J'ai la chance d'avoir eu une mère bienveillante. J'ai la chance d'avoir été allaitée, portée, aimée, entourée, soutenue. J'ai la chance d'avoir des bases solides sur lesquelles construire ma vie d'adulte.
Cela ne m'empêche pas de tâtonner parfois dans ma vie de mère. J'ai souvent peur de faire des erreurs. Je suis humaine.
Plus le temps passe, auprès de mes enfants, plus je me dirige sur le bon chemin. Le chemin qui nous est destiné. Je ne suis pas parfaite, mais comme je trouve important de poser un cadre autour de mes enfants, je trouve également nécessaire de m'imposer un cadre. Une ligne de conduite que je ne m'autoriserai jamais à franchir. J'ai atteint le stade où je ne crie plus. Ma voix ne dépasse jamais mes pensées.Et c'est dur. C'est terriblement dur parfois, d'entendre de la bouche de ses enfants qu'on est "méchant" alors que toute notre vie est dédiée à faire leur bonheur. Mais je ne crie pas. J'explique calmement à quel point je les aime et à quel point, au contraire, je pense être d'une incroyable gentillesse. Et je suis reconnaissante qu'il s'autorise à se révolter contre moi... ça me prouve à quel point il a confiance en moi et à quel point il sait que je ne cesserai jamais de l'aimer même s'il est en colère contre moi. Il s'autorise avec moi ce qu'il ne s'autorise pas avec d'autres.
Porte-bébé @linglingdamour . . .
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Moms will understand how absolutely miraculous it is that all three children (6yrs and under) sat down, smiled and looked at the camera! No one cried. No one ran in terror from the big guy, no one froze in horror as Santa asked what was wanted for Christmas...they *enjoyed* talking to him. Guys. I feel like I won some kind of parenting award! If you only knew how the previous 5 yrs had gone (last year was total bribery and we took pictures so fast no one had time to cry) you would understand the Oscar acceptance style speech I felt needed to prepare when I saw this single, beautiful, glorious Santa photo! #santa#threekids#ohmygodtheydidntcry#parentingaward#fynnieissobad
Things I am learning:
1) if you add proper roasted and seasoned broccoli to Annie's Mac and cheese, plus add some parmesan on top, you can guarantee yourself a top-notch lunch.
2) when the three year old finds her Christmas present, you tell her it is for her cousin and then spend 30 minutes comforting her as she is now convinced she will never get a robot puppy.
3) playing imaginary monster games with your five year old starts out as the worst and then becomes the best.
4) when you have to drop to your knees at your work out class while your 70 year old neighbor is still going strong, admire her strength. Do not criticize your weakness.
5) starting a new job is not just overwhelming for you, but your family as well. Give out grace like samples on a Saturday at Costco: constant and unexpected.
What are you learning today, sweet friends? I would love to know!
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Today was Michael’s first day back at work after paternity leave. He’s gone back a day early so he can have Friday off to extend the Christmas break. Thankfully Michael did the school run so I didn’t need to get us all out early in this awful weather. I was quite worried about having the little two on my own though as Evelyn doesn’t like being put down (what newborn does)! But my lovely in-laws took Nate out for a couple of hours and my Dad called round to see us. Both kids napped at the same time in the afternoon, I managed to wrap some presents, I made tea and Evelyn settled herself off to sleep two or three times in her snooze pod (which has never happened before). I may have stayed in my pjs but I kept us all alive 😉 the picture is totally unrelated but I wanted it on my feed. It was taken last night after I found out my house sale had gone through and I was feeling so overwhelmed with emotions! 💜
Kiley requested we make gingerbread cookies for her class party. We started to. And then none of us were interested. The kids got to decorate and eat their own gingerbread men. I learned my lesson that baking during the holidays is my ME time and I cant put so much stress on doing it all with the kids.
Oh and swipe to see the pile of undecorated ones that none of us care to finish. The kids don't even like the taste of gingerbread 🤦
As a mom/parent it is so easy to lose who we are. We become so wrapped up in our children’s life/work, etc that we forget to take care of ourselves. It’s hard to find the balance between all of it and making sure that we are keeping all of it in order.
For so many years I had promised myself to always make time to workout, it was what made me happy. Then life changed and I just couldn’t ‘find’ the time. A day turned in to a week, which turned in to a month and before I knew it, two years had passed and I still wasn’t finding that time for myself.
I am so thankful for the accountability group that found me. It has helped me feel like myself again and is something that I can call mine. Not something else to add to my plate, but something that I look forward to each day, something that I have chosen to do just for me. And for that it is making me a happier mom💕
We have four birthdays and a wedding anniversary in the run up to Christmas! It’s exhausting 🤪. But now they’re all out of the way and the kids have broken up from school, we can start to get into gear for Christmas. Who else has a crazy November and December?
Meals can be tricky.
Shakes are easy.
Keep it simple, folks. I don't promote drinking shakes all the time because that's whack - I like to EAT. But I also like to keep my head on straight as much as possible. So some (most😏) days we start our day with a chocolate shake that keeps the kids full for long enough for me to get my act together. It's a healthy win in this house. Here to help if you want to give it a go too. >>PS 🗣️ I'm taking a social media break 12/24-1/1 so please reach out ASAP if you're looking to start a new fitness, nutrition, wellness routine! •
I challenged myself today. I’ve recently realized that I don’t take all 3 of my kids out by myself very often anymore. Part of this is because 2/3 of them have school schedules and 1/3 of them has tons of appointments and it just ends up being easier to take 1 or 2 of them instead of all 3 when I have help from Grandma or a friend... I miss them. Not because I don’t see them because I see them every day... but I miss having my ‘pack’ all together. Today was hard. Getting in/out of the truck is hard. Feeding all of them in the food court was hard. Bathroom trips were hard. Trying to actually look in any stores was not possible. We didn’t make our Santa time because 2/3 were tired and 3/3 needed some quiet time... but .... I loved it. We survived. #thisisthree#thisisfive#thisisone#threekids#madeformommin#momlife#jonespartyof5
I HAVE TO TAKE ON EACH DAY WITH A LIGHT HEART❤️ • •wake up
•get boys ready for school
•care for autumn ( start potty training again!)
•make lunch for hubby, me and autumn •start folding laundry •pick up boys from school
•go to chiropractor appointment •make supper
•put clothes away
•get kids ready for bed
•do homework •read with kids
Why is it when I write out that list it seems like so much but at the end of most days I feel like I got not much done?!! Just caring for kids ALONE is time consuming! Then throw running a household on top of it, I could literally be cleaning house all day every day if I let myself!
I have to remind myself that moving forward with a positive attitude is vital! Because this won’t change but the way I look at it, and at myself CAN!
It’s easier said then done and it’s a constant practice. There’s never really a destination point, it’s ongoing. A work in Progress.
‘You’ve got your hands full...’ 😂🤣 yesss yess I do! I definitely hear this at most outings.. but I wouldn’t want my hands any less full. White the contrary actually! 🤪 🐥🐥🐥🐥🐥🐥🐥 This stroller is the best for little outings and walks! And now with this big bag attachments it’s perfect for when I need more storage! 🙌🏻😍 @babyzenaustralia
In case you couldn’t tell, we are HUGE Santa lovers over here.
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Now back to the eating ;)
Мой второй цветочек❤️ Сегодня села сама💪 в 6 месяцев и 1 неделю. При чем так случайно, я-то вообще подумала, что Ромчик её посадил, а он мне : «Не-не, Мама, она сама-сама, точно тебе говорю☝️😉». Ну ладно думаю, понаблюдаем👀. И правда... я вообще удивилась😍и приятно порадовалась❤️. Растёт девочка моя🌸!!!
They drive each other crazy so many times, but I am so grateful these three littles are friends. It’s a tough Monday over here, but these three are playing together nicely for the most part, and I’m watching them solve a few of their own problems. Admittedly some of the playing nicely involved sneaking candy from their gingerbread houses and eating it in their hideout...but when they do it together I almost can’t get mad. Almost #chocolateeverywhere •
“‘Cause love is more precious than gold, it can't be bought and it can't be sold, I got love, enough to spare, and that makes me a millionaire.” Chris Stapleton
🤣😁Anyone else guilty of this? 🤣😁We’ve already started pulling out the “If you don’t listen we’re telling Santa!” LOL. “Ok you three, can you please sit down good so we can take a nice Christmas photo to send to your nanas? Keyword sit down, not steal the decorations from the tree - sit down!” This was photo 527 and by the end, we were all over it - do you feel us? If you didn’t already know, @sparknz has stepped up their game and instead of having just the Santa line, they now have the naughtyornicereport.co.nz that has a bunch of cool interactive things for the kids to do.👍😉😊👍
👏😁😉👏The kids will love the naughty or nice gauge where they can check in daily to show if they have been naughty or nice. They also get a bunch of messages from Santa where he gives tips to the kids on how they can work hard to get on the nice list, such as helping mum and dad do the dishes, washing their teeth and keeping their room clean. Let’s face it, your kids are more likely to listen to Santa than you - so why not let him do all the work for you? Have you guys tried it out yet?😀🤗 #Collab#Sponsored
34 weeks and just laughing through the heartburn, added pounds, aching feet, and the fact we still haven’t pulled the trigger on a minivan or finished baby girls nursery. We may not be ready to kick Winston out of the nursery or go from zero car payment to one, but we are more than ready meet our sweet girl. 💸 #worthit#pregnant#threekids#andcounting
Si je n'avais pas pu donner mon propre lait à mon fils, j'aurais aimé qu'une amie me donne le sien... parce qu'à mon sens il est naturel qu'un bébé humain soit nourri avec du lait humain et non le lait destiné à un veau ou encore des laits artificiels créés pour tenter d'imiter au plus proche mais sans conviction le lait d'une mère pour son enfant.
Je ne serais d'ailleurs pas gênée de voir Nao téter sa marraine ou une amie proche si besoin s'en faisait sentir, bien que je sois une maman Louve.
Mais j'ai la chance de déborder d'or blanc. J'ai la chance d'avoir de quoi nourrir plusieurs enfants. Et j'ai donc tiré, à ce jour, environ 7,5 litres de mon lait pour la fille d'une amie, nourrie au sein et complétée avec mon lait. Je suis contente de voir cette demoiselle grandir de semaine en semaine et de me dire que je contribue, à ma hauteur, à arroser cette jolie plante pour qu'elle prenne racine.
Je tire 180ml matin et soir. Ce n'est pas une fierté, ce n'est pas courageux, c'est simplement faire don de ce que m'a offert la nature, comme, je l'espère, d'autres mamans l'auraient fait pour Nao et moi.
Il existe des lactariums en Suisse comme en France. Pensez à tout ce lait qui déborde et que vous pourriez partager à des bébés qui en ont besoin... pensez à ces hôpitaux qui regorgent de nouveau-nés parfois prématurés qui ont besoin de lait maternel. Renseignez-vous sur le don de lait <3
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Fun afternoon of cookie baking and gingerbread house decorating. *not pictured - the laughing/giggles, eating of the yummy cookies and of course the typical arguments between the three of them 🤣
But all that counts is that we spent time together making memories🥰
Fun fact: Zach and I were married on 11/11/11 so this weekend marked 7 years of marriage to my man.
It was a strange weekend full of miscommunications, not feeling well, and #threekids exhaustion. Haha!
BUT!!! Tomorrow we had plans to go to the Justin Timberlake concert. But our poor pal bruised his vocal chords and had to postpone the show til February.
Everyone who offered to watch our kids kept their offer on the table, and we still get our first real date night in over 3 months
Haaalp! What do we do???!
P.S. happy 7 years, Zachary. You are the best thing.
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