now that I'm a mommy…

I say things like, “Because I said so” and “go to your room.”
I find myself counting to three and taking deep breaths to avoid confrontation with family members.
I know how to change a diaper in random places and can finish by the time Hudson counts to “ourteen.”

I know the value of observing nap time even when your toddler isn’t actually sleeping.
I always know where the wooden spoon is… just in case.
I know that disciplining my child really does hurt me more than it hurts them.

I don’t judge other mommies when their kids are crying in public. Kids get tired and have an off day. Most of the time the mommy can’t help it.
I definitely don’t judge other mommies with screaming babies on airplanes. It makes me grateful that mine aren’t screaming, but I’ve had the screaming baby before.
I still judge mommies who let their kids run around a restaurant and don’t make them sit in the high chair. I can’t help it.

I blog because I like it and it’s a fun hobby.
I also blog because it helps me buy cute clothes for my kids. And sometimes fun things for myself!
I see most of our money go into retirement and college savings. And another big chunk pays for all different types of insurance.

I realize how lucky I am to be responsible for two precious people.
I sometimes miss the carefree days when I could be as wild and free as my 2-year-old.
I am lucky to get a shower.

I have a commitment to only attempt to leave the house once a day to save sanity!
I have chosen to be a stay-at-home-mom and “staying home” is exactly what we do.
I sometimes wonder how in the world I got here. I am a mommy?!

I have to remind myself to have dance parties in the living room at the end of the day to unwind. But after we do it, we’re so happy!
I listen to Disney tunes in the car and know every word to “Jimmy Crack Corn.” So does Hudson.
My kids’ health and happiness is my long term goal. I force myself to look at the big picture. This is why I’m okay with a little bit of crying in the night.

I’ve lost some of my sense of humor because I get tired and stressed. My husband and my funny kids remind me to laugh and stop taking life so seriously.
I am confident that I can fight a bear for a little while.
The fear of being thrown up or pooped on is gone. I can survive that.
I am afraid of no diapers and having poop or pee on my floor! Can I survive that?

I get dirty outside and know how to get stains out of white jeans!
I play the way a little boy likes to play with trucks and animals and monsters.

I know that there is no love like the one I have for these two little guys

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  1. Serah says

    How beautiful! And I just adore your honesty about motherhood. Having two boys myself, six years and 4 months, I can totally relate!

  2. Sarah says

    I can relate to every.single.word. I changed Kinley’s diaper on the way home from the beach last week in the front seat with her on my lap! (of course we were stopped in a parking lot) you are a great mommy 🙂

  3. says

    This is absolutely beautiful! I married the man of my dreams a year ago, and as I celebrate 28 years on this Earth next week, your words tug at my “baby heart strings” even more. Thank you for your honesty and transparency on this blog. I appreciate you keeping it real and helping prepare me for motherhood one day!

  4. says

    I love how honest you are. Those boys are so lucky to have such an amazing mommy who loves them so much! I love the last picture of you and Hudson reading. You two are making the same expression!

  5. Lisa says

    Awww…sweetness! And so real and true! Can totally relate to pretty much every point. Just found your blog a few days ago and so glad I did – it’s great! 🙂

  6. Bonnie says

    I have been following your blog through Kelly’s Korner. I love this post! So honest, so sweet and so true! I have a son, who will soon be 14 (where does the time go?) and your blog reminds me of my sweet times with him at that young age. Many blessings to you and your beautiful family!!

  7. says

    Such an honest post…. that’s motherhood! Fun, loving, exhausting, poop & pee, being confident, and at times having no confidence. Funny how different we are after having children. If someone would have told me, I wouldn’t believe them. And I’m sure you’re like me….. people told me how much I would love my boys once I had them but you really have no understanding until you have kids. Beautiful photos too! 🙂

  8. LyndsAU says

    SHUT UP!! I could have written this post word for word. Actually I might link up with you & write one of my own today! I’m struggling for content 🙂 hugs to you. You’re one awesome mommy. W/ two precious kiddos and one amazing husband 🙂

  9. Stacy says

    That’s such a sweet post! It made my day! Being the mother of an almost 3 yr old little boy I can totally relate to much of that. I do think boys and their mommy’s have a special bond.

  10. Kendall says

    I’m so thankful for your blog and how beautifully you portray the reality of mommyhood! Your boys are precious and I needed the reminder to stop taking life so seriously and laugh sometimes…hmmm, my husband is always asking what fun things we can do together, i’m adding a dance party to my list 🙂

  11. says

    Aw, that was so sweet. I appreciate your honest accounts of motherhood so much and it helps me to feel less worried and anxious about the job of being a mom. Thanks Erin!

  12. says

    I’m curious how much you can make by having ads and sponsors…I toyed with the idea once but mostly disregarded it, but if we’re talking buying wardrobes here, then I might have to reconsider! (No need to tell me if you don’t wish to; I’m just curious but totally respect your privacy.)
    I know what you mean about the floor vs. yourself; I had to coach my Hubby the other day on trying to catch the puke with a bib or towel or even his hands *TO AVOID THE FLOOR, PLEASE!* Ack!!! 🙂

  13. says

    As silly as people think blogging is..this post defines the reason I blog, and read other mommy blogs. To remind me that I’m not alone in this crazy world of parenting on a stressful day like today! God has given me many reminders of this today! Thanks Erin.

  14. Brittany says

    This, post was super cute!! I’m about to become a mommy for the first time and we’re having a little boy ! some Times I wonder if I’ll be able to play boy games and get dirty playing outside without freaking out about stained clothes/ germs .. From this, post I can tell moms just change for their little boys so thats what I intend to do! And always carry wet ones and hand sanitizer 😉

  15. says

    I don’t follow many blogs, but yours is one I check daily. I love the honesty in your posts. It makes my life feel “normal”. Thanks!

  16. says

    Great post, Erin! Your down-to-earth outlook is refreshing. You know your limits (only getting out once a day, etc.) with little ones and you understand that their infancy and toddlerhood is only for a season (a precious season at that). Those boys are blessed to call you mother.

  17. SHANNON DAVIS says

    Hey Erin! I really enjoy reading your blogs!! I have two little girls, 4 & 2, and your posts ALWAYS take the words right out of my mouth! I feel the same way about my two precious, darling girls. I just don’t know how to express it the way you do! I really want to start a blog of my own, but I can’t seem to say things and express things like I should…. Anyway, I do enjoy reallylove reading your blog!!!

  18. says

    Your boys are just so, so lucky to have you as their mom! You’re doing a great job E, it makes me so proud to be your friend! 🙂 xoxo

  19. says

    This really hit home for me today and I agree with so much of it. It’s crazy how eight little pounds of love threw my life for a loop – but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I read something today that reminded me of you (b/c of all your fighting with the bear)….”Time flies whether you are having fun or not.” So important that we try to enjoy every second, even when it isn’t so enjoyable, you know?

  20. says

    Really great post. And what gorgeous photos. I love that you don’t leave the house often. It’s so much harder than it seems most days!

  21. Cory says

    Isn’t it nice to have arrived where you have. 😉 I still judge the people that let their kids run around a restaurant too. Ha! The hubs and I don’t like to go out to eat with our friends who have kids and who let their kids run around. 🙂 Being a mama is the best thing, and it helps your heart grow to have compassion in areas where you never thought you would. 🙂 Love your blog!

  22. says

    Love this and love you! You are a wonderful mommy with two precious boys, so happy I have you to lean on and chat with during this incredible journey! Xoxo

  23. says

    It makes me feel so much better knowing I am not the only one out there with mommy struggles, what a great post! I adore your thoughts and confessions!

  24. says

    What a WONDERFUL post. I love honesty and realness and above all, love. And that is what this is filled with 🙂

    You are a great mom {based off of what I know via your blog} and I’m glad I get to read about it.

  25. Lindsey says

    I had to read it twice, but there it was. Proof that someone else uses the wooden spoon. My mother in law thinks I am crazy, but who doesn’t have one. This was my favorite post also.

  26. says

    I love this list! I too miss the carefree days when the most I had to worry about was whether or not I did my homework. But I, like you, wouldn’t trade this life for anything else 🙂 ps I also still wonder how/when I got here to this place we call mommyhood 🙂 but boy do I love it.

  27. Melissa says

    I love this post – so sweet and encouraging. I am 39, and expecting our first baby. We are having a boy, and I just recently discovered your blog. I love all of your posts about being a boy mom, and motherhood in general.


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