Saturday, December 16

i am that mom...

That looks up 30 seconds before her oldest Little Farmer is about to have his basketball pictures taken and realizes he does not look ready to have his picture made. I asked him to come over to me real quickly because I wanted to tuck his jersey in again and make it look a little neater. As I was tucking it in, I noticed a lump of fabric in one place as though the jersey was bunched up. On further inspection, it was a SOCK. One I had been looking for yesterday! Ha!

What’s even funnier was that I’d already made a grand entrance by rushing in fifteen minutes later than we were supposed to. I basically sat my Littlest Farmer down onto a table and walked away to fill out the order form. While I’m sure all the other parents were trying to decide whether they sympathized with me or detested my lack of having it all together, I was thinking how proud I was that my Oldest Little Farmer had brushed his hair like I’d asked and how thankful I was that I’d stopped at McD’s to grab myself breakfast and a large coke with extra ice (because I was going to need it). 

Needless to say, I’m still working on this Mom of three gig, but I’m also pretty proud of myself. We could have been a lot later, he could have not brushed his hair, and I could have not had breakfast with a Coke. 

I know I said in my last post that I’d be taking the remainder of the year off, but I had to share that. Happy Weekend! 

Friday, December 15

the countdown is on

I have seventeen days left until my maternity leave comes to an end. I know that I am blessed beyond all measure to have been able to stay home for as long as I have, but it seems like it was only yesterday when we welcomed our Littlest Farmer into the family. And now, the time is drawing near when I must return to work and leave my Littlest Farmer in the hands of daycare.

In light of this and the fact that my Oldest and Middle Little Farmers will be on break after today, I will most likely take a step back from the this little space of mine for the remainder of the year. I want to soak up this time with my family and myself without pressure from the blog. By all means, the pressure I speak of is self imposed, but nevertheless it is there. I plan to stay active on Instagram, so I hope you’ll follow along if you’re not already. 

I will close 2017 with a post of my favorites from the week - short and sweet style since it’s really Thursday night still and way past my bedtime. 

1 << My Little Farmers and I just finished stuffing a grand total of 36 treat bags for their friends and putting together gift bags for 5 teachers and 1 bus driver. A couple of years ago, I started getting the teachers ornaments from a gift shop in the mall. They are incredibly adorable and way more affordable than say the gift card route. 

Monday, December 11

the ollie swaddle

My Littlest Farmer has loved being swaddled from day one. I truly believe that the nurses in the hospital have a special skill when it comes to swaddling newborns. I'm pretty sure it sets the tone for them wanting that same feeling from that point forward. And I cannot for the life of me, even after having baby #3, mimic a nurse's swaddling skills.

So, in order to compensate for my inept swaddling abilities, I used the Halo Sleepsack Swaddle with all three of my children. But only with my third did I become aware of the Ollie Swaddle. Have you heard of it? I hadn't heard of it until recently, but am so glad that I did. So, without further ado, let me introduce you to my Littlest Farmer's favorite swaddle for daytime naps.

Friday, December 8

friday favorites: a little kate spade, a good book and elf shenanigans

Happy Friday, Friends!

I seriously contemplated skipping this post today, but instead decided to be uber short and sweet. It's been a bit of a crazy week, plus my middle Little Farmer has a stomach bug. Thankfully, he appears to be on the mend. Praying now the remaining four of us are spared.

1 << I'm hoping to do a book recap soon, but until then, I have to share maybe one of the best books I've read in awhile - It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover. I seriously didn't want to put it down from beginning to end. This needs to be next on your list if you haven't read it already.

Wednesday, December 6

four reasons why i love my dockatot

Disclosure: I received product compliments of DockATot.

Attention all expectant mamas and mamas with children under the age of three. I want to introduce you to your new best friend - the DockATot.

I first learned of the DockATot a few months ago while reading a friend's blog and was immediately intrigued. I was even more excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with DockATot and find out for myself whether this product is really as amazing as they say. I started using the Dock when my Littlest Farmer was approximately ten weeks old.

As a mother of three, I am well aware that every baby is different and so are their sleep tendencies. My oldest Little Farmer is seven and was a wonderful sleeper from the beginning. He began sleeping all night from an early age and still, to this day rarely wakes at night. My middle Little Farmer was the complete opposite. Once he outgrew his swaddle, which was around six months, he awoke almost every night. We eventually committed the huge no-no of letting him sleep with us just so we could get a full night's rest. We didn't officially break that habit until he was around 2.5 and I was pregnant with our Littlest Farmer.

Our newest Little Farmer falls somewhere in between. He starts out in his crib, but at some point during the night gets a little restless. He is soothed with a pacifier but it usually takes a few times to do the trick. I'm guilty of placing him in bed with me just to get some sleep. However, when doing this, my sleep wasn't solid and my arm would be in a kink by morning. That's when the DockATot became my new best friend. Here's why and three other reasons why I love my Dock.

Monday, December 4

a friendly psa regarding infant hands

Hi there, so nice to see you. Your smiling face makes me happy, so I'll smile in return. I know... I am so adorable that you simply cannot resist the urge to grab my hand, stroke my cheek or squeeze my leg. But please, remember that I am still little and one of my favorite hobbies is chewing on my hands. So... I ask that you do not touch them with your hands. Don't be sad. I do like you, but I want you to keep your germs. I know I'm growing every day, but I can't handle sickness like you can. And if you haven't just washed your hands, everything you've touched since the last time you did wash them is going into my mouth. Yuck! Thank you for caring about me. Love, this adorable infant.

Friday, December 1

friday favorites: hello december

Welcome to December, Lovelies! Bring on all the Christmas spirit, family gatherings, Christmas music, Hallmark movies and snow. As thrilled as I am for all that the month of December brings, I do hold a bittersweet corner in my heart this round since it also means that I'm down to the last few weeks home with my Little Farmers. But let's not think about that. Instead, let's chat about my favorites from the last couple of weeks.

1 << I insist on waiting until after Thanksgiving to decorate for Christmas. By Friday afternoon, our tree was up and my two oldest little farmers were super proud of their assistance in trimming the tree. They do not need to know that I did some rearranging when they went outside afterwards. I love Christmas trees and the lights just make everything so cozy. I am also pretty excited about the small one I purchased at 75% off last year after Christmas. I placed it on our front porch. We're too lazy to do lights and I couldn't trust our dog not to eat one of those light show boxes, so I believe this will work perfectly.