I wanted to introduce you all to my website designer, Kendra of Key Lime Digital Designs. I first saw her on another of my favorite blogs, Amstel Life, and I snatched her up as fast as I could. She gave me a great rate for everything that I wanted, put with all my super-annoying questions, and, as you can see, did some pretty awesome work! When I found out that Kendra was a young mom expecting her second baby, I of course asked if I could interview her. So here’s Kendra, web designer extraordinaire and mom to Sophie, 3. Oh, and fun fact about Kendra–she lives in Hawaii! Too bad an in-person consultation wasn’t part of her package deal….
As a busy, working mom, how do keep yourself sane ?
Talk to other moms. Be part of play group or mom’s group. Call a friend on the phone. Make sure that you have conversations with other adults everyday. Yes, talking to your baby is wonderful and magically and a blessing. But you also need grown up conversation to stay sane 🙂
Do you have any thoughts on breastfeeding v. bottle feeding?
I know there is a lot of evidence that breastfeeding has huge benefits! And I say, if you can and feel like breastfeeding will work for you and your baby then do it! It provide bonding time, and nutrition. But, also don’t feel bad if you can’t nurse do to working outside the home, not provide enough milk, or purely because you don’t feel like you want to. It is okay to bottle feed. You and your baby will be just fine if breastfeeding doesn’t work for you. But, i do HIGHLY reccomend at least trying it. It can be a little rough at first but keep trying and see what happens before you give up!
What is your best advice for other moms?
Make sure you take time for yourself. Even if it is painting your fingernails and drinking a diet coke. Just make sure that you do at least one thing for yourself each day. When I first had my little girl my husband [who would be gone at school almost the entire day] would come home and ask me, “What did you do for yourself today?” So I always had to make sure I had something to report. I think that helped me settle into motherhood and realize that life wasn’t over. I could still do fun things, pamper myself, take time to get ready in the morning, or go out. I wasn’t “trapped” in motherhood.
Thoughts on working or staying home?
I think you have to do what you have to do. Some moms have to leave the home for work to provide income for you and your family. But don’t downplay the importance of being there for your babies first steps, words, or walking. Those moments are important. You will want to be there for those moments because they pass by so quickly!! Before you know it your baby will be off to school! I do also think though that there is a great reward in leaving the baby at home with a trusted babysitter and going to work one or two times a week. Break up your “motherhood routine” and get out and focus on something else. It will help you be a better mom. So either way, working or staying at home. Just make sure you are in tune with what you and your baby need. 🙂
Thanks for sharing Kendra and thank you again for the amazing job you did on my website! I am so happy with it!