With the birth of Amani, I knew I had to step up my potty training game with Zaynab. Two kiddos in diapers wasn’t something that I wanted to deal with at all. It was time to roll up my sleeves — and my pant legs — and nip this issue in the bud. The only challenge was that Zaynab was not taking to potty training as well as her sisters had. Her sisters were out of diapers within three days. Zaynab wasn’t on board and needed a new trick to eventually transition into undies. Once I discovered what made her go, I was shouting “hooray!” all day long.
We like books around here. There are piles of books in nearly every room of the house. And with four kids, the majority of the books are understandably for the kiddos. That’s totally fine by me, as I adore children’s stories. I love to have many options readily available for my girls, so that anytime can be story time.
Since Amani was born, a daily reading routine has developed that will help foster her love of books.
Life as a mother of four is starting to feel like my new normal. I’m no longer confused as how to manage them all. And while for the most part, I have it under control, it’s been exhausting. I’m often asked, “How do you do it?”
Quite honestly, I don’t really think about it, I just do it. To me, raising my daughters has been such a blessing I’m grateful for. That being said, it isn’t easy! I struggle to find “me time” even if it’s only for a few minutes for a cup of tea. Lately, I’ve been hearing five words that have been music to my ears and a relief for my arms.
I have a very bad habit. I am habitually late. It’s not something I’m proud of, it’s just something that always happens despite my best efforts. No matter how hard I try, I am always late. I’m certain it’s because I always underestimate how long it takes to get ready and overestimate how quick it will take me.
It’s one thing to get out of the house on time, but it’s a whole other ball game when you add four kids to the mix. However, I’ve noticed something since I’ve begun more outings with all the girls together. I’ve found that I’m now on time, or at least “less late.”
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again… I am so grateful to have been able to hire a professional photographer to take Amani’s newborn pictures. I didn’t have to put any effort into creating the gorgeous images besides making sure Amani was fed and happy.
Though our newborn session was scheduled a little later than usual, Amani was one month old at the time, I loved how it captured her so well. Alert and wide-eyed, she was absolutely adorable in her pictures. I wanted to share a few of my favorites with you all because really, who doesn’t love newborn photography?