Irene | Portrait of a Mother

My sweet Irene!  I first met Irene in the 6th grade!  To be honest, I don’t remember specifically how we met, whether it was through cheerleading, the same classes, or mutual friends.  The point is, I am SO GLAD we did meet and become friends.  Throughout middle school there was a group of us, roughly six girls, who were my whole life!  We did everything together, spent a stupid amount of time on the phone with each other, had sleep overs, and invented code names for all of our boy-crushes.

 

We remained best friends through high school and were even roommates in college!  I had not idea when I moved to San Diego that Irene lived here too!  It has been so much fun watching as she became a wife and now a mother.  And  meeting her sweet Hayden was so much fun.  He’s a doll!

 

 

How has life changed for you since becoming a mother?

Life has changed in every way and for the better! It’s incredible how much love a person can have for someone they’ve just met.  My husband and I often ask ourselves “what did we do before Hayden”, and I respond, “sleep”  🙂

 What was the biggest surprise to you about having children?

All the new things you learn!  I’ve had some very informative and I interesting conversations with fellow mom- friends or even the lady next to me in the diaper aisle at Target!

 What do you love most about being a mom?
I love the smiles, the snuggles, watching him experience everything for the first time. I love rocking him to sleep and hearing his sweet breaths. I often look through pictures while holding him and can’t believe how fast he’s growing and changing and try to cherish every little moment. I love watching the father son relationship grow and know what great buddies they’ll always be.

 What makes you the most nervous about motherhood?

There is a lot of pressure out there with blogs, and social media and Pinterest to be the “perfect mom.” I’m nervous that I will disappoint him, that I will fail him in some way. I just pray that I raise a good person. I know mistakes will be made, but I hope at the end of the day he is a kind, smart and loving boy.

 

 What does a typical day with your kids look like?

Early mornings, lots of smiles and playing. Making coffee to then reheat it multiple times, often forgetting about it until I open the microwave to heat a bottle and find my coffee mug. Walks/naps on the beach. Trips to Target and Trader Joe’s. Maybe a shower, definitely some dry shampoo action. Lots of laughs, playing and bath time when dad gets home. Night time snuggles then off to bed. Or just snuggling in our pjs for the whole day.

 

 What are some of your favorite things about your kids?
I feel like he does something funny and new everyday! He recently started sticking his tongue out and blowing bubbles, and cracks himself up! My absolute favorite is his one eyebrow lift smile. He looks so cute and mischievous and so much like his daddy. And I love the way he looks at us like we’re crazy when we’re trying to make him laugh.

 What is the best part about being their mom?

I love that my husband and I have this forever bond with this little person! I love watching him grow and learn and explore and how the simplest things are such an accomplishment.

 How do you want them to remember their childhood? 

I hope that his childhood is filled with incredibly happy, fun filled memories with family and friends. I hope he knows how much he is loved, and that we will always support and be proud of him. I hope he remembers are cherishes the adventures we will have as a family and that they will help him to become and well rounded, respectful and cultured person.

 

 How do your personal or religious values impact your role as a mother?

Now that Hayden is baptized, one of my favorite things we do as a family is receive the sacrament on Sundays at church. I feel incredibly blessed that God has given us this sweet boy and it is now our job to instill in him the teachings of our faith. I have prayed probably more now than ever. I’m constantly praying for patience, guidance and strength, among many other things, to make sure that I’m doing the best I can to raise this sweet boy right.

 

 What does being successful in motherhood look like to you?

I think being a successful mom is when maybe you’re having a tough day and think you are doing a terrible job, but then another mom says “I just love when your kids come over to play, they are so well behaved, they were so polite and respectful, you’re doing something right” because let’s face it, kids are always better when mom and dad aren’t around. Oh and good manners! If “please, thank you and may I be excused,” are being used on the regular, something is sticking. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

May 23, 2017

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