making it work

26 Nov

I am tired. ALL THE TIME. I think I have come to the conclusion that I will be tired until my kids are grown and out of the house. I hope that is not true but I am preparing myself for that. Coffee is my best friend. Kinda sad you may think but I am okay with it. I love it and it’s good to me :)

Here’s the deal, I am a working mom and have 2 super awesome and adorable kiddos. One of them, turning 3, is my mini me. She has great qualities that will be fantastic to have when she is older. She is very independent, strong willed, creative, stubborn, funny, etc. While that is great and all, she sure does make it hard sometimes. She is a spitfire and keeps us on our toes. We also have a little guy, about 8 months. He is completely different. He is a happy go lucky, go with the flow type of guy. THANK YOU GOD!

I don’t have a normal 9-5 job. I am in the event/sports industry which means weird and long hours and more time away from my family than I would like. I will say that I am lucky to work for an organization and boss that are flexible so while I may work long hours, it’s not as bad as it could be.

My hubby is saint (well sometimes :) ) and is really Super Dad. Many times he is the one dropping the kids off and picking them up, feeding them dinner, bathing them, and putting them to bed all by himself. Honestly, if I had to do it alone as much as he does, I would probably complain a hell of a lot more. But, Chris is great with them and I am so so so fortunate for that!

For now, I am a working mom. I am not sure what the future will bring but for now, this is what we are working with. My kids go to school in the morning and we pick them up around 6pm. Ideally, if Chris could get them somewhere around 5pm that would be the best, but he has been so busy lately that it’s more like 6pm. Which sucks. I absolutely HATE picking up the kids that late. It’s dark outside and it’s dinner time. It just sucks. However, we are in a place where both of us need to work. Could we give up some things in life in order for me to stay home? Sure. However, without getting into too many details, it’s just not a feasible option for us. So, we both work. We are blessed that the kids love their school and Kyler has learned so much already. I am not complaining, I actually love working in events/sports. However, as in anything in life, there are some downfalls.

Also, just to throw it out there, I am NOT saying one is better than the other, ie staying home vs working. I think stay at home moms (or dads) are superheros and can only imagine how hard of a job that is as well. You have to do what is best for your family and only you can make that choice!

But seriously, I always thought I knew what busy was before I had kids. Then we had Kyler and wow, did my opinion on that word change. A long and tiring day at work used to be coming home and relaxing on the couch. Now, it means a long and tiring day coming home to cooking dinner, feeding the beast (aka baby Hudson), cleaning up, bathing the kids, reading them books, convincing Kyler it’s time for bed, taking her 2 more times to the potty, putting her back in bed another 4 times, going back into Hudson’s room to get him to stop crying after Kyler woke him up, keeping my fingers crossed that she stays in her bed, listening to the monitor until I hear silence, and maybe, just maybe making our way to the couch to finally sit down to watch some TV… but then of course I can’t keep my eyes open so I end up passing out until it’s time to head to bed. I ask myself all the time what will I do when they are older and we have homework and practices/games to go to? How and the hell are we supposed to find the time and energy for that? I guess we will just make it work, right?

Don’t even get me started on our weekends. I will admit this one is all my fault. I don’t like to sit around so we are constantly on the go. Disney World, playdates, birthday parties, Target, Publix, the mall, you name it! I should force myself just to stay home one weekend a month just to catch up on rest and housework…. hmmm maybe after the holidays?

So I am tired, all the time. I also fully realize that I am not one of those people that can get 5 hours of sleep each night and be okay with it. I need my sleep. I am not a morning person (no seriously, leave me alone until I have had time to get up and move around for a bit and of course, drink my coffee…. just ask Chris). I would LOVE to find the time (well really the energy) to exercise but I really don’t know when I can. Wake up earlier than I am? Not a chance. Exercise when I get off work? And make Chris do the nighttime routine with the kids by himself yet another night? Work out after the kids go to sleep? Then what time do I have with Chris? I know these are excuses and if I really wanted to, I could find time, but those are the questions I ask myself.

But oh is it worth it. All of it. I never knew how much I would change after I had kids. My life has a completely different meaning now and those 2 kiddos are my world. I will take the sleepless nights just to go in and check on my babies. To rub Hudson’s back if he is having problems sleeping. To take Kyler back to bed because she had a bad dream and give her cuddles. I will take the the busy hectic weekends because that means more quality time with my family and more time to make memories that will last a lifetime. I am okay with caffeine being my main source of energy because I’d rather be busy taking care of them than sitting on the couch. They will grow up and move out and I will wish for these moments again. We may live a crazy hectic life, but hey, we are making it work.

TOTally Obsessed Tuesday

25 Nov

I am back for another week of TOTally Obsessed Tuesday. This is a round up of things I am loving for my little tots. My best friend had this idea for a series and after we got to talking, we came up with this! Be sure to check out what Jenn is loving for her adorable Greyson!

TOTally Obsessed by This Grey House

1. Holiday Moccasins by Bedtime Rebel

Moccasins are all the rag in the baby world right now but I love the take on these! They are so unique, sparkly and freaking cute!

2. Ralph Lauren Blazer 

There is nothing better than a sweet little boy in a preppy coat!

3. Storksak Diaper Bag

I am on my second Storksak diaper bag and I love them both.

4. Hola Mama T-Shirt by Stellar-Seven

I love the font, I love the saying, I just love this shirt!

5. Skip-Hop Hedgehog Rattle

Skip Hop meets baby toys and it is just as cute.

Weekend Update with The Jenkinsons

23 Nov

The week started with a trip to the doctor for the little guy. He has had a cold all week and it won’t go away!

Princess Belle Ariel Zarina

Ms. Kyler reading us a book before bed (she said she was the teacher)

The kiddos school pictures came in!

Hudson and I hit up the toy store to pick up some items and decided to swing by and look at the cars. Ya know, just in case Grandma and Poppa decide to get Kyler one for her birthday.

Love his little rolls!

Staying home and taking care of this sick cutie isn’t so bad :)

Saturday Game Day with Brittany! We were so close to a win against Miami. Tough loss for sure.

Enjoying some Keke’s before meeting Santa!

First time getting the Florida Waffle. Not too bad!

We decided to go visit Santa today since the next few weekends are going to be pretty hectic. Plus, I thought we would be able to beat the crowds, however, we got there before the mall opened and still waited a hour to meet Santa. When we left, the line as up to 4 hours! The kids did GREAT! Kyler cried the first year, was shy last year, but she was awesome. Hudson didn’t seem to mind either.

The Mall of Millenia really does Santa pictures right. I am fairly certain their Santa is the REAL Santa. They are so patient with the kids and are miracle workers!

Kyler Bug every year with Santa

Afterwards, we hit up Publix and Hudson rode in the car cart for the first time. So big.

For dinner, I made Shrimp Burritos with Queso inspired by my favorite Mexican place in town, Agave Azul. I loved their Burrito Acapulco and am proud to say it tasted pretty similar!

I am looking to a short work week and a great holiday weekend! We have big plans for Thanksgiving and then decorating for Christmas! LOVE LOVE LOVE this time of year!

Hudson: 33 Weeks

22 Nov

This red nose cutie is still battling a cold. We have been to the doctor’s twice, however, it is just a bad cold apparently. He is still 21 pounds. Funny how the first few months this boy was packing on the weight like crazy but now it has slowed to a trickle. I’m not complaining, he is still my little squishy :)

Hudson is still not crawling, however, is showing signs of trying to pull himself up. I hope he doesn’t think he can just skip the crawling stage because that’s not happening. Still, he gets around pretty well.

He is eating more and more finger foods. He loves yogurt melts and baby rice cakes and is still obsessed with puffs. He isn’t sure what to do with peas and just leaves them in his mouth. Gross. I do need to step up my games to soft fruits like pears and make him some sweet potato cubes. In time people.

He is still not the greatest sleeper like his big sis was but he is MUCH better. I get more and more full nights of sleep now which is definitely helping me out. This cold has knocked him back a bit but I don’t blame him.

TOTally Obsessed Tuesday

18 Nov

I am back for another week of TOTally Obsessed Tuesday! Just a reminder, this is a new blog series that my bestie Jenn and I came up with! Each week, we will share what we are loving for our little tots. Here is my round up for the week! Be sure to check out what Jenn is loving this week.

1. Melissa and Doug Pancake Set:

I love all of Melissa and Doug’s wooden play food and when I saw they came out with a pancake set, I knew we needed it for the play kitchen!

2. Begin Again Puzzles:

The first one is the Dinosaur A to Z puzzle and the second one is the Animal Parade A to Z puzzle. I love both of these!!

3. Floral Dress from Old Navy

I want this for me. We pair it with a pink scarf and jean jacket and it’s seriously freaking adorable.

4. Star Wars Tee from Old Navy

It’s super cute. Simple enough.

5. Slouch beanie from Harlow Made on Etsy

For the cutest baby hipsters

Weekend Update with The Jenkinsons

16 Nov

I love these to-go coffee cups from Cheeky sold at Target. Made my Monday not AS bad :)

She looks so innocent here…. crazy child!

Testing out bikes one last time so we can tell Santa which one to get! As much as I love this bike, we are opting for a 14″ bike instead.

I was able to sneak out of work a bit early one day so we took advantage and took a ride around the block. I am not a fan of it being dark at 6pm.

My bestie Jenn is in town for the week! It was fun to get the kiddos together.

Not the clearest photo but it was a bit difficult with 2 active kids

Greyson!

As the day went on, Hudson started coming down with a cold. Poor guy had a tough time falling asleep but finally knocked out.

My mini and I out on the golf cart looking for alligators (as Kyler would say). Fish face selfie!

Relaxing with Dad…. you can tell he doesn’t feel well :(

We stayed the night at my parents and went out for breakfast before heading back home.

Happy Sunday!

Hudson: 32 Weeks

16 Nov

The beast is 32 weeks. He is still not crawling but that’s okay. He is having fun doing yoga moves and still gets where he needs to go. I might as well enjoy this time because I have a feeling that he is going to get into everything once he is moving. Poor guy has seemed to catch yet another cold so he is a bit cranky. Another trip to the doctor’s may be in our future.

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