Category: Momlife

My House is a Mess, Sorry, I’m Busy Being Present

I have been looking forward to today for a while.  Who doesn’t love a long weekend with a Monday off? Of course, like most moms out there, I had big plans. You know fun stuff, like putting away laundry, cleaning floors, and maybe, even cleaning out the pantry!  I know sounds like a party! My house is kind of a mess after a busy weekend and warm weekend where we spent a lot of time outside. It needs to be cleaned and my to-do list is a mile long.  But, if you want to know the truth, I am currently doing none of those adult things.  I did do the dishes, and pick up a few toys and a few things in my craft room but that’s about it.  The thing is, I am tired. I am worn out and all I want to do is sit right here on my couch, drink my coffee and catch up on This Is Us while L takes his nap.  So that is exactly what I am doing.  I am working on being present in my life and my feelings.

Lately, his teething has taken a toll on his naps. (read more about this here)  The time I have to get things done is short and it can be a bit stressful to figure out what to do first. My job has also been very busy lately. In fact, most nights, I would consider being in bed by midnight to be early.   (more…)

In The Trenches of Teething

They told me it was coming, I was warned.  Teething toddlers ARE. NO. JOKE! Like for real, y’all this stuff is real. For the most part, my L is a sweet little guy who loves to give hugs, laugh, play and even, for the last few months stick to a regular nap schedule.  Until this week.  This week he has been a crying, hitting, ear pulling cranky mess.  Our sweet daycare provider has even been sending me messages about how different he has been.  His naps have decreased, he has been cranky during the day and even been hitting me, and the other kids along with having epic meltdowns in major meltdown style.  My poor little man, I feel awful for him and the other kids and adults around him during the day. My heart is breaking to see him in pain.  I know this is a phase and it will pass and I know some of the behaviors are because of his pain, but holly shit (sorry) it’s hard on so many levels! (more…)

What We Love Wednesday: Valentine’s Recap

Happy hump day! We hope you had a love-filled Valentine’s Day with your friends, family, and little ones! We sure did! One of our favorite things to do is spread the love, so it’s one of our favorite days! H & L both took Valentine’s for their daycare buddies – bubbles and boogie wipes – staples in both our households. We also shared the heart-shaped cookies Crystal made with our coworkers. We even had a bit of a sweet surprise ourselves… (more…)

Back in the Saddle

Remember when I mentioned training for the Cherry Blossom 10-Miler, here? Well, now that I’ve put it in writing, I guess it’s official! For the past year or so, I’ve tried (and failed) to make myself a priority – especially as it relates to health/fitness. Well, signing up for a 10-miler will force you to make that time.

Maybe it’s that Harper is 15 months old, and no longer the fussy, newborn who needs constant holding and attention? Gosh, she’s the furthest from that now. Miss Independent. Wonder who she gets that from? 😉 Maybe it’s that I’ve finally started to push the guilt aside and make that time (with reassurance from my hubs that it’s okay). Or maybe it’s because I’m truly focused in on my One Little Word for 2017, which is “self”. Whatever it is, it’s made me feel a bit more like myself than I have in a long time. (more…)

#TBT – Daycare Edition

Exactly one year ago today, I left my sweet girl in the arms of a complete stranger.

I must have checked 12 different websites that morning. We had a light dusting of snow on the ground and I wanted nothing more than a government “snow day”, which would mean daycare was closed. Sadly, no luck. So, off we went on that cold, dreary morning.

I’m sure our daycare provider thought I was nuts. But, I guess all moms are that first (second, and third…) time they drop off their little one, right? I remember handing her the diaper bag, and along with it a novel H’s schedule. (more…)

Real Talk: Tired as a Mother

tired as a motherTired as a mother? Yea, that sounds about right.

I work during the day, head home to work on Etsy shop orders and this blog at night, while trying to make as much time as I can for family and friends. It’s all important to me, and for that, I’m always running a little emptier than I should. I usually feel at least a bit tired. And then Harper gets sick, and I realize the true meaning of TIRED.

She (and about every other child I know) has a cold right now. Poor girl was up half the night coughing. I would go in, calm her down, get her relaxed and almost back to sleep, walk out… and then, not 5 minutes later – back to coughing. I felt terrible for her. There’s not much I can really do, especially when all she wants to do is sleep.

So, here I am wondering how I’m going to get through my workday. (more…)

Bringing Home Baby, Some Advice from Non-Experts

Recently, Crystal and I were able to spend some time with our friends for a little girls weekend and baby shower for our dear friend.  As all new moms, she  is a little nervous for all the changes this little bundle of joy will bring. She is especially nervous for the first few weeks.   The time when she and her husband learn to adjust routines to accommodate a new human life.  She asked us what our best advice for bringing home baby.  We both agreed, when you bring home the baby, you have to put your family first.

Your House is not an Open House

Don’t get me wrong, I was so excited to bring L home.   I couldn’t wait to have all my friends (more…)

Happy Planner, Happy Life

Happy PlannerI’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – I take on too much. I mean, that’s why this blog exists, isn’t it?  Lucky for you, I’ve made a few mistakes am here to share them.

One of my biggest mistakes: relying on modern technology. Honestly, I don’t know what I’d do most days without my cell phone. I’ve paid to upgrade to a cloud based storage simply to allow myself to take and store more pictures of Harper. I’m still working on her first year photo book…one of these days. Besides photos, I use my phone primarily to read emails, get my social media fix, and keep track of important events. Except when I completely forget said event. (more…)