The Little Things.

by katelin on May 25, 2016

If there’s one thing I’ve come to know as a parent, it’s that the little things ARE A BIG EFFING DEAL.

Like “HOLD THE PHONE, Riley threw a ball!? or “SHUT THE FRONT DOOR, Riley gave a high five!” or “GUESS WHAT!? He went down the slide by himself!?” Seriously, so little. But, also, so exciting.

And yesterday, there were two little big things. Like OHMYGOSH WHY IS NO ONE HERE TO WITNESS THIS BUT ME little big things.

One. He said “CHEESE.” In actual reference, to cheese. Like I was going to the fridge to get him cheese and he looked me in the eye and said “CHEESE?” I wanted to throw that kid a parade right there. So far his vocabulary has primarily consisted of “THIS” in regards to everything. We occasionally get “dada” and “mamamama”, but really it’s “THIS” all day, every day. So to get “cheese”, was a pretty big deal. Not only is it a new word, but it’s one of my favorites.

Two. For dinner last night (apparently all of our big little things happen around food) I was making spaghetti. So I got Riley naked for dinner (less laundry, naturally) and put his clothes on the couch. He giggled, grabbed his clothes and walked out of the living room. I gave him a second before I called his name and I got no response. So I got up, peered down the hallway and he had walked to his bedroom, clothes in hand, and tossed them into his hamper. Well color me amazed. And also, I’d like to remind him of this when he’s a teenager and clothes end up all over his room. But seriously, the kid put his clothes in the dirty clothes hamper all on his own. IT WAS MAGICAL.


Basically, I’m finding joy in all the little things, even if I’m the only one here to see them. That’s what I’ve got the internet for right? To share them, so I know they really happened. And everyone cares about this stuff? Obviously.

#Parenthood. Am I right?



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Motherly Tips.

by katelin on May 20, 2016

In my fifteenish months of being a mom I’ve learned some things. Things that I feel like sharing. Things that I’ve already talked about a bit , I’m sharing again. So here we go:

+ Invest in a night light. It helps the most in the early days, with the constant feeding and cuddling. Who knew?

+ Showers. Are like magic. Every time I take a shower I feel like a whole new person. Whether it’s in the morning or late at night, showers are my favorite.

+ Accept the help. Any of it. If people want to bring you food or hold your child, let them. Help is amazing. Help has saved my sanity. And my life.

Pack extra clothes. Anywhere you go. Bring extra clothes for the kiddo and yourself. It’s so easy to overlook, but man it’s a lifesaver. Also, pack pajamas for the nights you’re out later than normal. Once I figured that one out, outings got so much easier.

Vomit is gross. Poop is gross. Snot is gross. It’s all gross. And that never really changes. So this isn’t really news. It’s fact.

+ Laughing is good for the soul. It’s easy to lose yourself in the daily grind. But being able to laugh about it is good.

+ Boxes are the best toys. Seriously. Boxes. Or spoons. Or keys. Or basically anything you have, is probably better than any toy you buy for your kid.


And that’s all I’ve got for now. Any tips you want to share?




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