When The Baby Becomes Mobile

  1. ashley says:

    Girl! I can so relate! Honestly that is when things got a little harder for us too, but it is getting easier now! Promise! It’s ok to feel overwhelmed, you deserve it!

    You are such a great mama, those little ladies are lucky to have you!

  2. Amy says:

    You are definitely not alone, my friend. I feel as if I’m doing everything to keep my head above water, too. I’m so grateful for an understanding & patient husband. I understand that this is just a season & it really will be over before we know it, but man, this season is getting windy & rainy. Anyways, no real rhyme or reason to this comment, just know that you aren’t alone! If you need to talk, you have my e-mail. πŸ™‚

  3. Stefanie says:

    I completely understand! I found myself nodding along with this post. And the part about not waking up early? YES!!!
    I don’t know about you, but I often wonder how other bloggers manage to be active on social media all day long and comment on so many blogs each day!
    Me? I’m just overwhelmed, staying up way too late, and trying to keep up with the meals, messes, schedules, and the toddler tornado!
    Hang in there…it is just a phase in life! XOXO

  4. Jess Beer says:

    Well, clearly no advice here, but I hope you figure it out because I’ll be coming to you in the future! Just do what you can and don’t stress about it – your girls come first!

  5. Laura Keenan says:

    Oh Courtney, I could have wrote this post! My house is a disaster half the time right now (drives me crazy), dinner isn’t even started until Conor is home. I will never wake before my kids, so I stay up until nearly midnight so that I can get stuff done and then have time with Conor. And a recent bout of teething put me into such a funk that I was sad & weepy all the time with no real amount of patience. So yeah, we’re in the thick of it right now!

  6. Allyson says:

    I am in that trench with you! I hit that manic stage when my baby started walking and then bumped it up a level when he learned to throw his cup! Sometimes we just need a moment and blog post to remind ourselves that our babies make us crazy…and we wouldn’t have it any other way!

  7. Amanda says:

    You are doing a great job, and I’m sure it is super overwhelming to suddenly have her all over. We are learning this too with R rolling rolling everywhere. I can’t relate to what it feels like to stay at home with the kids all day, but I’m glad there are others who can commiserate properly. We need people in our lives who truly get where we are. I’m finding that with being a working mom myself because I’m overwhelmed but for entirely different reasons. Hang in there πŸ™‚ Your girlies are precious and just the cutest.

  8. jessi otey says:

    Whew girl, sounds like the whirlwind around here lately too! Not so much Andi but the babes I keep now. It’s like a welcome to crazy town sign should just hang above each room in my house! Love your snaps though and in my opinion, you totally got this! (at least from the outside right? haha) Thinking of you! muah!

  9. Nila says:

    Oh hey I relate. People ask me, how do you do daycare? How do you handle 6 kids?!

    And I tell them you just do. Just like having one kid is a huge adjustment, so is having two. Two is the worst actually haha. So you just keep on doing what you’re doing, it’ll get better! Keep your chin up and plow on, thats the best most of us can do everyday anyhow πŸ˜‰

  10. Megan says:

    Yes yes & amen.
    You’re not alone dear mama. I’m right there with ya. *hugs*

  11. Crystal Hall says:

    First of all, Mabel sounds like a dream baby. Secondly, I would be in the same position as you with a new and mobile baby…Mason is almost 6. And now he has Legos in every room and crevice of our home. I’m sorry you are feeling overwhelmed, mama. We all get that way sometimes! Just know that you are the best mama to those girls and the best wife. Kuddos to you for putting everything else aside to spend quality time with your husband in the evenings. And you know what? Those girls are not going to remember how clean your house was, but the times you spent with them and making them feel loved!

  12. Katie says:

    Yes to the every. single. speck. of. dust! Ugh. ?

  13. Britt Hanson says:

    Ohhh my, this is my life right now. I’m with you, momma! We can make it <3

  14. Brittany @ PerpetuallyDaydreaming says:

    Oh girl, I hear you! I only have one, but the path of destruction (both toys, non-toy toys and food) is going strong at our house! You are not alone. πŸ™‚

  15. Stephanie says:

    So I am in a similar situation. I’m torn between doing it all or doing nothing, I’m struggling finding the balance. I’m a super rock star in so many ways but when it comes to the TLC I need, the time to recharge, I don’t give myself the grace I need.

    Hugs!! As you know, it won’t be like this for long.

  16. Hannah says:

    Wow! You have just hit the nail on the head with every single sentence in this post!!!! You are so NOT alone!

    Life is hard. And when you throw motherhood into it…well, it’s harder! Totally, completely, 100% worth it. But hard. Anyways, I can completely relate to the whole figuring things out and then a new stage hits. Yikes! And don’t apologize for talking about it. That is one of the main reasons I love reading your blog. You are relatable and REAL and I feel like you and I are friends even though we’ve never met. πŸ™‚

    Don’t know if this helps but when I’ve been feeling really stressed, I try to just breath and give my kiddos extra cuddles or kisses. If it’s getting too much, someday’s I just leave the messy house, the unfolded laundry pile and pack the kiddos in the truck and we go to the park for an hour. Sure the mess is there when I get back, but it gives me a chance to just get away from it and the kiddos get their wiggles out. Or I grab the kiddos and we just sit on the couch and cuddle while I read them a story. I guess what I’m trying to say is that If I stop focusing on everything that isn’t working and just stop and focus on my littles, it helps.

    Anyways, don’t stress about this new stage of Mabel’s babyhood. And I know it’s totally cliche but she really will be grown up all too soon! πŸ™‚ All the best wishes, fellow mother in arms! ;-D

  17. Whitney says:

    You are not complaining IN THE LEAST, because that is life with two, been there, doing that. The second baby is like the exact opposite of the first and man its a shock! But your biggest critic is yourself so being gentler may be a good thing. You’ll see the other side soon enough πŸ™‚

  18. Elizabeth says:

    Oh girl, I know how you’re feeling. In a slightly different way because I don’t have a baby, but more just trying to balance everything. The blog has definitely taken a back seat recently and I think I am ok with that. I do miss it, but something’s gotta give. And right now I’m picking sleep over blogging πŸ™‚ Hopefully things start to get more normal and balanced soon and back to your normal routine!
    (ps I don’t know when you updated the side bar but I’m LOVING the little photos with the words on them to click on (whatever you call them) for certain topics!)

  19. Julie Joy says:

    I definitely can relate! My little one has been mobile since she was 8.5 months and let me tell you, trying to get things done with a baby hanging on your leg at all times and/or getting into everything (so why bother turn your head) is exhausting! Some days I’m content with soaking it all in and just accepting the stage we’re in, the mess of the house, etc. And other days I can’t handle it. I also feel like I spend so much time in the kitchen for meals too! At least they’re fed, right?! Haha. Hang in there Mama, your doing a fabulous job!

  20. Ashley Dorey says:

    Yep, yep, and yep. Oh my I wish we lived a couple hours closer. Not a morning person, have to have my qt before bed, and ants….all the damn time. Hugs Courtney! Just know you are not alone in any of the feelings that you have. And you definitely did not come across as whining or complaining. πŸ™‚

  21. Elise says:

    I may or may not have impersonated the Mabel move/scooch/cutest thing ever to Mark the other day…just saying.

  22. Thinking of you, friend!! I feel like I’m going to be in this exact same boat in a few months. The newborn stage has been an easy transition for us and I’m a little afraid for the mobility/eating big sisters toys/baby proofing + toddler stage. I’m saving this post to read as my pep talk down the line πŸ™‚ You’re amazing, wonderful and your girls are lucky to have you. I love that you’ve put this all into words, talked to Jim about it and temporarily made some adjustments to help you do life better. You’re inspiring and I know you’ll find your new normal again.

  23. Jamie says:

    Somehow I missed this post last week, but YES to all of this! Baby mobility changes everything! And I haven’t had time to clean since I was about 38 weeks pregnant πŸ™‚ Our house is picked up and fairly clean, but there’s no way I can stay on top of the weekly vacuuming, sweeping, dusting, etc. So girl, I feel you. I still feel that I’m missing the ‘me’ part of being me – right now I’m just in mom/wife mode, but I know this stage of life won’t last forever. Oh, and quality time is my love language too, so when the kids are in bed, my hubby and I snack and watch shows together πŸ™‚ One of the best parts of my day!

  24. Tawnya says:

    Oh my goodness I can relate to this post SO MUCH! People keep saying it’s going to get easier and I’m over here like, “are you freaking kidding me, my littlest doesn’t even move yet”.

    I seriously don’t know how people find the time either, my love language is also quality time so giving up every evening to blog is not optional for me. I try to get a lot done on the weekend, but again the weekends are family time and the blog is just not my #1 priority. I suppose if I treated it more like a job (and actually made some money at it) I could do more during the week and send the kids to childcare or something but no, that is not happening over here either.

    Also with the snacks. Isn’t it so annoying how the oldest wants a snack the SECOND you sit down? Like it makes me mental some days.

    Anyway hang in there, you’re not alone and never feel guilty about spending time with your family and not blogging (saying this for myself too haha!)

  25. Amanda says:

    Courtney! I could have written this. I’m not complaining, I love this season of life so very much, but omg. Some days I fee like I’m on a sinking ship. My house is filthy. Toys & crumbs everywhere. I don’t have a second of my own to pick up the mess and I’m a visual clutter equals mind clutter type of gal.
    Always feeding someone. So glad you can empathize with that feeling. It is a bit overwhelming, right? I love nursing but I’m fairly convinced Ben is obsessed.
    Sometimes I just feel I need a moment (of five) to breath, pick up, and regroup. Or really, just for someone to say, ‘hey, I totally get it. You are doing great & it’s all totally normal.’ So my friend, I say to you, I get it. You are doing great and it is all VERY normal.

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