Monday, April 10, 2017

Weekend Recap 4.10.17

Happy Monday, friends! I hope yours is happy too, and you aren't feeling the effects of Monday too harshly. This post is going up a little late today because sleep is seemingly more obsolete in our house lately. Sam has decided to sleep like a newborn and nap like he doesn't need them all of a sudden. Apparently sleep training is something you have to repeat numerous times. Who knew?!

Despite the lack of sleep, we had such a fun filled weekend. Friday we visited some of our best friends and their brand new baby boy. Even though my child is a little aggressive (pulling his rock and play with him in it!) being around a brand new baby gives me the worst case of baby fever! Not enough to actually make me forget that I couldn't handle two of Sam, but enough to make me all googly eyed over him. He is the most precious! I love that Sam is surrounded by so many boys. His social life is even more impressive than mine!

On Saturday, we visited the park for another one of our friend's baby girl's first birthday party. Mermaid themed, y'all. So much cuteness! I'm grateful that in between Sam shoving dirt and sticks in his mouth, we were able to celebrate with our friends. He's currently in a stage where he will even pick the dog hairs out of the carpet and put them in his mouth! I'm not sure what we're going to do with him and all of his curiosity! He keeps us on our toes, for sure.

We finished Saturday with a trip to Cracker Barrel for Sam's favorite, hashbrown casserole. When you're pregnant you imagine how your baby will love all of his healthy foods and you're only going to be willing to feed him certain things. But then he ends up allergic to everything you can imagine, so you let the boy eat whatever he wants.

We spent a low key Sunday at home preparing for the upcoming week. We're hosting Easter dinner at our house Sunday, but before that we plan on celebrating Holy Week to its fullest with Baby Sam! Easter egg dying, visiting the Easter bunny, and learning all about the resurrection. I'll be sharing how we celebrate and the fun things we plan on doing to teach Sam all about the importance of the Holiday on the blog on Wednesday so make sure to stay tuned! I hope everyone has a wonderful week!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Easter Outfits: Mini Edition {+ Gymboree SALE picks!}

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As I type this, we're currently waiting for some pretty severe storms here in the Upstate of SC and I'm a ball of anxiety. I have a ridiculous fear of tornadoes and I swear having a baby puts that into overdrive. Our closet is cleaned out and we're ready to jump in any minute. Saying lots of prayers for the Southeast right now! Storms are the worst.

Anyway, we all know Easter isn't Easter unless everyone gets a little gussied up and that doesn't exclude the little ones. Gymboree is currently having an amazing sale so I thought I would share some of our favorite Easter options from the store, plus a couple more ideas. Everything on Gymboree's site right now is $14.99 and under which is such a steal, especially compared to their normal pricing!

You can shop each item simply by clicking the corresponding number above. Enjoy your shopping and the rest of your day. I'll be sure to share Sam's #ootd after Easter! I'm off to prepare for the storms!

P.S. This is not a sponsered post. Just one Mama trying to help another Mama (or Dad) with their last minute Easter shopping.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Not "just" a Mom?

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{Photography by Amanda Morgan Photography

Happy Monday, friends! I hope everyone had a good weekend. I'm coming off of 3 night wakings and one less cup of coffee than I prefer, but we're still going strong this morning. We had a jam packed weekend full of family dates downtown (with excessive amounts of ice cream) and a group sushi date (sans baby) with friends last night. Exhausted and with a full heart is the best way to come at a Monday in the Sumner house.

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Thanks to my Mom and Matt, I was actually able to get fully dressed for dinner last night. Most days I choose one thing to accomplish, either hair or makeup. I need one of the two to make me feel somewhat put together. If I walk around a hot mess, my day is sure to follow suit. Having the time to do both these days is a privilege. Anyway, feelin a little extra, I snapped a selfie for insta stories with the caption "Group date night. Almost hastagged '#notjustamom' but let's be real I'm dying inside missing my child and we just left." And that's true, last night was the first night anyone has babysat Sam for bedtime since he was super tiny and I honestly just missed being home and snuggling my baby before I put him to bed. His night time bottle is basically the only time he's still and cuddly, so I don't love to miss it. Truthfully, I would always prefer to take Sam anywhere unless it's a one on one date night. He has fun when he's out and we really enjoy the time with him.

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 Back to my point. The more I thought about it, the more my caption started to bother me. "Not just a Mom?" Seriously? Who do you know that's just a Mom? There's nothing simple or "just" about it. It's not for the weak or faint of heart and it surely isn't a job title that should make a woman feel that way. A post that has been floating around my social media titled "What if All I want is a Mediocre Life?" and Courtney's piggy back off of it got me thinking about it even more.

  When did simplicity become insufficient? When did being "just" a Mom become something to be frowned upon? It's a beautiful thing when a woman has the career of her dreams on top of being a mother, but it's just as beautiful if the career of her dreams is her own personal caption as a Mother. I grew up knowing I was born for this, being a Mom. I still have dreams of my own, but most of them are dreamed up with my family in mind. If being "just" a caregiver, a problem solver, a snuggler, a boo boo kisser, a feeder, a changer, a hugger, a cleaner, a cook, is everything I ever am, and if loving my family unconditionally is all I ever do, I'll never look back on my life feeling like it wasn't enough. More often than not, isn't that what most people end up wishing for? More time with the people they love? I want my life to revolve around the time spent with the people I'm so privileged to live my best life with and for. I'm not "just" a Mom. I'm Sam's Mama, and Matt's wife. Those titles are simply beautiful and they're everything I've ever wished for.

You, Mama, are enough. Every single day, and even when you are wishing for more, you are everything to someone. And today I pray you'll never forget it.


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