Happy Belated Birthday!

We officially have a 2-year-old!

I can't believe its been 2 full years since your birth. My baby is turning into a little man! *sob*

I'm 2 months late posting this, since his birthday was June 19th, although I meant to post it on his birthday. I've just been swept up by things... I've kind of left my blog in the dust, but that's okay.

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Happy Half-Birthday!

6 months have already gone by since you left my belly in exchange for my arms.

My gorgeous baby girl.

You're getting so big, & so full of chubby baby rolls.

You're taking your first bites. Mmm banana!

You can sit up and roll around. Sometimes even getting up on your hands and knees!

You're always full of bright, beautiful smiles.

And you're the most precious thing when you sleep.

I'm so afraid of these baby memories getting blurry over time.

I often wish you would stay this little forever.

I love you Loddle Doddle.

Taking Time for Yourself

It's been a bit quiet on the blog lately. Can you hear the crickets? Hehe, but no. I've been swept up by too many other everyday things. But I'm okay with that. Why? Well, as I wrote in my last post about releasing unecessary obligations, I'm choosing not to nag myself for not doing it all.

As each of my babies are approaching milestones this week (6 months & 2 years! Ahh!!), it is really hitting me that time is going by much too quickly. What happened to my soft, sleepy newborns?!

Naturally, my constant number one priority is meeting the needs of these cuties.

Seriously, do you know how hard it is to get 2 little ones to stay still and smile for a picture? :P

And due to these goobers and my husband, my freetime is quite limited these days. Half of my day is spent nursing or holding (*cough* more like restraining) the squirmy, arm-flailing ball of chubbiness I like to call my daughter. The other half is spent redirecting, feeding, cleaning up after, and playing with my toddler son (though he's surprisingly very satisfied with playing quietly by himself. Introvert like me, probably!) I get maybe an hour and a half of pure, uninterrupted freetime daily, 15 minutes of which involves a shower. After the kids go to sleep for the night, I spend the rest of the evening with my husband. Plus, I try to clean randomly throughout the day so the house doesn't look too much like a hurricane ripped through it.

For me, a huge part of being and staying a happy mama comes with balancing my time - or rather, taking freetime for myself. And I've been realizing more and more lately that I'm happiest if I use my freetime to do exactly what I want to do in that moment. Whether it be swimming, sewing, knitting, yoga (which I'm happy to say I've been slowing myself back into - more on that soon!), playing a video game, etc.

Being a mama, you just can't do it all. And that's okay.

Sometimes I don't want to use my limited freetime to write / work on my blog, or sew, or finish the book I'm reading, or work on a half-worked project, and so on. I find it's much easier to live in that moment and do what I want right then, rather than what I feel obligated to get done.

So if you're wearing yourself thin always trying to finish that never-ending to-do list on top of taking care of your family, stop and take some time for yourself. Ask yourself what you really want to be doing in that moment... And just do it :)