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Friday, February 5, 2016

The Kind of Mom I Want to Be

One summer day in my childhood I was playing a game when a mom in my neighborhood showed up ready to play with a bunch of pre-teens. I asked her why, and she said, "I want to be the mom who is remembered for having fun and not just cleaning or hiding away!" She told us she'd had it with her messy house and her annoying teenage boys, and she heard there were games going on in the neighborhood. We kind of giggled, felt awkward at first, but invited her to play with us. Her wishes we granted, boy do I remember her getting in a good workout and being the fun mom of the century, even for just one day letting loose and forgetting a stereotype of what the "perfect" mom is. 

As I think about my little man getting older and more active, I keep thinking of the woman I want him to see me as. I think I want to have some slightly awkward moments where I ask if I can join the game and play too. 

I did an Instagram/Facebook campaign for Target swim today, and even though this definitely isn't a sponsored blog post, I've had too many thoughts about it not to mention it here. The whole idea is getting out and enjoying the swim season confidently without worrying about your body image. And even though I worried about my 4th trimester thighs and soft middle that's still holding onto the apartment my baby occupied for 10 months, I'm glad I had the moment to reflect on what kind of mom I want to be. 

I don't want him to see the mom who refuses pictures because she's not wearing make-up, and that's sometimes hard to do with everything being on social media these days. I don't want him to see me shunning away from activities or pictures because of my body or weight either. I don't want to be in the shade wearing a cover-up, I want to be in the pool playing the game confidently even with fat deposits clearly showing. I can't remember once thinking my mom was fat or not perfect, I only remember her being present and truly cherish the experiences and pictures we have together in my youth. I look at my baby today, and he seems to find the softest, fattiest parts of my body and prefer these as a place to snuggle up to and sleep on. He doesn't care how I look, he cares that I'm present, that I'm not hiding, and that we get to be together. 
(Swim Suit: Target)

So here I am, recommitting to swimming with him lots this summer, sharing more pictures in my less-than-perfect body, and making sure that my son knows that life is about a lot more than vanity- even in the social-media age. Life is about being in the moment and moving forward with confidence in your less-than-perfect state. I want him to know this, I want him to see this in me. That's the kind of mom I want to be. 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

One Meal Now, One Meal Later: Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

There's nothing like homemade chicken noodle soup when you're under the weather, or just having a cold day. It's comfort food at best, but taking out most the processed stuff yields something even better and better for you. Here's our simple recipe (recipe makes one, you'll need to double if you want one for the freezer too):

Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

1 onion finely diced
3 large carrots chopped
3 celery stocks chopped
2 tsp minced garlic
1-2 large chicken breasts (about a lb)
1 box (32 oz) chicken stock
2 cups of water
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp thyme
2 cups egg drop noodles (or noodles of choice)

Dump the veggies and chicken in the Crock Pot first, then top with liquid and spices. Cook on low 6-8 hours. When it's close to finished, go ahead and shred the chicken, or remove it and chop it into little pieces, then return to the liquid.

During your last 10-15 minutes add in the noodle and cook until tender. Serve immediately! 

If you plan on freezing one, I like to leave out the liquid and just write on the freezer bag that it needs it. Liquid + noodles later, you have a dump meal ready to eat in no time flat! 

Does it get any better on a day you wake up with a cold and you just need some of the fresh stuff ready to go for dinner?

Monday, February 1, 2016

2 Months

24.5 inches, 12 lbs. 6 ounces
92% for height, 33% for weight

- Smiling has gotten even cuter, full mouth smiles, squeals of delight, and big intense eyes
- Cooing started, and he's already chatting back at me when I talk to him.
- He changed to a morning guy. I often sing the song "Good Morning" from Singin' In the Rain when I get him in the morning and he perks right up, smiles, coos, and is ready to chat for about an hour after I change his diaper.
- He HATES being dirty. He wants everything clean immediately- diaper, spit up, anything wet. He's into feeling clean all the time.
- Obsessed with lights and ceiling fans.
- I picked him up and experienced my first hug from him one morning. He reached up both arms and embraced my neck.
- He's still a snuggle junkie and will hold around my waist, around my neck, my arms, etc. to make sure I stick around when he's ready for snuggles.
- He's never said no to a feeding even with reflux. He's a hungry kid with a crazy metabolism!
- He LOVES bath time! His dad gives him his bath each night and he recognizes the word and perks up with smiles when he hears it.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Brunching- the Perfect New Parent Date

Our favorite date while dating with a newborn has been brunching. We feed him, he wakes up from a morning nap, and we head off for some good eats during his happiest time of the day.

The Crepe Bar in Tempe is our favorite spot as of late, and it's one we know we have to get our hipster on because it's just too cool for words and the entire place is Instagramming their food.

Something about just holding hands and not having to prep the food makes for a very romantic time that's super convenient with the baby.

We go with one sweet and one savory crepe and split the two- it's always a winner.

I love that we dress up a little for these dates, and I'm also loving our Christmas presents of Jord wood watches- they look so effortlessly cool and mine is helping me feel like an adult with style instead of a mom covered in spit-up.

Plus, breakfast food is my love language and when I pair that with my two favorite boys and an opportunity to wear make-up, it really does equal the perfect new-parent date.
*Watches c/o  JORD Wooden Watches


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