This Season Of Motherhood

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I’m finding myself extremely fond of this particular season of motherhood. There are many times a day that I try and soak into my memory moments that are so fleeting. My husband and I celebrated this weekend with a couple who are expecting their first child next month. This celebration of new life had me reflecting upon the past 2 1/2 years and how quickly they’ve gone by. The first few months are such a blur of no sleep, feeding the baby, changing their diaper, and keeping your sanity. I remember feeling so guilty for grieving the loss of my old life, my independence, my life with just my husband. We soon settled into a groove that was beautiful, I had dreamed of being a stay at home mom since I was little and I was finally living my dream. Each phase seemed to come and go so quickly, our schedule of life changed as soon as we got used to the previous one. I craved something more consistent, I was am such a planner and scheduled person that the shifting phases of newborn life was a challenge for me.

 

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I remember researching each phase, and how long it would last, getting ready to prepare for the next one. However, if I’m ever blessed with another child I will choose to live in the present season, and soak up every little moment in that season (even the hard ones).

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I am loving the current phase of motherhood I am in right now. I love the wonderful interactions and conversations I have with Charlotte. I would talk to Charlotte constantly when she was a baby but it’s so different having her be able to understand what I say and react to it. She is seriously a sponge, she soaks up everything, watching, listening. I love her sense of humor, she’s truly hilarious. Though we have a solid schedule (she goes to bed at 7:30 and is up at 7am, naps from 1-3) we do have flexibility if our days require it. She rarely has trouble sleeping at night (thank you Jesus) and loves her naps (another thank you Jesus). She has started to remember when I tell her something exciting that is coming up (like a birthday party, and ice cream treat, etc) this is both good and bad.

“Mama, I love you forever” is what my daughter told me one day while I was holding her close to me. I know she doesn’t understand the concept of forever but she does understand love. When I dreamed of our lives together when I was pregnant I dreamed of a life full of joy and love. I wanted my daughter to understand the love that I feel for her, that there is nothing I wouldn’t do for her. In the moment she spoke those words to me I felt like she knew, she could feel what I felt for her. This season of motherhood I am choosing to be present and soak up all that I can knowing that it will pass all too quickly and I won’t be able to get it back.

What My Two Year Old Eats

I’m going to start the post with a preface; my daughter has always been a great adventurous eater with a good appetite, until she turned two! I love the topic of nutrition and try to be responsible in my food choices for our growing daughter. I homemade all of her baby food with organic fruits and veggies, I started adding probiotics to her milk when she started drinking it, she didn’t have any sugar her first year of life, etc. Things quickly (and annoyingly) changed after she turned two. We now have DAILY I mean d.a.i.l.y. struggles over meals, something I’m still kind of trying to figure out! So here are some meals that we she has been eating lately.

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Applegate chicken sausage, organic cheddar cheese, apple with peanut butter, organic mixed veggies

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Whole grain toast with peanut butter topped with sliced banana’s and a sprinkle of chia seeds, fried egg, apple gate chicken sausage, vitamins, whole milk

Blueberry Chobani yogurt, protein pancake, apple gate sausage, defrosted organic cherries and blueberries, vitamins and milk.

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Egg bake, whole wheat toast with grass fed butter and organic strawberry jelly, vitamins and whole milk.

 

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This was Valentine’s breakfast, heart shaped pancake with pink sprinkles, heart shaped apples and sausage.

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Chicken burger, salad, and sliced strawberries.

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Jasmine rice, sliced steak, stir-fry veggies, and stir-fry sauce for dipping.

As you can tell we really love the apple gate chicken sausage around here, it’s easy/nutritious and has protein. You’ll also notice a lot of these pictures are from breakfast, it’s the least crazy meal around my house. Lunch is almost always leftovers from dinner the night before or some sort of snack plate and dinner is just usually too crazy for me to remember to take a picture.

So tell me…

What’s your toddler’s favorite meal/food right now?

Any ideas you would like to share?

Fun Facts Friday!

Hi everyone! It’s been an awesome week around here and we have a pretty great weekend in store as well.

Charlotte had her Valentine’s Day party at school yesterday and it was probably the cutest thing ever. Though I was thankful she only had 16 kiddos in her class because putting together those little valentine’s were time consuming!

This week’s weather has been gorgeous so we decided to take full advantage yesterday. After her party we hit up chick-fil-a and had a picnic at the park. Though the ground still had snow the air and sun was nice and warm!

 

So I found a fun survey I thought I’d do for this Fun Friday 😉

Three Places I want to visit

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  • Alaska-Because I love the outdoors, snow, animals (whales, bears, etc). This is the place where you can get all things at once.
Northern Lights
  • The Northern Lights-This has been on my bucket list for a long time. This seriously seems like something you would see in space. I want to do this ASAP!
Venice
  • Italy-I want to take a few weeks and travel all over Italy. The food, the scenery, the culture, yes please!

Three Things I eat Daily

  • Coffee-I know this isn’t an ‘eat’ but I cannot live without my coffee. It is a must have!
  • Eggs! So many ways to have them, plus we enjoy breakfast for dinner around here.
  • Shakeology-I love my shake-o shakes and the energy they give me to chase around my crazy 2 year old!

Three Talents I Wish I Had

  • Singing-I’ve always wanted to be able to sing. But trust me when I say I was not blessed with that talent.
  • Drawing-I would love to be able to draw or paint something beautiful. I’ve also never really been creative but I’m working on it!
  • Interior Decorating-Joanna Gaines anyone?!

Three Celebrities I Would Want to be Friends With

  • Ellen-I truly just love that woman.
  • Jillian Michaels- I’ve posted about my love for her before. She’s funny but would also kick my butt!
  • Joanna Gaines-I love her farm, her personality (plus Chip and my husband have the same goofball humor), and I need her to come decorate my house.

Three Instagram Accounts I Love

  • Skinny Meg-She is TRULY inspiring. I’ve loved watching her journey over the past year and a half or so.
  • Robin Arzon-There’s something about a badass tattooed chick athlete that draws me in. Plus her abs are amazeballs.
  • Brittany Dixon-Her food pictures, her adorable kiddos, what else can I say. I just think we would be best friends if we met in real life 😉

Three Favorite Shows

  • Scandal!!! I need to watch the latest one, so no spoilers, okay?! I go to bed too early (snore, zzzz!)
  • The Office-I’m pretty sure my husband and I have watched every single episode of every single season a dozen times. We still think it’s just as funny.
  • Friends-“I’ll be there for you….when your rain starts to pour” oh, sorry-I forgot I can’t sing 😉

Pick a category from above and tell me something about you!!

Valentine Gift Ideas for a Toddler Girl

One of the things I really enjoy about having a kiddo is being able to experience holiday’s through their eyes. Each holiday is an excuse for me to have as much fun as my two year old enjoying the festivities! Here are a few gift ideas for toddler girls:

GapBunny Ballet Flats-Super cute! What girl doesn’t love new pink shoes?!

Ollie’s Valentine-I love the Ollie series of books.

Olaf Shirt-Because we are still all things Frozen over here…

Photo Booth Props-It’s always fun to have an excuse to get dressed up and take a few silly pictures to send to family and friends!

Cookie Cutter Set-Charlotte LOVES to help in the kitchen. Heart shaped cookies to decorate would be a fun afternoon activity.

 

I would love to hear your ideas for gifts as well!