This week’s POSH MOM OF THE WEEK is not only a fellow blogger friend but, now new mom to a beautiful little girl named Sylvia – Kaitlyn Pierce.
Growing up in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts assured that Kaitlyn would be a true New England girl. She is a die hard New England sports fan, lover of all things visual, and local fashion activist working to bring more fashion to the Berkshires.
After marrying her best friend in October 2011 she joined forces with some fellow bloggers to found the popular blogger community and Twitter chat called Blog Trends. Kaitlyn also focuses on her love of fashion, food and healthy living on her personal blog PiercingStyles.com. She balances her role in Blog Trends, a career in social media and her personal blog with life as a new mom and wife.
MommyPosh (MP): As a new mom, how did you feel when you first brought your newborn home?
Kaitlyn Pierce (KP): There are no words to describe how amazing it was to finally meet my daughter. I was even more excited to leave the hospital and show her new home. I have to admit it was definitely overwhelming the first couple of weeks. I probably slept a total of 14 hours the entire first week, and almost none of that was actually in my bed! I am a breastfeeding mom too, so there was times things were totally up to me. Thankfully now that she will be 6 weeks old we have a bit of a routine and much more sleep at night.
MP: Describe your “mom style”.
KP: For me the hardest part was giving up my heels, 5 inch platform pumps just aren’t practical (or safe!) to be taking care of my newborn. Thankfully the rest of my style works well with being a new mom. My makeup and hair routine in the morning is pretty minimal, I am a big fan of the natural look. I typically just do a bit of foundation, powder, blush, lip color and curl my eyelashes which gives me a fresh but easy look. I am a big fan of statement pieces as well, something that will elevate a simple look and make it worth a double take.
MP: Who/what is your style inspiration?
KP: I love that most of the blogs out there are done by real girls with different styles and body types. I get a lot of inspiration from the ones that actually have time to share photos of their daily outfits. While I take inspiration from some of the big names in fashion I certainly don’t have the budget to actually buy those designer pieces. I typically use them as inspiration and try to recreate looks at a more cost effective price point for myself. Here is a blog post I had done about some great bloggers for style inspiration – http://piercingstyles.com/top-5-blogs-for-style-inspiration/
MP: Where do you turn first when seeking parental advice?
KP: I am so thankful to be so close to my mother. She has worked in the medical field since before I was born so I trust her judgement above most others. Anytime I am unsure about anything I call her. Most recently I called her to ask her if she thought it was warm enough to take Sylvia for a walk. I thought it would be OK but it was nice to have her to validate me a bit.
MP: Are you a softie or a disciplinarian?
KP: I think I am a good mix of both. A few years ago I worked at a daycare and I quickly learned that children are not as simple minded as many think. They are great manipulators but also require a great deal of love and understanding. I found a good balance between sticking to my guns and listening and forgiving when I knew they were being genuine.
MP: What advice do you give to brand-new parents?
KP: Don’t be afraid to ask for help! I know a few times I tried really hard to do the entire night by myself without waking my husband because I wanted to prepare myself for when he went back to work. The reality is though that I really needed the help, I’d only been a mom for a week! Your routines and mommy skills will develop quickly but in the beginning it is important to take care of yourself. Even if that means making sure that you get to shower and do your hair and makeup each day, it makes such a huge difference. The other important thing is to make sure that you incorporate time for yourself into your new routines, otherwise you will begin to lose yourself which can lead to all sorts of bad things, and that is no good for you or for your new baby!
MP: Tell us about your website/blog ?
KP: PiercingStyles.com is my outlet for sharing everything I learn and love. I am a big fan of fashion, food and healthy living so I tend to share a lot about those topics. Anytime I discover a new brand, product, recipe or have an experience that I know others can relate to I share it on my blog. I am always happy when my readers give me feedback on my posts. I love hearing how a recipe turned out or an experience they had that relates to my own!
MP: What is your go-to product for your newborn
KP: Well I couldn’t function without the boppy pillow as a breastfeeding mom, I literally brings them from room to room with us. We have two of them just in case one is in the wash. As for other things, I am still researching some of the daily products we use. I am a big advocate for parents being aware of the toxic chemicals that are found in so many of the baby skin products such as bath soaps, lotions, diaper creams and even the diapers themselves. I plan to do a few posts on my blog in the next few weeks focused on educating parents about these toxins and reviewing some of the products that claim to be natural and free of these chemicals.
MP: How would you describe yourself as a mom?
KP: I am a very patient and empathetic mom. There is something about my daughter that just melts my heart and makes me want to do anything to make her feel better. I have always been an extremely empathetic person which has been a huge help during these early stages of her life. I feel like I am able to be really in tune with how she is feeling, because of that it really helps me feel less frustrated and be better able to sooth her and fulfill her needs.
MP: What’s your life motto?
KP: I have a couple of them I’d say. First I live by that golden rule they try to teach us all as children, treat others how your expect to be treated. The second is to live the changes you want to see. So many people talk about having dreams or wanting things to change but never actually do anything about it. One of my favorite song lyrics ever says ” I’ve never had a dream in my life because a dream is what you want to do but still haven’t pursued. I knew what I wanted and did it until it was done, so I’ve been the dream that I wanted to be since day one”.
MP: Fill in the blank: I may have too many __________
KP: Purses and shoes, I seriously wish I could have an entire room dedicated to them! I literally have a giant basket overflowing with purses, I have a small addiction I think. They are the first thing I look at when I go to most stores, they fit into my love for statement pieces. Whether it’s a fabulous bag, pair of shoes or a piece of jewelry, you can’t go wrong with a great statement!
Connect with Kaitlyn here she would love to hear from you!
If you would like to featured as a Posh Mom of The Week please be sure to email Gina at firstname.lastname@example.org.