The Motherhood Project: Kaylie

“I think we get down on ourself a lot and worry we aren’t the best mom because we don’t do all the fun things other moms do. Really just be who you are and love your kids. Teach them and play with them, that is something they will cherish forever.” 

Name: Kaylie | Children: 2.5 year-old son

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Did you enjoy your pregnancy?: Yeah, for the most part. The beginning was hard because I had all day sickness. But a few weeks into the second trimester I felt so much better and then I felt those sweet movements at 16 weeks! It was such an awesome feeling. But the end gets hard again because I was so huge and uncomfortable, but it was worth it! 🙂

Whats your biggest struggle when it comes to being a mom?: Lately it has been a huge challenge since I am pregnant and I have a 2 1/2 year old who is deciding to be a stinker a lot. Haha, I love him but some days I get so tired and he has been fighting his naps which makes him super grumpy and then I get grumpy. So that is way hard, especially when he is doing anything to push my buttons.

Whats your biggest strength when it comes to being a mom?: I know that even though I am not a perfect mom, that I will always try my best and will always do anything to protect my kids. I will always love them even when they are driving me crazy.

What is your parenting style?: I really just try to be the best parent I can, I am not perfect but I am trying to be better to have patience. I really think that patience is a huge thing. I noticed when I lose my temper it doesn’t help the problem at all, but if I have patience and show love and make it a teaching moment it works a lot better. I also pray A LOT so that I can know how to help my son and to show him love.I want him to grow up to be a good hard working man like his daddy one day. 🙂

What is your favorite part of the day with your child?: I love it when we can go play outside. Just going on walks and watching my son learn about the world around him is so fun! I love how excited he gets about the smallest things.

Who is an inspiration to you when it comes to motherhood?: There are so many moms that I look up to but I especially look up to my mom, she is amazing and did an awesome job. I hope to be just like her.

Advice for fellow mothers who need a little boost?: Don’t get down on yourself because you are doing better than you think! I love that message from Elder Holland. I think we get down on ourself a lot and worry we aren’t the best mom because we don’t do all the fun things other moms do. Really just be who you are and love your kids. Teach them and play with them, that is something they will cherish forever. Just be there for them.

Where is your favorite place to shop for yourself? Favorite place to shop for you child?: I love anywhere that has a good deal! I love lots of places, I love Mikarose and lately I love Pink Blush Maternity. They have way cute pregnancy clothes. For my kids, I love going to Kohl’s.

Whats one product for yourself you can’t live without? Favorite product for your child?: I love the Bareminerals make up.I love how light it is and I don’t feel like I am painting my face every day. For my son Eurcine lotion has been awesome when he has his eczema break outs.

How has being a mom changed your life?: Oh man, it has changed me so much. It has changed me for the better. My son makes me want to be a better person every day and makes me want to work hard so that he can have a good life and grow up to be a good person.I want to be a good example to him and my future kids. I want to teach them to be kind to everyone and to be honest. So everyday I have to pray to be better and to show kindness to everyone even to people who may not be the nicest because I want my children to be that kind of a person. It has taught me so much more about love and service because at first they are so helpless and they are depending on me to help them grow and live. I definitely have learned a lot about the love my parents have for me and why they did the things they did, even when I didn’t agree with them. I also have a better understanding of the love our Father in Heaven has for me and for all of us. It has been one of the hardest yet rewarding callings in my life. I am so blessed to be a mama.

*If you have anyone you’d like to nominate to be featured on the blog (yourself included) send me their email or phone number and I will contact them/you! ceeceesparkles@gmail.com

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54321: Family Edition

Maybe its the Easter season, but lately all that is on my mind is FAMILY. Its overwhelmingly awesome that because of Jesus Christ I get to be with my family, my handsome husband, sweet baby and all our future children forever. Forever is a big and powerful word. But its a real thing that can happen because our Savior died for us. Its all really incredible and I’ve never been able to put into words how excited, humbled and grateful it makes me feel. I love my family – which is why todays 54321 is a family edition.

5 things I’m loving: 1. Our new house – our first house we own. This place is incredible and ours. It is perfect for us. 2. Wild Man’s work ethic. He is a busy, busy man but manages it effortlessly and never, ever complains. 3. Our new kitchen has so much room to cook and it makes it easier to try new recipes. Wild Man has been fun to test these new foods on and thankfully, he hasn’t hated any! (or so he says…) 4. At least once during the day all three of us lay on the floor in the living room and play with toys, make each other laugh, etc and its probably the time of day I look forward to the most. 5. We are so lucky to have the Gospel in our lives. Like really, really.

4 things on my mind: 1. I want to be better at enforcing Family Home Evening. I want to make sure our son knows the importance of FHE and devoting Monday night to the occasion. 2. We need to get back to having a bedtime. It sounds silly but stuff just works better when we go to bed earlier. I feel like I’m an old lady saying that, but its true. 3. I’d love if they made daddy & baby swimsuits. Pool season is approaching and there would be nothing cuter than Wild Man and Captain matching. 4. Maybe I need to get one of those children Book of Mormon readers for baby?

3 goals: 1. Finish The Captain’s room. 2. Finally start decorating. 3. Make a family motto.

2 baby things: 1. The Little Captain is at such a fun age (I’m pretty sure every age he’ll reach will be a fun age) and I’m loving the cuteness. 2. He’s starting to make sure he always has an eye on me or Wild Man and I find it very endearing.

1 magical moment: We live close enough to both of our parents now that we can walk to their houses. Our little family of three has such a fun time on the walks to their houses on Sunday. We have fun conversations and enjoy the weather thats (kinda-sorta) warming up. It makes me grateful for our new location, our relationships and our abilities.

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xoxo

ceeceesparkles

Happy Easter!

Yesterday The Little Captain was blessed by his daddy – and what a beautiful, special blessing it was. It was such a fun evening surrounded by friends and family who love and support our little guy. I am thankful for the Priesthood and a husband who honors it.

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And today is Easter. A bright, happy holiday with an incredible reminder that Jesus Christ died for us so that we can live, again! Because of His great sacrifice, I get to be with my family forever!

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I hope you all have a wonderful day and are able to keep in mind the real meaning of Easter as you celebrate (& hopefully eat lots of delicious candy).

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

The Motherhood Project: Brooke

“To know we created this little perfect human, and to get to help him grow up is truly a divine calling.”

Name: Brooke | Child: Remington

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Did you enjoy your pregnancy?: I didn’t love being pregnant, I just felt large and in charge and was too anxious to meet my little man. I loved feeling him kick and move around though, and I loved the ultra sounds. Now looking back, I was lucky to have such an easy pregnancy so I’m hoping with hindsight I’ll enjoy my pregnancy a little more next time!

How was your delivery experience?: Remington was very comfortable in me, he was not coming out on his own. A week after my due date I was induced. I was in labor for 14 hours, with very little progress. He was in distress and after his heart rate dropped scary low, it was decided a quick c-section would be the safest option for him. 10 minutes later we heard his little cry in the OR. It wasn’t how I imagined it because I wasn’t able to hold him immediately, but he got here safe! 🙂

What’s your biggest struggle when it comes to being a mom?: Breastfeeding, hands down. I had to give it up early due to his poor suck and my poor supply (bad combo). It was pretty devastating. It’s such a natural thing and you hear all these women who do it so easily and bond with their baby, so to not produce enough milk to support my baby was really hard. I know there are perks to bottle feeding, like my husband being able to feed him, but it still makes me sad I wasn’t able to do that for my baby.

What’s your biggest strength when it comes to being a mom?: I feel I’ve always been a patient person, and my patience has shown since becoming a mom. Late nights and a crying baby can be draining and frustrating but I feel I’ve done a good job staying calm and giving my son the extra tlc when he’s needing it.

What is your parenting style?: I have been around so many kids I thought I was going to be so laid back. Ha jokes on me. Having it be my own child I’m kinda a worrier. Is he eating enough, is he on a good schedule be to be good sleeper, am I holding him/putting him down enough, should I do more tummy time etc. Good thing for Google! I am trying to be somewhat in between totally relaxed and totally rigid. I want him to be on a good schedule and get good sleep, but I also don’t want his sleep to dictate our lives, I want him to be flexible.

What is your favorite part of the day with your child/children?: He’s really needy with his morning nap (which happens to be when I’m writing this). He won’t nap in his crib but zonks in my arms. It’s hard because I don’t get ready until later morning, like 11 🙈, but I will miss when he doesn’t want these morning snuggles!

Who is an inspiration to you when it comes to motherhood?: My sister! She is cool, calm, and collected when it comes to her kids. All of them are very different and she accommodates their individual needs so well! Her kids are all so funny, kind, well behaved, and happy!

Advice for fellow mothers who need a little boost?: Being such a new mom I’m not sure I have much advice yet, I guess it would be to cherish the little moments, because soon they will be gone.

Where is your favorite place to shop for yourself? Favorite place to shop for your child/children?: For myself if I can afford it Anthropologie is my absolute favorite. I am really liking the online boutique Piper and Scoot right now too. If I’m sticking to our budget, target! Target is my happy place! For Remington I love to shop at baby gap, tip- NEVER buy their clothes full price, get on their email list because they honestly have 40% off weekly. I have never bought something there for him full price! I also love Zara, especially for boys. Their clothes are unique and are priced pretty well.

What’s one product for yourself you can’t live without? Favorite product for your child/children?: I cannot live without my Volcano candle. Being at home so much now, it makes it my little sanctuary. It smells sooo good, if you’ve never had one, do your self a favor and buy one, they are pricey but last a while and so worth it! For my son I have loved the puj tub. We started out with one for the regular bathtub and it was so uncomfortable to bend over and he was chilly. This tub fits right in your sink and I swear he would chill in there all day if I let him!

How has being a mom changed your life?: How has it not changed my life! Everything in my life is different, but it’s so wonderful. It makes you really reflect on what’s important in life. And, not to get too religious, but it is so spiritual. To know that we created this little perfect human, and to get to help him grow up is truly a divine calling. I’m so honored to be his mom. It is a weird/wonderful thing to have your life revolve around this new tiny person, but it’s the greatest thing!

*If you have anyone you’d like to nominate to be featured on the blog (yourself included) send me their email or phone number and I will contact them/you! ceeceesparkles@gmail.com

AHHHHH!

I keep thinking one day I’ll wake up and finally be myself, again. People told me that sometimes after having a baby it takes a while to fully feel like yourself, again. As usual, I was sure I wouldn’t be in that percentage, but lo and behold, here I am wondering if I’ll ever feel like pre-baby CeeCee.

I’ll probably never feel entirely like pre-baby me, honestly. How could I? Pre-baby me didn’t have an adorable, snuggly baby boy. Now I do and having him has completely changed me. He has changed who I am, how I act, how I think, how I worry/stress out/panic/cry. I will never be the same.

But I still want to feel ‘normal’ (if i ever was normal), again. I’m just a little off and it can be tough. Also I have anxiety that is THROUGH THE ROOF. I guess I don’t really know how to explain how I feel. Its just weird and can be frustrating. Also I had no idea that having a baby would make me terrified. I fear nearly everything, now. What the heck? I can play out these scary scenarios in my mind then go about the rest of my day/week/life scared that it will happen, no matter how realistic or totally unrealistic it is.

IS THIS NORMAL?

Do all new moms/moms with newish babies feel this way? When do you start feeling like yourself again? Do you have advice? Should I worry? Should I embrace it? Should I just lay in bed and sob like I kind of feel like doing for no reason?

Oh boy, motherhood. This post-baby self is crazy.

{& so is this post — sorry its…awkward and whiney and probably really lame. venting needed to happen}

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xoxo

ceeceesparkles

The Motherhood Project: Katie

*due to the massive amounts of participants I have had willing to help me with this project, I will be posting not only on Fridays, but also Tuesdays

“Everything (rightfully so) becomes ALL about this little person after you give birth. You’re always on duty and don’t ever truly get a break. Even when you’re away from your kids they’re on your mind.”

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Name: Katie | Child: Emmaline

Did you enjoy your pregnancy?: I have had really easy pregnancies so far. I had morning sickness in the first trimester with both, but it was gone around 14-15 weeks both times and wasn’t TOO horrible. I enjoyed being pregnant up until the very end where I felt like a beached whale, my ribs always ached, and I was so anxious to meet my baby! I’m only halfway through this pregnancy, so we’ll see if it’s the same way!

How was your delivery experience?: Great! I had amazing nurses and doctors, and the epidural was my best friend. 😉 I pushed for around two hours and was extremely exhausted, but other than that it was pretty good as far as childbirth goes!

What is your biggest struggle when it comes to being a mom?: Oh man, motherhood is a beast sometimes. A beautiful, wonderful, amazing beast. I think my biggest struggle right now is not losing “me”. Everything (rightfully so) becomes ALL about this little person after you give birth. You’re always on duty and don’t ever truly get a break. Even when you’re away from your kids they’re on your mind. So sometimes its hard to be something other than “mom”. I try to keep hobbies, go on dates with my husband, read books, and treat myself from time to time. I’m first and foremost a mom, but I am also a lot of other things and I don’t want to squander those. In fact, I feel like doing those things makes me a better mom.

What is your biggest strength when it comes to being a mom?: I think I have found a good balance of structure and “go-with-the-flow”. I keep her safe, healthy, fed and we try to stick to some sort of routine. I have boundaries with her and teach her. But we also have fun! I’m not too strict. She gets to eat sweets here and there, we stay in our pajamas some days, we have late naps to play longer, and stuff like that. I hope my kids remember a fun but structured childhood.

What is your parenting style?: Is “survive” a parenting style?;) We do what works for us, and try not to listen too much to what others say, as long as my children are safe, healthy and happy.

What is your favorite part of the day with your child?: Nap time! Just kidding (mostly). I like the time after her nap. She’s rested and happy and I’ve been able to recharge during her nap, so I have the energy to play with her.

Who is an inspiration to you when it comes to motherhood?: My own mom. She had four kids (including twins), married my dad with his six kids, and they had me, making eleven. Eleven kids! And she handled it so well. We all felt so loved. She is such a patient and kind woman and goes out of her way to help people. I have always known she is amazing, but I’m even more astonished with what she did now that I myself am a mom.

Advice for fellow mothers who need a boost?: You are doing an amazing job. Truly. Motherhood is by far, by FAR, the hardest job on the planet. We all have bad days. You are not a failure. Keep your chin up, eat some chocolate, and tomorrow is a new day. 🙂

Where is a favorite place to shop for yourself? Favorite place to shop for your child/children?: I don’t shop for myself a lot (kids clothes are cuter) but I like places like H&M, Downeast, Old Navy, Charming Charlie…and does Target count? 😉 For my daughter I like Carters, Target, Old Navy, and Children’s Place the best for clothes.

What is one product for yourself you can’t live without? Favorite product for your child/children?: One product I have to have is chapstick. I HATE dry lips. My favorite is the original Burt’s Bees. The best! For my daughter, it was when she was a newborn. The Halo sleep sacks with the Velcro wings were AWESOME. It was the only swaddle she couldn’t break through.

How has being a mom changed your life?: It has changed my life in every way imaginable. All of the sudden you have to become so selfless and always put someone else’s needs before yours. I have never loved someone so much. I have never had my patience tried so much, either. I’ve never slept less or smiled more than I do now. I’m tired all the time, but I would never, ever want to change my life. I cry all the time, whether I’m happy or sad. Personally, I feel like I finally am doing what I was always meant to do. Is it hard? Oh, yes. Hardest thing I’ve ever done. But everything is a little brighter knowing this little person loves you more than anything in the world and to feel the same about them. Motherhood is the BEST. Period.

*If you have anyone you’d like to nominate to be featured on the blog (yourself included) send me their email or phone number and I will contact them/you! ceeceesparkles@gmail.com

The Weekend

No, this is not a post about the musical artist, The Weeknd. It is about my families weekend. Just thought I’d clear that up.

I live in Utah County and in Utah County is a city called, Provo. Provo had one LDS temple that is always very busy and has high, high attendance. A while ago during General Conference it was announced that a second LDS temple was going to be built in Provo and this one would be called the Provo City Center Temple! It was such exciting news and it’s been really neat to watch the process of the creating of the beautiful temple. The building was once the Provo Tabernacle, but a few years ago it burned down. Then it was announced that it would become the new temple. They saved all they could from the burned building and it is truly a breathtaking House of the Lord.

Saturday evening was the Cultural Celebration for those in the Provo City Center Temple area. All the stakes that would be in the district of the new temple had tickets and were able to watch an amazing show put on my the youth (ages 12-18) in those wards. My two little sisters were able to take part in it and it made it all the more special to us. That was a once in a lifetime opportunity for them and I’m so excited they had that chance!

It was hard to get good pictures of the performance, but one of my sisters had her picture taken and posted on a website!

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The next day (Sunday) was the Temple Dedication! There are three sessions throughout the day. Children under the age of 8 are not allowed so Wild Man and I took turns watching The Captain while we went to different sessions. Wild Man went at 9am and ended up sitting with my mom and sister, then I went at 12 and sat with his brother and his cute family. It was so nice and was a good reminder for me of just how special these temples are.

The rest of our Sunday was very relaxing. We spent a few hours just the three of us at home then went to Wild Man’s house, then to my families house.

We also made the decision that it was a Disney shirt kind of day:)

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Hope you all had a happy weekend and will have a great week!

xoxo

ceeceesparkles