Interrupting my cohesive feed because there haven't been enough #kidpics
on here lately. We're trying to get #evaavelaine
a little more serious about #pottytraining
and big sisters are involved. Just a little post bath snap from tonight. #wherethewildthingsare
We used #ohcrappottytraining
with great success. But finding it hard to find a few free days to really buckle down and do it with Eva.
Hit me with your best advice when you can't just hide our in your house please!
Can we bring back the 2014 summer leg photos? 😃 because definitely feeling them right now .
Summer time calls for daily trips to the pool! 💦 .
Living with two toddlers is as messy as it sounds. Just taking a 5 second break before the tornados continue on.
I believe with all my heart that we tend to put WAY too much on ourselves. If we would all just realize that it can all be so much simpler than we make it out to be! In my book I speak into how God’s only expectations for us are to love him, trust him and love on others, beyond that is all bonus points😊
Apparently 10 years ago, I was the Asian Laura Bush🇺🇸 and I dressed up for the Marine Corps Ball like the mother of the bride 🤦🏻♀️ #10yearchallenge #thatbobtho
I just can’t handle this cuteness. Had such a ‘mom moment’ making her stand by this sign outside a favorite store. It’s the message of it that got me. This little spitfire, with her sweetness and sass all rolled into one. I can just picture the strong woman she will be someday!
I can remember being about 7 years-old, upset at my older brother for taking my turn on our trampoline. I was completely justified in being pissed and was making a show of it storming inside to tell my mom. Instead of taking my side, an older female relative intercepted me and said “Dana just smile, you’ll look prettier.” That has stuck with me for YEARS. Little girls shouldn’t be angry because they’re supposed to just smile and be pretty? Oh hell no!!!
I can’t even tell you how grateful I am for the example of beauty and strength I’ve had through my own mom. And how thankful I am that she has ingrained in me a sense of worth beyond looking a certain way. Being Ava’s mom is a chance for me to do my best to pass this message along to her. Our worth isn’t in smiling and looking pretty. We are always worthy of being accepted, seen and loved.
Relaxing the best way I know how. .
I’ve got a big Tupperware of salad, and a La Croix, Nashville is on, and I’m plugging into my coaching community, and connecting with ladies are are ready to join my TRIBE!
Today started out stressful with being late for class, Emmett taking a short nap, and no afternoon nap, and me trying to get stuff done for school which was not happening with Emmett around. I should know better than to try and do something with paper when he is around 🤦♀️🤣 I just tried to remind myself that tomorrow is another day. I stopped what I was doing, tickled Emmett and enjoyed being in the moment with him.
Is there anything better than strolling aisles of gorgeous flowers with the two cutest babes there ever were? Nope. I don’t think so either. What are you looking forward to planting this spring?!
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Siempre soñé con estos momentos; mi torbellino (como le pusieron hoy en el restaurante😄) ya tengo mi lunch date, mi dinner date cada vez que Paolo tiene que viajar o irse al estadio ❤️
Today someone asked me how I don’t have a mom pooch & stretch marks....It’s called angles & all the high waisted pants! 😂 I used to be SO self conscious of my body after having a baby & all the changes you experience. If I’ve learned anything this past year, it’s to love my body where it’s at along the process & I’ve done exactly that.❤️ I 100% believe women shouldn’t base their self worth & confidence off of their body image but it’s easier said than done! Ever since I’ve taken the steps to live a life focused on my overall HEALTH (not being “skinny” or being obsessed with the scale) it has been so empowering & makes it so much easier to appreciate where I’m at.
We had a special Mommy-Lukey coffee date at Starbucks this afternoon - almond milk latte for me and steamed almond milk for him 🤗. Luke caught the attention of a middle aged man at the table next to us. He marvelled at his big blue eyes, which is a sweet compliment that we hear a lot and appreciate, but also commented on his dexterity and how inquisitive he is. The man went on to tell me how his own son, a new graduate, had just texted him the good news that after a lot of hard work he’d been hired in the ICU of one of the hospitals in the city - his dream job. His father was so proud and recalled the early days of parenting, when his son was Luke’s age and he was a semi-stay at home dad. He said: “I know it can be hard. You get stuck in a baby bubble and might lose touch with the outside world for a while. You have to schlep around huge bags of stuff [gesturing to my huge bag containing all.the.things.], and they throw tantrums - often in public. But it’s so wonderful what you’re doing with him. The work you’re doing matters. He’ll grow up to be a good person and you’re part of that. It was fitting that I saw you here after receiving such good news from my son. Things are falling into place for him. I can’t wait for you to witness that for your son.” 😭😭 So, there you have it. Sometimes the days can be long and hard, but we’re raising little people to be good humans. Isn’t that kind of the most important job ever? #lukevdb #momlifeisthebestlife
Where is the sun?! ☀️ We are getting desperate for some outside time over here! For now I’ll be watching the rain fall and reminiscing of brighter days like this one when Kenz decided she was big enough for the the big girl swing. Apparently she’s a grown up now 🤷🏼♀️ #kensingtongrace #rainraingoaway
Hard work is head down and takes no shit. Hard work means doing the things that others won’t do so you can live a life that others can’t live. No need to announce it, just #dowork
Today’s workout theme was strength ... this program is like life coaching & working out at the same time ( another reason why I 💜 this trainer) .
Every time I feel like giving up... get frustrated... start comparing myself to others or where I think I should be ... he comes in with a motivational punch to the gut that keeps me moving. 👩🏻 .
So many of us don’t feel strong ... that’s why we hold ourselves back from doing things that are uncomfortable or make us nervous ... because we don’t feel that worthy of more! .
👉🏻 You are worthy! .
👉🏻You deserve to feel healthy .
👉🏻You deserve to feel happy .
👉🏻 To deserve to feel challenge and see your ways out to other side .
👉🏻 you are so much stronger then you think and you can do hard things.
Feeling particularly moody today.
I’ve realised that whenever I over commit myself to people or plans my anxiety and feelings of overwhelming regret come into play.
The first instinct I have is to bail on all plans as opposed to working out what is achievable, enjoyable and essential.
Time management is a serious struggle for me. The majority of the time I’m treading water in order to stay afloat and I’m sure this is most mums as well.
I’ve learned that work meetings suck up a large amount of time during the day when most discussions can be resolved over a 5 minute phone call.
Planning out my week is essential, and by identifying my key commitments enables me to feel in control, and it also manages people’s expectations as well.
I think we are truly in a position to control the level of output we project, and if this is not you than perhaps 2019 is your year to take back more of what makes you happy and less of what others want and expect from you. #itsoktobeselfish
3 𝓶𝓸𝓷𝓽𝓱𝓼 💙
My little Man Cub is 3 months old today! It’s so bittersweet to watch him grow. Knowing his firsts will be my last firsts. But oh, how my love for him grows each day that passes!
Finn Man, you have really grown this month. You are one of the happiest babies I’ve ever met and light up the room with your smiles! Except when you’re in your car seat. You still hate that with a passion.
Your head control is coming right along and you love to look around and observe everything that’s going on around you. Especially your wild sisters. Who have given you your second cold in your 3 short months earthside. But you are a strong little guy and are fighting through like a champ! Love you, little man! #aFINNtasticyear
Part of my GROWTH vibe for 2019 (see previous pic of me for more) is to show up and share more of myself here. It is hard as a psychologist because I have very strong boundaries, and my default instinct is to not share. But when I looked at the accounts and people that I aspire to and whose posts I WANT to read every day, I realised they all had one thing in common: they shared themselves as well as their knowledge and resources.
👶🏼 this is Luna and guys, 7 months old is the BEST age so far. She sleeps pretty well (lots of work went into that!), she has figured out commando crawling so loves exploring the house (baby proofing is top of my list), she can entertain herself for hours a day so I can get work done, and her smiles just light up the damn room 🤩
I’m sure every age has its own benefits, but if you have kids, what has been your favourite age and why??
Picture by the wonderful Ania @enrichedbylightphotography
What is you favorite personal development book??? I have seen this book for a long time and finally decide to get. The journal is beautiful and I can wait to fill the pages with moments from my new journey.
Hey! You! All you #bamf
parents, read this, pay attention, and do what you need to be ok. This goes out to any #dadlife
dudes too. When you're #parentingtheshitoutoflife
you have to remember to take the time and energy for yourself. Burning out does no one any good- especially your family. So keep up the hustle but keep track of that #selfcare
My face at life at the moment! 😫 well life does like to throw a little bit of stress and hardship every once and awhile but this timing really does rock my boat! 😭 luckily I have my little sass making me smile throughout the day! Definitely preying for some positivity right now 🙏🏼 .
💪🏼 but mom rules the most. 10$ link in bio
Staying in her hello kitty pjs and snacking on berries on this rainy day 😋🍓🌧
Tried strawberries 🍓 in my shake 🥤today, not too shabby!
Do you have that one kid in your family that is the craziest? Well that’s this kid! He’s so stinking cute but don’t let him fool you! He’s the wildest one of them all!! 🙃🙈
Don’t doubt yourself, that’s what haters are for. Turcois Ominek
The bedroom is a mess. Luckily I only have eyes for my 👶🏼👀
If you've been checking out my stories, you know that we've been experimenting with more and more foods every day!
We've been doing baby-led weaning (wth some flexibility) and I love it so much! It's amazing how quickly Baby J is learning and growing!
Have you checked out @mylittleeater
's page?? It is so good and has so many great tips! Photo credits to her and this awesome banana picture too! (Scroll down her feed to this picture and the great tips she has in the caption! I'll also share that post in my story so you can check it out!
I'm also learning that although bananas are tasty, there IS such a thing as "too much of a good thing!"
Baby J has been struggling and straining to poo for days, so we're trying other foods to help get things moving again.
Did you know that bananas can cause constipation?
What other foods should we stay away from for a few days? We don't want any constipation-causing foods today! 😂
What are your favorite foods or tricks to alleviate constipation?
So just last week she started feeling comfortable going down the slide on the playground. This week she’s sledding down the hill, giggling the whole way!!
The only thing more magical🦄 than ordering diapers, wipes and formula online with free shipping is having them on auto-ship🙌🏽
What else should I have on auto-ship?🤔
If you can’t tell Sophia is a Daddy’s girl ! Still stuck with this nasty chest cold but these kids are fighters so they don’t really care when their sick 🤒 excuse the hair lol she did have pigtails but pulled them out
Come and see Evelyn’s new “Big Girl” room now! Full story in link in bio❤️ For Christmas morning we gave Evelyn her big girl room. It’s been a dream transition. She really views her new room as a gift and she sleeps in her big girl room every night. Perfect timing for baby brother to move into her nursery.
The first thing you see when you walk into the room is her Macramé swing! Evelyn absolutely LOVES this swing, she’s constantly jumping into it, standing on it, and laying on it.
We got her swing from @adelisaandco
The baby doll crib is made by my father’s dad for me. He gave it to me when I was two- right before he passed away. I love that Evelyn now plays with her babies with it.
In the first closet, to the right when you walk into the room, we keep all of her clothes. We put her dresser flush up against the wall and it fits perfectly there!! On top of the dresser, I keep her diapers, roller bottles, and some polaroids from Christmas!
In her second closet, to the left, we’ve set up her teepee and her kitchen play set.
We moved her pink Dahlia chandelier upstairs, which looks so cute against the clouds we had painted onto the ceiling. In the corner, we placed her doll cabinet. I attached her lollipop baby monitor to one of the knobs of the cabinet for the perfect view of her naps!
On the ceiling in her room, we had painter Jessica Burns. come in to paint candy clouds. She did an amazing job! My mom had a painter put clouds on my ceiling as a little girl and I loved staring up at them. She also did the pink walls and the stripe wall, exactly how we pictured it for Evelyn! Here is her number if you’d like to contact her: (931) 304-7167. We used @sherwinwilliams
Harmony no vco paint so no toxic fumes.
Her big girl bed is the bed I slept in growing up and her doll hutch was mine as well as the madame alexander dolls in hutch. I love her fascination with them!
In her second closet, we put in her play kitchen and her teepee. We also keep all of her books in here!
While watching Charlie and the Numbers 😄
I will Love You
ALWAYS & FOREVER 10.July.13