Introductions Are In Order

If you’re reading this then you’ve stumbled upon my blog, which is this case welcome! I hope you stick around and enjoy what you end up reading.

My name is Chelsea Ostendorf (pronounced like Austendorf. Silly Germans, amiright?) and I’m 24 years old. I live in Michigan with my boyfriend, Matt, and our two-month-old daughter, Zelda, along with our two cats and one dog. I currently work at the Walmart in my area and when I’m not at work I spend my time at home taking care of my little angel and help my boyfriend take care of his 10-year-old daughter and three-year-old son when they visit for the weekend.

I decided to start this blog for a number of reasons, the main one being as a way to talk about the things I’ve learn since my daughter was born and maybe give other new moms or expectant moms a little piece of mind. I went into this thinking it would be about the same as basically raising my nephews, but I was totally wrong. And I want to express my thoughts and feelings about it all, too. Maybe there’s a new mom out there desperately trying to breastfeed her baby with no avail despite the fact that she wants to and has been told either a) she’ll produce enough milk, b) it’s the only way to go, c) if it hurts you’re doing it wrong, or d) all the above/anything I’ve personally missed. Maybe there’s a new mom out there who has trouble calming her baby down at night so they’ll sleep. Or maybe there’s an expectant mom who is wondering what all she truly needs for the baby that’s coming soon or what to expect at the hospital. Whatever the case may be, I want to be able to help out as much as I can; maybe give some advice they hadn’t heard from anywhere else.

If you were/are like I was when I was pregnant, you read every article you could find about what to expect at the hospital/first week home/during *insert trimester here*.  Looking up a million different articles about what to have, what to do, etc. etc. Scouring YouTube for anything to help. You went to the classes, talked to your mom/grandmother/aunts/friends and took note of any bit of advice you got. I want to be able to share what I learned from my mom, my boyfriend, his mom, my friends who have children of their own, and the good ole internet. I hope in doing so I can help someone else out in their quest for information.

With all of that said, I’ll be updating this little gem regularly so, until then, have a wonderful day and I’ll see you soon.

-Chelsea

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P.S. – I thought I’d go ahead and show you all the wonderful creature that is my daughter. I’d do anything for this little girl.