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Mommy Nerves and Growing Up

Written by Sara S.

Along the long, windy, path of motherhood there are many unexpected turns.  Most of the unexpected things I have encountered along the motherhood path, to my chagrin, have been in my heart and my brain. Take the following for example…

Crash, Boom, Bang

You know what I am talking about. Once you hear that sound of crash followed by a cry your heart drops to your knees, your nerve endings prickle, and your hair follicles turn on end. There is nothing worse than that sound.

Once you have had one experience of hearing this thud followed by the cry, everytime you hear such a sound a head jerk and heart flip occur quite often and can be caused by any of the following: any household thud, an unexpected splash in a pool, the sound of something dropping, breaking or bumping – even the sound of an ambulance when your children are home and you are away takes on new meaning. I am wondering, at what age are they when this stops happening?

Growing up and out of things

Mommy heart flip-flops are also caused by things that indicate how fast your child is growing up. My youngest, Brady (a.k.a. Grizz) did not fit into one of my favorite matching outfits. My baby was too big for an outfit I thought was huge not just a year ago. How could this be? I looked at him in the crib last night and once just 21” long; he is now over 42” tall. It’s almost a magical bittersweet dilemma of all mothers – how fast their children grow.

Last week I found myself sitting with Ryan on his last day of preschool watching the slide show for the year.  For me, there is no way to not feel a pang of sadness along with joy at every milestone.  Does this ever go away or does it get worse? It’s going to be an interesting summer, preparing for pre-k, digging for worms, playing in dirt, riding bikes, staying up late, watching the games, sleeping in, swimming and growing up.

I am loving this path of motherhood and wondering what I will encounter next! I don’t know what’s more unexpected, what happens or how I feel about what happens.

About Sara S.

Sara is an on the go – down to earth Momma, married to a Marine and the mother of two get dirty wild and crazy, play in the mud boys.   She loves Michael Jackson, dancing and spending time with her family. She is honored to be able to teach her little guys about the world around them, about kindness love and the human spirit. For fun, she loves to make jewelry, shop, ski and spend time outdoors getting dirty with her boys. Sara is a Sr. Product Manager at Step2.

Raising Toddler Boys

Written by Sara S.

When my second son was born, the weight of raising two boys into responsible, loving, righteous men was very overwhelming. I grew up with aunts, sisters, girl friends – what did I know about little boys, teenage boys and down the line parenting grown men?  I was so sure I was meant to parent girls that I spent 40 weeks convinced my first born was a girl.

Now, my two boys are one and four so I have time to learn; but those are the thoughts that pop into a mother’s head from time to time.  Sometimes I see a tall teenage boy with curly hair and light eyes and am fast forwarded 15 years, jolted into thinking of how my oldest son Ryan will look, who he is friends with, what kind of car he drives, all sorts of fast forward thinking.  I have not caught myself doing this for my youngest son, Brady (a.k.a. Grizz) yet. Maybe it’s because his hair hasn’t even come in yet and I don’t have a sense of what he will look like. I’m still filled with wonder on his future adult traits.

Ryan was a surprise honeymoon baby. He was ready to be born – that’s for sure. He was ready to be the oldest sibling, ready to hit the ground running when he was born.  By the time Ryan was 14 months old he was saying almost 70 words. It was hysterical watching this bald baby say three word sentences.  I discovered that being his Mom was fun and a delight.

Brady, on the other hand was strategically planned to be exactly three years younger than Ryan. He was  born at a whopping 9 lbs 3 oz and did not cry for the first 3 weeks after his arrival, thus creating a perfect nickname for the huge, quiet giant that he was – he was to be called Grizzly Bear or “Grizz” for short. To add even more flair that his name – he is known in our household as any of the following:  King Grizz, The Grizzard, Professor Grizzinski, Grizzy, Grizzy the Lizzy and my personal favorite “Grizzington.”

I wonder if on his varsity jersey they will inscribe “Grizz.”  At the very least I think that will give him an edge one the field.

My husband and I discover everyday how fun it is to be the parents of these two little angel boys that were placed in our care. They keep us laughing everyday and remind us to see the world a little brighter.

About Sara S.

Sara is an on the go – down to earth Momma, married to a Marine and the mother of two get dirty wild and crazy, play in the mud boys.   She loves Michael Jackson, dancing and spending time with her family. She is honored to be able to teach her little guys about the world around them, about kindness love and the human spirit. For fun, she loves to make jewelry, shop, ski and spend time outdoors getting dirty with her boys. Sara is a Sr. Product Manager at Step2.

At Step2, We’re Moms Too

Sure, we’re marketers, designers, sales women, but at the end of the day, we’re moms too. We tuck our children into bed, kiss the boo boos and hold them tight when they worry. We get excited for their first tooth, first step, first day of school, and first love. We’d drop everything at the blink of an eye to come be by their side.

Yes, we’re moms too.

Starting on April 2, Mondays are now Momdays. Every Monday, one Step2 mom will provide a glimpse into her life as a mother as a guest writer for the Step2 blog.

Meet the Moms

Meet Sara S. Sara is an on the go – down to earth Momma, married to a Marine and the mother of two get dirty wild and crazy, play in the mud boys.   She loves Michael Jackson, dancing and spending time with her family. She is honored to be able to teach her little guys about the world around them, about kindness love and the human spirit. For fun, she loves to make jewelry, shop, ski and spend time outdoors getting dirty with her boys. Sara is a Sr. Product Manager at Step2.

 

Meet Ashley. Ashley is expecting her first child in early September 2012 with her high-school sweetheart turned husband 3 years ago. Together they have a lab named Peak whom they adopted during a ski trip in Denver. She loves all things fashion and cannot wait to start shopping for her little one’s wardrobe. She is the Social Media Manager at Step2 and you may have recently communicated with her if you’ve chatted with Step2 on Facebook or Twitter.

 

 

 

Meet Sharon. Sharon became a first time grandma in February of 2011 and had the pleasure of celebrating her granddaughter’s first birthday in San Francisco where she lives with her oldest son and his wife.  Sharon welcomes the opportunity to spoil her granddaughter after having raised two boys.  Sharon is an avid lover of the arts and has dabbled with oil painting and enjoys interior decorating as a hobby.  She is the Customer Service Manager for Step2.

 

 

Meet Tena. Tena and her best friend (and hubby) had their first child in July, 2011.  Their little guy has a congenital heart defect and he is one tough little cookie; don’t ever think about calling him sick though – “his plumbing is just different.”  Tena is an animal loving vegetarian and is excited to teach her son about compassion and the importance of volunteer work.  She secretly hopes her son will be left handed like his momma. She is the Online Marketing Director for Step2.

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Tiffany. Tiffany is the mother of a curly haired six year old boy who wants to be Batman when he grows up! When she is not engaged in an intense light saber battle, watching Transformers (cartoons and movies), asking her child not to jump from the top step or being told, “you’re playing action figures the wrong way, mom” she contemplates how wonderful it would be if her child were a twin or triplet.  Tiffany is the Human Resources Manager for Step2.

 

 

 

 

Meet Sara R. Sara is a mother of four. She has two daughters – Jamie age 35 and Taylor age 16 – and two sons – Justin age 20 and Christopher age 14. She is also a grandmother of one – Andrew age 3. She lives in Mantua, Ohio with her husband Bill. She has worked at Step2 for the past 12 years (before that she was a stay at home mom for 9 years). Sara is the Operations Manager for Step2 Direct internet sales.

 

 

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