You know you’re a mom when… {Video}

-Someone in Target sneezes behind you and you sing, “God bless youuuuuuuuuu!” the same way you do to your child. Accidentally. Awkward.

-You know that designer handbag you never used to put on the floor? You lose it for a few weeks then find it, with Puffs crumbled at the bottom.

-You smile at babies on planes. If the baby is crying, you send good vibes to the baby and mom instead of letting your brain explode with internal expletives.

-Your husband is watching the baby at home, you’re driving to run an errand, singing along to Raffi, all by yourself.

-You’re fully convinced your baby is a genius… because she is.

-You think of life differently.

Having a baby has taught me a lot about myself, about my perception of those around me, the measurement of time, and what’s most important. I just want Liv to be safe, healthy and happy. Sometimes I forget if I’m hungry, haven’t showered in a couple of days and am still wearing last night’s pajamas. If Liv is healthy, full and smiling up at me- nothing else matters.   <3

What are some of things on your “you know you’re a mom when” list?


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  1. Alyssa @ Life of bLyss on October 3, 2012 at 11:24 am

    this is adorable. I love her big brown expressive eyes!

  2. RachelG on October 3, 2012 at 11:25 am

    My friend just gave birth this morning (9am EST) to a gorgeous boy. I’ll be passing this along for her reference. 🙂

    P.S…LIV IS PRESH! Those eyes…I can’t get over those eyes. 🙂

  3. Carla Brown on October 3, 2012 at 11:31 am

    OMG! She is a cutie pie!

    My daughter is 16 and I still watch the baby cartoons and sing the baby songs, etc!

    I don’t think those things ever end – and I don’t want them to!! LOL

  4. Heather (Heather's Dish) on October 3, 2012 at 11:39 am

    dying over this – too cute!

  5. kalli on October 3, 2012 at 11:44 am

    that is such a cute video! i have to be honest i do not like children gina but olivia is a doll 🙂

  6. Averie @ Averie Cooks on October 3, 2012 at 11:53 am

    You know you’re a mom when you hear a child cry and your heart skips a beat because you think it’s your own but realize it’s not and still want to comfort the child anyway 🙂 Pre-mommy days, I wanted to run from all screaming children. Now, I am immune!

  7. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on October 3, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Omg she is so adorable! I love her big eyes! You make me very excited to be a mom someday! 🙂

  8. Emily on October 3, 2012 at 11:59 am

    She is so gorgeous Gina!

    • Fitnessista on October 4, 2012 at 12:09 am

      thank you.. i’m crazy about that little thing

      • brittany on October 7, 2012 at 2:28 pm

        She is so adorable. Can you believe it has been 9 months?! My niece just turned 1 and I almost cried. They grow up way too fast!

  9. Samantha @ My Full Life on October 3, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    I can’t wait for the sitting and standing up phase! I know I’m a mom because I’d rather shop for my son than myself. I’m not even interested in it unless it invokes tiny little baby clothes and toys!

  10. Kathryn on October 3, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    So cute!! Where did you get that name puzzle/bench/ whatever it is 🙂

  11. Danielle@cleanfoodcreativefitness on October 3, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    Love those eyes!!!! I think she just might be a genius 😉 I can’t wait to be a mother someday!

  12. Stephanie on October 3, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Very cute video!! I have the same question at Kathryn..where did you buy the personalized play table?? Need to order one for my new/first nephew (born this past Saturday!!)

  13. Erika on October 3, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    You know you’re a mom when…

    You show up at work with either spit up or poop (or both) on your shirt and don’t care.
    Your once spotless kitchen is now covered in bottles, sippy cups, puffs, bibs and puffs… and don’t care.
    You can read a children’s book without even looking at the pages.
    Your super is usually cold by the time you eat it.
    You find yourself home alone and have no idea what to do.

  14. Laura on October 3, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    I’ve only been a mom for 6 weeks and I love this list!

    For me you know your a mom when your baby is sleeping and you can’t sit still to enjoy it because there must be SOMETHING that needs to be done, even when there really isn’t.

    You know your a mom when you watch some bad reality show that involves single people that spend their time going out and partying and can’t help but think that lifestyle suddenly just seems a little shallow and kinda pointless to you now.

    I totally agree with everything you said, I look at the world differently now and am making an extra effort to be nicer to other women with young children and babies when I see them in public. I know how hard it is now!

  15. Carolina on October 3, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Great POST, it is OH SO TRUE, but even better video, Olivia is gorgeous! Thanks for Sharing 🙂

  16. Susana on October 3, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Omg Liv is precious!!! I am not a mom but want to start trying in the next couple of months…after all I am 32 now! Your blog has really been super informative for me on what to expect and just the absolute happiness that you get from having a child. At some point, I didnt think I wanted kids (im kinda selfish about sleep and having my own time) but now I am definitely ready to change my priorities. Thank you for sharing your journey of motherhood!

    • Jen in MN on October 4, 2012 at 12:21 pm

      Susana, just wanted to chime in here as a mom of 2 (I have two daughters, ages 3.5 years, and 5 months). There are all different kinds of moms out there! Your line about “kind of selfish about sleep and having my own time” caught my eye. I would describe myself in much the same way, though I don’t know if I would call it selfish. We all need different levels of alone/away time to feel balanced/happy/sane….it’s different for each mom and personality. I have found that I need a fair amount of time away on a regular basis (by this I mean a couple hours out with a friend or by myself each week, at least, and also the chance to do errands mostly on my own). I am able to do this with a super-supportive and involved hubby who thankfully has a regular 8-5 (well, 7-4:30) work schedule. So I get away a lot in the evenings or on weekends. And my girls are close with daddy and know he is every bit as capable of taking care of them as I am. it works well for us as a family! (-:

      All that said, obviously your priorities DO shift to some degree. Mine certainly have; it’s hard to fathom some days how deeply my love for my girls engulfs me! They are amazing. But I’ve been surprised to some degree, to also realize that at the core, I’m still the “old me,” too, if that makes any sense. I still enjoy many of the things I used to (like sleeping all night, going out for coffee/with friends) and that is A-ok.

      Good luck with trying for a baby! I wish you quick success.

  17. coco on October 3, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    love this post. as a new mom (1 week) I can already feel all these and it’s wonderful! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on October 4, 2012 at 12:05 am

      <3 congratulations to you, lovely friend!

  18. Amanda @ .running with spoons. on October 3, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Livi is just precious! I love her big brown eyes 🙂 I’m not a mother yet, but I can’t wait to experience it someday.

  19. Sarabell on October 3, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Oh, I love it! Things like this just make me so, so excited I don’t know how I’ll ever make it to May!
    Mine isn’t born yet, but I guess my list would be that I head to the tiny clothes before the grown-up clothes. =]

  20. Kat on October 3, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    I agree with all the comments above, Liv is just precious. We have been married for a little over 5 years now and until this year I never felt ready to be a Mom. I feel so different now..I just feel ready. And like another commenter above, your blog has been extremely useful in knowing what to prepare for. I can’t even tell you how many family pages I”ve bookmarked to hang onto. All this information will be so valuable one day. Thanks for sharing your little family with us 🙂 xoxo

    • Fitnessista on October 4, 2012 at 12:04 am

      thank you so much for reading, hat <3
      sending love to you and your family! you're right- when you know, you know. let me know when you're preg!!! xoxo

  21. Robyn (GirlonRaw) on October 3, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Amen sister 😉

    • Robyn (GirlonRaw) on October 3, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      BTW I love her so much. You just wait till she starts taking your phone off you and pretending to talk into it, just like mummy x

      • Fitnessista on October 4, 2012 at 12:03 am


  22. Jessica on October 3, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    When you find yourself saying “tinkle” in public. And when referring to your own need…not your toddlers’. When your phone/camera is jammed with photos, and you are in like one of them.
    When your kids are finally napping, and you realize that you are still listening to Baby Beluga. And singing along.
    When you do the dreaded “lick finger and wipe face” move. Ugh. Swore I’d never do that!
    When your two-hours of dawdling around at the gym excursions turn into 12 minutes of tabata–because that’s all you have time for!! {and turns out it’s more effective…who knew? ;)}
    When you get out in public and realize that you are wearing a lot of burp-up, and you should’ve removed your nail polish like a week ago.
    When you actually don’t mind going to the dentist anymore, because you get to lay still and just think for an hour…! 😉

    • Fitnessista on October 4, 2012 at 12:03 am

      hahah i actually thought about that last time i went to the dentist. i was like, “hmm this is nice”
      that never happens!

  23. Purely Michelle on October 3, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    no words!! too cute

  24. Jennifer on October 3, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    Thanks a lot, Gina. 😉 I’ve had “If you’re happy and you know it…” stuck in my head for an hour now.

    She’s adorable as always. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on October 4, 2012 at 12:01 am

      haha! thank you 🙂

  25. Anne on October 3, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Those eyelashes!! Beautiful girl!

  26. Suzanne on October 3, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    In the words of the great Debbie Gibson: I just got lost in your eyes, Olivia!
    Oh, pretty brown-eyed girl!

    • Fitnessista on October 3, 2012 at 11:58 pm

      aww she said thank you 🙂

  27. Vicki on October 3, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    She is adorable!

    Wait until Liv is school aged and you go somewhere–by yourself, mind you–and ask where the potty is. Or, you squeeze by someone, (without kids in tow), saying, “Excuse us.”

  28. Heather on October 3, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    You know you’re a mom when you have the urge to pick up crying children (they don’t have to be yours) instead of running away from them. You also know you’re a mom when boogers, urine, and poop cease to disgust you 🙂 I never thought that would happen until I had my daughter!

  29. Carrie on October 4, 2012 at 12:19 am

    <3 this post so much! I totally hear you on the Raffi, except mine is Yo Gabba Gabba. Have you ever heard it? It is crazy! The songs are so bad that I can't help but love them. My daughter goes crazy for it.

    Oh and the plane thing- I do exactly the same! It's a whole new ball game now that I have a child of my own!

  30. Maddy on October 4, 2012 at 1:09 am

    Love the video. Livi is gorgeous and she seems like she wants to talk the way she looks right at the camera with those beautiful eyes and makes a baby sound. You respond so well to her cues like when you wanted her to clap and saw with behavior she was declining so you accepted it sweetly and then when she decided to clap you were so positive and reinforcing.You let her be her own person.

    Has Livi ever seen a video of herself? if so, how did she react? I was too dense to realize our camera even could take videos until my son was 2-years, not months :). He enjoyed seeing videos of himself.

  31. Heather on October 4, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Hi Gina! I’ve never commented before, but have been a lurker on your blog for several months now. I find it to be such a great resource for life in general – smart, fun, educational & honest. You have truly inspired me to be thankful each day for my haves and not my have nots and to strive to live my bliss, being happy and healthful for me, my husband and now my son. In fact, it was actually because of you that I looked into the Bradley Method and ended up using it to have a fully natural childbirth just 8 weeks ago, which was an amazing experience! But, the reason I am commenting today is because I have seen that people are always asking you about the wooden stool that has Olivia’s name on it & you have said several times that you didn’t know, as you received it as a gift. Well, they can be purchased from this website: I only know this because I just ordered one for my son, so this isn’t any type of advertisement or anything. I buy from the Stationary Studio all the time – great for gifts and personalized things for friends, children & family. Hope this helps all the other fitnessista followers out there.

  32. Mari on October 4, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Livi is so adorable!!! I can’t believe how much she’s grown up!! So precious!

  33. Heather @ For the Love of Kale on October 4, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Gina! It’s been so long since I’ve commented but I just HAD to comment on this post. Seeing your journey as a new mom has been so amazing. This post made my heart so happy…because I know how happy you are, how happy your family is, and how much joy Liv must bring to you! And you deserve all that and more. <3 Even though I'm far from being a new mom, this little video really does put things into perspective. xoxo

    P.S. – I LOVE your new layout!

  34. Tracey on October 4, 2012 at 10:38 am

    You know you’re a mom when you try to catch their vomit WITH YOUR OWN HANDS. You probably haven’t had the misfortune to deal with this yet, but what is up with that?? Eww!!!

    • Jen in MN on October 4, 2012 at 12:24 pm

      haha, I WISH I had been that fast to react back in august when my older daughter suddenly (without ANY warning!!) vomited all over the couch/pillow/carpet. ewww. If only I could have caught it! Still, ewwww. (-:

  35. Alexandra on October 4, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Olivia is TOO precious!! What a beautiful blessing 🙂 Makes me SO excited to have a little one of my own some day soon! Thanks Gina

  36. JennP on October 4, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Being a mom will definitely make you less squeamish. One day last week, my 2 year old threw up down my sleeve. Before I got the chance to change, my 6 week old had a diaper explosion all over the front of my shirt. Rather than hyperventilating and hurling (like I would have done 3 years ago), I laughed, took a pic on my iPhone to send my hubby, and promptly threw my shirt in the garbage. Motherhood is so glamorous!!

  37. Pam August on October 4, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Where is the name puzzle table from? Have to get one for my niece!

  38. Ashley on October 4, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    When you get pooped and puked on and in a weird way it almost makes you happy because that’s your daughter getting you all nasty…

    Cheesy commercials make you cry. Seriously, that Galaxy III commercial with the Alexi Murdoch song – gets me every. single. time!

  39. Leslie W on October 5, 2012 at 12:55 am

    Ohhhh, I miss my little girl having short baby hair and wearing footsie pj’s! <3 One day, when she's older with hair, you'll look at this and miss that. She's beautiful.

  40. Julie on October 5, 2012 at 11:04 am

    When you said you just want Liv to be safe, healthy, & happy, I had to smile ‘cuz that’s been my mantra for almost 13 years now. Every night since I’ve had her, I pray those 3 words for my daughter.

  41. Claire@NavigatingNorth on October 7, 2012 at 11:25 am

    I’m not a mommy, but I saw a funny one on Facebook the other day…
    “You know you’re a mom when you have washed the same load of laundry three times because you never have time to put it in the dryer.”

  42. Cindy on October 7, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    I ad to comment on this post because that video of Liv is adorable! When she looks into the screen, those big brown eyes are just so cute! She is so cute!! And a smart little girl!

  43. Jaime on October 8, 2012 at 8:45 am

    I knew I was a true, bona fide mom when I started getting up at 5:00 every morning, just to have a little alone time!

    • Fitnessista on October 8, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      i wish i could do that but for now, i can’t wake up before liv wakes up

  44. Vanitha on October 8, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    I love your blog .I’m a frequent reader though this is my first comment. Thank you for sharing your pregnancy experience and information . We are planning to start a family and your blog has become my go to place for information and insight.

    I know you did a post about the books that you valued the most for both during the pregnancy and after birth , but i’m unable to find that. Would you be kind enough to send me or post that link.

  45. Annie on October 9, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Hi Gina..

    Love your blog & the family posts but i do have a question….a while ago, you mentioned you were not really going to be posting much about Liv, to ‘respect her privacy’. It seems like you’ve posted more than ever about her lately. I totally get that you’re proud, but it I’m just a little confused why you would say one thing and do another. I realize you are watermarking her photos and stuff, but it just seems like respecting her privacy would be going a little further than just that.

    • Fitnessista on October 9, 2012 at 10:21 am

      in the beginning i posted a lot more about liv (breastfeeding, sleeping, naps, eating, etc), but never had the intention to become a blog where entire posts consist of baby pictures. it works for a lot of people, but not for us. of course i’m still going to blog about her and still do, but most of the family posts are about things we do together as a family, or more about me. i’ll keep writing the monthly updates (one will be up later today if you would prefer to skip it).

      i watermarked one photo, and that was because i was hoping by doing so would keep her picture from popping up all over pinterest. i’ve also had the issue of creepers using my photos to create online profiles (and creating websites pretending my photos are their own), so figured by doing that, it would keep them from doing it with that particular photo. i could watermark every photo, but only post occasional ones of liv and usually someone else is in the photo with her. i probably take 100 pictures a day, and at least a few videos each week, but those are for us, not for the blog.

      everyone has different ideas of what “respecting privacy” means. i have a blog, so my life is pretty much out there for the world to see. of course i’m going to blog about my family, as they’re a huge part of my life, but at the same time, i try to be mindful of what i put out there.

  46. sti @ little windmill yoga on March 23, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Beautiful beautiful big brown eyes. She’ll be a heart breaker 😀

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