Happy Monday everyone! So excited that our group is over 2K now! I can’t believe how fast it’s growing. I started it with about 40 close friends and family less than a year ago when I was going through some rough baby blues (you can read more here), and it’s grown like crazy since! My hope is that out of the number of people that are in the group, I’ll be able to just help at least one mama…whether it be for support, save money, inspiration, recipes, or all of the above! There really is power in numbers. If you are interested in joining the group, comment below and I’ll tell you how since it’s a private group! Also, make sure to “like” our page so you don’t miss out on deals, reviews, and the list I mentioned above!
For today, enjoy some light reading with our beautiful Monday Mama Kristy. Here’s her story:
“I was born and raised in New Jersey. When I was a little girl I dreamed about growing up, having my own apartment, being a successful business woman and living with a bunch of cats. Fast forward thirty years and I am married, own a home, have a dog and want a baby. I am not sure what changed or when, but that’s what happened! And it is by no means a bad thing. No, in fact, if my life had run its course as planned, I would have short-changed myself. But I digress…
In the Fall of 2011 my husband and I decided we were going to start trying to have a family. I had so many questions and feelings that I felt were not proper to talk about in everyday conversation, but that I so badly wanted to talk about. I figured there had to be other women out there too, having similar experiences and so I started my blog and found a community of women that I connected with on twitter.
I also wanted to share what was going on with me to my mom, but she passed away when I was 14. And as strange as it sounds, I feel like blogging is a way to communicate with her. Didn’t you know the internet is a main line to heaven? I started Onto Motherhood anonymously. But google is smarter than I am and over time the cat slowly started coming out of the bag. And when my daughter Cora was born in 2014 I couldn’t resist putting her cute little face on there.
My life hasn’t always been easy, but it has been exactly what I needed to go through to become the person that I am today. On my blog I aim to share my past life experiences, and love of life to motivate and inspire others to do the same. I think the world would be a better place if we all freely expressed our gratitude and love. I write about fear, God, being a working mom, losing weight and then finding it, looking for the extraordinary moments in everyday life and how my world changed, for the better, when I became a mom.
The only regret I have about becoming a parent is that I didn’t do it sooner. I had my first child at 36, which some doctors consider to be ‘advanced age; and Baby Girl #2 is due in March, 2 days before my 39th birthday! If I had my babies sooner I would be able to have more years with them and pregnancy might have been a little kinder on my body. On the other hand, if I had become a mom sooner I wouldn’t have all of the wisdom and experiences age has brought me, nor the financial stability that has come with working, and growing in a profession over time. I can offer my children so much more at 39 than I could at 30. And besides, at 30 I was getting divorced from my first husband when most of my friends started having their families!
I love experiencing the world through my little girl’s eyes. All of the firsts, the naivety, the innate kindness, the laughter, the love. That is what I wish I had the privilege of being a part of sooner. She makes me the best version of myself. No doubt that there are tough days. Days that I go to bed not knowing who left my body and took over because there is no way that I could have been that patient. I am not perfect. I have yelled. The other day I told my daughter that it was a good thing her sister was coming because I was giving her to the gypsies. Later I apologized.
I believe that everything happens for a reason and I am grateful that becoming a mama has made me aware of more of everything!”