Motherhood My Way

Motherhood My Way

I can't believe that Mother's Day was a WEEK ago.  And I'm just now getting to share with you my joys.  I guess there's some truth to it when it comes to Motherhood My Way for the title. 

I just can't catch up on my life.  The lists - OH - the lists.  Miles long yet I can't even slow down time enough to grab a snapshot of my dudes...show me how to slow it down, would ya?  Not sure if you remember last Mother's Day, although I'm not sure how you can actually FORGET because Hudson was really the cutest kid on the entire planet.  He sure has changed so much within the last year that I'm not sure if he's a baby or a todder.  A boddler, maybe?

Boston is almost 7 going on 17.  What a little stinker that kid is turning into.  Sometimes I wonder if I am missing something. In fact, tonite was an eye opener in parenthood for sure.  So, I was trying to get a few things done and I looked across the living room only to see Hudson sitting there playing sweetly with his toys.  Then I glance over the room, Boston is on the computer.  Honestly, for the first time ever-I opened up some of his school programs for the computer and I let him learn for a bit before bedtime.  Then I looked over at my husband who was on his phone surfing who knows what. 

And there was Hudson.  Playing with a truck.  

For some weird reason, I was compelled to look up from what I was doing, only to have a 'put yourself in his shoes' moment with Hudson.  I turned the tables and looked at the big picture with his older brother on a computer, me on a computer and then my husband was surfing his phone.  That little 2 year old kid saw all of us not paying attention to him. 

That bugged me.  Big time.  

So, I did what any good mom would do.  I turqned it off. I made my husband and my 7 year old turn it off too. You could see the excitement in that kids eyes when we sat down on the floor next to him.  It was pretty cool. Personally, it reminded me how quickly their lives are moving and if I don't stop and stare a bit.... I'm going to miss the whole thing.

Today, I convinced Hudson that he needed to give all his pacifiers to the babies at his preschool because they needed him.  You could totally see the hesitation in his eyes.  He wasn't sure what to do and he wanted to make me proud -yet he wasn't sure if giving away his binkys were the right thing to do or not. 

He did it though.  Like a total champ. 

Today, I'm living motherhood my way.  It may not be the most glamorous or the most cool - but it's what I've got to live for.  My two kids are everything and more to me.  And seeing them be kids are what it's all about.  

Last year for Mother's Day, my boys got all dressed up in adorable Kids Headquarters and this year we spent the day sweating our brains out at Magic Kingdom for Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. Soooo.... with that being said - a little good looking kid-spiration didn't hurt anyone!

Happy Mother's Day to you moms EVERYDAY and not just on Mother's Day!  (And check out the cuteness.  Hi.  They are available to date your daughters in 20 years.  =)

Check out my cute dudes dressed in adorable Tommy from Kids Headquarters!  Be sure to say hi them on social as well!

Facebook @kidsheadquarter
Twitter @kidsheadquarter
Instagram @kidsheadquarter

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DISCLOSURE:

Thanks to Kids Headquarters for outfitting my boys for Mother's Day.  All opinions are my own.  

joey fortman

Putting the TMI in Motherhood with #RealMomProblems from funny & fantastic to everything in between! Joey Fortman has been seen on Today Show, Good Morning America, Fox & Friends and more!

ToddlerTalk: Sleep, Dry, Feed, Repeat

I wasn't really sure where to put this post on my site. 

I mean, there are a lot of things that you're faced with as a mom.  We all have our own stories & crazy answers.  But there is not one mother in the world that can say they never changed a diaper!  I'm sure there are some over the top examples...But one thing is for sure.....KIDS POOP.

There, I said it.  Kids poop & pee and diapers are essential in one way or another. 

And can I tell you what a wonderful feeling it is that my oldest is finally out of diapers and not wetting the bed?!?!?!  I know. Totally gross.  But it's REAL LIFE. 

And that's what we're all about in our house.  Real Life. 

I only have two constant struggles as a mom.  Either diapers or bedtime!  

Ugh.  I'm laying in my bed now with two little people in here.  Two.  I swear.  They just love this room!!!  Or it's the bed.  Or it's the comfort of being able to snuggle up next to me that they love. 

And maybe I'm a bit of a pushover too.  Like tonite.  So, my husband had to go to a late night work event.  And as I was putting the boys to bed, I found myself asking if they want to have a slumber party. And of course there is screaming, happy, excitement, running in circles....

All of that. 

JUST TO SLEEP WITH ME.

Wow.  If only my husband did that.  hahahah (By the way, check back this week as I'd love to tell my wedding story for you!  You can see it elsewhere too.  Cause it's a yearly ritual.  I can't wait to reflect on that one.  =)

Ok, back to babies.  And sleeping. And diapers. 

Did I mention that I'm working with Double Duty Divas & Pampers?  I am!  And 'the Sleep Lady' tomorrow at 9p ET is giving great mom lessons on getting your kids to SLEEP!  

Now, mind you - I obviously have worked with Cloud B for years with my job at The Toy Insider & Blogger Bash so to see that they are working in this campaign when I got the best box in the mail ever?  AWESOME!  (The Twilight Turtle is awesome.  But can I tell you how much we love the Cosmic UFO?  Its sooooo fun & a great fit for my oldest to SLEEP IN HIS OWN BED! Yup. It helps!)

Please join The Double Duty DivasPampers and “ the Sleep Lady" on March 3rd at 9pm EST, about the best ways to help parents & little ones transition with Daylight Savings Time. 

Is there something you do to get your kids to rest better?

Leave a comment and YOU could win some mega awesome life hacks from Pampers, CloudB & Double Duty Divas!

 

This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Pampers. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

 

joey fortman

Putting the TMI in Motherhood with #RealMomProblems from funny & fantastic to everything in between! Joey Fortman has been seen on Today Show, Good Morning America, Fox & Friends and more!

COFFEE SHOP CONFESSIONS: Other Mother

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I'm sitting in a coffee shop trying to get some pressing work done...but there is a support group sitting next to me.  Moms of course.  They are all new moms who are new to the area.  And they all are sharing their heartaches of being once successful woman and now they feel they've lost their identities and trying to find them.....

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I just want to get up and tell them sorry I was eavesdropping & hug each and every one of them.  Then tell my story and that it WILL get better.  It DOES get easier.  And you CAN be a mom and have yourself too.  

Every time I meet other women that went through the pure hell that I had the first years of my adorable sons life...I wish I could just turn on a light in their heads with ways to make it better.  I wish I had someone like that...maybe it wouldn't have taken so long to figure it out on my own. 

Motherhood is HARD.  No matter whether you're a SAHM by choice, or forced like I was.  Or a working mom.  NONE of them are different than the other.  We ALL struggle with the same thing.  The balance.  The regret.  The pressure.  The sadness.  The happiness.  The stress.  The arguments with our husbands on who does more around the house.  It's all the same.  

But it really is the best job in the world when you get out of your own way & make it what you need it to be.  (Or train your husband to be so understanding that you can go out on a FOOTBALL Sunday to a coffee shop so you can be there for your son on Tuesday when he has to get oral surgery!)  

I may have wanted to hang him by his ears when Boston was a baby... but man alive.  

To SURVIVE that with any woman & come out the other side involves a gold medal for any man too.  

Ok, so I better get back to the REAL work as I'm sure he's counting down the minutes to do the handoff with this cute blonde headed kid that squeals like a hyena. 

joey fortman

Putting the TMI in Motherhood with #RealMomProblems from funny & fantastic to everything in between! Joey Fortman has been seen on Today Show, Good Morning America, Fox & Friends and more!

9 Ways to Ask Your Kid How School Was Without Getting FINE as an Answer

9 Ways to Ask Your Kid How School Was Without Getting FINE as an Answer

"I'm slaughtering stale, competition, I got the whole block wishing they could run with my division but they gone fishing -with no bait, kid your boy hold weight - I got my soul straight, I brush your mouth like Colgate." 

You got that right, people. It's BACK TO SCHOOL WEEK. 

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