Soren is nearly 7 months, and I’ve found it particularly challenging to juggle all of the roles in my life. I feel extremely blessed to have the opportunity to work from home, running my own business. Being able to set my own hours is probably the only reason I’m able to be a full-time mom AND business owner at the same time. Both require a lot of my time, not to mention the other hats I wear as a wife, homeowner, and friend.
I find myself constantly trying to “balance” everything and make all of my roles work perfectly together while not feeling a twinge of stress and having plenty of leisure time to enjoy Soren. But the truth is, “balance” is hardly, if ever, really achieved. I seem to only be able to juggle a couple different things well and then notice that something is left being sacrificed and dealt with halfheartedly.
Which brings me to the main point of this post. What does it mean to have a “balanced” life, is it even achievable? How do you rock at all of your roles AND be a full-time mom without being halfhearted in any area? While I’ve still got a ways to go at making everything run like a well-oiled machine, I have been learning a lot. Hopefully some of these will be inspirational to you in your own journey!
One of my top love languages is gifts. I LOVE them. Everything about them. I love receiving them, giving them, picking them out, wrapping them, watching people open them. One of my favorite things is taking the time to note ideas and pick out or make really thoughtful gifts for my family and friends.
Now that we have Soren it’s made gift giving, especially for the grandparents, so much fun. For those of you planning birthday or Christmas gifts for Grandma and Grandpa, here are a few ideas!
Decorating a nursery can always be a daunting task. With so many paint options, “themes,” and an overload of inspiration, it can easily leave you feeling overwhelmed and unsure where to start. Of course the other reality is cost. It’s easy to find beautiful inspiration but realize quickly that your budget doesn’t allow room for major, fancy purchases.
There is something special about the “nesting” feeling of putting a nursery together before little one comes along. As I was expecting my first, I felt like decorating the nursery was my way of wrapping my mind around the thought that “I” was about to be a mom. It was a way to put a pinch of order in my racing mind and know that when Soren came into the world he would have a place to call his own, even if he didn’t use it for the first couple months.
Thanks to Disney Baby for sponsoring this post and giving me Huggies Little Movers Diapers for free.
Jon and I quickly learned that having quick access to diapers is VERY important. Especially during those oh-so-wonderful blowouts. ;) We knew it wasn’t practical to always carry Soren upstairs to his nursery in order to change him. We do this more now that he’s nearly 7 months, but still find it very important to have a diaper changing station available to us on the main floor, preferably within arm’s reach. :)
First of all, you definitely don’t need a huge space for this. Just a nice basket or rolling cart will do. Pick something that works with your decor and that will easily fit all of your needs. I also recommend making this portable so you can easily move it from room to room if needed. My favorite is a rolling cart. It looks industrial, is easy to clean, has plenty of room to hold everything we need, AND is easy to hide away. Win!
This weekend Jon and I packed our bags, left Soren with Jon’s parents, and took a short trip — just the two of us. It was an incredibly peaceful getaway and just what we needed. I got time to unplug, connect and rest. I can’t even begin to explain how rested we feel now that we are back.
Leading up to the trip, I have to admit that I was a little nervous. I was worried about how I would feel leaving Soren for the first time for two nights. I was worried how he would be while we were gone, if he would sleep well, and if he would be okay taking a bottle instead of nursing.