Being a parent is worth it, right? We think so.
We want to make sure that everyone knows what a joy it is to be a new parent and to take the hurdles of raising a child with a grain of salt.
So, we decided to ask a handful of social media personalities who recently had a baby to share their experiences with their newborn. We're super appreciative of their thoughtful responses and advice to other parents! (Read part 2 here)
We asked them all the 5 following questions, see their answers below!
- What is your most positive memory as a parent so far?
- What parenting experience has made you the proudest?
- Do you have any positive advice for new moms and dads?
- If you were to become a new parent again, what would you make sure to do again?
- What support did your receive that you appreciated most?
What is your most positive memory as a parent so far?
Delilah: My most positive memory as a parent so far are those little moments when my daughter is so intently playing by herself or climbing into my lap with a book in hand. In those moments my heart melts into a puddle, tears come to my eyes, and I stop and think, how did I get so lucky? My body nurtured and birthed this tiny human, and I have the privilege to be her momma.
Crystal: There are so many positive memories; like seeing him trying to grab his own bottle and to turn on his side to sleep is just so amazing. Because I know he is growing up.
Chanel: My most positive memory as a parent would have to be the very first day I met both of my boys! It was so special and emotional and God filled.
Varia: The most positive and rewarding memory so far is watching my son grow and develop. It makes me very happy to implement using manners into his daily life. He is a very smart and excited boy, so eager to learn!
What parenting experience has made you the proudest?
Delilah: There are so many parenting moments that make me proud. I think the one that sticks out to me the most is when we decided to sleep train. We were all sleep deprived, desperate, and very ready for change. I trusted my motherly instincts and taught my daughter how to self soothe. Ever since then she has been the most incredible sleeper, and SO MUCH happier!
Crystal: Breastfeeding experience was the proudest experience as a mom.
Chanel: I would have to say teaching my oldest to say thank you. He says it all the time and a lot of children nowadays don’t even say it. Definitely makes his momma proud everyday by using that one phrase!
Varia: Every new little thing my son does makes me so proud. His speech is incredibly developed and he is always trying his best to incorporate the little corrections my boyfriend and I make. Every milestone makes me so joyful to be a mom.
Chanel Jones is just a cool mom trying to blog. She has two boys under two and is "just trying to make it through the day with my sanity."
Do you have any positive advice for new moms and dads?
Delilah: My positive advice for new moms and dads is to trust your gut. You, as the parent, know your child better than anyone. There will be people trying to throw their advice and opinions on you, but sometimes you just need to block them out and do what you think is best for you and your child!
Crystal: My advice is to take turns to take care of the baby. Don’t get stressed because of baby crying. As new parents, don’t forget to have your own time as well. When you are happy, then you can make the baby happy too.
Chanel: Don’t forget about yourself! It’s so important to make sure you are happy first. Because of you aren’t, it truly does affect your parenting.
Varia: I think it is crucial to put your children first. After a long day, sometimes the only desired thing to do is crash on the couch or go on social media. However, children deserve better than that. They deserve all of the love and attention in the world. Always remember to let your child know how much you love and appreciate them.
If you were to become a new parent again, what would you make sure to do again?
Delilah: When my second baby is born I will remember to be in the moment. With my daughter I spent a lot of time just holding her, cuddling her, and enjoying her sweet newborn smell. I truly feel like I soaked in all of those newborn moments and I wouldn’t trade it for anything!
Crystal: I would make sure to breastfeed my baby again.
Chanel: I would make sure to stop fussing over every milestone. You miss out on a lot because you want your kids to be like everyone else’s and to catch up. You want your kids to walk at a certain age, or talk or become potty trained. Let your children do it when they are ready.
Varia: I will be sure to sleep train fairly early on again as well as leave the TV for the last resort. We did not show my son any cartoons or games until he was older than 2. Even now that he is 3, we do our best to find alternatives and not default to screen time.
What support did your receive that you appreciated most?
Delilah: The support from my immediate family and church family helped me tremendously. I asked my mom and mother in law many, many questions because, as a new parent, I had no clue what I was doing! Everyone offered incredible support, prayers, and the occasional babysitting job when I just needed a break.
Crystal: I appreciate that our family members would be able to help us take care of the baby while we go to work.
Chanel: Probably the support from my husband. He’s not very good with babies haha even his own, but he tries and he is an awesome father. Some dads are more involved in the baby stage than he is but I appreciate that he tries. He just sent me a card from the kids saying how much all of them love and appreciate me, even if they do not say it. Small gestures are the biggest blessings!
Varia: Since I got pregnant at a young age, the support from my family meant the world. I would not have made it through that time if it were not for them. Now that I have moved out of my parents' house, I am very grateful for the help and support I receive from my boyfriend. He is a tremendous help with Stephan and around the house, especially with me being in school.