Let me just start by saying, WOW! I had a wonderful first Mother’s Day with my mom, grandma, and Jaxon. This day last year, I was getting close to being 3 months pregnant, but at that time, we had not told anyone but my mom. Being the person that she is, she surprised me with a *secret* Mom-to-be card and balloon. I didn’t consider myself a MOM then because I was just coming to grips with actually BECOMING a mom. So, this year was my first real celebration.
[bigletter]In honor of Mother’s Day, I want to highlight two new mommy’s that graduated this spring with their bachelor’s degrees. There are a number of women who accomplish this feat every year, but these are the two stories that stuck out to me. Plus, they’re from the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and I LOVE my Coast girls! Another reason why their story resonated with me is because not only did they have to deal with delivering their child in the middle of their FINAL semester of senior year, but they encountered roadblocks that many of us can relate to, and some that we can not even fathom. Allow me to introduce them.[/bigletter]
[bigletter]“You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes, you can steer yourself any direction you choose.” If you Google, “Advice for College Graduates” or “Quotes for College Graduates,” you’ll more than likely see this quote from Dr. Seuss. His book, Oh! The Places You’ll Go, is a classic book to give to high school and college graduates. As a matter of fact, I received this book as a gift when I graduated from high school. In every aspect, it is motivational, quirky, and chock-full of advice. That’s why it makes such a perfect grad gift. However, is it all that college grads need to hear to be prepared to enter the real world? My answer is “no.”
For the most part, we as young adults need all the motivation and confidence we can get to start the tedious task of hunting for jobs. But Dr. Seuss advice can only take us so far. [/bigletter]
I’ve been a new mommy for almost six months now. If it weren’t for my top six everyday essentials, I would not make it through the day. These are essentials that I, as a mother, need on a daily basis. They are essential to life. Most “Mother’s Day Essentials” lists are uniform no matter where you do your research. Clothes, purses, jewelry, flowers, etc. As a new mom, all of those gifts would be lovely, but they are not what is going to get me through the day. If you’re wondering what to get a new mommy friend of yours for Mother’s Day, then here are a few suggestions.
[bigletter]On March 17th, I boarded an airplane for the first time with my 4-month-old. I knew nothing about traveling with infants. Either way, I hopped on the plane with one extra-full backpack on my back, one arm occupied by a 13 lb. infant, and the other carrying a Boppy pillow, a blanket, and a tiny baby backpack, with a pacifier, hooked around my index finger. I shuffled down the aisle in a single file line along with the other parents traveling with infants and children. The passengers already sitting watched with awe and annoyance as the parade of babies and children that they would be traveling with for the next two hours passed by.[/bigletter]
Complete Guide to Finding a Job During Pregnancy If life isn’t hard enough…You now have to worry about finding a job during pregnancy What do you do when you find yourself expecting a little one while you are unemployed? For some, they use it as a time to “nest” and prepare for their new arrival.…