Dear Winter, I’m Kind of Over You

Dear Winter,

I have to be honest, I was excited for your arrival. Back in November I couldn’t wait for the first snowfall, or to bundle up and take a long walk, or to celebrate Christmas and New Year! Well, here in the Northeast, by February 1st I am about done with you and I think it’s time you go now, no hard feelings.

A few years ago, when I was a teacher, I loved snow! Because when it snowed, that meant I got the day off of work! Guess what happens when it snows now as a mom? I am stuck inside ALL day with my two babies…which definitely could be worse, but my kids and I tend to go stir crazy after nap-time anyway so the snow makes it even more difficult to act like normal human beings and we’re about ready for it to end.

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It’s the Little Things

As a mom, I feel like I often worry about the big things in my children’s lives. Are they happy enough? Are they eating enough? Are they sleeping enough? Is their development on track with other kids? I’m a little crazy, I know. I can’t help it. In a matter of 18 months two little people have taken my world and heart over completely, and I spend my days not only taking care of them, but worrying about them.

Since having a second baby, I’ve come to realize that some of the things that I thought were big deals are not really that important at all. I’ve learned that every child crawls and walks eventually; no matter how much you obsess over it with your first baby. I’ve learned that kids will stop eating when they’re full; and sometimes they just need a little less pressure. I’ve learned to loosen the reigns a little bit and let my son safely explore on his own. I’ve learned to embrace the mess, the dirty laundry, and the endless amounts of spit up I encounter each day.

The thing is, as a second time mom you kind of have no choice in letting go a bit. There are now two of them and one of you. My daughter has added a dimension to my life that I never imagined was there. She has made me a better person and a better mom. Especially in our crazy, mixed up world, as moms we need to take a step back once in a while to recognize those things and be thankful. I now make it a point to relax and enjoy the little things in life every day. Here are some of those things that make me happy.

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7 Steps to Working Out as a Stay-at-Home Mom

As most stay-at-home moms know, we don’t get a lot of alone time, if any. I’m lucky if I get to sneak in a shower at night after the kids are in bed, and still I’m worried that I’m going to wake them up! Once you get past the pure exhaustion of the newborn months and realize that your tummy is not going to tighten itself, you may be interested in starting a workout regimen.

As a mom of a 4 month old and 17 month old, I am exhausted in the morning, and exhausted in the evening when the kids are asleep. These would be ideal times to exercise to some, but let’s be honest; it’s not happening. Now that my babies have somewhat synchronized nap times in the afternoon, I’ve started to try to get a workout in during that time… if I’m lucky.

Here are 7 steps to working out as a stay-at-home mom. Good luck!

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Cooking Dinner with Two Under Two

Dinnertime is an interesting time in our house. It usually involves James becoming bored with his toys, Ella waking from her afternoon nap and wanting to eat, and Mama ready to throw in the towel and put the kids to bed. What can I say? Life is monotonous as a stay at home mom (exciting and fun, but monotonous) and I am ready to have some help from my husband by 5 pm. Once he joins our circus, I get my second wind and can enjoy dinner with my family!

Tonight, Chris was a bit busier with work than usual (a little frustrating because he is working from the other room but I am getting better about this!)
and I decided to let James “help” me with dinner. In other words, I decided that with the recipe I was trying out tonight (cauliflower pizzas) that I needed a little more time to prepare, and I would simply let James do what he wanted while I cooked dinner. So I blocked us both in the kitchen/dining room and let him go crazy! It was kind of refreshing to let go of my perfectionist self for a little while and watch him having fun while trashing our dining room. Here’s a photo to document this, and to prove to everyone that I did let my toddler make a mess.

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Why I Had Two Kids Under Two by 27

There are many perks to having babies close together, and being young while doing it!

Among my friends, I am a bit of a rarity. I am only 27 years old and I have had two kids already who are less than two years apart in age. I always knew that family was a priority to me, and although I was passionate about my career as a teacher and worked my butt off to get my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, having kids was my number one goal in life. So far, I’ve pretty much followed my “plan;” go to college, grad school, marry my high school sweetheart, buy a house, get a job, have babies, and live happily ever after.

My twenties have definitely been a rollercoaster ride, as most are, and life has thrown us some twists and turns that we didn’t expect, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! Here’s why I’m glad that I had two babies in two years by 27 years old:

 

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Monday Minute – Health and Fitness Style!

Happy Monday!

I’m feeling on top of the world today because we are all recovered from our stomach bug! YAY! Here’s what’s going on in our house today:

  1. Baking! I’ve started seriously meal-planning for the week and it’s helped lower our grocery bill and keep us healthy so far. This week I made these amazing, delicious, zucchini chocolate chip muffins. They have a ton of ingredients, which can be overwhelming, but     they are so clean, yummy, and easy to grab on the go. Here’s the recipe

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I Never Truly Appreciated My Mom Until My Kids Got Sick

After all those years of my mom taking care of me, picking me up when I had fallen down, giving me the confidence I needed to succeed, and then letting me off into my own worlds while giving gentle guidance along the way, I can honestly say I never truly appreciated her as much as I did when my kids got sick.

My son has only been sick three times in his life, and every time my mom was there to help my family pick up the pieces and get well.

 

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Thoughtful Thursday – Give Yourself a Break!

As I look around at my crowded livingroom, at the saltine cracker crumbs lining the floor, toys scattered here and there, Sesame Street playing on tv, a cold cup of coffee I started drinking hours ago, and the workout DVD I was supposed to start 10 minutes ago staring me in the face, I can’t help to wonder why we never give ourselves a break.

As a fairly new mom to two, I often feel like I jumped into this “ball-pit” if you will of motherhood; no actually, I cannonballed into it without one look behind me and only high hopes of the future. I never took a breath before I made the decision to quit the job I was just beginning to be good at to stay home with my kids, and I have absolutely no regrets. My husband and I have often been “the firsts” in our groups of friends. The first people to live together, get a dog, buy a house, have children… and that always made me happy. I always felt like we were so put togther and organized, and knew that our number one goal in life had nothing to do with money or careers- it was to have a family.

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Monday Minute

Good Morning and happy Monday! I definitely don’t get the Monday blues anymore since I stopped working, especially because it’s absolutely freezing out there today and I’m glad we don’t have to leave the house. But if you are having a tough Monday so far, there’s nothing like a huge baby bow to brighten your day! Ella and I were playing dress-up yesterday. Isn’t she just adorable? I can’t help myself with these bows…

Monday minute is a post where I’ll tell you a little bit about our upcoming week and what we have planned! Here goes:

 

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