Having two kids is no joke. I don’t think it matters if you have one or seventeen. Being a mom, or a stay at home, work from home mom in my case, is really difficult stuff. It’s the most rewarding and terrifying job I’ve ever had, and I don’t think there has been a single day that I’ve thought, “Wow, I’m pretty good at this!” Every day since we’ve introduced Larson into our family, my last thought when I lay my head down on my pillow is, ‘okay, we survived.’ And that’s pretty much all I can ask for at this point.
So, naturally, my hands have been very full as I navigate what life is going to look like as we make this transition as a family. Everything is changing – we’re re-entering society. Annie is getting so much older and more aware. Tanner got a new job. Things in my business have been wildly shifting this year. It’s all been so much. So, even though it’s only been a few months since the last time I made a blog post, it might as well have been a hundred years.
Here’s what’s been going on in my life as a Work From Home Mom of Two:
1 My mom and I must have lost our collective minds, because we decided to pack up the babies and take them to Disney On Ice this past week. Three hours away, requiring an overnight hotel stay, with an almost three year old and an 8 month old who has essentially never left the house.
But it was incredible! Honestly, it just sealed the deal that I want to spend this next year saving up for a trip to the real deal Disney in 2022 around this time. Annie is going to absolutely love it. I’m not a big Disney girl by any means, but seeing her fall to pieces over seeing all of her favorite characters was so freaking magical.
2 Can a mirror change your life? I think yes. I just really love redecorating my house constantly. It will never be “done.” Moving things around is truly my love language. So hanging this adorable mirror was an instant mood lift, and Annie has asked to take a selfie every single day, which gives me a good laugh. I found this Anthropologie dupe at Hobby Lobby, and I’ve heard through the grapevine that some stores have multiple sizes. Mine only had the exact size I needed for this space, which was so meant to be, right? But I can’t provide a link, especially if you want that sweet sweet 50% off discount.
3 I know it sounds very materialistic, but one of my favorite things that happened this year (aside from the birth of our child, of course) is that I’ve really refined my personal style. It has made me feel so much more grounded in who I am, and the result has been that I spend significantly less money, which is incredible.
I don’t know how many people can relate to this, but when you’re not firmly rooted in your personal style, it’s easy to just spend, spend, spend. I was constantly looking for the purchase that was going to make me happy, and looking at what other people were buying, how they were decorating their houses, and trying to replicate that. 2021 was the year that I really figured my own style out, with my clothes, with my home decor. And I’ve spent very little and purged so much from our home. It feels like a million bucks.
4 Baby Lou is now 8 months old. She’s a crawling machine, and the best part of it all? She and Annie are starting to play together. I cannot begin to tell you what a relief that is. I can’t wait until the day when I can hear them playing pretend in the next room. It actually makes me excited for the days that they both think they’re too cool to play with me and just want to be together. It makes me laugh just thinking about it.
5 Annie already thinks that I’m not cool anymore. If I sing in the car, she’ll say, “Mommy, no. Stop that.” It’s truly hilarious. I try not to embarrass her on purpose and let her have her space so I don’t cramp her style. She’s such an independent little girl.
It makes me really excited to get her into a dance class. I think she needs that space, to be able to step away from me not only for socialization but to figure out who she is without her “comfort people.” So, that’s what I’m getting her for her birthday. She’ll get a fresh pair of ballet shoes, tights, and a leotard, and we will get started with her first dance class. I’m so excited!
6 I just ordered my first two pairs of Good American jeans – has anyone tried them? I’m just done with jeans that don’t fit me properly. I spent more money than I’ve ever spent on jeans before, but I just need jeans that fit me! I’m over leggings. I don’t care that I work alone at home, I want to look more put together!
7 These children could not be more different. This is exactly why I was so sure I was having a boy. They are polar opposite! Lou has not been a good sleeper at all. Not even a little bit. So every night since April has been spent getting up at least three times a night, and I’ve been just moving her back into our bed at around 4 am because it’s easier. I fear that she’ll be sleeping with us until she’s a teenager. Pray for me.
8 Our Christmas schedule has been so packed, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! There were so many missed and cancelled opportunities last year. I just wanted to make up for lost time, and we’ve certainly done that. Every chance to meet Santa and remind him of our list (Annie is firmly planted in Barbie Dream House territory) or a brunch or parade, we have been there. That’s the one area where Annie and Larson are very alike. They are happiest when we are moving, so I try to keep them busy as often as possible, then return home for 24 hours increments to get rested and grounded.
9 Unfortunately, I think that re-entering society and making up for lost time has been the main contributing factor in these girls being sick pretty much for the entire season of fall. In September, Annie was sick for three weeks. And now she’s been sick on and off since Thanksgiving, and passing it around to the baby, Tanner, and my parents. I have been feeling so much guilt around it because I know that Annie was kept home at a time when it was most crucial to be building up her immune system. I don’t regret it because I know it was what we needed at the time, but seeing her so uncomfortable for so long has been really rough.
I think I must have lost my mind, because I spontaneously decided that it would be a good idea to do Vlogmas on YouTube. I’m not insane enough to do every day (the people who do that are made out of different stuff than I am) but I am doing the 12 Days of Vlogmas, so just 12 videos by Christmas without sticking to a strict schedule. I’m just trying to do what I can as a creative challenge, and it’s been fun!
There have been cleaning videos, day in the life vlogs, and a lot of Christmas prep. There’s a little something for everyone, and I have lots of fun ones coming up, including how to take better Christmas photos of your kids. My How To Take Professional Quality Photos of Your Newborn video continues to be one of my most watched videos, so I want to do an updated one about getting Christmas photos of siblings together. It’ll kill two birds with one stone, since I need new framed photos of them!