Welcoming 2018, What life is like with a Newborn, and Goals

Happy New Year! So it’s been a whirlwind in our household. I swear I could barely remember what it was like to have 8 hours of sleep or along those lines. Don’t get me wrong, having a baby is everything I/we wish and wanted, but of course, we’re not hypocrites not to admit that we miss the cozy nights and sleep hours we used to have.

Someday soon I know we will have longer stretches of sleep. But right now? We juggle between 2-3 hours maximum 4 hours of sleep before waking up for a feeding or diaper change. Having 5 hours straight is the goal and if we get to 6, I’d be singing praises as right now it’s like a dream.

Josiah King’s arrival has painted our 2017 and wrapped up the year for us with so much joy. With that, we have also welcomed 2018 on a high note and we look forward to making many memories and learning new things about parenthood.

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Here are a few fun-facts we have learned about babies …

    • Their pee can go high … and yes, expect a GOLDEN SHOWER
    • Their poopie can GO … and expect a projectile when it happens while changing
    • Some babies sleep through the night right away – SOME DON’T

One month after giving birth, I had mastitis. It started with lumps that wouldn’t go away. It’s from clogged milk that was left over from nursing. Then red streaks appeared one morning and the rest hit me hard and fast. I remember not feeling well, then having chills, then a spiked temperature of more than 101. I spent a few days in the hospital because of that. I promise I’ll try to share a blog post about what I learned about Mastitis to help get some information out. It won’t completely prevent it from happening but it might help out moms or future mamas by taking precaution.

UPDATE: check out my post ❝ Breastfeeding and Having Mastitis ❞ to find out what I have learned and discovered from my experience.

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A few goals I have set for myself are as follow …

    • Beat my last year’s accomplishments
    • Earn more and find other sources of income
    • Improve my blogging, photography, and videography
    • Save up and possibly invest
    • Open a new bank account for our Baby
    • Look into stocks or bond that can be named for our son
    • Visit family in the Philippines
    • Start a business or partner with friends for a small biz
    • Eat healthily and be healthier
    • Get back to my pre-pregnancy weight

So far that wraps up the latest updates and what life is like for our family. How about you? I would love to know what your 2018 is like and if you have any major goals as well!


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  • Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    I am so happy for you and your family. No matter what 2018 brings you, NOTHING will be as exciting as the birth of your little man. <3 <3 <3

  • Ashley

    Your baby is precious! Congrats and here is to an awesome 2018!

  • Jeanette

    Sounds like you have a lot of goals set up for yourself this year. I truly hope you’re able to achieve everything that you have set out to do.

  • Lisa Favre

    Ok, first and foremost, you are absolutely stunning and your entire family looks happy and healthy. Most important! Good luck with your new routines! You got this!

  • Heather A Lawrence

    Aww! We haven’t had a newborn in our house in a long time but I remember remember those days fondly.
    Love your goals for 2018… I too am trying to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight.
    Good lunch!!

  • Jennifer Van Huss

    Congrats on a beautiful baby!!! Boys are such a treat!! I had mastitis too with my second child. It is painful and I wish you a quick recovery!!! Enjoy baby as it goes so fast!

  • Cassie S

    Congrats on your newborn! You have such a precious baby 🙂 You have wonderful goals ahead and I have no doubt you will reach them. Enjoy your sweet newborn!

  • Hey Sharonoox

    You’ve a sweet family Angela! Thanks for sharing insight of your little bundle of joy. He’s so cute! Good luck on your new goals!

  • Marysa

    Babies definitely change things up! For me, I lost much of my independence because we are both so busy, and I spend most of my day with the kids (when I’m not at work). But, we adjust!

  • Paula Schuck

    Well it sure is an adventure. You will get used to it and it won’t be quite so messy at least until baby is a teenager. LOL. Good luck with all of the goals you have listed here. I hope you get to go visit the Philippines. Losing weight after baby will happen. Don’t worry.

  • Victoria Heckstall

    Having a newborn is the most wonderful moment for each of every woman. I am so happy for you and your family.

  • Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place

    I remember having my first baby, it was crazy, especially the sleeping schedule! It only got better after a few months. I learned so much as a mother and so much about myself which I really liked.

  • Joyce Duboise Santos

    Oh my goodness, I have so much to look forward to 😉 My baby is coming in March and I’m a first-time mom so I know I will be learning as I go! Stay strong mama!

  • Gingermommy

    This is fabulous! Congratulations on your little man. He’s super beautiful. These are some really fantastic goals and I hope that you are able to achieve them all! Best of luck for 2018!

  • Nancy at Whispered Inspirations

    What a beautiful family you have! Your baby is just so adorable I could scream. Congratulations! I am sure that you will reach all your goals this year,.

  • Heather

    I’ve had mastisis before. It sucks. I just used a warm heating pad and massaged the pain away. Clogged ducts really are a pain and unfortunately the more you nurse the more your milk comes in and it’s just no fun! If you have a pump you can suction it out while you use heat. Sometimes that can help so no new milk comes in. Sorry, you probably have it all figured out by now…but I like sharing what has worked for me. 😉 Congrats on the baby and your new year!

  • Heather

    First, congrats on the birth of your beautiful baby boy! You have a beautiful family. Next, as the Mama of three very different kids, I can tell you that things will get easier. You will sleep again. Just don’t rush it, because you blink and they are grown.

  • Amy

    Congrats on the new baby! I loved the newborn stage of my kids… Even though the never slept through the night.

  • Ricci

    Your baby is GORGEOUS!!! I’m sorry you had to experience mastitis, that just sounds AWFUL!!

  • Catalina

    I remember those times! 🙂 But it gets better, you just need to wait!

  • Lisa

    Congrats on your newborn!Life with a newborn is interesting! It will be very memorable and fun!

  • Aitza B

    Awww, your little one is so precious. Hope you have a wonderful postpartum experience.

  • Aduke Schulist

    You made me laugh. I have had the whole pee and poo experiences too!

  • Lynndee

    Visiting my family in the Philippines was my goal last year and we did it. I hope you get to visit your family this year. Best of luck on your goals!