Maternity Leave

Whew. It’s winding down. Sweet Pea is in pre-school 2 days a week right now to reacquaint herself with that whole routine. Brother Bear (working nickname) is still with me for 3 more short weeks. It’s been absolutely amazing.

When we decided that we’d keep both kids home during my time off work, to say I was worried is an understatement. I remember being anxious and unsure after my first baby… until I wasn’t.

If that made me nervous, I thought, how am I going to handle having two?

Luckily, the second time around I have the confidence of experience and the wise words of Goose echoing in my head: When I was overwhelmed by the daily duties that came with my first baby she said, “Don’t worry. It’ll be like you grow another set of hands and suddenly you’ll be able to juggle more.” And this was no different… but there were also some difficulties.

The love was immediate and overwhelming. I was so surprised by that. Your heart really does just grow. #grinch

Onto the difficulties:

In the beginning I had a hard time allowing Pea, our 3 year old, to participate with the baby in the level at which she wanted. His bath time, for example, was particularly stressful. He’s tiny and slippery. I’m in a tight space, hunched over the bath tub, wedged between the toilet, the tub, and a wall. He’s in the infant tub inside the tub – essentially bath time inception. I’m sleep deprived and therefore cranky. Pea is a ball of energy and grabby “helpful” hands. After a few semi-patient, albeit shrill, requests for her to back up, my impatience got the better of me. I snapped at her.

She cried. I cried. I felt awful. Three is already tough. At three, boundaries are being tested. Limits pushed. Independence is wanted but not entirely possible… but pepper in the huge transition of a new baby and all of a sudden sharing Mommy’s attention, and you’re staring down the barrel of a lifetime movie’s worth of emotions. It’s basically the worst time to snap and lose your patience, and yet it’s impossible not to.

This was just one of several moments (and I’m certain there will be more) where I learned and grew. We all did. I’m picking my battles. Pea helps with bath time now. Always. Literally every time. I’ve learned how to situate myself to make the most room. And isn’t that what having a second child is? Finding out you have so much more room than you thought.

Well, it was for me. All -err- MOST OF the doubts melt away and strength, confidence, and love emerge to take the wheel. Now I know I can do it… because I did it. And I’m going to miss this precious, chaotic time so much.


Ignorance is Bliss

I knowingly left the house with snot on my shirt this morning, so that’s kinda where I am in life. 

When you notice your clothes are dirty once your car is already running in the driveway, what other choice do you have?


Saturday Morning

This morning was different. My Sweet Pea slept late so I was able to shower. (Pretty luxurious!)

Then I discovered she spit up a little in her crib. Bummer. Instead of rushing downstairs to let the dogs out, I ran a bath for the poor dear. Bath time is fun. The sounds of laughter and splashing filled the upstairs of our home.

Bear woke up and helped. A change of sheets and a towel-dry later and our regular morning routine  began. I put away Pea’s laundry, and headed downstairs for breakfast.

After I took care of the dogs, Pea snacked on toast and bananas. (She doesn’t always have toast, but always bananas. Always.) she patiently ate and sang in her high chair while I put away dishes, made coffee (finally!) and tidied the kitchen.

When we came into the playroom I sipped my cinnamon coffee, soft daylight poured in through the blinds, and while she busied herself with rocking horses and books, I realized 500 Days of Summer was on. We listened (one of the greatest soundtracks I’ve ever heard) and read books about shapes and colors.

And just like that, the out-of-the-ordinary morning became yet another of our glorious, perfectly imperfect, run-of-the-mill Saturdays. Ah.

RocksBox is Perfect for a Mom On-The-Go

As you all know, I’m a new mom the mother of a toddler (can’t claim the new mom excuse anymore!) Life is chaotic. Gone are the days when I used to spend 598,462,345 hours picking the perfect outfit to totally nail the “Stars: They’re just like us” look of a celebrity running errands in a magazine.


Mornings at my house

Now, life looks a little more like a scene from Hunger Games in the morning: Shower — if I’m lucky. Get dressed. Does this go together? (Doesn’t matter. If it’s not covered in food/dog hair/milk/snot, it’s fine.) Brush my teeth. Feed the dogs. What’s the weather going to be today? Get the kid dressed. Feed the kid. Clean the spots on the floor where she politely threw her cup to let me know she “just can’t” with milk today. Make coffee. Wait – Did I brush my teeth? Where are my go-to comfortable boots? Let the dogs out. Where. Is. The. F-ing. Coffee. Get myself, the kiddo, my purse, her bag, my lunch, her lunch, and my gym bag (Ha, It’s important to dream big, folks) in the car. Ok… Where are my keys?

I think you get the point.



Rocksbox to the style rescue!

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Big News: I’m a Savvy Sassy Scout!

If you keep up with House of Frost on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter (and you should) you may have seen a soopah cute tote and mug yesterday. Let me fill you guys in on what is happening over here at House of Frost. I received that awesome swag (courtesy of Small Glow) from Savvy Sassy Moms for joining their Product Scout Group.

Savvy Sassy Scouts Bag and Mug

Cool. What does that mean? Simply put… It means that sometimes they will send me stuff (yay!!!) and I’ll review it and post about it either here, on House of Frost, or on their site. You will know when I’m reviewing a product, so don’t worry.

I’m really excited about this! You should be too. The Savvy Sassy Moms brand is all about great products that make life a little easier (and who doesn’t need that?!?!) and a lot more stylish (yes, please).

Go over and check out the Savvy Sassy Moms site as well as Small Glow’s Instagram!

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