Children are amazing!

Your eyes have me, my darling.

Itโ€™s that twinkle in your eye that makes me smile.

I know you donโ€™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 ๐Ÿ’œ

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.

Be polite.

This world needs a better filter. As a woman that is eight months pregnant you would not believe the things that I hear from people that I barely even know.

You got bigger!

Are you sure you’re not having twins?

You didn’t have the baby yet?

These are not the things that a pregnant woman constantly wants to hear. Her body changes daily to meet the needs of her child, not for the mockery of gawkers! If you’re unsure what to say to an expecting woman that is clearly growing and changing try these simple statements that most individuals want to hear anyway:

You are glowing.

Your skin is radiant.

Your baby is going to be so healthy.

When in doubt, silence works wonders.

-Jay

Whatโ€™s in the bag?

As moms across the world near their delivery date, they are bombarded with things to do: set-up the nursery, make delivery plans, and endless doctors appointments. Somewhere on their lists is usually packing a hospital bag. Many people think that it is a necessity to have the hospital bag packed so that you are ready to go at a moment’s notice. I’m here to tell you that this is junk.

Before you get offended, let me explain my logic. With my first pregnancy I did so much research, planning, and worrying. I brought and tried to do everything the “experts” recommended. I put the most recommended baby products on my registry, had a variety of pregnancy apps on my phone, and did tons of reading. By the time I reached the hospital all of that went out of the window!

There’s so many suggestions on what you should take with you to the hospital, but none of the lists I’ve seen are actually realistic. Multiple outfits for you and baby, a robe, diapers? This is all fluff (unless the hospital you’re going to is the worst of the worse). I’ve been to two different hospitals inside and outside of the city and they both took excellent care of me and my babies. Honestly, the only things that I actually remember absolutely needing that they couldn’t provide me with was my phone charger, a hoagie, and my glasses. That it. Call me crazy, but my hospital bags have usually gone untouched.

With that said, here’s some advice on what to take when it’s time to head to the hospital.

  1. Make sure the infant car seat is properly installed in your car. You won’t be able to leave the hospital without it and they will check to make sure it’s secure.
  2. Prepare for your feedings. After I deliver, I’m ready to indulge in all the foods I avoided (hoagie is my go to). This could also include feedings for your baby: breastfeeding or the hospital providing you with what you need.
  3. Ensure you have a charger to take pictures and check in with loved ones. Your phone isn’t critical, but when the urge arises you’ll want it available for use.
  4. The outfit you arrive in is the one you leave in (usually) so make sure it’s a good one. Sometimes there are showers available, but you’ll want to run home with your baby so fast it’ll be the last thing on your mind (maybe for the next few months too).
  5. Glasses (no contacts), spot for your jewelry, and insurance card.

That’s it! Live in the moment and enjoy your new bundle of joy.

-Jay ๐Ÿ’œ