Mom Jean Confessions: Life in the Slow Lane

This post is sponsored by Gerber® but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

This June marks two years since we left LA. Two years since we decided to move in with family here in Houston, and essentially put the breaks on life as we knew it. At the time it felt both exciting and confusing. We were excited to embark on a whole new chapter in life together, even though it was as if we’d made it to Chapter 27 and decided to go back and re-read the first chapter. Which leads me to the confusing part. We knew it was the right decision for our family as a whole, but as individuals we couldn’t help but feel like we were giving up a huge part of our self-identity. But that’s just the thing, when you become a parent – nothing, literally nothing, stops you from making the best choice for your kids. As hard as we knew it was going to be to say goodbye to the high-profile jobs, the lime-light, and pretty much the most gorgeous place to live – there really was no question at the end of the day that moving back home to Houston was where we needed to be.

If you’ve been following along on our journey, you know how much has conspired these past two years – a new home, new jobs, and a new baby to boot. It’s true, we’ve slowed down in some aspects of life, and yet it’s not nearly as drastic of a change as you’d think. I mean, it wasn’t like we were raised in the Hollywood hills, so raising our kids in the burbs was always something we both wanted even before we started having kids. I mean, I’m not gonna lie – I get the fair share of FOMO when I see my mommy friends back in LA still living it up and making it all work somehow. I sometimes wish I could have stuck it out, and who knows – maybe we could have made it work, too. But then I’m brought back down to earth as I look out the window at a slow rising sun and a still sleeping baby in my arms, and I remember what this was all about to begin with.

Like most parents, we would do anything for our babies and consider ourselves extremely fortunate to have two very healthy kiddos on our hands. At the end of the day, we know we have a lot to be thankful for, and luckily there are generous brands like Gerber® out there making sure all babies get the support they need. It’s always been important for our family to give back to those less fortunate than us, and right now so can you, through Gerber® to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® this June. It’s so easy, all you have to do is upload a photo of your little one’s “Gerber® feeding moment” and share it with #AnythingForBaby and they’ll donate $1 to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®.

As you can see, little Cha Cha is a huge fan of Gerber® snacks – especially the yogurt melts, my gosh I can’t keep those puppies stocked fast enough! Must be her recent growth spurt that has me shaking my head wondering how on earth she’s already gonna be 1 year old next month. All I know is – I’ll take this life in the slow lane any day if it means never missing these moments with my babies.

10 thoughts on “Mom Jean Confessions: Life in the Slow Lane

  1. Ashley R. says:

    Totally feel for you. As a young-ish mom, I totally get the whole instagram post envy attitude sometimes. Anyway, I love the Gerber brand too. My son was obsessed with the puffs & biter biscuits!

    • says:

      Right? I was just looking back at old pics from LA and missing some aspects of that life. But all in all we are blessed 😁

  2. Jessica Lynn says:

    I feel like life can be busy wherever you are, and it’s really about figuring out those priorities to slow things down. I love that Gerber is partnering with Children’s Miracle Networks. thanks for sharing that!

    • says:

      Yep absolutely! I always seem to fall into that trap but def making this my year to simplify 😉

  3. Raina says:

    Beautiful photos of your family! So good that you followed your heart and are raising your family right where you need to be.

    • says:

      Thank you so much that’s so sweet of you ❤️ It’s not always an easy thing to do but you can never go wrong when you follow your heart 😉

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