The former Fit Pregnancy and Baby cover model and blogger shares her plans for celebrating Easter with her daughter, Molly.
Ali Fedotowsky has come a long way since she handed out the final rose in 2010, and even since she revealed everything about her pregnancy in our June 2016 issue with friend Catherine Giudici. She welcomed her daughter, Molly, in July and tied the knot with radio host Kevin Manno in March. Now, we asked Ali about life, finding a community in motherhood, and the importance of creating holiday traditions with her family.
How's life as a new mom and a newlywed?
The first two weeks of newlywed life sucked because we were both sick. I think the stress of the wedding planning caught up with us. But other than that, it's great! I love going out and telling people that Kevin's my husband. And Molly is the best. Don't get me wrong, she's a handful and keeps me up at night, but she's so happy and always smiling. Her newest milestone is waving. We were on a flight to New York, and she was waving to everyone down the aisle, and they waved and smiled right back. It was so cute!
What's your favorite part of being a mom?
One of the best things is that I'm raising my best friend. I hope that we're going to be really close, and she's going to grow up to think I'm a cool mom. We have such a strong bond right now because I've been lucky to exclusively breastfeed her since she was born. It has made us so close. Being a mom has strengthened my relationship with Kevin because we're a family now, and that's special.
I also love that being a parent takes holidays to another level. With Easter coming up, we're really getting into the spirit and are starting some traditions now so we can carry them on throughout her life.
Why is starting family traditions so important to you?
Growing up, my family didn't have a ton of traditions, but I always wished we did. I think that's why it's so important to me to create them for Molly. The one tradition we had was my grandma would put money in our Easter eggs instead of candy, and it felt like you were winning the lottery when you found $5. I want to pass that tradition on to Molly.
How do you plan to celebrate Easter this year?
Molly and I have already decorated Easter eggs together. We dipped her hands in washable water paint and put them on the Easter eggs. We're also going to take her to see the Easter Bunny. Then on Easter, we're going have brunch. I'm also going to do an Easter basket of toys instead of candy and have a baby Easter egg hunt where we put the eggs in front of her and she "finds" them. For her right now, it's all about the photos. I want to take a lot of photos and video now so we can look back at them when she's older.
Many of those photos will probably end up on Molly's Instagram account. Why did you decide to make one for her?
Well, I might be biased, but I think my daughter is the most adorable baby in the world, and I love sharing photos of her. I share a lot about my blog on my account, and I didn't want to overload my followers with photos of her. I started sharing them on her own account and a lot of people started following her. I won't give her access to the account until she's 18, but when I do, I hope she'll be a strong, incredible woman, and she'll be able to use her voice to do whatever she wants.
Why is it so important to you to share your experiences with motherhood on your blog?
I love to share my experiences on my blog, but I also find it's a place where women can come together and give each other advice. I'll even use it when I have a question about Molly. I'll post a question about how to get her to sleep better and get responses from lot of moms. I hope to create a platform where women can feel empowered to share and support each other. I love blogging about motherhood, and about pregnancy. When I get pregnant again, which will be sooner rather than later, I'll share my experiences.
Do you have any advice or tips for new moms trying to plan for holidays?
I think it's important to make thing easy, but also remember that it doesn't have to be perfect. There are ways to make things look beautiful without a lot of work. You can decorate Easter eggs with glitter by just using glue and a plastic bag. Or you can put temporary tattoos on eggs. Just get your baby involved because it makes it more special. Also remember, your baby will be happy with anything you do the first year. Since Molly won't remember everything, I see it as my chance to practice!