Moms And Babies - Caitlynne



This week for Moms and Babies I'm featuring Caitlynne from Love At First Sight! I found Caitlynne's blog earlier this year, when she won my summer giveaway! And I'm so glad I did, because we ended up having so much in common - she has an adorable little guy about Wyatt's age, and also has another one on the way! Read on to learn more about her.

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Tell us a little about yourself.

I am a 27-year-old stay-at-home-mom.  I have a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing and had a "big girl" job for about a week before I found out I was pregnant with Paxton, but staying home is definitely my dream job.  I have been married to my amazing husband and high school sweetheart for almost four years now.  We just bought our first house together which just happens to be the house we brought Paxton home from the hospital to!



What is/are your baby's name and how old is he?
 
Paxton Mark is 19 months old, and we are 15 weeks along with Baby #2!!


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

Paxton has always been a pretty serious sleeper, he usually starts talking around 9:15 or 9:30 in the morning.  I get him up and rock him for a few seconds while he drinks some milk.  He is usually ready to get down and play as soon as I sit down with him.  He plays for a half hour and we have breakfast together sometime before 10:00.  He has a banana every single day and usually a waffle with strawberry jelly or yogurt.

After breakfast, I get him ready and we run errands if we need to, or just play.  This is usually when we go outside for the first time.

At noon he eats lunch (usually PB&J or a turkey sandwich with mandarin oranges), and then goes down for his nap.  He usually plays and talks in bed for a little while and ends up sleeping from 1:00 to 3:30 most days.  I use that time to pick up the house, blog, and sometimes read or watch TV.

He wakes up ready for a snack and we read books and play together until about 5:30.  Most days at that time, he begs to go outside again so we play outside until Daddy comes home from work at 6:00.

We have dinner together, and then go on a family walk or just play together until 8:00 when we start bath time.  Paxton goes down at 8:45 or 9:00, and then Jared and I get to spend some quality time together.


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


Active, happy, and persistent.


What's your favorite part about being a mom?


The love!  Paxton is such a momma's boy right now and I am loving it.  I love how he holds his chubby arms up to sit in my lap and be read to, I love the sweet snuggles before bed, I love watching how much Jared loves him.  I like learning his likes and dislikes and knowing what his babbling means.  I love this age, where Jared and I are his favorite people in the entire world and all he wants to do is play with us and make us laugh.




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


This is definitely something I could have improved on. I gained a ton in my pregnancy with Paxton and while I lost a lot of it pretty quickly with breastfeeding and cutting out Cokes, I still kept plenty.  We started trying to work in family walks in the evenings and I was doing Couch to 5K for several weeks, but I never lost all of it.  With this pregnancy, I am watching what I eat and drink a lot more carefully so I have less to lose when it's over!

As far as keeping up my appearance, I put on makeup every day and try to wear something besides yoga pants and t-shirts sometimes...I am not as good at this as I could be!


What have you and your husband done since your baby's arrival to keep your relationship strong?
 


Our moms both live less than five miles from us, and Paxton is their only grandchild, so they are eager to watch him for us.  Because of this, we have been able to go on dates at least once a month since he was about three months old. We both agreed before he was born that we wanted to make sure to put our marriage first and keep it strong.  It is something that has been a little harder for me, since I hate leaving him.  We did just go on our first trip away from Paxton in September.  We went to Chicago for five days.  I missed him a lot, but it was really nice to just spend that time together without anyone else interrupting.

We also spend the two hours between Paxton's bedtime and ours together, watching shows or just talking.  It is one of my favorite parts of the day.

I think the biggest thing that helps keep our relationship strong is that we are both really family-oriented people.  Our favorite thing to do has always been to just hang out as a family, and Paxton only adds to that!


Are there any must-have products that you would recommend to other moms?
 


I hate to imagine what the newborn days would have been like without an infant swing and a play mat.  We love the Aden and Anais blankets, Paxton still carries his all over the house.  One of my favorite products were the Nuby sippy cups that came with bottle nipples and sippy cup lids.  When Paxton was about eight months old, we switched him to those cups with the bottle nipple so he got used to the shape and the handles and the self-feeding aspects of the sippy cup, and then just eventually changed the bottle nipple to the sippy cup lid.  It was such an easy transition. 


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


 I asked Jared this question too and we both came up with the same answer: our lake trip this summer, which was our first time to take Paxton out on the boat.  Jared's dad has a lake house and a boat about two hours away, so we've spend a lot of time there with his family and alone. Last summer, Paxton was too little to go on the boat, so we would just stay at the lake house.  This year, we got him a life jacket and decided we would take him out.  We went down (just the three of us) right after Memorial Day when it was still pretty cool.  We had a fun weekend away with tons of family time and the kiddie pool, but the best part was getting him out on the boat for the first time and watching his face light up.  It was exactly like we imagined it!


Any advice for first-time mothers?


You're the best person for this job.  You are that baby's mom for a reason.  People will give you advice, you will see things online, read things in books, and even hear things from your pediatrician, but YOU are the expert on your baby.  If something doesn't feel right, it probably isn't.  Your friends will do things differently than you do and sometimes it will seem like they're doing a better job, but that's not the case.  What they are doing is right for their child and what you are doing is perfect for yours.  You will make mistakes and make the wrong choice sometimes, but you are the perfect mom for your baby.





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Thanks Caitlynne! Check out Caitlynne's blog to read more about her sweet family!



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