Surviving and Thriving: Tips for Celebrating Your First Year as a New Mom


Becoming a new mom is an incredible and life-changing experience. As your baby grows and develops, so do you as a mother. The first year of motherhood is full of ups and downs, challenges and triumphs. It’s a time to celebrate all the amazing things you and your little one have accomplished together.

As a mom of five, those early years are far behind me, but I remember them so clearly. Looking back, they feel like a blur and I wish I had done a better job of documenting everything! Those years were so precious and such a blessing. 

Yes, there were blankets and burp cloths everywhere. Yes, there nights that I felt like I had been awake for 1,286 hours. Yes, there were spills and diapers and drool. I remember.

You are doing a great job. Ask a friend or your husband for help celebrating your first year!

Here are some tips for celebrating your first year as a new mom.

1. Reflect on your journey
Take some time to reflect on your journey as a new mom. Think about the challenges you faced, the lessons you learned, and the moments that made your heart sing. Write down your thoughts in a journal or talk about them with a trusted friend or family member. This is a great way to acknowledge your hard work and growth as a mother.

2. Take some time for yourself
Being a new mom can be exhausting, both physically and emotionally. Make sure to take some time for yourself to recharge and relax. This could be anything from a quiet walk around the block to a spa day with friends. Remember, taking care of yourself is just as important as taking care of your little one.

3. Have a family photo shoot
Capture this special time with a family photo shoot. It’s a great way to document your baby’s growth and your journey as a family. Choose a location that’s special to you and your family, or hire a professional photographer to take some beautiful shots.

4. Host a celebration (or grab some friends and go out!)
Celebrate your first year as a new mom by hosting a small celebration with friends and family. This could be a backyard barbecue or a brunch at your favorite restaurant. Make sure to include your little one in the festivities and celebrate all the milestones you’ve achieved together.

5. Make a scrapbook
Create a scrapbook that documents your baby’s first year. Include photos, milestones, and any special moments that you want to remember. This is a wonderful way to look back on this special time and share it with your child in the future.

Shutterfly is great at using pictures from your phone to create an adorable (and easy!) scrapbook.

6. Plan a special outing
Plan a special outing with your little one to celebrate your first year together. This could be a trip to the zoo, a day at the beach, or a visit to a nearby amusement park. Make sure to take lots of photos and enjoy this special time together.

In conclusion, celebrating your first year as a new mom is a wonderful way to acknowledge all the amazing things you’ve accomplished. Whether it’s reflecting on your journey, taking time for yourself, or hosting a celebration with loved ones, make sure to take some time to honor this special milestone. Congratulations, mama, on a job well done!


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