Category Archives: Motherhood

A glimpse into motherhood

This is a repost-Mother’s Day entry. Originally, the questions were provided by a blogger friend to write something about motherhood based on the following questions…

This is just a glimpse of who I am as a mom I or what I think of motherhood based on my experience.  Here we go…

Who are you?

I’m Yami. I’m a stay-at-home mom, wife and (part time) blogger.

What is motherhood like?

Motherhood has changed my life forever.

When did you know you are ready for motherhood?

I’m already 26 when I got married. I thought it was the right age to have a baby and I can’t wait to give my husband the best gift that I can give him. I’m so excited that I can bear even the pungent after-taste of pregnancy vitamins…

What challenges did you face during the first years of being a mother?

I have to sleep late or wake up in the wee hours of the night to mix baby milk or change diapers and when they are under the weather. During the day, I have my mom and a yaya to look after my kids while we are at work. Yes, I used to be a working mom.

How many children do you have and do you want more?

I have two grown-up kids who are both taller than me now. We have no plans of having another baby because it’s no longer safe for my age and we can’t afford to support another child.

Update: I can no longer bear a child because of the reason I post here.

What’s the best thing in being mother/ parent?

The best part of being a parent is when you know you have raised your children the way you want them to be.

Is there anything you dislike about being a mother/parent?

I’m easy to anger. I really don’t like myself when I’m angry. I tend to spoil my kids. I also dislike myself when I can’t keep a promise to my kids sometimes..

Despite the high and low moments of being a mother or parent, there was never a moment that I regretted being a mom to my kids.

What advice would you give to new mothers?

Take each day with your new baby as it comes. Everything about motherhood comes naturally. Although there are books or elders to refer to once in a while, the best teacher will be you.

What are your plans for the future for you, your family?

We hope to give our children a better future.

For myself, I wish to receive more online opportunities to help augment the family income.

How to Get Back into Shape After Giving Birth

Getting fit once you have given birth is more than just about getting your pre-baby body back. It is also about being healthy, feeling good, and having the energy to take care of your little one. The fact that you will be getting back into shape is just a bonus. One thing you should understand about this process is that it is going to take some time. While you may have seen celebrity mothers getting their figures back within a short period, this is not feasible for most people. It is going to require a little effort, some planning, and certainly a lot of patience. Here are some things that will help you along your way:

Just Keep Moving

Once you have been cleared for exercise, it is time to get a move on. It is unlikely that you have time to hit up a gym or can get a personal trainer. Well, the good news is that you do not need to. As long as you keep moving and do not spend too much time being sedentary, you should be fine. This just means walking up and down, and going for short strolls with your little one. If you would like something a little more fun, you could always get your groove on. All you have to do is put on some music, support your baby properly, and slowly dance around. Guaranteed your little one will love it just as much.

Use Natural Methods

Your body is a wonderful thing. It is actually programmed to shed some of that baby weight for you. How does this happen? Well, with breastfeeding actually. Did you know that by breastfeeding each day, you can burn between 500 to 700 calories a day? That is the equivalent of a very strenuous workout! So, if you have started breastfeeding, you have actually already started on your journey to getting back in shape.

Get a Little Help

Due to the pregnancy, there may be some things that cannot be helped by exercise or diet. For instance, if the muscles of your abdomen have shifted, you are going to need some additional help. The same goes for anyextra skin you may have after the baby belly is gone. In these instances, you should opt for a Scottsdale mommy makeover. It will help you deal with those problems that may require more complex interventions. Soon, however, you will be looking and feeling better than ever.

Get Your Rest

Sleep is so important for new mothers but it is also quite elusive. Your baby may be quite adept at keeping you up all night. If this is the case, you should try to make up for it when your little one is sleeping. Make sure that you take a nap during this time as well. This will help get your metabolism back on track, helping you lose more weight. Lack of sleep can have unintended consequences. For instance, you may find yourself craving high-calorie, unhealthy foods. To avoid this, ensure that you are well rested and prevent yourself from bingeing on sugary or fried snacks.

These are just a few of the ways that you can help get your body back into shape. You just have to remember that these things will take time, but you will get there eventually.