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35 Things My Mother Taught Me

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Your Hosts Hosts TWSS Thank You Heart Thanks for sharing your insight with us last week!    My Mother Kristin Hannah   I have a wonderful mother.  IMG_9644I know that I am to have the mother I do.  A mother who has guided and influenced my life for the last 28 years.  A mother who is now a Nana to my two sweet boys.  A mother who, despite being a Nana, does not stop being my mother.  She continues to parent, advise, and lend a listening ear any time I need it.  A mother who has taught me so many, many things. Countless pieces of wisdom and life lessons.  I am the woman, the wife, the mother, the friend, and the sister, I am because I have the mother I do.  35 Things My Mother Taught Me

You are worthy of all things wonderful and great.
Be kind; to yourself, to your friends, to strangers.
Listen to, and most importantly trust those feelings in your gut.
Give compliments to those around you.
Saying please and thank you go a long way.
Always call you mother, she worries.
It’s ok to make mistakes.
It’s important to learn from them.
There is nothing better than a freshly painted manicure.
Home is where your mom is.
It’s better to be overdressed than underdressed.
Quality is always more important than quantity.
It’s ok to drink cheap wine.
Believe in the power of prayer and know that miracles happen.
You can never make too much food when throwing a party.
When you drive someone home, wait to make sure they get inside safely.
Early is on time, on time is late, and late is seriously unacceptable.
It’s important to remember your roots, but spread your wings.
No man will every love you as much as  your dad does.
There is nothing a little Garth Brooks or Tim McGraw cannot fix.
Traditions, new and old, are important. 
Cupcakes and cookies always taste better when made from scratch.
It is important to be able to apologize when you are wrong.
The world is not black and white; it is filled with millions of shades of grey.
Just because you can do it all, doesn’t mean you have to do it all.
Ask for help when you need it.
Everyone is worthy of love.
Take pictures. Print pictures.  Hang pictures everywhere!
Be quick to forgive, but never forget.
Good things come to those who wait.
Life isn’t fair.
A quick, 10 second tidy before walking out the door or before going to bed will make all the difference.
Do it yourself. Until you can’t.  Then call someone who can.
Sit down for dinner.  Put your napkin in your lap.  And keep your elbows off the table.
You are never to old to need your mom.

Thank you, Mom, for being YOU and teaching me how to be ME. I love you, Happy Mother’s Day.

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Before I was Their Mother #TWSS #linkup

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As we are… I cannot help but going back to those words.  We see things, as we are, where we are, with whom we stand.  We are influenced, persuaded, shaped, and molded by these things.  By those who surround us.

I am currently surrounded by these two faces…

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And they have shaped, molded, influenced, and even persuaded me more than most things in my life.

Before I was their mother, I did not know what love was.  Not really.  Not gut-wrenching, selfless, unconditional love. 

Before I was their mother, I did not know I could function on so little sleep.  When the boys were newborns, and eating every couple hours, I was lucky to get 2 hours of consecutive sleep.  But it did not matter.  I was perhaps zombie like; but I was a happy, singing, reading, coffee drinking zombie.  A mom-bie if you will!

Before I was their mother, I do not know how I spent my time.  Literally, what did I do with all my time!!?? I am constantly amazed by just how much I accomplish in one day currently.  However, I am constantly questioning how the heck I passed the time prior to motherhood.  I do know this… I always had a fresh manicure, and I was always reading a book.  These two things rarely happen today. 

Before I was their mother, I ate three, hot, healthy, and well thought out meals.  Now, I sometimes forget if I ate lunch. Or rather, I remember that I did NOT eat lunch at 2 o’clock when my stomach starts growling.

Before I was their mother, I did not worry about having another glass of wine, or going to bed too late.  Because I knew I could sleep in tomorrow.  But now, I know I will be greeted by two smiley faces at 6 A.M. on the dot.

Before I was their mother, I was always up to date on all things pop culture, I knew what was happening in the world.  Now, I am lucky if I can catch the 10 o’clock news before passing out.  Thank you social media for keeping me up to date on all things important.  

Before I was their mother, I did not think it was possible to love my husband any more than I did.  But I do.  Seeing him as their father has made me love Matt in a different, and deeper way.  I am lucky to have him as my husband!

Before I was their mother, I did not know just how many conversations one could have about poop. It is mind blowing just how often poop is brought up, and it’s totally normal amongst mommy friends.

Before I was their mother, I could carry the cutest little clutch to hold my most important things.  After all, what more did I need than a credit card, some lipgloss, my cell phone, and an ID?? Now I need diapers, and wipes, and binki wipes, and sippy cups, and a change of clothes, and toys, and on, and on, and on.  

Before I was their mother, I would talk and people would respond.  Now I spend my days, talking and talking and talking…. to myself.  I know these days of me talking, and them just laughing are numbered. And I know I will miss them.  Particularly when they hit the “why” phase of childhood. 

Before I was their mother, I did not really understand what bittersweet meant.  But now I do. Because my life is filled with moments that can only be described as bittersweet.  The first time they smile, bittersweet.  The first time they crawl, bittersweet.  The first time they wave, bittersweet.  Their first birthday, bittersweet. Every day is filled with bittersweet moments as I watch my babies change and grow.

Every day I view the world as their mother.
How do you view the world?

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March for Babies {Wordless Wednesday}

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This past weekend surrounded by family, and friends who have become our family, Matt, the boys and I walked with March of Dimes in honor of premature births and babies everywhere. Did you know that 1 in 8 babies are born prematurely? We had 7 children walk with us, and 4 of those children were born prematurely.WalkForBabiesGroup

 

It was a such a wonderful way to honor the boys and all they have overcome and achieved these last 11 months. We even saw one of their NICU nurses at the walk and she was so amazed at how much the boys have grown and how many milestones they have reached. They have come a long way from needing feeding tubes and respiratory assistance.

We did it!

I couldn’t help but get emotional as we saw the boys pictures along the “Ambassador Avenue” during our walk. The path was lined with pictures of babies just like our boys; babies born premature but now growing and thriving. There were also some babies who had sadly not survived, and their families were walking in their memory. I couldn’t help but feel immensely grateful and eternally thankful that our babies were not born at 28 weeks when my labor first began.  

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We were thankful to be surrounded by many of the same people who have been by our side during every step of the last two years! These happy, smiling, supportive faces are our village!

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We even had support and love from those who do not live in Tucson and therefore could not walk with us!! Thanks Nana, Pa, Auntie Cassie, Grandma Ann, and Grandpa Mike! Your love was felt with us when we walked!

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We are already looking forward to our walk next year! We raised over $600 for March of Dimes and next year we hope to raise $1,000.  And don’t you love our shirts!? That is the skyline of Tucson, and of course our two babies are represented by those two adorable peanuts!  Our shirts were designed by me and even I am amazed by how well they turned out! 

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Thank you to everyone who walked, donated, and rocked a Team Giant Peanuts shirt!! This was a perfect day to honor our two giant peanuts! 

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The Beauty of a Dream #TWSS #linkup

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When I read these words, I couldn’t help but think of my babies.  My silly, lovable, feisty twin boys. My whole heart, divided amongst two perfect little bodies. My NICU graduate, born at 4 pounds, kicking butt since day one, babies. 

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Our little miracles are quickly approaching their first birthday.  And I have total first birthday brain.  I am making myself busy planning just how we should celebrate their special day, so that I am not a blubbering mess.  Because when I stop and think about it, I just want to cry.  How are my babies almost a year??

Eleanor Roosevelt is one of my favorite woman; in fact had one of those little peanuts been a girl there was a good chance that would have been her name.  And tonight, her words have me thinking about the future, but more importantly about my boys future. And all the dreams and hopes I have for them.

I remember when they were first born, holding them for the first time, I couldn’t help but think of the wonder of it all.  Matt and I had create these two precious babies. Our life as a family of four was suddenly so full of possibility and question.  As I watched our babies fight to breath on their own, I found myself praying for, daydreaming of, and believing in our future.  Their future. Life as a NICU mama was anything but easy; but I was able to stay strong because I was able to believe in the beauty.  The beauty of the boys gaining ounces, the beauty of the boys breathing on their own, the beauty of the boys learning how to suck, swallow, and breath all at once.  I was able to believe in the beauty of our future as a family of four, our future as a family outside the walls of the NICU.

And tonight, I am still believing in that beauty.  The beauty of their first steps, their first words, their first days of school, our first family vacation.  I don’t need time to continue at warp speed, but I am excited about all of the possibilities .  I am thrilled by the unknown! 

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And I definitely believe in the beauty of our dreams. 

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How To Celebrate Babies First Birthday

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The boys first birthday is approaching quickly; whether I like it or not!! So I decided Matt and I better start deciding how we would like to commemorate such a momentous occasion.  Lot’s of friends have reminded me to keep things simple, as the boys will not remember the celebration.  And while I agree; I also think that this is an event worth celebrating for more than the boys.  Celebrating the boys first birthday is also a celebration of Matt and I surviving and loving this first year of parenthood.  This is a celebration about life, love, and parenthood. This is a celebration of premature babies defying the odds and hitting milestone after milestone without the invention we thought they might need.  So we will celebrate!! I thought I would share a few ides how to celebrate babies first birthday.

How To Celebrate Babies First Birthday

Enjoy a special meal
What are a few of your little ones favorite foods?? Do they love pizza? Or maybe they cannot get enough blueberries and yogurt.  My boys are all about the avocado and cheese lately! Come up with something you know your little one will love to eat for their birthday dinner.

Take the day off
Are you a working parent? See if you can take the day off! If you are a stay-at-home parent, take a break from your normal hustle and bustle routine. Spend the day just being with your little one as a family.

Go on an adventure
What are some of your favorite things to do as a family? What does your little one just love to do? Maybe you could head the the park to swing on the swings! Our boys love the zoo, so I think we will head to the zoo on their first birthday,

Take photos
Are you really surprised this made my list? You all know how obsessed I am with documenting my ever growing babies.  But regardless, this is a perfect time to have a professional photographer take photos.  Or maybe ask a friend to come a take some photos of you and your little one.  As a Mom I know how hard it can be to get pictures of you and your little one that are NOT selfies.  I mean don’t get me wrong, I love a good selfie, but I would like some pictures showing our whole bodies, haha.

Have a party
Remember you are celebrating a whole year!!! Why not have a party?? Keep it as small, or make it as large as fits you and what you want.  Pick a fun theme, and go from there! Pinterest will be your best friend!

Have your cake and eat it too!
For most babies turning one, they have yet to have a taste of something sweet.  Their first birthday is the perfect time for them to have a slice of cake, or some ice cream for the first time. Have your camera ready!!

Create a keepsake
Maybe a footprint or handprint in some salt clay.  Maybe a plate or mug from a pottery painting store with their handprint on it. Use your imagination!

 

How did you celebrate your little ones first birthday?? I would love to hear! Leave me a comment telling me al about it.

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Our Favorite Baby Led Weaning Recipes

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Not too long ago I wrote this post sharing why I was initially hesitant to start baby led weaning, I was too focused on the big picture, I struggled to see just how easy, and simple baby led weaning can be.  The boys for the last several months have been happily and successfully been baby led weaning pros.  I love being able to prepare one meal and feed all four of us.  A lot of the times the boys are eating really simple steamed chunks of vegetables, raw slices of fruits, and lots of eggs!! Recently, I have began to branch out and started making some baby led weaning recipes.  I have been really pleased with all of them! Again, I am able to cook once and feed all four of us.  I thought I should share a few of my favorite, go-to baby led weaning recipes with you too! These are great for babies 6 months plus, however I did not introduce some of them to by boys until 9 months.

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Baby Led Weaning Basics
I shared that the boys eat steamed vegetables and slices of fruit; below I shared some examples of each…

  • Steamed/boiled/roasted large chunks of pumpkin, sweet potato, broccoli, zucchini, cauliflower, squash, carrots, corn, etc.
  • Raw slices of banana, avocado, berries (strawberry, blueberry, blackberry), apple, pear, cherries, peaches, mangos, nectarines, watermelon, kiwi, oranges, etc.
  • Grated cheddar cheese in the beginning, we later switched so bit size pieces
  • Boiled or scrambled eggs
  • Cooked beans, lentils, and peas

 

Baby Led Weaning Recipes 

Banana Pumpkin Pancakes (GF)

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Sweet Potato, Carrot, and Apple HashSweet Potato Hash (GF, Egg free, meat free)

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Oatmeal CupsOatmeal Cups (GF)

Carrot-NoodlesStir Fry Carrot Noodles (GF)

Do you practice baby led weaning with your little one?  I would love for you to share your favorite recipes with me!! Leave me a comment below! Follow my Baby Led Weaning board on Pinterest too.

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