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When It All Works

I've been thinking a lot lately about what makes a good day in our house. It seems that so much of a good day starts with Momma. If Mom is firing on all cylinders than we all seem to work better. In that vain I have started paying attention to my "secrets of success". What am I doing right on the days that work and how can I continue to do those things.

Here is what I have found are my keys to Mothering Success.

1. Drink enough caffeine. I know, I know. It's a lousy place to start but it works for me. A caffeinated Momma is a happy Momma in this house!

2. Spend at least 20 minutes with each kid, by themself, a day. This is easier than it sounds. Not nursing or doing homework or bathing but real time. Read a book THEY choose or a game THEY want to play.

3. Eat dinner together. 

4. Plan dinner ahead of time. I find that when I wait until the last minute to get dinner together then from about 4:30 until 7 are insane in our house. The days when I use the crock pot end up leading to the quietest evenings.

5. Sleep more than 5 hours but less than 8. Not everyone does better with more sleep. I am one of those weird people. Too much sleep, for me, means dragging all day long.

6. Write something. I love to write. I wish I could write more productively, for longer periods of time and with a greater purpose. However, as a working Mom I don't have time to sit down and write my first novel. I find that sitting down to blog, write a letter, write a note to one of my kiddo's, something... gives me a daily catharsis.

7. Go Outside. I think we have established that I am a much nicer person in the warmer months. I am by far more "on my game" when it's above 60 degrees. I have found that even when it's 30 degrees and freezing we all function better if we get a little fresh air. Just because it's cold is no excuse to hide inside, even if we want to.

8. Get some exercise. Many mornings I bundle up Baby Boy and walk with my Mom. It is not always the thing I most want to do at 8 in the morning but I find that after a few miles I feel more energized.

9. Take pictures. I am by no means a great taker of photos. I do, however, LOVE to take pictures. Whether it's on my phone or with my camera a good day is one that I get "on film". At the end of the day I love showing my hubs all the shots I got from the day. I find that looking at the smiles and hugs makes me remember the better parts of the day.

10. Reach out. Whether it's a text to a friend or an e-mail to a family member. It might just be an unexpected hug to my husband or a cuddle with my kids. Human contact is the thing that brings the quickest smile to my face.

There are a lot that didn't make it to the list. Prayer. Me Time. Getting out of the house. They're all important. I think it's just important to think about what works for me and how can I repeat it!

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Over 8 years we have struggled through 3 IUI's, 6 rounds of IVF, several RE's, hundreds of appointments and the loss of three little angels. Now we find ourselves the proud parents of two perfect little girls and a wonderful little boy!!

Both of our girls struggle with some disabilities but that won't keep us down. Each day has it's own brand of insanity but we love it. Most days I am more monkey wrangler than mother but I do the best I can. Todays goal - getting to tomorrow.

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