For our little family … we are getting back into a routine with things.
My oldest son goes to kindergarten Monday-Thursday, and I’m learning how to teach him on Fridays… and it’s been fun!
My son has learned a lot this year —it’s crazy to see him sounding out words and recognizing words. He doesn’t always want to do school work, and I don’t push him too much because at the end of the day, I want school to be fun for him.
Cade, our boy, has a neighbor friend that comes to play most days .. and he looks forward to playing everyday. Cade is our social boy and loves people.
Makell— (3 years) our middle child and oldest daughter, she has enjoyed preschool two days a week.
Makell loves to be like her big brother so she feels pretty special to be in school.
Makell loves art and drawing and has learned to write an “M” and an “O” and an “A” on papers.
Makell is so nurturing and caring. Nobody takes care of their dolls better than Makell. Makell’s baby dolls are always wrapped up nice sleeping ..all over the house.
Makell also has a sassy side and I would put money down that she has the loudest cry of all the girls out there.
We love our sweet Makell and it’s fun listening to her talk and grow.. her vocabulary has grown so much in the past little while.
Taya can be summed up as cute and busy!
She started taking a few walking steps at Thanksgiving and is walking longer and longer now.
She opens and dumps out anything she can, she tries to eat everything, and she is copying many of the words we say.
Taya is known as “smiley” because she truly is smiling about 90% of the time.. and we love that about her.
Yes she can get mad when she doesn’t get her way, but we love her so much.
My husband stays busy with a busy job, church calling, and he’s such a hard working father and husband.
My husband, Brad, is handy and can figure out how to build or fix about anything.
He has learned to bake bread and that is our family’s Sunday activity… and then we deliver a bunch of bread to people who may enjoy it.
Brad is so good at serving others, his focus is always on how he can help others.
Brad is great to get a workout in, and he also takes time to study his scriptures daily and write in his journal.
As for me.. my cute little family keeps me busy! There is never a dull moment with three young kids.
I always challenge myself throughout the day to tidy something in the house … just because these days we have a lot of toys everywhere and if I can find a few spaces to de-clutter, I feel accomplished and more organized.
I love to cook and enjoy trying new gluten-free recipes.
I also stay busy with a church calling. My goal this month has been to strengthen myself spiritually and it’s been so good for me to focus on my spiritual goals.
I am in a workout class and have enjoyed building and strengthening muscles .. as well as losing weight.
This blog always keeps me thinking —and I enjoy the challenge of this blog. I also just love to write.
I have had fun putting makeup on faces … as some of you know I’m a Seint artist.
I have enjoyed watching “The Crown” while folding laundry or while running on the treadmill.
And honestly I can say , life is busy —yet so wonderful all wrapped in one.
I will note, the winter time can be a bit hard on me mentally. Perhaps it’s the lack of sun and being indoors more… but I’m trying to be aware of this factor about myself and push through it.
I talk to my sweet mom pretty much everyday and she is such a sweet and uplifting voice for me.
And I can’t forget how nice it’s been to visit with friends lately, even if it’s Marco Polo.
Our life lately has been wonderful… we look forward to this upcoming year with positivity and happiness.
Having a newborn can be so incredible and amazing. And yet, it also can be challenging and exhausting.
When I became a new mom I felt like I knew the basics:
– Sleep when baby sleeps
-You will be tired and that’s ok
– Swaddle your baby
-Change the Diaper every 2-4 hours
And the list goes on.
Well, there was still A LOTTT I did not know about having a newborn, so hopefully this can be helpful to you!
THINGS I WISH I NEW BEFORE HAVING A NEWBORN BABY
Everyone parents differently, because EVERYONE has different children. Don’t listen to everyone’s “advice,” take them into account and do what is best for YOU and YOUR baby.
Give your babies vitamin D dropseveryday.
When your baby sleeps, you can get a few things done if it’s stressing you out. HOWEVER, if you can catch up on rest and sleep while the baby is sleeping–DO IT!
You shouldn’t work out for 6-8 weeks after having a baby. But if you can go on short walks, just enough to move around and get outside it helps. Moving your body is so key to a healthy mental state.
Pay to get newborn pictures taken. Babies change so fast and getting nice pictures of them is priceless.
Having a baby is time consuming. It’s such a beautiful stage of life, but it can be enduring. Make sure you take time for some self-care. Have a hobby that you are working on, go to the store alone, or dinner with friends. Being a new mom is wonderful, and yet, completely changing ALL the norms is hard. It’s important to take care of YOU so that you can be a happier mom for that sweet baby.
If breastfeeding is hard, enduring and not working well, don’t do it, and don’t feel guilty about it. Period.
Take care of your baby’s bum to prevent diaper rash. Be faithful about putting ointment on their bum so that they are not sore and miserable.
If your baby is crying most the day, take the baby to the doctor. If things are not changing and the baby is still crying, let the doctor know it is getting overwhelming. Try second opinions such as chiropractors, chiropractors know some great things for colicky babies
Invest in an owlet if at all possible. It’s a foot monitor that can give you peace of mind that your baby is breathing and sleeping well.
Keep some type of journal or log of your baby’s growth and development. It is so much fun to look back on baby milestone, and it reminds you what a blessing it is to have your sweet little baby!
Enjoy the moments with your little one, it’s a heavenly experience in so many ways.
And as always, if you have more items you would add to my list, let me know in the comments below.