This weeks question & answer series!
Being a parent is tough. (real shocker right?) Life has drastically changed the last year and (almost!) a half. Vacation has a different meaning these days and presents new challenges yet also new joys! The days are structured around nap schedules and daily activities are chosen based upon what would be fun are most enjoyable for Jett…
We started Jett at Emler when he was just 6 weeks old! I still can see his little face at that age when we got in the pool once a week to kick around. He was super serious about swimming, and had a look of concentration and intrigue while we floated him around the pool.
Jett is now 15 months old and can now hold his breath for 7 seconds underwater and is learning the skills to set him up to be a great swimmer.
What do you do when your toddler is napping - the house is completely clean (WHAT that never happens) and your husband is out of town. Write a random blog post I guess?
Here are some thoughts of the day.
Last year, the 2017 U.S. Open was the first time I really followed a tennis tournament from start to finish. Jett was about a month old and it really gave me something to look forward to every evening. So I was very excited for the opportunity to actually GO this year for Brandon's 30th birthday
The world just keeps expanding daily for Jett as his ability to walk (or run!) gives him the means to explore on his own terms! As a family, it has been so much fun to try new activities this summer as Jett gets older. We have been to toystores before, but never when Jett could walk around and play himself. We stopped in the Learning Tree at Park Place in Leawood, and he was so excited to check everything out that once I set him down - he was off!
We took Jett to Park Place last night (last time I brought him, he was bound to my hip the entire evening for a blogger event we attended and he didn't get to truly experience for himself!) I have been wanting to come out here for awhile - especially now that Jett is older and walking because of the big lawn in the center common area.
If you watch my stories on Instagram, I have shared bits and pieces about my journey to "re-brand" myself as a blogger/influencer/ Instagrammer (what have you). Change is inevitable in all of us over time - our likes and interests change, our goals, our hobbies, etc. You could even say we all have a "brand" that makes us US, whether you put it out on social media or not. Because I do put a lot of my life out for everyone to read and watch, I have been thinking A LOT lately about what feels "right" when I share it, and what feels fake or just not ME.
Jett's first birthday party was a total success! Even though he won't remember it - we will always have these photos to show him how much he enjoyed his cake!
Love this little boy with all our hearts!
It seems like most weekend fly by... you blink on Friday afternoon and all the sudden its Monday morning! Well this weekend was the complete opposite for us... and that NEVER happens! I was sitting on the couch last night looking back at all we did and it seemed like we crammed a weeks worth of fun activities into two days. (In a good - didn't feel stressed from the busy-ness type of way)
Well, summer busy-ness has gotten the best of me and I am behind on my weekly round-up posts! So here is one big summary of what has been happening over on @megcusick!
Ahh... Summer! FINALLY! I feel like I talk about summer from October to May and how I can't wait for it to start, and then BAM its here once again! I feel like this summer has been so incredibly busy, but then again I think I must be comparing it to last summer: we had Jett in July, and time after that seemed to inch by as 99% of my days revolved around caring for this tiny sweet little newborn.
Our first weekend at the lake with Jett was SO much fun! He did great with the car ride, loved getting in the water, and was so tuckered out from playing during the day that he took some gooood naps.
I did this post back in the fall, (read it here!) but its always fun digging up more random facts!
Here's what you missed this week on @megcusick!
Ahhh that dreaded word that I hate hearing... "influencer". To be honest, the word "blogger" doesn't seem that appealing to me either. I sort of cringe when I have to refer to myself as one of those two terms. Now I know I am such a small fish in a BIG pond of thousands upon thousands of people who have made blogging their jobs- and I don't even know if my website or Instagram stats technically qualify me to write on such a subject, but just recently I have felt just so honored to be in this space - to be followed by a growing audience that I love to connect with so much.
What you missed on @megcusick this week! Links to everything I am wearing on Instagram!
Morning everyone! Happy Friday! Excited to launch "This week on @megcusick" where I will be sharing my Instagrams from the past 7 days, and all the links to what I am wearing in one post!
No matter what goal you are chasing, whether that be a professional goal, or a personal one - we all have dreams that we want to become reality. Most of us suffer from the "I WANT IT NOW!" syndrome. (I raise my hand on this one too..because.. who wants to wait when you know what you want??!)
"Momiform" in all definitions of the word over here! I just recently bought these Madewell boyfriend jeans - my first "boyfriend" style jean I have ever had! These are great because they still feel like the fit around the waist (with stretch of course- can't live without the stretch!) but still have a more relaxed, less form-fitting shape.
The weather has had its moments, but also there have been a handful of days where it seems that Spring is right around the corner. Jett loves to get outside and we have gone on a walk every day that it has been sunny and warm(ish).
The topic of balance has come up quite a bit recently. Balancing life as new parents- both with full time jobs and activities on the side. It has DEFINITELY been an adjustment ever since we added Jett to the mix, but for a few months now we have been in somewhat of a rhythm - an ever-evolving rhythm, but a rhythm just the same.
I debated on whether to write about my thoughts on the subject but you know what? This is my space to do with it what I want, and my thoughts on social media and what that means for me, a "blogger" (as well as ALL bloggers out there-especially us little guys, trying to make it in a sea of established, full-time, veteran bloggers) have been eating at me for awhile now, and I always find the best way to organize my thoughts to make sense of them is to write them down.
"Well I'll be your rainy day lover. Whenever the sunny days end.
And whatever the weather, we have each other.
And that's how the story will end
Well I'll be your shade tree in summer mmm.
If you'll be my fire when it's cold.
And whatever the season, well, we'll keep on breathing.
Cause we'll have each other to hold.
It occurred to me this morning that its been about a year (ish) since I started blogging (well.. I guess you could say for the 2nd time - I had a brief stint in the summer of 2014). Over the past year a LOT has happened. I got pregnant.. had a baby... and now adjusting to life as a new mom. I am thankful every day when I log into my blog account for all the memories it holds within its little virtual walls.
Last weekend we flew to Colorado for a long weekend to see my parents. The last time we had visited Jett was about 6 weeks old, so it was about time for another trip out - this time for some snow, Jett's first trip to the park, and his first college basketball game!
OK, I can't be alone in feeling like February is one of the worst months.. The Holidays are long gone and everything is dead and grey outside. There may be dirty snow piled on the edge of the road, or if there isn't any snow the grass is most certainly a sad shade of brown. I decided to write this post to challenge myself to find the good in this sad wintery month.. so here goes nothing!!
Well Hello February! I blinked around Christmas-time and suddenly Valentines Day is around the corner! Time is flying faster than ever these days.. adding a baby to the mix of your already crazy-busy life will do that to ya, am I right mamas?
Well, more sickness has hit the Cusick household and I think we are all down for the count! Jett's little cold ramped up again and now B and I are feeling it too. I would be lieing if I didn't tell you these last few days have been pretty rough both physically and mentally. Maybe a little mix of the winter blues (come on spring!)
January in general was just a really great month.
I am sitting here trying to articulate what it was exactly that made it that way, but honestly I can’t put my finger on one thing or another. I think for the most part we are really finding our groove in the adventures of parenting, and Jett has been such a joy to watch grow and learn by the day.