Moms And Babies - Marley

This week I'm featuring my blog friend, Marley!  Marley has an adorable little boy just a few months younger than Wyatt, and I love reading all about her life and family on her blog, The Evans.  Read on to get to know her better!

Tell us a little about yourself.

I am a Mississippi who has lived everywhere (or at least it feels that way!).  I just moved back down south from Burlington, Vermont, where I was working on my masters in Classics (Greek and Latin).  I now teach middle school Latin and Bible in Baton Rouge.  I met my husband my sophmore year of college, and we've been married 5 years.  I love to reading, Parks and Recreation, laughing, Christmas, Gap, and Route 44 Diet Dr. Peppers with vanilla added.

What is/are your baby's name{s} and how old is he?
Jack Nolan Evans is 15 months old.


Give us an idea of what a typical day looks like for you.

I am a teacher, so mornings are kind of crazy!  I try to have his diapers and food packed the night before to make things easier.
I get up at 6 a.m. to shower and get ready.  Jack usually wakes up about 6:45 (or we wake him up by then).  My husband changes him and gets him dressed and he drinks his morning milk.  We head out the door by 7 or 7:05.
Jack gets dropped off at daycare (which is at my school--what a blessing!) by 7:30.  He loves it there, which makes it easier.
He eats breakfast, two snacks, and lunch.  He takes an afternoon nap.  I have off periods after lunch, so I usually visit the daycare and see Jack (if he's awake).  
I finish classes by 3:30 and we head home about 3:45.
When we get home, we play in Jack's room and read books until Bech gets home.  
Jack eats dinner about 6, we give him a bath, and then bedtime is 7 or 7:15.
Thankfully, he's a great sleeper, so we usually don't hear a peep until the next morning.  Then we get up and do it all again!


If you had to choose three words to describe your baby's personality, what would they be?

Happy, goofy, and stubborn.


What's your favorite part about being a mom?

I just love spending time with Jack.  He is absolutely hilarious.  He loves to laugh and he keeps us laughing.  He has lately become a huge cuddlier, which I am loving.  

Do you have any tips on losing the baby weight and/or keeping up with your appearance after baby?

I breastfed Jack until he was a year old, and that helped a LOT!  I know that not everyone wants to/is able to do that, but if you can, it's great!  I also started weight watchers when Jack was 9 months old.  I had used it once before and really liked it.  I was actually at my pre baby weight at that point, but I wanted to be at my pre marriage weight!  Doing weight watchers and still breastfeeding made the weight come off so quickly!
When it was warm enough this past spring (in Vermont, that takes a while), I also walked a bunch with Jack.  It was great to get him outside after the cold winter, and great for me to be walking!

What have you and your husband done since your baby's arrival to keep your relationship strong?
We are not great at this, but we are getting better.  We do spend time together at night after Jack is in bed, but we don't go out for dates a lot.  But our new neighbors have a son a day younger than Jack, so we have been swapping babysitting.  So we are finally going out for some dates!


Are there any must-have products that you would recommend to other moms?
Aden+Anais swaddle blankets are the best!  Swaddling helped Jack sleep so well, but he was really good at breaking out of most swaddles.  But we were able to wrap him up super tightly in the Aden+Anais blankets.

Other than that, most products I love are mostly just personal or aesthetic preferences.  But we used Dr. Brown's glass bottles (I love how vintagey they feel, plus no BPA's), Earth's Best organic baby food, Mam pacifiers, Bumgenius and Fuzzibunz cloth diapers, and Rockin' Green detergent (still using the last 4).  We were big fans of our Baby bjorn sitter and the little lamb swing when he was little.  We LOVE our Britax car seat.

But like I said, a lot of these are my preferences!  I would hold out on purchasing a lot of baby gear until you really know what kind of mom you are going to be or what you really need.  

What has been your favorite moment or outing as a family so far?

Jack's baptism has been my favorite moment.  I know infant baptism is definitely not agreed upon or practiced by all denominations.  But we are Presbyterian and believe in infant baptism as a sign of the covenant.  We don't believe that Jack is now a Christian, but we have committed to "strive, by all the means of God’s appointment, to bring him up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord."  It is really similar to a dedication in other churches.  It was just so special and humbling to take on the responsibility of raising a child who will hopefully and prayerfully love Christ.

Any advice for first-time mothers?

This piece of advice actually comes from our pediatrician.  He told us at our one week appointment that we would be the experts on Jack.  We have been given so much advice--and a lot of it has been totally the opposite!  One mom will tell you a method that you have to do, and another mom will tell you the total opposite.  Just today someone called Babywise "evil" on facebook, and I love Babywise and think it works great.
You are your babies mom and you need to figure out what works best for you and what works best for your baby.  And you'll be great at it!


Thanks Marley, and I love that advice from your pediatrician - so true!  Be sure to stop by Marley's blog and say hello!
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