Monday Minute

Happy Monday! It’s absolutely gorgeous here (a little hot, but I won’t dare complain) and we are enjoying the outdoors and soaking up the sun as much as we can lately. We had a very productive weekend packing and moving some things and threw in a little fun too by taking a trip to a local zoo.

Here’s what’s going on here this week!

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But First, Coffee. How to Really Enjoy Summer With Your Kids This Year

Every. single. morning. I have the same routine. When I hear one of the kids wake up, I throw some clothes on and put on my glasses. I get both of them downstairs, change diapers, give the toddler a drink and fruit, feed the baby if she needs to be fed, and I turn on PBS. (Yes, the baby watches way more TV than my toddler did, and no, the tv is not on all day.) I choose this time wisely to make our tv time, because ya know what I always do next?

Drink my coffee. 

Yes, I realize that a great portion of America drinks their coffee in the morning before really starting their day, but this ritual is more than just “waking up.” It’s not really about the coffee, but more about the me time. Yes, it may seem selfish that I want to enjoy a hot cup of coffee while my kids watch tv, but they are also playing, overjoyed to see one another, and just waking up themselves and this is an absolutely necessary routine we have grown to love. I believe in the importance of independent play with supervision and this is a great way to practice too :).  Plus it only ever lasts about 10 minutes, trust me!

As a stay-at-home mom, my kids need me ALL DAY LONG. I am always there for them. It’s the most amazing thing in the world. Also the hardest. Every mom needs a minute to herself, and I choose to take this minute right when we wake up. It refuels me. It gives me strength. It allows me to take a deep breath before starting the day so that I can reflect on how to be the best mom I can be, before I let myself feel upset or defeated. It’s everything.

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Ella is 9 Months Old!

This baby girl is 9 months old today! I can’t believe that in just 3 short months Ella will be a year old. The first year really does fly. Well, they all do! I couldn’t be more in love with our sweet little ball of energy, and although she drives me crazy sometimes, she also makes me the happiest mommy in the world <3.

We’ve been so busy lately with organizing for our move in a few weeks, but I just had to come on and share all of the new things Ella has been up to in the last month! She is growing and changing like crazy, and really becoming her own little person.

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