Just George

We have been scheduled for an induction, so our timeline with just George is coming to an end here in the next week.

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The idea of George losing his “only” status is something I have thought about since we found out that we were pregnant. However, it’s been heightened here with the deadline coming quickly upon us. These past few weeks the thought of our time focusing on just him ending has been given me mixed emotions. I don’t know if I can fully put it into words all that I am feeling or if it will even make sense to others.

  • I am terrified that George will think we love him less since our attention will be divided.
  • I am scared if I will have the capacity to love a new baby as much as I love George.
  • I worry that George will be my favorite because I have gotten almost three years to know this kid before DC showed up. How do I create a similar bond with DC under totally different circumstances? Will it measure up?
  • I am panicked because we have a routine with just one kid, how do we manage two? Seriously…
  • I am in shock that George is almost three. How does it go by so fast?

How does your heart grow to love two kids equally? George has been my sidekick for the better part of 3 years now. The love that I have for him is crazy intense. With Tom’s schedule, we spend a lot of time with just the two of us. The bond we share is so special because of all this time with just the two of us. He’s my little momma’s boy. While I am super excited to love on a new baby, I wonder how George and I’s relationship will change. There are parts of me that are scared that we will lose that connection. I selfishly don’t want to mess it up.

Then there are other parts who cannot wait to see him become a big brother. He is such a sweet little boy, and seeing him with a sibling is just going to be the best. I am excited to see how our family will grow and evolve. I, of course, am thrilled to start a new relationship with DC and grow even more as a mom.

So this week, I will soak up these moments of just the two of us reading books. I will relish in the fact that he wants to play with me. I will embrace the fact that I am the only person he wants to take to the potty. I will cherish the times he asks me to hold him. I will hold dear the minutes that it’s just the two of us walking hand in hand.

I will slow down to take it all in this week with him.

The time of “just George” may be ending, but it doesn’t change the fact that he made me a mom. These past few years have been magical with George, but I am overjoyed to see what is in store for us as we become a family of four.

Since Tom’s work has him away a lot, I started taking selfies on the nights we were alone to send to Tom so he could still be part of our nights. This is a compilation of those George selfies over the past couple years.

Here’s to the little man who made me a mom and who has given me so many special moments to smile about. I feel so honored that God chose us for you.

Happy Mother’s Day!

 

Ha Ha Tonka State Park

I instituted a Mother’s Day tradition when I was pregnant to go on a nature walk every year as a family. Making memories through experiences and not things. Now that we are in Missouri, we have a lot of state parks we want to hit up.

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This year was Ha Ha Tonka State Park, or as I like to call it Honka Tonka.

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This is a really cool park that is known for its “castle.”

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A businessman from Kansas City built this mansion in the early 1900s as a haven in the wilderness to get away from the city life. The house burnt down but there are still remnants of the frame which have made it look like a castle. You can find out more here.

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It is near the Lake of the Ozarks, and there is a beautiful natural spring. It is an absolutely amazing view.

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There are walking trails around the building property, but it also goes down and up from the spring.

Some of the trails are pretty brutal, so I would not recommend it for kids under 10 if they are walking freely. I was struggling near the end to walk correctly. Lots of stairs.

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We would not have done this without the Tula. It was so easy to take George along, and we got a really great workout with his added weight. And there is nothing sexier than a man with his baby man.

There are a lot of little picnic areas or places to stop and take in the scenery or take a break.

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This is a great free tourist destination if you are at the lake or driving though Missouri.

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Fun way to spend Mother’s Day, but maybe not so much to impress a toddler.

The Mom Workout

In honor of Mother’s Day, I wanted to share some of my favorite Mom inspired strength training moves.

Who needs the gym when you are a mom? We totally have a workout circuit in every day life to sculpt our Mom Bods.

1. Bicep Curls- Because carrying that carseat just gets harder every day.

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2. Calf Raises- Because of all the tip-toeing that occurs because you just got that baby to sleep after crying for the longest stretch of time ever.

3. Squats- Because you have to keep the baby upright while you hold him but your kid has thrown his pacy on the ground again. So squats you do so you don’t capsize the baby.

4. Squat Pulses- Because you have to spend 30 minutes bouncing your baby to sleep so you might as well get a good burn for it.

5. Stretches in General- There are many variations of stretches. You have the “I’m holding the baby asleep, but my water glass is just out of reach” stretch. Then there is the “I’m sitting on the play mat with kiddo and his toy is not in his reach but yet he can’t move to get said toy and he is crying for it.” Then the favorite of “I’m holding this kid’s legs so he wont smear poop everywhere but I need to get those wipes on limited range of motion.”

6. The Sprint- Because you inevitably didn’t park next to the cart return, so you have to put the baby in the car and then sprint the cart back to the return and then sprint back to the car. Or you can just repeat the bicep curl and carry that stinking carseat.

7. Shoulder Press- Because you get the best giggles when you lift your kid up in the air over your head, so you proceed to do it a thousand times.

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8. Chest Flys- Because of peek-a-boo.

9. Cardio- Because pushing that stroller with baby and diaper bag is no easy thing.

10. Swimming- Because once your baby learns how to splash at bath time it feels like you just did laps yourself.

11. Burpee Variation- Because inevitably when I am sitting or laying down, that child needs something. But once I get up he just smiles and no longer needs it. Then you do this on repeat for five minutes. Up, down, up, down…

12. The Ultimate Crunch- This is more of a one time deal with each baby, but let’s not forget the stomach workout it took to become a mom. I have never held a crunch as long as I did during labor. Unfortunately I did not have the six pack abs to prove this feat…

This was all in good fun, but seriously being a mom can be a hard workout at times. Our bodies are definitely “training” in various ways.

Being a mom is the most exhausting and demanding workout seeing as we are doing it 24/7, but I am having a blast doing it! And seriously I do think there are mom arms…

Here’s to all the Moms out there for all the things you do! Let’s all rock our Mom Bods!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mom’s out there!

I have a great Mom, just the best you could ask for.

I also had a step-mom from the time I was 5, who provided additional love along the way.

These two women were instrumental in making me the woman I am today. I learned a lot from each of them.

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The picture on the left is my mom and I sometime during college. The picture on the right is my step-mom and I when I was 5 or 6.

I could go on and on about the memories and the lesson learned, but I would assume they are somewhat similar to most things that mom’s teach everyone.

So thanks Mom and Risa for all the you did/do to put up with us growing up and supporting us along the way.

Happy Day to all the mothers and women who are influences in our lives whether by blood or by choice!