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Life as a stay-at-home-mom

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Most mornings I wake up before any one else. I start the coffee for my sweet hubby and whip up a little simple breakfast- fresh cinnamon raisin bread or scrambled eggs and bacon. The girls wake up around 7 AM, Lydi with her awesome bed-head and Charlotte in her footie pajamas and we laugh and tell stories as we eat breakfast around the table…
Er…. JUST KIDDING!!! 
I usually wake up when the baby has been “talking” in the monitor for at least 15 minutes or the almost-3-year-old is poking my eyelids saying, “I’m awake, Mommy!” Breakfast for Matt is a Larabar on his way out the door and a bowl of oatmeal for L & me. Charlotte is the world’s messiest (albeit cutest!) eater and she loves to suck her thumb right in the middle of eating which means she gets baby food all. over. every. single. outfit. We go through so much laundry I almost can’t believe it and what is it about baby socks that makes it almost impossible to not lose one every single load?!? And I always get a good laugh when Lydi gets dressed because she likes to choose her own outfit (and that’s a battle I’m just not going to fight). That girl loves her some bold colors and the flashier the pattern or texture, the better! It if’s got sequins, tulle or pink, she loves it, and she can come up with some interesting ensembles. And that’s all before 9 AM 🙂 This season of life is chaotic, crazy and amazing. 

The end of January marked the end of my time on staff at HP. It was a very bittersweet season because I absolutely adore the HP Staff team and I knew I would miss working with them terribly. But I am overwhelmingly grateful to have this season with my girls. After Lydia was born, I moved to part-time and worked mainly from home during nap times. When Charlotte was born, that got a bit more difficult because getting two kids to nap at the same time practically requires a degree in Physics (and well, let’s be honest, I couldn’t even understand my Physics professors at Bama.) Life with two small kiddos feels a little like I’m always two steps behind, but that’s okay. I’m sure not going to win any awards for mom of the year, but as I watch my girls grow and learn and become who God made them to be my heart feels like it just might burst. I’m so grateful God lets this very imperfect momma love on these two precious girls. 

Whether you’re a stay-at-home-mom, a working mom, a little of both mom or just longing to be a mom, I’ve read several great books recently that have encouraged and helped me… 
Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist- Seriously, every single woman should read this book. Love, love, love it!
Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches by Rachel Jankovic. This one was given to me by my mentor and friend Jessica. It’s a great read if you have wee ones, and she includes tons of practical tips. 
Sparkly Green Earrings by Melanie Shankle- Hilarious!!! This one is like a girls night out. You will laugh. You will cry. You will know you aren’t the only one. 
Smart Discipline by Larry Koenig- Another recommendation from Jessica. We have implemented the chart this book describes and it has worked GREAT with Lydia. 
Freefall to Fly by Rebekah Lyons- An honest memoir sharing Rebekah’s journey with depression and anxiety and how she discovered her purpose in womanhood and mothering. 
I’m a reader and a learner. I just can’t get enough books. My first response to a dilemma is to read. I hope you enjoy those books! I’d love to hear any recommendations you have! 
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  1. Being a stay at home mom is hard with one… I look forward to the day I can say I'm frazzled because of 3 or 4 sets of hands and feet wanting and needing me. Until then, I'll check out your book recommendations and offer a tip for baby socks – netted garment bag… Keep one on the dresser and when you take socks off, put them in the bag and wash them in the bag! I quit losing them but still have several from before the bag that may never find their mate.

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  2. Jennifer, we both know being in the process of adoption is like having another child already! 🙂 I love the crazy even on days when I think I might pull my hair out. My friend Jenny always says, "living the dream" and she's so right. My heart is so, so grateful to be a mom. Thank you for the awesome tip on the socks! I'm going to do that!

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