Tag Archives: We’re Moms Too

Like you, We’re Moms Too. We get excited for their first tooth, first step, first day of school and first love. Here, we share our stories about motherhood.

A Mother’s Love

amotherslove
A mother’s love cannot be defined. It is one of the most powerful bonds we will ever feel as children and as mothers, ourselves. There are many moms that work here at Step2 and adult children who love to talk about how amazing their moms are. Meet the super moms, sons and daughters of Step2:

mother's day 2_“My mother is a very special woman.  Through my life I’ve had the pleasure of my mother’s love and I’ve also watched her touch people’s lives in countless ways.  She is a very giving, kind and loving woman and I’m so glad and very lucky to have her.  I’m also glad that my daughter has the pleasure of knowing her grandmother.  So here is to my mother and all the mothers out there, Happy Mother’s Day!” – Rose (second from left)  Consumer Service Representative and Judy (second from the right) Consumer Service Lead

mother's day 1_“Without my mother, I would never know how to laugh at the silly world we live in.” – Jason (second from left), Art Directorblessedbybrenna“For me, motherhood is seeing the profound value of learning about who your children are, and then encouraging and teaching them to be the best versions of themselves, instead of pushing them to be who you want them to be. It is my hope that this acceptance and unconditional love will empower and strengthen my children as well as foster self-confidence and kindness!” – Courtney, Step2 Ambassador

MeMylesMom_“Being a mom is the most selfless, heart exploding, gut wrenching, instinct driven form of love I will ever experience and I wouldn’t trade it for a second.” – Tena (right), Step Employee

seevanessacraftPhoto credit: Jen Roberts Photography

“Motherhood has made me a less selfish, more flexible and much more patient person. It makes me appreciate the little things and embrace the challenging things. I’m a better person because of it.” – Vanessa, Step2 Ambassador

nicolenmom_“My mom is one of my biggest supporters and without her I wouldn’t be the person I am today. Every time I think of the sacrifices she went through to raise me by herself, I get choked up – she truly is an incredible woman. Even though we may fight sometimes, I love every single thing about her. I love you forever and always, mom.” – Nicole, Internet Marketing Specialist

thiftyniftymommy“I thought motherhood meant giving of myself, but really it’s gaining the world.” – Janessa, Step2 Ambassador

MothersDay_Ashley_“I am blessed to be part of this “elite club” known as motherhood. To me, being a mom means exemplifying the purest form of love and seeing myself through my child’s eyes.” – Ashley, Social Media Manager

kareysdaughters_“To me, motherhood is a sense of responsibility and pride no matter how old your kids get. Every day is an adventure of building memories for a lifetime.” – Karey (not pictured), Step2 Direct Representative

meghanmomandclara_“Motherhood is a privilege and a gift, and I learned that from my mother, who the bedrock of our family is. Don’t take it for granted, and have fun in the process. It can be ridiculous and hilarious, and throughout it all, motherhood reminds you not to take yourself too seriously.” – Meghan (right), Director of Marketing Communications & Licensing

In honor of Mother’s Day, we want to take the time to thank all of the mothers out there for being patient and kind and for giving us the special gift of life. Happy Mother’s Day!

Here Comes Baby Number Two

MomsTooButton_4.1.14

Written by Ashley

The spit up, the wails, the midnight, 2am, and 4am feedings – They’re all gracing us with their presence for round two when we welcome baby #2 this fall. But with them come the warm cuddles, the indescribable sweet baby smell, and the soft, longing gazes.

As I watch my toddler daughter grow older by the day, I am amazed by all the things she is saying and doing. But I feel like as each day passes, my memories of her as a newborn fade more and more.

I’ll admit that I miss the days when we drove around the block 18 times (literally – I think my neighbors were starting to get suspicious) in hope that she would fall asleep, when she gazed into my eyes while she nursed, and even when she screamed for 2 hours straight and I just laid there on her nursery floor with crocodile tears running down my face in pure exhaustion. I wouldn’t have traded those moments for anything in this world.

But welcoming a new baby with a toddler already in the picture will certainly add some new challenges.

Excitement and fears when you find out you're having another baby

I fear that I won’t be able to provide my daughter with enough attention. I fear that she’ll become resentful of me and my husband catering to another child. I fear that I won’t have enough room in my heart to love my second child as much as I do my first. I fear that she’ll revert back to her old sleeping habits and I’ll never sleep again. Like, Ever. Again.

I know she’ll be a great big sister. She’s so kind and considerate of others. I honestly think she knows that something is about to change because she just started trying to hug every baby we lay eyes on and even points to my belly and says “ba-by” in two distinct syllables. I try not to bring too much attention to the changes, but I do want her to know that something very exciting will be happening soon.

As a parent, I’m no expert. I can barely get out the door some mornings, but I’m humbled every time I “fail” as a parent and I willingly welcome the advice of other moms who have walked before me.

I’ve been reading some blog posts that have helped me during this time of unknowns like Amanda’s post over at Dirt & Boogers (how cute is that blog name?) about how she reconnected with her son when her second child was born and Breanne’s post at Borealis about preparation to juggling two.

It’s nice to know I’m not alone.

To all the moms that have two or more children – how did you prepare your first when you welcomed your second?

WM2_AshleyAbout Ashley
Ashley is a self-proclaimed fashionista, social media maven, proud mama to her toddler daughter and expecting her second child this fall. 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.

Potty Training

ButtonPottyTraining

It is so hard to believe that we are at the point in our lives where our baby is using the big boy potty.  This is one of those milestones I’ve worried about hitting.  I have a brother who is ten years younger than I am and he was nearly FOUR YEARS OLD before he was officially housebroken potty trained.  I remember my mom and dad having such a stressful time over this and I dreaded it.  Likely because of that experience, we never put much emphasis on using the potty.

We purchased a potty chair and a potty watch some time ago.  We introduced him to the potty and set it up in our living room (don’t judge) and we let him run around naked quite a bit (again, don’t judge).  We know that he is encouraged to sit on the potty at school twice a day.  Outside of this, we hadn’t tried to ask him if he had to go “pee pee” nor did we suggest that he sit on his potty at home.  With no fuss and muss about the potty, one can imagine the surprise we experienced when we found him tinkling in the potty on his very own back in November.

I had just arrived home from work.  Myles was running around the house with his bare butt hanging out.  I was giving my hubby a download of my day when all of the sudden we heard, “psssssst” and looked over at our son, sitting on the potty and peeing!  I literally jumped up and down like I was the next contestant on The Price is Right.  I was so excited and got weepy…over pee pee.  We gave high fives to Myles, high fives to each other, took pictures and gave him chocolate.  We made this a very big deal because it WAS a very big deal.

potty training

Those of you who have followed our journey know that many of our milestones haven’t been easy, so I feel I’ve earned the right to brag about my awesome boy who potty trained himself.  He is now working on pooing in the potty (which has been moved to the bathroom) and aside from the one accident he had on the floor (that hubby stepped in) that is going great as well.

The irony of what gets me excited now that I’m a Mom is not lost on me.  I just want to bottle up all of these amazing little moments and savor every last one in every way possible.

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.