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Saturday, September 6, 2014

A Day in the Life of Veronica...

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Good Morning Lovelies! Today you are invited to spend a day in the life of her.

You know that gal who you might think has it all together. The mama who seems to do it all. Well guess what? She doesn't. Let's fight those lies. This new series is an effort to get rid of the "super mom"  image that we all make for ourselves in our heads. It is a time to inspire one another even more. We do not have to always have it together to be good moms, wives, and women in sisterhood!

I have invited some wonderful women to share their story with us and to be real with y'all. They will share their struggles, their victories, their frustrations, their joys, and everything in between. It may not be glamorous, but it is real and real is absolutely beautiful 

Come walk a bit in the shoes of another....


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I want to first thank Danielle from Blissful and Domestic for allowing me to be apart of this great series! A little about me: My name is Veronica, I'm 27 years old and I live in Colorado with my husband of 3 years and two little girls, Scarlett (22 months) and Luciana (2 months). I recently returned to work from my maternity leave; I am the director of business development for my dad's company, IRIS Fire Investigations. I take care of all the accounts, marketing, events, basically I do everything except investigate the fires! I also love to blog. It originally started as a way to keep all our family that are out of state in the loop with our life and to see pictures of the babies. It quickly turned into something much more fun, and now I share the blog with my friends too that need a good laugh! My blog is about life and all the silliness and love that comes with it. With kids, you need a good sense of humor and that's what I try to do when sharing our stories! Here is my little family:

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and that's as good as our family 
photos get with 2 babies!

When I first decided I wanted to take part in the series, A Day In The Life Of Her, I was excited but also a little nervous that I wouldn't have anything great to share. My two girls quickly proved me wrong...everyday is an adventure with them! To me, I’m just an average mom of two daughters (under age 2, eek!) just trying to do the best she can to raise these little girls to the best of my God given ability. I do my best to teach my girls about God, love, life, manners, and to have fun, and through this I realized you don’t have to do much to show your kids that. Just live life, be there, and enjoy the moments, for soon they will be gone.  I’m not even close to “Super Mom”, nor do I claim to be, and as you will see I don’t have it all together. And I’m 100% OK with that. At the end of the day as I looked through the photos I took of all the moments in our day, it really opened my eyes to how amazingly beautiful and precious these (seemingly) small and crazy moments are that I have with my girls. In fact, they have taught me more about life then I ever could. There is so much beauty in the innocence of a child. I’m proud to not have it all together, I’m glad I’m not “Super Mom” (because there is no such thing), because it’s the loud, unorganized, crazy parts of life that are the best and most memorable. So here it is, a day in the life of a mom with two girls under the age of 2…

6:30 a.m.

First things first, my 2 month old (Lucy) gets up to be fed. She’s so happy and cheerful in the morning I had to take a picture…
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Awww! Wait…what’s that bubbly white stuff around her mouth? Oh you know…she just barfed right as I snapped her picture!

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That’s better!
7:00 a.m.
“Mama…oh mommy!” I hear through the baby monitor. That would be my 22 month old, Scarlett. Wakes up precisely at 7:00 without fail. I’m so tired. I just want a five minute snooze so I pretend I don’t hear her (don’t judge me).

7:20 a.m.
OK, so 5 minutes turned into 20. But Scarlett was fine, she entertained herself by singing “Let It Go” and banging her water bottle against her crib…like a little prisoner. Anyway, here is my little ray of toddler sunshine. No, she is not wearing a cute little one shoulder pajama shirt, she some how manages to do this in her sleep. 
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8:00 a.m.
I’ve finally managed to get myself put together (thanks to Mickey Mouse Clubhouse), so now its time to get the girls presentable for the day . We have reached the stage in toddlerhood where she must do everything herself, no matter how mad she gets when she can’t do it. Asking for help or allowing mom to do it is not an option. The one that bothers me the most is brushing her teeth. I’m a big stickler on dental hygiene, so I want to make sure the girls teeth are clean and healthy also. BUT Scarlett only lets her dad brush her teeth (without a fight) for some reason. So this morning was no different, and rather than give my now sleeping 2 month old a very rude wake up call of her sister screaming, I just decided to let her do it on her own…these baby teeth are going to fall out anyway right?!


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8:10 a.m.
We finally make it downstairs and it is now time for some morning playtime until I get breakfast ready! Now we had just recently moved and Scarlett found things in boxes that she now loves…for example a Leopard print winter hat. For a 6 month old. Mind you, it’s the middle of summer but she insists that she must wear a winter hat. Oh well, gotta let her be her own person!





8:45 a.m.
Breakfast is over and cleaned up/put in the sink to hopefully find time to clean later, just in time because Lucy wakes up and is ready to eat herself. I've found the only way I can distract my toddler enough to not bother her sister while I feed her is to put in a movie. This week’s favorite: Despicable Me. So in goes the movie while I feed Lucy. It’s a good thing Lucy is a speed nurser and gets done quickly because it wasn't long into the movie that Scarlett decided to start some more shenanigans…

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Photo one, Scarlett is fixing Lucy’s hair. Looks almost like a monkey grooming her monkey friend by picking the bugs out of her hair, but I digress. Photo two, Scarlett grabs her unicorn (the same one from Despicable Me) and starts waving it around and hitting Lucy and I with it as she yells “FUFFY!” Translation: fluffy. Poor Lucy, with the fear of God in her eyes as she realizes “this is the hand I was dealt.” Shortly after these were taken Lucy barfs on my pants. So that takes our Lucy puke counter up to 2 now. Change my pants? Ain’t nobody got time for that…that is what baby wipes are for. 

9:00 a.m.
Cousin Cooper and Grandma come over to pick us up to go to the Library.
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Off we go! With our Zebra cat eye sunglasses and a flashlight…

9:30 a.m.
Lucky us, we make it just in time for story time. My thoughts: “Oh this is great, Scarlett will surely enjoy this! She loves to sing songs and read books.” Scarlett’s thoughts: “Oh this is great, my mom loves to sing kiddie songs and read books, I will let her do that all by herself while I sneak away to the computers!” Yup.  She ran away. And she was very stealth like about it, didn't even notice for a moment…thank God grandma and Cooper were at the computers. They should really have story time in a confined room, with a closed door. Just a thought. She was running around so much this is how we had to escort her out of the library: in Lucy’s car seat in the stroller.

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10:45 a.m.
Home at last. Time for some outside play so I fill up the baby pool and let Cooper and Scarlett have at it while Lucy takes a mid morning nap outdoors. It didn't take long for the two of them to start going back and forth between the pool and the sand box, turning our pool water into mud. Didn't even bother to change the water. I just let it happen.  You may have also noticed in the picture of my daughter putting a bucket on her head at the pool that she is not wearing a swimsuit. Why? Well about a week ago we were at our community pool and she was “that kid”…you know, the one that pooped in the pool. Those swim diapers are worthless. I still have yet to fully clean her swimsuit. It’s still soaking in her bathroom sink (its rinsed off, its not that gross), but after I rinsed it out I let it soak in some water to make sure it wouldn't stain. But alas, there it still sits and the reason why she is only in a swim diaper.

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12:00 p.m.

We all came inside to get ready for lunch, and to keep things calm while I fed Lucy , we finished watching Despicable Me. Lucy puked again on my pants (if you are keeping track that is Lucy - 3 My Pants - 0). You would think I would remember to bring a burp rag when I feed her since this isn't my first rodeo and all…but no. I don’t. Apparently that is what my pants are for. I know what you are thinking now, she puked on your pants twice, you must have gone to change them now?! Nope. Baby wipes and I was off to go make lunch for Cooper and Scarlett.

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12:30 p.m.
I've always said I wanted to be one of those moms that makes great, highly nutritious, organic meals for her kids, and cuts their sandwiches out in little shapes to make them look like panda bears climbing on bamboo shoots (you've seen it on Pinterest). But this was all before I actually had kids and reality set in and I realized you need time (and shape cutting skills) to do that…time is scarce when you have 2 under 2! Its great when I can make super healthy meals, but I can’t do it all the time. So lunch today was pizza and hot dogs. BUT she did get a juice that my husband made with our new juicer. He makes these great fruit and veggie juices that Scarlett loves, so she had that with her lunch. So in my mind that made it all better and off set the greasy pizza and unfamiliar meat of the hot dog. As I’m cleaning up lunch, Cooper was nice enough to open the back door so he and Scarlett could go back outside for a few more minutes. Nothing bad could come of this right? I look outside and Cooper has put a chair in the pool and is sitting in it like a little lifeguard, while Scarlett is swimming…in her clothes. Nothing you can do but laugh at that point.

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1:00 p.m.
Cooper and Grandma head home and its nap time! Perfect time to get all that housework done! Who am I kidding, I’m tired too. So I put Scarlett’s clothes out on the patio to dry in the sun and plop on the couch with Lucy and catch up on some Pretty Little Liars. Besides, what is the point of cleaning the playroom when she is just going to mess it up again?

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3:00 p.m.
Nap time may be over for Scarlett but I had just fallen asleep watching TV…literally 5 minutes before she woke up. It’s like she senses I fell asleep. So again, she’s not crying, just talking so I let her go and get a few more minutes of sleep in.

3:30 p.m.
I go up to get her and she lovingly says “HI MOMMY!” when I walk in the room. I instantly feel revived by her sweet little voice. She gives me a hug and we go downstairs for a snack.

4:00 p.m.
Usually in the afternoon we go on a stroller or a bike ride around the neighborhood. Today she wanted to do both! So first we went in the stroller, then we came back and I strapped Lucy in my Moby wrap and we went on a bike ride. It was such a nice day that after we finished our rides, we came back and played with bubbles (actually she ate most of them…we are still learning the proper bubble blowing technique). One of Scarlett’s very favorite things to do!

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5:00 p.m.
We head back inside so I can start making dinner. I realized that (per usual) I had forgotten to pull out meat from the freezer the night before to thaw it out for dinner. So the poor hubby has to settle for what I like to call the 3 year old’s dinner. Chicken patty sandwiches and french fries. No veggies, no deliciously marinated meat, no good sides like rice or potatoes, nothing…just food that a toddler would like. Luckily for me I have a guy that says those are his favorite kind of meals (he is probably just trying to make me feel better). So I microwave the patties while Scarlett does her daily routine of “looking for Daddy.”

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5:30 p.m.
Daddy’s home! So while I’m waiting for the french fries to be done, Daddy and Scarlett hangout and look for “hops” aka bunnies in our front yard. It melts my heart to watch them play together. I’m so glad they have a good relationship. After dinner Daddy spends some quality time with Lucy, which usually consists of doing some leg exercises with her to help her get her gas out. The kid and her tummy troubles!

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7:00 p.m.
Its bedtime! Everyone gets a bath, we read stories, say our prayers, and it’s off to bed.  Recently Scarlett has started to pray, we pray with her at meals and at night. So we say things like thank you for our food, we pray everyone gets a good night sleep, simple things for a toddler to understand. So when she prays, her prayer has been “God. Food. Amen!” An even more recent addition to her bedtime routine is the prayer hat. She again found a hat she loves and has to put it on before she prays. Whatever works!

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7:30 p.m.
The kids are asleep, so I try to take some time for myself. I whip out my phone and open my Moms Into Fitness app to try and do a quick workout. I can’t honestly say I’m a “mom into fitness”, there are only a small amount of workouts I enjoy. Yoga? Boring. Pilates? Meh. Running? If I’m running you better start running too because something is chasing me! Despite not enjoying your traditional workouts (I’m more of a dance, Zumba, barre workout type…but finding time to attend those classes is near impossible right now), I’m going to do what I can so I can be healthy for my kids, because the fact that I’m still wearing my maternity pants tells me that maybe I should expand my horizons a bit and be a “mom into fitness” instead of a “mom into selective fitness”. With kids it’s hard to find time to go to the classes I like or the gym, hence why I got an app to do at home. So I’m giving it a shot. It’s not bad at all, in fact I like it. The workouts are short and sweet but effective. To give myself some credit, I've only been cleared to work out as of 2 weeks ago and I haven’t even tried to wear pants other than my maternity ones. Jessica Simpson makes the most comfortable/stylish maternity pants that I just don’t think I’m ready to give them up!

8:00 p.m.
Workout. Done. Shower. Done. Now it’s time to watch some Netflix with the hubs and call it a night. I had a successful day with my girls, we had a great time just being together and now it’s time to just be with my husband, relax, and reflect.

God has some pretty impeccable timing. The day I was writing my story, I got an email from a parenting site that I follow. The article was "5 Quotes that Keep Me Going Through Pregnancy and Motherhood". Here was quote number #2...very fitting if I do say so myself.



Society creates this image of the “Super Mom” that we sometimes feel we have to live up to, because she must be out there somewhere if it’s on the internet, right? And the Internet never lies! They portray this perfectly coiffed June Cleaver mom that can single handedly French braid her daughter’s hair (with no fly-aways) while making panda bear sandwiches and bananas that look like minions! Wrong. Way wrong. NO ONE DOES THIS! At least not on a regular basis!  A Super mom is not someone who can make the best crafts, has clean-puke free pants, has a 5 course organic dinner made, or can make culinary art out of toddler food. A super mom is one who is just there. Just enjoying the moments her kids - puke pants, messy hair, winter hats during summer time and all! Motherhood is not a competition -- lets just enjoy it and support each other! Because let's face it, as beautiful and fun as it is, its also not easy and comes with its own share of challenges. 

Sharing and documenting my day was really eye opening and helped me see the beauty in every day. I've come to realize the only shape my kid’s sandwiches will be coming in will be bread shaped, maybe one day I will get fancy and get a star shaped cookie cutter . And that’s OK, kids don’t want panda shaped sandwiches or perfection. They just want you. Imperfections and all. They don’t see your flaws or failures, the just love you for you and see you as Mommy. That’s it. You’re the best mommy they've ever had and you’re doing a great job.  You don’t need to win them over with flashy culinary displays, the perfectly organized house, or all those Pinterest crafts that never turn out like the picture, because that doesn't make you “super mom”. What makes you super mom is just being there. We have not failed our kids by not meeting these ridiculous "super mom" images. I did not fail today even though I thought I lost my toddler at the library, or her lunch wasn't super nutritious, or she was swimming without a swim suit. In fact, I feel like I won today. At the end of my day dirty dishes are still in the sink. Floors need to be swept from all the sand Scarlett and my nephew drug into the house. Toys need to be put away. But right now that is not important to me. As the saying goes, “Don’t mind the mess, my kids are just making memories.” Today I made memories. Crazy, silly, messy, beautiful memories. And that makes me feel pretty super! Thank you for letting me share my day. And if you would like to read more of my adventures in motherhood (and possibly have a good laugh) follow my blog called The Story of a Charmed Life (yes, like the song from Uptown Girls!)

XO Veronica

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Oh my gosh Veronica..you are awesome! I was in stitches with the puke on the jeans "ain't no one got time for that!" I remember doing that when my two red heads were little. Thank you for sharing your day and for inspiring me! You're amazing!!

XO Danielle

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1 comment:

  1. This was a great read. I've enjoyed reading this and all the other moms posts about a day in their life, it's nice to see that everyone else has a messy living room and children with their own ideas of how to get things done. My friends often tell me my house is too clean, or that I must clean all the time......no no dear friends, I just dont post photos of my house a complete mess and clean like a bandit before you come over. Yes, motherhood is not a television show.

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