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Grit and Grace for the New or First Time Mom

Grit and Grace for the New or First Time Mom

So you recently did—or are anxiously awaiting—to welcome a sweet (and stinky) little babe into the world! First of all, congratulations! There’s not much that’s more beautiful in this world than that. But, we all know babies are equally as mysterious and exhausting as they are beautiful. At The Grit and Grace Project, one of our goals is to be a place where women who have walked a difficult road can look back and encourage those currently going through something similar. Today, that’s you: the new mother.

As a new mom or mom-to-be, you’ve got lots of questions. What new responsibilities will I have? What if my child [fill in the blank]? How do I keep my own identity as a mother?

Well, it turns out that all it truly takes to be a wonderful mother is a little grit, and a little (okay, a lot!) of grace. Check out these articles for encouragement, laughs, and some “me too!” moments to reassure yourself that you are in fact cut out for this.

To: First-Time Moms-to-Be, From: a 7-week Mom


I did it, y’all. I survived the first six weeks… I choose the word survive because that’s exactly what you will do for the first six weeks of

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What to Expect in the 4th Trimester

what to expect from the 4th trimesterWhen a pregnant woman asks for advice about what to do when the baby arrives, she’s usually greeted with hundreds of different responses from different women (and men!). However, somehow she still won’t have a fair idea of what’s to Read more

Remember This When Your Baby is Growing Up

Remember This When Your Baby is Growing UpMy husband and I are incredibly thrilled to be pregnant with our third baby. We recently had one of those trendy “gender reveal” parties and found out it’s a little girl. But then something happened that I didn’t expect. I Read more

You Need to Know This Before Having a Baby

You Need to Know This Before Having a BabyOver the last year and a half, the number of family members and friends who have been expecting is crazy! Love has definitely been in the air, or in the water, or whatever they say. With that has come Read more

5 Things to Do If You’re Struggling With Breastfeeding

5 Things to Do If You're Struggling With BreastfeedingEngorgement, and cluster feeding, and sore nipples, oh my! Plugged ducts, and milk blebs, and bad latches, double oh my! I’ll take the lions, and tigers, and bears any day, thank you! Breastfeeding is the hardest job Read more

10 Ways to Make the Most of Your Maternity Leave

10 Ways to Make the Most of Your Maternity LeaveI just completed my third maternity leave, and I wish I could tell you that I’ve got it all figured out. I feel like I should be able to create some Pin on Pinterest that charts the course for Read more

Stop Judging Me—Freedom From Guilt in Motherhood

Don’t Judge Me—Freedom from Guilt in MotherhoodI was an insane mother. I worked full-time building our businesses, which required quite a bit of travel, while raising two daughters. So, overcompensation for this personality type was a must! If my girls were going Read more

Now You Can Face Change Full of Hope

Now You Can Face Change Full of Hope

I hear the sand crunch under my tires as I make the last left turn toward home. My house, the last one on this dead-end road, doesn’t see a lot of traffic. I drive down the left

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Every Mom Needs Her Own Highlight Reel, This Is Why

Every Mom Needs Her Own Highlight Reel This Is WhyWe all do it. The long-awaited moments of silence ensue, and what do we do after those crazy little humans are sleeping in their beds? Pull out our phone and enjoy a recap of our day.

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As a 20-something wife and full-time college student, Bethany considers herself traditional, yet unconventional by today's standards. While learning how to navigate all aspects of life she has quickly learned about having grit and showing herself grace.

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