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Today’s Mom Monday features Dee from Two of a Kind Working on a Full House. We truly enjoy Dee’s insight, creativity, honesty and humor. We know you will love her too.

It seems that your “full house” is becoming a reality with the “addition” to your household this past year. How has being a mom of two little ones changed your life?

We are busting at the seams after having Isabella and are in search of a bigger house to fill. Surprisingly, life with two isn’t that much different than life with one. There are just more hugs to be had and kisses to be stolen. I had no idea my heart could love so much.

What did you learn from your first pregnancy that helped you out with your second?

I learned that I didn’t need to worry about every little hiccup.

How did you prepare your older child for the arrival of a sibling?

He turned 2 just two days before she was born, so he didn’t quite understand. We did have a baby doll that we kept around the house and showed him how to be gentle with it.

What has been your greatest joy of motherhood?

That’s a hard question. I love it all. I was totally made to be a mommy and love the tears just as much as the hugs. Waking up every morning to a little boy crawling in bed with me and giving me a kiss has to be the best feeling in the world.

How about your biggest challenge?

Time management. I want to be able to split my time between them equally and then we never seem to make it out the door when we’re supposed to. Our family and friends just know that we’re going to be late.

Have you had an “Ah-ha” mom moment that you can share with us?

I think I’ve had several which is why this question is so difficult for me. I would say my first was when Evan was just a few weeks old. He cried all the time…seriously…never stopped. I was always a wreck because I just knew that he was driving other people crazy. We were out to eat and I was frantically trying to get him to stop crying. My mom told me to look around. No one seemed to notice, everyone was enjoying themselves at their tables. There was even another baby crying a few tables down and I hadn’t noticed because I was freaking out over Evan. I calmed down and just hugged my baby. I thought he was bothering other people, but he wasn’t, he just needed his mommy to love him and he could tell that I was a wreck.

Now for a quick glance into Dee’s life. :)

What is always in your fridge? I’m probably supposed to say something like apples, right? I always have some sort of chocolate in there because I like cold chocolate.

What is your guilty pleasure? Just one? I like to eat brownies or cookies while watching the biggest loser.

If you had a “free day” with no commitments or obligations, what would you do with it? If I didn’t have my kids, I would take a bubble bath in peace and would watch a movie that I wanted to watch. But after about an hour or two, I would honestly miss my kids too much and have to get them and play with them. I took cake classes once, but didn’t even go to the last class because I missed my kids like crazy while I was gone for those 2 hours.

What is your favorite time of day? Nap time! :) I finally get to eat a little something without babies hanging off of me and I can watch them sleep on their monitors.

What’s one thing on your list of dreams that you still need to accomplish? Win the lottery! :) Just kidding-you’d actually have to play to win. One day, I’d love to own a place that does wedding receptions. How cool would it be to be a part of other people’s special day?

Thanks for taking the time to talk with us!

If you have any questions for Dee, feel free to leave them in the comment section!

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20 Responses to “It's Mom Monday!”

  1. Tonya@ A Family Completed April 12, 2010 at 9:44 am #

    Dee is so wise. I adore her. I wish my husband would stop and look around and realize that the only person making a big deal is him! He always thinks Owen is too loud to take out to eat and gets so stressed. I think those booths amplify noise for those in it, lol. Happy Mom Monday :)

  2. Michelle April 12, 2010 at 9:49 am #

    Tonya,
    Definitely is a challenge when your little one sometimes just is being a kid & we as adults think we have to “shush” them all the time. Dee does have great insight on this. Maybe Owen can read Dee’s interview. :)
    Michelle

  3. Dee April 12, 2010 at 11:23 am #

    Oh I love you Tonya! :)

    It can be stressful when kids are loud out!

    Thanks for featuring me Michelle. :) The Kolcraft blog has some great ideas!

  4. Mary Williams April 12, 2010 at 12:05 pm #

    Stopping by from your blog, love your interview!! I totally LOL’d on the eating brownies while watching Biggest Loser!!!

  5. admin April 12, 2010 at 1:10 pm #

    Mary,
    Thanks. We laughed over the brownie part too. She must have a secret to that because she looks great! :)
    Michelle

  6. Vanessa April 12, 2010 at 3:49 pm #

    Fun to get to know her more and I love that she keeps chocolate in her fridge!! :)

  7. Messy Mommy April 12, 2010 at 6:29 pm #

    Time management never gets easier! And I totally agree about the wedding receptions! I LOVE LOVE LOVE weddings! I already have my sister’s planned to the T and she’s not even engaged yet. :)

  8. Heather April 12, 2010 at 7:19 pm #

    I just discovered your blog, great post!

  9. Michelle April 12, 2010 at 7:27 pm #

    Messy Mommy,
    That’s funny. Too bad I didn’t know you 9 months ago when i was planning mine :)
    Michelle

  10. Michelle April 12, 2010 at 7:27 pm #

    Thanks Heather! Great to have you with us! Michelle

  11. Brandy April 12, 2010 at 7:37 pm #

    I loved reading more about Dee! She is an amazing blogger and I am so excited that she was featured here!

    Chocolate .. in fridge?? It wouldn’t last in my house, the boys would get it or my daughter … either way I know I wouldn’t be able to eat it so it goes on top shelf of cabinets, they have yet to figure out how to get up there …. yet!

  12. amy April 13, 2010 at 12:04 am #

    This was so interesting I’ve gotten updates and entered giveaways – it was so fun to see this. Its so true too about kids picking up on our emotions. My little one used to cry a lot and it was me being calm and comforting him that got him to relax.

  13. amy April 13, 2010 at 12:15 am #

    I love naptime too! Sometimes do get things done, to play on the computer – or get some sleep!

  14. Michelle April 13, 2010 at 7:50 am #

    Amy,
    It’s great to have you as a kolcraft fan. Thanks for sharing your mom experience with us!
    Michelle

  15. Michelle April 13, 2010 at 7:51 am #

    Thanks Brandy! We had so much fun getting to know Dee a little more.
    Michelle

  16. Alison April 13, 2010 at 1:28 pm #

    Eating brownies while watching The Biggest Loser? Hmm.. sounds familiar.. ;)

    I love Dee’s blog. So glad to see this here! :D

  17. Tiffany Pettey April 13, 2010 at 3:31 pm #

    this is the first time i have been on this blog and think that it is very classy

    • admin April 15, 2010 at 9:05 am #

      Thanks Tiffany!
      Welcome to our blog.
      Michelle

  18. alissa apel April 15, 2010 at 2:27 pm #

    I go to Dee’s site on a regular basis. I love her blog!

  19. Lisa L April 17, 2010 at 1:16 pm #

    Dee is so right when it comes to her kids. Sometimes you just want time to yourself but then when you get it you miss your kids so much you just want to have them around all the time. Personally I don’t care what other people think about my kids making too much noise or that they are crying everywhere they go. Like Dee, you need to calm down and enjoy the time we have with our kids and let them be kids. Sometimes all they need or want is just a little quiet mommy time. It’s amazing to watch my 2 little girls growing up and yes some days it’s stressful but I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world except maybe more hugs and kisses from them. Hearing them call me mommy and getting all those precious hugs makes it totally worth it. I also follow Dee’s blog. It’s cute and funny.

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