She’s finally completed her babymoon and returned to work—and she couldn’t be more excited about it. Grace spends her days loving on her little girl and taking care of her little family. Although she’s got her hands full, Grace still finds time to write about her adventures on social media. Recently, she shared a funny story about being overwhelmed by motherhood and how she’s learning to be comfortable in her own skin. We love her radiant smile and can’t wait to see what she has in store for us next.

Hi, everyone! I’m Grace. I’m a 30-year-old writer, artist, and photographer based in Toronto, Canada. I blog, do freelance work, and take on assignments locally and internationally. I’m married to my best friend and we have a baby girl named Elsie. We live in a tiny house with our baby, our dog, and our cat. I love exploring the outdoors with my family and documenting our adventures through photography and words. I’m also a huge fan of British TV comedies, so you’ll often find me laughing hysterically at nothing in particular.

On My Babymoon With My Best Friend

It’s been a long time since I last wrote on this blog. I haven’t stopped thinking about my best friend, Heather, and her husband, Kevin, since they announced their pregnancy. I’m so happy for them and can’t wait to be in Atlanta for their wedding. I was supposed to be on my babymoon with Heather after the wedding, but life had other plans. In fact, it threw us a curveball and forced us to postpone our honeymoon indefinitely. In the meantime, I’ve become a full-time mother and have been adjusting to my new role with delight. Finally, after more than a year of planning, Heather gave birth to their daughter, Elsie, and I was able to celebrate with them.

Heather and I were born and raised in the UK, which is notorious for throwing curveballs at you. As soon as she found out she was pregnant, she had to cancel all of her upcoming wedding plans because her parents live in Ireland and wanted to see their grandchild born in Dublin. As a result, Heather and I had to postpone our honeymoon until after the wedding. It was the most awkward pregnancy and birth vacation ever. I’m not even sure if I’m allowed to admit it was awkward. But it was. The thing is, at the time, I didn’t see it as an inconvenience. I saw it as a blessing. I would give anything to go on that honeymoon with Heather. I missed our old friends, my regular workouts, and my writing routine. But I also got to spend a lot of time with my new little family, which I now consider to be the best part of my life. After the wedding, Heather and I flew to Dublin to see her parents and meet Elsie for the first time. We were overwhelmed by how alike she and my mom are. It’s like they were meant to be together.

Since then, our lives have gone back to normal and I’m feeling more comfortable in my own skin than ever before. Thanks to this blog post and all of your comments. Without you, I wouldn’t have been able to express myself the way I did. It was a bit of therapy for me and I hope it was helpful to you as well.

The Maternal Instinct

Even though I’m excited about becoming a mother, it’s still a heavy responsibility. One that I take very seriously. For years, I’ve believed that you have to put your maternal instinct into practice to be a good mother. If you want to be the best possible mother, you have to act like one. It takes a while to realize that you can’t be everything to your baby. She needs other people in her life to guide and support her while she grows up. Just like you need other people in your life to grow and thrive.

Self-care Is Crucial

If becoming a mother has taught me anything, it’s the value of self-care. When you have a new baby, everything in their world is urgent and demanding. Feed them, burp them, change their diapers, and keep them warm. Sleep is the ultimate luxury at the moment, so make sure you get plenty of it. There isn’t a parent in the world who wouldn’t give anything to be able to feed their baby for just one more night. One more hour of sleep, that is. Waking up to a new day is the best feeling in the world, as is finishing off the last drop of coffee, but at the same time, it can be the most stressful part of the day. You never stop caring for your baby, but as their parent, you need to take care of yourself first. That’s one thing I’ve learned and will never forget.

There’s a common misconception that being a mother is all hardship and no satisfaction. The truth is, for the most part, it’s a challenging yet deeply rewarding job. Once you get used to the sleepless nights and the poopy diapers, you’ll wonder why anyone would ever want to do anything else. It takes a lot of patience and self-control, but in the end, it’s all worth it.

The Perks Of Parenting

Many people believe that becoming a parent is a punishment for being bad. While it’s true that most parents say that being a parent is the most challenging job they’ve ever had, it’s also one of the most rewarding. Here are just a few perks of parenting:

  • They grow with you. Your child will be a part of you for the rest of their life. As they get older, you’ll notice changes in them that you didn’t see when they were younger. This is both challenging and rewarding.
  • You teach them how to love the world. Whether they decide to be a Buddhist, Christian, or Muslim, your child will grow up with an appreciation for all beings.
  • You’ll be able to read their minds. Most parents say that their child’s moods and emotions are easier to read than those of adults. It’s like they’ve learned to just be themselves and you’ll get a peek into their head at all times.
  • You get to see them grow up. For the most part, children appreciate the fact that their parents are interested in them. It’s like they know that they’re responsible for keeping their parents interested, so they do what they can to make sure that this happens. This is both challenging and rewarding.

You have a baby, what would you do with them? Would you leave them in the car while you ran some errands? Would you bring them with you to the park to lay in the sun? Would you put them in daycare so you could work? Or maybe you’d feed them cereal in the morning and change their diaper at night. It’s all up to you and what you’d like to do, as long as you make sure they’re safe.