Tag Archives: motherhood

Y3W: Eleven, Eleven, Eleven!

13 Nov

My three words are eleven, eleven, eleven, but really, I need to add one more word this week, another eleven, because my very own ‘Lil Buddy turned eleven months old on Nov. 11.

The first year of life is nothing short of amazing, and the transformations we, as parents, get to witness are amazing. But even within this time period, there are times where your little one’s growth and development seems more linear and predictable and other times when it seems like that development is explosive, almost exponential. I feel like we’re in the latter right now, as we approach ‘Lil Buddy’s first birthday.

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Race Recap: Fit Generation Stroller Roll

9 Nov

I am training for my first half-marathon in December, but in between all the must-do training runs, I think it’s nice to do a race that’s just for fun now and then. The Parenting Magazine Fit Generation 5K and Stroller Roll on Oct. 1 fit the bill perfectly. The event featured a chip-timed 5K, an untimed 5K stroller roll, kids races and a family festival after the race. The starting and finish line and the festival were hosted at the Winter Park Village shopping center in Winter Park, Fla.

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Friday Free-for-All: Favorites

30 Sep

Since DixieJulep recently celebrated it’s first blog-a-versary, I thought it would be fun to look back at the past year and review some of our favorite posts. Care to go down memory lane with me?

My Favorites

The Big Reveal
Completing ‘Lil Buddy’s nursery was a great feeling, and even more exciting when I got to share it with you all. I got such great feedback from everyone during the three moodboarding phases that I really felt the nursery design wasn’t just mine but something that was created with a lot of help from our friends and family.
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Friday Free-for-All: On the Move

9 Sep

Well it finally happened … ‘Lil Buddy learned to crawl and to pull up and cruise, and life around the house suddenly got a whole lot more interesting.

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Struggle with the Juggle

19 Jul

No one ever said being a mom was supposed to be easy, but some days the juggle is harder than others. And today is one of those days.

Now I’m a girl who likes a challenge, so biting off a bit more than I can chew isn’t just a habit, it’s a way of life. But some days cramming everything in to limited time just doesn’t work.

Right now I’m juggling mommy-hood, a demanding full time job, training for my first 15K and half-marathon (more about that soon here on the blog!), trying to get this blog off the ground, taking care of my pets and their various health and training challenges, and trying to stay in touch with my friends and up to date on the news … and, oh yeah, trying making it out the front door each morning with hair and makeup on and baby spit-up off. Whew!

I thought I was off to a great start today when I got up early and knocked out the two-mile run on my training schedule for today. By finishing my workout early, I had hoped to have enough time to pick up some medicine for my cat at the vet and drop it by the house before heading to the office. A head-start on my day–total super-mom win!

Then we remembered that we forgot to give Lil’ Buddy his ear drops last night. And I forgot to pack a lunch last night. And with all that my head-start on the day evaporated. Poor kitty would have to wait a day for his medicine. Super-mom fail #1.

Then, as I’m packing my stuff up to leave, Lil’ Buddy gets hungry and starts asking to nurse. No time, so I pop a bottle in the warmer for his daddy to feed him instead. Sorry, Buddy! Super-mom fail #2.

Finally, as I’m giving Lil’ Buddy his goodbye kiss, he grabs on to my skirt and won’t let go. I have to pry his tiny fingers off my dress before I can make my way to the door. Hear that sound? Yup, that’s the sound of a mommy’s heart ripping in two. Super-mom fail #3.

It’s enough to make me want to pull my super-mom cape up over my head, crawl under my desk and take a nap! But since that’s not an option, I guess I’ll just give up on trying to be super-mom for the day and try to just do a good job at being plain old ordinary me.

Readers, what’s the hardest part of your daily juggle? How do you find balance in your life? What do you do to pick yourself back up when your morning is an epic fail?

Fashion Confessions of a New Mom

24 Jan

While most of us rail against the idea of adopting “mom jeans” or “mom hair” the moment we have our first little one, it would be a lie not to admit that having a baby in the house changes things in subtle, often unexpected, ways. After six weeks of parenthood, here are my mom-fashion confessions.

On any given day, I have more costume changes than Cher.

Let’s face it; the tiniest of babies can make the biggest messes. Between diaper mishaps, feeding mishaps and upset tummies, it’s a rare day when I don’t find myself changing clothes several times. If variety is the spice of life, then having a baby in the house brings a bit of zest to daily dressing.

Low-cut tops are an inevitable wardrobe malfunction.

Who would have realized that a tasteful V-neck happens to be at the perfect height for a newborn’s feet to push down. One little fussy spell with tiny kicking feet, and my neckline looks more like a Versace model than an outfit suitable for a mom. Guess I’ll save those tops for when my son is just a little bit taller.

Cardigans and tunics hide a multitude of sins.

Everyone talks about losing the baby weight, but what they don’t warn you about is the muffin-top that’s left over after the baby weight is gone. Luckily, today’s trendy tunics and flowing cardigans are the perfect camouflage. As a bonus, layers hide stains and make a quick-change easier than ever, so the layered look gets a thumbs-up from me.

I still care how I look … just a little less than before.

Before having a baby, most moms-to-be are in one of two camps: those who are marching towards mommy-martyrdom gladly and those who insist that when baby arrives nothing will change. I think the truth for most of us is somewhere in between. If you cared about looking and feeling good before you were a mom, you’ll still care after you have a baby. But a newborn’s needs are so big and so urgent that everything else bumps down just one notch on your priorities list. I still enjoy dressing up and that’s not likely to change. But if life finds me blogging in my pajamas at four o’ clock in the afternoon now and then, well that will just be one little confession that’s between you and me, dear readers.