I would like to think of myself as the Bear Grylls of motherhood, but instead of surviving in the wild I’m surviving motherhood. Quite honestly, being a mom is a never ending adventure into the wilderness with a backpack full of supplies that don’t work, an instruction manual written in a foreign language you can’t read, and a map that has no a clear route to your destination. In fact, if you are anything like me, you probably forgot the backpack entirely and now you are totally ill-equipped wandering around in the wilderness hoping that you will eventually make it out alive.
It has been six months since I gave birth to my beautiful little girl and I am finally finding the beauty in all the chaos of being a first time mom trying to juggle home and work life. I have surrendered to the fact that I may be the boss at work but at home my child is the boss and she is definitely a micromanager.
I would love to say now that we have hit the six month mark, life has returned to normal but, our normal has definitely changed and we are slowly adjusting to a new normal.
My new normal includes saggy boobs, sweatshirts, leggings, and throwing my hair in a messy bun 7 days out of the week but, I digress.
When I met my husband 7 years ago, he lived in South Austin and I lived in North Austin.
I’m sure you can all sympathize with how challenging a long distance relationship can be so, I decided to cross the river for love and we have lived in South Austin ever since.
Now that I am a mom, I have come to truly appreciate living in South Austin especially because I am that much closer to the Texas wine country.
I am really excited for this opportunity to write for Austin Moms and share my journey with you. When I first got pregnant, I wanted to be like all the mom influencers I follow on Instagram who make being a mom look so effortless.
I thought motherhood would be one big Instagram story but that was not my journey.
I was lucky to make it a full hour without being peed, pooped, or spit up on. I was not cute, I was not glowing, and I was not making motherhood look effortless.
I know eventually it will get easier but until it does, I have found comfort in laughing at myself and enjoying the not so glamourous side of being a mom. I decided to share my perfectly imperfect life on Instagram @thenoninstamom so that you can follow my journey and hopefully laugh along with me.