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Why I Love Fall..

October is here (and has been for the past 2 weeks.. I know), which means that fall is in full swing. Which also means that it is the best season of the year!

Yes, other seasons are lovely and have special qualities that make them great as well. Winter brings Christmas, spring brings flowers, and summer means no school and vacation time. But there is no season like fall!

Here are all the reasons why fall is and always will be my favorite season of the year.

W E A T H E R

The weather that comes along with fall has to be the main reason why fall is my favorite. In the mornings the feeling of cold, crisp air hit your cheeks is so refreshing. Seeing all the leaves on the trees change colors and fall to the ground is a beautiful cycle. I prefer the cold cause its so easy to get warm and cozy. Perfect time to bust out all those oversize sweaters and your favorite leggings.

C U D D L I N G

Who doesn’t love to cuddle?! Whether your cozy-ing up next to your significant other or rounding up all your littles on the couch with a nice soft blanket; cuddling is one of the best ways to show affection and be close to those you love most! Make some cider, have some popcorn, and snuggle up real close while watching your favorite fall movie. Some perfect fall movies include: Hocus Pocus (our all time favorite), Beauty and the Beast, The nightmare before Christmas, and Pocahontas!

P U M P K I N S

This one speaks for itself I’m sure.

All things pumpkin when fall hits. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice latte, going to the pumpkin patch, even carving out a pumpkin just in time for Halloween! We love to see all the different types of pumpkins that Trader Joe’s puts out for fall. They are the perfect addition to any home decor you are planning.

F A M I L Y

I always love how fall brings families together. You make plans with family to take the littles to the pumpkin patch, apple picking, or figure out whos house you will gather at to take them trick or treating! No matter what I always find myself surrounded by family during fall. I think it may be because the end of the year is approaching and all of the big holidays are coming. Whatever it is though, I enjoy every second spent with family.

T H A N K S G I V I N G

Literally my all time favorite holiday of the year. I love gathering with our families and eating all the best home cooked meals that are prepped with love. It is such a joyous feeling to see everyone together laughing and making memories. This year, November will be extra special for us because we get to welcome our second little girl into the world. She will be here just in time and will add so much love to our Thanksgiving feast. I may also add that this year I happen to be having my golden birthday the day before Thanksgiving. Best time to be born. 🙂

I will forever love all things about fall…

What are some things that you love about fall?

Thanks for stopping by..

Much love,

Krissy!

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5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Becoming A Mama

Welcome back to Life Chasing Littles!

Today I’m here to talk about all the things that I wish I knew before becoming a Mom. I narrowed it down to my top 5 reasons. It was tough because this list can go on and on forever but I managed to pick the ones that are most important to me. If you’re a Mama already you may relate, if not you might find yourself back here reading this post again and again!

1. Love was once just a word.

Sure, you love your parents. Your siblings, cousins, grandparents, and friends. They love you as well. The type of love I am talking about though, is something you never knew existed. Its a feeling that is rooted deep down into you the second you become a Mama. This love is emotional, its powerful, its breathtaking. At times its overwhelming because it radiates so vigorously you are not sure what to do with it. Your little has given you a new meaning of love, a love so real.

2. Time flies by.

You find out your pregnant and share the good news with your significant other, family, and friends. Those 9 months come and go; before you know it you are giving birth to a beautiful little human you once nurtured inside you. After birth, you adjust to becoming a parent and healing you forget to stop and live in that moment with your newborn. Life moves quickly and before you can even blink your little baby is now a walking, talking, hurricane of joy. Take the time to stop whatever you are doing and embrace even the smallest moments with your littles as much as you can. Kiss, hug, laugh, make memories, because time doesn’t stand still.

3. The mess can wait.

This one ties in with #2. While you are busy cleaning up your “messy” house precious time with your little is ticking. No matter how many dishes you have sitting in the sink, how many loads of laundry are sitting clean in a pile somewhere, or vacuuming up all those crumbs that dropped on the floor; the mess can wait. I’m not saying to never clean, I’m simply stating that no matter what a mess will always be there but time spent hanging out as a family will fade. So put down that broom and take out a board game, make some popcorn and enjoy each other while you can.

4. Being a Mama can be isolating.

All those amazing friends you once had; vanish. The universe starts weaving them out one by one until there are none left. For me, this was a blessing in disguise. Before becoming a Mama I had no control over who I was as a person and my choice of friends didn’t help. Once I had my daughter my “friends” would pop in here and there until I finally realized we live such different lives that I needed to move on. After all, I would rather spend my Friday nights eating ice cream, watching Disney movies with my new besties that will be by my side forever than go out with people who only care about a good time for themselves.

5. You will spend hours to get them to bed…

Only to find yourself missing them once they are asleep. Bedtime is every parents favorite part of the day. You finally have time to unwind from that long day at work, sit down with your partner, grab some wine, put on some Netflix and literally chill. Until one of you mentions that cute thing your little said or did earlier that day. That is when you get an urge of going into their room and waking them up with tons of kisses all over because you miss their little faces. At the end of the day all that you really want to do is be around your littles no matter how crazy they may drive you.

These are all things that I “wish” I knew before becoming a Mama but I have to be a little honest. Even if I happened to know these things it still would never be enough. No amount of advice could compare to the reality of being a Mama.

Thank you for stopping by…

Much love,

Krissy

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One of the toughest hoods you’ll ever go through.

This past Sunday we attended church. We try to make it every Sunday, but you know.. Life gets in the way. It was our first time attending in a couple weeks and the service spoke to me more this time than it usually does. You see, being pregnant takes a huge toll on a woman’s body. So what once was my normal is no longer existent. From cleaning, to being consistent with healthy meals, sleep, even attending church has become hard. My body this time around is restless and tired; things that seem easy to others are not so easy for me. With that being said one major thing I have been feeling is frustration. This frustration stems from feeling defeated in my daily routine. We all know as a parent frustration comes naturally of course. My frustration though, runs much deeper because of all my extra hormones that pregnancy has blessed me with.

At church the service was about “love.” All the aspects of love should be done with patience and kindness, it is not self-seeking nor driven by anger. Being a mother love comes naturally for your littles. Its a feeling you feel instantly and it never fades; only grows. Sometimes though, our littles like to test the limits of our patience. They do things that they know are going to get a reaction out of you. I’m not exactly sure why this is but it drives me crazy. My daughter Sage has a very stubborn personality and loves to be in charge of everything. I get it, you have your own voice so why not put it to use? I’m not against her having independence but sometimes she forgets that she is only five. This is where parenting becomes a challenge because she would rather listen to herself than her parents.

I often forget that that frustration can negatively affect the way you parent. I lose sight of what is and act out with a little anger and all my patience is gone. These past 8 months have been a struggle when it comes to being the best Mama I can be. The church service really put things into perspective for me and I have been trying to clear my head before reacting to things Sage says or does. So thank you God, for being the reminder that I truly needed in my life right now. Remember that no one is a perfect parent and all these feelings are normal to feel. Guilt can play a huge factor at the end of the day, just know that tomorrow is a new day for you to give your littles all the hugs and kisses that they deserve!

Love is kind. Love is patient. Love is pure.

Thanks for stopping by!

Much love,

Krissy

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Hospital Bag For Baby

One thing that I have been looking forward to this pregnancy is packing our diaper bag for the hospital! The fun of putting all the little outfits together and imagining how your fresh newborn baby will look in the clothes you have picked out for them. Its almost a bitter sweet moment for me as I sat and packed the hospital bag today. I kept thinking about how I will no longer be pregnant anymore and how I will miss my bump. Yes, having her here in my arms is much more anticipated but her wiggling around inside is such a sweet feeling. I know she is safe and protected in my belly!

Today I want to share all the items I am packing for our hospital stay. The first thing I want to rave about is this gorgeous diaper bag from Itzy Ritzy. It is not your average diaper bag. I am the type of Mama who will literally pack my entire house while on the go (tell me I’m not alone?!) this bag makes that easy with all the room it has for everything you need and more. It has many pockets, the inside is so deep, it comes with a changing pad and stroller straps that can be removed. The quality of it is AMAZING, I know that this will last for years to come. I love that its a backpack! This feature makes life easier for Moms and Dads to be hands free while on the go.

Next item is swaddles! Literally one of my favorite baby items. I have two swaddles packed, one is a solid pink while the other has a pattern of peaches. These swaddles are made by Copper Pearl and are a must for babies. They are soft, stretchy, cozy, and all the prints they come in are to die for! I also got a car-seat cover in the peach print to match. Another brand that I truly love is Aden + Anais swaddles. I have plenty of these handy at home as well.

Lets talk clothes; I have 3 long sleeved onsies, 2 gowns (amazing for those late night diaper changes), and of course her coming home outfit. With my first pregnancy I definitely over packed for my little. Of course I was a first time Mama and felt like I needed everything but this time around I am keeping it light and simple. Some other items I will be bringing are: the Haakaa silicone breast pump, this is perfect for catching all the breast milk that may leak while baby is nursing. A cocoon swaddle by Itzy Ritzy that also comes with an adorable announcement name card. I will have my own set of wipes just in case the hospital doesn’t provide them (usually they have diapers and wipes available), a small bottle of hand sanitizer for when big sister comes to visit, and of course our much loved Ryan & Rose pacifiers and cutie clips to match her outfits.

Now that I have her bag packed and ready I am going to start on mine and my partners bag! If you have any suggestions or if there is a holy grail that you want to share with me feel free to comment and let me know!

Thanks for stopping by.

Much love,

Krissy

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OH BABY!

Lets start by saying: I can’t believe I have 6 weeks remaining until my scheduled c-section. 6 short weeks until I am a Mama of not one but TWO beautiful little girls. How did I ever get so lucky?! This Saturday we got to celebrate the tiny life growing in me with family and friends. If I am being honest; I did have a chaotic shower (it rained, and I pretty much hosted it). All the details that go into prepping for a baby shower can be overwhelming, but I am so proud of myself for getting it done. I went for a simple shower and it turned out as well as I hoped. I am grateful for everyone who made it. All the decorations turned out nice, the cake was beautiful, and all the gifts for baby girl were lovely. Now that this part of my pregnancy has come and gone I feel like things are moving even faster than they were before. I have so much to do in what seems like such a short amount of time. Although I am still recovering from such and exhausting weekend I can’t help but find myself so excited for my family of 3 to grow.

….Thanks for stopping by!

Much love,

Krissy

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Through Her Eyes…

One thing about being a Mama that I truly enjoy is seeing life through my daughters point of view. No matter what we are doing; everything seems like such a big deal to her. Her reaction when she sees something for the first time is what I live for. The way she asks questions about things that intrigue her, seeing her hold conversations, laughing, enjoying life, is seriously the most rewarding part of being her Mom. Yet, nobody really prepares you for the way life becomes when you have a little to look after. That’s because its different for everyone. Some have daily routines, some live day to day going with the flow, and some (like me) take the chaos as it comes and wing it with what works for you. I’ve noticed lately that my patience is running a bit thin. Sure, I am 8 months pregnant and being moody comes along with it. No one said transitioning from one little to two would be a walk in the park. That doesn’t mean I am not going to try and perfect every little detail along the way… Today I learned that this might be what is causing me to lose my patience: PERFECTION. “It doesn’t exist,” so I’m told. I believe that it may not exist as a way of life but does exist inside my little. Obviously, this may be a biased opinion to some cause I am her Mother but that doesn’t change how I feel. From the moment I laid my eyes on her; I knew what “perfect” was. So, what I am here to remind myself today is that no matter how tough being a Mama can be all the struggle is worth it when I am with her. Seeing life through her eyes takes all my worries away. Don’t forget to stop and smell the roses.

Thanks for stopping by!

Much love,

Krissy

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All The Feels Of A Preggo Mama

Where do I begin? The fact that I am carrying, growing, and nurturing a tiny human inside me blows my mind. My body was made to create a life, my body was made to give birth, and my body was made to feed my littles. Pregnancy is such an incredible blessing, I couldn’t thank God enough for this amazing gift. When I say all these rewarding aspects of pregnancy are beautiful in every way that does not mean there aren’t some unpleasant moments that come along with it. For instance; some women get sick and can’t eat anything without running to the bathroom a few moments after. As for me, I got what some may call “lucky” because I have a ravenous hunger to eat ALL the time. Yes, that sounds fun right? My partner got an eating buddy, yay! But in reality I have no in-between, I am either starving or so full it hurts. Its a day to day struggle but I’ve learned to eat smaller portions to avoid being uncomfortable which leads me to my next topic; WEIGHT GAIN. Every woman, big or small, will gain weight during their pregnancy. Whether it be 10 pounds to 60 pounds, it happens. With my first pregnancy I gained 50+lbs (on top of being a plus size Mama) and was very unhappy with myself after I delivered my beautiful little girl. It took forever to get that control that I was missing, back. Once I finally got it I became preggo again! I am happy to say that with this pregnancy I have managed to keep my gain under control and I am very pleased with how I am carrying. Next, lets discuss all things that have to do with your energy. Everyday I find myself completely winded from doing simple house chores. Its come to the point where the dishwasher has become my bestie, making the beds is very unnecessary since we crawl back into them anyways, and laundry takes 5 -7 business days to get back into the drawers. Growing a human takes it all from you, so sorry if my house isn’t as clean as it once was. I promise that its only temporary and things will get back into routine as soon as I’m up to it! I just want to take the time to let all the women in the world know, YOU ARE AMAZING.

Thanks for stopping by!

Much love,Krissy