Hi there readers! I am thrilled to be doing a post for Beth's Girl Mom Series!
My name is Cara and I blog over at Homespun Kitchen. I started my blog as a way to "scrapbook" our daily lives. When I began blogging I was home doing daycare, my posts consisted of lots of recipes! Now I work 4 days a week outside the home, so not too many new recipes happening.
My husband Brad and I have been married for 17 years and I am by far the luckiest woman! We couldn't wait to start a family but we decided to wait a year after getting married to start trying. I am SO glad we did that! We were able to buy a house and feel a little more settled. We started trying the summer of 1999 and I was so sad that after a couple months nothing happened. In that amount of time 3 of my closest friends got pregnant. I was so stressed so we decided to put baby making on hold for awhile.
The next summer we decided to start trying again and after 2 months we were pregnant with Rachel. I was so excited and couldn't believe I was actually pregnant! All my life I wanted girls, I don't know what it was (maybe my brother annoyed me enough to not want a boy, ha!) but I only imagined myself with girls. Of course all we wanted was a healthy baby, boy or girl. Through my entire pregnancy I convinced myself I was having a boy, even bought a few boy outfits. So I was THRILLED when they said "girl"!
After having Rachel I really wanted her to have a sister, and along came Emma! We were so happy with 2 girls and neither one of us had that desire or need to try for a boy. We decided we were done. In August of 2005 we bought some land from Brad's parents and decided to build a house. We felt it was perfect timing, as the girls were 2 and 4 and I was so excited to begin planning our home. About 2 weeks after we broke ground we were surprised with a positive pregnancy test! I was terrified and thrilled to be having #3, we hadn't planned it, but I had always wanted three kids.
Having three girls is everything I thought it would be, fun, stressful, catty, exhausting and catty, haha! The girls are now 14, 12 and 9. I feel like everyday is a learning experience, whether it's them teaching me, or me giving advice. I constantly worry that I have screwed them up, but seeing them now, I think we're doing ok!
If I could give other moms with young girls advice it would be this:
1. Love yourself! I make sure that I don't talk negatively about my body, ever! They pick up on that stuff so quickly. I also exercise regularly and eat healthy foods. I love hearing the advice they give to their friends about eating healthy!
2. Take time for your marriage. Right now Brad and I are at a crazy stage with girls activities/school functions and really don't have a lot of time alone. We make sure that we carve out time for each other, whether it's getting up a half hour early to have coffee and chat before the girls get up, or sitting on the porch after they go to bed. I love spending time with him!
Beth, thanks so much for having me!
Happy Friday eve!