When I think of celebrity fashion stylist Rachel Zoe…hmmm…color, loud, art, demanding, roar, couture, bananas! All these terms come to mind. I followed Zoe’s career, pregnancy and birth of her adorable son, Skyler on her Bravo reality show, The Rachel Zoe Project and I didn’t exactly get warm and fuzzy, or mommy-friendly/Baby On Board sticker.
I am glad to hear the teeny fashionista, 41, recently admitted to People that I was way wrong. Having a baby changes everything and everyone (even Angelina Jolie!). “I think the first thing that happens when you become a mom is you really don’t get that dramatic about things that don’t matter,” reveals Zoe.
This got me thinking about how I’ve changed since I became a mom.
- I’ve embraced my religion. I grew up Roman Catholic and made all of my sacraments to date, but I’ve definitely strayed from my religion. JD was baptized when he was three-months-old and I’ve tried really hard over the past five years to get to church with him, but I can’t lie. We didn’t always make it. These days I’m happy to report JD and I routinely attend Sunday Children’s Mass at our parish. He loves getting on stage to sing and coming up for Communion with me. JD will make his Holy Communion in two years and even though he’ll attend Catholic school in the Fall or attend CCD, it’s important I set an example too.
- I exercise more. I know it’s hard to find time to exercise as a mama, but I’ve found some ways to get it in. I also have somewhat of an anxiety issue, so exercise is part of my regime to stay healthy and happy! Plus, I want to stay fit and energized for my boy! I need to be able to run those bases come Little League season.
- I sleep less. You’re scratching your head and wondering why I am considering this a benefit, but I’ve become accustomed to rising with the sun, having my coffee and starting my day. Before JD, I slept in whenever I could and was a habitual napper. Do you co-sleep? My take here.
- I’m more social. Everyone loves alone time. I recently blogged about relaxing on the couch in sweats instead of dining with my son and brother. Truth is, these moments are few and far between. I’ve made so many new friends since becoming a mom. We love planning outings like ice skating, or just hanging out at each other’s homes while the kids play. As a single mom, I love that my son is exposed to mom-and-dad families and younger kids. It takes a village to raise a kiddo and mine is ever-growing. And with all that mommy and me time, I’m a party girl and dater, too! JD reminds me it’s important to get out and away.
- I’m silly. JD brought out a very light, fun, and sweet side of me. I sing, “Jack is a boy, a little, little boy!” on the reg. I make smiley-face waffles out of fruits and wear random costume ears no matter what holiday we’re in. I’m loud and boisterous when I enter his classroom and as a result I’m known as “Jack’s mom!” I’ve been gifted art and received many warm, tiny hugs at 7:30 AM.
Your turn! Tell me how motherhood changed you!
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