Parenthood is the most difficult and rewarding job any of us will ever have. It's so much more than playdates and bedtime routines. That's why we love to hear from the parents behind it all on the ups and downs of daily life, and the precious moments that make it all worth it.
This month we're introducing you to Chelsea, an art teacher and cheer coach from Las Vegas. She talks about realistic self-care, running on little sleep, and the fighting the "shoulds" of motherhood.
Tell us a little bit about yourself!
Hi, I’m Chelsea! I am 32 years old and have a 2yr old daughter Gracyn, and a 7-month-old son, Bronson. I work as an elementary art teacher and high school cheer coach in Las Vegas, Nevada.
What is the most rewarding part of motherhood?
I love watching my kids grow and develop into these little humans. It amazes me how much they learn every day! They go from being this sweet little baby to walking and talking. My favorite part so far is when my daughter was able to say I love you.
What was the most surprising thing you discovered about being a mom?
It surprised me how our bodies learn to run on a small amount of sleep. It is so exhausting waking up multiple times a night with a baby or even my toddler if she has a bad dream. It is crazy how in a moment you think “I can’t do this,” but somehow you actually can!
What does self-care mean to you? How do you take time for yourself and what does it look like?
I used to think self-care was having an at-home spa day. Now that I’m a mom my self-care is having a moment to myself. That can be anything from sitting outside with a glass of wine to watching a movie on the couch with my husband. Anything that helps me recharge for the next day is my self-care moment.
What mom chore/task/duty would you forever outsource?
I would outsource cleaning! Having little kids means you are forever cleaning the same rooms multiple times a day. It would be nice to have a live-in maid.
What’s your favorite cozy piece from Colored Organics? Favorite thing about Colored Organics?
My favorite piece is my daughter’s dress! It is so cute and cozy! I love everything about Colored Organics. The fabric is soft and I love the minimalistic patterns.
What advice would you give to an expecting mama?
I would tell an expecting mama to not worry about what your baby “should” be doing. It is easy to compare our kids to someone else’s, but the reality is every baby is so different! Enjoy your time as much as you can because it goes by so fast.
To learn more and follow along with Chelsea's daily adventures, follow her on Instagram at @chelseacalatoni.