Motherhood can be incredibly challenging yet rewarding at the same time. First-time moms may find themselves unprepared for all of the ups and downs that come with raising a child. There are also unexpected things you don’t usually read about in all the manuals out there.
Several months ago, Cristal decided to open up about first-time mom life. She gives an unfiltered look into the life of a mother, featuring the positive and challenging aspects of it. She is quickly growing her following, now reaching toward 50K followers that she hopes to reach in the coming weeks and months.
The star of Cristal’s life and Instagram page is Brodie, a nine-month-old party animal living in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She feels that her life story truly began when he was born. By telling her first-hand account of what it’s like to raise a child as a first-time mom, she hopes to help and inspire at least one person. If she succeeds, then she believes it will have been all worth it.
To give you a little background on the star of the show, Brodie is a ball of energy who loves playtime, doing his best at talking, and avoiding naps. However, he sleeps like a rock come nighttime. Like every child, Brodie gets up to shenanigans, which can be overwhelming at times, but make for engaging content. If you head over to Cristal’s Instagram page, you’ll see that he is all smiles. In fact, the biggest grins he has is when he’s looking at waterfalls or his best buddy, Bear (a 13-year-old Australian Shepherd), although just about anything will bring a smile to his face.
Cristal wants other mothers to know that being a mom can be hard. It can take a toll on you physically, mentally, and emotionally. There will be countless sleepless nights where you are close to running on empty. Mom guilt gets real, and may kick in for the littlest things. The constant struggle sometimes makes Cristal feel like she’s failing as a mother. It’s challenging to get a little one to bed on time, maintain a consistent schedule, do laundry before it piles up, spend time with your partner, and countless other things – but she is so grateful to have the support of her husband each day.
On the upside, pausing to take a breath and reflecting on the extraordinary tiny human she created and has the honor of having as a part of her life makes it all worth it. Cristal has to sometimes remind herself not to be so hard on herself. She wants to let all new and current mothers know that they are enough, despite how they may feel. They are superheroes and will be the best mom their children could ever have. Regardless of what others say, mothers know what’s best for their children and should embody strong self-confidence. She truly believes this will help them navigate motherhood more easily. Although her first-time mommy journey is just getting started, she has already been a major inspiration to other new and expecting mamas, who feel their first time will be a little easier thanks to Cristal’s raw and open look into motherhood.