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?

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

Updates

Hey everyone!
It’s been awhile. I’ve been busy, busy, busy. We found out that baby number three is arriving in March and we can’t wait! I know what you’re thinking: You can’t wait for sleepless night, changing more diapers, and an unpredictable schedule?? Well, that’s already my life right now. 

My son just turned two and that’s not too far from the whole newborn experience. He did, however, start sleeping in his “big boy” toddler bed. Literally, I went in his room one night and his father had put him in the toddler bed. I was prettyyy much in shock and quickly walked (ran) out of the room, but it was about time so I let it slide. He already sleeps on a cot at day care so it’s the same experience he’s used to, just for a longer stretch of time. 

So far so good! He loves his Lion King bed set and the fluffy throw I put on him to make sure he’s securely on the bed. The bed has short railings at the top, but I wouldn’t be a real mom if I didn’t worry about something. 

I’ve also got back to this whole career thing, so that I can secure my level 2 certification. Grad school is my new best friend (ugh)! It’s actually not too bad because the program is completely online, it’s just hard to write papers and and read discussion board posts after long days at work. (I already talked about the long days that teachers have.) Oh and let’s not forget about the required readings and additional research. I hope that I can keep up the momentum and finish in no time (2 years is nothing right??). Atleast my student loans are deferred!

The holidays are around the corner and we’re excited to decorate with the kids. Not sure too much about Thanksgiving plans, but as long as I have a plate with stuffing, dirty rice, and macaroni and cheese- my day will be made. Sorry, I don’t really need anything else in my life (maybe some greens, don’t really crave such things these days). 

My husband insists that we purchase a real Christmas tree, but I’m not sure I’m prepared for that. Everyone that I’ve talked to says NOT to buy a real tree. I guess we’ll see what happens in a couple weeks. I saw some cute tree decorations, but we have yet to pick a theme (time is ticking). Gold and white is definitely an option or we could go the traditional route with red and green. TBD. 

I hope life is treating you all as well. Stay warm during this fall season. 

-Jay