What I Love Wednesday

by Healthy Diva on March 5, 2014

 Being a MOM.

I love being a mom to some pretty amazing boys.

One physically is exhausting, the other can be mentally exhausting at times.

I am grateful I can be a SAHM , something I couldn’t be when I was only 17 and had Anthony.

I forgot how exhausting and challenging it is to be a mom to a baby, it was like starting all over when I had Rocco. I got the hang of it now, but man that was tough at the beginning!

Exhausting but worth every minute for sure.

Yesterday was one of those exhausting and I’m gonna just die days, I seriously felt sooooo drained. No sleep just all of a sudden caught up with me, and all the coffee in the world was not waking me up.

This little man was busy as always, and lots of play time happened non stop since we decided naps were too cool yesterday  icon wink What I Love Wednesday

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Being a mom is rewarding, and you just sometimes stare at your child and think ” Is he really mine?”

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That smile lights up my life. My heart is a puddle of love  icon biggrin What I Love Wednesday

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The days are long, but the years go fast. Some days are easier than others, but some days you really need that wine  icon wink What I Love Wednesday

After a long day, someone is all tuckered out and I just stare at him in awe.

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Being a mom is a blessing, and a hard job, but the most rewarding job in the world.

SAHM or not, all moms are amazing. We all should give ourselves a huge pat on the back, and we all should know it’s ok to have rough days or feel like your going to go crazy! Haha. Some days we do have those days where we want to jump on a plane to a private island, or feel we are walking zombies.

But I am sure we ALL agree we are blessed and grateful for our children.

Now, I am ready to start another day with wild man….

He is already all over the floor at 6:30 am and eyeing up my breakfast ( even though he already ate! )

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Happy Wednesday friends!

Cheers to all the amazing moms out there, dads too! Don’t think I forgot about you guys, this post is just love to the mamas!

Katie xo

Are you a SAHM?

Moms, do you have days where you feel like you may go crazy?! Teething has done that to me, oh myyyyyyyyyyyy.

What is the best piece of parenting advice you have ever received? I would say mine was that you should NOT compare yourself to others. Don’t compare your parenting style with another moms parenting style, you just do what is best for you and your kids. Everyone has their own ways they parent, nobody should judge, and we should respect each other on that too.

 

 

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1 Mindy March 5, 2014 at 8:32 am

My husband was gone for 8 days for work last week and by that last day I was so drained and so thankful for my husband to get home! I definitely enjoyed some wine at the end of the day that is for sure!

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2 Linz @ Itz Linz March 5, 2014 at 8:44 am

aww you’re such a great momma! i know i’ll be learning so much from you! and i feel like comparison is never a good thing… momma-wise or not!

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3 Tammy Floyd March 5, 2014 at 9:24 am

LOve the picture of Rocco sleeping. I always loved watching a baby sleep! Enjoy this time, it flies by!

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4 Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat March 5, 2014 at 9:48 am

Awww…love this! You’re an awesome mom and I love your overall positive take on life!

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5 Becky Johnson March 5, 2014 at 9:52 am

I’ve been on both sides. I worked for the first 16 months of my daughters life. We really didn’t have a choice. That was difficult. I was a manager of a credit union and my husband worked long shifts at his job. Finally we decided that I should stay home. I can honestly say that I work harder now than I did when I worked. Mainly because I had more time to break at my job that was uninterrupted. While she was at daycare I could go grocery shopping, run home to start dinner… etc. Now, I am usually tied up all day between the hubby and baby… housework/cooking.. etc I say all that to say that I’ve been on both sides of it and sometimes I see people compare with bitterness. I’ve seen women say that we SAHM need to stop saying we work hard because we don’t have to get up and physically go to a job. No, we don’t but guess what? We wake up and are at a need from the beginning to the end. It’s not something that people should judge at all. I worked before and remember feeling like I was exhausted. I was! I never could tend to my home and only saw my daughter for like 2 hours a day and she was tired and fussy from daycare when I did get her. Both ways are hard! We both have it hard in different ways.

After all that.. I love being a SAHM because the growth I see in my daughter is wonderful. She hasn’t been as sick as she was from all the daycare germs and we have a great bond. My husband is happier because now I can actually help him prepare for his long hours at work. The house is a lot cleaner because now I can actually attend to the laundry and clean the tubs.. .and the list goes on.

The advice you got was what I would say. We can’t compare to anyone else! Just like I said above. If you work, great! If you don’t, Great! DO what works for YOU. Don’t envy others, don’t compare kids and surely don’t compare yourself.

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6 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List March 5, 2014 at 9:56 am

i love being a mama too! it’s my calling for sure.
(bring that baby to Blend. I’m serious! Mine will be there!)

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7 Healthy Diva March 5, 2014 at 10:04 am

you are a FABULOUS mom and wife!

I want to! I am seeing if I can somehow get a sponsor ;)

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8 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More March 5, 2014 at 10:28 am

YESSSSS!!!! <3 <3

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9 Katie March 5, 2014 at 10:06 am

Oh Yes I’m a SAHM & yesterday was one of those days… I was looking out the window, waiting for my man to arrive home from work! haha… Teething this week plus a runny nose, makes for long days especially when getting his nose wiped is like the end of the world for him hehe… however the great days make up for it! Thank goodness for the gym in the morning to help us get out of the house…so ready for spring!

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10 Shel@PeachyPalate March 5, 2014 at 10:15 am

Even though I’m not a parent I’d say not comparing yourself to others is a biggy! That and going easy on yourself, no one is perfect, there is no definition of the word!

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11 Jenny @ The Wellness Journey March 5, 2014 at 11:43 am

<3

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12 Katie @ running4cupcakes March 5, 2014 at 11:46 am

I 100% agree – even though Luke is almost two, I still look at him sometimes and think “I can’t believe he is mine!” And I think that no matter what, you have to do what you feel is right for your child, no one can tell you exactly what that is, but as a Mom, you are always right. :)

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13 Harsha @ Healthy Cooking 'N' Fitness March 5, 2014 at 12:04 pm

I agree with you Katie. I got the same advice from my mom when I had my baby, to not compare my parenting style with others. Now when she is almost 4 I get the advice of not comparing her knowledge and ability to read or write with any one as every kid is different.

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14 Stephanie March 5, 2014 at 12:43 pm

I love reading your posts; you’re an amazing mom!!

Since I’m a first time mom (& blessed enough to be able to stay home with baby Enzo for now…) I have gained SO much respect for all mommas! I thought I was exhausted when I was working and going to school full time, but nothing compares to those days when the no sleep and constant on-the-go hits you.. yet there’s so much joy & love :] <3

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15 cravesadventure March 5, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Blessings Katie:) Sweet Cheeks is a mover and a shaker now. Love your parenting advice – do what works BEST for you. Happy Hump Day!

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16 Rhiannon @ Bound to be a Buckeye March 5, 2014 at 3:02 pm

I think it’s awesome that you are a SAHM. We don’t have kids yet but I’ve always hoped that I could stay home at least for a couple of years. I’m in awe of all good moms, but I have a special appreciation for those who sacrifice and stay home.

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17 JenB March 5, 2014 at 3:23 pm

I always knew I wanted to be a SAHM, and I’m so glad it worked out that I could. At this point, with the kids growing up (ages 18-8) I wonder if I should attempt to go back to work … but I LOVE my alone time during the day and the time still fills up so quickly. It’s so nice to be able have the flexibility, to be able to do what I want during the day, and be available for sick kids, field trips, school volunteering, carpools, or what not. I actually do feel like I have it easier that moms who work … I don’t know how they do it all!

I did work for a year after #4 was born. It was full time but at home, which was both good and bad. I was still able to be around for the kids, didn’t have to commute or buy nice clothes – but then I didn’t get the benefits of working either (getting away, getting to look nice and talk to adults and feel like an adult). I look back and am not sure how I did it!

I consider working out my part-time job now :)

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18 Healthy Diva March 6, 2014 at 9:11 am

Well, that is great! I give lots of credit to moms who do work too, I agree on that! I actually worked and went to school when I had Anthony! I was a single mom too, it was tough, but worth it!

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19 Amy March 5, 2014 at 3:34 pm

Oh man I have days like that all the time…it can be so hard sometimes. I’m a sahm and def think maybe having a job would make life easier. The grass is always greener syndrome. I try to appreciate what I have and the fact that my daughters pretty special! :)

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20 Ellie@Fit for the soul March 5, 2014 at 4:42 pm

What a sweet reminder, Katie! Oh man could I relate….I sometimes wonder how God has blessed me with such a beautiful little angel! It’s like, anyone–no matter who they are, can be blessed with a baby, but that feeling of gazing at her and wondering how she has been lent to ME by God, and was made in my womb and is part ME, gives me a sense of awe!
And the best advice I’ve gotten is:
“You just do what you know what you can do for your baby, and give it your all as if your life depended on it! But remember that all you can do is your best, as your child will have her own free will and set of choices. You just have to teach her to make the right choices and allow her to make mistakes, if that’s what it takes for her to learn. Whatever she does or doesn’t do in the end isn’t up to you, nor is it your fault. As long as you did what you could, that’s what matters because in the end she will see that love and she’ll be OK.”

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21 jeniifer March 5, 2014 at 6:48 pm

i found you on insta and am so happy!! love the pics of rocco.. those cheeks. my kids are now 12 and 10 so i’m living vicarisoly threw you! plus i love all your tips. thank you!!

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22 Healthy Diva March 6, 2014 at 9:10 am

Thank you! So glad we connected on there! <3 Awww, they grow up SO fast! My other son will be 14 on the 22nd!

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23 Lindsay March 5, 2014 at 10:09 pm

I’m a SAHM of twin boys. Those newborn days up until about the one year mark were especially difficult. My husband works 90 hours a week (which I can’t complain about since it’s the reason I can stay at home) so I’m alone with them most of the time and I remember he would come home from work and the 3 of us would be sitting there crying (no shame here). My boys are 3 now and it’s gotten so much easier and way more fun. But I still have hard days. Just this morning, from the minute they woke me at 6 a.m. they got going with all their needs and wants for literally an hour straight and I had to lock myself in the bathroom just to get a moment of silence (or at least a little silence since they were banging on the door for me to let them in). Regardless, there is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about how lucky and blessed I am to have such amazing kids and to be able to stay at home raising them and getting to see all their big milestones.

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24 Healthy Diva March 6, 2014 at 9:09 am

My husband works a ton of hours too, so I know how hard it is! I am alone most of time too, I got a nanny once a week just last month to help me out a day. Has been really great for me.

Girl no shame at all! Seriously I give you ALL the credit in the world with two! You are an amazing mom, and so worth it all! <3

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25 Denise G. March 6, 2014 at 2:56 pm

My little guy is nearly a month old and I will be a working mom once I go back in May. (Luckily I have onsite day care so he’ll be a few steps away from me.) I can not even imagine going back as things stand now because we’ll have 4:30am wake up calls and long days. My hubby keeps saying things will get better, which I know they will but I also know that things like teething will throw a whole other wrench into things. But enduring the sleepless nights and fussy days will all be worth it as I get to see him grow.

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26 Brittany @ proteinandpumps March 7, 2014 at 8:04 am

He’s eyeing up those oats!

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27 Jenn @ Mark My Miles! March 14, 2014 at 6:13 am

Ha! I love how he’s eyeing your breakfast even though he just ate. My little one does the same and I keep reminding him that he has already eaten. He just “grunts” back.

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