My First Mother’s Day | Girl Talk Tuesday

My First Mother’s Day | Girl Talk Tuesday

My First Mother’s Day | Girl Talk Tuesday

My First Mother's Day Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

 

My First Mother's Day Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

My First Mother's Day Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

My First Mother's Day Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

My First Mother's Day Angela Lanter Hello Gorgeous

First and foremost, welcome to the new Hello Gorgeous!  I hope you love the new website.  Please leave your feedback (both positive and constructive criticism welcome!) in the comments below.  I’d love to know if y’all think anything needs tweaked.  Now on to Girl Talk Tuesday.


This past Sunday we celebrated my first Mother’s Day.  This day was always a day that was spent honoring my mom and Mawmaw, but last year, it took on a whole new meaning for me.  Mother’s Day weekend 2017, we found out we were expecting our sweet angel baby.  It was also the weekend that Timeless was cancelled and then picked up again for Season Two.  Talk about an emotion-filled weekend.  So. Many. EMOTIONS.

Fast forward one year and my first Mother’s Day left me reflecting on all the things.  What kind of mom do I want to be?  How do I balance our crazy life while making my marriage and new baby my primary focus, all while running a business?  How can I be sure that I’m making the best parenting choices for MacKenlee?  My questions could go on and on probably forever, and I’ll never have all the answers.  Guess what?  I’m not supposed to have all the answers.  Parenting is similar to every other role God has given me in life, there are no true rules, you just look at each new as a fresh, new start and you do your best.

I’m brand new to this crazy thing called motherhood and already it’s my most rewarding job yet.  Just let me say though, it is truly hard work.  There are days that leave me begging God for patience.  There are missed naps, days full of tears (mine and hers), piles of dirty laundry and almost always a sink full of dishes.  None of that matters, because there’s always tomorrow.  The days can feel oh-so-long, but the years really are short.  There are days I’m watching the clock for bedtime, because I just need the day to be over.  But every morning, I find myself watching the clock and the monitor, excited to see my sweet girl.  His mercies are new every morning.  Each day I wake up with a refreshed spirit, ready to start my day with the sweetest baby smiles and a fresh cup of coffee with my hubby.

My goal this first year of motherhood is to remain present.  To soak up every moment, every cuddle and every smile, because these babies grow so fast.  I want to give myself grace in those moments of frustration.  Also, to know that I am enough, that I’m doing my best, and to stop comparing myself to every other mom I see.  We so often hear and say that every baby/kid is different, well so are we mamas.  We live in a day where internet is king.  Let’s be sure to steer clear of the mom shaming, whether saying out loud or typing the words, or even thinking them, and instead look to encourage each other.  I want so much to be a shining light in this dark world, so I have to be careful to guard this little light of mine.

Please comment below with your best piece of advice for this new mama.  I hope you had a relaxing and peaceful Mother’s Day with the ones you love.

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13 Comments

  1. Lesley
    May 16, 2018 / 5:04 AM

    The picture with both of you face to face and smiling is absolutely adorable. It is a pose I have never seen before, and it shows you in your daughter’s face and smile.

  2. Ivy
    May 16, 2018 / 11:56 PM

    You have a lovely site. Congratulations! I also follow your Instagram account and whenever I see McKenLee’s photo my day just brightens up. I’m also a mom of 2 girls, they’re already 19 and 20 years old but your article still resonates with me. Just enjoy the journey, cherish every minute and know that whatever you decide on, that it is always the best decision you have at that very moment. Never regret anything. Good luck! I love your family!

  3. Merriann
    May 17, 2018 / 2:04 AM

    Enjoy every minute. My daughter is now 9 and my son is 5. To remember your not going to be the perfect parent and you’ll make mistakes along the way.

  4. Melissa Stevens
    May 17, 2018 / 4:05 AM

    It is a beautiful site! I love the heart you have for God first, because that heart engulfs yourself, your husband and your child. I believe your light is shining well. God bless you guys.

  5. Brittany Blackburn
    May 17, 2018 / 4:55 AM

    Such a wonderful post, Angela! I love the new website, too! It’s very user-friendly, & I love that there’s links to posts around! I really like the scrolling posts at the top! Great job!

  6. Erin Sloan
    May 17, 2018 / 6:05 AM

    Soak in EVERY MINUTE. My boys are 11 months and the other almost 4. It goes by SO FAST. There are days that are super hard, and you almost want it to go by, but you really do miss the hard days, believe it or not. I don’t feel like I got to enjoy my first baby, because I was always so worried about “are we doing this right? Is he going to be ok? Can he eat that? Oh no, is he getting sick? Is this normal?” EVERYTHING. The things you google are actually hilarious too. I can’t tell you how many times I googled what the color of baby poop should be, are hiccups a sign of something bad? How long does gas last? I’m telling you, if someone saw my Google history, it would definitely be a comedy show! Always remember: FROG- Fully Rely on God, the hard days will pass, everything is temporary, there’s no instruction manual on raising a baby, no- you’re not crazy, and it’s a team effort. 🙂 Love you guys, keep doing what you’re doing!

  7. Hannah
    May 17, 2018 / 8:06 AM

    Love the new website – sophisticated and classy!

  8. Shelly Bricker
    May 17, 2018 / 8:17 AM

    None of my own kiddos because of endometriosis (a common enemy), but I get to be a work from home auntie to 4 & 6 yr old boys (who live next door). So leave the dishes & laundry for later, and play & soak up every minute cause you just blink once & they’re graduating preschool & kindergarten…
    Your new site is beautiful, btw. You guys keep putting God 1st, your life will continue to be blessed!

  9. Lori Leung
    May 17, 2018 / 9:03 AM

    Love the new photos for the website. Spend a lot of time with MacKenlee because they grow up so fast. I am a mom of 2 boys 21 and 25. I remember the first time they held open a door for mama and now how they hold a door open for other people or give up their seat when we are traveling by subway in another city or country. It’s the smallest things they do that make me smile and say I brought up gentleman and God helped me do it.

  10. Katie
    May 17, 2018 / 9:45 AM

    The new site is lovely! My husband and I are expecting our first child in October and your blog and podcast have been such an inspiration to me. Thanks for sharing your light with the world!

  11. May 18, 2018 / 1:18 PM

    My parenting mantra lately: “Consistency, flexibility and a handful (or two, or five) of grace.” My guy is still little (14 months next week!), but I think these three ideas will continue to be prominent as my husband and I raise him.

    With a baby especially, my biggest struggle has been finding the balance between consistency and flexibility. Levi thrives on a pretty set routine/schedule, yet I know I can’t build my life around that 100% and stay sane. Or, should I build my life as much as I can right now to cater to his schedule since he’s the only baby and, as a SAHM, I have the ability to devote lots of time and one-on-one attention to him? *sigh*

    Just remember, consistency helps the littles thrive and learn, and flexibility exists to meet needs when consistency fails us. And I’m not sure where we’d be without grace!

    Oh, and have fun!!!! As every other time in our lives, this is only but one season. Cherish it and hold it close, mama.

  12. Kelli Girolami
    May 18, 2018 / 7:24 PM

    As a mom of 9 year old (I can’t believe still how fast time has flown) twin boys some simple advice is take as many pictures and video as you can! It’s so emotional now to be able to go back and watch and hear those little voices that I haven’t heard in so long (beware….very emotional though)! Otherwise don’t rush anything and enjoy it because you are so right….the days are long but the years are short.

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