(Disclaimer: This post contains comments about the interviewees own personal beliefs – which also reflect my own – but may not reflect others. Please be respectful while reading/commenting that this mum is sharing her story which is inspired by her faith.)
I love this #Real Mums series. Like, REALLY love it. My favourite thing about blogging has been the amazing mums I’ve met and connected with along the way. Lydia is no exception – when we started chatting on Facebook, we connected on common interests and most importantly, our similar beliefs. We easily clicked and chatted for ages.
Hi Lydia! Thanks so much for chatting with me for the #RealMums blog series this morning (or afternoon over where you are in America!). Where abouts in America are you?
Hello there! Thank you for inviting me to share my story with your readers! I hope to encourage other mamas and am so grateful for the opportunity to speak with you. I live in the Nashville, Tennessee area, and have lived in Middle TN my whole life. It’s a great place to be from!
Can you tell us a bit about yourself? Who’s in your family, what do you like to do with your time?
I’m from a large family, being the second oldest of 6 kids. There are 3 girls and 3 boys, and it was a great experience growing up with so many siblings, and always having people around. My parents homeschooled us and have always been supportive of our creativity and learning different skills. I’ve been interested in music my whole life, and when I was 12 I started playing guitar and writing my own songs. I’m so thankful to have such a great family who have been there for me since the beginning. Family is so important to me, and I’m so grateful to have them in my life.
In June 2015 I married my sweet husband David, and our marriage has been a great new adventure. I love being married, and we are so excited to be adding to our family. I can’t wait to be a first time mom! Our sweet little girl, Adeline Jane, is due in March, and she is already so loved.
You’re about 34 weeks pregnant now, congratulations! How are you feeling?
Thank you! Pregnancy has been smooth so far, and it’s held a few surprises that I was not expecting. It has been an amazing experience and has really flown by. It has been so helpful to research and read articles and books about how baby is growing each week, and what is happening with my body.
Having your first baby is incredibly exciting! Have you been getting lots of advice from other mums? Are there any pieces of advice you think might helpful, or maybe even a hindrance?
I have gotten some great advice from ladies I trust, and also have received plenty of unsolicited advice that I choose to take with a grain of salt. I think positive, encouraging comments have been so helpful. “How are you feeling?” and “You look great!” are some of the best things to say to a pregnant lady. Telling someone horror birth stories or giving unnecessary things to worry about, are things that could be kept to themselves. I’m very aware of my body and pregnancy, and many people don’t think of how negative things come across. I’ve also noticed that there is an order of social questions that people ask without thinking, so I can see it coming and have a go-to answer for what everyone’s wondering.
Have you got any expectations about what motherhood is going to be like? Where do you think they came from?
I have had a lot of experience taking care of babies and babysitting, and have been getting practice with my friends’ little ones. I think motherhood will be a whole new adventure, because having my own baby will be a bigger responsibility. I’m trying to prepare however I can, but I know that some things we will have to learn as we go, and see what works best for us.
What are you most looking forward to about becoming a mother? Is there anything you’re not looking forward to?
Being a mother is one of the most selfless jobs, because you constantly give of yourself and sacrifice to give the best to your children. I am looking forward to growing as a person and developing a deeper strength from learning to show sacrificial love even when my energy and patience is gone. I’m not looking forward to messing up, and I know I will have my moments, but it will be worth it in the long run. I hope I can instill love, confidence and joy into my daughter by being her example.
Now you mentioned before that you’re a musician? How did you get into that industry?
Yes, I’ve always loved music and connected with songs that tell a good story. I started writing songs and recording in middle school, and by the time I graduated high school, I was playing music full time and traveling playing at different events. There were many people who gave me a chance to play and learn, and I try to pass that on now to other musicians. I’ve released multiple albums of original music, and plan to continue traveling and singing once baby is here, and bring her on the road with me.
What is your favourite style of music? Are there any artists that inspire you that you like to listen to?
Yes, I listen to a variety of music styles. I love artists with smooth voices like Colbie Caillat, Norah Jones, and Adele. Some of my favorite songwriters are Matthew West and Jon Foreman of Switchfoot. I am inspired by artists who show raw emotion in their voices and in their writing. There’s something special about hearing a song being sung by the person who wrote it.
You released your new album, Lullabies, in October of last year. Was your pregnancy the inspiration of this album? Can you tell us a bit about the story behind it?
Releasing my new album happened so ironically. I had several requests from fans to put out an album of Lullabies because they said my voice was soothing and it would be fitting for that type of project. So I met with other writers in Nashville and we wrote the songs before I found out I was pregnant! I was able to release the album after announcing our baby news, and now I have these recordings to play for my own little ones. It could not have been more perfect timing.
Do you have a favourite song on the Lullabies album, maybe one you’ll play to little Adeline? I know my son LOVES Tucked in Tight!
My husband knows the words to “Tucked in Tight”, and has been singing to her while she is in the womb. He takes creative liberty to create his own version of the song, though! I think that is one of my top favorites as well. I like how each song is different, and focuses on rest, comfort, and scripture about trusting in God. The last track on the album is instrumental with lapping waves, and it could be put on repeat to help anyone who is having trouble sleeping.
A lot of your music is inspired by your faith, and you are also a worship leader at your church. How do you think this will play a part in your new role as a mother?
My faith has always been important to me, and has influenced my music over the years. That is definitely something that I want to pass on to my children, and want them to see it clearly in how I live my life. There is so much supernatural wisdom in the scriptures, and I believe when it is sung, it’s easier to commit those truths to memory. I love how music is therapeutic, and connects with people on a deep level. I want my music to inspire others and bring hope to others. I wish that everyone who hear my songs would come to know the incredible peace that I have found through Christ.
If you had a piece of advice for other women either thinking about becoming mothers soon, or are in the early stages of their pregnancy, what advice or encouragement would you give them?
Mothers have the highest calling, and for those of you who are already raising up precious little ones, you have my deepest respect. For any new and upcoming mamas, I want to encourage you that you were made for this, and that you are doing a great job. Love those babies well, and raise them up to love others. Our little ones are the future, and teaching them to love will make all the difference.
A P.S. from Lydia – MUMS LISTEN UP!
I am currently working on a new video project for the song “Before You Were Formed” on my Lullabies album. I would love to include photos of your little ones! Find all the details on how to submit your photos HERE by March 31, 2017 . Thank you!
Thanks for sharing your story with us Lydia! Listen and download the new Lullabies album on Lydia’s website HERE.
PLUS Read my review of her Lullabies album HERE.