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Seven ways to celebrate Mother's Day as a new mom

Molly Cerreta Smith has enjoyed a career in the publishing industry for more than 10 years. As an editor of several regional magazines, she has had the opportunity throughout her career to meet many local celebrities, businesspeople, ent...

Your first Mother's Day

Congratulations on your first Mother's Day! You have joined an elite group of amazing women. While each Mother's Day will bring something unique and wonderful, your first is cause for great celebration. Here we offer some fun and simple suggestions to enjoy Mother's Day as a new mom!

New Mom on Mother's Day1. Take recognition

Don't let this first Mother's Day fly by without truly savoring a moment to recognize yourself for your most recent accomplishment — entering motherhood. Jessica Stone, mom of a six-year-old and a three-year-old says, "Be proud!" And you should be. Becoming a mother is a selfless act with countless rewards.

2. Celebrate with other moms

Who could understand how you feel on this day better than another mother? Unite with other moms on Mother's Day and celebrate each other! Share photos of your kids, and talk about your experiences as a mom and how becoming a mother changed your life (in unexpected and incredible ways). Don't forget the tissues.

3. Allow yourself to be spoiled

After all, you spend 99 percent of your time spoiling everyone else in your life. Now it's your turn. Resist the urge to plan your own day and give your husband a chance to show you what a phenomenal woman and mother he thinks you are.

4. Create a keepsake

To commemorate this special day, make a keepsake that you can cherish forever. Dozens of baby footprint and handprint kits are available for items such as frames, tins and keepsake boxes. Or you can capture your baby's prints with ink, plaster or non-toxic molding clay.

5. Recognize other mothers

Now that you're a mom yourself, you understand where other moms are coming from and what they have been through. Mother's Day is the best time to recognize them, too. Surprise your mom with a sentimental card and call all your friends who are moms to wish them an extra special day as well.

6. Ask and you shall receive

If your husband or significant other asks what you'd like for Mother's Day, tell him! Are you longing to sleep in for just one morning? Ask him to get up with your child. If you really need some one-on-one time with him, ask him to get a sitter for the night and make reservations for a child-less dining experience à deux. Don't be shy about telling him exactly what you want. You won't be disappointed!

7. Do something non-mom-ish

Today you celebrate being a mother, but that doesn't mean you have to act like a mom all day! Give yourself a break and do something — dare we say — a little selfish! You deserve it, after all. If you love baths, have your hubby watch the baby while you soak in the suds. Get a pedicure, peruse your favorite bookstore, or grab a cupcake and a coffee. After all, it's your day!

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