The Hofmeier Family
What is your favorite family tradition?
Still being a pretty new family (our daughter is about 3 1/2 months old), we haven't had much time to create a lot family traditions yet, but I look forward to doing so. We are a nature loving family, so I imagine a lot of our traditions will involve traveling and experiencing the outdoors.
Our most recent trip was to a Christmas tree farm to pick out and cut down our Christmas tree. I hope to continue this tradition for years to come!
Tell us about your favorite family story.
My favorite family story is every moment that's passed up to this point that's made us the family we are now. From meeting my husband, getting married, house buying, adopting a dog, family holidays, going on trips and so much more.
We've experienced so many new things together as life partners and now a little family, I cherish every moment that's lead up to creating this wonderful little human being.
What is your family's motto?
Learn to be easily entertained, and you'll never be bored.
Share Your Parenting Wisdom
What's your number one tip for new parents?
Trust in your natural judgement and abilities to parent your child even though you feel like you're running around like a chicken with your head cut off. More importantly, trust in your partner and their ability to care for your child along with you. Don't be too hard on them. Sometimes it is hard to give up that control, but realize that they are learning how to be a parent too and have the same insecurities as you do.
What has been the most surprising thing you've learned as a parent?
How much your child fills a void in you that you never knew you had. I didn't know my heart had the capacity to be this full. Also, I was not prepared on how much lint collects in their little toes and hands, it's a never ending battle!
Tell us about your funniest parenting story (we all have them!)
It's not really one funny story, more like an ongoing one. Pretty much from the start, we learned that our daughter burps and passes gas like a grown man! We laughed so hard the first few times we heard her do her thing, and even now that we are used to it we still get a kick out of it and cheer her on every time. I'm sure one of these days it won't be so cute anymore, but for now we are going to enjoy her little baby bodily functions.