What Mom’s Truly Want for Mother’s Day

We all know that us mothers love anything we get from our kids on Mother’s Day. The homemade cards and crafts, beautiful flowers, a gift card to the spa. Trust me they are all great, but if we had the chance to truly say what we really wanted, aside from the traditional gifts, I think we can all agree to the list I’ve created below.

We can always dream, right?!

 Mother’s Day or not, I’m sure we’re still ready to pull our hair out at times because the kids won’t stop complaining or you’ve already heard “Mommy” for the umpteenth time. Those flowers look pretty in that vase on the counter, but you still have to clean up the house at the end of the day that the kids destroyed with their Barbie dolls and LEGO’s.

Well… here’s a few of my not so ‘traditional’ gifts that I think we can all agree sound lovely as a mother.

 

Sleep. All hail sleeping! If I could go a week straight with 8 hours of solid sleep each night I would feel like a whole new woman. No interruptions, no crying at night, no dogs stealing my spot in bed. I’d be one happy Mama. Maybe not even a week, give me the weekend, or even one simple night. That’s all I really need.

One. Night.

Coffee automatically made, just the way I like it. If I could walk downstairs to my Keurig each morning with a fresh 12oz coffee made with a splash of caramel almond milk creamer and two Stevia’s, my mornings would run so much more smoothly. Between waking the kids up, getting them fed, and the getting the oldest ready for Pre-K, coffee is usually the last thing that gets done before rushing out the door. Or it just gets forgotten in general and that ride to Pre-K is excruciating.

Childcare in Target. I think we ALL can agree on this one! How amazing would it be to just walk into Target, drop the kids off at the childcare center and be able to shop… ALONE. I know I’d be a fan, and it would definitely make me visit more often if that meant the kids could get their energy out while playing as I did my shopping. I just hope my husband is ready for multiple shopping sprees going on the bank card.

For the kids to actually ask Dad. Oh, you know, instead of the kids completely walking past dad, who’s just lying on the couch watch sports and asking mom to fix a toy while she’s in the kitchen making dinner for everyone, they stop and see if dad can do it first. We all know that mommy is wonder women, but daddy can do it too. We promise. He is fully capable of just about anything.

For the kids to listen the first time around. Instead of asking for the 18th time to put their shoes on in the morning, they do it the first time asked. Or, when you tell them it’s bed time, they go right in bed and go to sleep instead of insisting they are thirsty or hungry, or need to use the bathroom even though they just used it five minutes ago.

A clean home. To wake up to a clean house every morning is probably a dream for everyone, not only us mothers. Why can’t there be little magical fairies that come into our home every night to clean and prepare for the next day. They’d get a hefty tip from me, no doubt about it.

A hot steamy uninterrupted bath. Just give me thirty minutes in the tub without my little ones throwing in their rubber duckies or yelling in the other room that they need help with something. Some peace and quiet while soaking in the tub with a LUSH bath bomb sounds absolutely wonderful.

 

I would love to put together a survey and get the opinions of other mothers to see what they’d truly want for Mother’s Day compared to the traditional gifts we receive each year. Let me hear them!

Happy Mother’s Day to all you wonderful mama’s!

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5 Tips to Keep Your Kids Hydrated

It’s always good to start a good hydration routine with your kids, especially over the summer months. Their bodies don’t cool down as easily as adults, so dehydration is at a higher risk for younger ones. I always push water on my children even when they say they aren’t thirsty. Especially since my oldest could be sweating bullets, but continues to insist he isn’t thirsty.

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I put together a list of ways to keep your kids hydrated over the summer. There are multiple ways to get water in their system other than just drinking out of a water fountain or plastic cup.

If you’re like my family, it’s a never-ending battle to get your kids to drink water. I’ll definitely be trying these tips over the summer to increase the water intake in my kiddos.

  1. Add fruits and vegetables into their daily meals.

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Food such as watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe, pineapple, oranges, raspberries, lettuce, and celery have tons of water in them.

Mix up a smoothie for them if you have trouble getting them to eat green veggies. Add some spinach in there, along with sweet fruit.

Did you know spinach is 92% water?!

You have to sneak those in while you can. Not only will they get hydrated, but they will get their daily intake of fruits and vegetables.

  1. Make popsicles.

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Have them make their own popsicle with fruit and water. You can even mix it up a little and use some Gatorade or Propel. I personally enjoy using coconut water.

Surprisingly enough, a two-stick popsicle has enough water to help hydrate a young one. If you don’t want to do popsicle’s, just add some fruit to ice cube trays and freeze it. It can make the water look ‘prettier’ and they might drink it more willingly.

  1. Have them choose their cup.

When a little one gets a something new, they love to use it! So, try mixing up their water bottles.

My son recently received the Nuby Thirsty Kids Flip It cup. He loves it! Especially since it’s his favorite color, green.

This BPA free 12oz (360ml) water canteen is perfect for my son since he’s constantly on the go. There’s an easy to use hygienic cover that keeps the spout clean when closed. It is made from tough durable break-resistant Tritan plastic from Eastman, and has a colorful silicone band for easy gripping. You can find multiple colors at Target.

I’ll be sure to add this into the mix of his favorite cups. It’s the perfect size for him.

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  1. Infuse their water naturally.

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Have them pick out some fruits and let them add it to their water. I love lemon and mint in my water. My children love eating strawberries and blueberries, so I’m going to experiment with all different fruit varieties this summer.

Hopefully, the water won’t taste as ‘boring’ to them and they will consume more.

  1. Be a water role model.

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Monkey see, Monkey do. Show them how much mommy and daddy love drinking water. I try to drink water all day long and show them how good it can be for you. I also let them know that drinking water helps grow big strong muscles.

Kind of like a flower, you water the flower than it grows big and strong. If they put water in their bodies, they grow the same.

Use these tips to go along with my other post, 100 Ways to Get Your Kids Outside!

 

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Cesarean Awareness Month – My Story

 

As some of you may or may not know, both of my children were born via cesarean section. With it being Cesarean Awareness month, I thought it would be fun to tell my story.

Most of us mothers can agree that a cesarean section isn’t our first choice when it comes to our delivery plans but sometimes that’s the way it goes. I never really had a ‘birthing plan’ but of course my intentions were a normal birth. All I knew was I definitely wanted an epidural. This mama wasn’t ready to experience a natural birth, the contractions were enough.

In December 2013, my son was five days overdue. I went to my weekly OB appointment, thinking I was going to plan my induction and continue working until then. So I waddled my way up onto the table for my doctor to check my dilation, and within a few seconds all I hear is

“Welp, I don’t think your heading back to work, I think I just broke your water”.

THANK YOU DOC, I AM READY.

I headed over to the hospital, called who I needed to call and was ready to get this baby out. As much as I was ready to get this boy out, he wasn’t ready. Not one bit. We waited and waited for any teeny bit of dilation change. Nothing. So here came the Pitocin, hours later.

 Finally, the contractions began and a little under 24 hours later I was ready to push. Did I mention they predicted my son to be around 8-9lbs?! Yeah, I was a little nervous to push that dude out. After twenty minutes of pushing, an episiotomy, and a vacuum my sons heart rate was dropping, quickly. So, emergency C-section it was. I was rushed to the OR and within 20 minutes, my beautiful 6lb 14oz boy was born.

Yeah, SIX pounds. So much for an 8-9 pounder. Thanks for freaking me out doc.

In the back of my mind, I felt like I failed at birthing my son. But, after having him in my arms, my entire heart filled with happiness and relief. My little boy and I were healthy, and that was all that mattered. Everything was worth it.

 

After 8 months of being a mother, I had to received emergency back surgery. All from carrying and attempting to give birth to my son. You can find that story here.

A little over three years later, in February 2017 I was preparing to give birth to my daughter. This time was a little different though, my cesarean section was planned.

I met my current husband in 2015, when my son was a little over a year old.

When I found out I was pregnant with our daughter, I knew this was going to be his first child. Fear overcame me when I started to think of my back and what he would think knowing he might not get to experience the ‘normal’ birthing process of his daughter.

I was afraid he would be upset to not be able to experience the labor, holding my hand while I had contractions, and the actual anticipation of me pushing and giving birth to our beautiful baby girl.

Although, there was the risk of uterine rupture, I decided to try for a VBAC.

So that was our plan, we’d wait it out until I go into labor and I would try a vaginal birth all over again.

Everything was going great, I was so excited to be able to attempt a second vaginal birth. We knew she would be a little one, so I thought it would be a breeze. Then we hit about 35 weeks and I was crushed.

My daughter was breech, so a repeat cesarean was mandatory for the health of my daughter. I was heartbroken. The feeling of failure overcame me once again and I broke down. Knowing that there was nothing I could do to change my birthing options now; my husband was the most supportive man. He didn’t care about how our daughter was brought into this world, he just wanted us both happy and healthy. I was the mother of his child and he’d never love me any less then he does now. In fact, knowing that I was carrying his child made him love me even more. To this day, I appreciate him more then he’ll ever know.

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So here came February 6th, 2017. The day we picked to give birth to our daughter. As much as I was upset that I couldn’t attempt a VBAC, the process of a repeat cesarean section was very relaxed and calm. I knew what I was about to go through and I was ready. My husband and I were both ready. He was waiting for this day to come for years. He was so excited to become a father and to make his parents grandparents. We also couldn’t wait to give my son a sibling.

We arrived at the hospital around 10AM, expecting to go into the operating room around 1PM. After waiting and waiting, not to mention I couldn’t eat or drink all day… at 3:30PM I go on back. My husband had to stay back at first while they inserted my epidural and numbed me which slightly made me nervous because all I wanted was him next to me, but once I was ready and that lovely blue sheet went up, he was right by my side, ready to welcome our girl.

The doctor came in, introduced herself, and explained every single step of the process with us during my entire surgery. My husband and I stared at each other the entire time and were impatiently waiting to hear our daughters first cry.

Finally, we hear “here she comes” and at 4PM exactly we heard her first little cry. My husband sat his forehead on mine and we cried together. Our bond felt stronger than ever.

 

After a few moments, he went over to cut the cord, and then brought our little girl over so we could meet her together.

My heart was so full, our little girl was here and she was completely healthy. At that moment, all the feelings of failure disappeared. I just had my second major surgery to give these beautiful little humans life. This wasn’t the ‘easy way out’. Cesarean mothers go through just as much as mothers who give birth naturally. We all have the heal afterwards, just in different ways. We all bleed, we all cry, and we all become new mothers to a beautiful little baby that will love us no matter how they came into this world.

I am a proud cesarean mother, and I wouldn’t change how my children came into this world one bit. They are healthy, energetic, intelligent kids that I wouldn’t trade for the world.

 

Happy Cesarean Awareness Month!

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100 Ways to Get Your Kids Outside

Happy Spring Everyone!

I am so excited that the weather is final warming up here on the east coast! I’m ready for ice cream dates and playground fun. With my youngest now on the go, I’m really excited for what this spring and summer have in store for us. Last year was difficult because she was so young so getting out was a little tough, but this year she’s able to keep up with her brother and I know they are going to have a blast.

I am big on getting the kids outside as much as possible. I like for them to be active, to run around, and just be a kid! My son is old enough to get into sports, so I really want to experiment and see what he truly enjoys so we can sign him up for a team. We’re thinking baseball, so I’m really excited. His cousin is amazing at playing ball, so I’m hoping to get them together a lot during the summer to really get my son into learning to rules of the game.

As for my one year old, I just want her to learn to love the outdoors. We’re a very ‘outdoorsy’ family, so I really don’t want my little ones to be stuck on electronics and television, especially when it’s so beautiful outside. My in-laws are getting the kids a play set for our backyard so I’m excited. That will go great with the sandbox and fire pit we currently have out there.

So why not kick off the beginning of spring with a list of 100 ways to get your kids outside!

Some may cost a little, but others are completely free!

There are options for every budget!

 

Draw with sidewalk chalk

Go for a bike ride/learn to ride a bike

Visit a playground

Have a picnic

Go for a walk

Catch fireflies at night

Plant a garden

Visit a lake

Go fishing

Practice/Play a sport

Go swimming in a pool

Hike in the woods

Visit a zoo

Visit an ice cream shop

Go to a carnival

Visit an amusement park

Play tag

Play hide and go seek

Have a bonfire

Roast marshmallows

Pitch a tent and ‘camp’ in your backyard

Have a water balloon fight

Set up a sprinkler or slip and slide

Visit a national or state park

Identify different birds

Have an outdoors scavenger hunt (see below for a free printable!)

Paint rocks

Play hopscotch

Catch butterflies

Build and paint a birdhouse

Pick different flowers

Go feed ducks

Finger paint

Find shapes in the clouds

Look for stars at night in a telescope

Wash a car

Play I-Spy

Climb a tree

Fly a kite

Make paper airplanes

Play with bubbles

Go puddle jumping

Have a squirt gun fight

Make a time capsule and bury it

Play in the mud

Visit a farm

Have a lemonade stand

Visit a beach

Go to a local baseball game

Make dandelion wishes

Visit a water park

Go frog catching

Collect seashells

Go paddle boating

Go to an outdoor concert

Play in a sandbox

Go on a boat ride

Go swimming in a lake

Paint pine cones

Make a bird feeder

Identify tree types

Make a nature journal

Collect different types of leaves

Collect different types of rocks

Grill and eat dinner outside

Go mini golfing

Skip rocks

Pick berries

Smell different flowers

visit a farmer’s market

Make a wind chime

Visit a drive-in movie theater

Roll down a hill

Dance outside

Visit an aquarium

Go crabbing

Look for bugs

Plant a tree

Take outside photos

Build an outside fort

Go horseback riding

Hula hoop

Watch the sun set/rise

Jump rope

Go go-karting

Make paper boats

Build sandcastles

Have a race

Build an obstacle course

Jump on a trampoline

Make a tire swing

Do a science experiment

Tour a fire station

Visit a children’s museum

Find a four-leaf clover

Tie die shirts

Make shadow puppets

Walk to a snowball stand

Make your own snowballs

Make your own ice cream

Scavenger Hunt
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