Mommy Reset

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Happy birthday to us! My husband and I had a 24+ hour getaway this weekend to celebrate our birthday togethers. This couldn’t have come at a better time.

I really struggled this week with the day to day life of being a mom. It was rough. It was filled with highs and lows. I love the days that we are together as a family of four. But on the days when I am alone with two kids, it can be a struggle. This week was one of those crazy weeks when the stars just did not align for me. This birthday getaway was my reset button.

I just needed to be alone with my husband and enjoy each others company and reconnect. It was exactly what we needed. So my amazing in-laws watched the kids for one night, Jaap and I escaped to this cute chateau in north Limburg, and had a fabulous time, complete with a delicious meal that I will never forget. Long conversations without interruptions, luxurious food and tasty wines, reading books on the tetras, sleeping in tip 8:45 (!!!) and spending quality time together. I feel like myself again. Amen.

If you’re in the neighbourhood, check out Aubergine. Absolutely amazing!

 

7 months with T

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Seven months old and getting big! Look at this cuteness. I hope this love they share for each other remains forever. Flora is completely in love with her brother and Thibault is fascinated by her. She walks in and it lights up his world. These moments are precious.

 

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A lot has happened since my last post. Thibault is now 7.5 months old. He’s rolling around so much that we have to keep an eye on him. No more chilling on the bed because he must might roll off one day! Solids seem to be getting better. Here you see him enjoying some Wheetabix and kiwis.

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We have had a lot of firsts—swimming, lots of new foods, new babbling sounds, and a new clothing size! But with the good, there are always rough patches. This weekend was his first sick day, more like TWO sicks days. So, we’re basically exhausted right now.IMG_3983

Thank God Grandma is still in town! We’re starting to slow down and get ready for her departure in 10 days. I will be sad to see my Mom leave. I love having family this close. It feels like it should be this way always. But, I am extremely grateful for the all the quality time we got to spend with her this spring. It has been a wonderful visit. XOXO

Thibault at 11 weeks

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Thibault, you’re 11 weeks old and incredibly cute! The big 3 month birthday is right around the corner. These last few weeks have flown by! We’re so happy to see you emerging as a smiling, happy baby. You love looking at your Muppet mobile in your box, playing on your activity mat in the morning, but most of all, you love interacting with your sister. Whenever she is around you start to smile. It melts my heart. You’re starting to talk more and more and we love hearing these new sounds. We love you!

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Merry Christmas 2016

Well, my previous post about sick days was premature. Our house experienced a relapse and we weren’t quite in the clear with all the illnesses. As soon as I wrote about us being sick and thinking we made it through the worst of it, the following day was another day where I felt like it was getting worse. Ugh. Regardless of our illnesses, I can now safely say that everyone is feeling better and conditions continue to improve! Thankfully…just in time for Christmas!

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Onze Lieve Vrouweplein lit up!

On Thursday we went into Maastricht to experience the “Winter Wonderland” on the Vrijthof. Flora got to ride the carousel (always a highlight), Rudolph’s train, and the Ferris Wheel with me. We ate olliebollen and had an early dinner at a cafe. It was wonderful. We deserved a little bit of fun after 10+ sick days. It was time to get out and experience Christmas.

This holiday season was a learning experience for me. It was time I learned to keep my “mommy” expectations real. It’s okay that I didn’t get to bake Christmas cookies with Flora, and we didn’t get to visit the Christmas market that I wanted to go to, and there was no time for me to get my Christmas manicure that I was hoping for. Life is just busy right now with a toddler and baby. These fun things and traditions will come again, when we have more time. For now, our time is spent where it matters most. Merry Christmas and cheers to a happy and healthy 2017!

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Mindful Moment: Sisterly Love

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This cuteness comes with a price…no sleep! Sleep deprivation has officially set in and it has started to take a toll on the body. I have already recovered from an illness last week and I know that it was all brought on because of a lack of sleep. But, thanks to my incredible husband and loving in-laws (who came and took care of us for two days), I was able to recover and I’m feeling better now. “It takes a village to raise a child.” No kidding!

But, despite our lack of sleep and general feeling of haziness, my spirits are pretty high. I feel completely in love with our little Thibault and in a blink of an eye, he’s already one month old. How did that happen?

Some days are easier than others and I’m trying to live in the moment and not think too far down the road. Because the prospect of not going out at night, going back to work, the idea of more sleepless nights, etc. gets me down. Being present and mindful of the here and now are getting me through the day. Being conscious is key.

Due to illness, last week was rough. And then we have great days like today. Flora was such an amazing big sister. She loves her brother so much and it fills my heart. Here’s a snapshot of a cute moment cuddling on the couch this morning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our family of four

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Last week we welcomed our son Thibault Christopher Johannes Jansen into the world. It’s been a wonderful 12 days of getting to know our newborn son and transitioning into life as a family of four.

Big sister Flora couldn’t be any prouder. We are savouring every moment of family togetherness this week while Jaap is on vacation/ baby leave. We’ll see how things will go when he returns to work. I am trying to stay present and not worry too much about my days alone with two kids. But for now, I’m enjoying our tiny little love bubble and grateful for our healthy and happy children.