Sunday, July 26, 2015

The Formula for Happiness

I love being a mom. That's it. I love it. I prayed for these very moments. But, it's hard. Being a mom is hard, it's trying, and stressful. And sometimes you feel like you are never going to figure it out -but you will it just takes time. Here are a few tips that I like to call The Formula for Happiness™, they are tips that have helped me through rough times, and tips that I really like to live by. 

Get out of the house - Your house is a wreck you say? You're not dressed for it you say? Who cares! Get out of the house, enjoy some fresh air and some interaction with another human that isn't crying. I love my little Hazel to pieces, but in those first few months it was so nice to be able to put her in the car seat and just walk the mall or walk around the neighborhood -she was born in January mind you so it was nice and cool outside. 

Find some me time - Day and night you are caring for this beautiful baby, and they are totally reliant on you. When they are napping find some time for yourself, sit down and watch your favorite show or make your self your favorite snack, do something for you. It's so important to not burn yourself out too quickly, because if you aren't taking care of yourself you wont be able to take very good care of your baby. 

If you need help ask - You don't need to do it on your own, I called my mom so many times just to see if she could come over and watch Hazel so I could take a nap, or if she could come over and hold her so I could get something done -Hazel has always liked to be held.  And the thing is, who doesn't want to hold a brand new baby, people are so willing to help you just need to be willing to ask. 
Get some sleep - This is at the top of my formula for happiness list. Sleep is so important, it makes you happy, it makes you healthy, and it refreshes your mind. Make sure you are getting enough sleep!
What's your formula for happiness

For more tips and to book a free appointment with a baby sleep consultant, or a certified lactation consultant head here

Today’s post is sponsored by Gerber® Good Start® Gentle, who believe that comfort for baby means happiness for all.  Here is my Formula for Happiness™

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16 comments:

  1. Those are awesome tips! More I thought of are take time for your marriage- try to go on a date. I was bad at this one when I had Levi. But it's important to still date your hubby! Also, doing little things to make myself feel pretty like paint my nails, get a hair cut or buy a new shirt. It's hard to feel attractive right after having a baby, but doing little things like that helped me feel a little bit more confident. And being forgiving and gracious to yourself. I can rattle off a million ways I'm not the perfect mom, but I try being more gracious and forgiving of myself. When days are tough with the kids I try to go through what I did well. Sometimes all I can say is we ate food, my kids are so loved, and we all survived.

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    1. You are cleaver! I feel the same way, I remember telling myself that I had to make sure I got ready every day. It definitely helped me feel better and less frumpy!

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  2. Need to bookmark this for when I have my own little one! And she is So cute!!! I need to make goals like these NOW so I am more prepared for sure. Love your blog header, by the way. It's SO cute!!
    xo Candace
    http://www.lovelylittlerants.com

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  3. Definitely agree with all of these! Especially with the getting "me" time. Even though you become a mom, you're still YOU! Take some time to enjoy the things you used to do before baby.

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  4. Excellent tips, and beautiful baby. It is hard, but it is only for a season, and reveling in it is so important!

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  5. Oh man, I totally agree with each of these tips, so important! Getting out is such a necessity, and I think it kind of goes hand in hand with with being sure to have some "you" time. Also, Hazel is such a little cutie!! :)

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  6. Sleep is pretty much my only formula for happiness. Let me nap and I will be 10x happier. And that anchor romper is adorable.

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  7. Having adequate sleep and a good mattress are both high up on my own formula for happiness! What also works well for me is to make a list each morning of the must-do items for the day. Everything else that gets accomplished is just frosting on the cake. And when you're a new mom, don't put pressure on yourself to get it all done - clean house, empty laundry basket, etc. Enjoy these precious moments, and focus on making memories. Because time flies way too quickly. And somehow, everything else will fall into place.

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  8. So true - even today (my kids are grown) - It is so so refreshing to get out of the house, and even go for a walk - and we women need ME time no matter what the age! Your baby is so so adorable! :) And love that outfit!

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  9. Such great tips! I'm going to share them with our parents. I think many of them have such busy schedules they forget to take care of themselves. They will find these very helpful.

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  10. I'm not a Mom yet, but I feel fortunate enough to have watched my friends go down this road. I'm so grateful for them for being open with their struggles and making motherhood a real thing. You list some great tips here! :)

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  11. Great tips! I think our first babies are made just a little stronger so that we can make our mistakes on them!

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  12. Wonderful tips! I love that outfit too! so cute

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  13. She is the cutest! You make such great points here. Life gets so hectic sometimes we forget to take care of and pamper ourselves first.

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  14. My children are teenagers now, but I still remember what it was like when they were little, and your tips are spot on! Wonderful post :-)

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