A fun look into the lives and lifestyles of some of our favorite mamas.
We all know motherhood really begins at the moment you find out you are expecting and as exciting as that time can be it also means the beginning of endless decisions. This month I sat down with Scottie Culpepper, mama to Sophie, to talk about her parenting style and how she makes tough new-mom decisions.
Q & A
by Catherine Hill
D - How would you describe your parenting style?
S - Most who know me joke that I’m a “Helicopter Mom,” but my main goal in parenting is to make sure all of Sophie’s needs are nurtured and that she knows how much she is loved. I want her to be independent but also know that she can always turn to me for encouragement or a helping hand!
D - Did you read parenting books while pregnant with Sophie?
S - I read a few books while I was pregnant. The one that I found the most helpful, and still keep on hand, is “Baby 411” by Ari Brown and Denise Fields. It’s a good reference book for non-emergent times when you are wanting to give your pediatrician’s office a break!
D - What are some of the hardest new-mom decisions you have encountered thus far?
S - The biggest one that comes to mind is definitely breastfeeding. There is so much societal pressure for new moms to breastfeed. It doesn’t always work for everyone and that needs to be “more okay”. When Sophie didn’t latch (after many visits with many lactation consultants), I turned to exclusively pumping. We all know that exclusively pumping is not as efficient, and I was unable to keep my supply up to meet growing baby Sophie’s needs. I lasted about 12 weeks. I finally decided I would be a better Mom to Sophie if I moved on to trying formula. It was the best decision I could’ve made, albeit a very difficult one. I anguished for days over the potential repercussions of switching to formula, but in the end, Sophie adjusted perfectly and I was able to wake up in the morning and get the day started…with my baby, not with my friend named Medela. I was a much happier Mom, with much less stress, and a lot more free time to spend with my little sugar!
D - What advice would you give expecting mamas?
S - Ryan and I are always joking that sometimes you just have to learn to ride the wave! Life with a newborn is challenging but when making decisions it’s best to follow your motherly instincts and not always worry about what others think best. Sometimes you can barely even walk through a grocery store without receiving unsolicited mothering advice! I’m exaggerating, but all the Moms out there know exactly what I mean! No one knows your baby like you do, so sometimes it’s best to go with your gut and call it a day.
D - Being a mom yourself how does it make you feel to know that when you buy Dondolo clothing you are providing warm clothes to needy children in Colombia?
S - I really love this. It is clothing for the BEST cause! Moms live to nurture and provide for their children and I love that purchasing Dondolo helps them do just that.
D - What are some of your favorite Dondolo outfits?
S - When we first got home from the hospital, one of my best friends Joseph gave Sophie the most beautiful pink heirloom dress made by Dondolo. It is so special and I have been saving it for her first birthday. Another favorite would be the Mia bubbles. Sophie LIVES in these! They are so soft and practical yet dressy enough for special outings and play dates. My other favorite is the Victoria bubble with that gorgeous lavender linen and the most beautiful embroidered flowers and scalloped neckline. And then of course the Margaret bubble with the beautiful sunflower neckline. This one is probably my ultimate favorite for Spring and Summer!
D - What is one thing you have gained since becoming a mom?
S - I have learned what a total softy I am! This baby just melts my heart over and over and over, it never subsides!
D - What are some of your favorite things to do with Sophie in Dallas?
S - Sophie really lives her best life at the Little Gym classes. She loves activities and a good social event, so she really thrives there. She also loves going out to eat with friends and family, especially if it involves a grilled cheese or quesadilla.
D - What is one thing you hope to teach Sophie?
S - Self-confidence! I feel as though self-confidence is so important for little girls, especially as they get older. I want Sophie to have the self-confidence to live authentically and be comfortable with who she is. You know, really let her inner Beyonce run wild!