Real Mama: Christina Davison

This soon-to-be mama of two has recently joined our Mama Say What?! team, and we couldn’t be happier to have her! Welcome aboard Christina!

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Tell us a little about yourself…

My name is Christina and I’m mom to Maggie, 16 months and Baby #2, 15 weeks gestation. I’ve been married for almost five years. My husband is a soldier in the United States Army and we are currently stationed in Japan. I have been playing the violin for 23 years and enjoy performing and teaching music very much, but right now I’m really enjoying being at home with my daughter! I love cooking, writing, reading, DIY projects, hiking and scrapbooking, among other things.

Where is home?

My hometown is in South Carolina, but right now we get to call a little suburb outside of Tokyo, Japan our home.

What are your secrets to balancing your life as a stay-at-home-mama?

I try to keep my relationships a priority. It’s easy to get caught up in all of the mama duties and all the fantastic projects I want to take on in my home, but I make time to work on my marriage, have meaningful friendships and stay connected to my extended family. Also, I pray a lot in the moment, when I need patience, a sudden flash of inspiration, or just endurance to get through the day!

What has been the best advice you’ve received as a mama? What do you feel is the best advice, if any, that you’ve given as a mama?

The best bits of advice I have received are: listen to your instincts, be confident in your body and in your abilities, trust your baby, and make sure you get your information from trustworthy sources.

That last one has been huge for me: someone told me to seek out advice only from people who have successfully done what you want to do.

I hope that the best advice I give to other mamas is to surround yourself with people who are going to positively affirm your capabilities and your joy in motherhood!

Are you the kind of mama you thought you’d be?

Who can really conceptualize motherhood before they’re up to their elbows in it? My mind has been changed in so many areas and I don’t think about the world the same way I did before I became a mom. Motherhood has pushed me to want to be better and do better in every area of my life and that has brought about changes I didn’t expect. But I always expected to find incredible joy in my children and that has proven to be true!

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

Clairvoyance. Then I wouldn’t have to guess at what my toddler wants or why she’s throwing a tantrum on the floor because I offered her a cup of juice.

Was your birth experience all that you hoped it would be? If you could go back and change anything, what would it be?

 My first birth experience was very long and arduous. I don’t know if I’d change anything — I think I made the right decisions and did the best I could as a first-time mom. But there are things I’ll do differently the second time around and I plan to write about what and why on Mama Say What?! in the near future!

How has your mothering evolved since those early newborn days? Is there anything, thus far, in your approach to mothering that you swore “I’d never do…” and you are?

I think my mothering has evolved as I’ve become more educated on topics relevant to motherhood. I’ve sifted through a vast mountain of information in the past two years and learned at least as much as I did in my master’s degree program! Before I had my own baby, I thought there was no reason to breastfeed a baby past 12 months, but I quickly learned that the benefits don’t magically shut off at midnight on their first birthday.

Do you have a mama mantra? Or something you find yourself repeating over and over when times are tough?

Isaiah 63:7 — “I will recount the steadfast love of the Lord, the praises of the Lord, according to all that he has granted us.” Thankfulness keeps my priorities straight and soothes my frustration.

Is there anything else you wish to share with the Mama Say What?! audience?

I hope to always be that mama who never says a negative word to the expectant mom, new mom, or mom of young children — that one woman who always has something positive to say about their stage of life that will encourage them!

2 Responses to Real Mama: Christina Davison

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  2. I love your commitment to be positive- there is so much negativity in the world, especially regarding child rearing.

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