have learned from helping to raise my siblings, as well as through my education in health to help other mom’s keep (or regain) their confidence. I will also be sharing values passed down to me through many generations!
From how to choose the perfect crib for your baby to how to keep your family fed on a budget to what to expect at each doctor’s visit, you can find it all here with me!
I am devoted to always providing honesty that moms will appreciate, inspiration from my personal endeavors, and motivation from my persistence.
And hopefully, I can help you realize that you are still so. much. more than just “mom”!
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