Thursday, January 10, 2019

Mom Guilt


Mom guilt...I've got it.







This pregnancy hasn't been easy on me. The first trimester was plagued with morning sickness that hit me hard in the afternoon and I would spend most evenings crying because I felt it would never go away. Then that went away (with the help of life saving pills) and I was in the second trimester which I was hoping would be this magical time of feeling great with more energy and an awesome glow. 
Unfortunately I skipped over that part and I've been in constant round ligament pain with a clicking pubic bone ever sense. Walking, sitting, laying, rolling over....it's all excruciating. I'm nearing the end of this trimester and I found out I have gestational diabetes again and I'm just over here like, wah, wah, poor me.


But even more disheartening than my own issues is feeling like I'm a crappy mom because Norah has so much energy and I do not. She goes from one activity to the next at lightening speed and I just can't keep up. We do a lot of crafts where I can sit and watch but she needs more. There are days where we can run all of our errands, go to the park, and go for a walk/bike ride and days like today where I'm counting down till bedtime.


I know once the baby is here I'll physically be able to do more but it will be a different type of guilt while I have an even tinier human who depends on me for every need.


So, hey moms! What are your tips and tricks for being the best mom you can be while pregnant/caring for a newborn.

I want to make this transition as smooth as possible for all of us and keep my wild girl stimulated and happy all day.


P.S. Shout out to Tim who, when he isn't working, kills it at being a Dad <3 p="">




Tuesday, January 1, 2019

The Time Kids at the Park Made Me Cry.


Today I just couldn't bear to play another minute of princesses in the dollhouse so I suggested we go practice riding her bike. As soon as we rounded the corner and saw the park was full of people, she squealed with delight, "My friends! I'm so excited" and she quickly parked her bike next to all of the abandoned scooters and skateboards and made her way over to the first group of kids.

"Hi! I got a bike from Santa, it's over there!"
...nothing.

So she just joined in on their game of chase as happy as could be and they stopped and just stood there staring at her.

I called her over to play in another area where she found a boy a little younger than her and she introduced herself .

...nothing.

So she started telling his mom about how her birthday is coming up and she will be 3 and at her party she will have so many fun things to do.

...nothing.

Then the kids decided it was time to go home and they all ran to their bikes/scooters and decided whose house they were going to play at. Norah quickly ran to her bike and said "Me too! Me too!" and a girl about 7 gives her the dirtiest look and says, "Not you! Mom! Tell her not to come to my house!" and the mom. did. nothing. 

All I could do was tell her in front of them, "I'm so sorry. Sometimes people are rude and don't use their manners" and they just stared at me. I won't be surprised if I end up on the neighborhood Facebook page ::insert eye roll::

As they rode away Norah ran after them asking if she could come play too and when they were out of sight she sat on the curb and put her face in her hands.

My heart broke into a million pieces and I don't know if it's a mom thing or all of these pregnancy hormones surging through my body but I just started sobbing right there in the middle of the park. 
I quickly suggested we go home and paint (something I really didn't want to do but knew she would be excited about).

I cried all the way home and when she asked what was wrong I told her I had hurt my finger and she stopped to comfort me which made me cry more.

This tiny little being drives me crazy all day long and has more attitude than I thought possible but she is so kind and loving and just wants to be friends with everyone. All she wanted was to feel included and she was shut down and at that point I got a glimpse of how kids and parents alike can be rude and she is starting to get life lessons that I'm just not ready for.


Monday, December 31, 2018

Hello 2019

Goodbye 2018.

You were full of memories and far too many photos to sift through for my usual end of the year post.
I will deem you the year of growing, and navigating life with a toddler and sass...oh yes, sass.

Hello 2019.

This will be the year of new beginnings and simplifying our life.
The year we add one more precious babe to our family and start this crazy ride all over again.
A year to have more intentional time spent together as a family and as a couple and hopefully a year where the Kings make a miraculous comeback and make the playoffs.


To all of our family and friends,

Thank you for loving on our family this year and we wish you all of the health, happiness and good fortune in the New Year.


Love,
Jenna


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Pumpkin Patch 2018


Norah has been asking to go to the Pumpkin Patch since August so we decided to surprise her with a trip to Bates Nut Farm. 


Once she saw the pony rides and petting zoo that's all she cared about. I told her we had to choose our pumpkins first so she ran to the perimeter of the patch grabbed the first one she got to and said she was ready to go! Not without some photos, lady!




We each picked our own perfect pumpkin! Even the baby got a teeny one.


I didn't notice till we got home, but in all of these photos Norah has her hand on her stomach too! I can't get over how excited this girl is to be a sister.



We waited in this pony ride line for over an hour and once we got to the front she told me she was scared and didn't want to do it. A couple pep talks later she got on the horse and loved it.


When she got off she ran over to me and said, "Mom! I was a brave girl!"


Love our little family adventures <3 p="">


Oh, and look at last years pumpkin patch photo...I'm not crying, you are!





Wednesday, April 18, 2018

You've Got Mail! with Paperless Post

For those of you who don't know me well, I'm a sucker for sending and receiving mail. 
Snail Mail, E-mails you name it! 

There is nothing better than finding a special surprise in your mailbox and if it's on fun stationary or a beautiful card its even better!

I was recently introduced to Paperless Post and I fell in love!

Its a beautifully curated website where you can send online cards, invitations, and announcements in a really unique, special way.  Not only is it easy, but it's green. No paper waste and the recipient can keep it on their computer or phone!

With Mothers Day coming up I decided to use the App to create a special card for my mom and it was so easy with so many choices from patterned envelope liner to the background and envelope color.




All you have to do is purchase Coins and each upgrade to your envelope or card costs a certain amount of coins. 

Browsing the website I found that they partnered with two of my favorites, Rifle Paper Co. and Kate Spade and now I want to send ALL THE CARDS! 



Keep your eye open for some really fun mail from me in the future ;)


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Childrens Discovery Museum

Today we went to the Childrens Discovery Museum in Rancho Mirage.


They had so many fun activities but the giant lite bright was Norahs favorite!



Giving her turtle a checkup in the animal hospital


This little grocery store was so cute! It even had an ATM out front. Norah filled her cart with every piece of lunch meat and cheese so I think she's on the Keto diet too.  Then she waited patiently in line while another little boy bagged her groceries!



Next was the mini pizza parlor. She made a pizza, put it in the oven then delivered it to our table. 




They had a whole building devoted to construction and transportation and she went straight to the rack with the vests and hard hats and got to work rollin balls and pushin trains.






I highly recommend this place! Definitely pack a lunch because there are a lot of outdoor areas to picnic and you can stay all day if you want!


Monday, March 26, 2018

Spring Garden Party

Today Norah hosted a little Garden Party for her friends from MyGym to welcome Spring! 



Let me just start off by saying that this little hostess was on another level and that's even before all the sugar she consumed.





The 99 cent store was killing it this month and I found all of these cute, floral papergoods.




Having never hosted a party for toddlers, I planned a gardening activity for them to plant some seeds and decorate pots. They enjoyed filling the pots, and dumping the pots (especially Norah who later came out with a makeup bag to fill with soil).



Note to self: All kids need are bubbles!


We had a picnic lunch of flower shaped sandwiches and snacks inside on our "Grass"



Then some quick photos of the girls, said no toddler parent ever.




 Norah had so much fun playing with her friends and giving the sweetest pint sized goodbye hugs

::Swoon::