Hi Friends! It’s been a while since I last posted here on the blog, so today I wanted to catch up with a little life update. The last couple of months have been so crazy, I can’t even remember the last time I sat down at my computer to write a post, so here is what is new with me.Read more
I have so many thoughts racing through my mind about all the changes happening in my life right now, so I thought I’d sit down and share some of them. First of all, thank you to everyone for your support with my news about quitting my job and moving back to Michigan. My husband and I have been faced with a lot of big decisions in the last year and it’s always hard when you are trying to make the best choice for yourself and your family. I definitely appreciate all your comments and support as we move on to the next step chapter of our lives.
Yes, it’s true, after 4 years of living in Las Vegas we are leaving. My family and I are packing up our lives here and moving back to Michigan. Back to the mitten state where both my husband and I are from. This time we are going to be living on the west side of the state in Grand Rapids.
I can’t believe that I have a 3-year-old. How did that happen? This year it’s really hitting me that I don’t have a little baby anymore. It really goes by too fast. I feel like the first year I barely remember and then the second year flew by too fast. This past year was definitely the year of the terrible twos. Luckily it’s also been filled with lots of memories that I can look back on and truly appreciate. Jack has really grown into his own little person in the last 12 months. As a first-time parent it’s finally clicking that I need to just stress less and soak in all these days with him while he’s little like this.
There are so many things that I want to remember about Jack right now. He is so full of life. He is always acting something out in his head. I love the way he says “Thank you, mommy, you’re welcome” or “Hello boys and girls” or “hey what’s going on here”. He has so many cute catchphrases that he says right now. He’s really getting good at talking, which makes it a little easier at times. He’s a very sweet little boy. As active as he is, he always stops to give me a hug and a kiss. He’s still a pretty big mommy’s boy. He’s always with me and he watches everything I do, which he sometimes acts out.
Jack has been loving his school this last year. Last year he made the big move from the infant room to the toddler room and it took him a while to adjust, but now he runs the class. He loves learning. His teachers tell me that circle time is his favorite time of the day. He has a photographic memory and if you tell him something once, he remembers it. He’s known the entire alphabet since he was 18 months old. People are always impressed and they ask me what we did to teach him. I tell them YouTube kids. He just memorized the letters from watching videos, plus he has a lot of letter puzzles and letter toys to play with.
|Taking pictures with a letter board and a letter obsessed child does not work.|
There are still a lot of challenges with Jack. His tantrums are becoming less often, but when he has them now, they are much more intense. I’ve been a lot more patient with him lately because he has more words and can actually tell me what he wants now. I’ve been using a lot of the techniques that I use at work with my preschool children and he’s been responding pretty well to it. All my training in Positive Behavior Support is really paying off. It still is hard for me though. Jack is extremely stubborn and a little OCD. Things have to go just perfectly and if they don’t, he has a complete meltdown and we have to repeat everything from the beginning. One morning he had a meltdown because all week long I wore my blue winter coat to work, and on Friday it was a little warmer outside, so I wore a different coat. He threw himself down on the ground and I had to carry him to the car kicking and screaming. He cried all the way to school. All because I wasn’t wearing my blue coat. Nighttime is when I lose my temper the most with him because he fights me on bedtime sometimes. He wants to stay up until 10 or 11, but I try to get him in bed between 8:30 and 9. I’m hoping once we get him a big boy bed this year he will sleep better. I’m praying he will, because having a child who does not sleep through the night, has been the hardest part of parenting so far.
We are trying to start potty training, but that’s not going so well. Jack wants nothing to do with the potty. I try to get him to sit on it as often as I can, but he fights me. When I ask him if he wants to sit on the potty he quickly responds with “nope”. I’m pretty sure he will learn how to read before he learns to poop in the toilet. I’m praying that when he’s ready it just clicks, but for now, it’s a big frustration for me.
Even though it’s not always easy, I honestly don’t know how I ever lived without this little angle in my life. He fills my world with love. I say this all the time, but there is no greater title I have than being “Jack’s mom”.
Happy New Year everyone!! I haven’t been spending much time blogging lately, because to be honest, I just haven’t been feeling it. It’s been really hard to keep up with my blog and social media the last few months and I started feeling like I needed to take a break. I don’t like to post things when my heart is not into it. That’s why I have just been only posting when I feel like it, instead of forcing myself to write up a blog post or post on Instagram just because I feel like I have to.
Today I just wanted to take a minute and look back on 2018. 2018 was a challenging year for me personally, but I am proud of my successes from the year too! It’s been hard for me to balance my family life, work-life and keep up with my blog that I truly love having for myself. Even though I’ve been disappointed with my growth lately, I really have to take a moment and appreciate how far my little blog has come this year. I’ve put out tons of new outfit posts, joined rewards style, worked with some really great brands and met some new blogging friends. It’s been so much fun to connect with other women who share the same interests as me and collaborate with them! I am also extremely grateful to all of you who follow along with me through my blog, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook or however you found me. THANK YOU!! I use to be afraid to share my blog thinking I wasn’t good enough or no one would want to read it. Now not only do I write this blog for me, I write it to share it and inspire all of you!
Here is a little round-up of some of my personal favorite outfit posts from my Instagram this year, plus my favorite mommy and me picture with Jack!
I’m really looking forward to this year and seeing everything pan out over the next few months. I guess I can say that overall this year my main goals are to stress less and focus more on my family.
What are your 2019 goals?
Below are some of my favorite purchases from 2018!