Just One

I recently joined a local MOPS group and during introductions, we were to say how many kids we have. My response to all of the second-time and third-time moms was, “just one”. In that instant, the mentor mom looked me straight in the eye and said, “It’s never ‘just’ one”.  While it may seem that with ‘just’ one, my days are easier or my heart less full, than those with more children, the reality is that my days are still just as stressful, and my heart as full as the mom of two, three, four, or five.

I may not dole out 4 kisses to 4 different children, but I can still give 4 kisses to my little 1. I may not read 3 different books to satisfy 3 different tastes, but I can read the same book 3 times or even read those 3 different books to my little 1. It doesn’t matter that I have less mouths to feed or less little people to care for, what matters is that I am a mom, like all other the other moms at the table, and I am doing my best to lovingly raise this little human who has my whole heart wrapped up in one little finger.

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Spending Your Summer Like a Chic Celeb! (Guest Post)

Spending Your Summer Like a Chic Celeb!

Everyday Mom Ideas

    Although there is plenty to enjoy about spending time with your kids during the summer, my friends and I were feeling a bit envious for the same luxuries that starlets get to enjoy, such as tanning on a yacht in St. Tropez or spending the evening at a chic awards show. While we lounged by the pool with our pitcher of sangria, we decided that this summer would be different for us. Instead of being just a couple of moms stuck in the suburbs, we’d truly step this summer up and live like a celebrity!

CELEBRITY SUMMER: MOVIE PREMIERES

With summer blockbusters like  “Man of Steel” and “The Smurfs 2”, there are plenty of red carpets for celebs to treat just like another day at work! These events allow stars to bounce from country to country via expensive private jet to promote their latest flick. From Henry Cavil to Adam Sandler, there will be no shortage of movie stars and premieres gracing the pages of Us Weekly!

REAL-LIFE SUMMER: FAMILY TRIP TO THE MOVIES

Although it may not be possible to fly by jet to see the summer’s most anticipated movies, a trip to the movies can still allow you to have fun in a frosty, air conditioned atmosphere. With many movie theaters offering new rewards programs that earn you perks for every dollar spent, a trip to the movies doesn’t have to break the bank! Between “Despicable Me 2” and “Monsters University,” there are a few opportunities to snack on Twizzlers and have a day out with the kids!

CELEBRITY SUMMER: TOUR DE FRANCE

This annual race is one of the most popular sporting events of the season, which made Lance Armstrong a household name before he was disqualified. The competition is thrilling and fierce with only the best cyclists going head to head around curves for a chance to win large monetary prizes for the winners! This year Chris Froome proudly took the title in the 100th anniversary of the race.

REAL-LIFE SUMMER: WHEELS PARTY

Host your own sporting event right in the neighborhood for local kids to participate in and get some exercise! Allow bicycles, skateboards, and rollerblades to compete while creating a racing track that is safe and away from traffic. Provide refreshing wheel shaped treats such as grapes, cheerios, and donuts for rest breaks!

CELEBRITY SUMMER: “ALICE IN WONDERLAND” BABY SHOWER

Kim Kardashian’s celeb make-up artist, Joyce Bonelli, celebrated her baby with an Alice in Wonderland themed shower! Colorful cookie displays and creative decorations transformed the environment into a playful setting.

REALITY SUMMER BABY SHOWER: DIY FAVORITE KIDS BOOK THEME

Use your favorite childhood book as inspiration for a baby shower!  Use the colors from the book to decorate the space and create a stunning setting for your guests to enjoy. Ask each guest to place the title of their favorite childhood book in a jar placed at their table and what they want the expectant child to learn from it. The suggestions can be placed in a memorable scrapbook for the child to reference for their first trip to the library!

 

Arianna is a full-time mom and a fashion-lover, world traveler, animal lover, and family woman extraordinaire. She loves to cook and bake, travel to new places, share great fashion finds, and spend time doing crafts and projects at home with her kids. She’s got a crazy busy life, but she wouldn’t have it any other way! Follow her blog at http://ariannaknowsbest.blogspot.com/!

Maternity leave

So I said in my “My Space” that I would tell ya’ll more about maternity leave (ML) later- I guess now is later!

I took ML a week early because I had some crazy Braxton-hicks and didn’t want to go into labor in front of all my students. Plus, the doctor had told me on Wednesday September 26 that there would be no way I would make it to the weekend; in fact, she would be “SHOCKED” if I had this baby in October… fast forward to a WEEK later, October 3rd! ah, first thing I said when the OB go to the delivery room, “You’d be shocked?!?” Oh well, it makes for a great story, and even better when I add that I went into labor at Walmart (gotta keep it classy afterall!)

Okay, back to ML… everything was going great, except I was exhausted, having trouble breast feeding, awkwardly dealing with all of the family in town, trying to keep the house together, trying to be supermom/wife from the get-go… Okay, so things were hectic and crazy, not really great. In fact, I’ll admit that after bringing home the baby, my husband and I even had an open conversation that could be titled, “what were we thinking?!”

Luckily, within a week, things started to balance out. The extended family went back to normal, my husband went back to work, and here I was with this little-bitty baby, still trying to breastfeed. We had finally fallen into a good routine when BAM! I got mastitis and my supply plummeted. Breast-feeding went from awfully terrible to tremendously impossible! All of this, combined with the fact that I was still trying to be super mom and wife stressed me out… at least, I thought I knew what stress was, until I got a stomach bug ON TOP OF the mastitis. Then, I just couldn’t eat. So here I was, not eating, not sleeping, and in a lot of pain. At 6am on a Friday morning, I collapsed in the kitchen. My husband had to call his mom to come watch the baby, so I could get to the hospital for fluids.

Thank God for Mother-in-laws (said no one before me, ever!) But seriously, thank God for mine. She drove all the way from Houston on a moment’s notice, so I could go get healthy.

After my half-day in the hospital, I felt better and was ready to turn things around. My OB made me quit breast-feeding (I gave it my best shot and it just wasn’t working), I started eating again, and I started taking naps when the baby would sleep, so I could catch up on rest.

So why did I still think I could never be a SAHM? Simple. I was lonely and bored. We had just moved to our new house far north of our previous place; my best friend had just moved to England, and none of my other friends lived near me anymore. Either way, no one else I knew had a baby. So…  I took my baby up to my workplace at least twice a week, just so I could be around people! I just needed some real human contact, and I am not great at meeting new people. Also, moms scared me. I thought, her I am this young mom with w new baby. All other moms are just going to judge me..right? I couldn’t be more wrong! Thanks to a few phone calls with a friend of mine, I was convinced to put myself out there.  I took Bubsy to the “babies and books” program at the library where I met several new moms- including one from my neighborhood. She in turn got me hooked into this neighborhood play date group. Another new mom I met has become my newest close friend, and she recently got me into this ‘exclusive’ new moms meet-up group.

By the time ML was over, I was ready to get back to work and routine, but my new friendships and love for my baby planted the seed of thought that I might just be able to do to SAHM thing.

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