Thursday, February 16, 2017

They call HER mama- Erin

I am SUPER excited for my guest post today. It's the one and only SISTER!!! Her post is great. I am so happy she took the time to share some amazing mama tips because she KNOWS!!! Thanks again Sister. ;) You rock!!!


Hi all! My name is Erin and I am Emily’s younger sister. First off, I will give you the extra short version of our family timeline thus far: Pete and I married in October 2010. November 2012 we had our first precious baby girl, Zetta Mae. Shortly after our sweet surprise, Nora Katherine arrived in March 2014. God surprised us one more time with another baby girl, Willa Faye in July 2016. Needless to say, we are in the midst of toddler/baby chaos. I work full time as the office manager of a local non-profit. My husband, Pete, also works as the Finance Director at a local car dealership. We own and manage multiple rental properties together as a family. Pete and I have moved seven times together, and four since having children. Friends, let me tell you, we are BUSY. We aren’t the most organized people, but we get the job done. Today I am going to share a few things that I have learned in my (short) few years of being a full time working (outside of the home) parent household.

The truth is, I am still as crazy as ever. I feel like there aren’t enough hours in each day, and I’m ridden with mom guilt (although, three babies later and I have accepted it never goes away). My life has changed so much in the past 4 years and I still don’t feel like “myself”, but I think instead of getting back to who I was, I am becoming someone new. Life shapes us as we grow, so I am accepting this season of life for what it is, chaos and all. It’s beautiful, fun and I love it even if I feel like my head is spinning in million different directions on the daily. I like this new, mom-ified version of myself. Sure, I could really use a haircut and manicure, but that’s for another day.

Here are my tips to maintaining sanity with three kids age four and under:

It took me three kids to get here, but I have accepted it. I have accepted that I am not perfect. I use to want everything to be perfect. I wanted to make everything perfect for my girls. An organized, clean house, a home cooked meal 7x a week, play dates, my house decorated for all the holidays big and little, their outfits, hair..etc, etc. Once I let go of the guilt and accepted that I am doing my best, and it is okay if the dishes aren’t done and choose to head downstairs to play Barbie's for 30 minutes before bedtime instead. I want my girls to look back and see their mom being present in their life and not a mom who is always saying “just a second” as I am sweeping every last crumb and putting their shoes in the exact right place.

I hire someone to clean for me. Do you have a house cleaner? If your answer is no, stop reading and start searching for a cleaning lady right this instant. Worth. Every. Penny. Before I had someone else helping out I had a cleaning chart for myself and I completed one small task per day (vacuuming, bathrooms, kitchen, dusting, washing sheets, etc) rather than trying to get it all done in one day.

Meal prep. And I will repeat, meal prep. I know it is as annoying as trying to get a fitted sheet on the top bunk mattress, but the accomplished feeling is the same when it is completed. I cook about four nights a week. I have about the same thing each week. Some sort of Mexican on Tuesday, one pan chicken on Wednesday, seafood/pasta Thursday, and pizza Friday. I just turn on some music and knock it out. If you need more meal prep how to’s just comment below and maybe I will do another guest post on just that topic! I have a lot of info to share!

Finding some “me” time and not feeling guilty about it. I started a monthly supper club with a group of friends after having Willa and it has been good for my soul. Most of us are in the midst of toddlerhood and it is great to have a scheduled day each month that I know I get to have dinner with friends. I get to order what I want and don’t have to worry about sharing, wiping noses, 10 potty breaks, and at least one drink getting spilt all over the table. Okay, maybe drinks are being spilt but for totally different reasons! Ha. Find a group of friends that understand your current life and make them a priority, it is worth it!

Set a family day and stick to it. Since Sunday is the only day that Pete doesn’t officially go to work we have deemed it family day! The girls literally call it family day instead of Sunday. We wake up, go to church, and then knock the rest of our errands out as a family. Pete will drop me and two girls off at the grocery store and go do his errands with the other or we will work on a project around the house. Even if we aren’t doing fun things necessarily, we do it together, and that’s what makes it fun!

If I have learned anything in my four years of parenting it is to find what works for your family, and then do that. It is so easy to get caught up in whatever everyone else is doing via social media, but most people only post the good stuff. No one sees the behind the scene toddler fits or junk that is shoved in the oven for that picture-perfect kitchen photo. Once you can accept that every family is different, and you’re giving it all, then your life will get remarkably more fun and happy. At least mine did anyway!

Well thanks so much, sister, for having me today! It was fun! If you would like to follow my crazy family, you can find me on Instagram @erin.ressler

Have a fab day! 

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