friday close-ups with: Megan Parker

How many kids do you have and what are their ages?

Two girls: Sawyer, 3.5 and Waverly, 2 next month!

How would you describe your pregnancy experience?

Difficult with a few precious moments. I was very nauseous with both my girls and I just didn't have much of an appetite. I did enjoy feeling their little kicks and seeing them move on the ultrasounds.

How many hours were you in labor?

With Sawyer, 6 hours and with Waverly 30 minutes. (I think I slept through most of the active labor with her though, I woke up to my water breaking!)

How did you decide on your child's name?

With Sawyer, I prayed for God to give me a name and that was the one He showed me through a picture in my mind. I was so nauseous and I remember thinking about how I could ever do this again since I would have to take care of a child the next time. Then I saw a picture of myself saying to a little blond child, “Sawyer, Mommy needs your help.” I thought that was weird because we hadn’t even considered that a possibility before, it felt like the answer to my prayer. With Waverly, my husband and I prayed about it and he ended up picking her name from the band that sings “our song” which is “Summer Song” by the band Wavorly. Both the girls middle names are after important people in my life, a friend from high school and my mom.

What has been your favorite age/stage and why?

Oh I loved 18 months with both my girls. I loved seeing them engage and interact with the world more. They were like little sponges soaking up everything, saying cute little words. They were still sweet and its was before the tantrums really came in full force. It’s just a precious time.

Do you keep your children on a routine and schedule or like to go with the flow?

With Sawyer, I felt like I was very strict about a schedule but after having Waverly, I have relaxed more. We still have a set nap time and bed time but I don’t freak out if it happens a little later like I used to.

What are your favorite resources for parenting?

Being involved in a mom’s group at my church has helped me learn about being a mom immensely. If I ever have questions, I can always ask one of the moms in the group. When I was a new mom, I loved the Your Baby’s First Year Week by Week because I was clueless about babies! It really helped me know what to expect and had different examples of things I could do with my baby to help with her development. I also love listening to the Inspired to Action and Mom Struggling Well podcasts to feel encouraged as a mother.

Do you homeschool or are your kids in public or private school?

My kids aren’t in school yet, but we will do public school. We moved into our neighborhood to intentionally be apart of the community there and we feel having our kids go to the local school is part of that.

What do you do to take some time for yourself?

I like to sew, read all kinds of books, and take naps when I can.

What advice would you give to a new mom?

I would say choose who you will listen to and forget the rest. Everyone will have an opinion on your baby and on how you choose to raise them, some people will agree with you and some won’t. Some people will be rude about it, don’t take it to heart. Choose whose opinion matters and let the rest roll off your back.