Jessamyn looked at me today and very seriously said “mommy sometimes my heart whispers sadness”.... my initial thought was to offer a solution, or suggest things that make her happy, or say “oh I’m sorry how about.....” but I didn’t. Instead I looked her in the eye and said, “you know sometimes mine does too.” As someone who has spent the last 20+ years struggling with anxiety that has left me time and time again being told that my emotions are “too big” or “a problem” I can 100% say there are times that my heart whispers sadness and I know my girls have and will see it. And while I sincerely hope I don’t pass on my anxiety to them... I can’t guarantee that BUT what I can give them is the promise that I am here for them no matter what their hearts whisper and no matter how big their emotions are... and whether it is now at 5 or someday when Jessamyn is 22 I want her to know her feelings aren’t crazy, they are real and my heart is 100% here for it and she isn’t alone in her feelings.. her feelings are valid and while I can’t stop her heart from whisper sadness i will be here with her for it.. always. ❤️ #honestmotherhood
Newborn✨ bambi, bunny.. true inspirations for everything beautiful this season (including our animal themed suits) 🍁🍂 . .
23 hours ago
This little bear had the best autumn adventures today 🐻🍁🍂 lots of autumn spam coming! See our feed for more of these I’m about to upload 🍁🍂🍁🍂🍁🍂
20 hours ago
10 weeks off together on shared paternity leave and we still haven’t killed each other.
1 day ago
I wanted to share a little bit about our journey on how our children learn to read. Well, today I will share about our oldest ( with her permission of coarse ❤️). As of right now, I share a lot about how Sunny devours books. She can read a stack of chapter books within days! But guess what? Sunny was a late reader. We never pushed her to read when I could tell she was having a really hard time with it. People would judge me left and right, and question my ability to homeschool. One day Sunny asked if she could write a letter to a friend. I sat and helped her write a letter. She became so obsessed with writing, she basically learned to read in the process of Jeff and I helping her write. Once she learned to read, she had skipped over all the level 1/level 2 books. She caught up SO fast, and ever since she has LOVED reading and writing! She is currently writing a screenplay with a couple friends. The same goes with everything our kids learn. I keep my eyes and ears open, and wait for the signs that they are ready. The focus in our home is cultivating a love of learning, and a drive to be self motivated! ❤️❤️ ( we’ve been printing little quilt squares on a bunch of mugs to give to folks who donate $25 or more to our Humble Co op! The $$ goes to supplies, and allowing us to continue to provide affordable/free classes for local families. ❤️)
19 hours ago
Trying to figure out how to have five, maybe six more newborns, but only four kids. How can you be my last baby Autry Baker when you are just SO YUMMY 😩.
Not everyone can afford to have proffessional photos taken of their children for the holiday season, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be able to do a nice job on your own.
I am not a professional, and I don't pay for any software but I think mine turn out pretty good.
1. Take the photos outside if you can, I decided to do a "first look at snow" for the season, this was their reaction. Taking nice photos without fancy equipment is much easier outside.
2. Always edit. I have included my raw photos so you can see the difference.
3. Snapseed is a free editting App, I use that.
4. Cropping is essential, make sure your shot only has what you want people to see no extra.
5. Brighter photos for the most part are more pleasing, so use those brightness tools to add light.
6. Don't over do the saturation of colour, it looks awful.
7.you can sharpen the facial features with the face tool, very simple.
8. Once you like your photo you can plop it into a Canva app, also free, to add text and a background if you want to make a card or something.
9. Making calendars is something I do every year, if you order before mid November it is cheaper.
10. Costco is the best quality/price/time turn around for printing ans I have tried several.
#holidayseason #heartoftheedit#howtotakeaphoto#playmore #momstagram
18 hours ago
Waking up HAPPY ⠀
Did you know that your baby CAN wake up happy from a nap? In fact that is a sign that your baby is getting their sleep needs met. ⠀
Babies between the ages of 4-6 months can wake up happy from their naps. For today's #sleeptiptuesday, I am going to be sharing some tips to help your baby wake up happy from their naps. Follow these 3 rules to help your baby wake up happy and content. ⠀
🌟 RULE 1: Mom, not baby decides when the nap starts. This doesn't mean we put them down when we feel like it. It means we take things such as awake time and disposition into account when deciding the best time for naps. ⠀
🌟 RULE 2: Mom, not baby decides when the nap will end. Things like desired nap lengths, disposition, and total amount of daytime sleep go into consideration here. We may need to wake baby from a nap if it is going too long. Another thing to consider is 'are they simply shifting sleep cyles and just making little noises due to the shift. This is why we always recommend waiting 10 minutes before you respond to them at nap time. You want to allow your baby the opportunity to fall back to sleep if needed. ⠀
🌟 RULE 3: If your baby wakes up crying or cranky, it's often because they did not take a good nap. When your baby gets enough sleep, you will notice a happy disposition. They will make happy cooing sounds, letting you know that it is time to get them up. ⠀
Remember, if your baby us waking up crank y or crying, they are most likely not getting the sleep they need. ⠀
If you are unhappy with your current sleep situation, use the link in my bio or DM me to schedule your FREE 15 min call.⠀
Rest Well! ⠀⠀
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18 hours ago
I’ve been looking everywhere for the perfect background, turns out it was back home 💛