Kitchen Snuggles

Some days, this mom gig is rough. Sometimes, especially now that I’m wrangling two kids instead of one, it is so easy to look at life as an endless checklist of things to be done, punctuated by double the diaper changes, and quadruple the laundry (I’d swear someone is breaking in and wearing our clothes, there’s that much of it to do no matter how much i get done). Insert that I’m fully breastfeeding baby, and I’m left with hours of time taken up by that task alone. It’s hard to remember that it’s not just a to-do list task, it’s nourishing and bonding with my precious baby boy. I love looking at him when he’s eating (those adorable chubby cheeks! The cute smiles!), and playing with him when he’d rather talk than stay latched.

Lately I’ve noticed my toddler has increased his requests for Mommy time. “Mimi, snuggle in rocker?”

This week I’ve made a huge effort to take the time to snuggle. Take and give the hugs my babies need from me. And honestly, it’s made my life less stressful. A little more crazy because my checklist isn’t done? Yes. Will it ever be done? Lol nope, I’m a mom. So I enjoy the snuggles with my kids, whether it’s a long movie night with my toddler and I all wrapped up in blankets, or like this morning, when I took just one more minute rocking my baby in the kitchen before having to get ready to leave the house. Kitchen Snuggles with the little babe

Snuggles are awesome. Refreshing to the weary mama’s soul. To moms: find your kid and snuggle. It’s one thing I’ll never regret.

Family, Tiny Joys

Tiny Joys – Vol. 1

Hearing giant giggles and laughter that dissolves into hiccups, followed by more laughter.
Seeing my son play catch with my husband for the first time, the cause of all of the laughter.
So much delight and love in such a small game makes my heart melt.


Thanksgiving Days-My Own Challenge

My friends on Facebook are starting up with the “{insert number here} Days of Thankfulness.”  Which is nice.  It’s sweet.  It’s great to give thanks.

(Of course, a very, very few of these Thanks-giving Posters give thanks in November, but the rest of the year almost every post chews out a stranger or acquaintance for doing something they found inconvenient.   I think they remembered that Santa only starts watching people in November, and are working the elfish system.)

I digress.  I do like the idea of giving thanks for a month, just to get in the habit.  Kind of like giving something up for Lent to get in better spiritual habits, only this is to get into the habit of being thankful.  Because seriously, Americans celebrating Thanksgiving have a whole dam’ lot to be thankful for.

We’re not being bombed.

Our kids aren’t living in a war zone.

We’re allowed to worship who we want, how we want.  (Even if other people sometimes give us crap for it.  But that comes with the territory.)

There’s not a caste system here.

People get to pick their spouses.

People get to vote between crappy people to run the country.  (Maybe not a plus, but hey, it’s ‘Murican Freedum, right?)

So I figure, this November, I’ll hop on the Giving Thanks train.  I’ll even attempt to do it daily.  Starting today, so I’ll say two things I’m thankful for today, and keep doing one per day until Thanksgiving.

And I invite you to join me.  Be thankful for one thing every day.  You don’t have to post it on Facebook if you don’t want, though that and Twitter are both good options.  It doesn’t have to be a monologue.  I encourage you to not monologue unless you’re an amusing, accomplished writer. Be genuine, short, and sweet.

Write your thanks somewhere.  Thankful for a family member?  Write them a note to tell them.  One line can mean a lot.  Shout out on Facebook.  Tweet.  Comment on this post so I know someone actually reads this thing and likes this idea.

Here is what I’m thankful for, for yesterday and today.

November 1: I’m thankful for a husband who listens to me and advises me when I have bad days, and is encouraging when I can’t find a good moment.  

November 2: I’m thankful for a happy, healthy, little boy who is able to use his brain, body, and voice and curious about everything in his little world.  

And since you patiently read through a long-ish post for a very short list of two things, here’s a pic of our little family from last Thanksgiving.

Our little turkey fell asleep after dinner.

Thanks for reading my blog!  It’s nice to have a place to jot my thoughts down.

I’m trying to come up with some new post topics, so if you have any ideas for me, whether it’s Disney, an every-day-life topic, or nerdy, or whatever, leave a note in the comments!  I love to hear what readers like!