Happy Mother’s Day Everyone! This day holds so much more meaning to me now that I am a mom. I almost hate saying that, because I wish that I had known what my own Mother had sacrificed for me while growing up and totally spoiled her each Mother’s Day because she deserves to be spoiled!!! I guess that’s just how it goes though huh? We can never truly understand anyone until we “semi” walk in their shoes. Well I am going to take this opportunity to publicly thank my mother for raising me into the strong female I am today. Your love, sacrifice, and unwavering support has not gone unnoticed or unappreciated (well maybe I didn’t appreciate you as much as I should have when I was a teenager. But I’m sure I have that coming back to me ten fold with Molly. Ha!). I love you mom!
That said, I want more than anything to raise Molly the way my mother raised me. To be resilient, strong, kind, loving, and brave! That’s why when I saw this shirt, I felt compelled to get it. I feel proud wearing it next to my daughter. We ARE the females of the future! She is the future. And I am going to do everything in my power to give her the best future possible. So today on my first Mother’s Day I am making 3 promises to Molly…
A Supportive and Loving Home
I want more than anything for Kevin and I to set a good example for Molly. Not just in the way we treat her and the love we give her, but in the way we treat each other. I want to put my phone down more often and be present in her life. I want to eat dinner as a family and turn the TV off so we can spend quality time together. I never want her to have to worry about her home life, because life is hard in general and I always want home to be a safe place for her to come to. A place she can count on.
We only have one planet and I promise to do my part to take care of it for little Molly. In fact, Kevin and I just bought a second car for our family (Kevin didn’t have one) and we got a hybrid! We really want to reduce waste and emissions and improve our planet. And we recycle almost EVERYTHING. You would be surprised how much you can actually recycle. If you are unsure what to recycle, check this website out! And my policy is that if I think it can be recycled then it goes in the recycling bin! Even if I’m not sure. So please recycle! Plant a tree! Make this planet better for our children and our children’s children!
I honestly just teared up writing the words “let go” above. As Molly’s mom I always want to protect her. I want to hover over her until she’s grown and make sure nothing bad ever happens to her, but I must resist that urge! The other day I recorded myself on Insta Story reading a book to Molly called “If I Could Keep You Little” and many of you ask me about it. I love this book and I choke up every night when I read it to Molly because it has such a great message. It basically says that if I could keep her little, then I would kiss every scrape, read her stories every night, and hold her hand everywhere. But then I would miss her learning from her mistakes, reading on her own, and finding her place in the world! Man, I’m crying my eyes out typing this! Ha! So today Molly, I promise to love you and care for you, but more importantly give you the tools to learn to care for and love yourself!
I love you Molly Sullivan Manno! Your spirit guides mine. Your laugh gives me life. What I know you’ll do with your future, gives me hope. You’ve given me the greatest love my heart with ever know.
Ok now that I’m sobbing all over my keyboard, I will wrap up and say HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! All of us moms out there work really hard and deserve to be recognized today! Luv you guys!!!!
And I’ll share a few words about mine and Molly’s outfits below just because I love them! And her pants are supposed to help her crawl. Scroll to learn more!
Ok I had to make the outfit write up on this post separate just cause I needed to mentally separate myself from the blog post above. Mainly so I will stop crying. Ha! I already explained why I love this shirt so much. You can get it HERE. But if it sells out there, you can also get it HERE.
My grey wash jeans are new and I LOOOOVE them! They are by a company called Mott & Bow and they are legit the most comfortable pair of jeans I’ve ever owned. They aren’t cheap, but they aren’t $200 jeans either. They are so worth the little investment because good quality jeans like this LAST!
I thought my feather earrings really made this look fun and gave it a little bit of edge. Plus they just make me seem cooler than I am. Ha! The black hat adds that fun edge too. It’s pretty much a requirement to wear hats when you have short hair. I forgot how much I loved wearing them!
Ok I have to tell you guys about Molly’s pants. I’ve mentioned to you guys before that Molly isn’t crawling. She’s 10 months so she’s definitely delayed in that department. But she LOVES cruising with her walker or while holding my hand. I honestly think she’ll walk within a month! But when I took her to PT the physical therapist urged us to at least do exercises to encourage her to crawl (like the wheelbarrow). So we do the exercises every day, but I also bought these pants with little rubber padding on the knees to give her better traction for crawling. We just got them so I don’t have any results to give, but I’m hoping they help her!
But since she loves to walk/cruise (especially when we are out and about) she has to wear shoes. I’ve read the soft bottom shoes are best for development so their little feet can feel the ground. We LOVE these Freshly Picked Moccasins. We have multiple pairs. She loves wearing them too. Is it just me or are some baby shoes impossible to get on their feet? Not these! The go on so easily. They are a MUST for babies starting to walk in my opinion. All other details on our outfits below!
Oh and it you are like me and always wanting to know where to get the cutest outfits for your kiddos, Like to Know It just launched #LTKFamily! You can follow them HERE. All of your favorite fashion bloggers will be sharing family friendly outfits and favortire products there! xoxo