Super excited to have This Joyful Life back again, where she talks about mamas offering encouragement to other mama’s. Which is so relevant as I often feel judged about the way I bring up my little girl / monster!


With an almost one year old (after typing that I still can’t believe she’s almost one.) Anyways, with an almost one year old means I have been a mom for almost a year! Whew. My goodness I have learned and changed so much this year. I am going to do my absolute best to post weekly on different aspects of motherhood that I have had thoughts about/ learned in my very first year of motherhood!

On my very first post, I want to write about something that I quickly learned after having L. My husband and I were having a conversation about something that sort of bothered me a few weeks ago. I overheard someone say something negative about a parenting tactic of an otherwise good mom. Obviously, no mom in the world is perfect. I simply think that most moms are just trying their best.

We live in a society that is incredibly judgemental towards….well, EVERYTHING. As a mom, I feel that every decision is being questioned or judged. So much conversation about “how long is breastfeeding appropriate?”, “is sleep training/cry it out cruel?”, “should a baby use a pacifier, if so….how long is too long?”, “disciplining tactics”, “bottle fed vs. breastfed”, “working mom vs. stay at home mom vs. working from home mom”, this list is seriously endless…

When my husband and I were having this conversation, we laughed because we remembered conversations pre-baby of things we would say about parenting. The matter of the fact is that I just did not know anything. I never had a baby before so how would I know!? I always thought it was so silly seeing “hover parents”…… ooops 🙂 I always said “I would never be that mom that ______” (insert whatever parenting tactic here).

So back to the beginning of my post….I became bothered by the statement of judgement because I think that as mamas, we have to stick together and offer encouragement (not continuously pass judgement). Raising little humans is such hard work. It is hard enough already having the rest of society judging every single move. Yes, parenting tactics can always be improved, but I feel that this can be done in positive ways. In ways that show other mamas that they are doing great while trying to balance and juggle the MANY things motherhood brings.

I laugh at my pre-baby self because I realize that I have changed so much. I thought then in ways that I don’t now. Then I also know that I am going to change so much more every year as my daughter grows. And I still have SO much to learn. Thankfully, I have some pretty great mamas in my life to offer up advice.

So while the rest of society is busy passing judgement. Mamas, choose to offer encouragement to other mamas and support one another!

To any mama out there that feels bombarded with society’s pressure… are doing great! 


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Loving your Postpartum Body

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Most mothers take a while to come to terms with their postpartum body. Boutique Shows is super excited to feature the below blog from This Joyful Life about loving your postpartum body.pregnancy, baby, show, uk

I knew I was going to blog about this one day….so here it is! Postpartum Body. It took me a little bit of time to come to terms with my new body. During my pregnancy, I had ZERO stretch marks. I was convinced that the many stretch mark creams I purchased along with my homemade ones were doing the trick. Four weeks before I delivered, someone told me that they didn’t have stretch marks until they delivered. I had never even heard of that!? When she told me that I literally said out loud “great….that’s going to be me”. Sure enough, it was me.

Here we are, almost 11 months later and I have finally come to terms with my body. My body was Laila’s home for 9 months. It really is incredible! I still can’t believe it was able to do what it had to do for her.

As a mom to a girl, I believe it is so important to show positive examples of self-image. I want her to see the beauty in herself no matter what. I want her to feel beautiful and to see beauty in all body types!

During my pregnancy, I gained a lot of weight. I still haven’t bee able to lose it all, I still have a lot of stretch marks, and had no pre-pregnancy clothes fit, but that is completely fine!!

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Having these marks is just an outward example of my favorite role in the whole entire world. Being a mom!! Sure many women are able to bounce back and have zero stretch marks, but that just isn’t my body.




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