My Moment of Truth: My 2016 Motherhood Journey

It’s official: I now have a one year old baby and in about a week my oldest kiddo will be turning 7! This past year has been quite the journey. One that I didn’t think I would get to do again. If you have been following my blog for a while you may already know the story about my first daughter’s birth. If you don’t know I’ll give you a quick rundown: it was risky and we both almost lost our lives. To be safe my doctors said we shouldn’t go through another pregnancy, but last Spring we got a big surprise… I was pregnant.

Before I found out I was pregnant with Willa I had resigned myself to the fact that I would not have another baby. I didn’t think I would be going through those baby years again, so with this pregnancy surprise all of these fears and doubts started to fill my head. First off, would I be okay? My doctor assured me I would with a lot of monitoring and doctor appointments. Could I go through those baby years again? They were pretty rough the first time around. Can I handle the lack of sleep? Oh man, I love sleep. Will a new baby be good for our family now that my first daughter was older? I don’t want to lose that connection I have with my oldest kid.

Because of my past complications with pregnancy, Willa was born 6 weeks early and we spent 2 weeks in the hospital with her. Two weeks with a tiny baby hooked up to numerous wires and the constant beeping of the machines in her room, along with the alarms from other rooms. Our start with Willa was not what I expected and there were plenty of moments, while I was in the NICU, that I broke down and cried because I was scared and I forgot how much work babies are. I cried for the potential loss of that special connection I had with my 6-year-old, I worried I wouldn’t be able to keep this tiny fragile human alive without the hospital, and I wondered how I could do this being six years older than I was with my first daughter.

Two weeks passed and we found ourselves at home with this teeny tiny baby that completely relied on us for everything. On top of that she would choke on her spit up constantly. I was feeling overwhelmed and worried that I couldn’t do it and I really doubted myself. I forgot how much work a baby really is. It had been 6 years. Could I do this?

Eventually we got into a routine and even though there have been a few rough moments this baby mom stuff feels (mostly) natural to me again. I was asked by e.p.t® to share an important moment of truth with you guys: For me my moment of truth came about two months after we got to bring Willa home from the NICU. I realized that I am strong enough to do this again and it’s okay to not always get this mom thing right. I am doing the best that I can and I have help! I have a great husband and Willa has an amazing sister that loves to help. I’m excited to see my daughters grow up together and become friends. Even though it can be hard to look past the tough moments, there’s no way I would change anything. I cannot imagine our little family without this baby and I’m so happy we got that surprise last Spring!

So if you’re reading this and you’re trying to figure out how to be a mom to a little baby: You got this! It can be rough and you are often alone with a little screaming creature, but it will be okay. Remember to ask for help when you need it (and sometimes even if you don’t think you need it). Remember to take care of yourself (I am still working on that). And, don’t forget you are not the only mom feeling a little lost. You’re not alone.

Nearly 40 years ago, e.p.t® invented the at-home pregnancy test and changed the way women find out they’re pregnant. About 8 out of 10 women first learned they were pregnant from a home pregnancy test, and nearly half said they took the test immediately after buying it (I know I did). The e.p.t® Pregnancy Test is over 99% accurate from the day of your expected period, so you can feel confident in your results. Thank you to e.p.t® for partnering with me to share my moment of truth with you. If you want to share your story use the #momentoftruth hashtag on facebook or twitter!

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– Chelsey

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Day 7: DIY Numbered Party Glassware!

DIY Numbered Party Glassware! DIY Numbered Party Glassware!

Okay. You’re at a holiday party and you go to grab your glass and you forgot which drink is yours! This happens at almost EVERY family gathering I go to. Well, not anymore! Today, on the Better Homes and Gardens blog, I’m sharing how you can make your very own DIY Numbered Party Glassware. The best part is these things are dishwasher safe. Yay!

Supplies needed:

Head on over to the Better Homes and Gardens blog to see the full DIY (and get the free silhouette file to make your own).

I want to see what you’re crafting! You can share a link to what you’ve made in the comments below, or tag me on Instagram with a photo (my user name is @thepapermama).

– Chelsey, The Paper Mama

P.S. Silhouette America sent me the new Cameo 3 machine to craft something for you guys! It’s honestly so much fun. I’m also a paid contributor for the Better Homes and Gardens blog. I use affiliate links in my blog posts.

DIY Numbered Party Glassware!

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Day 6: Festive Christmas Wine Ice

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Day 6 of 50 DIY Days: Festive Christmas Wine Ice!

I’m not really a cocktail drinking kind of girl. 99% of the time I will always choose a glass of wine if I’m drinking. SO, when it comes to the holidays I like to get a little creative with my wine drinks so I can feel like I’m drinking something fancy. Today I’m sharing how I make some Festive Christmas Wine Ice so my fellow wine lovers can also feel like they are having a “cocktail”.

Supplies needed:

  • pomegranate seeds
  • one orange
  • mint leaves
  • white wine
  • optional: silicone ball ice cube tray

Directions:

Step 1: Cut up your orange into small little triangles and pick out some small leaves from your mint.

Festive Christmas Wine Ice Cubes

Step 2: Place a small portion of each of these items into the bottom of each little ice tray spot. Fun fact: it seems pomegranate seeds sink, so you’ll probably find them at the bottom of each ice piece.

Step 3: If you have the ball ice tray, I suggest using a tiny funnel for this step. Carefully pour wine into each ice spot. Tap the trap a bit to get any bubbles out and refill more if needed.

Festive Christmas Wine Ice Cubes

Step 4: Place the ice tray in your freezer for at least 6 hours. Overnight is probably best. That’s it! You now have the perfect little ice to keep your white wine chilled for your wine “cocktail”. IF you really like pomegranate, you can sprinkle some extra seeds into your wine “cocktail”. Yum.

Click here to keep up with my 50 DIY Days and check out holiday DIYs from the past few years.

– Chelsey

P.S. I want to see what you’re making! Share your crafting with me on Instagram. It could be one of my DIY’s, or a project you’re working on. Tag my IG account @thepapermama and use the hashtag #papermamafriends.

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Day 5: Apple Pie Butter Recipe (it’s so simple)!

Day 5 of 50 DIY DaysApple Pie Butter Recipe (it’s so simple)!

I’ve have shared this recipe a FEW times on my blog because I love it! There is no sugar added to this yummy apple butter spread and it’s quite easy to make. It does take a long time to finish, but you don’t have to do much. Just blend it every few hours.

In addition to the recipe, I’ve also shared free canning labels for you to use and maybe give these as gifts (if you can part with this delicious stuff).

Head on over here to the original blog post so you can get the recipe and download the free canning labels.

Click here to keep up with my 50 DIY Days and check out holiday DIYs from the past few years.

– Chelsey

P.S. I want to see what you’re making! Share your crafting with me on Instagram. It could be one of my DIY’s, or a project you’re working on. Tag my IG account @thepapermama and use the hashtag #papermamafriends.

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