Kaci Dyson, RN
Tell us about your own journey and how your experiences have changed the way you look at motherhood and parenting.
Honestly, I had no idea what to expect when I became a Mom for the very first time. It was something I couldn’t even begin to picture. Motherhood changed me drastically. It was life changing and eye opening in all the best ways imaginable. You could say, I was on cloud nine.
On the flip side, it was also like a piece of me went missing. The fun carefree me. The girl who was bubbly, full of energy, and fun to be around. I was lost in the land of Mom-mode. A place that is never ending and doesn’t ever stop. It’s something you don’t know exists until you become a Mom.
I never knew, I could feel so many conflicting emotions at one time. I was over the moon happy with my new life, yet I missed my old life. I loved my baby more than anything in the world, yet there were days that were/are hard to like.
I have been told over and over “Enjoy every moment.” The guilt this has caused me is huge. I say, "Enjoy as many moments as you can." It is normal to not enjoy every single moment. Know you did your best and start again tomorrow. Lets squash mom guilt.
Most of all, I have learned to put myself in other's shoes, don’t judge but instead love. We must stick together. Help each other. Love each other. Know that each of our stories are so different, yet very much the same, and EACH ONE is PERFECT.
Tell us a little about your nursing career.
“When you’re a NURSE, you know that every day you will TOUCH A LIFE or a life will TOUCH YOURS” - - I say, BOTH if you’re lucky!
Nursing has been so rewarding and continues to surprise me every single day. I have been a Registered Nurse since 2009 with the majority of my career being in Obstetrics (Mom/Baby). I began working on an Antepartum unit (High Risk Pregnancy) as a fairly new nurse. I stayed there for 4 years and absolutely loved it!
It was always my intention to deliver babies and EMPOWER WOMEN during one of the most important times in their lives. So, when the opportunity presented itself, I couldn’t pass it up. I have been a Labor and Delivery Nurse ever since.
What are the two most important lessons you've learned working with moms, babies, and families?
I have had the honor of taking care of many Moms and their Babes over the years. Never have I taken care of one that is exactly the same as another. Every Mom/Baby situation is unique in its very own way. Something that works for one couplet, may not work for another. With that said, I am a huge believer that there is always more than one right way to do something. Figuring out what works best for you and your littlest love is the secret.
If you had one bit of advice to give to a new parent, what would it be?
Parenting is quite the journey, and just like the weather, it changes day to day. There is not a single parent in the whole world, who knows exactly what they are doing. Always remember, YOU were specifically CHOSEN for your child and YOU ARE exactly who they need. YOU GOT THIS! Hang on tight.
Self-care is a big challenge for parents. How do you maintain your own energy and outlook?
Oh, my goodness! This one is hard and I still struggle with this. It has taken me a long time to even figure out what this looks like for me. With that said, it is SO very important!
When I am home with the kids all day, I find myself wondering what the point of getting dressed and made up for the day is. The kids don’t care. Here’s the thing though, I feel the way I am dressed. If I get up, get dressed, and get ready for the day, I feel so much happier, productive, and ready to take on the day with an awesome attitude.
Also, having a strict bedtime for the kids is essential to my mental health and wellbeing. It allows me to have a couple of hours at night to wind down, clean up, hang out with my Husband/Friends, or just have ME time.
Taking care of yourself is part of taking care of your kids.
Is there anything we've missed that you'd like to share with Mama Coach clients?
Give yourself GRACE, Mama. You are ROCKING this whole Mom GIG. “The fact that you worry about being a GOOD MOM, means you ALREADY ARE ONE!” – Jodi Picoult
I absolutely CANNOT WAIT to meet you, GROW with you, and watch you THRIVE on this adventure of Motherhood. See you soon!
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