Mom post: More lessons learned for this first time mom

And just like that, I have a 4 month old. My baby girl is 4 months today actually, and I can’t even begin to tell you how much I’ve learned in that time.

A common theme in my mom posts have been to take care of yourself, and take some time for yourself – even if it’s just 5 minutes. This has paid off for me, but I even had to readjust how I take “me” time, and readjust what my life looks like even more.

Here’s what I’ve learned – more so in the past month than any other (since I’ve been out of the crazy 0-3 month newborn phase. It does end guys!  Life gets back to a new kind of normal).

  1. Eating real food and eating for energy is SO important. 

When you’re on a 24 hour clock, energy levels need to be maintained. I feel like the only way that I get through the nights is to eat for energy. Meaning, eating real foods so I don’t have sugar spikes and crashes (but don’t get me wrong, there were some nights that just called for ice cream). I have no idea when my baby will sleep the night, but I’m not counting on it any time soon. So I eat for energy so I can keep getting up at night for more months to come.

2. Workouts should not be done during growth spurts

When I got cleared to work out after I gave birth, I told myself that no matter what I would workout everyday. And I did! But, over the past 4 months I’ve realized then when my daughter goes through a 3-4 day growth spurt, working out is not worth it. Being up every hour and a half overnight to feed my daughter during those times is my workout. So yeah, I cut myself WAY more slack and decided that some days, mommin’ is enough of a workout. And oddly enough, this mentality has helped me be more calm, and, get this, see more results.

3. Everyday is a new day. Wipe the slate clean each morning and start again. 

Who cares what happened yesterday. Will today be the same? No way. I’ve truly learned what it means to be flexible. What time will I go for a walk today? Will I even go for a walk today? I dunno – and it doesn’t matter. Just roll with it. I wake up each morning not even thinking about yesterday, because it doesn’t matter. When it comes to raising babies, there really only is the present.

4. Meal prep like you’re going to work. 

In my mind I thought, “I’m home, I will totally have the chance to cook fresh meals everyday”. And you know what? Some days I do! But some days I don’t. So what has helped me is to meal prep my  breakfasts, lunches and most of my dinners to make it easy. This way, I’m getting in real, whole foods instead of reaching for something that’s quick. Quick food usually means crappy food. Even as I type I have veggies and chicken roasting in the oven so I can make a quick salad for the next 2 days.

5. Stock the freezer with snacks

I have many different snacks in the freezer at all times now. I have blueberry oat bars, coconut flour muffins, coconut macaroons, and blueberry chia seed muffins. I pop it in the microwave for 15 seconds and voila! A quick snack to tide me over on those days when I’m just so hungry. Having my freezer stocked has kept me on track – and saved me on those tough days.

6. Get outside and take a deep breath even if it’s just for a minute

There’s just something about taking in some fresh air and being around trees. It turns around a rough day so quickly and makes a good day even more bright. It sounds basic, but there’s something to just getting outside, even if it’s for a minute, in your backyard.

This all might sound so basic, but I really feel like being a mom has made me have to re-learn how to live my life. It’s super neat to re-learn the most basic of things in the context of raising a family. Talk about a fresh perspective!


Author: Jackie

Jackie is a certified holistic nutritionist (with the Alive Academy out of Richmond, B.C.) in her spare time. Full-time she works in an office (like many of you!) and is always looking for ways to make her busy life happy and healthy. She is a mom to 2 lovely daughters, and a wife to a picky-eater husband who always keeps her on her toes when she is creating healthy recipes.

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