Amanda Jane Jones is a Freelance Art Director and Graphic Designer living in Chicago with her husband, Cree, and her 16 month old daughter Jane. She’s also the co-creater of Kinfolk Magazine. If you’re not already following her on Instagram, her feed is pretty great- check it out!
Tell us about your little one:
As a first time mom, what did you find to be a real challenge?
Sleeping has been a really tricky issue for us. She’s never been an awesome napper or sleeper. I have so many friends that have babies that will nap for 2-3 hours a day. I’ve read the books and asked for advice and my conclusion is that all children are different and Jane just loves exploring the world too much to nap.
How did becoming a mom change who you are?
Who do you go to for parenting advice?
At this point, I’ve learned that I know my baby better than any one else. But when I really need answers I’ll first turn to our pediatrician or search online.
What is your favorite thing about being a parent?
The snuggles and the giggles. Morning snuggles are my favorite. Right when Jane wakes up, we always cuddle for at least a half hour. It’s pure heaven.
How do you juggle work and family?
Still trying to figure that one out. I get up at 4:30 in the morning and then my husband and I take turns working, depending on each other’s work load for the week. It works for us right now – we’ll see how long it lasts!
Are there routines or systems that you’ve set up in your family to help things run more smoothly?
Yes, we’ve recently decided to clean up the house every night right after Jane goes to bed. I’m such a neat freak, it was stressing me out trying to keep our home tidy with a toddler. It was nearly impossible. Now since we straighten up overnight, it never gets too messy and it only takes us 15 minutes to get the house back in order. Jane can play around with her toys all day long and I get to wake up to a clean home and start fresh. Win win. We also have a very strict bedtime routine. She sleeps better (and longer!) when we give her a bath, read books, cuddle and are in bed by 7pm.
What do you know now that you wish you knew when you had Jane?
I didn’t understand that that sweet, cuddly newborn phase lasted such a short time. I was so anxious to prove we could get out in the world with a baby, that I feel like I missed out on some of that newborn magic. For our next baby, I think I’ll hibernate for 6 weeks and get as many cuddles as I can get. They grow up so fast!
How do you and your spouse handle responsibilities?
At the start of each week, we go over each others schedules. My husband is really good about making sure I have time to complete what I need to. We really try to make parenting feel like teamwork – we both need each other to make it work.
What do you do for fun or to unwind?
It’s freezing cold right now in Chicago, so we tend to watch a Netflix show before bed. I like to knit (although I’m not very good) while we watch.
What’s your favorite thing to do with your little one?
I adore bike rides. And Jane does too. I tried to go for a bike ride when it was 34 degrees last week and I think our biking days are over for the season sadly. Too cold!
What are the most important values or character traits you’re hoping to instill in your kids?
Honesty, hard work, compassion, love and faith.