What a six months! I like to recap our journey as Leave it to Mama grows in the setting that all Mamas can relate - pregnancy (see previous Post 13 weeks). We just made 25 weeks and it’s pretty amazing. LeavitittoMama.com has finished fetal development and we are heading to the final trimester. We are working on several new projects and cannot wait to share with our Mama community!
Since beginning our journey, we’ve celebrated our birthdays along with the husbands’ and all 5 kids; in addition to, my sister’s wedding, our grandfather’s 86th birthday and both Mother’s & Father’s day. I’ve started several home renovations including a home gym, office and toddler room. Painting rooms and repurposing furniture were my summer thrills. Concurrently, my sister had her dream wedding, completed summer school and is heading back to school today along with her four year old. Time sure does fly when you are a MOM.
In the midst of my DIY renegade, I’ve spent time with my precious daughter. Her communication skills are growing by leaps and bounds. The best times are those when we have a debate:
Me: Put the toys away.
2: No Mom. I’m playing.
2: Thank you for listening, Mom.
I’ve noticed when I pause before speaking, she assumes I’ve been convinced of her ways. How peculiar. Yes, I’m a first time Mama. I find tons of things peculiar, which keeps me on my toes. I use the term ‘on my toes’ in hindsight. In the heat of the battle I’m offended and I find it annoying.
My little girl’s favorite phrases are:
The most disturbing being the hashtag statement. I’m certain I’ve said the other phrases- but speaking in hashtags is not a part of my dialogue. Especially, when I know she is recording very syllable!
Each family gathering has turned into another place for the smallest children to battle for their THEIR toys, games or clothing. It’s a struggle. Before we get out of the car, I have to reiterate the rules - no hitting, no pushing and no biting. Last Saturday, they started slapping one another so we added no slapping to the rule book. They love each other so much but once they feel violated there’s no turning back. Luckily, we’ve figured out their patterns and can identify when they need time apart.
Life as a Mama, wife, auntie, sister and friend definitely has its ups and downs. I struggle to ensure all parties are safe, nurtured and secure; which brought me to the idea that seeking balance may not be the best idea. In the circus, you have a tightrope walker, trapeze artist and juggler. I am most like the juggler – I prefer to have more than one thing to manage. The more unique the item, the easier it is for me to determine a rhythm. I also get a moment to hold each. Balancing on a rope leaves my mind to wander and flying through the air wouldn’t allow my mind to wander enough. SMH.
I’ve noticed other Mamas taking the trapeze and tight rope route. One requires soaring from task to task in an effortless fashion – having faith in the execution and starting over, if necessary. The others (tight ropers) are skilled, in that, they are very in tune with every movement and are unaffected by their surroundings – unless distracted.
The love for our children is what brought us together. We are different acts in the same circus (Motherhood). Joining forces maintains sanity in my world where juggling a knife, washer machine, toddler, iron and computer is the standard.
If you were to describe your Mama-isms as a circus act – which would it be?
Since childhood, we’ve always been taught that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Outside of the assumed health benefits, there’s nothing like waking up to the smell of mom or dad working the stove and starting the day off with a full stomach. For the third addition of this summer food series we are focusing on delicious meals for breakfast time. I will be the first to admit that I might skip breakfast here and there, especially during the busy work week, but I am working on being a better example for my little one by making breakfast a priority in our household.
As I have mentioned before, my 18 month old can be a very picky eater and is not a fan of trying new foods. When she first started eating table food, she loved to pick at my scrambled eggs so much that sometimes I would barely have any left for myself! However, she currently despises eggs and expects to have Greek yogurt or mandarin oranges every morning for breakfast. Although these items can be good for her, I prefer for her to have a more diverse pallet to accommodate other healthier foods. So this momma has been doing a lot of recipe research to find healthy but tasty meals to adapt to her stubborn but still changing tastes. After talking to a few other experienced moms and searching Pinterest for ideas, I have created a list of breakfast recipes that will make even the pickiest eater happy.
Banana Blueberry Parfait
Breakfast Yogurt Banana Splits
Muffin Tin Omelets
Watermelon and Berry Fruit Salad
French Toast Sticks
Sweet Potato Hash Browns
Scrambled Eggs with Ham
Cheddar Mini Pancakes
Oatmeal with Fruit
Tie Dye Waffles
I hope these recipes make breakfast time a little more fun and enjoyable for you and your children. Always remember, recipes can be modified and I for one believe in making meals cater to your little ones. As a parent, you know what your child likes or dislikes - so keep that in mind when planning their meals. I have recently discovered that introducing new food items with a food your child already likes seems to work a little better than serving it to them solo.
So make your next breakfast healthy and memorable for the whole family. All recipes can be found on my Pinterest board.
My sister & I had the pleasure of playing Fitivities this week. It was a fun, active way to spend the afternoon. We do our best to keep our kids active -- which is the game's purpose, created by Sandy "Spin" Slade. We played with 3 adults and four kids. Each adult had a team of kids. We let our little ones lead the way by rolling a die and moving the shoe to each square. The pieces are larger and softer than most games - which makes them easy to find (Mama friendly!). It was great to see each group so excited about the next exercise. The best word to describe Fitivities is PERFECT.
The holidays are coming up and we have a lot of family coming in town - can't wait to enjoy Fitvities before drinking hot cocoa and trimming the tree. We give the game two thumbs up! Grab your game on Fitivities.com and Amazon.
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