Continuing my May project of Operation Celebrate Mothers. I would like to introduce you my fabulous readers to Mrs. April Baird. You may remember her from her appearance last year here on Inside My Head interview with a teacher. April has been a life long dear friend of mine, and January 22, 2010 she joined the ranks of motherhood. She gave birth to Owen a precious baby boy weighing in at 7lbs 13.4oz. Oh and did I mention she did the delivery all natural. I am so proud of her. It was something she really wanted to achieve. Now days April is still adjusting to everyday family life with her new center of the world little Owen. Her husband darling husband Evan right by her side for support and love, and their loyal and giant dog Annabelle tagging not far behind to offer up her support in puppy kisses. April was sweet enough to take the time to answer my questions, and give us a little insight on what it is like to be a rookie momma. Folks I think she may just earn the Rookie of the year. Well I think the fact that Owen just oozes 100% adorableness may just get her some extra points =)
Interview With The Rookie
Q: How has the new arrival effected or change life for you?
A: Well, now I need a babysitter for when I run or go cycling and that proves a hard task sometimes. Oh, and the focus of my world now drools, coos, and poops and pees on himself. (not talking about Evan...ha ha haha!)
Q: How did the adjusting to less sleep go?
A: It's going pretty good. He's a morning baby (whether it be 2 am or 8 am) and smiles and coos at me when I go get him so it doesn't bother me to get up with him. If fact, E tells me all the time he'll get up with him but I beat him to it :)
Q: Who have you gone to the most for advice?
A: My dear mama.
Q: What is the worst advice you have received on motherhood?
A: Hmmm...haven't gotten any bad advice yet...
Q: What is your I can't live without baby item or items?
A: Nasal aspirator. :)
Q: Has your relationship with your husband changed at all since baby came along?
A: We've grown stronger and are even more happy even though we didn't think it was possible. I look at him differently now (in a good way). He's so wonderful, caring, and fantastic. We've been together for 9 years and he amazes me still to this day with his compassion and love.
Q: Share one of your favorite memories of motherhood so far?
A: I had to think about this question for awhile. I'm going to have to go with natural childbirth. It was the most wonderful experience and I'd do it all over again. It didn't hurt like everyone said it would...if fact it felt good and was such a bonding experience. His cry was strong and I felt fantastic.
Q: What is one important thing you know you want to teach your child?
A: Versatility. It has served me well in life and career. Just because no one else has done it doesn't mean you can't or shouldn't. Try everything (except drugs) and don't be afraid to step outside the norm. Set yourself apart. You'll be surprised at what you can do and the things you'll achieve.
Q: Are you reading any parenting material to help with adjusting?
A: The usual..."What to Expect the First Year" and "Baby 911".
Q: What is some advice you would like to share with all those rookie mommies out there?
A: Well, if you're expecting, consider delivering naturally. Don't let everyone freak you out. It's not bad like everyone tells you and definitely not like on TV. I never cussed Evan, scratched him, or threatened to kill him :) There wasn't a million people running around like mad and it wasn't chaos. Also, ignore what people tell you if it's negative. Everyone thinks they're an expert. :)
Side note: All Pictures by Brooke Kelly Photography
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