Mummy Confession: This is my Laundry Room. The never ending vortex of doom.
It just keeps piling up. The job that’s never done. And it’s funny. All of the kids are sick now, plus one teething (ie “don’t you dare put me down or leave me alone, and you can forget about an easy sleep.”) and one toilet training (ie. “I’m big and I won’t thoroughly soak my bed linens every night…”). This means the laundry is constantly piling up and never-ending.
As a matter of fact, just after waking this morning, my baby coughed quite a bit and then threw up all over my face and chest. He did the same yesterday. What does that mean? More laundry.
Rather than look at this insane pile and be completely overwhelmed (which I am every time I open that door), I’ve decided to try to think positively about what this room means.
Here are three reasons why when my laundry room is overflowing, it’s a good thing:
1. It means I can take care of my family. My kids. My husband. I am so thankful for them all. And doing their laundry means they are (other than the minor cold) healthy and home. Safe and secure.
2. We have. We have clothes. We have towels. We have blankets. We have a roof over our head. We have a sanitary place with clean water to wash clothes. We have what we need.
3. My kids are learning, reaching milestones, and growing. Yes, there will be some set backs and wet bets, but soon enough she will be accomplishing far more than I can imagine.
So regardless of the laundry that just keeps growing, I can be thankful, grateful for the things we have. And hopefully this thankfulness will stay with me until the sickness passes, and I conquer the vortex of doom.
How can you look at seemingly negative events or things in your life right now and be thankful?
Mummy Confession: When I was a new mum especially, I was always curious to keep up with what skills my baby was developing. I often felt the need to see their progress and keep track of their milestones.
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Now, hear me out, not every baby develops the same skills at the same time. Just like every child isn’t the same height, weight, or build, development varies from baby to baby. But, I like the reassurance of seeing how my child was coming along with milestones, as any mum would. I also like seeing what sort of activities help in their age group as well.
There are three great Apps that help mum to keep up with skills and developmental milestones that coincide with the age of their baby, toddler, and child. Below, I have outlined a few that have come in handy for me as a mother.
Many baby websites offer newsletters as well to help keep track of baby’s development and various things to expect as they grow. Some of these are listed here with my Pregnancy and Parenting Communities post.
The Wonder Weeks
Each baby has times where they seem to be more sleepless, fussy, and all around grouchy, and I have found a lot of the time, it is because they are going through developmental leaps. The Wonder Weeks app is based on a book written about this. It allows you to enter your baby’s due date and it predicts when these “leaps” occur. So much is happening in their little world that you can’t see, and this helps me to be aware of what my baby could possibly be working on, or trying to figure out. As stated in the app, though, every baby isn’t doing everything listed by those time frames, but it is a great guide as you look out for things they are achieving!
You can also set up an alert to let you know when baby is entering a fussy stage, so maybe you will be that one step ahead, being prepared.
Do you like writing down what your bubs is up to? Keep track of medications, immunisations, feedings, diaper changes, sleep, teeth, and more. Digitally store tons of developmental and growth information as well as photos and videos. Keep track of one child or more, and a daily bit of information on their age group.
If you want to have is information saved for a hard copy scrapbook later, get this app. It is so helpful when you feel like there is no time to write anything down. Plus, there are great communities online to ask your parenting and baby questions (and Baby Bump, their sister app, has one as well).
I just got this one, but I’m already impressed! This one offers an evaluation of baby’s skills and development and helps with some activities to develop their skills.
It has videos that show how to do certain activities with your baby to aid development, and has in-app purchases for further things. It also offers articles on baby’s development. You can opt in for various categories to receive information and activities for children through the age of two. There is so much I haven’t seen yet, so I will need to check it out more before I can write about it, but I was impressed already in the short time I’ve had it!
Here are some things that will always be top choices on my list of “What I want”:
1. Time With My Family: A trip to the park, A Holiday, or just snuggling in front of a movie for everyone. I love my husband and my kids, and I love spending time together. We never get enough!
2. A Nice, Long, and Undisturbed Bath: It’s no secret that time to myself for very long is scarce, so a few hours would be amazing!
3. Pictures of My Kids/Pictures of My Family: I love my family, and cherish those photos taken of my babies, especially that they grow up so quickly. It’s rare to get a photo of our entire family, so that especially is something special. Whether it be a photo session, or some sneaky photos you have taken that I haven’t seen before, I would love it!
4. Crafts Done By My Kids For Me: Knowing that you worked together with my babies to put something together, and took the time to do this is a heartfelt and wonderful gift to receive! Bonus points if it’s a picture frame with a supplementary photo, or hand drawn picture of our family! Extra bonus points if they wrote their own name and “Mum.”
5. Gifts bought By My Kids: Let them go and choose something, no matter what it is. Give them their own money and a budget, and let them go for it. I love seeing things that they think I could use. It’s adorable.
6. Something You Think I Need/Something I Have Said I Need: Is there something I truly need but would never buy for myself? This is the perfect time to get it. For me personally, you can’t go past a good shirt, especially since my fashion sense is less than great. I prefer Kmart cheap basics over spending over $20 on a shirt.
7. Take Me Out: To a restaurant, on a shopping trip, on a date, the choice is up to you! One of the things I remember my husband doing for me was taking me to the shopping centre and basically tell me, “I’m buying you…..but I want you to pick it. This is what we’re getting today.” I’m not a big fan of shopping, especially alone, so to have him take me made all the difference.
So there, that’s what I want. What are you hoping for this Mother’s Day?
Mummy Confession: I’m pretty terrible at remembering holidays other than the “main” ones, so it came as a little bit of a surprise that Mother’s Day is indeed this coming Sunday!
I have compiled a list of ideas, thanks to some other bloggers who are more on top of it than I am, in case you haven’t quite found that “little something” or idea you were after. Please feel free to share this post, or any of the links with anyone who could use some inspiration!
If you have a website or blog and would like me to feature you on this list, feel free to leave a comment or fill out the contact form! We can always use ideas for gifts!
Is it truly the last minute and you did forget to get something and you want to have it on time for Mother’s Day? Check out my ideas for Super Last Minute Gift Ideas. Yes, it was for Christmas, but the ideas listed are for year round last minute events!
It’s week #5 of Meal Plan Monday and I hope you have been getting some tasty additions to your family’s menu for the week! Remember that we are always on the lookout for recipes to feature here, so if you have anything, feel free to submit one with the contact form, or send me an email at MummyConfessions@hotmail.com
This week some yummy ideas from Kidgredients, The Butterfly Mother, Easy Peasy Foodie and Good Food Week!
Be sure to tag #CookingwithMPM if you share your food photos on social media, so we can see how delicious it all looks on your plate! Without further ado, here’s this week’s recipes! Have a lovely week and feel free to share and subscribe!