It was 7:30 in the morning on a Sunday, and as I heard my daughter's whines and cries of "mama" through the baby monitor I groaned and remembered the days when my only alarm clock on the weekends was sunlight through the curtains and my hungry stomach ready for breakfast. I nudged Kyle to see if he would get up and bring Emery into our room, and he made the joke that she was calling for me, and to be glad that she at least knows how to say my name (we're still working on the whole "dada" thing 😉 ). I rolled my eyes and then got out of bed to go get Emery, and couldn't help but smile when I opened the door to her bedroom and saw her immediately light up and start bouncing and squawking excitedly at my arrival to take her out of her crib. I brought her into bed with Kyle and I with hopes of having us all go back to sleep for a little bit longer, but quickly gave up on the idea once I realized that Emery was up and ready to party, and making it clear by bouncing and crawling over every surface of our bed. I thought again back to mine and Kyle's pre-baby days of sleeping in, but this time I smiled because I knew that the way that things are now bring so much more happiness than sleeping in late on a Sunday morning. Life as a mother brings SO many challenges, but the blessings that it carries far outweighs any sort of frustration or struggle encountered along the way.
I had a friend/small shop owner pose the question in a Facebook group, "What is your favorite part about being a mom"? As different mamas posted their individual answers to the question, I felt overwhelmed by the amount of love that I could see each of these women had for their children. It also made me think long and hard about what specifically I love most about being a mom. There's obviously a million things that could be added to that list, but the more I thought about the question, the more I realized just how much value the knowledge of it's answer holds. So in honor of Mother's Day this weekend, I decided to sit and write a message to my one sweet daughter about my absolute favorite things about being her mom. I write the letter for her, in hopes that she'll one day look back and read about how much she's always been loved, but I also write for me, so that on those days when dreaded "mom guilt" steps in and I feel like I'm not doing nearly as well as I should be, I can look back and read and remember all of those most important things that bring me so much joy, and I feel like that will make all of the difference.
A very happy Mother's Day to all of my fellow mamas out there, whether you're a mom of two, ten, one, a mom-to-be, a mama with angel babies, grand-babies, and anything in between. I love you all dearly, and think that you're all amazing for all that you do. Enjoy your day for you!
weight & height: 21.4 pounds and 29 inches long. I had a bit of a growth spurt this last month and am getting so tall! eating & sleeping: I'm eating more and more solid foods now and have gotten to a point where I enjoy being able to pick food up with my fingers and put it in my mouth. I still love bananas, and veggie straws have become a new favorite snack along with my yogurt bites. Sleeping has been a little rough for us, the older I get the more extreme my FOMO (fear of missing out) becomes, so there's been several times that I've skipped naps or woken up in the middle of the night ready to party, just in case anyone else is ready to party too. 😉 I'm slowly learning that mom and dad really just sleep during the night though, and am working to get back into my regular sleep routine. exciting firsts/milestones: Shortly after learning to crawl, I decided to take things to the next level and have started standing myself up on things. I love being able to see everything that I can, and it seems like the taller I get the more I can see! things I love: Right now my favorite things in the entire world are crawling and exploring everything that I can, being outside, and screaming at the top of my lungs so that people can hear my voice. I especially love screaming in public places where my voice can echo and carry, and have had a few instances at the grocery store where friendly people will stop to say hi and let mommy know that they heard me from across the store. I also love bath time, reading books, clapping my hands, and opening and closing all of the doors and cupboards in the house. things I don't enjoy so much: Last month I noted that I don't really enjoy getting dressed or undressed, and since then I've expanded that to also not enjoying wearing my diaper. I don't know how to take it off yet (mommy says thank heavens for that) but whenever I'm getting my diaper changed I'll try to flip around and crawl away as fast as I can before mom or dad has a chance to put my diaper on. I also don't love being taken away from something that I'm exploring, and can pitch a pretty quick fit if mom and dad tell me I'm not allowed to get into something that I really want. mom & dad's biggest parenting lesson so far: If there's one thing that Mommy has learned so far, it's that as soon as she starts to think that she's got this parenting business down, that it's my job as a baby to put her in her place and help her realize that she still has SO much to learn. From teething, to sleeping & eating, to baby-proofing and everything in between, I'm sure to keep Mommy & Daddy on their toes. There's always something new to learn, but since that's part of what makes parenting so fun/exciting, I guess that is a-ok. 😉
Can you believe that we are already into the double-digit months?! I was working on Emery's baby book this last weekend (of course I procrastinated completing it until she's almost a year) and was just amazed at how quickly time really has flown by! Our baby girl will be a year before we know it, so I'm trying to do my best to soak in every second of her growth.
em's shirts, snail print shorts, snail print dress: c/o ahoy amigo (use code SIMPLYPETT to save)
raindrop bow: sapling + knots (use code SWEETEMERY to save) | hat+ denim shorts: target
blue gingham bow: saywer & sloane | floral headband: little ms kays | moccs: rad moccs
If there is one thing that could be "defined" as one of my character traits, it is that unless my livelihood depends on it, I will choose fun over work pretty much every single time. Some might consider this a flaw because when there's lots of fun to be had, a lot of the work (cough cough, housework, grocery shopping, blogging, etc....) tends to get pushed to the side. Although those things have most definitely taken a backseat this past month, as I go back and reflect on what I spent my month doing, I don't regret choosing fun one single bit. H (the little boy I nanny for those just checking in) got a new little sister, so while he gets to spend time with his mommy and new baby for a few months, for the first time really since Em's been born I've been able to really experience what it's like to be a stay-at-home mom to just my one sweet little girl. We've been incredibly busy - we went to Utah to visit family, pulled an all nighter for a year's worth of free pizza, tried frozen yogurt for the first time (for Emery at least... heaven knows I've had my fair share of the dessert 😜 ), had Emery's first Easter, go on walks several times a week and are constantly outside and on the go with friends and Kyle when he's free from school. With everything that's been going on, I've found that I have very little time for things like social media and just media in general, and I'm surprised at just how OK I feel about being a little bit detached from it all. For memories sake I've still taken/posted plenty of pictures (big Chatbooks fan over here), but it has been so cleansing to just take a step back from everything else and live life simply for the sake of enjoying it in that very moment just how it is, and to not have to worry about what everyone else in the social media world is doing. For the first time ever I feel like I've gained a better understanding of what #childhoodunplugged really means, and I have a higher motivation to expand that from Emery to myself and try to live my own life a little more "unplugged". Summertime is quickly coming, and along with the warmer weather and summer festivities is Emery's first birthday and the realization that my sweet little girl will soon be a toddler and no longer a baby. These years are so short, and everyday I want to do my best to make sure that I'm soaking them in as much as I possibly can. So expect to see more messy knees and hair, comfy summer clothes (these cute ones from Ahoy Amigo are literally perfect for babies/toddlers), and probably lots more pictures of things like ice cream and outside walks and playdates, and other "typical" life as we know it types of pictures/posts. Since those are a few of Emery's favorite things right now, I fully intend to enjoy them all with her and give her the best living-in-the-moment, "unplugged" summer & childhood that I can. ❤️
weight & height: 20.6 pounds and 27 (ish) inches long. According to these numbers not much has changed since last month, but we've heard that the growing slows down a bit the older I get so we'll take it! eating & sleeping: I'm still going to bed around 8 at night and will usually sleep until about 8:30 the next morning. Along with my two bottom teeth, I also have a total of 4 new teeth coming in up top, so lately I've loved trying more solid foods in addition to my regular baby food and milk. My favorite "solid" treats so far are the Happy Baby yogis (freeze-dried yogurt and fruit snacks) but puffs are a close second. exciting firsts/milestones: Along with my four new top teeth coming through, this past month I reached a really big milestone by starting to crawl! On the morning of March 12th, Daddy was playing toys with me and was setting up a tower from my stackable cups. I thought that it needed to be knocked over, so I pushed myself up and crawled right over to it to knock it down! Since that morning I've gotten really fast at it and am constantly crawling and trying to find new things to explore! things I love: Since learning how to crawl, I've really loved getting into everything that I can. This includes garbage cans, electrical cords, the "on" button on Daddy's xbox, and the shelves on the entertainment center. Mommy says that I've been working really hard to help her see all the places in her house that she thought were baby proof that actually aren't. 😉 I also love playing with toys, talking and playing with people (as always) and anything that lights up and/or makes sounds. I've also learned how to clap my hands, and love doing that whenever I feel like it's appropriate. things I don't enjoy so much: Overall I'm a pretty content baby, but one thing lately that I haven't loved very much is having to get clothes put on. Whether it be my outfit for the day or my pajamas for bedtime, I'll squiggle and squirm as much as possible and try to get away from Mom before she's able to get the clothes over my head. I also don't care for wearing socks or shoes, and will usually kick them off of my feet within two minutes of them being put on. At this stage of baby life, I've found that a diaper and bow is really all I need, and I'm still trying to get Mommy and Daddy on board with my mindset. 😜 mom & dad's biggest parenting lesson so far: This past month my friend H got a new baby sister, so while he spends time with her and his mommy, me and my Mommy have had the chance to have a lot more one-on-one time together. Daddy also had his spring break from school, so on top of getting more time with Mommy we also had the chance to spend more time with Daddy as well. It's not so much a lesson this month, but Mommy and Daddy both have talked this month about just how much they appreciate the family time that we've been able to have together, and just how much we want to make sure that we don't waste a single second of it. ❤️
emery's bow: sweet little soul
So..... the past five days or so it has been literally freezing cold in Kentucky. Like chill you to the bone, too cold to breath or even think about going outside to even check the mail cold. I'm not really sure what the deal with the weather is since we had weather into the 60's all throughout February, but this last week of freezing temperatures put me a little out of spirits and made me a major hermit. I finally decided that I needed to get out of my rut, but since going outside obviously still wasn't an option, we decided to bring the fun indoors with some finger (or in Em's case full body 😉 ) painting! This was Emery's first time finger painting and I was soooo happy that she actually liked it and enjoyed getting into the paints! She was a little apprehensive at first, but I think that once she realized that it was okay for her to get messy in the paints she went to town on it and had a blast! We had a few of her baby friends over and had a blast with diapered babies and messy paints for a whole afternoon! The best part about these paints in that they are 110% safe for babies to use and are even edible! We made them straight from everything in our kitchen in less than 5 minutes and were having fun immediately after! I figured that I'd include a quick DIY in here so that if anyone reading is itching to have some fun you can give it a try! I hope you all enjoy! Happy DIY-ing!
skill level: easy | total time: 5 minutes | cost: free!
And that's it! Easy peasy and provides a ton of fun for you and your little one! Just as one last note, because the paints are made out of food, these definitely aren't the types of paintings that you'll be hanging up on the fridge once they're done (we just tossed the garbage bags and paper in the trash when done for quick cleanup) but it does make for a great sensory activity for babies and can also be great to work on colors with toddlers. Hope you all enjoy!
I'm Chelsea. I'm a wife, mommy, photographer, and lover of life's little adventures. Join me here to celebrate the beautiful things in people and life.