Meet Anna. A designer and blogger at In Honor of Design with so much inspiration and style to share! She shares all about her career as a designer, her beautiful family, and a lovely life lead in Atlanta. We love following along with Anna’s adventures and beautiful captures of it all. If you need tips on taking in Atlanta, check out her series!
“I remember after my third child Max was born I was throwing myself mini victory parties if I made it through a day! For the first six weeks I lived in sweats and a topknot, never really feeling rested, but continuing to get up and move because I had three little people who needed me. They needed me to survive in a sense…To feed them, keep them clean, steer them from danger, change diapers, referee fights, feed them again, cut their fingernails and hair, bathe them, give them endless amounts of hugs and kisses because they need those too (and so did I), feed them again, read them stories, change more diapers, and rock them to sleep…it’s what made our little world go around. If it wasn’t for my husband Gabe’s help during those months I might have drowned in my own tired delirium.
However, despite the incoherent sentences and sleepless nights my heart was never so full. You don’t realize it has the capacity to love that much or receive so much love. As I have found our new rhythm in the last few months, I have started to hug the days. The good, the bad, and the ugly. Because this is it. This is the life I have freely chosen and desired. These three children are the reason I know what deep joy feels like. I feel honored to be a mother!
1. What is one thing you would go back to tell your new-mom self?
It’s totally okay if you don’t bathe your child every. single. night. They will still survive. It’s okay if you don’t fold your child’s clothes in perfect stacks. Throw it in the drawer and save yourself those precious moments of your day to day life. Throw that schedule out the door and just hold your baby. The moments are fleeting and you won’t regret getting behind on your to-do list as much as you will regret not cherishing their little hands and feet.
2. Was there anything surprising or shocking that happened that no one warned you about?
Um yeah, no one told me your hair falls out in the masses post baby! Then again, maybe I wouldn’t have signed up had I known… 😉
3. Do you have special bedtime routine? We read books and prayers as a family and although sometimes you want to skip bedtime routine it is the most important time of day for my little ones and no step in the routine can be missed. I made up this silly song called “Goodnight moon” for my first son, and for some reason it has stuck, and still requested every night.
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PriscillaFebruary 17, 2014 at 1:45 pm
I love this advice! The most important time is spent with your child. Not worrying about the never ending to do list. I have a 3 year daughter and I love every minute I can get with her! They grow way to quickly!
JanaFebruary 17, 2014 at 9:28 pm
I was super surprised by the hair –
And the sweating post labor. I also do a very specific night time routine and we both love it!
LarissaFebruary 17, 2014 at 10:13 pm
I am loving these New Baby Advice posts! I just had a baby two months ago and I am finding all this information very helpful and encouraging. I love what Anna said about letting go of the schedules and just holding your baby. I tried to do it all as soon as I got back from the hospital and I quickly had to learn that none of that is as important as bonding with your newborn and discovering your role as a mother. Thanks for sharing SF and Anna!
LindsayFebruary 18, 2014 at 10:01 pm
Love all of this!!!!