Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Advice on your Baby, Take it or Leave it

Okay so first of all I think it is so awesome that there are so many people who are willing to give you advice after having a baby, but there is a difference between offering advice and basically saying this is how you should raise your child. 

When I was pregnant I received a ton of helpful information from the women around me, and I tried to soak it all in. However, when I was told you HAVE to do this, I really struggled. I kind of began to be overwhelmed by advice like this, and I wasn't sure what to do with it. I didn't want to offend the person who was telling me what I "had" to do, but I also wanted to do what I felt was right for my baby. I decided that I was just going to wait until Rosalie got here, and see how things went.

Now that Rose is here I have learned something, only I know what is best for my baby. I truly appreciate all of the advice that I was given, and I have taken some of it into consideration, but I know what is best for Rosalie. Does my baby have to nap at a certain time each day? No. Does she have to sleep in another room? No. Do I have to use this product or that product? No. The point is that each mom is different and each baby is different. I am sure that one thing that worked with Rosalie is not going to work with my next child, and guess what?! That's just fine with me! 

I now find myself giving other mom's advice, but I always say something along the lines of "This worked for me, but it may not work for you. You are the mom, and you are going to know what is best for your baby." I feel like advice is wonderful and helpful, but we all need to remember that it is just advice, not law. So for all of you new moms or soon to be moms out there, remember to take advice with a grain of salt, and follow your instincts :) Ha now look at me, I am giving you advice! ;)

So yesterday my workout consisted of working my arms and then running 2 miles. I was super sore after my 4 mile run on Monday, so I kind of just took it easy and listened to my body. I know that my fitness level will rise with time, so patience is key for me right now. 

Yes I realize this photo looks kind of creepy and yes I was trying to flex. Good thing no one walked into the bathroom ;) 

My sister is the best, and she watched Rosalie so that Chanse and I could go to this beautiful place.

I loved every minute of it, and I felt such peace and happiness while I was there. Just what I needed today :) You can learn more about what I believe here.

So I have to talk about my sweet Rosalie, and how amazing she is! I can't believe that she is already 8 weeks old! I will be doing her 2 month update after her check up next Tuesday, but for now I just want to share a few things that she has started doing in the last week or so.

  •  She is starting to smile and coo more
  • She is way more alert, and loves when I talk to her
  • She loves when I hold her over my shoulder, and she stares at everything with her big beautiful eyes
  • She gets excited when I am about to pick her up, and she will start kicking her little legs
  • Her head is getting so much stronger, and she tries to hold it up and turn it from side to side all of the time!

She is the most wonderful gift that Chanse and I could've asked for, and we are so grateful to Heavenly Father for blessing us with her! :)
This picture just makes me melt :)

What is your take on using the baby advice that you were given?
What has your baby recently started doing?
How was your workout today?
Where do you go to feel peace?

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