Introducing Marvelous Mama

6 January 2016

Most of mine and John’s conversations about our girl’s impending arrival revolve around the fact that we have NO IDEA how our lives are going to change once she’s born (only that they certainly will!). Everyone’s experience with a newborn seems so different that it’s hard to know just how much time we’ll have to eat, sleep, shower, or do anything else. Knowing this, I thought it might be wise to prepare a few posts in advance for EFM, just for my own peace of mind… and that’s where the idea for my Marvelous Mama series was born!

But the truth? I’m doing this as much for personal reasons as I am for blog ones! I wanted an excuse to pick the brains of my absolute favorite mamas, and this series gave me the perfect opportunity. It has been a joy, a comfort, and a delight to read their answers as they trickled in over the last few months, and I can’t wait to share them with you so soon.


Oh hey, Ayer family! That’s my mama on my right and my older sister (another great mama!) on my left.

So who are these ladies? Many of them are related to me! :) A few you will likely recognize right off the bat, and longtime readers will recognize a few more. They have children ranging in age from younger than six months old to older than sixty years old. Some have only children, and one has six children. Some are self-employed, some are full-time employees, and some stay at home full time. A few have blogs or Instagram accounts, but several do not. They have different faith backgrounds and political beliefs. What they all have in common is that I think they are doing a wonderful job raising their children, and I wanted to learn from their wisdom as John and I begin to navigate our own way. Whether their names are familiar to you or not, I hope you’ll find some nuggets of wisdom in their answers, too!

Marvelous Mama interviews will start appearing weekly on the blog once our girl arrives. In the meantime, I would love to hear: if you wanted to glean the wisdom of your favorite mama, what questions would you ask her?

P.S. I’m so excited for this!!

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January 6, 2016 8:55 am

What a fun series! I LOVE that you are talking to women without Instagram accounts :) I’m finding more and more that those are the women I want to hear from.

January 6, 2016 9:27 am

I love this so much! I can’t wait to learn from other mamas while I navigate my own journey over here :)

January 6, 2016 10:00 am

Love this!! Great idea :)

As a working mom of four- I would love to know how they carve out time alone with their spouse and squeeze in exercise? What do they consider the non-negotiables and things that they let go in their parenting (ie for me that was ironing and hairbows ha)?

PS I LOVE your blog- I only read a few regularly and yours is one of them.

January 6, 2016 12:40 pm

Love this idea! My questions:
-How do you balance your relationship with your new baby and your partner?
-Tricks for keeping communication lines as clear as possible while hormones and running wild and sleep is minimal?
-Thoughts on transitioning back to work (out of the home) after maternity leave?

Looking forward to this!

January 6, 2016 1:00 pm

So excited to read this! My only request is that next year, you fill out your own Marvelous Mama interview :)

January 6, 2016 1:21 pm

So excited for this! And I second Lisa, only I hope for your reflections on the first few months of motherhood sooner than that! Maybe put it on the schedule for May, right before I become a mama! :) Haha!

January 6, 2016 4:45 pm

This sounds so fun!! My mom looks great for her age (I’ve been hearing “I thought she was your sister” for years!) and I just want to learn her secrets for always looking so youthful!

January 6, 2016 6:43 pm

Love!! So excited to read about these mamas! What a cool idea :)

January 6, 2016 7:06 pm

I’m so excited to read this new series. As someone who recently began trying to conceive I will be sure to bookmark these new posts for reference!

January 7, 2016 8:25 am

So excited for this series Em! I love that you’ll be sharing advice and experience from mama’s you admire – so important during this roller coaster of pregnancy! If any of the ladies work from home/run their own business, I would love their thoughts and tips on preparing for maternity leave and transitioning back into work while balancing a newborn/baby.

January 8, 2016 10:23 am

What a wonderful series! I’d love to know where these moms (and you) turned on the web for resources – what blogs did they read? which sites guided them? Thanks!! And good luck as you countdown to baby!

January 8, 2016 11:03 am

As a hopeful future mama that will almost definitely have to go back to work, I’d love to see an actual day-in-the life of a working mom! What is the morning routine, the evening routine etc? Everyone always says your life is completely different, but I have a hard time understanding what that exactly looks like. What are some tips for getting out the door on time? For getting a workout in? This one of my biggest concerns, as I am FINALLY in a consistent workout routine that I love, and like you mentioned, I don’t want to derail the progress I’ve made in this area!

February 20, 2016 9:56 pm

I’m doing some blog catching up (in so behind) but wanted to say I’m so excited for this series!!