Inez is a first-time mom, former children’s pastor, shower singer, makeup hoarder, and daydreamer. She resides in Northern California with her son, where she balances staying home with him, freelance writing, and managing her blog, Diary of a New Mommy. Hers is the type of blog I would have loved to have found starting out as a single mom. Her spirit and easygoing nature can be felt through her posts, which focus on topics that are important to her. You know a woman who made Labor and Delivery nurse gifts is loving life. She is rocking single motherhood and enjoying every minute.
What is your favorite part of being a single mom?
Doing things my way! It’s nice not to have to argue with someone else on how things should be done . . . or on how many clothes I buy my baby.
What is your funniest kid story that still keeps you laughing?
When my son was a newborn, I wasn’t so quick with the diaper changes. Ok, who am I kidding? I’m still not so quick with the diaper changes. This particular time, he peed everywhere, and I mean everywhere. It was on me, the wall, and his head. I still can’t figure out how he peed on his head. I was so sleep deprived that I just laughed and laughed.
What is your funniest mom mistake?
Probably not being so quick with the diaper changes! Also, I didn’t know the correct name for teethers and referred to my son’s as a “chew toy.” Other people frown upon that. Lesson learned.
What is your greatest struggle as a single mom?
I think the lack of emotional support is the biggest challenge, feeling like I’m not alone in this. I have a lot of family and friend support, but, ultimately, this is MY kid — I am responsible for him 100%. His life literally rests in my hands. That can be a lot of pressure, and, at times, I wish the other part of that equation wasn’t missing — that I didn’t have to carry that weight alone.
What is your greatest mom accomplishment?
My child is eight months old, and he’s alive! Also, breastfeeding. If I’m being honest, I really questioned my ability to breastfeed. I didn’t think I’d make it this far. I am quite proud of that accomplishment.
Where do you find alone time?
The bathroom. Sometimes I ask someone to hold him so I can go to the bathroom, and I take two, maybe three times as long as I should. It’s just so nice and quiet in there.Sometimes the only alone time you can find is in the bathroom. #singlemomlife #parenting Click To Tweet
What advice would you have for fellow new single moms?
Use your support system. If you don’t have one, get one! I moved from Hawaii to California for that reason. It was a tough call, but I knew I needed help. We can’t be too proud to accept help.