My Life as a Parent, discovering my Dreams & my Realities.
Motherhood- My Journey so far (Birth thru 2 years)
We recently celebrated my Stepson turning 15 & my Daughter turning 2.. AND Wow! What an Unforgetable Experience becoming a Parent has been so far. My heart has never felt SO full of Love. Never have I been/felt so selfless! Having kids is one of the BEST things that has ever happened to me. Is it easy being a Mom? Heck No! I’ve been beat up by a kicking screaming baby, had chunks of my hair pulled out, thought I had broken me nose or chipped my teeth Multiple times. So no, it’s not easy, its a daily test of Patience, and yet seeing my children smile fills my heart with so much happiness that it makes it all 100% worth it!
I was fortunate enough to get my feet wet first in the Parenthood pool when I Married my Husband Jason and gained my Stepson Connor (he was 10 years old at the time). Connor is a Musical, Artistic, Fun-Loving Special Needs Teen who has many other challenges in life (like being Blind and having Cerebral Palsy). From assisting Connor get around, to feeding Connor, to any bathroom care, Connor just needs a little more assistance.. and always will. Connor has shown me how to love, care & look after someone that much more. I am so thankful I’ve gotten to experience certain challenges, rough days, break-downs and other situations that have actually helped me gain more experience as a caregiver.
In 2016 we gave birth to our daughter Allison. For me, it was an Emotional Birthing process and my changing hormones afterwards just felt like they were dragging me down. Trying to get use to my new Role as a Mother was a transition and as soon as I did develop a routine Allison would change hers. The first year and a half felt very discombobulated mostly because a baby that little is extremely dependent and can’t even do so much as roll over on their own.
Having two children did become more work and schedules were constantly changing from sleeping to eating times my daughter required. At first I was not sleeping and I had no caffeine intake due to Breastfeeding. As a Breastfeeding Mom I was up ever 2 hours for an hour (at the minimum) at a time. That sudden change from being selfish and getting to sleep-in until anytime I wanted to for as long as I wanted to my new sleepless Mom schedule did get a little easier as Allison got older and slept more often but honestly took me about a year and a half to feel normal again/back to my pre-pregnancy self.
Now, I’m not trying to sound negative, I’m just saying all of this to try and stay transparent, honest and hopefully relatable to anyone who might also be struggling with something I’ve been though. I want you to know you’re not alone with any of these Mom struggles! I’m here to confirm with you that it does get easier and before you know it your completely dependent baby will be an independent walking-talking toddler! If times ever get too stressful just take a minute to yourself, take a step back and just remember this period of time may seem eternal for you now, but it is actually just a short chapter in your book of life.
Until next time✌️ Like, SHARE & let me know any of your struggles/suggestions.
Making Bathtime More Fun!
Looking for a way to make Bathtime a more enjoyable activity for your little one? Well Crayola has your back! They offer SO many different types of Bathtime Activities, but in this blog I’m talking about: Color Bath Dropz💚
These SUPER COOL “Color Bath Dropz” from Crayola are game changers but here are few reasons, as a Mother, why I like this product:
- Its made right here in the USA 🇺🇸
- Washes Off Easily (Doesn’t Stain)
- Fragrance-Free (Not harsh on Sensitive Skin)
- Affordable (<$4)
Inside this 3.59oz. container there are 60 Water-Coloring Tablets and all you need is 1-2 tablets per Bathtime. When the bathtub is filling up I add in the tablet(s) and they disintegrate within a few minutes just like a bath bomb breaks apart once it hits the water. Then I kinda just move the water around to mix well.
At this point, now that the water is colored & the bath is finishing filling up, I add BUBBLES! You don’t have to add bubbles, it just adds to my littles ones bathtime experience💜 (The reason I add the bubbles toward the end is I found when the Bath Drops are disintegrating they seem to wipe out the Bubble I purposely added.. so to Save Money and Bubbles I add them towards the end)
Another great part of the Crayola Color Bath Dropz is that they are Primary Colors. Why does this matter? Because now instead of just 3 colors to choose from, you can color your kids baths a bunch of different colors! There’s: Red, Blue, Yellow, Green, Orange & Purple!.. Now the pictures I have on this post I used 2 “red” tablets to get the pink looking bath water & I used 1 “yellow” and 1 “blue” tablet each to make the green looking bath water. So you can see theres a slight color difference (like the red looks more pink) BUT honestly, my little one LOVES any color I throw in the tub.
I hope you enjoyed my Blog Post on “Making Bathtime More Fun!” Keep in mind that this product would be great for a normal day but especially great for a Rainy Day pick-me-up activity for the kids. They may be stuck inside but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. With great products like these their imaginations soar! I genuinely enjoy these little moments with my daughter and I can tell she does too. I hope I’ve helped inspire you to find more ways to get creative with your own children💕 Thanks Crayola!
Happy Fathers Day💗
Hurray for FATHERS DAY! To all the Awesome Fathers who are active in their kids lives, Thanks You!🙌 In my opinion hard working Dads like this deserve to be acknowledged EVERYDAY for what they do.. It’s not easy being a parent, and for those Dads who Teach, Empower & Praise their kids (among other things) are making such a difference in these Little Humans well-being👧 Kids are very Impressionable, so why not be one of the good roles out there who children can model after. Being a Parent comes with its challenges.. but I’ve never seen such Hard Work put in (physically and emotionally) than that of my Husbands. Having Connor (who has Special Needs, Cerebral Palsy and is Blind) has taught him (us) a lot and has created more love in our hearts in general. Jason has been by Connors side his whole life and dedicates/prioritizes his life to Connor. Not because he has to, he says “it’s just the right thing to do. I’m just doing my job” he’s said it’s sad being complimented/”congratulated for just doing something your suppose to be doing”. This is the kind of Man that makes me Proud to call my Husband and Father to our children👨👧👦
It’s so easy and common for Fathers to give up/disappear from their children’s loves or just not be there for their kids.. life has its bad times but home should be a retreat/ a place to come to that fosters love, acceptance & open communication. It shouldn’t ever be a place where your kids don’t want to go back to, are afraid to go to, or feel like they cant talk to you. I am THANKFUL for those men like my own husband who continually try to do what’s right and good for his family.
I hope that this Blog Post has help shed some Positive Light on Dad Life. The Media still has a long way to go to portray the right type of Dad figure to look up to in Life. But this Post was meant to feel Refreshing/Enlightening and to put a spotlight on those Dads who Dad with all their Heart, Mind, Body and Soul. Whether it be spending quality time with your kids, building & assembling things for your kids to play with, cooking for them/cleaning up any messes, helping & giving assistance when needed.. to all of the Fathers who work hard and provide for your family everyday, THANK YOU & keep up the Hard Work👍👍 (it’s never gone unnoticed😉)
Happy Fathers Day! #LoveSavesTheDay