Living in the moment

This statement stopped me in my tracks. While my 4 year old has an incredible memory (which blows my mind) and also is a planner (just like his mama) I couldn’t help but think about how true this is. Children truly live in the moment.

As adults, we can get stuck with things going through our heads, overthinking and rethinking, looking far into the future, and so busy on our phones. I know I’m guilty of all of those things.

I know it’s hard to give each child your full attention all of the time because there is always something else going on.

I know that I always love having something fun to look forward to, but having plans can be a totally different thing… Fran once said to me, “When we plan, God Laughs.” And that has been with me ever since and I think about that saying regularly! Honestly, because having two young children (and a husband) it’s so true!

Life the past few years had been rough with not knowing where we were going to end up, and I had grand plans, and all of those ideas that I had, had to change. This really tested my Type A Personality and thinking back I really need to start living in the moment, just like my children; The Brotherhood.

I’m going to do my best to live in each moment. I’m going to try to put my phone down and focus on just being. (Although I’m obsessed with taking pictures, but I know sometimes that means I’m not fully living in that moment.) I am going to do my best to go with the flow. I now know it’s so true that the days may be long, but the years are short.

Here’s to living in the moment.

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Second Children

I swear… I thought I was the best parent with L. I totally thought I knew what I was doing! “He’s a piece of cake, I’m great at this whole parenting thing!” “Let’s have another!”

Well…I’ve heard stories and now I’m experiencing it myself. Second children are no joke!

My boys couldn’t be more different. L follows directions (as well as any other 4 year old) and works on making good choices and is super helpful.

H on the other hand is so incredibly daring and has no fear. He also gets into so much more than L ever did, and I don’t know if that’s me parenting two children and my focus has to be more than one place at a time.

He’s escaping his crib…

He’s breaking things (not on purpose, he was actually trying to put this away, but it was my MILs)…this was the third thing in the past two weeks.

He’s more independent than I think I’m ready for him to be; truly I think it’s because he wants to be like his big brother. I want to slow this time down.

I love my boys so much but there are days like today where I’m BEAT and ready for bed before they are.

As crazy as my life can get I wouldn’t change it for the world. Now, let’s hope both kids sleep through the night and sleep at least until 6 am.

☝🏼 my non-napper today. 😴

Happy Mother’s Day

I am sending love and am thankful for all mothers and mother figures; those who have angel babies or angel moms. I understand how hard today can be for some. I love you all and am here for you.

I’m so thankful for my two boys. The Brotherhood always keeps me on my toes! I love these two stinkers so much.

What did everyone do today??

Sick Children

It’s never easy seeing your kiddos sick. They are uncomfortable and miserable and as a parent there is only so much you can do.

Last week L had a cold…but when he gets like this is tonsils enlarged and cause such coughing fits even though now he isn’t even sick. Poor kid is active and so energetic but the coughing fits due to his enlarged tonsils are not fair. Thankfully, he will be seeing an ENT here next week to discuss next steps. He’s already had 2 sets of tubes, his adenoids removed, and something cauterized in his nose. I just hate to think of him having to go under again, but this may be for the best. I remember having my tonsils removed in 3rd grade. I remember staying over in the hospital. To a little kid, it can be traumatic!

Now, I assumed H picked up L’s cold…but it was lasting longer than L’s and he had different symptoms…for example: croup cough and a fever. Normal ear tugging from the kid who’s been teething for what seems like forever! Something just didn’t seem right so I was able to get in to see a doctor yesterday. I had a feeling they would say. “Oh yes, just a cold.”, but instead I was told he had a very bad double ear infection and….pneumonia. Thankfully, I took him to the doctors and we started medicine right away to help clear him up. If he doesn’t get better in a few days I have to take him back and assess the situation. This morning he did drink water which is more than he did yesterday, and dehydration is such a fear!

Hopefully all will settle here and everyone can be healthy to enjoy the Spring days ahead! Say some prayers or send some love our way! This mama needs it! And some champagne 😘.

Anyone have tips on how to hold it all together when the kiddos are sick or under the weather? How does cleaning or grocery shopping get done??

Where did I go?!

Wow it’s been over a week since my last post 😱. The past week was a busy but fun week!

We had a play date with new friends! We prepared for a 4 year old birthday party and my parents came to Minnesota to celebrate L.

We had an incredible few days! L got to go on a field trip to the Minnesota Orchestra! We went to Chuck E. Cheese for lunch and then had a delicious dinner at Red Cow that night! We also had an amazing cake from Milkjam Creamery!

He received wishes and gifts from our friends and family across the world! He is very loved ♥️.

We were tourists in our new city and explored the MOA with my parents and we went to the aquarium!

L and H were so sad to see my parents leave but they are so excited for the next time we are all together!

On the flip side of all of the fun though, L and H both picked up a cold. We met a nee pediatrician who seems great! We had to go to get a referral for a new ENT to have L’s tubes and tonsils checked. He’s on his second set of tubes and he had his adenoids removed before we left columbus but the poor kids tonsils have been so swollen lately 😭. Anyone have any at home remedies or good ENTs in or around the Twin Cities??

Well I promise to not wait a week to post again!! Happy Monday All 😘.