Life?

They say you live and you learn,But what if you live and don’t learn s#%*?That’s a bad place to be…Matter fact, a sad sight to see.Imagine, a grand pop that doesn’t know left from right orAn unreliable uncle that stole your tv.This is the world we live in.My how the times have changed.There’s no morals.Value for what?I challenge you to go back to the beginning andTry and stick to the basics. We need more conversations and lifetime motivation!

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Twinkle

Bright diamonds shining in the sun.

Twinkles of hope in your eyes.

A reminder of love and commitment.

A sign of peace and hope.

The days are shorter,

The night takes away the sun.

A search for warmth and comfort ensues.

Laughter and joy,

So many memories to come.

Children are amazing!

Your eyes have me, my darling.

It’s that twinkle in your eye that makes me smile.

I know you don’t have many words, but your actions say it all:

You kick with excitement,

Almost roll with pleasure,

And coo til your heart is content.

I love everything about you from those soft feet to your round cheeks.

This little lady is almost four months and showing us that she’s ready to take on the world (starting with her own siblings). These months have actually flown by, but I am grateful that she is happy, healthy, and bringing more sunshine into our lives.

It’s so funny to see your children grow and evolve into themselves. My oldest daughter decided that she wanted to walk at eight months. Some years later, my son started standing and rocking his small baby chair around sixth months. I’m not sure how early this princess will show us her talents, but has already began trying to hold her own bottle.

Children are amazing! When you take the time to observe them you truly can appreciate their individual characteristics. Even though the time may seem to get away from you, there are so many moments throughout the day that you can connect with your child.

  1. Making eye contact with them while they are feeding or eating.
  2. Singing a song while walking down the street or going to the potty.
  3. Invite them in the kitchen to help while you prepare food or just to observe.
  4. Read a book at bedtime and snuggle them before you say goodnight.
  5. Try to say I Love you everyday.

There’s no perfect book on how to be a successful parent, but when you try your best there is no way you can fail. If you need any parenting tips or have questions, email me fash.moms@gmail.com

Happy parenting!

Jay

#thingsivelearned

Okay, so I’ve been a mom of three for almost 2 months now (time flies when your kids are having fun). In this time I’ve realized a few key things that have changed:

1. My laundry loads have now exploded. Ugh! I don’t actually mind the laundering part itself, but the folding and putting away of clothes is what gets me. Thank goodness the older children can now help in this area. I guess I’ll also have to get back to my old laundry routine so I don’t completely lose my mind.

2. I have the least amount of time to spend getting dressed. For a couple weeks after giving birth I was continuing to wear my maternity clothes (no pressure), but now I’m stuck between maternity and “normal clothes”. That means my go to outfits are well fitting sweats and a simple T-shirt, until I go back to work. So I can basically get dressed with my eyes closed.

3. My multitasking skills are A++. I mean I don’t really have a choice with so much going on, but sometimes I don’t even realize that it’s happening. I could be watching the television, while breastfeeding, blogging, and… I guess I’m doing it right now.

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-Jay 💜

Blessed

I’ve been a mom for almost ten years now and three times over. In my journey of momdom (yes, I made that up), each experience is uniquely different from the rest. Every time that you think you plan and prepare the best that you can, life throws you a curve ball. You might find out your iron is deficient, your skin becomes bumpy, or you have a pain in your side that won’t go away (100% speaking from experience from this last go round). What doesn’t change though, happiness.

As I type, my daughter has chosen to use my breast as a pacifier (another joy of motherhood) and I look at her and see happiness. Actually, a type of happiness that many people do not get to experience. It’s not that type of happiness you get after you’ve eaten a sweet treat like a chocolate covered pretzel or received a new charm for your Pandora bracelet. No, this happiness is on a different platform.

This happiness is the result of the journey that welcomed your child into the world. Happiness that takes you to the moon. Happiness that gives you hope. Happiness that sustains you.

We all take our blessings for granted sometimes, I know I’m guilty of this. But with three kids, a roof, and food in the fridge- I couldn’t ask for more. I’ll take my own blessings and happiness to share them with the world.

What makes you happy?

Have you “counted” your blessings lately?

Hey, mama

You did it!

It took a lot of work, but you made it through your pregnancy like a champ. Weather it was nine months or six months, you still had sometime where your body didn’t belong to you and that’s okay. Babies have a way of changing the lives of everyone around them.

From the doctors appointments, to the sleepless nights, and everything in between– it was all worth it. The miracle of birth is one that many don’t get to experience and it is one that you will never forget. So take this time to enjoy your new baby, adjust to your new life, and take care of you! The most important thing you can do for your baby is to be healthy.

Healthy tips:

  1. Drink lots of water. Breastfeeding or not, your body is going through many changes right now (on the inside and out). Your hormones are all over the place, your uterus is trying to get it together, and even your skin doesn’t know what to do with itself. Just when you think you have had enough, drink some more!
  2. Sleep when baby sleeps. I know it sounds funny, but one thing about newborns is that they are very unpredictable. Just when you think you have them figured out they throw you a curve ball. So get your rest while you can.
  3. Go for a walk. Not one of those brisk power walks where you burn hundreds of calories, but a walk around the block will do. It will help you not feel so cooped up, give you and baby some fresh air, and it will help you body heal.
  4. Eat your veggies! If you were like me at the beginning of this pregnancy, I avoided vegetables like they were the plague (which was unordinary for me because I do love vegetables). Now is when you (and your bowels) need them the most!

5. Ask for help. As you’re still healing and getting to know your new baby, don’t be shy to ask for help. There will be some days you can’t make it out of bed or really want to get up to do a load of laundry. Take your friends and family up on their offers.

Enjoy these next couple months before you blink and they fly by.

-Jay

Him

Your breath on my nape.

It’s the sound of the sweetest escape.

I’ve found the one I’ve been looking for.

He’s been here all along.

The real him.

Soft,

Compassionate,

Selfless.

I love me some him.

We both made a promise,

Our souls will win.

Together forever.

Your eyes take me away.

We escape to our world.

I relish in our moments.

The days are long,

Night is even shorter.

Come home to me.

Mine.

Read the sister post: #wcw.