November 7, 2012

What I've Learned

I wrote a guest post on Bekah's blog last Friday and I thought I would share with you part of that post.  I shared some things that I've learned so far as a mom of two.  I don't consider it advice for other mom's because everyone is different and has their own way of doing things.  It's just my little list of thoughts, feelings and lessons learned.

1.  Some days I feel like Super Mom.  Both kids are happy.  I find time to do Tot School with Kyla.  I have dinner on the table when my husband gets home.  I love these days!

2.  Some days I feel like a complete failure.  Both kids are crying.  I haven't even thought about what's for dinner when my husband gets home.  I haven't showered all day.  I feel like I'm on the verge of a breakdown.

3.  One of my favorite things to do is to just pack the kids up in the van and go for a drive.  And pray that they will fall asleep.  If they do, I keep driving.  The wasted gas is absolutely worth the peace and quiet.

4.  It's ok if they cry.  Although I hate when my babies cry, I've come to realize that sometimes it's ok.  I can only do so much.

5.  Technology can be my friend.  Our iPad has been a great investment!  Kyla loves it and I allow her about 20 minutes at night if she is well behaved all morning.  As soon as she sees that thing being pulled out, she gets so excited.  I also have some apps on my phone that I let her play with.  Right now she loves a memory game.  This can really help when she's striving for attention while I need to feed Kase.

6.  Take time for myself.  Even if it's only an hour a week.  This time away to do something for me is so important for my sanity.  It definitely makes me a better mom and wife.  Whether it's exercising, shopping, taking a long, hot bath, I need it to re-energize!

7.  Rotate toys for the toddler.  She gets bored with the same old toys so I try to switch them out each week so they seem "new" to her.  I wonder how long I can get away with this?

8.  Have support.  I have some amazing people in my life.  My husband, Tyler, is by far the best Dad in the world.  And my mom usually comes over once a week for a couple hours.  She usually takes care of Kase so I can spend one on one time with Kyla.  It works out great!  Not only is it nice to have help with the kids, it's just nice to have someone to visit with.

9.  Cherish every moment.  I know everyone always says how fast they grow up, but seriously, my baby is almost two!

10.  It's ok to bribe the toddler.  Yes, I admit it, I have bribed her with a sucker.  And a couple weeks ago I posted about her getting her way at Target and us leaving with a $20 toy laptop.  I am not proud of it, but like I said, I'm keeping it real on my little blog.

11.  Be thankful every single day for these two blessings.

7 comments:

  1. I had read your guest post already, but wanted to say I love these pics! That Kase is so photogenic :-)

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  2. I loved reading this when you guest posted. These are all so true :)
    Love your blog!! :)

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  3. Bribery is definitely used in my house....win/win situation!!!
    I also go on long car rides to enjoy the quiet!!

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  4. Your honesty is wonderful, ma'am. Love it! I'm positive you are one heck of a momma! :)

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  5. I'm new to the blog world! I love your blog! Your children are beautiful and I LOVE their names :)Everything you said in this post is so true, love it!!

    My blog:
    www.brynncessdiaries.blogspot.com

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