advice to a mom-to-be

I’m 10 days past my due date, it’s Saturday night, and yep – we’re still waiting! Ha!

He’s doing great in there, and so are we out here, trying to make the most of our extra, unexpected time as a twosome. And I think we’re doing pretty well! Even though it’s been hard at times the past few weeks, and I have my hunches as to some of the lessons, purpose, and blessings from the waiting there is no doubt that this is a special time we will never forget – that’s for sure!

For the past few months I’ve been wanting to share the words of wisdom from one of my baby showers in November 2014. What better time than now?

More than twenty amazing women – most of whom are seasoned moms – ages 28-80, shared the words, love and encouragement below.


  1. Savor the time with just you and your husband. Don’t hesitate to get a babysitter regularly to keep making time for you and your relationship.
  2. Don’t second guess yourself as a mom. Trust yourself and who you are, your instinct and unique personality as a mom. 
  3. The dishes don’t matter – I wish I wouldn’t have cared so much about that as the kids were growing up. Take time for the kids over chores or things that need done.
  4. Be your own mom – don’t compare yourself to other moms.
  5. Find a good church family and pray for your kids daily.
  6. Create songs to help the kids learn – their names, or anything else. 
  7. Say you’re sorry when you’ve wronged or hurt your kids. It’s an example they will remember.
  8. Always put God first, your husband second, your children third, and work last.
  9. Date nights! Make time for the two of you regularly.
  10. It’s important to find ways to make time for yourself, whether that’s shutting the bedroom door for 20 minutes, going out with girlfriends, taking a relaxing bath, exercising, or reading. 
  11. Write down little things as they happen – in your phone or in a journal – so you don’t forget!
  12. Take photos and video of everything – don’t just take photos that are posed. 
  13. As your kids grow up, share stories with them about them when they were younger, family memories, etc. That is something I always cherished.
  14. Be quick about bath time, or pee will get everywhere!
  15. In the first week to 10 days, hang in there. Sleep when the baby sleeps. Give yourself grace as your body recovers and you figure it all out.
  16. Limit your time on Pinterest and don’t compare yourself to other ‘Pinterest moms’ or ‘blog moms’ who seem to do perfect crafts, throw perfect parties, create perfect games and learning materials for their kids.
  17. LAUGH. Live in the moment and in the mess.
  18. Be prepared for weirdness.
  19. Appreciate when your husband helps you. Have fun!
  20. Enjoy the moments, time goes fast.
  21. It’s not too early to start praying for who they will marry, their spouse to-be.

What else would you add?

I’m so thankful for you, all of our friends and family who have helped us prepare, not only mentally, but physically, spiritually and emotionally as best as we can for this new season of life.

Now, let’s meet this little man! ;D Whenever you’re ready Baby E…


2 Comments on “advice to a mom-to-be

  1. You are not the first to be over due. It will soon be over and and Chad and you will have a beautiful son in your arms. I am praying for you. I love all the advice you listed from your friends and family. Jean Risner


  2. Love reading these and remember most as they were spoken…..some with laughter explosions! Can’t wait to meet Everett!

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