10 Obvious Signs of a Newbie Mom; Does this Sound Familiar?

BY: - 3 Jul '14 | Parenting

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Now that I have almost seven years of motherhood under my belt, I often laugh when I think about the things I sweated about when I was a newbie mom. Of course, it’s amusing now because we look at the things we did or had to have for our first born, that we didn’t even think about or realize we didn’t do with our third born.

When we found out we were pregnant with our first born, we were over the moon excited. We decided to keep the sex of the baby a surprise until birth and just decide on a name once we saw him/her. But we recorded all moments, took too many pictures to count, documented everything, read a stack of baby books and had to have everything perfect before D-day (delivery).

But when I look back, I definitely didn’t stress about half of the things I did with my two daughters that I did when my son was born. Now that I consider myself something like a pro, here are a few obvious signs of a newbie mom.

1. You share everything. From your pregnancy test, to your morning sickness, to how much your baby grows each week, you make sure everyone is following the journey with you. 

2. You register for every item in Babies’ R Us. You are absolutely convinced that your new baby will need a baby food processor (instead of just using the blender you already have), a bottle warmer (when a warm bowl of water works just as well), or special “boogie” and “pacifier” wipes. Oh and yes, you must have that $500 video monitor system.

3. You take monthly milestone pics of your growing baby. And you have the t-shirts and/or bibs to go with them. And while you’re at it, you throw them a 6-month old birthday party.

4. You don’t allow anyone near your baby for at least the first 6-8 weeks, and especially not before they’ve drowned themselves in hand sanitizer. And even then, they may have to wear gloves and a mask just to be on the safe side.

5. You’ve done so much research that you probably have a stack of baby books, magazines and several Pinterest boards to organize all of the info you’ll need to know through the baby’s first five years of life. 

6. You value and can’t wait for the luxury shopping time by yourself...in the grocery store or your favorite coffee shop.

7. You hiss at anyone who so much as breaths while your baby is taking a nap. You make sure you get everything you need at arms reach before the baby falls asleep because you know once you lay him/her down, there is no moving about for fear of waking them prematurely.

8. Everything has to be disinfected, powerwashed, or newly reconstructured before coming in contact with your precious little one.

9. You automatically become the master multi-tasker. You manage to breastfeed while changing the baby’s clothes and folding laundry all with ease.

10. You’ve learned to master the 30 second shower (and that’s if you get one in that day).

BMWK: What are some other signs of a newbie mom you would add to the list?

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Christine St. Vil wrote 153 articles on this blog.

Christine St.Vil is co-author of the Whose Shoes Are Your Wearing: 12 Steps to Uncovering the Woman You Really Want to Be. A happy wife to an amazing hubby of 8 years, and homeschooling mother of three, she teaches moms how to FLY (First Love Yourself). She uses her corporate background to work with women who are ready to start a new business, accelerate their career growth & design a life they love. She's on a mission to help moms to battle the mom guilt epidemic, so they can begin to put themselves first on their never-ending list of priorities.

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5 Reasons NOT to Relax Your Child’s Hair

BY: - 4 Jul '14 | Natural Hair

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5 Reasons Not to Relax Your Child's Hair

If this is a tradition, I will NOT be passing it down to my little black girl. Relaxer, perm, creamy crack, the good stuff and my straight fix are some of the terms said in the kitchen that I can remember as a child.

I don’t blame my mother for applying a substance not made to help my hair. I don’t blame myself for continuing to use the same chemical known to burn holes in my damn scalp, literally.

The marketing centered on relaxers did its job. Relaxer boxes boasted about providing shine and health many of us never got to see. So who is to blame for this “Tradition” we in the African American community have passed down from generation to generation? All of my blame is targeted towards ignorance; because it carries more weight than a dump truck full of Christmas trash.

There are signs that many black families ignore still in today’s times. Here are my 5 reasons why I have decided to not relax my unborn child’s hair:

#1. To Cut Down on Countless headaches

I never attributed my consistent headaches as a child to the amount of relaxers I was getting. However, all 3 of my Mother’s children suffered from migraines coming up. Relaxers are not directly proven to be the culprit, but chemicals such as Sodium Hydroxide are as harsh as they come, and are found in relaxers. #NoLye

#2. To avoid Scalp burns

That just seems like child abuse if you ask me. Now, before my mother beats me down for saying this, I want to reiterate I blame ignorance and not my mother for the after affects of this topical treatment. MY little Butterfly will not have to deal with this painful annoyance. #NoBurnsForBoo

#3. Lack of hair growth

Upon returning back to my natural hair, I outgrew my longest relaxed length by my 2nd year Anniversary. I would rather see my child’s full-length hair potential than to cut it short because I want to keep up this bootleg tradition. #NoStuntedGrowth

#4. To fight dry scalp

Because this chemical plays well with little to no moisture, my hair was always dry as a child. I also used more Blue Magic grease than was needed, to compensate for my dry reality. My child won’t even know Blue Magic comes in different colors. #NoBlueMagic

#5. To build my child’s confidence

This fake tradition of relaxing a child’s hair tends to scratch the surface of a larger problem. Mothers, who were not told they were beautiful just as they were made, resulted in passing down their lack of confidence to their children. I’m going to build a solid foundation by allowing my child to rest on nothing but her own abilities and not a topical solution for perfection. #NoLye2

Relaxers, you had a long run in the African-American community but just like the introduction of crack, you have done nothing but bring us down. Cheers to you and good riddance. #RelaxersAintLoyal

Have you recently gone natural and have children? Do you still relax your children’s hair and if so why? How do you think the Natural hair movement is impacting the children of tomorrow? Leave your comments below.

Diana Ramsey is the Head Curl in Charge at SistersWithBeauty, a natural hair website dedicating to teaching Butterflies the 6 Fundamentals of Home Hair Care. To learn more about SistersWithBeauty, be sure to visit www.sisterswithbeauty.com.

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Diana Ramsey wrote 17 articles on this blog.

Diana Ramsey is the Head Curl in Charge of SistersWithBeauty; a natural hair website, dedicated to teaching naturals the 6 Fundamentals of Home Hair Care. She encourages others to think about healthier hair choices, style options, and confidence building. Her mission is to motivate by any strand necessary. Join the Butterfly Movement. Visit www.SistersWithBeauty.com today!

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