HAPPY MONDAY MAMA'S!
I am pumped to introduce you to this weeks Talking Mom, Lauren. The story of how she and I initially met is quite funny. We were first introduced by a mutual friend. Then, I stalked Lauren on Facebook and in Blogland and then one day, I randomly picked up the phone and called her to see if she wanted to take a sewing class with me....I think I called her land line.
Anyway, I hardly knew her, and I am sure she thought I was crazier than crazy, but she agreed to go with me and the following week picked me up for our first class together. Apparently good friendships can bud out of social media stalking and sewing classes as from there we started hanging out, our hubby's became friends and our kids loved each other. Now, we live over 4 hours away from each other, but I consider her one of my besties and we text often and of course keep up with each others blogs and more!
You can find her at the links here:: INSTAGRAM and BLOG and make sure to pop over and say hello!
Here is Lauren from A Page Is Turned Blog, pictures of her cute boys and answers to her Talking Mom questions!!
1. Best Mom Hack?
This is a BRAND NEW one, but we have a kindergartner this year. And I am not a morning person. On Sunday nights we pick out our clothes for the WHOLE week. (The first week, I realized that means you actually have to do laundry on the weekends!) We put each set of clothing (according to my husband, boys do not wear “outfits”) into one of those hanging closet cubby things. Each morning, James can pick out ANY of those “sets of clothing” to get himself ready.
Oh my. I was the best mom before I was a mom. I wish I could go back to my teaching days pre-kids because I would be so much kinder and more understanding. My kids were NEVER going to pitch fits in public. I would LEAVE if they acted like that. Uhhh, hello. I get that he’s screaming, but sometimes you HAVE to finish the grocery shopping trip. I also say, “Because I said so!” a LOT. And I swore that I never would. I always thought it was a ridiculous answer. I’ve learned that it’s the best answer. You can’t, because I said you can’t and I’m the mama!
3. What is the most fearful you have been as a mom?
We have had one bout of anaphylaxis and that will scare the daylights out of you. James has a tree nut allergy (with a few other things mixed in) and he had an allergic reaction to a cashew when he was 18 months old. We had NO IDEA what to do. In hindsight, we should’ve taken him straight to the ER, but our pediatrician told us over the phone not to (his breathing was not affected). Going through the whole allergy-diagnosis was a bad time for me. I was huge pregnant with Will and already hormonal. I told one friend I felt like I was “in a pit of despair.” Drama, much? But really. When life takes a left turn like that (completely out of the blue!), it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
4. Best registry gift received?
The Nap Nanny for Will. I know this has since been recalled (it’s been a while since we’ve had an infant!), but we used it on the floor and it was WONDERFUL. I think there’s something called the Rock ’n Play (maybe?) now that’s similar. I wanted Will to be able to sleep or lay down in something I could move from room to room and this worked like a charm for the first 2-3 months of his life. I wanted an adult-sized one!
5. Worst registry gift received?
A growth chart. I know that sounds crazy, but I think the only thing we didn’t use that we got as a gift (I tried to use EVERYTHING) was a growth chart. It was colors that completely clashed with James’ room. I never even pulled it out. The gifters had good intentions, but they didn’t have a clue what his room looked like (probably assumed it would be blue since he was a boy). If you’re gifting room decor, do a little asking around first.
6.Tips for moms making a baby registry.
Don’t throw everything in the world on it. Make sure it’s things you REALLY want or need. If you put 12 blankets on it, chances are you’ll get 12 blankets PLUS blankets from others who didn’t even look at the registry. And do your research before adding the big things.
7. Tips to new mamas out there.
Take it one day at a time! Motherhood is HARD. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Get yourself out of the house alone (or with your husband or a friend - just leave the kids!) every once in a while. It is ok to feel overwhelmed and exhausted - we've all been there! Just because you feel like that today doesn't mean you'll never get through it! Take a deep breath and keep trying!
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