23hrs and 58min of traveling....with a baby, a 3 and 5 year old....it all started with a 3hr car ride at 2am, then three flights later we are back in Las Vegas! It was a perfect trip until 20min before arriving in Las Vegas. Then 3 x a #Meltdown was a fact! Those 20minutes and getting the kids off the plane and into a car was what most people fear when taking their kids on a long trip. But we survived. And are thankful the 23hrs and 38minutes were a breeeeezzzzze. If you have any questions about traveling with a baby or little ones, I consider myself a pro after 5 years of practice, so please don’t hesitate to ask!
Gimme a 🙋🏼♀️ if you already have your costumes planned, 🤦🏼♀️ if you’re a last minute-kinda human! Trying to nail down the details for this year, but knowing last year’s cuteness just can’t be topped! 🐺😍 #bigbadwolf 📸 @danielledeterman
Life is messy. Life is complicated.
It’s fun and adventurous, sad and terrifying.
It’s not a series of perfectly coordinated, little square photos on a screen.
It’s so easy to get caught up and lost in the beautifully curated feeds of other accounts, I’m absolutely guilty of it.
I’m still very new to this world of blogging through social media, I have a lot to learn. Some days I still think about packing it all in, I let the anxiety get the better of me, I compare myself to others and the little voice of doubt grows louder.
But every now and then I’ll receive a message of support and encouragement. It’s something small but it’s enough to drown out that niggling negative voice.
That’s the thing about social media.
It can make you feel depressed, it can shatter your confidence and peak your anxiety.
And just when you think you’re ready to delete everything, your community reaches out and pulls you back from the brink. You find inspiration in the everyday. You can share an experience that helps someone else through a challenging time.
Reading the stories behind the posts, speaking honestly about parenting and building a network of support, that’s what I’m here for.
Sharing the chaos and excitement of life and parenthood through little square photos on a screen 🖤
Every time I capture a family that has older children I always find myself hugging my babies a little tighter that night... and I think it’s because I am reminded that before I know it I will be just like this sweet mama hugging my 11 yr old daughter and wondering where the time has gone... #gracebytwophotography
Funny how your babies seem like mere teenagers, in size, when you bring an infant home. Luckily, this guy still very much needs his mama. •
It’s a funny thing. All three of my babes need me in their own way, and they’ll probably never need me more. What, at times, can feel overwhelming is starting to be seen in another light. I really am so lucky to be so loved and wanted.
6 MORE WEEKS. It’s all starting to feel so real and so close! John and I read the @mamanatural book religiously each week to learn what to expect and how to prepare. What other books do you recommend for pregnancy and parenting? 😍💞 It’s crunch time... I feel like I won’t be doing too much reading in 6 weeks from now! Thanks for any and all recommendations!
// 13 weeks old. Oh sweet heart, you are a joy & a delight & nothing could have prepared us for how utterly awesome it is to have you around. You get sooooo excited when your Daddy walks in the door, and when Mama is holding you and you see him you throw your whole body weight towards him because you want him to hold you. Already a Daddy's girl for sure. 😍 We go for walks almost every afternoon, and the wonder with which you drink in the trees and the sky is contagious. Thank you for teaching us to slow down & enjoy the little things.
There have been a lot of tears at our house this week. Maren finally learned how to crawl out of her crib, which has led to early mornings, late nights, and night wakings. Maren has been extra extra extra (did I say extra) whiny and up for an extra 2+ hours per day than usual (which is usually spent whining). And it's like the kids are conspiring against me and are seeing who can get up the earliest and sleep the worst at night (Maren wins the first and Sophia wins the second). Don't let these smiling faces fool you, we are all worn out, cranky, and whiny. The flooring arrived yesterday, and when we were putting it together we realized we didn't like it. At all. So we wasted a bunch of money to restock it and a lot of time now waiting for the new flooring to come. Our kitchen could have been finished on Monday (at least usable) and now it will be a lot longer than that. We're at the point in the renovation where the final decisions have to be made, the money needs to be spent (and found), and everything needs to get done. The whiny kids + all that = me very easily teary. I easily get overwhelmed when kids whine and when I feel like I'm going to make the wrong decisions on finishes. It felt like that was confirmed when I picked the wrong flooring and wasted money and time, which makes it harder to pick the rest of them. I would appreciate any of your prayers for p.a.t.i.e.n.c.e for me. My patience goes away very quickly when Maren whines and gets up too early, and I know I need to grow in that area so I would appreciate prayers for my patience for her as well as myself. How can I be praying for you guys? I haven't been posting much because I can't keep much of a straight thought to write something, but when I'm trying to drown out the whining I can at least be trying to remember to fill that time praying for you guys 😂. So leave and comment and let me know!