|October 30, 2014||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Baby|
… Than a baby in a diaper.
Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central for Huggies and Target. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
It’s been a long week you guys. I am officially wrapping up my 4th week of my 4th quarter and I am wiped. This week I had exams in Clinical Medicine and Surgery and next up is Epidemiology/Biostatistics. UGH. I came home yesterday overwhelmed and tired and was greeted by my sweet Bryn at the door. And everything instantly got better.
Because in my mind, there are few things in life that can make you smile more than some chunky little thighs in a diaper. Since I got home at her bedtime Bryn and I got to go upstairs and hang out in her room for a few minutes before it was time to nurse and go to sleep. And I was in heaven.
With two kids three and under you can imagine that we probably go through a lot of diapers. Emmie’s diaper days are pretty much behind us but Bryn is going to be in them for awhile yet. When we first were pregnant with Emmalyne I so wanted to do cloth diaper but Chris put his foot down on that so we have been a disposable family ever since. Throughout the years we have tried our fair share of brands but nothing has compared to Huggies.
Disclosure: I totally received the above products for this post, however, I buy Huggies products every single month. I try very hard to limit the sponsored content I do here on the blog to products that benefit my family, we use regularly, and I actually love. Huggies is one of those things (and their rewards program is pretty awesome!). The Snug&Dry have a SureFit design that provides up to 12 hours of leak protection which is great for nights like last night where she slept from 6:30PM-6:30AM. Now that she’s mobile the flexible waistband moves with her keeping her snug and dry throughout her adventures. The Natural Care wipes are a favorite of ours and I like to buy them by the box load. We have refillable boxes of wipes throughout the house AND in our car for the mess that kids create. Emmalyne currently sleeps in their night-time diaper while we are starting to toy with the idea of night training.
Now, one of the things that would make diapering two kids even easier is having them delivered to my house on a monthly basis. Fortunately, Target is answering that need and starting a new subscription service for diapers, wipes, and other household products. With my crazy busy schedule having this option takes one errand off my plate! I’m also all about saving money so you can score a Huggies coupon from Target HERE.
I am really happy to be able to say that my week is officially over …. well when it hits 7PM and I am finally out of class at least. I am excited to recharge a bit this weekend, go Trick-or-Treating tomorrow with the girls, and hopefully be ready to head into Week 5 on Monday. In the meantime, I am day-dreaming about snuggling my diaper-clad baby later tonight
What diapers do you prefer? Are you a Huggies fan?
|October 29, 2014||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Misc|
I am Type A.
Throughout my life I have always sought to be perfect. I don’t know why I felt the need to, because certainly no one in my family expected me to be, but I just HAD to be. I like things being just so, my closet is color coordinated, and my Google calendar keeps me organized. I have been this way for as long as I can remember and my mom noticed it even when I was a toddler. In our society we revere those that are “type A” … they are multitaskers, leaders, efficient, busy, and organized. They are the CEOs, Super Moms, and doers of the world. However, they are also probably very very tired. I know I am. You see, being Type isn’t really something to brag about or glorify because it comes with it’s own sets of challenges.
There’s nothing to relish about needing things to be organized to offset anxiety or the overwhelming amount of pressure you put on your own shoulders to achieve the impossible. Because life is messy in the best possible way and sometimes the things that deviate from perfectly constructed plans are the best moments of your life. For me that was jumping headfirst into the unknown when Chris and I got married and that was probably the first true step towards my “recovery”. However, in Texas I fell into old habits and took on a lot of responsibilities and kept myself at a go-go-go pace for a long time. When I got pregnant with Emmalyne I started to feel this immense pressure to this mom-thing perfectly also. Now I just laugh that I ever had that notion.
Motherhood is the most important work I will ever do and it’s a role that I take very seriously. During those 9 months of growing a miracle I had a lot of time to think about what kind of mom I wanted to be. Normally when I am facing a new challenge I feel compelled to learn as much about it as possible, but funny how God works through you sometimes. I never felt the urge to read a lot of pregnancy books or books on parenting. I had this sense of peace that what would be would be and Chris and I would figure it out along the way. Another small step in recovery
When Emmie was born I was suddenly super flexible. We didn’t stick to a crazy schedule, I didn’t consult Dr. Google as much as I thought I would, and I never really felt anxious. It was like my perspective changed over night. She and I were navigating this crazy adventure together and just learning things as we went. I have learned a lot about myself over these years and my outlook has changed so much. I no longer feel the need to (always) be perfect and I can’t begin to tell you the weight that takes off my shoulders.
I write this post for a reason. You see, starting PA school started to slip me back into some bad habits. I care very much about my grades and work extremely hard to get them and yesterday I got a grade I wasn’t proud of. If you knew what the grade was you would laugh at me because it’s seriously silly that I am even talking about it. However, I know deep down I could do better and that’s what irritates me to no end. Rather than ruminate on it though I was able to move on because the reason I didn’t feel as comfortable with the material is because I was nursing a sick child throughout the weekend. I was up all night with Bryn because she could only sleep if she was laying on my chest. There is no better reason in the world for not doing as well on a test as being a mom.
My closet is still color coded and I still really love getting new school supplies but my floors are dirty and my house is loud. It is full of love, happiness, and a lot of laughter. I don’t expect my children to be perfect …. just to be perfectly themselves. I am happier now, less stressed, and slightly less crazy. It’s a work in progress but I am happily transitioning towards being more relaxed and definitely the realize that the only thing I can do perfectly is be myself. I certainly still feel the anxiety start to creep in when plans go awry but fortunately I have Chris in my life to remind me to take a deep breath and all will be just fine.
SO if you too are struggling with perfection know that I feel your pain. I have been, and am in, your shoes. But please please please remember that busy isn’t always good and you really need to take moments to relax or life is going to pass you by. Remember that grades don’t really matter (in grad school) because very few employers will ever care about your GPA. Be the best YOU you can be and everything else will fall into place.
Do you struggling with perfectionism?
|October 24, 2014||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Fashion|
Fall is definitely here in the South! The days in the 80s are dwindling and cooler weather is here. Besides craving soups I am also loving the change in my wardrobe. One of the things that I am playing with this season is mixing some patterns. I’ll be the first to admit that for many years I was less then adventurous when it came to fashion. Chris actually told me I couldn’t buy anything else that was black at one point haha.
SO I am trying to have some fun and love the combo of stripes and leopard! I don’t get the opportunity to dress casually very much these days but I took advantage this last weekend.
Super comfortable easy look for a casual weekend. To be honest, I had been awake for ~10 minutes before getting dressed to head to breakfast so goes to show you can look cute with minimal effort (minus the bed head).
Do you mix patterns? What are your favorite the mix?
|October 23, 2014||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Recipes|
This is a sponsored opportunity with Foodie.com.
Today was the first day this fall where it was seriously chilly out when I left to go to school. I am all about warm weather but there is just something about the crispness of fall that I am currently craving. When the weather gets cooler my meal plan starts to make the change too. Now I am craving soup! There is just something about a nice, warm bowl of soup on a chilly day. Even better if you can make it in the slow-cooker and you walk in to a delicious smelling house and dinner ready to go! Here are 12 savory fall soups that I am looking to add into my meal plan in the coming weeks. Some are even slow cooker friendly which makes me even happier
Check out 12 Savory Fall Soups
What is your favorite soup to make in the fall?
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|October 21, 2014||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Family|
One of my biggest concerns when I was pregnant with Bryn was how Emmalyne would react to having a sister. For over two years Emmalyne was the center of our world and I was nervous about how she would do in sharing the spot light. Now that we are nearly a year into this family of four business I thought I would share one of the keys to our “success”. It’s one-on-one time.
Even though our lives are crazy busy right now, Chris and I make a point to ensure that Emmalyne gets some one-on-one time with each of us. Since Bryn requires more hands on time it can seem as if we are dedicating more of our time towards her and we didn’t ever want Emmalyne to feel that way. So instead, we set aside time for just her. Often times Chris will take Em to the ice cream shop for their daddy-daughter dates or to the park while I watch Bryn.
This past weekend I had some “down time” after ACLS and before my test yesterday. Since Bryn decided to take an extra long nap I thought it was the perfect time to having some mommy-Emmie time! One of my favorite ways to spend time with Emmie is in the kitchen so we decided to make some pretzel treats!
This treat is so easy to do …. all you need is some white chocolate chips and pretzels! I put the chocolate in a
bowel bowl (Edited: you can tell what I was studying by my typo but leaving it for humor haha) and microwaved for 30 seconds at a time and stirred between each set so the chocolate didn’t burn. Then Emmie was able to dip the pretzel sticks in, put them on parchment paper, and you’re good to go!
Another thing we try to do is incorporate how much we love our family into some of these one-on-one sessions. Even though we focus most of the time on Emmie, we still try to reinforce the fact that we are a FAMILY and that Bryn is part of that family. Our goal is to empower Emmalyne and help her realize how special she is and how she gets to be the one to help teach Bryn how to be a “big girl’ too. Fortunately, there are many books and TV shows that help with this process for us.
While our pretzel treats cooled and hardened, Emmie and Chris snuggled up with the iPad to watch The Hive on Netfllix. Emmie loves Buzzbee and this episode was perfect because it was all about making room for a new sibling. It focused on how great it is to have a sibling but how special the big sibling is too. Perfectly fits our motives
These one-on-one dates are one my favorite things to do and I look forward to keeping the tradition alive for Bryn too. While we love our time as a family of four, these precious moments with just our firstborn are so very important to us. I already can’t believe she is three and before I know it she will be sixteen so I am going to soak up these experiences.
How do you make an older sibling feel special? Or how did your parents do it for you?
This post was written as part of my being a member of Netflix’s Stream Team.