Moms And Babies - Jenna

This week I'm featuring Jenna from Bellies And Babies!  I found Jenna's blog a year or two ago, and it's been so fun to follow along through her pregnancy and the birth of her second baby! Her family is adorable - read on to learn more!


Tell us a little about yourself.
Hi everyone! My name is Jenna. I'm a 20-something SAHM. I'm married to my husband, Ryan, and we'll be celebrating our 5-year anniversary on New Year's Eve! This past March he got out of the Army after 8 years of service and we moved from North Carolina back home to California. I love to cook and bake, try crafty things that I find on Pinterest, drink Starbucks (I worked there for 5 years!), and watch guilty-pleasure TV shows... Kardashians anyone? 

What are your kid's names and how old are they?

My kids are Jax and Lexi. Jax is 3.5 years old and Lexi just turned 4 months old. She was born on the Fourth of July!

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

For Jax- goofy, smart, and loving.
For Lexi- happy, content, and determined. 

 Give us an idea of what a typical day looks like for you, and how has adding a second child to your family changed your previous routine? 

Here is what an average day looks like around our house...
6/630am: Both kids wake up. I nurse Lexi in bed while Ryan takes Jax downstairs. He gets a cup of milk and a piece of fruit while watching a TV show.  
7am: I come downstairs, have some coffee and make breakfast.
730am-9am: pick up kitchen, take a shower and get myself and the kids ready for the day. Jax plays with his toys and sometimes plays games on my iPad.
9am-12pm: Jax goes to preschool on Tuesdays/Thursdays. The other days we run errands, go to the park or have play dates with friends. I nurse Lexi around 10 and she takes a nap sometime during the morning.
12pm: Lunch and playtime
1pm-3pm: I nurse Lexi then it's naptime for both kids. We are still working on getting Lexi to nap in her crib. She is usually in there for about 30-60 minutes, then I end up holding her for awhile while she sleeps a little longer. 
3pm: wake up from naps, play or do crafts, sometimes Jax watches TV during this time
4pm: nurse Lexi
5pm: make dinner
6pm-7pm: eat dinner, clean up kitchen, play
7pm-8pm: baths (every other night), pick up playroom, read books and Bible, Jax in bed
8/830pm: nurse Lexi and put her to bed
8pm-10pm: Ryan and I watch TV shows, I blog, Ryan works on his MBA homework
1030pm: We go to bed and do it all over again the next day. Lexi wakes up once at night, sometime between 3-5, then goes back to sleep until morning.

Adding her to our schedule really hasn't changed much. The biggest difference has been the breaks I have to take to nurse her. But besides that, she just tags along with everything we do!
Have you noticed any similarities between your older child and your new baby?  Differences? 
 The similarities I've noticed so far are that they are both early risers, they both love to snuggle, and they both have pathetic little frowny faces when they're sad.

There are quite a few differences that I've noticed. Jax was a very serious baby and it was so hard to get him to smile or giggle. Lexi is much happier and more smiley. She is also much more mobile. Jax took forever to hit his physical milestones. Lexi seems to be much faster. I'm very curious to see how Lexi does with solid food. Jax has never been a very good eater and I'm hoping that Lexi will be much different!

How has your older child reacted to having a new little sister, and what has been your favorite moment between them so far? 
 Jax has been the best big brother. We never intended for our kids to be 3 years apart, but God had different plans and I am so glad he did. We haven't had hardly any jealousy issues or behavioral problems with Jax since Lexi was born. He is always getting her mimi (binky) for her, singing her songs or making faces at her when she is sad. My favorite thing recently has been how much he wants to hold her. She's bigger now and easier to hold so he loves just sitting on the couch, holding her in his lap. 

What's your favorite part about being a mom?

 My favorite thing about being a mom is the fact that I have these little lives that I am in charge of. That may sound weird, but they rely on me (and Ryan) for all of their physical and emotional needs and I love it. They will be become the people who we train them to be. It can be so overwhelming at times, but it is all so worth it

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

I, unfortunately, am not one of those girls who loses all my baby weight because I'm breastfeeding. It was like that with Jax and has been the same with Lexi. I lose the first 15ish pounds relatively easily, but the last 10-15 are much harder to get rid of. It takes work on my part, which is hard because I love food! I'm still working on losing the rest of my baby weight from Lexi.

However, I am determined to keep up my appearance. It's something I did after I had Jax and I've made sure to do it after I had Lexi too. I try hard each day to take a shower, put on some makeup and put on non-PJ clothes. There are definitely days where we are lazy and it doesn't happen, but they are rare. Babies can be so draining, so it's extra important to put that little bit of time into your appearance each day to make yourself feel good. Plus, your husband will appreciate you that much more!

What have you and your husband done since your kids' arrivals to keep your relationship strong? 
 I have to say that we haven't been very good at this over the past few years. I exclusively nursed Jax for the first year. He never took a bottle (mostly because I don't get any milk from pumping and I didn't want to give him formula). We also lived across the country from our families, so we didn't get a chance to get away very often. We currently have a date night once a week and I am loving it. Jax goes to AWANA each Wednesday night so we use that time to go to Starbucks, get some coffee and chat. It's been so great for our relationship. 
Any advice or words of wisdom to those of us who are getting ready to go from one kiddo to two?
The biggest advice I have is to just go with the flow and know that it won't be like this for long. It takes time to figure out a schedule and a flow for how your days will work. Try to be flexible and not get too overwhelmed. The only way you will learn how to go grocery shopping with two kids is to do it. Yes, there might be times where it doesn't go smoothly, but you will get the hang of it. Just take things one day at a time and before you know it, things will be easy and you won't remember those stressful newborn days. Overall, we had a very smooth transition from 1 to 2 and I am so thankful!


Thanks Jenna!  Be sure to stop by Jenna's blog to read more and say hello!

And that wraps up the Moms and Babies features for a little while, since I'm going to be gearing up to add another little one to our family the next couple months!  Thanks Ladies for participating, and I hope you all enjoyed getting to know some other moms!

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Helene said...

she is busy! what a great post! I can't wait to check out Jenna's blog!

AJ said...

Love this!! Jenna's got it goon' on!

Dove of Snow said...

Great guest post! I love these!

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