BabyLove Featured Family: Heather, Brandon, Baby F, and Brother B

Johnson FF

April is coming to a close, but there’s still time for us to introduce our Featured Family for the month of April.  We’ve been so honored to know this family since the night they took our Elimination Class, right through the birth of their second child.  We’re starting today with Heather, and we will hear from her husband later this week.  Enjoy!

  • So far, what has been your biggest joy in becoming a mother again?

Getting the chance to enjoy the little things. Knowing that my baby is going to grow so quickly and that I get to enjoy every moment, even the tough ones! I never thought I would be so overjoyed to have a baby girl!!!

  • What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced since your baby was born?

The long crying spells and breastfeeding. I thought with our first that he cried often because he was overtired and I was sure I had it all figured out this time around…Boy was I wrong!:) She has many crying spells and I do think it has to do with being overtired and trouble falling into a sleep state. I’m still unsure of why she is crying often, but I just always try to soothe her and I wear her most of the time. Breastfeeding was also tough because Finnley had trouble latching on. I thought the second time would be a breeze after breastfeeding my son for a year. It sure is different nursing a newborn! It is tough, but SO worth it! Giving up was never an option for me though, so I just worked through it. It only took 3 weeks for us to get the hang of it!

  • Where and how have you found support for yourself when you’ve needed it?

I’ve gotten a lot of support from other moms. Moms I met from the first time around and during this pregnancy. It’s nice to have Mama Cafe to go to every week- I make that a priority! I’ve gotten a lot of help from Veronica and Brittany! – from breastfeeding help to babywearing tips! I find that I am just one of those people that needs to vent my complaints and difficulties to relieve stress:). My parents are also around to help when my husband works late. It is nice that my husband will change/rock Finnley when I’m done feeding her. I don’t feel as bad asking this time around:) Just because I’m not working does not mean I don’t need sleep!

  • Did you feel that your childbirth classes prepared you for this birth? How so?

Very much so! I felt much more empowered to have a natural birth, which was what I wanted. I felt I learned a TON about the process of labor and birth and the effects of interventions- even after going to a class the first time around!

  • What is one thing you think all parents should know before the birth of their baby?

It is more life changing than most people think. It is so incredible… you can’t believe you made this perfect little being. But there’s also the tough part. Waking up all hours of the night is a lot more difficult than it sounds, but it only lasts for a short period of time in the grand scheme of things. Be prepared to ask people for help! Other cultures have people helping them with everything for weeks after the birth of a baby- you don’t have to do everything and be super parents!!!! When family comes over to hold your baby, take a nap! Whenever you can, SLEEP! :) Cuddle your baby as much as you can, each phase passes so fast!

Veronica Jacobsen, BA, CLC, CPST, LCCE, FACCE
Birth Doula, Certified Lactation Counselor, Child Passenger Safety Technician, Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Fellow of the Academy of Certified Childbirth Educators

Opening BabyLove in September of 2011 has allowed me to build a space where all families can come to get good information in a caring, welcoming environment. I have found that not only do I love teaching more than ever, but I also really love running a business. Hopefully my passion for every aspect of BabyLove shines through.
I live in Richfield with my husband, and I am a mother of a two great children. When I can steal a few free moments, I love to go on adventures with my family, cook, garden, thrift, can, and craft.

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