Today, we’re learning about Amy, our second Marvelous Mom in this new-ish blog series, Marvelous Mom Monday. Amy is a blogger, a budding photographer, and mother to two adorable little girls.
Read on to find out about her life as a mother, advice she would give her younger self, and so much more!
1 | What’s typical day in the life of your family like?
I like to wake up at 6 for some me-time: a quick work out, writing in my journal, reading, enjoying the luxury of drinking coffee while it’s still hot, etc. My husband is an early riser, so he’s often awake at this time, too. We also have two baby girls, and they usually wake up between 7:30 and 8.
Once they’re up, and we’ve all eaten breakfast and Daddy’s started work for the day, we do a combination of play, read, and work on general chores around the house. My older daughter will be 2 in a couple of months, and she loves helping. Washing dishes is her favorite, and I spend extensive time thinking about how to keep it that way.
If there are any errands to run, I like to leave for those at a time that will ensure that naptime will happen on the way home because I can usually successfully transfer the toddler from the car to her bed, and that just makes life so much easier!
I use naptime to edit photos, work on my blog or other writing, and work on the photography course I’m taking this year. The post-naptime afternoon looks much like the morning until time for my husband to get off work when I make supper. We always eat supper as a family, and my husband plays with the girls while I clean up afterward.
We’re pretty strict with screen time, but we do allow our toddler to watch an age-appropriate video or two with Daddy right before bed. We also like to have some family time between supper clean-up and bath/bedtime.
Our newborn typically goes to bed when we do, but my husband and I like to use the time between our toddler’s bedtime and our own to wrap up any loose ends with work and have focused time just the two of us. We go to bed between 10 and 11. Interspersed in our days are trips to the library and the park plus playdates a few times a month.
2 | Do you have any family traditions?
Our girls are still young, so I feel like this is still in the “blank slate” stage. I have hundreds of ideas for traditions because I love them, but we haven’t implemented a ton of them yet.
I do like to make a special breakfast each weekend. We go to the apple orchard and the pumpkin patch each fall. We pack snacks and go look at Christmas lights each year. And summer weekends are for picnics. There will be more added as our babies grow, but that’s where we are for now.
3 | What advice would you give your younger self on children?
Don’t rush it, but don’t wait forever either. I know you’re afraid that, once babies come, you’ll end up thinking back longingly at a time when they weren’t here and wish you could go back to the days of just you and husband, but you won’t. You think you like children now; just wait until you meet your own. And your love for Husband will only grow. Don’t worry about that either. Not even your precious babies can take his place in your heart.
4 | What do you do when you feel overwhelmed as a mother?
I wake up early and journal. I was a nurse prior to becoming Mommy, but, when my first arrived, I quit my nursing job to stay home. It was the best decision ever, but I quickly learned that I need to have a creative outlet. Writing and photography are that for me, and I have to be diligent about maintaining time for both of those. I also have a circle of amazing mom friends, and we get together regularly. Date nights are also vital.
5 | Which celebrity would you pick to play you in a movie of your life? Why?
Oh man. I’m so bad at celebrities. Ummm…I’m going to say Jennifer Garner because I know who she is, and I think she seems like a really fun, sweet person.
6 | What is something that you have learned from your child(ren) lately?
I feel like I learn something from them daily. My toddler is wide open. I’m told she’s a lot like me at that age, and she teaches me constantly that it’s ok to be myself. She’s so confident!
7 | What is your favorite time of day with your child(ren)?
My toddler is still a major snuggle bug. I love the moments right after she wakes up when she just wants to be held and cuddled. My infant is at the age where she’s really starting to interact, so I love the moments we have when we “talk” to each other. She’ll make a noise, and I’ll mimic it back to her. She’ll giggle at me and then make another noise; we’ll go back and forth like this for quite a few minutes! It’s really precious.
8 | What is something that you pretend that you know about have no clue about?
Ha! Where do I start?!? One of the biggest lessons I learned in nursing school was “fake it til you make it.” I guess a specific answer for right now is potty training. I feel like I’m so in over my head with this, but I just have to remember that most kids don’t go to middle school in diapers; we’ll figure it out, too.
9 | What is your go-to outfit?
I’m a jeans girl. I also really love hair accessories, scarves, and tunics, so some combination of those is pretty typical for me.
10 | What’s on your to-do list today?
Dishes. Always dishes. I also need to wash diapers, finish this interview, video a testimonial for our favorite cloth diaper company, and work on my photography course.
11 | Any advice on parenting, motherhood, womanhood, or life that you’d like to share?
Everyone says it, but treasure all the moments with your kiddos. They go by so quickly and, before you know it, you’re left wondering where the time went.
Also, don’t become so caught up in the children that you inadvertently neglect your husband because the kids will one day grow up and leave home, and you don’t want to be left with this stranger of a husband who you once knew and loved but now can’t even connect with.
Amy is a follower of Jesus, wife, and Momma living in the Carolinas. A former nurse, she is now staying home to be a full-time Mom, growing her lifestyle blog As Told by Amy and keeping in touch with her creative side in pursuing her new favorite hobby: photography. Amy loves swimming, pretty much anything outdoors, a good cup of (decaf) coffee, traveling, and quality time with the ones she loves. She and her husband have an ever-growing list of places to visit, and Amy hasn’t given up hope of one day living overseas.
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