Layers are a pregnant belly’s best friend. At 20weeks pregnant with my second son, nothing really fits any more…which is in stark contrast to my last pregnancy at 20 weeks, but oh well. I purged my closet of any piece of clothing that didn’t fit my growing belly, or ones that weren’t able to be layered on top of some loose top. I have to say that as sad as it was to pack up all my favorite clothing, it was also a slightly cathartic process. It forced me to see my current belly state for what it is and therefore adapt my wardrobe to it, rather than trying to squeeze into something that frankly just wasn’t meant to be.
Thank you so much you guys for all the comments, emails and general enthusiasm about the Mom’s of Instagram Series, I really have been so humbled by how much you all have embraced this series and been exceptionally patient with me during the little “morning sickness” break I was forced to take. I will be taking a break from the series for a couple of months to revamp the content and search for several more fantastic articles but I plan on re-launching the series again in the summer.
Our last and final interview of the series is Madelon (@madebylon), who lives in Holland with her husband and two children. Madelon is one of the first people I met on Instagram and then in person a couple of years ago when I traveled to Amsterdam with my two boys. She’s completely genuine and amazing, my only regret is that we didn’t get to spend more time together. Here’s what Madelon had to share:
Tell me a little bit about yourself and your family.
Before meeting Bart I wasn’t sure if I wanted children. Didn’t really like them. Especially babies!
I love the simple, clean and bright Scandinavian style. But it’s not my room, so they have a say too. Sylvester has a strong opinion about what it has to be like. But I’m not into a theme room. He is into super hero’s at the moment, so there is one print of Spiderman. That’s all. And everything is on his level, so he can grab his own clothes, books and toys.
It’s hard, but since school and staying at home it’s easier. Also, I moved to a little village near Amsterdam and that made it better. People in big cities are always on the go, busy, and keep life more to themselves is my opinion. I’m still a city girl at heart, but living just a little bit outside.
Sylvester is a very picky eater. So we make him try everything on his plate (not much) and let him finish one piece of vegetables. They always say don’t make it into a battle, but I do. Every single night. Luckily he loves fruit, so sometimes he can skip vegetables and eat some fruit as dessert.
We are at our best being together. And we love to explore! So us four, going all over the world. We went to Copenhagen in November (traveling with kids is great! Different, slower, but great. Don’t wait until they are older. Just do it!) and I guess we will be exploring the US the coming years. Can’t wait to show them San Francisco and New York!!
A big role. At first it was a place where I could post my photos (I always made too many). But when I was pregnant with Reva it became so much more. It’s a place I get inspired, where I found some real life friends and real virtual friends. It’s a sub world, but heart warming, kind, encouraging and real.
Instagram makes the world so tiny. I’m ‘meeting’ people all over the world who I get to know, laugh with, cry with, love. This community is so big hearted. People helping each other, take the time to answer your questions, give you that little push in the right direction, just ‘be there and feel for and with you. It makes me happy. There are still so many good people around. And I love meeting people! You were my first (and I was so nervous!! Haha, I came a long way since then). Because you see photos, have small conversations you have a feeling you know each other. It makes it so much easier. I truly made some new friends, even though I’m not that good at it.
Babiators polarized sunglasses in white and black
Is it just me who thinks Johannes suddenly looks super grown up? I don’t think its just the hair cut, or the outfit. I think its just him, he’s growing up before my eyes and much faster than I’m quite prepared for. We finally got spring-like weather after a ridiculously long winter, so we made sure to spend as much time as possible outdoors, brunching downtown, gardening, scooting, bbq’ing of course. Johannes is in a major sunglasses phase, which is no surprise since Michael and I are both big sunnies fans. My biggest concern with kid sunglasses is how safe they are for their little eyes. I don’t mind letting Johannes wear sunglasses, I mean I think they’re super cute, but I do want them to be safe and protective in addition to cute.
Enter Babiators! I’m sure you’ve heard of these awesome (and cute) sunglasses for kids, but if you haven’t then you definitely should. Babiators are, just as their name suggests, aviators for kids and babies, only they’re safe and durable They are so durable that they are guaranteed against breakage, so they’re perfect for Johannes who now is obsessed with wearing them everywhere (even for brunch indoors…like Kanye). Babiators also sport 100% UVA and UVB protection lenses, so I don’t have to worry about Johannes damaging his eyes when we’re out on the lake-front or in the sun. The kids/babies Babiators line comes in both polarized and original lenses so you can pick which style you’d like best. Definitely check them out, if you haven’t already done so, because the sun is here to stay! And you can follow Babiators on Facebook and Instagram for Giveways and lifestyle ideas.
Eeeee! What at exciting week. Yesterday we had our anatomy scan and found out we are having another little boy! He’s amazing and healthy and has ten fingers and ten toes. I can’t ask for anything better. Neither Michael nor I have siblings of the same gender so we are entering unchartered waters and we couldn’t be more excited for it. Johannes is pretty excited too. He pushed us to clean out the office of all our extra furniture and office books, and helped his dad set up the baby crib. My doctor also gave me the thumbs up to start running again and I managed to squeeze out two jogs which felt so good. It’s been a fantastic week, and really I have nothing at all to complain about. If only every week was this good!
After taking some time off of blogging and by default my weekly Moms of Instagram feature, I’m finally excited to start up this series again. It is one of my favorites and a great way introduce you to some really great moms, new blogs, inspiring stories and so on.
Today’s feature mom is Bridget. You may already know her blog, Tales of Me and the Husband, and if you don’t then I think you should. I first came across Bridget and her story on Instagram and instantly fell in love with how genuine and kind she seems. Here is what Bridget had to share.
Tell me a little bit about yourself and your family.
We’re a mixed bag, this family of mine. I married my husband seven years ago, after he’d lost his wife to cancer a few years earlier. He had four children–aged three to thirteen at the time. It was crazy, great, and incredibly hard–often at the same time! We added Parker to the family two years ago!
Describe a typical day/routine?
Are there any special traditions, celebrations or customs your family partakes in?
We go to our favorite bagel place in early December, get breakfast, and go to a nearby tree farm to cut down our tree. Then we spend the rest of the day decorating with Christmas music blaring through the house (Josh Groban’s is one of my favorites!) and perhaps a cheers over some Martinelli’s cider once all is good and done! It’s a good day.
What would people be most surprised to find out about you?
I should say something like, “reading books! exercising!” but what I’m really thinking is, “watching a movie!” I don’t watch many movies these days and I LOVE when I get a chance to.
Describe you children’s rooms decorating style?
I can’t say I have one specific style — in fact, I think I have multiple personality disorder when it comes to decorating. I see styles going EVERY WHICH WAY and think, “yes! That!” So on and so forth. I definitely decorate piecemeal, which makes me very impatient and frustrated but I think I end up saving money this way instead of filling the space with things that aren’t quite right. And while we’re on the topic, I love your home, Ana!
What is your favorite room in the house and why?
Ooh. Probably our computer room. It’s just really cozy. A thick rug, dark brown walls, book shelves… though the floor is often covered with Parker’s toys. We often crowd in there and lay all over the floor and such!
How easy or difficult is it to meet other moms in your community?
Gosh, this is hard for me to answer. I don’t live far from where I went to college, so a lot of my college friends are around and also having babies. I can’t say I’ve made many friends that I don’t already have some connection with (i.e. college). It’s always been a little bit interesting for me because, like at a back to school night, I’m by far the youngest there since I have older stepchildren. With that said, they’ve always been nice and not asked if I were my kid’s older sister!
What surprised you most about motherhood?
How much I would love it. Not that I thought I’d hate it. But I really, really love it.
What’s your philosophy on “eating your vegetables”?
There are days where we don’t get any! BUT, I will say, my saving grace for a sometimes fickle toddler is a morning smoothie of banana pureed with spinach. He LOVES it and then I feel like I can put my feet up and not force the issue the rest of the day! With that said, my kids are all great eaters–William and Lindsey LOVE my brussels sprouts (I am heavy on the butter and salt!) and they also ask for seconds of salad! So, I’m pretty lucky in that respect.
If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go and who would you bring along?
Right now, I’d have to say Greece and I’d bring my husband for sure. I’d also really love to go to Argentina. I’d pack a bikini, a dress, some flip flops, and not much else.
What role does Instagram play in your life?
I love checking in with people throughout the day, feeling like even if it was a day we stayed home and did nothing, I still had a little bit of community with other adults! Blogging has helped in that respect too. Motherhood can sometimes be very isolating–particularly when they’re really young. I remember being so grateful for the “conversations” I could have, even if I didn’t actually see anyone that day. I will say, though, sometimes I need to just click out of it because I can play the comparisons game and end up feeling like my ________(fill in the blank) isn’t good enough. I suppose blogs can do that too. I mostly keep a handle on this though.
What have you found most surprising about Instagram?
How it’s legitimately becoming a marketing tool for a lot of business owners. I mean, Susan from Freshly Picked is a good example of this. She uses Instagram to grow her moccasin business and does so really well.
I’ll leave you with my favorite quote: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” The best and so true.