Plus One

Yes, it’s true. I am pregnant again. I often ask myself what possessed me to put myself through this torture for a third time, but to be completely honest I actually enjoy being pregnant.

Aside from the mood swings and the Braxton hicks and the extreme tiredness, pregnancy is a joyous time. It was a little rough in the beginning because I was craving everything but everything also made me nauseous. But now that I am well into my second trimester, I am back to my old self again and I can enjoy the life growing inside of me.

Now that all of the sappy stuff is out of the way. I do have a few concerns about this new addition to my family and reasonably so. My family of four is being promoted to a family of five and we are one step away from a minivan. That’s scary.

Concern Number One: Will my older kids accept this new baby.

My youngest daughter is spoiled beyond repair and I’m afraid she won’t be too happy to find out that someone is coming who will need some of my attention. I had a little trouble getting my oldest and my youngest accustomed to each other and I’m a bit afraid that I will have double the trouble with this child.

My oldest daughter doesn’t want a baby if it’s not a pink baby. She’s going through a phase right now where she only wants pink. Pink eating utensils. Pink underwear. Pink bows. Pink everything. How do I tell my daughter that I can’t make a pink baby? Maybe if I wrap the baby in a pink bow she will be happy with that. I don’t know.

Concern Number Two: Will I grow another set of arms before this baby is born.

After the birth of my second daughter, I was often seen carrying both of my children in each arm. I don’t have three arms and I’m afraid that one of my children will feel left out and a little less loved. This is my biggest fear. I want all of my children to feel equally loved at all times but all mothers of multiple children know that this can be difficult sometimes. I’m just hoping that my older children will be a little more understanding of this situation when the time comes.

There are some things I’m looking forward to with the arrival of our new addition. One thing I’m looking forward to is having a newborn around again. They sleep all day and they smell heavenly. Who wouldn’t want one around? I think every house needs a newborn, at least once. Another thing I’m looking forward to is the bond that my children will have. My daughters have grown so close over the last year and every day I’m amazed at how much they love each other and how they show their love for each other.

I’m just excited to see how this change will affect us as a family. I know it’s going to be good, and I know that this little one will be a blessing to all of us. Please share your tips on handling three children under four if you have any. I need all of the advice that I can get.

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Education is Key

If you’re anything like me, then you often wonder about the type of student your child will be when they are older. I think I’m smart enough, but I want my children to surpass my capabilities. I want them to be on a genius level. Am I hoping for too much? I think not!

With such high hopes in mind for my children, I feel obligated to start grooming them to be good students right away. It’s really easier said than done, and most days they just end up watching Super Why for their educational enrichment. I know. I’m a slacker. I want to try to incorporate some daily lessons into our busy schedules just to keep their minds sharp and independent of the television. I’ve recently come across http://www.education.com and it has really made me feel confident in my ability to give my girls a head start on their education.

This website is a great place for teachers and parents looking to find excellent resources to teach and/or tutor kids from Pre-K all the way up to 5th grade. I played around the site a little for myself, and it’s ridiculous how enthralled I became while searching through the thousands of games and lesson plans. This website really has it all. You can even print out your own work sheets to give your kids some hands on learning.

My oldest daughter loved the games. Why am I not surprised? Honestly though, the games really were entertaining and educational. What parent wouldn’t love that?

She especially loved this counting game that allowed her to make pizza.

My favorite parts of the website were the worksheets and the lesson plans. These people thought of everything from how to engage the children into the lesson all the way down to the activities to further implement the skills. All I have to do is follow the lesson plans and print out the work sheets. I’m sold. I really love this site! Did I already say that?

Your child will love tracing these Easter-themed words in this fun writing worksheet! For more reading and writing activities, visit Education.com

So if you’re looking for a way to help your kids brush up on some fundamental skills then Education.com is for you. If you’re one of those brave moms who have decided to home school your children then Education.com is for you. If you are a teacher in need of some cool, educational, and engaging lesson plans then this is the place for you. Don’t listen to me. Check it out for yourselves.

Day at the Zoo

We’ve all gotten to the point where we needed to just get out or get away for a second. The days can become long and boring when all you do is stay at home and cook and clean every 30 minutes. Uggghhhh! Well, how do you get away when you have not one, not two, but three toddlers with you? I say you just take them with you.

You might say I’m crazy, but you haven’t even let me finish the story yet. Not only will you be like some sort of super mom for completing this level of difficulty, but also your kids will love you forever and brag about how much greater you are than the other moms. I know you can’t really buy groceries or anything with these rewards but it’s still worth a try.

Hattiesburg Zoo! It doesn’t really have many animals and the animals are always in a drugged state of sleep, but that’s all of the charm about the place. The size of the zoo gives you an intimate feel, and the fact that this zoo is hardly ever crowded is an added bonus for people like me. If you lose your kids, you won’t have to immediately worry that someone has snatched them up. Turn a few circles and I’m a hundred percent sure you will find them.

Since the big animals are almost always sleep (do they put drugs in their food or something) I don’t have to cautiously move around their cages as if they will break free at any moment. This small sense of security is another plus for me at this zoo.

I’m not exactly sure if my youngest daughter was interested in the animals, but Hattiesburg Zoo has a splash pad, play ground, and a train which kept my baby fascinated. I’m sure most of you know by now that a happy baby equals a happy mom. I will let you in on a little secret. When they run out of things to see and do you must follow this one very important step.

Feed them. Yes, this might seem like a no-brainer, but a lot of new parents forget to pack lots of snacks on trips like these. I consider myself a veteran, but instead of keeping all of this wisdom to myself I am going to share it with you so that we can all become super moms and dads. I refuse to buy fast food at places like these because the food is always overpriced and overrated. So, I packed them a lunch.

I know that if nobody else eats, my little one will eat enough for the entire group. I must mention here that I bought a Paw Patrol bag for my cousin and a Frozen bag for my daughter. This fact brings us to my next little secret. It doesn’t matter what food is in the bag, as long as the bag has their favorite TV characters on it. I know it’s shocking. I just figured this one out today.

After I was confident that they had eaten all they were willing to eat, we set off to see more animals. We made two more stops to the bathroom and we left the zoo. However, the fun did not stop there because there’s a big park right next to the zoo. Since I’m super mom of the day, I couldn’t pass up this opportunity.

We played and we played and we played some more until I had finished playing. But all parents know that the playing hardly ever stops when we do, so I let them play for a little while longer. I’m also proud to announce that no children were hurt in the entire duration of this trip. All of the scratches and scrapes they had on them were already there before we left the house. Yayyy!

Then, it was time to go. I sat on the park bench for 15 minutes contemplating my plan of action. I’m too pregnant and lazy to run and catch them all. I didn’t have any candy to bribe them with. This is when God stepped in right here. My oldest came to me and said that she was sleepy. So I offered to let her sleep in the car on the way home. Would you believe that all three of them willingly followed me to my truck without any struggle? You had to have been there. In totality, this trip was a complete success and I will take my pat on the back now. They enjoyed themselves. I enjoyed seeing them enjoy themselves. We all won. If you have any tips and secrets that you would like to share on how to have a successful outing with the kids then please share them in the comments. We must work together because keeping them happy and entertained isn’t always easy. I want to see us all become super moms and dads in the eyes of our children.

Room Makeover

Who doesn’t like a little DIY before and after? I decided to give my kids room a makeover this weekend, and it turned out really well if I do say so myself.

My kids have both slept in the bed with me since they emerged from my womb. Don’t get me wrong. I love the night time cuddles, but after getting married and finding out I’m pregnant with a third I decided that I needed to do something about our sleeping arrangements fast.

My girls already had a room, but it was more of a rundown storage area for their thousands of toys than a comfortable place for them to sleep. So I pulled out my tools and me and my brother and husband got to work.

It was a little hard with my youngest hanging on my hip every chance she got, but we finally finished prepping the walls for paint.

My oldest wanted a pink room but I went with the white paint just in case she loves a different color next year.

She watched me like a supervisor throughout the whole makeover lol!

Waiting on a few more things to arrive from Amazon!

The room is actually purple and pink because my oldest told me that she likes both of those colors.

They wouldn’t be doing their job if they weren’t making messes for me to clean up.

Overall, I think we did a good job. My kids are happy with the room. I’m happy with the room. And so far I have had two nights of peaceful childless sleep. Success! Share your makeover pictures and videos with me because I spend the majority of my day looking at those on pinterest and youtube.

Good Parenting

So I did this thing today…

I finally caved and bought my 2 year old a tablet. For the last year she has been using my phone to watch youtube and her favorite shows on hulu. I can’t count how many times I have had to apologize to people about her declining their calls, and I can’t forget about the many unintelligible texts that she sent to my mom on a daily basis. I knew it was getting ridiculous when I had to delete hundreds of her selfies from my gallery every day. I was in a bind. I had to do something.

I ended up getting her a little cheap android tablet because they are a bit more difficult to destroy…I guess. So far she is loving it. She can watch The Wiggles as much as she wants without declining my phone calls. She can play many kid-friendly games, and most importantly she can take thousands of pictures without taking up my phone’s memory space. Yayyy for tablets!

I always frowned at those moms who allowed their children to be “raised” by their electronics. How dare they? When do they engage their children with fun activities and quality time. Now I’m singing a new tune. I have so much free time, and there are so many hours in the day that we can play, cuddle, watch TV, play video games, take naps, and still have too much time left over. I’m proud to say that I am one of those moms now, and it feels soooooo amazing!

So if you are one of those moms wondering how to get some alone time, then this post is for you. If you’re tired of never having your own phone, then this post is for you. If your kids love watching the most obnoxious shows (sorry Wiggles), then this post is for you. Get the kids a tablet! You won’t regret it, and nobody will think you’re a bad parent because we’re all secretly doing it.

Forgive Me

Forgive me for being lazy. Some days I wake up with the intention of doing everything, but I end up doing nothing. I dream of the big breakfast that I will cook for my family the next morning but morning comes and brings cereal with it. I look at the sun beaming down so beautifully on my spacious yard and I think to myself, “I will play with my kids today.” Then today turns into in an hour and in an hour turns into tomorrow. I long to be one of those moms who schedule their days and stick to it, but it would be a waste of time for me to make a schedule because I wouldn’t follow it after the second or third day. I have many good intentions and many good ideas. I just need to find a way to motivate myself to do the things I want to do.

Forgive me for being grouchy sometimes. I just wake up on the wrong side of the bed most days. A lot of people probably wouldn’t even be able to tell my grouchy days from my normal days if it weren’t for the many sarcastic remarks I make and the continually growing wedge that I place in between me and the ones that I love the most. God is still working on me with this one. I’m aware that I have forgiven people for how they have treated me in the past, but I have not figured out how to stop my past angers from spilling over into my present. Instead of releasing the anger completely I just found new targets to hit. I will get it right though because I don’t want to raise my girls up to be angry too.

Forgive me for not being there for you. Actually, I’m always where I am needed. However, sometimes my head doesn’t always follow my body. I’ve been a day dreamer since my school days, and the skill to not always be present with my body has gotten me through some pretty rough times in my child hood. If something upset me or bored me, I would just imagine the scenario a little differently in my head and stay there instead. It seems crazy, I guess, but it was my coping mechanism. Now, that I’m an adult I sometimes catch myself using that mechanism during the less savory parts of adulthood. I have come to realize that I need those unsavory parts as much as I need the fun parts. The movie Click with Adam Sandler in it really hit home for me. I’d rather live through every detail of my life than to wake up with nothing and no one because I wanted to fast forward through everything that didn’t appeal to me. Forgive me for day dreaming, I have dreamed my last dream during the day.

I mainly wrote this for the people closest to me but it can really be for anybody. We never know how the smallest of daily bad habits effect the strangers around us. Maybe I saw you struggling with your bags at Wal-Mart but I was too lazy to listen to God telling me to help you. Maybe you passed me on the street and gave me a courtesy smile but I was too grouchy to return the favor. Maybe your kids were giving you a rough time in the grocery store and instead of offering my assistance I blocked you out because who wants to deal with those problems, right. I’m sorry! These things have been brought to my attention today as being a few of the flaws that I need to work on this week. Not only do I want to be a better mom and wife in these areas, but I also want to be a better friend, coworker and stranger. Forgive me. I’m a work in progress.

Set Me Free

The tears full of sorrow when someone’s crying

The grief and confusion when someone’s dying

Who will control the emotions in me?

Where is the one who will set me free?

The questions we ask when we’re in sin

The things we do that pulled us in

Hearts filled with unmistakable doubt

Who knows if we will ever make it out?

The atrocities unspoken linger in the air.

A few feet away from the devil’s lair

That’s where we stand sometimes in life.

Our wrists about to be slit with Satan’s knife

No one could have done these things but us.

We are to blame for being insidious.

Prideful, agressive, hateful and intimidating

Backstabbing, malicious, jealous and instigating

Yet, we are still covered by the blood of Jesus.

There’s still hope if we ask for forgiveness.

Our lives can be renewed and made whole

Because He is the one who can save our souls.

God’s love is supposed to be cherished

Not neglected like an insignificant inheritance.

He is the one who can fulfill our needs

And also the one who can set us free.