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The other day, I was talking to a friend, mourning the fact that I haven’t been doing regular Tot School activities with Huff the Babe. I mean, when Huff the Tot was his age, I was doing alphabet flash cards, color songs, and reading at least five books a day to the girl.

“Poor Huff the Babe,” I said to my friend. “He’s getting the raw end of the deal.”

“It’s just the curse of the second child,” she said. “They don’t get as much as the first.”

Which is the cold, hard truth. With your first kid, you have a lot more time–there’s only one of them after all! So many things change once you go from one kid to two. Or two to three!

 That’s why this video from Story of this Life really hit the nail on the head!

 

What differences did you experience going from one to two (or two to three? Or three to four, you brave soul!)? Share in the comments below!

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Y’all, this mom gig is hard. Its taxing: emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. So anytime I see a gadget, a whoozit, or a thingamabob that will make my life easier, I need to A. buy two and B. let other people know about it so I can help a sistah out!

 

If you’ve got older kids and wish they would just fix their own breakfasts but are terrified at the thought of them pouring their own milk into a bowl–because, let’s face it, most of it will end up on the floor–grab this handy dandy device!

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It’s called “The Magic Tap” and turns any bottle–milk, juice, soda–into a tapped dispenser! Your Littles just press their bowl or cup up to it and faster than you can say, “Put that down!” they’ll have their own breakfast made!

 

Anyone else have a kiddo that likes to squeeze their own toothpaste? Wait, let me rephrase, anyone else hate seeing a sink full of Tom’s toothpaste WASTED? Join the club, girl. I think I might actually invest in this:

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The iLifeTech hands-free toothpaste dispenser not only dispenses the correct amount of toothpaste for the wee people in your life, it also comes with a sanitizer able to hold 5 toothbrushes!

 

Anyone else a babywearer? When Huff the Babe was smaller, I loved being able to pop in the Moby Wrap or in my ring sling and do stuff around the house or go shopping while also getting some snuggle-time with my boy. My biggest complaint, though, was needing my purse while at the mall or grocery store and not being able to carry it on my shoulder. Thankfully, TWELVELittle has some ca-yoot fanny packs to help a momma out!

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When I was nursing, I didn’t mind using a cover in public, but it was a bummer that I couldn’t see my little one. I liked being able to have that intimate time of eye contact with my baby and Huff the Babe liked to see me. (Please note: if you nurse without a cover in public, go you! I’m personally not comfortable with it but if that’s your choice, you do you, sistah!)  the company Skip Hop has you covered (literally–hey-oh!) with their windowed nursing scarf!

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Not only are the covers super cute and have a window to watch baby, but they go ALL. THE. WAY. AROUND. This means there’s no way baby can kick or tug and flash “the girls” for the entire mall to see!  

 

A few years ago, I did a Try It Tuesday about cleaning mold out of bath toys. That made me put a moratorium on bath squirters for my kids. Which kind of stinks, because the little monsters LOVE them! Thankfully, Marcus and Marcus has a better-designed bath toy for mold-paranoid moms like me!

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These bath squirters come in different shapes and colors but also detach so they can be cleaned! And bonus! They’re made of silicone and can be washed in the dishwasher! Can I get a hallelujah?!

 

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think? Share in the comments below!

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If you haven’t been on Facebook, Twitter, the Internet, to the grocery store, or watched the news lately then you probably haven’t heard that there was a total solar eclipse today. This is quite a big deal as another total solar eclipse will not happen again for another seven years.

While I think its cool in a, “Hey, there’s a solar eclipse. Neat.” sort of way, I’m not too hyped about it. There are some things, however, that feel like they happen every seven years–because they’re so rare–that I do get excited about. For example…

My family all eating the same meal, without a fight.

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Normally, I make Huff the Hubs and I something and then the kids get something else. Because I know that they will throw a big ole hissy fit about eating salmon or some kind of chicken that isn’t golden brown and dinosaur-shaped. But, there are rare occurrences when I say, “Too bad, so sad,” and errybody has to eat what I cooked for the grownups and it actually goes well!

All the laundry baskets empty AT THE SAME TIME. 

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Most days I get about 1-2 loads of laundry done and then they sit in baskets until laundry overflows in said baskets and I’m up folding clothes until midnight. But, once in a blue moon, I get laundry washed, dried, folded, AND put away ALL in the same day. Its glorious.

My children sleeping in past 7:00 a.m.

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No matter what time my kids go to bed, they are almost always up right at the stroke of 7:00 a.m. They could’ve gone without a nap the day before and didn’t fall asleep until 10, but rest assured, they’ll be saying, “Mommmmmmaaaaa!” before I can hit snooze. There are some times, though, that they sleep until 8:00 and I’m actually able to do stuff. Like, drink coffee before it gets cold and actually eat a healthy breakfast.

Wearing a white shirt the entire day without spilling something/my kids rubbing food on it.  

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I don’t buy white clothes. Not only because my kids can attract any mess within a 1-mile radius, but also because my nickname is “Messy Jessie”. So any time I can wear a white shirt without dropping a drink or a meal on it, I feel pretty accomplished.

Only having to ask Huff the Hubs once to take out the trash. 

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Calm down, I’m not going to get into a husband-bashing debate. But come on, all you wives out there know what I’m talking about. You’ll ask your hubby to take out the trash after dinner. And then again after the kids’ baths. And then again after you’ve tucked them in bed. And then you’re both laying in bed and you say, “Honey, did you take out the trash?” So when it only takes ONE TIME to ask and it gets accomplished, its basically the same feeling you get when you find $20 on the street.

Eating a warm meal. 

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You know that scene in A Christmas Story when the mom sits down to eat but can’t even take one freaking bite because her family keeps asking her to get them stuff? Yeah, its funny because its true.

Going to the grocery store without enduring any meltdowns. 

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“We just need a few things. We won’t be long.” HAHAHAHAHAHA! Famous last words. The grocery store and I are not on the same page when I bring the kids along. Why can’t they have a drive-thru?! Why must they put all the candy by the registers?! Its like they WANT you to fail. Sigh. So whenever I can go through the store quickly and without a major meltdown, I feel like a total bad-a!

 

What about you? What “rare occurrences” would you add to the list? Share in the comments below!

 

 

 

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Before I became a parent, I would sometimes get a little annoyed with people that posted every ten minutes on Facebook about something their kid did/said/pooped or about the struggles of being a parent. Now, however? I totally get it.

I know some people get irritated with (mostly) SAHMs posts about their kids. I mean, there’s even blogs about it. But imma let you in on a few reasons why SAHMs, such as myself, tend to post so much in a day.

 

1. We’re bored. 

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Don’t get me wrong, I love my kids. But you can only dress and re-dress a Barbie and listen to another hour-long Minecraft monologue before you crack. Sometimes you just need to zone out and tweet a little something to break up the monotony.

 

2. We want to feel connected to the outside world. 

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There are many days that the kids and I don’t leave the house. Sometimes its because there’s just so much to do around here or because I don’t feel like taking the kids to the store with me. Either way, if you go two or three days without stepping foot outside, you start to get a little cabin fever. Its like when Netflix asks you if you’re still there after binge-watching Gilmore Girls for three hours–we want people to know we’re still around!

 

3. If we don’t post a picture of our kid or tweet a funny quote they said, we will probably forget. (And trust me, we want that ish on our #Timehop next year!) 

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At the beginning of the year, I saw an awesome commercial for this app called Chatbooks. It basically takes all the pictures you post on social media and makes it into a scrapbook FOR you! They automatically send once the book is full, and its only $8! Its awesome for the time-crunched Momma that wants to make sure she captures everything. Drawback? Your friends have to put up with your constant picture posting (#sorrynotsorry).

 

4. We need to know we’re not alone. 

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This parenting gig is tough. And honestly, nine times out of ten when we post something, we want to hear that we’re not the only ones going through this season of constant diaper changes, potty accidents, and tantrums over the wrong color sippy cup.

 

5. Sometimes, our kids do genuine adorable things and we want to share their adorableness with everyone. 

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Everyone thinks their kids are the cutest and we just want other people to share in an “Awwwww!”-worthy gush with us. So go on, throw ’em bone. Give ’em that “like”.

 

But I get it, sometimes its eye-roll inducing when you see that same mom with yet another status update about the “very large poop that could rival a grown man’s” or how they’re “constantly cleaning boogers off the wall” or “drowning in a sea of diapers”.

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Maybe this will help you understand us a little better. Or, ya know, just click the “unfollow” button. Whatevs.

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Some days, I feel like all I do is clean.

Clean up dishes from breakfast.

Clean off my kids.

Clean the floor.

Clean the bathroom.

Clean the floor again because someone gave the baby crackers.

Clean up from lunch.

And on, and on, and on, and on…

So this video–from the hilarious duo I Mom So Hard–was totally relatable and made me laugh so hard I almost woke my napping kids (which, as we know, is a fate worse than death).

Mommas, put the broom (or Clorox wipe or Shout) down and take a minute to giggle along with me!

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Hey, Mommas! How ya doin’? Going a little crazy now that the kids have been home 24/7 for three months? Counting down the days until school starts? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one!

Check out this hilarious video the funny ladies from My Life Suckers and That’s Inappropriate put together showing the oh-so-familiar transition moms go through during the summer months!

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Sorry I’ve been M.I.A. for a bit, my sister and her brood were in town and we had to cram in a year’s worth of memories and fun in just eleven days! Its been a whirlwind around the Huffman Homestead full of cousin sleepovers, late nights, lots of ice cream eatin’, and TONS of giggles. Now that the Smiths are back in Ohio, we can get the kids back on a normal sleeping routine. Which, in and of itself, is a lot like trying to tape a document back together once its been run through a shredder.

 

 

Sleep training (and sleep re-training) is the worst. Solidarity, Mommas.