It’s summer and I know I don’t have to explain to you how busy summer can be… especially when you have an almost three-year-old to entertain. We are trying hard to fill up our days together with fun and new activities for our little man as we enjoy fully this last summer as a family of three.
Being almost 8-months-pregnant has definitely hindered some of those activities, but I’m still trying to get myself out there and do as much as possible. Being pregnant may limit some things you can do physically, but just being there to cheer on your little ones means the world to them and can lift your spirits too!
In June we tried something I’ve never done before. I’m bummed that it has taken me 31 years to try since we had such an amazing time. Both my little guy and I share a love of strawberries and one weekend while my husband was out of town, I thought it would be fun to get out of the house and try picking our own at one of our local farms. Spicer Orchards is my go to in the fall each year for pumpkins so I was pleasantly surprised to see that they also do fruit picking during the summer, too. June being peak strawberry season, I loaded Ollie in the car and we were off – not really knowing what to expect.
Any parent can relate to the highs and lows of potty training their toddler. My husband and I can now proudly say that we’ve joined the noble group of parents that have braved the war of potty training – the wet clothes, the carpet cleaning, the late-night cries – and (so far) we seem to have come out of it victors! I say “so far” because I know all about the regression phase that can happen (especially when a new baby is brought into the mix). For now, I’m happy to report our two-and-a-half-year-old is successfully potty trained!
When deciding to have children over three years ago, I can honestly say I didn’t give one thought to the fact that eventually I would have to be the one that potty trained them. I don’t know if I thought they would just one day magically decide to not wear diapers, but I definitely started freaking out about it this past winter due to the fact that we had a little boy and I was completely clueless on how to show him how to potty.
I researched online. I asked friends and family how they did it. In the end, I think every child is different and you have to go with what is working best for you and your child. I did find a lot of helpful blogs that talked about potty training, so I thought I would share our journey in the hopes that maybe someone struggling with what to do or how to get started may find some guidance or encouragement in the fact that they are not alone!
Things are really starting to get busy over here at the Wesolek household:
- Last week my sister had her sweet baby girl and I am so smitten with her already. It definitely has me excited for my own little girl this fall.
- We’re on the final three-month stretch to baby, we have kicked it up a notch in the planning department and organization. We’re currently working on collecting all the things we want for the nursery along with making sure Ollie is fully transitioned into his new room. [Did I also mention we're going through potty training?]
- Our weekends are also packed with summertime fun with friends and family.
Today though, I thought I’d talk a little about one of my favorite things – organizing! I am a self-proclaimed organizing junky and seriously love to redo anything if it means I get to put it back together in some new organized fashion. Back in February, after finding out we would be expecting baby number two, I decided it was time to go through all of our baby gear I have saved and put it all back together in a more organized manner so that when we needed something for the new baby it would be fast and easy to just grab it and go.
I hope all you mommas out there had the opportunity to spend a lovely weekend with your families – being pampered and loved! I admit when I first started out on this journey of motherhood, I had no idea what it actually entailed. I was a little naive to say the least, but also surprised to find out how much joy and love comes with the adventure of raising a child. He has shown me the word happy has so many levels – some of which I am only reaching for the first time.
As my second pregnancy progresses and I find myself starting to reach my limits on what I can and can’t do, I’ve noticed a lot more of what my son can show me. I find myself spending a lot of time just living in the moment playing puzzles, stickers or rescuing turtles. At first I was annoyed at the slower pace my life is taking with this big belly but the slower I move, the more I notice how fast his life is taking off. Somehow, somewhere this little baby of mine has grown up and I feel like I missed it. It may only be a few more short months until this new baby comes and the pace of life once again picks up, so I am really trying to enjoy every second the two of us share.
Trying to find the right balance of smothering (which all mother’s wish they could do every moment of every day) and giving them the room to develop their own independence is hard, but I’m working on it. I see the pride in his face when he does something on his own or when he figures something new out without help. I see how brave he is becoming and how (more often than not) he doesn’t need to hold my hand when faced with the unknown. That doesn’t mean I don’t make him hold my hand when I get the opportunity, but I’m realizing that it’s more for my benefit than his. Each day he is forming his own views on the world and what he likes and I am so proud in those moments because I know we have done something right.
Being a mother has been the hardest thing I have ever done. With each new step I am learning something more about myself, about my husband and about my heart. It is scary to love something so much and not know what the future will hold for it. I am honored to get to feel that fear, joy and love for my son and I look forward to all those feelings again when our little girl arrives this fall.
I am a mother and for the first time in my life I really feel like one!
I mentioned a while back that my sister-in-law and sister were both expecting their first babies this year. I excitedly hosted a sweet Dear Little Baby shower for my sister-in-law in January and next up was hosting an adorable ice cream parlor-themed shower for my sister and her soon to be arriving little girl.
Once again, I went to Etsy for my invitations and ended up finding the perfect ones. They also proved to be my inspiration for choosing the colors – pink and grey.
Being four-and-a-half-months pregnant, I knew I wasn’t up for hosting this shower at my own house or having to prepare all the food and beverages. I enlisted the help of my hubby and we ended up choosing a local restaurant in my sister’s hometown. It was perfectly casual, fit our theme and had a nice sized private room for our party. One thing that drew me to the Blackbird Bistro, was their amazing menu – delicious salads and gourmet pizzas. I was even able to come up with some personalized, party drinks. We all enjoyed some pink (of course!) punch (one with champagne and one with ice cream)!
My only complaint was the dim lighting around the buffet tables. It was tough to get a quality shot of the amazing pizzas or ice cream bar. The restaurant provided all the vanilla ice cream in bowls for the guests and I brought a ton of toppings to give the feel of being in a genuine ice cream shop. My favorite toppings were the pink sprinkles, pink strawberry wafers and crushed birthday cake Oreos. Yum!
A few weeks ago I posted about the start of converting our guest room into Ollie’s new big boy room. We left off having just completed what I consider the hardest parts - painting and adding faux board and batten to the walls.
Next up was my favorite part – bringing in furniture, storage and new decor. We already had the bed (from Ikea) and since it’s pretty low to the ground, we figured it would be perfect for a toddler transitioning from a crib and we’ll eventually get some side rails if needed.
We also picked up this orange dresser from HomeGoods last summer. The idea was that it would go great with the our orange and green color scheme. I love the bright color and how it pops against the dark blue and white walls.