Wednesday, October 17, 2012

They Call Me Mama


*I was a guest blogger over at Through Clouded Glass and I thought I would share my post on here too! 

     
I am super excited to be a guest blogger today! I have been blogging for about 4 years and I love it. I didn't really know what I was getting myself into when I started. Sometimes I feel a little overwhelmed about posting but then I think about how much I love having so much of our lives documented and don't feel so much pressure. I have recently had most of my blog printed into books. It's rewarding and something so special to me. I hope my children look back someday and enjoy reading them! 

*Tell us a little about yourself.*


My name is Emily. Mark and I have been married almost 5 years. We have 3 children. Two here on Earth and one in Heaven.  Wyatt is 2 (We lost his idential twin brother Ryder.) and Sloane is almost 5 months. I am blessed to be able to stay at home with them everyday! I love it!!! Before I had children I was an elementary teacher. Teaching is such a passion of mine...who knows...maybe someday I will teach again. ;) Mark and I own a small business. It keeps us busy and really helped while he was in school. Mark recently graduated Chiropractic School...So proud!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;) I am a Christian mom and wife who enjoys taking pictures, creating digital scrapbooks, cleaning (I know, weird right?!?!), spending time with family, and doing a little amature decorating. I LOVE Diet Coke way to much and sometimes really have to focus on not "sweating the small stuff" in life. Mark and I have been through a lot together in our few years of marriage, things some will never have to go through. It has only made a closer and our relationship with Christ deeper. 

*What is/are your babies name{s} and how old is/are he/she?*

We have 2 children. Wyatt Mark turned 2 in May...
and Sloane Michelle was born in March. She will be 7 months this month...

*Give us an idea of what a typical day looks like for you.*


-6am-7am wake up
-feed Sloane, unload dishwasher, move laundry, brush my teeth, let out dogs, etc.
-7:30-8:30 Wyatt wakes up, get breakfast for Wyatt, make beds
-9:00-9:30 feed Sloane, get her down for morning nap
-9:30-? complete household chores, check e-mail (personal and business), sit with Wyatt and watch a little morning tv
-11:30 We usually get out of the house before 11:30 but at the latest 11:30, we run errands, get a diet coke ;), 
-12noon, lunch time for all
-1pm nap time for Wyatt and Sloane, read him a few books, try to get her asleep *this nap for her is tricky and not consistent* 
-1pm-3:30, I run around like a chicken with my head cut off, I start preparing dinner, move laundry, clean up toys, etc.
-3:30 usually everyone is getting up from naps, we eat a snack, feed Sloane, I have tried to do something fun inside since it's been super hot outside (example: stamps, inside dino dig, bake cookies, paint/color, build a train track) 
-5pm- 7pm begin/start and finish dinner, it all depends on the day and when Mark gets home when all this happens
-7pm Mark or I clean up kitchen, get the kids ready for bed, Sloane's bedtime bottle and she goes to bed
-8pm One of us lay down with Wyatt and read to him
-8-10pm Mark and I watch tv, read, work on computer, etc
-10pm BEDTIME! ;) 
wake up and do it all over again.....

*If you had to choose three words to describe your babies personality{s}, what would they be?*
Wyatt- lovable, all BOY, deturmined
Sloane-precious, petite, whiny (Just being honest here...I wanted to put drama queen but it's 2 words, LOL.)

 *What's your favorite part about being a mom?*
Being loved by someone so innocent-
 

Do you have any tips on losing the baby weight and/or keeping up with your appearance after baby?
 Nurse, nurse, nurse....I am a firm believer in nursing helping drop the lbs! ;) Also I think just trying to eat healthy, drinking LOTS of water, and taking an evening walk with the kids also helps a lot! 


What have you and your husband done since your baby's arrival{s} to keep your relationship strong?
 This is a tough one. The birth of the twins was such an emotional time. I believe death either brings people closer together or RIPS them apart. Ryder's death has created a bond between Mark and I that goes deeper than I can even describe. To help keep our relationship strong as husband and wife we have continued to take time to be together without children. We knew before Wyatt was born we had a goal for our home to remain "Christ-centered" not "kid-centered." We didn't want our children running the show. We have also taken a few overnight stays without children and allowed them to spend the night at the g-parents. This is just healthy for all decision.  Don't get me wrong it was SUPER hard the first time and we always miss them like crazy but it's so needed. There are so many biblical things we have strived to reach/maintain to keep our relationship as husband and wife strong. Sometimes when I get upset, miss my kids, or don't want to leave them...I just remind myself of the example we are setting. It is SO important for children to grown up watching their parents taking time to be together. It is also getting tougher as Wyatt can talk but it's also given us an even better chance to explain how the Lord wants a mommy and daddy relationship to be...he is sad when we leave but after all....we want to maintain a Christ centered home NOT a kid centered one. ;) 


*Are there any must-have products that you would recommend to other mom's?*

This is such a good question. It's funny what a first time mom THINKS is a NEED and when the second comes around what you know you can do without and what was great! I have changed quite a few things since Wyatt but it's because I have become more knowledgeable/done my research about stuff. I believe the ol'saying "you get what you pay for" is true when it comes to most baby items! With that being said we have saved and shopped around for many of the items we have. We didn't get them all at one time and actually have made many sacrificing in other areas so we our children can have the items they do.-Ok, I am done justifying and getting off my soapbox.- Back to those "must-have" items...I am limiting it to my top 5...in no certain order...

A double stroller... WE LOVE our Britax B-ready...(this is a picture off google, not my children, ha) 
Video Monitor-this was something we didn't think we needed since we don't have a very big house. All the bedrooms are on the same level and close together. We later decided this was a good idea. We have had 3 different ones but these are by far the best (Summer Infant Sleek and Secure video monitor)...
Cloth diapers-I didn't think I would ever be saying this but I LOVE THEM! It's really not hard to do and saves so much $$$. They cost a bit up front but way worth it in the end. I will say it's not something you can't halfway do, you will end up spending more money if you do that. ;) 
A practical highchair-This our most recent purchase. With Wyatt we had a Graco highchair that folder up but we always just pushed it in a corner. Sloane was in need of one and Wyatt was still needing some sort of child seat, he wasn't ready for a regular chair yet. There was an amazing sale so we were able to get the STOKKE Tripp Trapp chair. It grows with your child and can even be used by adults up to 300 lbs. It was a great investment...
A breast pump-I couldn't do it without this. Wyatt was breast fed until he went to whole milk and table food. I plan to do the same for Sloane. It is the best for your child...it's a sacrifice and not easy to do let alone do until they are one. We are a VERY bust family and always on the go. It would be easier to be able to mix up some formula but not something we want for our children. I have a stock pile and a pump has made this a bit easier...
*What has been your favorite moment or outing as a family so far?*
Hmmm...that's a tough one....We spend lots of time with our families and that's always a great time. We also went to Disney World when Wyatt was 11 months old. We had a great time there too! I love evenings at home as a family. Dinner, dishes, tv watching, a little make believe with Wyatt, snuggles from Sloane...just family time. If I had to pick a specific moment maybe Wyatt's 1st b-day...when everyone was singing to him, we blew out the candle, and he ate the cake. It was special. His first year of life was a very emotional time for us as family. We I went all out for his party. It was a GREAT time!! It was all worth it...so fun being surrounded by family and friends for a special boy. ;) 

 
*Any advice for first-time mothers?*

Take time to just sit and stare at your baby. Hold your baby. Rock your baby. Every thing else you think HAS TO GET DONE really CAN WAIT. It sounds so cliche but you will blink and you won't have a baby anymore so just enjoy it while you can. They are only that little for a small amount of time. 

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