I’m Not the Best Parent

Kid at Whole Foods

Well. I’m not. Is that a surprise? I hope not. Nothing makes me feel this more than when EB says ‘You’re not being nice, mommy.” 

One should never be that touched by what a 3-year old says but sheesh, raising this girl has proved to be well, uh…a challenge. And you know what? That DOES surprise me because I thought I would rooooock in this parenting thing. I thought that since I had so many siblings and was a nanny, babysitter, teacher and mentor to children that raising them would come fairly easy to me. Lies, y’all. All kinds of lies. 

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The Day I Almost Punched the Babysitter

Punched

Okay, before you self-righteous mommies start slamming me, LISTEN – I’m okay with being away from my children. I don’t always like it but I deal with it because mommy has to work and live and sometimes that means leaving my children in the (hopefully) capable hands of someone else. I’m not alone. Most mothers across the world are working mothers and long gone are the days of having your mom, grandma or aunt watch your kid. Shoot, my mom is still working! I am proud to be a working mother and while I deal with mommy guilt regularly (who doesn’t?), don’t come for me in the “OMGGGGG, this is why I never leave my kids” department. Because I ain’t tryna hear it.

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Got A Baby on My Hip and a Clutch on My Wrist

That title sounds like the beginning of a song, huh? *snort* I officially tossed my fancy purses in the closet. Giving birth to Bub means I need practical totes, y’all. And I’ll darned if I walk around with cloth diapers crawling out of higher end purses. I know. It sound snobby. Whatever. My purses scream everything but mom bag and with mo kids, I know you need mo space. Right? As a postpartum gift to myself, I purchased a darling JuJuBe bag and while it’s ridiculously functional and pretty, it’s big. So so big.

Shopbop to the flippin’ rescue again. Just look at these clutches…

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I’m A Mom of 2 And Haven’t Run Away From Home Yet + Cool Baby Clothes Giveaway

You know those women who spent a great chunk of their girlhood wanting to be Moms? That wasn’t me, y’all. I’m not even going to sit here and pretend that “Be A Mom” was on my list of things to do while adulting. People freak out when you admit this kind of stuff because it may sound like I don’t want to be a Mom, but come oooon, my kids are too awesome to deny.

Cute Little Babes leggings

I don’t flood my social media accounts with pictures of my kids, but have you seen even a glimpse of these beings? They’re gorgeous and I could not be more proud to be their mother. But I’m sayin’…I totally didn’t expect this life of mommy’ing and I’m still shocked that we’re all semi-surviving. I thought parenting a toddler would send me running to the hills. Toddlers are craziness and it’s the most challenging part of parenting, so far.

Toddler trousers

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How Am I 34 Weeks Pregnant?

34 Weeks Pregnant

Okay, two things: A) that image may have been posted before and B) it’s a pretty old picture of the bump. I do take quite a few preggo selfies, but girl…you don’t want to see those. Mainly because they’re usually taken in Esposo’s boxers and not always with a bra on. It’s the ultimate version of TMI and I wouldn’t want to put your eyes through that. 

See how much I love you?

Blog posts will slowlyyyy be coming to a crawl as I prepare for this second babe of mine. I SHOULD be nesting but the freelancer bee that is me is working like mad to stack cash. Self-employed mamas like me don’t have paid maternity leave. Thankfully, my  clients are SO wonderfully understanding and flexible so while I do feel a bit overwhelmed, at least I like what I do. And you know, not working is NOT an option. I like to work. And I like to make money, so there’s that…

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Did I Tell Y’all I Was Having A Homebirth?

7 months pregnant

Sooo…pregnancy. I feel like it has been forever since I  clued the Clumps of Mascara family on what’s been happening with baking Baby #2. I want to say that this pregnancy has flown by but yeah…no. It hasn’t. Those first few months of morning sickness seemed like a century and now that I’m a good 31 weeks, of course life is in overdrive. Surprisingly, I’ve got baby items ready to go so I’m thrilled that at the very least, baby boy will have a onesie or two. 

Physically, I’m dragging and it’s getting difficult to bend over but I’m keeping up with my daily stretches and squats and getting in some walks as much as I can. EB and I hang out at the park where I attempt to chase her and I’ve got my eyes set on a chiropractic adjustment and a prenatal massage. 

I’ve been blogging like a mad woman over at What To Expect and Mom.me but there’s one thing that I haven’t talked about just yet – my homebirth.

I’m having one! 

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Back to School Ready with Carter’s

Fa la la la laaaaa to back to school season. Not gonna lie, y’all – I’m happy we aren’t there yet because WOW, it seems like a stressful time for parents and kiddos alike. But I remember this season when I was growing up and the best part about summer ending and school starting back up was shopping! Picking out a slew of brand new clothes and shoes was the total highlight for us. Brand new kicks, tops, backpacks and markers? Oh yesss…we thought we were living the life. Through Mom Central, I got the opportunity to style EB with back to school outfits that she handpicked herself from Carter’s. Our little lady has a pretty groovy style profile at only 2 years old and I can’t wait to see how she continues to experiment with fashion.

2-Piece Top & Legging Set (here) and Glitter Slip-On Shoes (here)

Elle in Carters

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Protect Yo Skin This Summer

Sunscreen products

Summer is in full swing here in Florida and uh, we’re melting. Quite literally, actually. I’m a fan of this time of year, but it gets to the point where it is almost downright unbearable. But bear it, we must, because I’ve got a toddler who REALLY thrives being outside. Elle loves everything about the water and while we can’t always make it to the beach or pool, we’ve gotten her a huge inflatable pool that she can’t get enough of.

Safe Sunscreen

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