Motherhood Is...

Thursday, March 19, 2015

To me, it is-

-Hearing your child cuss and cringing inside and figuring out how to tell a 2 year old that cuss words are not nice. {I heard CT say "Dammit" perfectly when he touched bird poop and I told him to wash his hands. The thing is I don't even use that word- I use much worse words than that and I am 94% sure that I don't use them around him. Not sure where he heard this one from, but he says it perfectly.}

-Waking up every time he makes a noise on the monitor and find it nearly impossible to go back to sleep.

-Finding new and creative ways to feed said toddler because asking a 2 year old to sit down and eat is nearly impossible.

-Sneaking into your child's room when they are sleeping to watch them dream.

-Kissing boo-boos and saying it will be okay.

-Cleaning up the pile of toys and blocks just to watch them make a mess out of it again five minutes later only because they are quiet and entertained.

-Crying randomly because you hope you aren't screwing them up.

-Going shopping only to find yourself spending money on clothes for your kid other than yourself without even realizing it.

-Going out on a date night and speaking only of your children.

-Missing your baby so much when they are away at daycare.

-Praying your baby isn't around anyone who is sick with the stomach bug because all mommy does is worry about it.

-Loving another so unconditionally and knowing that you are willing to sacrifice anything to make sure that their needs are being met.

What is motherhood to you?

From One Mom to Another: Brianne's Story

Monday, March 9, 2015

I am so excited to be bringing back a series I used to do around here that showcases so many different types of moms in and out of the blogging community. Each Monday I will share bits and pieces of advice from these moms directly to you! I'll also include all of their social media information so that you can follow their stories regularly!

Today's mom is Brianne- she blogs over at Swashbuckle & Flow and highlights what life is like with a child who has diabetes and another who has ADHD. Her story is truly inspiring and she has quickly become a daily read of mine. 

Swashbuckle & Flow

Twitter - @mamasieberg
Instagram - @mamasieberg
Pinterest - Mama Sieberg

What is something you wish you knew before having a baby?

I dove head first into the What To Expect books when I was pregnant with my son. I wish someone had politely took the book away and tossed it in the trash.

My children are my greatest teacher, for I have learned things on this journey that cannot be taught from a book. Be present, try new things, but in the end, always trust your Mama Instinct.

What is your most surprising mommy moment?

My daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when she was 3 years old. We were devastated, as we were unable to picture what our new life would look like. The hospital did an amazing job of educating us on how to care for and manage her Diabetes, and the day after her diagnosis - it was up to us. 
I remember in the moments leading up to the first time I administered her insulin, I found a strength I didn't know I had. You don't realize how strong you are, when you have no choice. My daughter has since adjusted beautifully, and I was so surprised by how much she feeds off my confidence. When I display that, she follows suit. I am inspired by her bravery and grace every day.

How has motherhood impacted your life all around?

Motherhood is the most challenging yet rewarding role I have ever taken on. No matter what I accomplish in my career, my legacy will be my kids.

Their impact extends far beyond the sleepless nights with a newborn, far beyond the anxiety that a diagnosis brings, and far beyond the busy schedule their social calendars bring (they have a better social life than we do!) I live for the moments at the end of the day, when I'm tucking them into bed and they throw their arms around my neck and say "I love you." No matter how challenging the day was, those three words have the power to refresh. Moments like that make it worth it.

What is the BEST piece of advice you've ever received about motherhood?

To not chase perfection.
Perfection is impossible. Instead, strive for progress.
Also, as mothers, we share a common ground. Try not to judge their parenting choices solely because they are not something you would do. If their child is healthy, happy and thriving - then that is all that matters. Support is so important, as it truly takes a village to raise a child.
But most importantly, YOU CAN DO THIS. Take a deep breath, and take each day one moment at a time.

Anything else we should know about you, mommy-related or not?

My son is overcoming the challenges posed by his ADHD everyday. I am very proud of what he has accomplished - improved grades and being named Student of the Week at school, and his focus lead him to discover a newfound joy in reading.
As I teach these little humans about life, they are teaching me as well - the little things are actually really big things, to appreciate the simple pleasures, and most of all ... to just have fun.

Thank you so very much Brianne for sharing your story! 

Are you interested in becoming Michelle's Desk next featured mommy? Would you like to write a post for From One Mom to Another? If so, please email me at (put FOMTA in the subject) for information! 

I'm NOT a Bad Mom!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Happy Sunday! Today I'm over at the Houston Moms Blog talking about ignoring those dirty looks we sometimes get as mothers when our kids act like typical 2 year olds and cry in the middle of the grocery store (or some other public place). Stop by and say hello! And...while you are at it, read about the other adventures of Houston moms!

Have a great rest of your weekend!

A Fresh Start

Friday, March 6, 2015

Hi! Now that I'm getting back into the swing of things here in BlogLand, I think it is only fitting that I reintroduce myself to you all and hopefully you will do the same! I've been out of the game for a minute, but I am so glad to be back!!! Here are a few things going on over here in my neck of the woods!

1. I have a 2 year old son that we will lovingly refer to as CT here on the blog! I didn't think Baby Apple was an adequate nickname for him because he is no longer a baby and my blog is no longer titled The Vintage Apple.

2. CT loves to color. All over mommy and daddy's stuff. I've staged multiple interventions and I've cut his habit down to coloring on just his tinker-table. I'll take it.

3. We just had this awesome swing set installed in our backyard! I am ready for some warmer weather so we can enjoy the outdoors again!

4. I've decided to wear my hair curly from now on. Well, until I start feeling lazy again and just keep it au natural.  Also- I took this shameless selfie when I was stuck on 610 in Rodeo traffic- Houstonians, you know what I mean!

5. I'm missing this guy so much it hurts. I hate how empty my house feels without him. He was so sick and I know that he is finally at peace, but I'm selfish and wish he was still here.

6. My blog got a facelift!! Grab a button while you are here!

Take a second and say hi or re-introduce yourself! Leave your blog address in the comments too so I can read all about you! Feel free to link your favorite posts! 

TGIF!!!! Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

We lost our beloved Ace yesterday to Lymphoma. He was my sidekick and my best friend and words cannot express how empty my heart feels at this moment. He was 9 years young and will be missed so very much. He truly was my little WonderPup. 

Rainbow BridgeAuthor Unknown
There is a bridge connecting Heaven and Earth. It is called the Rainbow Bridge because of its many colors. Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge there is a land of meadows, hills and valleys with lush green grass.
When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this place. There is always food and water and warm spring weather. All the animals who have been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind. They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. Her bright eyes are intent; her eager body begins to quiver. Suddenly she begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, her legs carrying her faster and faster. You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross the Rainbow Bridge together, never again to be separated.
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