Why Self-Care Is So Important For Me As A Mom

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

A lot of the time as a mom I feel guilty when I do things for myself, but I am slowly learning that self-care is SO important. When I take care of myself and make some time for me, I am a much better mother. I really feel like we as moms need to stop feeling guilty about this, or at least I know I do. I was thinking the other day about what I do in terms of "self-care" and how these things help me. I decided to create a list and thought I'd share it with all of you.

1. Exercise 
I'm sure I probably sound like a broken record when it comes to exercise, but it is a crucial part of my life and it helps me SO much. I love that I am able to do something that is just for me and that literally allows me to physically stay in good health. It helps me mentally as well and I feel like I am a better mom because of the time I get to spend exercising each day. While I of course prefer working out at the gym while my children play and have a good time, a good early morning workout at home, or a workout while my kids are playing with toys, is also super beneficial for me.

2. Personal Study Time 
I really enjoy spending time each day in personal study. I enjoy reading from/listening to the scriptures and also listen to talks from leaders of my church (The Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter-day Saints) While this study is often not as in-depth as I'd like, and it is often interrupted, I treasure it and I know that I need it. It often helps to renew me and encourages me to be the best mom that I can be.

3. Take A Bath 
I am one of those people that LOVE taking baths. This is especially true when I am pregnant, but I honestly enjoy them all of the time. I can slow down, relax, and just be alone. The time that I get to spend alone is few and far between, so taking a bath is my perfect excuse to get away for a little bit once Chanse gets home from school.

4. Browse The Internet 
I still like to put my kids to bed every single night and treasure this time with them because I know the day will come when they are "too old" for this. However, once they are asleep, I love to browse the internet for a bit. Looking at new recipes is super fun for me and I also really enjoy looking at ideas for new exercises. I will also scroll through Facebook and Instagram before bed because I LOVE pictures and staying in touch with people that I don't get to see in person very often. Some may say this is wasted time on social media, but I really enjoy it.

5. Watch One Of My "Shows" 
There are certain shows that I just love watching when I have the time, even if some of them are silly and pointless ha. It is nice to turn the television on and watch something other than a cartoon. Sometimes I watch a show while the kids are playing and other times I will watch something after they've gone to bed.

6. Write In My Journal 
I've always kept a journal and love it. It is a great way for me to remember things and just unload my thoughts. I am not a great writer, but that doesn't matter when it comes to keeping a journal. I have loved looking back at my entries over the years and while I don't write as often as I'd like, the quiet time that I do spend writing is very important to me.
7. Blogging
I have loved blogging ever since I started my blog in 2012. I haven't always been consistent with it, but I will always blog because it is something that I genuinely enjoy. Many of my interests and passions are showcased on my blog and I feel that it is something that is just for me. :)

While there are of course other things that I do, I find that these simple things help to keep me sane and allow me to just think of and take care of myself for a bit, whether it be mentally, physically, or emotionally. 

What do you do for you???


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Pregnancy #3 Update 32 Weeks

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

How far along? 32 weeks (last Thursday)
Total weight gain: 13 pounds 
Maternity clothes? No, but dresses and leggings are my friends ha. You will always find me in sweatpants at home... and unflattering night gowns. My poor husband haha. ;) 
Stretch marks? No, just lots and lots of veins 
Food cravings: Chocolate cravings have come back with a vengeance and I'm still loving salads with chicken. 
Best moment this week: Getting an ultrasound and seeing that baby boy is doing great. I have small babies so I get quite a few ultrasounds towards the end. 
Miss anything? I miss breathing easier ha and of course not having Braxton Hicks contractions, but honestly both are totally bearable and worth it to me. 
Movement: Yes! I think he moves more than either Rosalie or Riley did.
Anything making you queasy or sick: 
Gender: BOY!
Labor signs: No
Symptoms: Braxton Hicks contractions and more blood flow so my legs feel heavier. Also, heart burn. I always forget to mention that because I have acid reflux all of the time but it is definitely worse then normal. I know this is TMI, but I throw up acid in my mouth because the acid levels are so high. 
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or moody most of the time: This week I have felt very grateful. 
Exercise: Yep, doing my best to just maintain and listen to my body. I am actually getting really excited to set some new goals after baby boy comes and I have recovered. 


Unicorn Night At The Library

Monday, October 15, 2018

I totally forgot to post these pictures, but it was Unicorn Night a couple of weeks ago at the library and Rosalie loved it! We went right after ballet so she was in her ballet attire. She got to pet some horses, listen to a book about a unicorn, decorate a unicorn cookie, see what unicorn poop looked liked (bright colored slime), and make a unicorn crown. She thought it was the best night ever and it made me happy to see her so happy! 


Pregnancy #3 Update 31 Weeks

Monday, October 8, 2018

(The best picture I got this week was a bathroom selfie at the gym ha!) 

How far along? 31 weeks (last Thursday)
Total weight gain: I'll let you know at my appointment this week 
Maternity clothes? No, my wardrobe is very limited....even my gym clothes haha!
Stretch marks? No, at least not that I can see
Food cravings: Nothing really this week that I can think of  
Best moment this week: Watching baby boy kick up a storm in my stomach when I was laying on my side. He is getting so big in there! 
Miss anything? I miss better sleep, no Braxton Hicks contractions, and easier workouts. That being said, I wouldn't trade this time being pregnant for the world.
Movement: Yep, he is quite the mover. I love it! Rose hardly moved my entire pregnancy it seemed like, but both of my boys have been movers.
Anything making you queasy or sick: I haven't really been nauseous at all this week so that's good. :) 
Gender: BOY!
Labor signs: No
Symptoms: Braxton Hicks contractions 
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy, anxious, excited, nervous, unprepared and the list goes on ha!
Exercise: Yes. I am so grateful that I have exercised regularly before my pregnancies because it allows me to continue doing so throughout my pregnancies. :) 


Homecoming Parade

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Last weekend it was Homecoming for Boone High School and we are lucky enough to live on the road where the Homecoming Parade took place. As soon as we heard the parade start, the kids and I ran outside to watch. Since we are right where the parade begins, we were the first people they passed and they gave the kids a ton of candy. Rosalie loved the cheerleaders and Riley liked the fire truck and of course all of the candy! And yes, I failed to get any pictures of the actual parade ha!

 The kids faces weren't painted for any special reason except that I had promised them I would paint their faces that day. Rosalie was a kitty and Riley was an owl if you couldn't tell. I feel like I am really stepping up my game artistically because I am the least artistic person on the plant! I guess wanting to make your kids happy will do that to ya! ;) Have a great weekend! I enjoyed LDS General Conference today and will tune in again tomorrow. If you'd liked to watch, then you can watch it here at 10am-12pm MST and 2pm-4pm MST.