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With Abigail’s first birthday coming up, I can’t help but get excited thinking about all the learning and growing she has ahead of her. But I’ve noticed that’s not the same feeling for some moms.
We all know there is a good cop and bad cop when it comes to parenting, one parent is more lenient than the other and gives in to that cute smile when they ask for something… Well today I learned that was not going to be me, that would be Joe!
So, Joe is on vacation this week and therefore is keeping Abigail; mind you he has never really had her by himself for a full day so Mommy made sure she left him instructions (THREE pages worth lol), a diaper bag that was locked and loaded and PLENTY of her favorite fruits and veggies for breakfast and lunch (all healthy and organic). Well… Mommy gets a text around lunch time of baby girl in her car seat and at first I reply “Awe cute, I miss y’all”. Then I see the McDonald’s French fry in her hand!!!!!!
I could have strangled him! I spent all this time preparing containers of HEALTHY snacks and foods and he goes and gives her a greasy French fry. But it was at this moment I realized, holy crap I am going to be that “mean” mom who tells her kid no so she will go ask Daddy and he will say yes!!! Joe always joked with me while I was pregnant saying I was going to be the “mean” parent and I always laughed at him, but honestly I don’t care if I am or not. Someone has to tell her no sometimes and discipline her, she has to know her boundaries. Daren’t if I am going to be one of those parents who lets their child run around screaming and acting like everything is a playground while they are out in public. I was not raised this way and I certainty will not have Abigail acting this way. So call me the “mean” mom but at least I will be working towards having a child who eats well and is well behaved out in public, she will thank me later in life!
In hind sight, yes I totally over reacted, it was just one fry but when you spend an hour the night before making sure she has all her favorite, healthy snacks already prepared, a French fry is enough to make you mad haha! So I am taking a mental note from all this and reminding myself that things in moderation are ok and things are going to happen that you just don’t have much control over and when it does happen, just let it ride!
Best advice I ever got from the most wonderful woman ever… “Pick your battles”
Thanks Mom, XOXO
For those of you who knew me prior to my blogging, you are well aware of the fact that I was never one to prepare or plan for things. I was a very “it is what it is” person who was pretty nonchalant about everything but after having Abigail I feel like I did a 180. I believe I am slowly becoming more organized( total work in progress), I meal prep for the family and Abigail and have a better concept of time. I truly feel like I have adjusted and acclimated to Motherhood well, allowing myself to be the mother I had always hoped I could be for my children!
With Hurricane Irma fast approaching( hitting us later this evening), after I realized how much prep work and planning I had actually done, I finally realized this child put me into full momma bear protecting her cub mode. I found myself creating a list of “to-do’s” before the hurricane and items to get( I would have Never done this before). I would say a good 80% of that list was something for or related to Abigail whether that be food, batteries for her toys, milk storage bags for my breast milk or plenty of diapers and wipes!
This hurricane is WAY different for us than Matthew was last year, first and foremost we are now home owners; so anything that happens to this house is on us to fix. Second, Abigail is now here and completely reliant on her Mommy and Daddy to keep her safe, last year she was still in my belly. With Matthew we did little to no planning, this time around we are stocked up on food, water, WINE, batteries, flashlights and we have a generator( YAY I won’t have to manually pump)!
I decided to meal prep for the simple fact that we are very likely to loose power and won’t be able to cook… My husband on the other hand has been cooking the most random(but yummy) foods since yesterday! We had cinnamon rolls last night, pizza volcano( Pictured below… semi Pinterest fail) bacon and pancakes this morning all before noon! So while I cook to prepare, I learned Joe cooks because he is nervous!
All I know is we are completely prepared for this storm and enjoying every bit of power while we still have it and making the best of our extra time together!
All my Florida and Georgia friends stay safe y’all!!!
When something so little can mean so much to someone, things no longer become about you. That is exactly why I hope Abigail say’s Dada first!
Now that Miss Abigail Remi is finally here, we get to begin our journey as Parents! From learning how to breastfeed, getting our first visitors, to going home and meeting her big sister.
We are now the Kline Family, party of 4.
It is finally time to PUSH Abigail out and I could not be more ready! She was in such a rush to make her debut they had to rush the Doctor out of the OR to able to deliver her!