This week has truly been awesome! I’ve connected with so many of you in a raw and real way and I’m so grateful for it. I started off the week talking about my post-pregnancy body and the love and support I got from all of you was overwhelming and so beautiful! I also shared part of my home tour on Wednesday and we discussed breastfeeding your child/bottle feeding your child and how beautiful those things are. So given all the goodness on my blog this week, I really wanted to finish out the week strong! So I thought, what better way than to write a post about my beautiful children! So today on the blog, I’ve teamed up with Gymboree as part of their “Made You Smile” campaign to talk about Molly and Riley and the special bond that they are creating.
Since we brought Riley home from the hospital many of you have reached out and asked how Molly reacted to him. Sure at first she was a little unsure of him, and she still definitely has her moments where she shows jealousy. For example, if she’s feeling fussy or wants more of mommy and daddy‘s attention, she will say “baby nap!” Basically what that means is that she wants us to put the baby down so we can pay attention to her. Also, when Riley is crying Molly tends to start crying too. Not when it’s a soft cry, but when he really gets going it definitely affects her. Which honestly, I find so sweet and precious. She hates seeing her little brother upset and it makes her upset too. But other than those two things, I would say that it’s been absolutely amazing watching Molly and Riley bond.
As a parent, I don’t think there’s anything more special than seeing the bond between your children. I could cry just talking about it. Tears of joy of course! When I see them together it just brings the biggest smile to my face and gives me joy that I’ve never felt before. It sounds kind of cheesy when I say it that way, but I don’t know how else to explain it. It’s like a part of my heart melts when I see them together and I never knew that part of my heart existed before. OK, now I’m even getting more cheesy! Ha! I guess I just need to accept that that’s a big part of what motherhood is, a series of mushy gushy moments as you watch your children learn and grow.
Some of her favorite things to do with Riley are read him stories and give him time outs. I’m not even kidding! It’s the funniest and cutest thing ever! She’ll tell him he has a time out and to stay where he is. She definitely gets it from us giving her time outs and telling her to stay in her time out chair until she calms down. I don’t think she’s being bossy, I think she’s showing great leadership! In fact, I think she’ll be a CEO one day!
She also loves to give Riley kisses. At random times throughout the day she’ll just go up to him and kiss him on the forehead. She’s such a sweet girl and they are lucky to have each other. I know it won’t always be like this. There will be many fights in the future I’m sure. But I hope as they grow up they always look out for each other like this. Knowing that they’ll always have each other is definitely what makes me smile.
And you guys know I have to talk about their super cute clothes! Everything they are wearing is from Gymboree. I love this brand of children’s clothing for so many reasons. One big reason is this awesome campaign they’re doing where they’re encouraging parents to share what “made them smile” when it comes to their kiddos. I just love it when brands encourage people to share their happy stories and spread positivity around the internet when we can be inundated with so much negativity. And secondly, Gymboree has the best quality clothes. Really. You will not find better quality kids clothes out there! As you’ll notice in some of these pictures, I actually bought Molly some clothes from their boys section. And that’s because I know that even after she wears them for the next year, the durability and quality are so good that Riley will be able to wear them when he’s her age and they’ll look just as new! So I figured why not get something that’s kind of gender neutral that they can both wear! I’m always thinking ahead. Also, this rainbow bomber jacket might just be the cutest jacket I’ve ever seen! The second I saw it I knew I had to get it for Molly. And when she saw the T-shirt with the monster on it she insisted on having that. I’m not even kidding you. When I was looking at their stuff on my computer she saw that monster shirt and kept making me go back to it so she could look at it. I knew I had to get it for her at that point. She was so excited when it came in the mail!
Also, have I told you guys Molly is starting preschool soon?! Isn’t that insane?! I know I could’ve put it off a while longer but now that Riley is here I think it’s really important for Molly to have time out of the house where she can get attention from other kids and teachers while we can exclusively focus on Riley at home. So, she’s starting preschool in September! It’s hard to believe and I’m not sure I’m emotionally ready for it but I know it’s something that will be good for both Molly and mommy. So, I was pretty psyched that I got to do school clothes shopping for her! I’ve honestly always dreamed of doing before school shopping for my kiddos and I can’t believe that day has arrived! So I’m thinking this dress and cute army green jacket with patches will be her first day of school outfit! And the little rainbow headband is just darling.
And I couldn’t leave Riley out! Now that I have two kids I found that if you get one child something, you should do the same for the other child. Even though Riley doesn’t understand it yet, I still wanted to get him something nice. And how adorable is this little bear hoodie he has on. Seriously these might be the cutest pictures of all time! Ha! I got the matching jogger pants to go with it. I also picked out a few of their onesies as well because they’re just such great quality.
Well there you have it, I wanted to share a little bit about my cute kiddos and their cute clothes to finish out the week! And I would love to continue this lovefest by hearing all of your stories about what made you smile this week (or this year!) in the comments below! It’s funny because I used to spend Friday nights out bar-hopping with my friends and now I spend them at home putting my kids to bed at 7 PM. You know what, my Friday nights are so much better now! And tonight will be extra special and perfect because I’ll get to sit by my computer and read all of your beautiful stories after the little ones have gone to bed for the night. So share what makes you smile with me and I hope to respond to all of your comments tonight with a glass of wine in hand and a huge smile on my face! So know YOU guys made me smile this week too! Love you guys!
More cute pics of my kiddos below. Why? Because I am one proud mama!