But this, THIS, is the payoff. You are the one who is sitting with them when those connections are made, and you witness life-changing learning unfold for your own child.
With five children ages 8 years to 5 months, it's important to find time alone with each child. It can be difficult, but I have found going food shopping or doing other errands together is one of the best ways to get regular alone time together.
On New Years Day 2019, I gave birth to my fifth baby (and fourth girl!). The immediate postpartum period was difficult for me, because my aunt died of an accidental overdose the same week. I would definitely seek out more support caring for my older children if I could do it over again. Thankfully my [...]
Two days to my due date with our 5th baby, and after weeks of trying to keep our home clean and organized...it's all falling apart. The holidays, the contractions, the chaos of four little ones who are inside most of the time lately; it is just impossible to maintain for very long. Then, the sudden [...]
This is a picture my 6yr old daughter snapped of me breastfeeding my 2yr old son, while heavily pregnant. I love what this picture captures, his smile at me and my joy in him. I also love that my daughter decided to take the photo. But breastfeeding through my 5th pregnancy has been challenging in [...]
Lately, there has been a major shift; physically and emotionally. I frequently wake up in the middle of the night, and the very early morning. I carefully move my legs out of bed, trying not to cause my hips more pain. I limp over to the kitchen and get something to drink and snack on. [...]
"Do you know what causes that?" "Wow, your hands are full!" "Are they all yours?" Lately, I have noticed more of these kinds of comments when I'm out with my four little darlings. Maybe it's because school is in and we homeschool so our family stands out even more during morning trips. Maybe it's because [...]