At SmartMom, we are very excited to announce a new blogger series featuring your favorite Mommy Bloggers! We go to them for advice, recipes, support and whenever Google comes up with an answer we don’t like. Let’s get to know the mommies behind these amazing blogs a bit better – why? Because they are SmartMoms; and smart moms talk to SmartMoms.
To start the blogger series off, please welcome Kristen LeCoumpte from Balancing Pieces. For those of you FTMs (First Time Moms), Kristen is venturing into new territory that I know I am anxiously reading about – she is pregnant with her second child. There are so many questions to be answered, so follow her journey and learn a bit more about our featured blogger this week.
Here are a few questions we asked –
Tell us about your kids: names, ages, and fun facts.
My daughter Kaylen is 2 years old. I am also pregnant with my 2nd, also a girl. My daughter is my rainbow baby. She was born after I miscarried my first child. We cherish every minute with her.
What are some of your favorite things about your kids?
My daughter is really good about using her manners. I believe this is so important for children to be respectful and to show their peers and adults respect.
Who do you look up to for parenting advice?
I pull from a few different areas. My parents of course are people that I reflect with and help with decisions. But also my time as a social worker has placed me in so many scenarios that I was able to learn from and gain experience from.
How would you describe what you do for your blog?
I describe it as “lifestyles through motherhood & balancing the pieces”. I share how what recipes I love and what DIY’s I do with my child. I love to share products that I have discovered and loved along with my Pinterest accomplishments and failures. I enjoy also sharing guest posts so you are able to get a perception from someone else other than myself.
How do you balance work and family?
I work from home as a blogger. I try to schedule days where I can get a lot done in one or two days. I am lucky enough to have family that willingly jumps in to assist with watching my daughter while I shoot projects or create posts. When my husband is home I try to also ensure this is family time and we can all just be together. I am really lucky to be home with my daughter and I know that it is a rare opportunity to do so. Blogging has made it possible, so I ensure to commit the time necessary to keep it going.
What does an ideal day look like for you?
It really depends on the day of the week. My husband does not have a regular M-F 9-5 so his days and hours range thus making our schedule a little unconventional. Our mornings are usually the same with my daughter and I waking up together, she has her cup of milk while I have my coffee. We are both not morning people. It takes us some time. Once we have breakfast our day begins. If we are lucky enough to have my husband home with us I try to plan an activity for us to do. If not, it is usually a day of errands, play dates, blogging and activities.
What were some of the biggest questions you had or challenges you faced as a first time mom?
I really struggled with breastfeeding. I really wanted to be able to breastfeed my daughter for the first year. Unfortunately, not only did she not latch well, but she seemed to have a digestive issue with my breast milk. I felt like a failure, like I wasn’t able to provide what I was supposed to as a mother to my child. Strangers would even ask me if I was breastfeeding and if I responded that I was not, they had so many opinions and responses that just made me want to cry.
How did becoming a mom change who you are?
I have become a calmer person. I don’t become as irritated at things as I used to. I let things slide more that aren’t worth my energy and time. I also see the joy in the simple things that my daughter becomes so enchanted with.
What are your favorite baby products you’ve discovered since becoming a parent?
The Dr. Brown’s bottles were a life saver for me. My daughter had acid reflux and these bottles helped this tremendously. The white sound noise maker has really helped my daughter with her sleeping. She has slept through the night since 3 months old. When she was a baby in her bassinet I started using it. Simple toys are what keeps her most entertained, not the expensive fancy ones. She has a wooden puzzle with the letters of her name that she plays with daily.
What was the most surprising or unexpected thing about becoming a mom?
It is indescribable how much you can love a tiny person so much. And yet, how scary it is to think of not being able to always protect them from the world.