Amnah Ibrahim

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Amnah Ibrahim is your typical everyday mom of three little girls. Everyday she's surrounded by library books, crayons, and dress-up clothes. A craft and sewing enthusiast, she's also a wanna-be photographer and risk taker in the kitchen. Find more great posts from Amnah Ibrahim at This Little Life of Mine, and follow her as she delights in her domestic roles on Twitter @LLifeOfMine and on Facebook.

The 5 Words I Love to Hear as a Busy Mom

Life as a mother of four is starting to feel like my new normal. I’m no longer confused as how to manage them all. And while for the most part, I have it under control, it’s been exhausting. I’m often asked, “How do you do it?”

Quite honestly, I don’t really think about it, I just do it. To me, raising my daughters has been such a blessing I’m grateful for. That being said, it isn’t easy! I struggle to find “me time” even if it’s only for a few minutes for a cup of tea. Lately, I’ve been hearing five words that have been music to my ears and a relief for my arms.

My 5 Favorite Words to Hear as a New Mom

How Having a Newborn Keeps Me on Time

I have a very bad habit. I am habitually late. It’s not something I’m proud of, it’s just something that always happens despite my best efforts. No matter how hard I try, I am always late. I’m certain it’s because I always underestimate how long it takes to get ready and overestimate how quick it will take me.

It’s one thing to get out of the house on time, but it’s a whole other ball game when you add four kids to the mix. However, I’ve noticed something since I’ve begun more outings with all the girls together. I’ve found that I’m now on time, or at least “less late.”

How Having a Newborn Keeps Me On Time

My Baby's Newborn Photo Session!

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again… I am so grateful to have been able to hire a professional photographer to take Amani’s newborn pictures. I didn’t have to put any effort into creating the gorgeous images besides making sure Amani was fed and happy.

Though our newborn session was scheduled a little later than usual, Amani was one month old at the time, I loved how it captured her so well. Alert and wide-eyed, she was absolutely adorable in her pictures. I wanted to share a few of my favorites with you all because really, who doesn’t love newborn photography?

Baby's Adorable Newborn Photos

Quick and Tasty Overnight Chia Seed Oatmeal

Now that I’m a mama to four, I feel like everything I do has to be quick and efficient so that everything stays under control. Breakfast has been where I’ve really been focusing my efforts. It has always been my favorite meal of the day, and I know it’s the most important for my family. I always strive to give them something that’s healthy, tastes good, and doesn’t require a lot of work to bring to the table. Once I discovered the ever-popular overnight oatmeal, I knew I found the perfect morning meal!

Overnight Chia Oatmeal

Amani's Summer Out as a Newborn

Summer was just a few weeks away when I gave birth to Amani on May 7th. I knew it was going to be a very laid-back summer as I took time for my postpartum recovery. I was looking forward to easygoing outings with my daughters that were both fun for them but simple enough for me to handle with my now four children! We took short and manageable trips that included a lot of sweet “firsts” for Amani.

Baby's Summer Out
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