Coffee counts as a mommy product, right? When our French press met its demise (goodnight, sweet prince) I picked up an Aeropress and have fallen madly in love with it. Brewing is so fast and simple, cleanup takes seconds, its super versatile, and crazy affordable. Most importantly, it makes an incredible cup of coffee. Is this me convincing you to get one? Yes, yes it is.
No lie, I never leave the house without at least three Parker Baby bibs! Leo is your typical drooly, spitty six-month-old and they keep him dry and warm, plus they turn even the plainest onesie into a complete outfit. I am not fashionably gifted, so this is a big plus! I'll add that wearing Leo in a carrier while chasing Claire around has dramatically increased my productivity so I almost always have my WildBird sling or Lillebaby within reach.
I’m kind of skirting the question here, but I’ve found that ticking one item off my to-do list each day that isn’t strictly child-care related allows me to relax once I do find a minute to myself. When that finally happens? Two words: Soaking. Tub.
Ask anyone and they’ll agree moving is no picnic. Moving into an unfinished new build that you are designing and your husband is building with two little ones in tow during a global pandemic? Absolute chaos! Honestly though, it’s been so fun. My husband comes from a long lineage of builders, we’re talking generations of Saalfelds traced back to Germany, so it’s in his blood. It feels like its a right of passage for our kids to be here while we finish his first build. In the words of Ron Swanson, "My son in several weeks old, he is quite familiar with the sound of power tools."
Honestly? First, I breathe a big, long sigh. It’s hard to snap out of mom mode after being mom all day! Then I’ll meet my husband on the couch and we’ll chat about our day, about the kids, about the news. It’s the only time we get to ourselves, especially with the outside world being off-limits these days, so we try to relish it and relax.
What was the transition like going from one sweet baby to two?
Luckily it was much smoother than I anticipated! I was so nervous for Claire to be hurt or jealous when I had to put her brother's needs first, but she has been so loving and sweet to him it just makes my heart explode. It’s a higher dose of crazy and down-time is harder to find, but I’m not sure anything can top the joy of watching them love each other.
This is our first spring with a yard of our own so I am excited to play around with some landscaping and work on my green thumb while they enjoy the new space. Claire never refuses time outdoors so we’ll explore the neighborhood and head west to my parents so she can visit the chickens, hunt for pumpkins, and pick veggies in my mom’s garden.