How To Sleep Like A Baby – Even If You Have One

Sleep is one thing that all moms want more of. It’s one of the few things that we can pinpoint as being directly linked to a good mood, great energy, and being an awesome mom.

Yet when you have young kids – or babies – getting awesome sleep is pretty much the same as asking for a million dollars to show up on your doorstep. It’s highly unlikely, but you hold out hoping that someday it will happen – you know, just in case.

Now that I’m through the first few months as a new mom, I feel like I can make a few notes on getting decent sleep. Since around 6 weeks postpartum, I’ve had pretty great sleep – even though I got up multiple times a night to breastfeed my little guy.

Let me first start out by saying that my little bundle is not a quiet sleeper – he grunts, groans, moans, sighs, laughs, and farts in his sleep. Yep, a real baby. And to top it off, we’re co-sleeping right now, which makes everything a little more amplified since it’s in my ear.

So how do you sleep like a baby despite everything working against you? Here’s what I’ve learned so far:

Stay active.

Let me tell you – these past few months are the most sedentary I’ve been in years. I have spent more time on the couch feeding, comforting, and letting my little guy nap on me than I ever would have imagined.

But one of the key ways to sleeping well is making sure I get my heart rate up even a little bit each day. This could be a full workout, a walk around the neighborhood with the stroller, or just taking the stairs a few extra times (because that’s all the day allows for). Regardless of how it’s done – staying active is vital towards getting great sleep as a mama. [Read more...]

This Is Your Permission Slip To Stop Worrying About Your Time

Sometimes I get wrapped up in being too efficient with my time. I love to optimize, shift my schedule, rearrange my calendar, and execute on my to-do list like it’s going out of style.

I love to make the most of my days – even if that makes me rigid and boring. I just like to know I’m doing the best and most I can on any given day.

There are those moments that come up in life that shake you up and make you feel more alive that you ever have before. Those moments that jolt you back to reality and allow you to see all that you have to be grateful for is right in front of you.

Many times these come up when something life-altering happens to you, like when a new baby comes into your life, or a parent passes away.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can find and create those moments even among the most boring days and weeks of the year.

Life is what happens while you’re busy making plans. – John Lennon

The moments to make you feel open and vulnerable to the world are all around you. You just have to stop looking at your schedule and allow them to just happen.

Even though I talk a lot about finding time for yourself or making the most of your time with strategies and tools – sometimes it’s just better to shove it all off and just live.

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So today, I’m here today to give you your permission slip to stop worrying so much about your time. [Read more...]

If You & I Were To Sit Down To Coffee… (3 Month Postpartum Update)

If you and I were to sit down to coffee…

I would… drink a decaf drip coffee with almond milk and a splash of maple syrup. I’ve been back on the coffee wagon a few times a week, more for the flavor and change in season than for the caffeine. But nonetheless, I’m enjoying every coffee morning I have. I even tried making my own pumpkin creamer at home, which turned out okay – but nothing to really write home about.

If You & I Were To Sit Down To Coffee (3 Month Postpartum Update) | RachaelRoehmholdt.com

I would tell you… how things feel like they’ve magically gotten easier being a new mom, but really – I think I’m just getting a little better at it. I’m getting better at realizing that my to-do list can wait and there is very little in the day that needs to get done other than taking care of myself and my baby.

I would tell you…that my time breastfeeding my son has become my favorite parts of the day. Even though a good majority of the time, I peruse my phone or read a book on my Kindle, I love the moments when I can look down and see pure satisfaction on my son’s face. Even better are the post-meal snuggles.

If You & I Were To Sit Down To Coffee (3 Month Postpartum Update) | RachaelRoehmholdt.com

I would tell you… that getting out of the house is getting easier. I worry less about him having total meltdowns in public, because I understand that I can actually comfort him in those situations – either by boob or by bouncing him around in my arms. It’s absolutely crazy to me that a little person can (almost always) be comforted so easily. [Read more...]