Its been a busy fall and as I write this I am sitting in a social media training seminar. Missing all of you and hoping to get back in the groove soon.
As I shared before we celebrated Taryn’s first birthday with a fun sunshine themed party! It was a traditional party complete with 55 guests, balloons, a big cake and lots of CHAOS!! 🙂 I promised myself I wouldn’t go overboard with the details and try to enjoy the party but as anyone who has ever thrown a kids birthday party knows it goes by WAY to fast and you don’t have time to talk to anyone or see anything. That said, I glad we got some of the fun photos below to remember “our sunshine’s” big day!
- My great-grandmother’s sloppy-joe recipe! They were served at my first birthday party and now Taryns.
- The highchair I got for $3 at a garage sale! We spray painted it yellow and added a fun ribbon banner. It was hands down my most favorite detail at the party!
- My vintage baby bath tub we used to hold beer and lemonade!
- The three pieces of cake and bottle of champagne I managed to slurp down during the party (I think I was secretly celebrating J and I making it through our first year as parents!)
- Gift opening during naptime = one crabby birthday girl 🙁
- 90 degree temps made it too hot to enjoy outside making for a very crowded house!
- How fast my baby girl is growing up. There are days I swear she changes right before our eyes.
In this issue of “what hot at our house” I thought I would talk about our bedtime routine with Taryn. I think that bedtime routings are so important and very unique to each family. I always love hearing about the little “rituals’ that each family incorporates into their bedtime routing (e.g., prayers, kissing each family member goodnight, telling the dog goodnight, flipping the light switch, etc). Here are a few must haves that we use during our bedtime routine!
Lullaby CD – Currently we are listening to this Latin lullaby CD and I am loving the different sound it provides Taryn (and me) with.
Baby Dee Dee Sleep Nest – We use this sleep sak because it is made out of cotton so we feel like it breaths a little better while keeping her warmer since it is quilted.
Aveeno Lavender and Vanilla Baby Wash – We love the smell of this one better than most on the market and think it is a little more gentle on her skin
Books with Flaps – Lifting up flaps in books is all the rage in our house right now. Lots of giggles at bedtime!
Lovey Blanket – You could probably eliminate one or two of the other things on this list and it would be ok but don’t mess with her Lil Giraffe Blanket! This is her peice of home on days we are at work and she is at daycare.
Have you missed me? I have missed all of you!
I apologize for the lack of posts in the last month but it has been a busy month filled with the opening and closing of many chapters!
- Taryn turned 1! (my baby is officially not a baby any more…:( and 🙂 )
- I started a new job
- My sister got married to an amazing man (congrats!)
- and we sold our family farm
Those of you that know me know that change is a hard thing for me and this past month has definitely tested me. My mother always tells me that even though change is hard good things come from change so we are pushing forward and focusing on (or at least trying to) enjoying the ride!
Below is a picture of the four of us from Taryn’s sunshine themed first birthday party! (this was the closest we could get to everyone looking at the same camera)
I thought I would start a new series called “what’s hot in our house” where we feature some of T’s favorite things for the month. This month these are a few of the “hot” things in T’s world!
A Stuffed Pig named Newton – The best $5 I ever spent at a garage sale
Dolly – I swear there are days she kisses her dolly more than she does us!
Screen Doors – We are just waiting for the screen to break but in the meantime it’s too cute
Len’s Cap Covers – A little baby drool only makes our photos look more authentic 🙂
A Red Swing – She can’t get enough swing time
Being Pulled Around in a Box – Classic fun at its best!
It seemed particularly hard to leave Taryn this morning and there were even few tears on my behalf which hasn’t happened since I went back to work last august. Maybe it was because we had a great weekend together or maybe because she was extra cuddly and smelled like sunshine this morning or maybe it is just the cycle of being a working mom. 🙁 Some days are easier than others…
Someone asked me recently about “mommy guilt” and I can honestly say that what I feel on days like today and every day is not “guilt” but rather envy.
I am SO jealous of those people that get to spend the day with our amazing daughter. I don’t have guilt because I know that I have to work and by me working we can provide her with a home and other necessities of life and I know that the people that care for her each day love her to pieces. But all that said I am still pea-green with envy that I don’t that get to rock her, kiss her forehead, and listen to chuckle when she finds something amusing!
Any other working moms out there that can relate? Do you feel mommy guilt or mommy envy?
I always believe that you should do something special on leap day! We are given an extra day and why not make it memorable. That said, I figured why not dip my toe back into the blogging waters and say hello to all of you!
It has been too long since I have posted and I have missed the site and all of you. Quick update on me and my family….T is officially 8 months old and is on the move! I don’t know where the time has gone! I can honestly say that during the last 2 months we have had more fun with T than we have since she was born. You moms out there know what I am talking about…not much ROI the first few months….(Rookiemoms hit the nail on the head with this article). But T is all smiles now and screeches when we come in the room and I swear my heart stops when she giggles 🙂
I am still working on finding my balance as a working mom and there are days I feel like I do it better than others but I think that balance will probably always be my biggest challenge. Never enough hours in the day…ugh.
Berkley is doing great as well. He will be 3 years old in May and we are hoping that with this milestone some of his separation anxiety issues calm down but somehow I don’t think that will happen! Oh we love him for who he is…vomiting and all J
Finally, I want to say thank you to all of you who took the time to fill out the survey I posted a few months back. Your sweet comments meant a lot to me and I have taken into consideration your feedback. As many of you know becoming a mom changes the lens in which we see the world and I definitely see that reflected in my life and am hopeful that it will be reflected in the blog as well. I feel even more now than ever that I struggle with how much of my personal life to share on the site and not wanting the site to just be a laundry list of things. So please bear with me while I work through some of those issues (and of course welcome any of your thoughts on this balance)!!
SOOOOO of course I have to ask….how are all of you celebrating leap day today???
I have missed all of you and I apologize for being MIA the last few weeks. J, Taryn, Berk and I are still working on finding our groove and as most parents will tell you the minute you think you found it something changes and you have to start all over again! I am back at work and definitely feeling some of the mommy guilt that comes along with that process. It has been great to be back and use my brain for more than lullabies and diaper changes but I miss her terribly and there are days I swear I can actually feel the distance between us. 🙁 I am hopeful I will be back in full swing by the end of the year but in the meantime I appreciate your patience and support!
I thought I would provide you with a quick updated Kiss and Diss!!! Tayrn is almost 4 months old already and I have not only learned a lot about babies but also a lot about my self over the past few months!
- The top of the head smell on your child…is the best smell in the whole world
- Justin is an amazing Dad and my heart bursts when I see them together!
- Babies really do like to be rocked and sang to….i mean who knew!!! I honestly thought that was a myth…ha!
- The book Babywise!! Taryn has been sleeping through the night since 7 weeks and we swear the basic principles in this book helped us help her with this process (thanks Kelly for the recommendation)
- I have a lot more patience than I give my self credit for.
- I feel SO blessed everyday to have such a healthy, happy and beautiful daughter!
- My inability to function on less than 4 hours of sleep!
- The limited time I have to spend with Berk. I miss our walks just the two of us and sometimes find myself craving those quiet moments we used to share in the morning right after the alarm would go off.
- All the clutter that comes with babies! I have learned that you really don’t need much yet somehow your house becomes filled with stuff!
- Forgetting the diaper bag and having to learn the hard way what a “blowout” really looks like!
- Having only 1.5 hrs each night with Taryn after work 🙁
Below is a picture of Berk and Taryn meeting for the first time. He has been so sweet with her it melts my heart. He is a great big brother and I am so proud of how patient he has been during this huge life change! I also include a picture I took on a rainy day last weekend of Taryn. We opted not to do the 3-month professional photos and just play around at home! I can’t believe how big she has gotten!