keepin' it real

Tuesday, May 1

I don't mean to brag, but yes ... those are my gym clothes that I still have yet to change out of. Oh this week! Honestly, I'm in shock that it's only Tuesday right now. Yesterday, between projects 1-6 {the details of which I won't bore you with ... because who really wants to talk about thesis papers and logo sketches anyway?} I had spent far too much time working. I felt horribly guilty for letting Everett entertain himself with his bouncer and an array of other colorful objects throughout the day. Like really, really guilty. By the time I reached a stopping point at 9:30, all I wanted to do was curl up in bed with my baby and let him fall asleep in my arms. Well he wasn't having any of it. He started doing this really impressive back-bend like move and cried. And cried. And cried some more.
Now, Everett is one of those babies that always makes you feel like you're a pretty good mom because he's so easy going, easily comforted, and overall very happy. So taking on round one of 'inconsolable Everett' really threw me and my "wait, I thought I was good at this" mentality for a loop. I reached that breaking point ... you know, the one where you can laugh or you can cry? Well I cried. And I cried kind of hard I guess, because to Everett it sounded like I was laughing. So he started laughing. That sweet baby rolled over, looked up at me and laughed at my crying. And that was it. It was that one moment we both needed I suppose. I relaxed and chuckled at his sweet sense of humor, picked him up, and that now happy baby sunk right into my arms and fell asleep.
Oh, I am one lucky lady to be his mama.

103 comments:

Irene Buffa said...

omg so cute!

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astr!d said...

oh!!!! i remember those days. that has happened to me too before!!! it is crazy, right? how fast their moods can turn!

Sydney said...

Irene - thank you for commenting! Four links to your blog are really not necessary. One will probably suffice.

Bianca said...

sometimes a girl's just gotta rock her gym clothes and have a good cry :)

Janell said...

Funny how things sort out, isn't it? What a sly little angel. He knew to change his tune fast once mama started crying and he's an angel for that!

Janell said...

Funny how things sort out, isn't it? What a sly little angel. He knew to change his tune fast once mama started crying and he's an angel for that!

Amelia - UGLY DUCKLING said...

I hate when the week makes you feel like that, 'is it really only Tuesday'!!! I'm having that exact feeling right now. Eurgh!

That's such a cute story though, glad both you and he are happier now!


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Tiffany said...

I just love how you share things honestly...so refreshing to hear and to know that love(for babies and chubby cheeks)washes over a multitude of things! :) Go mama!

.aubrey c. said...

Aw that almost made me cry it is so sweet.

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Ashley Mitchell said...

Aww..so sweet! We all need to cry sometimes.

Katie Ann said...

Such a sweet moment for you when he rolled over and fell asleep in your arms! Keep up the good work, I imagine being a momma can be tough! It sounds like these are the rewarding moments that make it all better. :) Have a lovely day!

Katie

Natasha Fatah said...

Everybody has one of those weeks. Just kick back, and take a bit easy ... on yourself mostly.

xoxo
~Natasha Fatah~

The Millers said...

we all deserve a few good cries every now and then. being a new mama can be a tough gig. i'm sure you are doing a wonderful job! there is just something about those babies that can turn your worst day around with one little smile. there is nothing better! xo

Rebecca said...

So, so sweet! I hope today is better for you.

Sara Estis said...

This brought tears to my eyes! How sweet! :)

dr_hello_kitty said...

What a sweet babe :)

But pleeeeeeease. No more than 15 min per day in the bouncer! It affects muscle development so babies who spend more than that in a bouncer/saucer actually end up walking later than they're supposed to.

EM {Pushups with Polish} said...

umm this little story was adorable! i'm not a mama yet so i can't fully relate but my heart just went pitter patter :)

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adorable!!!

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Yaz said...

That nearly brought a tear to my eye. love your way with words...I am ALL too familiar with that "impressive" back-bend like move. And with those moments. Thanks for this post.

Ana said...

I have had more of those days than I can count. I know exactly what you mean, except when I reach my breaking point J doesn't laugh...he gets really agitated by my stress and cries harder.

But those days are pretty rare in comparison to the really great ones we usually have.

Liz said...

awww that is just the sweetest!

SarahLagen said...

That is so cute! I love how you integrate your family, work and fashion into your blog!

Andrea D said...

Aw, I love that he wanted to laugh with you. Everyone has those moments...I'm sure you're MORE than good at this "mom" thing :)

Happy Tuesday!

Teodora said...

Oh, I can't wait to have a little Everett. You are so blessed and thank you for sharing your moments with us.

Teodora
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Yuli Conversations said...

hehe super cute!!!

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Monique said...

What a sweet baby, and a nice story, you're doing a great job Sydney!

My daughter laughs at me whenever I hurt myself, stubbed toe - she laughs. Her clumsy momma keeps her laughing. Gotta love kids...

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browneyedcharmer.blogspot.com said...

Everett is adorable! I love how children make us forget our momentary frustrations and keep us on our toes. Enjoy this time with him, I'm sure you are a wonderful, nurturing mamma!:)

Oh, btw, thank you for responding to my message the other day about the gray maxi skirt from Topshop. I can't wait till mine comes in the mail!

xoxo,

Molly Jane

P.S. Stop by my blog if you want!

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Danielle said...

Your little stories about motherhood make me so excited to be a mom someday :) Thank you for sharing the tough days as well as the easier days.

Francis said...

Babies think most things are funny. Lol. I had some pretty bad morning sickness this pregnancy and my 11 month old would usually start laughing when she'd hear me heaving in the bathroom. She thought mommy was just in the bathroom making funny noises for her amusement.

Val H. said...

Oh dear!! A thesis paper? Did you go back to school??

WearWhatYouWant said...

love <3

The Cantelmo Family said...

Awww what a sweetie!!! It's nice to have a little one so easily comforted! I had a day like that yesterday. I am SO sick with my 4th pregnancy and am just letting the kids entertain themselves. I feel horrible but the sickness makes everything so challenging. Don't worry it's good for them to be able to entertain themselves and we have plenty of time to spend quality time with them!

angie said...

Such a sweet story.Babies have ways to make us grateful for having them.

Carlee said...

I am so super excited to have a baby laugh at my crying. One day...one day. :)

P.S. Your little family is so adorable! Thanks for sharing your stories.

Sydney said...

Val H - oh no, I should have said 'editing' a thesis paper

Always Maylee said...

Everett is getting more adorable, if that is possible. And is that sophie the giraffe with him!? Love it.

xo, Yi-chia
Always Maylee

Lottie said...

This is like my week apart from i haven't been that busy and i didn't have very cute baby to cheer me up, but thankfully i have a lovely husband.

And you seem like a great mum.

Joanna said...

I completely understand. There was a point where I just woke up and said, "No I don't want this." But that passed after a nap, shower and a good cry too.

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Ana F. said...

Oh this is a sweet post. Days like that make you appreciate the nice moments though and realize how lucky we are! Glad you have your little one to cheer you up in the end of the day - even if through weird ways :)

britasblog said...

I've had that happen while babysitting my niece and nephew, both under the age of three. My nephew came up to me and asked, "is auntie sad? don't be sad, i'm happy" and that's all I needed!

J+H @ Beyond The Stoop said...

that view of everett is just adorable!!

Kassie said...

All mamas have those moments, I think.

It's a good thing to realize we aren't perfect, but hard as well.

Shawnee said...

aww! this is so sweet. hugs to you!

i'm stephanie. said...

when my youngest was a babe and we were having a difficult moment i would put on copa cabbana (i don't know why i picked this song to begin with...) really loudly and we'd dance around the house. it always seemed to work (and yes, sometimes i was crying when the song began.) i know all the words seven years later. xo

Anna D Kart said...

Wow! motherhood really goes with you... You are one amazing mama!

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Maria Camila said...

Awe, even though I'm not a mom sometimes you just have to let it go and CRY! Have a great week :)

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Dani said...

Oh the infamous "I got nothin' to cry about but I just wanna cryyyyy" tears, I know what you mean! Sometimes it just makes you realize you need a little cry as well! Sounds like you are an amazing mommy! :)

-Dani :)
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Michelle said...

Why oh why do they make gym clothes so comfortable that after you sweat it up in them, you still don't want to take them off?! I'm super guilty of this. The fact that they don't ride up or fall down like other leggings i own might be the reason why. Oh and I don't even belong to a gym!

How do you make it there with Everett? Gym daycare? I've been trying to find a way with my baby girl that doesn't include walking around the neighborhood.

Ashley said...

I love that babies know JUST when we need a break.

Ashley said...

Oh sweet mama. I have reached that point a few times lately, and it's sad but wonderful that my 3 year old is so good at comforting me, saying "It's okay mama" and rubbing my back. :) You are so not alone.

ValerieAmelia said...

I'm a student with a 6 month old...I had this EXACT day on Saturday. I tried all day to write my paper and at the end of the night, Oliver was bored with all of his toys. When I went to put him down for his evening nap he refused and was doing to back bendy thing. He knew I was annoyed and that was making him more annoyed, so finally I just set him in his crib and walked away for a minute and cried myself. He instantly stopped crying and was all smiles the rest of the night. It was a weak moment for me, but maybe it was what he needed!

I'm also curious to know how you make it to the gym. I work out at home and he loves to watch me and hear me count my reps, but I'd love to do more.

A FANCY DAY said...

I love a good cry however if my husband started laughing at me I doubt the story would the end same. Good thing babies are just amazing. Hope you have a wonderful day today(guilt free)

Grace Marie said...

ugh. beeeeen there. Solidarity lady!!! Hope today is better better!!

Happy 6 month and 1 day birthday to E!! (I'm not a total weirdo -- my son has the same birthday!)

atouchofdomesticity said...

My third (and last) is just the same - so much sunshine that when a cloud passes over, it really surprises you.

By the way, strangely I really do want to hear about the (edited) thesis paper and the logo sketching! There's something of the 'behind the scenes' about it.

Sandy a la Mode said...

you are soo lucky that ever is an easy going baby!! my little one is a sweetheart but has his fussy moments! but it's the giggles that really make you a proud mama and make all things right in the world again! :D

Sarah said...

Just so you know, you're adorable sense of humor and adorable baby make my day, every day. This was too sweet!

iamchasingthirty said...

Oh I have so been there! Sounds like a trapped bubble or some reflux. Always the worst and saddest cries ever:( And the very few times I have cried in front of Stella she has laughed too. HA! Always stops me in my tracks....like, hey!? I'm sad here! Then I feel like the baby and suck it up!! ha. Also, around here the "gym clothes" (that are so rarely actually taken to the gym) are known as my uniform. Yep. I need to change that. My poor husband!

Erinn T said...

Oh sydney. what a sweet little moment with you and your little man.

But please do tell this soon-to-be momma where I can get my hands on that cute little sleeper Everett is modelling.....it's darling!

xo
Erinn T

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Sydney said...

Michelle and ValerieAmelia - There's a child care center at the gym I go to. The girls who work there are really good with Everett, so I always feel comfortable working out for an hour.

Erinn - I wish I could tell you where to order, but we got that at a little souvenir shop in Yellowstone. Hence the buffalo.

It's A Love Story said...

awww he is soo cute!

~Elizabeth
XOXO
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Miss Kenzie said...

awwww....he is so precious!! i think i would have cried at that point too.
and gym clothes are heaven sent. sometimes its just perfect to lounge in them.

<3
Kenzie

Meredith said...

Oh my goodness, you just made my day. Babies are so amazing, how they can lift their mama spirits from any sadness or frustration mom may be experiencing. I have 2 boys and they keep me very busy and very centered. Everett sounds like such a cutie, keep up the good work mama!!

dxeechick said...

oh thank you for sharing. i've come to find that being a mom REALLY IS the hardest job in the world. everyone said it, but only a mom can truly understand it. its nice to know someone else has THOSE days.

kimberly said...

Wow, your stories about Everett always touch me. Soooo sweet and raw and real.

kimberly said...

Wow, your stories about Everett always touch me. Soooo sweet and raw and real.

Ashley Blossom said...

This is such a sweet, sweet story. Your little man knew just what you needed!

Jam Oblina said...

aww...so sweet of Everett..

Meg said...

i just love this blog it is literally the first thing i have to look at when i get to work. thanks for a daily good read, and always a smile to go with weather its because of the fashion, or the good stories of family.

thecoffeehouse said...

first, everett. oh everett. you melt my heart. second, is that sophie the giraffe? i just bought sophie for my baby nephew jack. sorry, couldn't help but wonder ...

Curlijuli said...

Usually moms just share how their kids sleep and play and laugh - no crying whatsoever. This story was so refreshing! Thanks for sharing!
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VIC THE MOOSE said...

How amazing is it to know that you are his whole world. Thanks for sharing because I know many of us have had those moments of breaking. Happy week to you and your boys.

His Little Lady said...

oh gosh, even the crying part sounds magical. seriously, you and your little man are absolutely adorable!! what a great little life you lead, every crazy bit of it ;)
xo TJ

Deveny said...

I just wanted to mention, never feel bad if your baby/toddler is playing by themselves. Seriously.
I worked from home right after I had my son (still do) and he learned early on how to entertain himself. Did it make me feel bad? Yes. Am I happy now that he knows how to do that & doesn't need to be entertained constantly like some children? Heck yes.

Michelle said...

awww...I'm sorry that you cried :( At least it ended well. Last week I ended every day crying. My daughter (3 years old....tomorrow is her birthday!!) and I haven't been getting along very well lately. But, yesterday, she woke up in such a good mood! Then, today and yesterday we have been thick as thieves again!

These things comes in waves :)

Michelle said...

awww...I'm sorry that you cried :( At least it ended well. Last week I ended every day crying. My daughter (3 years old....tomorrow is her birthday!!) and I haven't been getting along very well lately. But, yesterday, she woke up in such a good mood! Then, today and yesterday we have been thick as thieves again!

These things comes in waves :)

{Liana} said...

Sounds like you had a FULL day:) Don't you just love when you experience a range of emotions in one fell swoop?!

Amy Lee said...

oh i just love this. i laughed out loud when you said he laughed in the midst of your meltdown...this has been me...and i'm sure it will be me a few more times. these babies of ours have a way of keeping us in check that way. ;)

The Webbs said...

haha oh man. seriously this is my life right now as well. trying so hard to study because i HAVE to, but I more importantly have to be a mom. i wish i could hold my sweet girl all day. your gym clothes are way cuter than mine, i look like a hot mess while working out. thanks for being my daily read during soph's last feeding of the day :)

hannah said...

Oh dear, sometimes things just get tough, don't they? I don't have kids and I sometimes end up spending the day in my PJs and then read blogs and feel guilty. Keeping it real is great because you know what? We're all human.

Miss in Bloom said...

Hee hee...your response to Irene tickled me :o) Lovely post today, I'm 19 weeks pregnant, just started to feel kicking and can't believe how amazing that feels! Not looking quite as stylish as you in my maternity clothes though...xx

kirstyb said...

soooo cute

kirstyb said...

soooo cute

Perpetuity said...

Love those precious moments that put it all in perspective!

~Heather

Anna Louisa said...

this is a very good story to hear...thanks for your honesty and sense of humor :)

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LB said...

You definitely do mean to brag.

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fave post ever maybe. love it.

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Em-Jae said...

Awwww... I have to admit, that is a VERY sweet story. Sorta made my heart melt.

sweet harvest moon said...

So sweet!

Suzysometimes said...

I always enjoy your photos of Everett, and how you keep us all updated with his daily learning and smiles. He is such a beautiful baby and his personality is already wonderful. I think you ARE very fortunate to be his mommy. Thank you so much for sharing him with all of us "other mothers".

Jamie said...

Thank you so much for your honesty and authenticity. I don't have kids yet, but seeing a mother share how things can just not go the way you want and make you second guess your abilities is really encouraging for when we do have some.

Lydia - Running Wild(er) said...

I just cried at this...so sweet!

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Who is G? said...

Isn't it strange how those breaking moments can turn into something so precious :) Reason #578 why being a mom is cool. If you broke down at work they'd just tell you to suck it up :)

I'm Sydney. said...

aw this was just so sweet. Glad you could have a laugh over something that was very un-laughable!

ZADIN said...

This is a very touching story... It feels like the story of my life...

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Lindsay R said...

how cute is your little chunky babe.

Megann Monday said...

Everett is the sweetest & funniest baby! ♥

Katie.Daily said...

that is sooo adorable! Now every time he cries all you need to do is laugh! haha

too cute!

Katie

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BellaSina said...

The Oprah Channel makes me bawl 9 times out of 10 when I watch it. One of these days my baby caught me crying and he started laughing hysterically like your son. I sometimes think he was just trying to lighten the mood. #Momlife

Jackie B. said...

Thank you for keeping it real!!! I think life can throw so many curb balls and all too often people (and bloggers) just act like everything is fine or perfect. It really refreshing to read something genuine and makes me feel like I'm not alone when things go hay wire. -JB.

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