Go, Go, Go!

No matter how much time I give myself, the mornings just always seem to go by in a blur. With so many things to do in a short amount of time, it is not a wonder that things get pretty hectic at times.

Here are some ideas to lessen the load in the mornings:

  1. Prepare lunches the night before – while this may seem like a no-brainer, it is not always the easiest thing to remember. I always catch myself saying, “I can do it tomorrow. It will be quick.” But it isn’t. I try to prepare the main component/dish ahead of time, and get the snacks put together in their baggies the night before. I do however save the fruit/veggie component for the morning so that it doesn’t start to oxidize too soon (especially since my little guy loves all kinds of apples – I hate brown apple slices!). Also, make sure if your sippy cups have multiple pieces, that they are all put together so you are not searching for the one crucial piece at the very last moment.
  2. Set aside the next day’s outfit – Have an outfit picked out the night before so you are not wasting time looking for a missing sock, or that particular shirt as you are trying to get out the door in the morning. Even better, have your little one help pick out the outfit – don’t worry you can always steer them in the right direction. And if that doesn’t work, just go with it! This is the time that they can get away with “goofy” outfits and still look as adorable as ever!
  3. Take inventory – make sure you know where the necessities are the night before, and set them by the door if possible. Do you know where your little one (or husband) left the backpack? Are there two of the same shoe waiting to be put on their feet?
  4. Plan out what you will be serving for breakfast – if there is any prep work involved, try to incorporate it during dinner prep. What is one more thing to chop if you are already prepping all the dinner stuff. Getting this out of the way saves you that precious time in the morning when you are staring aimlessly into the fridge trying to figure out what to make for breakfast. There are also a ton of great ideas on Pinterest for items you can make in bulk over the weekend, for example, so all you have to do is defrost or heat up each morning. One that comes to mind that my son loved was the Pancake Bites. I made them on a Sunday for breakfast in different flavors and he enjoyed them during the week as well and all the work and clean up was already done.

These tips not only help moms and dads get out the door quickly in the mornings with their little ones, but can come in handy for anyone at any age, with or without kids.

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Tech-NO-logy

Technology and I have always had a love-hate relationship.

Just today, I ended up deleting a good chunk of photos and videos off my phone because the sd card needed reformatting or something to that effect and I didn’t read through the pop up message I guess… because the next thing I know they were gone. Disappeared. Missing. I was on the verge of tears. (Warning: ALWAYS read the fine print in its entirety before hitting OK!)

Luckily, it looks like my Google backup was still on and working so nothing was permanently deleted, I just don’t have it on my phone anymore. Phew!

I already feel like I am slacking when it comes to taking pictures of my little one, but when you think the little bit that you do have is gone, it gives you a sinking, bad mommy feeling that is just plain horrible.

I have made a change. I have told myself that I need to be better at capturing these great moments together so that we have something to look back on, and don’t have to rely solely on memory which, I hate to admit, comes and goes even at this age. I also need to be better at printing the pictures or creating photo books to save these moments. It doesn’t do me any good having thousands of pictures on my account with nobody seeing them but me. I have used Shutterfly and have loved their products. I also am new to the Chatbooks world, but have loved their subscription of my Instagram photos so far. What are some other sites, products you can recommend to use for photos?

Let’s Go Dodgers!

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My husband has been a Dodger fan since he was a child and has passed on that love for the team to our son. Since he was an infant, he had a bat and ball in his hands, and as soon as he was verbal, he knew how to say, “Let’s go Dodgers!” 🙂

He attended his first opening day game when he was less than 4 months old -I have to admit, that was incredibly cute! We have made it somewhat of a family tradition to attend opening day and quite a few other games during the season. Jayden loves attending the games and getting his Dodger dog. He also anticipates “his song” or “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” for the rest of you 🙂 It is so cute watching him sing along and cheer for his favorite players – Pederson, Ethier, Kershaw, Ellis, and Greinke.

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I am so impressed by him! He can tell the different players apart, and is such a cutie doing the opening line up with his daddy! We get lot’s of smiles from other fans that watch him and see how into it he is. Starting him young 🙂 He definitely already knows more than his mommy – I need to do some homework and catch up!

I cannot wait until he is old enough to join a local team and show what he can do. He is hitting the ball across the street as it is when daddy pitches it to him and loves to run around the bases. He even likes to slide into the base. He will have such a great time! And we have such a supportive family, that he will always have a good sized cheering squad at his games.

I’m sure we will continue to try keeping the baseball game tradition as long as we can so that we can keep seeing the joy in his face and spend some good quality time together.

“I want to see the Penguins”

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My little man has a love for penguins, and I want to say it conveniently happened after we went to watch the movie, Penguins of Madagascar. He loved the movie and from that day on wanted to play with his little penguin stuffed animal. It became one of his loveys.

Just the other week, we decided a trip to the Aquarium of the Pacific was needed. We had not been yet, and we wanted something to do that was mainly indoors as it was so HOT!

We live in Ventura County, a good long drive from Long Beach where the Aquarium is located, but we agreed that on a Sunday it shouldn’t be that bad. We were right, traffic was not bad.

The Aquarium had lots of people floating about that day – I guess we all had the same idea. Jayden enjoyed checking out the different fish, seals, sharks, etc. – and he was even able to touch the jellyfish, sea urchins, starfish, and other cool things in their little tide pools as we made our way outside. Once we were outside, we touched some stingrays and some baby sharks too.

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We finally made our way to the penguins, but I have to say I was pretty disappointed. The way it was configured was just plain wrong. It was difficult for my 3 year old to see the penguins as they were mainly hanging out at the top portion of the tank, which was about eye level for me (and I am 5’2″), maybe even slightly above me. I was hoping it would be a bit more kid friendly…

Jayden was able to get another penguin for his collection that day and did not want to let go of it, even long enough for me to take the tag off 🙂 He was super excited to tell his friends at school all about the aquarium and show off his new animal.

On to the next adventure!

Working Mom

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I always knew that I would go back to work after having a baby- I just don’t think I really thought of how hard that would be. The first few weeks there were tears, and guilt, and jealousy. I couldn’t help it. I wanted to be home with my little guy, and three plus years later it has not changed. If I could, I would spend more time at home with him. Even to this day.

Many moms out there are doing the “Working Mom” thing, and enjoying it. I make do.

Part of me feels better knowing he is being taken good care of at his Preschool. He has been attending the same one since he was 20 months. Before that we had an In-home Daycare that we would take him to. I know he is thriving. He is socializing and making friends. He is learning and getting smarter and smarter everyday. When I get pictures from the school seeing what he is up to, it makes me smile knowing that I am doing what is right for our family. When I pick him up and he excitedly tells me all about his day, it warms my heart knowing that he is enjoying himself and playing with kids his own age, making what could potentially be life-long friends.

As he gets older, it should get easier. I will be anxiously waiting for the school year to begin so my kid isn’t underfoot. But in the meantime, I will get through it by spending as much time with him that I can and making each of those moments super special 🙂

How do other moms cope? What are some good Mother-Son activities that you enjoy?