5 SAHM Tips

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

I have only been a SAHM since July. So I'm no expert by any means. But I thought I would share a few tips that help me get the most out of my days home with my kiddos. 

1. Shower at night. After my kids go to bed I quickly take a shower and get my comfy clothes on. You would think being home all day I would have the luxury of showering whenever I wanted. That's so not the case tho with 2 kids needing my attention all day. And it's not everyday they nap at the same time. Showering at night has been my lifesaver. If I didn't shower at night, I have no idea when I would actually have time to. 

2.  Get up before the kids. Ok this does not apply to new moms with newborns because God knows I know you need every second of sleep. My kids normally get up anywhere between 6:30-7:30. I my internal alarm clock wakes me up at 6. So that half hour before the kids get up I have a little me time to myself. Before I got up when my kids did I always felt rushed and didn't have a clear mind for the day. Getting up a half hour before they do lets me prepare for the day ahead without feeling rushed and overwhelmed. 

3.  Get dressed & put on makeup.  Which leads me here. That half hour before my kids get up I get dressed. I am always in comfy clothes because let's face it, chasing kids around in real clothes is not comfortable. My SAHM uniform is skinny yoga pants and a comfy/cute shirt, zip up hoodie or sweatshirt. I always put on my makeup too. It consists of BB cream and mascara. I'm simple and low maintenance in that department. Just getting dressed and applying my makeup makes me feel so much better about myself. Plus, I'm sure my hubs appreciates it too. No husband wants to come home to his wife with no makeup on and the clothes she slept in. 

4. Program your coffee maker. Maybe I've lived under a rock all these years but I've just started doing this. Game changer. I program it every night to go off at 7 am each morning. No more wasting time making coffee in the morning when I have 2 other mouths to feed.  

5. Meal plan.  My job is to make dinner Monday-Thursday every week. Friday and Saturday we usually eat out while running errands/shopping and Sunday is my hubs night to cook. Every Sunday I plan out my meals for the week and jot them down in my planner. I use the crockpot a lot. It makes for an easy, simple and no stress dinner each night. 

So there you have it. Five little tips for the SAHMs out there that I've found super helpful. If you have any tips, please share-I'd love to hear them!

Cry Baby

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

I did it. I did something I never thought I would do in a billion years... 

Chris is gone this week on a snowmobiling trip so it's just me and the boys. And the dog. Yesterday was one of those days where I couldn't wait for bedtime, even if it was only 11 am.  My little happy-all-the-stinkin-time Leo was miserable all day. He cut his first tooth (yay, big boy!) and was in no mood to celebrate. My Vinny was off all morning. When nap time rolled around and he passed out on the floor in Leo's room while I was changing Leo, I knew something was up. 

When he woke up, he was burning up with a fever. He was miserable and so crabby-so unlike his personality. I had my hands full taking care of these too. Throw in a dog who was crawling the walls because he hasn't been walked in 2 days and I was ready for the day to be over. At 1 pm. 

Leo has been sleeping through the night for a while now. The last few weeks he's been waking up around 3 or 4 crying. I change him and rock him back to sleep. Which sometimes takes a looong time because he's ready to party. So nights when he doesn't go back to sleep right away I've been bringing him in bed with C&I. Something I have always been against. I never did it with Vinny and told myself I wouldn't do it with Leo. But sleep always sounds so much more appealing then being awake for an hour trying to get a baby back to sleep. I knew this bad habit needed to stop and last night was a perfect night to put my foot down. 

After the boys were in bed, I tucked myself in as well. I was beat. I passed out right away. Like clockwork Leo woke up around 3 am crying. Super exhausted, I turned the monitor down and rolled over. He cried it out. He fell back asleep and didn't wake up until 7:45 this morning. 

I broke two of my rules. Co-sleeping and crying it out. I'm not against co-sleeping. If it's your thing, awesome. It just isn't my thing. I know so many people swear by crying it out. I tried it a few times with Vinny but never lasted past 2 mins. If I wasn't so exhausted last night I totally would have scooped up Leo. And now I have a little mommy guilt for not getting him. But, he was fine. He is fine. Everyone was happy today and we had a good day. 

Will I let Leo cry it out tonight if he wakes up at 3 am again? I don't know. I guess time will tell. 

Mamas who have let their babes cry it out-I'd love to hear your 2 cents. 

Our Weekend

Monday, January 12, 2015

We had such a low key, relaxing weekend. It was great to slow down a little. 

I pulled out my big girl camera for a quick little photoshoot with Leo. I'm so glad I did because this was the result.

Gah! He makes me smile. I took a similar pic of Vinny when he was Leo's age... 

It's pretty apparent from these pics who looks like who. Vinny is such a mini of his daddy and Leo is my mini. I love it and am so glad I can call them mine. Heart bursting! 

So, I'll be honest. Since having Leo we rarely go out to eat. One of the boys always needs some sort of attention or help, or there are tears or crabbiness and it's just not fun for anyone. Saturday, after the boys napped, we took a risk and went to the Olive Garden. Surprisingly they both were angels and we had a great lunch. I didn't feel rushed or stressed like I usually do when we all are out to eat. It was great. Maybe we can do this more often?

Chris left for a snowmobiling trip early Sunday morning which leaves me to single parenting this week. The last time I was doing this Leo was only 6 weeks old. This time things should be a tad easier since he's older now and sleeping through the night. Regardless, it's a tough job to be on 24/7 without any help or a break. So, send wine please. 

This week will be pretty low key. We will be getting ready for my BFF's wedding this Saturday. Vinny is the ring bearer so our wedding video has been on repeat as we are practicing his walk down the isle. I can't wait to see my little man in a tuxedo! He's going to be so handsome. 

Hope everyone had a great weekend as well!

Here's to 2015

Thursday, January 8, 2015

I'm a little late in the game, but Happy New Year.  This blog seriously was killed by Instagram, but my goal in 2015 is to revive it.  So here I go.  I'm jumping right back in it and hoping for the best.  So many times I have thought to just start a new blog.  Start fresh with a clean slate.  But this blog has so many memories attached to it so it's staying.  I want to keep it active again and document our lives as I have for Instagram (feel free to follow along: court5).

New Years Eve was a huge bust for us.  It was treated basically like a regular day.  There was no chance we would make it til midnight.  The thought of it actually makes me cringe.  With 2 kids who get up around 6 a.m. everyday ready to take on the day, I know I needed my sleep.  I need at least 8 hours to function correctly so in bed by 9:30 was me.  Lame.  But, I spent it snuggled on the couch with the ones I love so I call it a win.  Plus, no hangover!  High five. 

Since then life has been pretty low key.  January always seems like the month of hibernation, organization and purging.  And that's just what we've been doing.  With the frigid Minnesota temperatures and falling snow you better believe we aren't leaving the house.  So comfy clothes with the fireplace on all while hanging out with my two boys is all that is on the agenda this week. 

I'm not one to make new years resolutions because let's face it, they will be broken.  So why even set myself up for failure, right?  So instead of calling them resolutions I call them just plain goals.  One of those goals is to journal every night or every few days.  I purchased some super cute journals from Homegoods a while back and want to fill them up.  My memory is horrible.  I can't remember what I ate for breakfast yesterday.  So journaling my days will be a great reminder. When my boys are older, they can have my journals and read back on all the memories we made. 


Another goal of mine is to drop these extra lbs that I've been carrying around since having Leo.  I don't own a scale (for good reason) so I don't know exactly how many pounds I want to lose.  I just know that my pre-pregnancy clothes don't fit the way I want them to.  My stomach is still squishy and it makes me super self-conscience.  I've been wearing body body slimmers when I actually leave the house to suck me all in.  But let's face it, I can't wear body slimmers forever.  It's time to get serious and off cloud 9 of having a baby...like 5 months ago. 

Stress less.  That's a huge goal.  But really, so much easier said then done.  I know my stress level has dropped dramatically since leaving the corporate world and becoming a stay at home mom.  But still, being home everyday does have it's stresses.  And sometimes I let the littlest things get to me.  This year I need to take a step back and not let so much stress me out because at the end of the day, it's laughable. 

So here's to 2015 being a stress free, journal writing, pound losing, more blogging kind of year!

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