Momfessions

Jul 23, 2014 by

I have been feeling a little angst-y lately.  While summer is all about relaxing and fun, there are some moments where I am in constant survival mode and I am starting to get a little snippy…and crabby.  Sometimes I feel like the simple things in life, like going to the store or vacation with my family, become exponentially harder when you have kids and it really bugs me.  So lately, I have been making up my own rules, kinda like a mama vigilante armed with a diaper bag and stroller.  To show you what I mean, I’ve made a list of some momfessions. It’s been well over a year since I’ve written my last one and feel it’s a little overdue.  Making this list and getting things off my chest usually proves good for the soul, so here goes:

DIY: 4 Easy Summer Beauty Treatments

Jul 9, 2014 by

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I love summer.  It is the only time of year that I am outdoors all the time with my kids…well except when it rains.  At five months postpartum and since I am getting “up there” in age, I am making more of a conscious effort to take better care of my body and skin as they age, gravity takes over face the elements.  I thought I would share with you some all-natural health and beauty remedies I have been using lately, that are super EASY to make and contain ingredients I already had at home.

My Empowered C-section

Jul 2, 2014 by

Four years ago, I gave birth to my daughter via c-section after hours of painful labor and then hearing the dreaded phrase, “Failure to progress,” come out of my OB’s mouth.  After the dust had settled and I had a chance to think about what transpired during my labor and delivery, I was left feeling like I had no control over the birth process and that my body somehow had “failed” me. I thought that I gave in too easily by taking drugs so soon in the process and that somehow I was a passive participant in the birth of my own child.  So when I became pregnant again, I was determined to have the power to make my own decisions as to how I would give birth.  I did a little more reading and research this time around and I even drafted another birth plan.  But most of all, I had convinced myself that I wouldn’t be disappointed in myself or my body no matter the outcome.

Things I Learned as a Solo Parent

Jun 25, 2014 by

Last week I had a brief stint as a single mom of two while my husband was away on a work trip. I was very anxious before he left because I had never taken care of both kids alone for a long period of time. The world did not  come to an end. In fact, we had a great time just the three of us and I learned a lot about myself and my kids in the process:

*I am a much less whiny mother when everything is up to me. It is so easy to complain about the daily challenges and delegate things to my husband. But not this time. I had to be on my “A” Game to keep life running like a well-oiled machine. I was worried about the extra challenges that my daughter’s last week of school would bring with it. But in the end, teacher gifts were purchased, the last day of school pic was taken, summer camp registration finalized, business meetings handled, doctor’s appointments were fulfilled, and all three of us enjoyed the end of school year family picnic together. Getting through all these tasks really made me feel like one tough mother.

Sibling Love

Jun 18, 2014 by

Before my son was born, we wondered what life would be like with two kids. We knew it would make things a little more complicated and chaotic, but in a good way.  We thought a great deal about how it would affect our four year old daughter who would be old enough to know what was going on, but maybe too young to understand the needs of a small baby.  Would she love or reject the new addition to our family?

Thankfully, when Luke came into the world, Mia took to him and loved him immediately.

Kids at the hospital

 

But our greatest challenge so far has been that maybe she loves him too much because she wants to hold him and play with him all of the time.

 

Having a brother is so fun mom!  Don't worry I won't drop him - lalala

Having a brother is so fun mom! Lalalalalala…don’t worry I won’t drop him.

 

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