Tips for surviving the working parent life.

Happy New Year!

This past year has been a whirlwind! I cannot believe how fast it has gone by and how much things have changed. 10733580_10205039372494857_1243069517_n

My baby is now a toddler! WHAT! There are days and weeks that I cannot even remember. I don’t know how I survived working opposite shifts as my husband, getting off of work after 11 every night, up at 645am, chores, dinner, etc. with a baby on my hip (he literally is at my feet all. the. time.).

How did I even fit in a shower? It was all a blur. But from what I can remember, here are some of the tips I have for surviving life as a working mom.

The crockpot is your best friend. Seriously. It has saved my life many times. It is easy to put on healthy dishes that everyone loves and usually requires little prep work. So get on Pinterest and start pinning some crockpot recipes asap!

Share the responsibilities. When both parents work, its crucial to have a mutual understanding that chores are to be shared. My husband is incredible when it comes to helping with chores and understanding that it is not always possible for me to finish the laundry when our son had a rough day and didn’t take a nap. For that, I am SO grateful!

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Plan out your errands. I usually run my errands on days that my mom is free or my off days once Grady is in bed. I like the time to myself and knowing when my errands were actually going to be done, helped me not stress about them.

Keep your little one on a routine. If you have followed me for a while, you will know that I am big on keeping kids on a routine. I am not talking about a crazy schedule, but they need to have a set naptime and most importantly a set bedtime.  Especially when both parents work! I could not get anything done, or have any time to myself, Grady didn’t have a naptime and bedtime ( which is 7pm sharp!). He thrives on it, we get to have time together to have date nights in, relax, run errands, shower! It is so important and helps us both keep our sanity.  Of course there are times we put ou  routines aside, but most days are the same in regards to bedtimes!

Squeeze in time to relax. It is so important. I don’t always do chores during naptime, sometimes I nap too. Or write, or zone out with Netflix. Whatever it may be that helps you relax, do it sometimes! and don’t feel guilty about it!

I hope this brings something helpful to the very busy lives of us working parents. You are doing an amazing job!

 

 

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XOXO

Brittany

 

My love story: Part 2.

Hello!

I left off my love story at our wedding! We got married January 15th, 2011. We had a decent sized, low key wedding at our church. I wouldn’t change it for the world. We altered my moms wedding dress and updated it. I loved it.

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Our relationship really flourished in our marriage. We were just high school sweethearts and now we were newlyweds! I was 20 and my husband was 21. I do believe in young love! Although it is not for everyone, it can and does happen!

We knew we wanted kids eventually but we did not plan our first. Although we had been married for three years, we were not in careers, living in a one bedroom apartment, the typical newlywed life (which I loved by the way! read this post HERE). But I was pregnant and we got excited! We fell more in love bonding over the fact that we were having a baby and our love continues to grow and change as we raise him and see one another in him.

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This was our last date before we had Grady! We wanted to enjoy spontaneity so we spent an entire day out with no plans! It was perfect!

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And here we are in labor! This at the beginnning, I was about 7-8cm dilated (I was already 6 when we arrived) things were looking okay and waiting on my epidural! And my mom is to the left feeding my ice chips ;). Little did I know what my labor would entail.. 

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This is one of my most favorite pictures ever! He is exhausted (you can tell!) but it is the first picture I have of my two boys! I can’t believe how tiny Grady was!

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Here we are on our first trip. This is 2 weeks after I delivered and we were headed to a beach house!

Things are different now. We take trips with a car seat in the back and a usually screaming child (he hates the car to this day!). But our relationship as parents is amazing.

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Grady is one month old here! And that is still my favorite outfit he has ever worn!

This picture IS my perfect love story.

Love is ever changing, ever growing. Don’t be afraid of change, it could make for the greatest love story of all time.

XOXO

What YOU want to see on the blog!

Results are in!!
When I posted the poll about what YOU wanted to see on my blog I wasn’t sure what the outcome would be! When I kept checking the results, my love story and my guilty pleasures were tied neck and neck the entire time!
But then the last two days one just shot up over the other!

What YOU voted for is….

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My Love Story!!

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Postpartum Tummy Update: #ilovemybikinibody

Hey guys!

 

The last time I posted about my new mommy bod I was about 8 weeks postpartum. I recently updated that post and included a more current picture so that you can compare. It was not easy to post those pictures but I am sure glad that I did!

Check that out HERE

The reason I even went back and reread that post was because of this video. Please check it out, it is a short, honest and super cute video!

Even though I struggle with a positive body image like most women out there (post-baby or not), I am trying my best and I do believe our bodies are so beautiful!

Everything that could have happened to change my body during pregnancy happened. Stretch marks, wide hips, squishy tummy. You got it! But keeping a healthy and positive body image is something I truly want to master. With Grady growing up in this world full of insecurities, I need to set the tone. Sure, he isn’t a girl and most people think these problems only exist in women. But I can tell you that this is surely untrue.

Although I never loved putting on a bikini, partly because my super fair skin NEVER tans, I did find two suits that I feel comfortable in! Enjoy yourself and your new body and remember the influence you have on your children and those around you.

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XOXO

Brittany

Why I Thought I Didn’t Want A Son.

Hey guys!

I was asked to write a contribution post for an AMAZING community of parents and bloggers, Voice Boks! I can spend way too much time browsing through all of the amazing posts and articles regarding all things parenthood! I was more than happy to send them over a fresh, new post!

Go check it out, you cant read it anywhere else! It comes straight from my heart and I know so many parents can relate to it.

Why I Thought I Didn’t Want A Son. 

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