I’m a first time mom, and I’ve been so excited for this entire pregnancy journey! I’m that person who has had the “baby board” on Pinterest since I’ve been married; even with the thought of not having kids for a while after marriage. I’ve been married to my husband for almost three years. When we decided to start planning to have a baby, I had the whole thing planned out down to the month. I’d get pregnant this month, the baby will be born this month, etc.
I got pregnant right when I planned, and lost my first baby at 5 weeks. I am so fortunate to have been able to get pregnant again (this time with much less planning) and am now carrying my baby boy with less than 8 weeks to go!
Are You Ever Really Prepared For Your First Baby?
Aside from my crazy planning, I also work full-time at a stressful desk job as well as being a small business owner. Safe to say, I am going non-stop! I’m beyond excited for my baby to be here and be a mom, but I also feel so excited to be just that, a mom and a wife, that’s it!
I will no longer be an employee. I will only answer to 2 people who genuinely need and appreciate me (even when sometimes we don’t feel like it). When my husband and I decided that I would be a stay at home mom, I felt excited at first, but then a sense of fear. I will no longer be a contributor in our household. Would my husband resent me one day? Would I be able to be home most of the time alone with my baby? So many questions came to me!
I started my business about 2 years ago as a Certified Wedding Planner. It’s something that I honestly enjoy, and it’s a way for me to contribute to my family and still raise my son (my most important job). Luckily, I have a very supportive husband who goes along with all of my crazy ideas. So fellow moms, don’t be afraid to raise your babies and still hustle!
Moral of my story as a first time mom, I’ve learned that no matter how much I plan, organize, clean, and over-analyze, I still won’t be fully prepared for the amazing adventure to come. I can only read so many books and pin so many articles on Pinterest (which by the way are definitely a huge help and have so much information!).
I’ve learned to take this pregnancy day-by-day, I’ll raise my baby day-by-day, and run my business as the business comes. This journey is one that is easily taken advantage of, so slow down and enjoy it! A little advice to you, and myself.
Emily DeCastro — Guest Writer