I finished watching TLC’s “What Not to Wear- Mommy Edition”. I would love to be able to do as they suggest and wear the “easy breezy cotton jersey dress”…but then came down to the realization that being a SAHM with a toddler and baby, that kind of dress would only be do-able on the days I am not at home or when both boys are much older. A dress is not ideal for being down on the ground playing legos with “J” or tickling “E”s belly. This being said I have taken a look at my wordrobe and I am stuck in a rut- a big fat rut. Jeans (not mom-up-past-your-belly-button-jeans- usually mid rise Levis or sweetheart cut Old Navy), a t-shirt or sweater over a nursing cami. That’s it. On Sundays I might get to wear dress pants and a nicer shirt, but that is for church and afterwards I come home and change into my rut-driven clothes. On my feet aren’t heels- that’s too hard to balance with baby on hip, too far to reach for “J”s hand to guide through parking lot, and just plain annoying in trying to get through a grocery store line. Instead I wear Nike tennis shoes or simple black ballet flats- easy to run quickly after a stray toddler and slip off the moment I walk through the door in some attempt to keep carpet cleaner for learning to crawl “E”.
I guess all I can do now if enjoy all the moments with my babies and hope that I will be able to climb out of this rut when my boys are older, I am not on the floor playing, and can actually try on clothes without being rushed by crying or impatient children. (here’s hoping I don’t need to be on “What Not to Wear”- though five grand would be nice to shop with)
I am thankful…
Each day has a familiar rhythm, but allows for a variety of smiles and memories. “E” is developing his personality everyday, smiles with his whole face, and his favorite place above all is comfy on my hip cradled in the nook of my arm. “J” has a daily dose of smiles, gives genuine kisses, and loves cars, his daddy, and anything Toy Story. Husband is not only my kids’ daddy, but his is an amazing provider, understanding best friend, and the love of my life.
God has truly blessed me- I pray that he has blessed you as well.
There is a HUGE difference between a week-long vacation as a couple and vacation as a family.
As a couple: 2 medium-sized suitcases (his and hers), laptop bag with couple magazines, confirmation numbers for romantic hotel
As a family with two small kids: 3 large suitcases (his, hers, and kids), laptop bag, portable dvd player with toy story 1,2&3, 2 big packages of diapers (one per size), cooler bag of baby food/bibs/spoons/toddler snacks/juice and milk boxes, huge bag of toys and books, 2 car seats, a pack-n-play, 2 strollers, and of course confirmation numbers for hotel that topped the “best family hotel” list
Husband and I are getting super excited about our vacation that is coming up. This is a first for us. As a salesperson, we rarely took vacation because that meant lost commission income. Since Husband got his promotion 6 months ago, he has accrued 2 weeks a year vacation (part of his base salary too!). SO this means we can afford a vacation.
We have decided to go to Disneyland for 2 1/2 days (the 1/2 day is mostly for a night-time show after 8 hours of driving). I am especially excited about this because the park with be in the holiday decorations and my sister will also get to join us for one of the days. We then will go over to Las Vegas for 2 days. Yes, Vegas with kids. We are mostly going because Husband has never been and will most likely entail a lot of walking/shopping/visiting the Hoover Dam.
I am excited to be able to have so much time with Husband. This being said, my posts will be less consistent as I plan out the budget, do laundry, pack the whole family up for a week, get the dog her shots, manage to get dog to kennel with two kids in tow, and then enjoying vacation. Pics will follow after vacation.
Rain, rain, come again another day- how ’bout tomorrow?
I love rain. I love the sound and smell of rain. Today it rained. I loved it.
It was a little cold but not too bad and “J” was anxious to play outside- so I let him with the condition he wear the rain coat and boots (from his Halloween costume). He loved it! It was like he was experiencing rain for the first time.
“E” was bundled up and outside with me too:
“J” likes anything that he can dip- hot dogs, chicken nugget, chips. In order to get nutrition into the toddler diet, I found a recipe that “J” loves. Its a peanut butter yogurt dip and its served with apple, celery, bananas, and pretzels. Its so good I just made it for a whole fondue lunch.
Here is a picture of the plate “J” and I shared (there was a lot left over for lunch tomorrow):
Super simple recipe: whisk together 3/4 cup vanilla yogurt (I used greek yogurt) and 1/2 cup peanut butter. Serve with favorite dippables.
What toys didn’t work for “J” have worked magic on “E”. “J” had no interest in teethers, a dog rattle, or an adorable dog with crinkle ears and jingle bell paws. “E” LOVES them- all of them. He can’t get enough of chewing on the teethers. The dog rattle keeps him content in his plack-n-play so I can grab a quick shower. The dog with crinkle ears and bell paws is one of his favorite toys to chew on while stuck in his car seat on errands.
It amazes me how similar my two boys are, but how completely different they are. I guess that is just a part of being a mom of two and getting to see their personalities come to life.