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Musings of a First Time Mom…

By January 27th, 202157 Comments

Musings of a First Time Mom...
1. Just when I thought I was at capacity, I remembered that my therapy license is up for renewal this year… in a few months actually. I now must find time to squeeze in 30 hours of continuing education credits. Good times ahead.

2. Speaking of time, on the days I see clients, I perpetually run 30 minutes behind because I can’t bring myself to say bye to my Boogie in the morning. She’s always so happy when she wakes up… big smiles and lots of coo’ing. She’s found her voice and squeals and screams for hours on end. I’d like to take her to see Broadway’s Lion King but I’m almost 100% sure we’d be escorted out. Watching TV and movies with her is impossible. I complain, but I love the new soundtrack :-)

3. Gia can’t wear Pampers due to her sensitive bum. This would be a non-issue if I didn’t have nearly 500 of them (12 cases) in her closet, thanks to you guys! Last night I packed them into two obnoxiously large plastic bags and confidently strolled into Target… no receipts and an expired gift registry. Kanye shrug. After an hour of drama, I walked out with 13 cases of Huggies, and the biggest bottle of Shiraz I could get my hands on.

4. As you already know, G money has turned me into a certified butt sniffer. I have now grown accustomed to catching spit-up in my hand, changing dirty diapers on my lap, and (ewww) using my spit as a cleaning agent.

Later Gators,


  • Anonymous says:

    you have a beautiful spirit nikki!

  • Toybox Playground says:

    Very sweet! It is a balancing act and even with four kids I haven't mastered it yet. I am a stay at home mom, my oldest will be 8 in Feb. and my baby will be 2 in June :' ( They are home schooled so I have constant motion and noise but I wouldn't change it, I'm a glutton for punishment.

  • Sweetlady1916 says:

    Precious moments with you and Gia, priceless!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Nikki, thought you might like this:

    This is hysterical. If it had been presented this way,
    I don't believe any of us would have done it!!!!

    Mom, Mommy, Mama, Ma
    Dad, Daddy, Dada, Pa, Pop


    Long term, team players needed, for challenging permanent
    work in an
    often chaotic environment.
    Candidates must possess excellent communication
    and organizational skills and be willing to work
    variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends
    and frequent 24 hour shifts on call.
    Some overnight travel required, including trips to
    primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in far away cities!
    Travel expenses not reimbursed.
    Extensive courier duties also required.


    The rest of your life.
    Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily,
    until someone needs $5.
    Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly.
    Also, must possess the physical stamina of a
    pack mule
    and be able to go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat
    in case, this time, the screams from
    the backyard are not someone just crying wolf.
    Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges,
    such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toilets
    and stuck zippers.
    Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and
    coordinate production of multiple homework projects.
    Must have ability to plan and organize social gatherings
    for clients of all ages and mental outlooks.
    Must be willing to be indispensable one minute,
    an embarrassment the next.
    Must handle assembly and product safety testing of a
    half million cheap, plastic toys, and battery operated devices.
    Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst.
    Must assume final, complete accountability for
    the quality of the end product.
    Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and
    janitorial work throughout the facility.

    Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills,
    so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you


    None required unfortunately.
    On-the-job training offered on a continually exhausting basis.


    Get this! You pay them!
    Offering frequent raises and bonuses.
    A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 because
    of the assumption that college will help them
    become financially independent.
    When you die, you give them whatever is left.
    The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is that
    you actually enjoy it and wish you could only do more.


    While no health or dental insurance, no pension,
    no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays and
    no stock options are offered;
    this job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth, unconditional love, and free hugs and kisses or life if you play your cards right.


  • Afrikan Latina says:

    There is NOTHING that compares to being a mother. My Taj is an energetic 18 month old now and I really don't know where the time went. We are expecting baby #2 in May and I'm loving every minute that I have left to spend with just him. He doesn't get that mommy has a baby in her tummy yet but he will surely get it once the little one arrives and DOESN'T leave lol. I love these posts too Nikki…being a mother is the title I wear the proudest!

  • Margaret says:

    OMG!!! I love this picture of you and Baby G. She looks like such a happy baby. I know it must be difficult to leave her in the morning. You love being a mother. It is so evident. Enjoy every moment…the bum sniffing, spit washing, diaper changing, as time goes so fast. Soon Gia will be walking, talking, going to the pot….lol Your family is truly blessed! :)

  • Anonymous says:

    I love your posts! I always find myself with a big grin on my face after reading them. Spit as cleansing agent?…. YUP, you're a mom! LOVE IT!

  • Anonymous says:

    You look gorgeous Nikki! Gia is a doll, and your stories are priceless!

  • Anonymous says:

    that's right Nik, you better get your Tarjay return on! I'm the same way. Somebody spent money on those diapers, and if baby Gia can't use em, they gotta go back! lol kanye shrug. It's funny how being a mommy makes you a lil extra assertive. And how bum sniffing, spit washing, and a plethora of other things become the norm.

  • Anonymous says:

    This post warmed my heart. The photo is priceless. You should enter it in a Mothers' Day contest.

  • Lina40 says:

    lol — i am all these things and more
    – butt sniffer
    – spit up catcher
    – nose blower … yes i blow into his mouth to get the stuff out his nose… my mom used to do the other way somehow…ewww…

    but indeed I wouldnt change it for the world and he is already 20 months and I try to remember every single moment. He loves singing and swaying to songs, and he likes to recite numbers, colors, bodyparts, and letters….


  • Melodee A says:

    Nikki your mommy posts crack me up!

    You are so right motherhood will turn you into a butt sniffer, nose picker, and vomit catcher… (yes I have caught it in my hands…YUCK! better my hands than the carpet)

    Motherhood is challenging but oh so rewarding! Welcome to the club, and keep sharing your stories and pics of Gia, they always make me smile!

  • Anonymous says:

    The photo of you & Baby Gia is adorable. By the way, your hair looks great (wouldn't know you were shedding unless you told me).God Bless.
    Allnatural1 (Michelle in TX)

  • keisha says:

    awww cute pic!! glad you were able to exchange the diapers! yea, I'm working on credits myself so good luck with that! ENJOY every stage!

  • Clancy says:

    Beautiful post and pic…God bless!

  • doc says:

    love this, nikki!

  • Anonymous says:

    lol lol Love reading your mommyhood stories. So glad you were able to exchange those diapers. Good luck with getting those credits done. Cue Chaka/Whitney's "I'm every woman, it's all in me!" You're doing the darn thing. :) ~KF519

  • Anonymous says:

    LOL @ your Target experience. I can only imagine!

  • Joyce says:

    These are by far my favorite posts!

  • adrien says:

    awwww…. and the older they get you will go from butt sniffer to pit sniffer. gotta do the deodorant check lol!

  • Anonymous says:

    Hilarious nikki!

  • Bree says:

    LOL…not a mom but I love these posts they are so cute. I like hearing about the real side of parenthood especially from a mom's perspective then hearing the typical answer of "it is great, everything is perfect."

  • LoveK says:

    Motherhood brings out the mammal in us. I'm sure you can smell her poop a block away (while your husband conveniently smells nothing:)

  • naijababelove says:

    lol @ certified butt sniffer. i'm totally a member of that club as well. :)

  • Anonymous says:

    It doesn't end. I used to mush my 7 yr old in the face with whipped shea butter mix at the bus stop b/c he refused to do before he left the house. I've turned that over to Dad(so I know he going to school ashy-lawd). Yes mam! Motherhood will turn you into a real gangsta. LOL

  • Anonymous says:


    Gia is growing up so quickly! She is absolutely adorable.

    On a totally different note, are you (or any of the readers) able to make recommendationd for neighborhoods or apartment complexes in the Raleigh area? I will be relocating within the next few months and I have no idea where to begin. I'm looking for something with a contemporary feel. I would greatly appreciate any help that the Curly Nikki family can provide.


  • BrownLady says:

    Oh Nikki, glad to hear someone else feels helplessly guilty over not being able to spend every waking moment w/ their child/children. If I did I would complain…and since I can't I complain. I join you in that quest to find balance, peace and the ability to LIVE in the moment. It's a universal struggle of mothers everywhere… someone please help us!

  • Breanna says:

    Oh my goodness those were to funny CN, and I'm surprised that Target allowed you to switched them for a different diaper brand. I bet they didn't know how to act after all of that lol… Love the picture of you and Baby Gia, your hair looks good, but be careful with the open mouth shot that close to ia. My neice got me really good with her baby dribble right in the mouth as I had her just like you did, that baby got a good laugh at me. While I gave her back to my sis while running to the…lol…

    For Holly P.Robinson's admission that she used to suction her infants' noses with her mouth. That is just effing Nasty, there is no way that I would do that, almost lost my apetite. Cleaning the dirt off by sucking the pacifer, more power to you because I couldn't do it germaphobe I would have given the child my fingers to nibble on, or something. But all of these stories are funny, it's amazing what a new mom will or won't do for their child.

  • Divafied Mama says:

    Spit as a cleaning agent…yes I still do that and my daugther is almost 3. Boy can you hear the cries in the streets when people see me trying to clean her face. lol Would I change it for anything else in this world? Heck no!

  • Anonymous says:

    @kimmie0810 My mother did the same thing (I'm a college student) needless to say she brings it up all the time LOL "I sucked boogers out YOUR NOSE, oh what mothers do for their children."

  • Anonymous says:

    Not a mommie,yet, but I love these posts. They are amusing as well as endearing.

  • Ms. Lisa says:

    @Kimmie0810 – I did that too. SMH

  • TheBlessedWestbeauty says:

    She wakes up happy because her mommie (loves herself, what she does, and others). So she has been givin all that positive energy from day one thru you . May she continue to be blessed and happy. Enjoy her they grow so quickly

  • Anonymous says:

    LOL!!! Once again WELCOME TO THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF PARENTING!! I know exactly how you all feel!! Although Im out of the baby stages, I went through the same thing with my twins (who are now 5 going on 55). Thats why I started my own business, so I could spend more time with my 3 kids (my oldest is 11) Enjoy it as much as you can!! They do grow up fast!!!

  • Shalonda says:

    Go ahead and get them tickets to the play! You know I will come keep her ANYTIME! She will warm up to me in 30 mins or so…LOL! You are handling it oh so well.

  • kimmie0810 says:

    Yesterday, Twitter was abuzz with Holly Robinson Peete's admission that she used to suction her infants' noses with her mouth. Have you gotten to that point yet? LOL

    Someone else suggested blowing in their mouth so that the mucous comes out of their nose, and I thought "I bet Holly feels real slow right about now" lol

  • Sharmer says:

    I know exactly how you feel nicki. My almost 7 month old son has given me my own personal sountrack as well, and I love. Its amazing how babies constantly learn new things everyday.

  • Anonymous says:

    Hahahaahaha, WELCOME to Club Mommy, Nikki!

    It's a good thing those little cuties can't talk yet because all of what we do for them would not be pretty if you had to hear "hey, mom, my diaper needs changing, hey mom, where's that bottle (or breast). hahhahahahha

    I love babies but glad it's no longer something I can produce now! ;-)

  • Anonymous says:

    Yep, that's mamahood for ya!

  • Ms. Lisa says:

    LOL @ the visit to Target. I'm sure you got the supreme side-eye from customer service. Oh well…

    I was pretty grossed out with myself the day that I cleaned my child's pacifier by sucking the dirt off WITH MY OWN MOUTH because there was no water source or wipey available.

    Welcome to motherhood! Glad to have you.

  • TiAnna Mae says:

    I love it! We can now add you to the club of the greatest people (MOMs) to ever walk this earth (besides Jesus). And Nikki…you need an assistant!

  • Anonymous says:

    OOOOOOOOOOOOh how I can relate!!!! I am thankful I live right up the street from the base I work at, I hate leaving Mason. Im going out to sea soon and will miss his first birthday :( I dont know how Im going to deal… *deep sighs*. But being a mom is the best!

    PS umm if you dont want those diapers I sure do! Lol. Just saying, you never know if you dont ask.

  • Miche'al says:

    Ahhhhhh! Motherhood, gotta love it. Enjoy it all, its a blessing!

  • Tonya says:

    Thanks for this Nikki, made my hump day!

  • Anonymous says:

    Nik, you and Gia are beautiful! Keep up the good work!

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    lol @ Tahlove.

    Thanks ladies, I'm happy you enjoy my mommy tales :)

  • Annie Gracie says:

    Awwww…this was a great post! I love "certified butt sniffer" and all the things we mothers learn to do with ease because we HAVE TO! It's as simple as that! Love it!

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    I know :( I'm trying to live in the moment. I feel so bad when I'm on this computer or on the phone. I'm trying to be better about my time so that I can spend as much of it with her as possible! She's growing wayyy to fast.

  • Tahlove says:

    I can dig it LOL! I'm attempting to release my creative genius while working full time and being wife and mommy to an energetic three year old and very vocal 5 month old… Lord help the church!

  • thenaturalmo says:

    Aww, SAVOR the moments Nikki. People told me this all the time and it is SO TRUE. My baby girl is now 8yo and I remember all those moments so well. When you post about baby Gia, I can literally remember those times with my daughter in those first months. Before u know it she'll be cutting her eyes and pouting them lips at u…TRUST

  • KeetaRay says:

    I'm with Tinuke, I love to see these posts ;-)

  • Latoya says:

    Awww… It's great to see new mommies balancing it all! I'll be a mommy in a few months so these stories are helpful :-)

  • Anonymous says:

    Love these posts Nikki, keep them coming!

  • Coilybella says:

    This post brings a smile to my face. God bless you and your family

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    good lawd! 35 pounds?! How in the hell are you picking him up. You're gonna have Angela Bassett arms :D

  • Shakirah says:

    I can soooo relate! I'm starting my own business while trying to maintain a 35lb nine month old who won't take a bottle or pacifier…yes, you read all of that right lol.

  • am says:

    Welcome to the club! Wear your membership proudly!

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