The Transition From Brothers to Friends

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I’ll let you in on a little secret: I love having two boys.

I’ll admit, when we went into our gender reveal ultrasound and got the news that baby #2 was another boy, I felt a twinge of disappointment. How could I not? A boy and a girl is the American Dream. It’s what everybody wants, right? My disappointment lasted only a second as I gave myself a reality check and counted my blessings. I loved being a “boy mom” with Sawyer and now I got to continue on. Brothers so close in age would be the best of friends. They were going to be born at the same time of year so hand me downs would always work out. I didn’t have to buy pretty much anything to prepare. It was going to be great!

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How to Freshen Up After the Gym…When You Have no Time to Shower!

Happy Thursday!

Do you follow me on Instagram? If not, you should.

And if you already are, you might have participated in the silly polls on my story when I was having an argument with my husband.

An argument about whether or not you need to shower after every workout.

My husband thinks you should shower after every workout, and don’t get me wrong, I don’t disagree! In a perfect world I would be fresh and clean after every sweat session. But I have kids. So that’s just not possible.

I’m already taking 2 hours out of my very, hectic, diaper-changing day to go to the gym in the first place. Another 2 hours to shower, wash, dry, and style my hair? Absolutely not.

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Introducing Your Baby to Solids

 

Oliver has been growing so fast. It’s been this way with both of my boys. Because they were born prematurely, they were stuck in the “newborn stage” for quite a while. Then after they turn 6 months, hit a bunch of milestones all at once! Sitting up, crawling, grabbing, etc.

They were so delayed for so long that when they rapidly start catching up and hitting milestones, it feels like they’re growing up in the blink of an eye and really tugs on my Mama heart strings.

Oliver started solids around Christmas. It’s a much different experience than with Sawyer.

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3 Things I Wasn’t Expecting About Motherhood

 

 

I thought I had prepared for just about every aspect of Motherhood. I read parenting books, caught up on all the best mommy blogs, and spent hours researching topics on Pinterest. I thought I had it covered. But I was wrong.

Motherhood changed me in ways I didn’t expect. I thought I would be me, just with kids but that wasn’t the case. I became interested in things I wasn’t before. Not even interested, straight up invested in things I never expected. Suddenly, I had to know all the latest car seats and their features. Want to know about diaper bags? I can tell you the designer and style of pretty much every bag carried by every mom in the grocery store. I don’t just know them all…I care! I care enough to research all the different diaper bags and their capabilities. I researched them so much I know them at a glance. I can tell you all the different brands of strollers on the market and their top sellers. Why do I care? I’m not sure. Like I said, I’ve changed.

There are lots of things I wasn’t expecting about Motherhood.

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The Toddler Bedtime Routine

 

Ah, bedtime.  A toddler parents worst nightmare and best daydream all rolled into one. Soon, your “terrible twos” year old or “threenager” will be sleeping soundly, and you can finally get some peace and quiet. But first, first, there’s a battle to get there.
A long one.
Tossing a toddler in the bath, praying they don’t soak your entire bathroom, wrangling them into pajamas, pinning them down to brush their teeth, catapulting them into their bed, wrestling them under the covers, reading them a book while they screech, giving them goodnight prayer and kisses, saying your goodnights and closing the door behind you, breathing a sigh of relief, and praying they fall asleep.

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The Perfect Coffee for Those Who Hate Coffee

 

My name is Katie Brown and I’ve always hated the taste of coffee.

Always.

Even as an adult, I still hate the taste of coffee. It’s so bitter and strong and awful.

But…I need coffee. I have 2 small children. One of whom is only 8 months old and does not yet sleep all the way through the night. I work from home full time and try to keep up on housework, laundry, entertaining my children, running errands, and attempting to keep myself in shape. I’m exhausted. All the time.

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Staying Motivated Through February

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I hate new year’s resolutions. I hate them.

But yet, January comes and I feel so inexplicably…motivated. It’s more than just New Year’s. It’s that the Holidays have just ended and it offers an opportunity. An opportunity to start eating better after the Turkey Dinners and the peanut butter balls. It’s a chance to clean and reorganize your house because you’re packing up all the Christmas decor anyways. It’s a chance to get back on a strict schedule because your days are no longer filled with shopping trips, cookie baking, shows, and holiday parties.

It’s not a fresh start because it’s suddenly January. It’s a fresh start because life gets back to normal. And what better time to reevaluate and reorganize?

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The Dreaded Swaddle Transition

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The dreaded 4 month sleep regression. It’s no coincidence that babies go through a sleep regression around the same time they start rolling over, and therefore cannot be swaddled anymore.

When this happened with Sawyer (my oldest), it was killer. I remember the sleep deprivation all too well. So when Oliver started creeping up on 4 months, I started preparing myself. When he started rolling, I got out the trusty sleep sacks, and I prayed.

Nothing could have prepared me for how awful it has ended up being!

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Monster Jam is Coming to Denver!

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Monster Jam is coming to Denver this week!

Monster Jam is the perfect weekend activity for you and your kids. If you have little boys (or girls) who love cars, trucks, or motorsports of any kind they will LOVE this thrilling and captivating show!

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Make the Most of Your Mornings

 

 

Ah, mornings.

Often the most hectic part of my day, but also sometimes the best. If I’m up before the rest of the house (usually the case), I get a few quiet minutes to myself to relax and plan my day.

Getting up a little earlier the past few months has really changed a lot for me. I’ve found that it’s great to get some quiet time to myself first thing, and by tackling the day an hour or 2 earlier, I’m actually getting a lot more done. It’s amazing what you’ll have time for if you start your day at 7 instead of 9! Here’s a few things I do to make the most of my mornings:

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