Hi, friends! It’s Monday so that means another edition of Marvelous Mom Monday.
This week Marisa is sharing with us what a typical day is like for her family, why she’d want Drew Barrymore to play her in a movie of her life, and what she does when she feels overwhelmed as a mother.
one | What’s typical day in the life of your family like?
We wake up around eight-thirty. My daughter has milk and cereal while I do thirty minutes on my step machine. Afterward, I make lunch for my husband and take my daughter into the bedroom to say good morning before he starts getting ready for work. Some days my daughter and I go to a park, swimming, or running errands; on other days I take her to ballet lesson or her preschool prep class.
I clean in between all these lovely things! She naps at 2pm for a couple hours. We usually do dinner around six, bath time, snuggle time, and finally around 9:30 my husband gets home from work. He eats his dinner before brushing our daughter’s teeth, reading her a story, and tucking her into bed.
two | Do you have any family traditions?
My husband is home on Friday so we have “family day” every Friday. We usually plan on doing something our daughter will enjoy – hit up a diner for lunch, and ALWAYS have pizza for Friday night dinner.
three | What advice would you give your younger self on children?
I would advise my younger self to not rush into having children quickly. I didn’t have my daughter until age 34. It was great timing and I felt ready to let go of a lot of the things I enjoyed in my late twenties/early thirties. Having kids is a full-time job, and life changes immensely. You have to be ready for both a change in lifestyle and devotion to someone other than yourself.
four | What do you do when you feel overwhelmed as a mother?
Honestly? I whine to my mom or my husband or my best friend. Then realize that it will all work out and that it’s only a speck of time in the course of a day.
five | Which celebrity would you pick to play you in a movie of your life? Why?
Drew Barrymore. I always felt a connection with her. I love her bubbly personality, and that she never seems to take herself too seriously. The way I view her is how I’d like to be, responsible, yet not afraid of being youthful and fun. And for a while there, people said I looked like her.
six | What is something that you have learned from your child(ren) lately?
I learned that I need to walk away when necessary. My daughter is two and testing her boundaries. There are days she throws a tantrum for no reason. I’ve realized that simply giving her a time-out, letting her know I’ll be back when she’s calmed herself, and walking away produces the best outcome.
seven | What is your favorite time of day with your child(ren)?
Probably around 11am when we are usually out doing something fun like the trampoline park, swimming, or enjoying a walk.
eight | What is something that you pretend that you know about have no clue about?
I have no clue how I’m going to handle the teen years. I spout out ideas, but I’ll be honest, I have absolutely no clue.
nine | What is your go-to outfit?
Sweatpants and a t-shirt on a typical day with the kiddo.
ten | What’s on your to-do list today?
Vacuum all the cat hair from the past two days, do a load of laundry, taking my daughter to visit my brother for a little while, see the doctor about my pending sinus infection (this dry air is the worst), manage to feed my child something other than cereal, and shower.
eleven | Any advice on parenting, motherhood, womanhood, or life that you’d like to share?
Any moments of extreme frustration, are just that, moments. They pass, and you’ll forget all about them because the happiest of times are many, and always overshadow the ones less so.
Marisa Is a stay-at-home mom living in Connecticut with her husband, their daughter, and very fluffy cat. She received her MA in English from Western Connecticut State. She enjoys writing about the parenting experience, dabbling in photography and jumping on trampolines.
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