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Friday, February 21, 2014

10 Month Old Work at Home Mommy Schedule

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I know when I first became a new Mother, I researched for hours on end from feeding schedules to nap schedules to how much play time should you have a day. I wanted my Son to have the best! I wanted to be the PERFECT Mommy. There was just one problem with the way my life was, I still have to work at home in order for our Family to live the way we have chosen to live. 

This posed a problem because there was so much that I wanted to do for Liam. I was getting so frustrated at first because all I felt I was doing was breastfeeding all day and squeezing in work when I could. There were many nights that I would be up between 11:30pm & 1am working while Liam was asleep. I was so physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausted! So when I tell my new Mommy friends that I know how they feel, I definitely mean it! The first couple of months are very hard because it is such a change in lifestyle.

So, to get to my point! I now have a "flexible" schedule that I go by. My job cannot have set hours because it is a new business venture and I'm in control of all operations, while we have two salesmen on the road getting and delivering orders. Information needs to be obtained whenever they hit a potential customer so I'm on call 24/7. So here is my Work at Home Mommy Schedule:

7:30am: Liam wakes Up - I get up & get him changed, brush teeth, put contacts in (I'm blind), and go downstairs for my coffee.
7:45am: Nursing #1 (About a half Hour)
8:15am-9:00am: We Cuddle & Play or sometimes I have to work at this time and he gets some alone play time in Mommys Office. I also usually slip in to the shower, get dressed, and do my make up in this time frame. And I make the bed! 
9:00am-10:00am: Liam get fed breakfast. I make his breakfast so it takes a little longer than just bringing out a jar. While he is finishing his finger foods part of breakfast, I do the dishes. And it is also when Liam gets his bath and gets dressed :)
10:00am: Nap #1 Time! I Rock Liam to sleep which takes 2 seconds but I hold him while I do my morning bible study and sometime catch up on articles or do this blog!
Between 10:30 & 11: I get Liam down on my bed for a nap. It varies in times depending on what skills he has been working on. It's usually until about 12pm. So I get some house cleaning done or more work done depending on the day. 
12:00pm-1:00pm: My husband calls in to FaceTime us for lunch. Nursing #2 takes place while I'm talking to him. Then we go down to the kitchen and I fix mine and Liam's Lunch to eat while still talking to Matt. We enjoy this time together as a family :)))
1:00pm-2:30pm: This is our open time during the day. We can choose to play or I give Liam some alone play time (we're working on independence with him) while I do house chores or again work. I also do my thirtyone and Mary Kay deliveries during this time or if I have errands, I run them.
2:30pm: Nap Time #2. This one is the hardest nap time and usually takes a little longer for him to go to sleep so I usually blog or Facebook. While he is asleep, I get more house items or work done. Some days he does not sleep and just gets fussy so I have to spend all my time with him, soothing him. Which can be exhausting but worth it in the end. 
3:00pm: My 13 year old sister gets here from school and I make sure she has a snack and that she gets her homework done. We usually talk about school or anything she has questions about. She likes to learn like me :))
4:00pm: Nursing #3
4:30pm: I start dinner while Liam plays with Shayna.
5:00pm: My Mom comes to pick up my Sister and I talk to her while fixing dinner.
5-6pm: Liam gets fed his dinner.
5:45pm: Matt (my husband) gets home from work.
6:00pm: We eat dinner as a Family.
6:30pm: Clean up from dinner & then have some family time.
7:30pm: Nursing #4 & Down for bed time.
8:00pm-10:00pm: Time with my Husband. We cuddle and watch our shows or we talk or we get projects done around the house. We just like spending time together.

Remember this is a basic schedule that is very flexible. Liam has play dates about twice a week and on the weekends his schedule goes out the window because we love to travel and have a lot of social appointments on the weekend. We also have church on Sunday morning which throws the schedule off. We have engagements at least two nights a week also, so that changes the schedule. For example, we are taking a Foundations of the Bible Course at Church on Wednesday nights and Liam cannot attend it with us. 

Just remember that even with a million and a half things going on all of the time, that little bundle in your arms and that handsome face that comes through the door every night come first! Make sure you're family is happy first and then the chores and the work are done second, it makes all the difference in the world. And of course always put God above all!!!

I will be posting my Chore Schedule later on so you guys can see how I do it and then make your own :)

If you have any questions or just need to vent contact me :)

God Bless,

Jess



Saturday, February 15, 2014

Valentine's Day Infant/Toddler Craft Idea


This year, I decided to make homemade Valentine's Day Gifts for my Husband and  both sets of Grandparents. I have an almost 10 month old and I know that anything to do with his little feet or hands they were sure to love!!!

Supplies:

Red Acrylic Paint
Paint Pens (Purple, Red, & Pink)
Scrapbook Paper (Valentines Colors - I chose Green & Pink)
Valentine's Day Stickers 
A Cute Baby!

Steps:

(1) Lay out scrapbook papers and paint some of the acrylic paint on a hard surface that can be cleaned easy or thrown away.
(2) Dip left foot in paint and do as many prints as you need. Then wash left foot.
(3) Repeat with right foot. 
(4) Let Foot Prints Dry. Note: Make Sure they are V'd out to make a Heart.
(5) Decorate rest with Paint Pens & Stickers



It's that easy!!!!

God Bless,

Jess

Valentine's Day At Home Photo Shoot

Being a Stay at Home Mommy, I don't have a lot of extra funds to put towards hiring a Professional Photographer. So this year for Valentine's Day, I decided to do my own at home shoot. 


What I used:
(1) Bed Skirt (For Back Drop)
(1) Red Fuzzy Snuggie (For Main Blanket)
(1) Box (from my recent toilet paper delivery)
(3) Pillows (2 Large, & 1 Small)
(4) Custom Red & Pink Hearts (My Hubby Made them for me to hang a few years ago)
(1) LOVE Sign (I received 3 years ago at my Housewarming)
(1) Paper Sign with VDAY 2014 Written on it 
(1) Child - just in diaper
(1) Mary Kay Lipstick - Rouge
(1) IPhone Camera

I used my Sons Changing Table to drape the Bed Skirt Over and then brought it down to the floor, pulling it forward so the box could sit on it. I then placed the box on the skirt and stuffed it with two large pillows and used a small one for the back.

I then covered the box and pillows with the red Snuggie, hiding the arms. And decorated in front of the box with the decor items.

Place child in box and you are good to go! 




I used the lip stick to give him kisses on his face, chest, and belly. He didn't really like the lip stick so I didn't do too many kisses. I think it would work better on a 6 month old verses a very active 10 month old. 



I also did a few artsy pieces because he was just being so cute. Here is one more:


Just remember to not get frustrated because it takes awhile to get good shots. My Maltese wanted to be in the pictures and was driving me crazy the entire time. I eventually put him in the box with Liam but it didn't work out because both of them didn't want to be in the box together. 

I hope everyone had a great Valentines Day!!! If you have any questions, just let me know!!!

God Bless,

Jess

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Life's Distractions & Anxiety



Ever since I was young, I've always been driven to do everything as perfect as possible. I was taught to give 110% in everything I did, from school work, to dressing nice and making myself presentable, to sports, to cleaning the house. 

As I've gotten older, not much has changed. I graduated with my Bachelors Degree Cum Laude while at the same time owning my own business, paying all my own bills and supporting myself, planning a wedding, and buying a house my senior year of college. In the midst of my college years, I also had cervical cancer that I beat. Most people in my life didn't even know I had it because I didn't have time for anymore distractions! I joined Oak Ridge Baptist Church (my home church) in 2009 and joined the college ministry as well as college small group. I didn't miss many Sunday morning services and I was doing all the RIGHT STEPS. I time managed and everything had it's blocked time. 

I didn't however give time to God nor read his word. Where could I fit that in?

It wasn't until August 2012 that I broke down from not being able to get pregnant and finally let God take control of my life. My perfectionist side didn't like this one bit because I wasn't in control anymore. God drastically started changing my life, changing my plans that I had been planning for years. 

And now here I am, a totally different person. I am still driven and still a perfectionist but I have God here guiding me along and using those personality traits that he gave me to do what he wants me to do. 

I found a story in the bible that hit home with me. It's about two sisters named Martha and Mary.

Luke 10:38-42

38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him.39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered,“you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

I used to be Martha, keeping myself busy with things that didn't matter. Working a job that didn't really matter in the whole scheme of things. What matters is giving time to God to let him integrate himself in to everything in your life. 

I'm definitely not perfect at this. I'm still obsessed with having my house spotless! Even to the extent of exhaustion and anxiety when it's not done. I also fill my schedule with three jobs and a million and a half hobbies.

But being aware of your flaws is everything. I now spend time with God every day praying and reading the bible. I sing Christian lullabies to my son and I write this blog that hopefully will influence and help at least one person. I spend more time with my husband and son, I make sure I play with Liam the majority of my day and I write my blog while I rock him and he naps. 

It makes for such a happier person and it is good for your soul. God feeds your soul and without him it's hard to be whole and to just let go. 

My prayer for you today, is to just give control of your life to God and step back and breathe. Be happy and love simply through Jesus Christ.

God Bless,

Jess


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Quick Healthy Breakfast for Your Bundle of Joy

Nowadays everyone wants what is most convenient. It's a fact that American lifestyles are busier now than ever before. Unfortunately convenience comes at a price, mostly to our health and our wallet. But there is GOOD news! A little preparation can go a long way!

I have raised Liam, my 9 month old son, the least convenient way possible. But I am learning to prep more which makes my life a little more easier. I have chose to breastfeed him and make all of his meals myself. If you breastfeed, you know that some days can just be a day of breastfeeding. Which makes it a job on it's own, but today I am going to share with you an easy oatmeal breakfast that is not only healthy but tasty. Your little ones are sure to love it!

What you will need:
(1) bag of organic oats
(1) bag organic apples & Cinnamon
(1) pint of organic yogurt
Blender

(if you can't splurge on organic than non organic fresh items are always going to be better than prepackaged anything)

In your blender, blend all the oats until they are a fine powder. 
NOTE: I do this as soon as I come home from the grocery store and store them in a BPA Free Plastic Container. You can use this also in a Green Smoothie for yourself or as a thickener to other pureed fruits and veggies for you little one.

Next, using an apple slicer. Slice all the apples and throw away the cores. I don't peel my apples because Liam can handle the skins but if you have a little one that's around 6 month and is just starting out eating solids, you may want to peel them first.

I then boil or steam (steaming is healthier) the apples until they are nice and tender. I then add them to the blender (or baby bullet if you have one). 

Puree until the thickness you desire. If you need to add water, add the water from the pot you used to steam or boil the apples because nutrients from the apples are now in that water. 

Add Cinnamon & blend together with the apples and you have homemade apple sauce!!! It will last 3 days in the fridge or for a month in a regular freezer. I put mine in ice cube trays or use the silicone tray that comes with the baby bullet and freeze them in to serving size pieces. I then pop them out once frozen and label them on a bag "apple sauce" and throw them all in a freezer safe zip lock bag. This way you can just pull them out and dethaw them in the fridge when needed.

I actually do the above step for everything I make. In this example I used a little container that I froze and dethawed in the fridge. 

I do both my apples and my oats as soon as I buy them from the grocery store. I usually grocery shop and prep on a Sunday. I actually do all of my grocery shopping for a month at one time, but that will be another post on it's own.

After you have your serving size of apple sauce and your oats blended. Every morning I just reach for my oats, a serving size of apple sauce, and my organic yogurt.

I add the oats first, then yogurt, and then the apple sauce and mix until I get the texture I want which is a little more chunkier now then when Liam was 6-7 months. 


And voila! You have a nice healthy breakfast in one minute flat each morning.

You don't have to use apples, you can mix it up with other fruits like bananas, strawberries, blueberries, and so on. 

If you have any questions, please contact me at anytime. 

God Bless,

Jess