Summers in Minnesota are special. They are basically our reward for surviving yet another cold and treacherous winter (okay, maybe I’m being a bit dramatic… but only a bit). Summer means it’s finally time to enjoy the great outdoors! This summer feels extra special to me because it’s my last summer as a mama of one. All I want to do is soak up every single moment spending time with my little man, because life will soon be changing drastically for both of us (don’t get me wrong though, this mama still needs happy hour with the girls and breaks in general!). Something I struggle with is feeling like things on the home front need to be perfect in order for me to feel like I’m being successful as a stay at home mom. I think the house needs to be cleaned, a good meal needs to be cooked for dinner, and the laundry needs to be put away. Well, this summer my goal is to become slightly lazy and to stop caring so much about these things! Let me tell you why.
I can’t believe that we’re finally halfway there! Woohoo! The first trimester felt like it was never ending and now things are starting to speed along. It’s crazy to think that in a few months, we’ll be meeting our second baby boy! Lately I’ve been feeling like I’m on an emotional roller coaster. I’m an emotional soul to begin with so add pregnancy hormones to the mix and… cue the water works and all the feels.
If there’s one thing that’s totally surprised me about motherhood, it’s how much I’ve learned from this tiny human named Jonas (my son). I’m not talking about learning how to change diapers, removing week old stains from clothes, or figuring out how to sooth a screaming babe at 2:45 in the morning. I’m talking about learning things about life and growing as a person. This little boy has absolutely changed me in the most amazing way possible. Sure, he’s caused a lot of emotional breakdowns and made me want to rip my hair out at times… but I will forever be thankful for all the things he’s taught me.
As we all know, parenting has its fair share of challenges. Lately, I find myself thinking thoughts where my mindset is future oriented rather than present oriented. Whether the thought is “I can’t wait for Jonas to be past the tantrum phase where we can reason with him” or “life will be so much easier once he starts listening better”, I seem to unintentionally be wishing the days away. This attitude causes me to get wrapped up in the tough parts of motherhood rather than all of the magical moments that I get to experience on a daily basis.
Immediately after taking a pregnancy test and seeing those two lines, i had two thoughts race to my mind. First, I’M SO EXCITED!! I couldn’t wait to tell people that our dream of growing our family was coming true! My second thought was, I hope this pregnancy I’m not sick like I was with Jonas. About a week and a half later (around 5 1/2 weeks pregnant), my answer became clear when the morning sickness hit full force.
There are so many different baby monitor options out there and of course, they all claim to be the best. After trying different monitors and having disappointing experiences, we knew we had to give the Lollipop Baby Monitor a try. After a couple of weeks using it, I wanted to give you my review of this product.
Does it ever feel like your kids eat the same thing (i.e. goldfish and graham crackers) for snack time everyday? It can be tough to keep snacks interesting especially when it feels like snack time is happening alllll day long! Recently I could tell that my son Jonas was getting sick of eating the same things for snacks everyday, so, we decided to change things up! We tried some new healthy and easy snack recipes that were a hit with him, so I wanted to share with you all.
It’s post-Christmas. The kids have tummy aches from eating way too many sweets and you can’t see the floor in your house… there are toys EVERYWHERE. Now what? Do you just keep everything and live in total chaos until Christmas next year rolls around and add more to it? Personally, I’m going to challenge you to do the exercise I’m currently working on and I hope it gives you the sense of organization ( AKA joy!) that it gives me. Read on to learn what my strategy was for getting the toy situation under control.
Before having a child, vacation felt like…. vacation – It was filled with relaxation, rest, and the whole “go with the flow” concept. I always thought the idea of traveling with kids sounded terrible. Not only is there the whole getting there part, there’s the lack of sleep (as adorable as it is to see little Jonas’s face staring at us from the pack and play in the wee hours of the morning), navigating nap time, and the loss of flexibility. Packing takes ten hours and the chaos truly ensues when you stay at a place that isn’t completely child proofed. Sounds like fun, right? Well, I’m here to tell you why we really do love traveling with our toddler (remind me to read this if I change my mind when we expand our family).
Have you ever experienced dropping off your child somewhere and all of the sudden, all hell breaks loose? The screaming, the clinging, the tears…. holy cow, you’ve never felt more loved in all your life! At the same time, it’s so sad and all you want is for them to be happy without you constantly being there. I always say, I want my child to want me, but I don’t want him to feel like he needs me. Since my son Jonas was four months old, he’s struggled being without mom or dad or someone he knows. He’s now eighteen months old and we’ve made a ton of progress over the last few months in this department, so I want to share some tips that have really helped!