Mom Jean Confessions: We Are All "Bad Moms"

Mom Jean Confessions: We Are All “Bad Moms”

This post is not sponsored or even acknowledged by Bad Moms the movie, and it’s literally just a coincidence that Bad Moms’ Xmas is out on DVD today 😉

Y’all, so I just saw the movie Bad Moms the other week (and yes, I realize it came out in 2016, and it’s now 2018 – back off), and I just have to say that I was not prepared to relate to it as much as I did. Not in the sense that I have some crazy PTA arch-nemesis breathing down my neck, but more in the sense that I’ve felt like a bad mom more times than I’d like to admit. Like Mila Kunis’ “Amy,” I’ve also suffered from insecurities by comparing myself to some fictitious, perfect mom I’ve made up in my head. So I’m here to set the record straight once and for all: we are all “bad moms.”

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Top Ten Ways to Ward off Germs

Mom Jean Confessions: Top Ten Ways to Ward off Germs x Kroger

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Well moms, we did it. The fall school semester is behind us, and we made it out alive. My son only managed to bring home two colds, no ear infections, and no fevers – so I’m calling it a win. This time last year, we’d experienced our first of many reoccurring ear infections which I’m guessing was a combo of moving to a new city and starting preschool for the first time – the perfect recipe for a germ disaster. Now with a new baby, we are extra cognizant of needing to protect our family from the dreaded cold season among us. I’ve listed the “Top Ten Ways to Ward off Germs” when you have a new baby in the home, plus some fun things to do with the kiddos on those dreaded sick days. We love having a Kroger Signature store just around the corner to swing by and snag all our sick day must-haves.

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Mom Jean Confessions: Born-Again Breastfeeder x Evivo

What does it mean to be a born-again breastfeeder, you might ask? Well, after the struggles I had with my first pregnancy, I was a skeptic when it came to breastfeeding Charlotte. Would this baby be able to latch, or would she have the same issues with it that Garrett had? Would she take to it right away, or would I be up strategizing with a lactation consultant in the wee hours of the night again? Would I produce enough milk, or would I need to be prepared to supplement like I did with Garrett? Would the pain be so unbearable those first few weeks (I still physically cringe just thinking about it), and would I be able to get through it? Would she be colicky like her big bro and send me into a spiral of anxiety and guilt over it?…All of these questions swirled around in my mind on and off for the better part of 9 months (ok, ok, 10 months if we’re being technical), and a funny thing happened. She was born, and mama was born-again.

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Mom Jean Confessions: Home is Where the Gingerbread is

I don’t know about you, but nobody did holidays like my mom growing up. She lived for them. From the decor, to the food – she made every holiday worth celebrating. On Easter, my friends would come from near and far, just to color Easter eggs at my house. Even to this day, she still makes us sit around the table – as we all try to pretend like we’re too cool for school, but secretly we love it. She’s living proof that you are never too old for holiday traditions. It’s something that truly has stuck with me all these years, and something I was so excited to do with my own kids.

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Mom Jean Confessions: Mama of Two Routine x Nature Made®

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Let’s be honest, being a new mom of two takes a lot out of you. If you ask any  mom (well, any mom who isn’t lying to you), they’ll say that the transition from one to two kids is brutal. What’s more surprising, is that they say it’s even harder than going from two to three – but, I’m just gonna take their word for that one 😉

As wonderful of a blessing it is to finally have that second baby we’d been wishing for – you always have in the back of your mind, that it also means your world is about to be upturned yet again. It’s true that those first few months are the toughest, but I’ve come to find that sticking to a routine can really help everyone adjust to the new baby in town. Oh, but p.s., when I say “sticking”, I mean more like Elmer’s, not Gorilla glue. Because life happens, and if there’s one major thing I’ve learned that has saved my rear this time around – is that sometimes you’re better off just going with the flow. I’m not ashamed to admit that I was wound tighter than a Swiss clock with my first kid. But hey, you live and learn right? Here are the few bits of our routine below that I’m happy to pass along to you “soon to be two-time mamas” 🙂 Now if only I could help you with the lack of sleep and overall loss of consciousness – that would be something!

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Mom Jean Confessions: Spin the Bottle

One would think feeding a baby is cake. Speaking from experience – it’s not always that easy. With your first baby, if you were like me, you had this fairy tale vision in your head of holding your baby in your arms nursing them safe and sound until the wee hours of the night. Or maybe you knew from the get go that breastfeeding wasn’t for you, and you couldn’t wait to bond with them while bottle-feeding. Either way, something that’s rarely discussed – is making the decision to supplement with formula. To tell you the truth, I was completely clueless when it came time to make any type of decision around my feeding options with Garrett. I remember being 8 months pregnant, visiting a friend of mine in the hospital who had just had a baby, and seeing for the first time just how truly difficult it can be breastfeeding. I kinda had a panic attack. Maybe I should have signed up for that breastfeeding class instead of watching some 2 min “breastfeeding 101” video on YouTube.

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10 Things I Love About You: 3 Months Old

Can you believe it’s already been three months since Charlotte was born? Cuz I can’t. This time around has gone by even faster than it did with Garrett. Much to my surprise, since it felt like I was holding my breath the whole time with him – dreading the day my maternity leave was up. Now with Charlotte, things are just more complicated – I have a 4 year old literally running circles around me, I’m trying to navigate this whole freelance world, we’re still getting settled into our fixer upper, and I’m working on expanding the blog/styling arm of my brand. It’s such a double edged sword too, because you want to soak up every moment but at the same time you kind of can’t wait to have that 4th trimester behind you.

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Mom Jean Confessions: Age of Innocence

I would have posted this sooner, but it’s taken me some time to gather my thoughts after the tragedy in Vegas. When I was single (or just prior to starting a family), things like this would happen in the world, your mind tells you how horrible it is, and you react like any compassionate person would. But it’s like the minute you have a baby, you no longer think with your head. In fact, it’s as if all of the world’s emotions get sucked into your heart and BAM – you’re a mom. You no longer just fear for yourself, you fear for these innocent little people who you created, and your mission in life is to protect that innocence for all it’s worth. But the duality is that you still have that logical pre-mommy side of your brain telling you that it’s impossible. That they will get to an age where they will become aware of the bad things that happen around them, outside of this parental bubble you’ve created, and you come to grips that this “age of innocence” is over. You accept your job as parents to raise them to be good people who fight for what’s right. Period.

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10 Things I Love About You: 7 Weeks Old

Ok, I’ll go ahead and say it – it’s just easier this time. I haven’t been shy expressing the struggles I had as a first time mom to Garrett. Anxiety, guilt, shame, control (or lack there of) – you name it, I felt it. But with Charlotte, it’s as if those heavy clouds that hung over my head the first year of Garrett’s life, were never even in the forecast. I’m not sure if it’s due to my hormones not being as imbalanced – I keep saying that maybe my body rejected the boy hormones, and that’s why it’s easier having a girl. Or maybe it’s just that there really is such a thing as (and I cringe as I say this, cuz I really do hate the label), a “good baby.”

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Mom Jean Confessions: Grace Period

We’ve officially made it past the four week mark with baby Charlotte, and I have to say I’m incredibly proud of Garrett for adjusting to this new way of life so quickly and so well. From the minute he saw Charlotte, he went into big brother mode – asking to hold her, and wanting to get as close to her as possible if anyone else was holding her. Every morning he walks into our room (where I’m more than likely nursing Charlotte back to sleep) and he gets as high-pitched as a banshee saying “Hiiiiii. Whatcha doingggggg?” (I realized that he gets this from me – isn’t it funny how a toddler can remind you just how often you say things out of habit?). There have only been a handful of times where he’s gotten upset over me not being able to do whatever it was he was asking me to do, which ended up making me feel way more guilty than he had intended. Even so, I try not to let my head wander to “that place.” That place where you remember what it was like with just you and him. That place where your mind tricks you into thinking he would have been so much happier as an only child.

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