Mama Heart to Hearts

Sharing my experiences and thoughts as I live the stay at home mom life!

All the things my almost two year old has taught me

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.

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Stop Wishing the Days Away

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.

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12 Week Bump Update

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.

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Review of the Lollipop Baby Monitor

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.

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Snaaaaack Time!

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.

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Toy Strategy and Organization

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.

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Why We Love the Chaos of Family Vacations

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).

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Separation Anxiety

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!

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Money Saving Tips & Tricks

Here are the facts: kids are expensive and being a stay at home mom doesn’t earn a living (shocking, I know!).  Additionally for my family, my husband’s compensation is commission based and we never know what our income will be month to month which can be a scary way to live.  Several months ago, we made the decision to be more responsible with our spending and make some major changes.  It truly has been one of the most beautiful seasons in life for us.  Yes, I really do mean that!  Why, you ask?  Through making several changes with our finances, we’ve found ourselves relying on God in ways we haven’t before.  And let me tell you… God is GOOD!  Through focusing on prayer and being more responsible, God has provided for us in some really cool ways.  I want to share with you all some tips and tricks that have saved us money as we embrace this new lifestyle.

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Morning Sickness, Cankles, and Stretchmarks

In my mind, there are two types of pregnant women.  The first type LOVES being pregnant.  They literally glow and wish they could be pregnant forever.  The second type finds themselves hunched over a toilet the majority of the day, can’t handle the smell of scented trash bags (okay, maybe that was just me), and is counting down the days for pregnancy to be over.  Okay so these may be the two drastic ends of the spectrum, but it makes me laugh how different everyone can be!  I love hearing what other people’s pregnancy experiences were like, so I thought I would share mine.

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