Insights of Being a Mom of 4 Under 6

It’s no easy feat herding everyone together for a family photo – we’ll try for smiles next time! (from L to R): Charlie, Jesse (husband), Lazer, Tepper (only girl!), Sara (me), Lincoln

Q. Have you always wanted to be a mom?
A. Yes!

Q. Did you always want four?
A. I always thought I would have two, but because of fertility issues, I had four. Such a blessing in disguise… at some point, I’d love to write a book about it to help other women.

Q. What has changed since being a mom?
A. I have no cool playlist anymore. It jumps from It’s a Small World, to the Beastie Boys, to The Bare Necessities and then to Dolly Parton. We have fun with it though–check out the clip.

Q. What’s a typical day?
A. There’s not one…but they go kind of like this:

Q. What has changed since being a mom?
A. I have no cool playlist anymore. It jumps from It’s a Small World, to the Beastie Boys, to The Bare Necessities and then to Dolly Parton. We have fun with it though–check out the clip.

Q. What’s a typical day?
A. There’s not one…but they go kind of like this:

Anywhere between 5:00–6:15 AM

Between 5:00–6:15 AM

Wake up call from our 6-year-old son, Lazer. We can’t get him to break this habit!

7:00 AM

7:00 AM

Make fresh-squeezed orange juice (3 oranges to 1 lemon) for Lazer, give the twins, Lincoln and Charlie, their bottles. Tepper, my daughter, is just waking up.

7:45 AM

Off to school… our latest thing: brushing teeth in the car. grit_emoji

8:01 AM

Notoriously 1 minute late at the carpool drop off… which means I have to take the walk of shame to check Lazer in to school… What would I do without my SPANX Leggings?!

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Hustling at the office… no two days are the same.

6:30 PM

Dinner!

7:00 PM

BATH TIME! And our pre-bath time ritual: we parade around singing: “Bath Time with Mommy, Bath Time with Mommy….” I would sing it for you but have the worst singing voice ever.

8:00 PM

8:00 PM

Lights Out! The twins are easy. Tepper, too, Lazer is another story…He won’t go to sleep without me scratching his back, reading a story, getting him a glass of cold water, lettuce with vinegar (odd)…first child, you get the picture.

Q. Tips for New Moms –
1. At bedtime, put them to bed, and don’t keep going back in their room. Your life will be a lot easier.

2. Find moments in the day to create rituals, something memorable for both you and them. For me it’s bath time, fresh-squeezed orange juice, a special handshake for each child and family walks on Sunday.

3. Put on your oxygen mask first!

 

Q. What is your Oxygen mask? What do you do to care for yourself?
1. Not enough…working on this

2. Time with girlfriends

3. Any kind of relaxing spa treatments

7:45 AM

Off to school… our latest thing: brushing teeth in the car. grit_emoji

8:01 AM

Notoriously 1 minute late at the carpool drop off… which means I have to take the walk of shame to check Lazer in to school… What would I do without my SPANX Leggings?!

6:30 PM

Dinner!

7:00 PM

BATH TIME! And our pre-bath time ritual: we parade around singing: “Bath Time with Mommy, Bath Time with Mommy….” I would sing it for you but have the worst singing voice ever.

4. A great meal

5. A fake commute…. I live 5 minutes from the office, but drive around town when I can. Time to think – it’s my greatest luxury.

Q. Most challenging part of being a mom?
A. How tired I am. Also, how to consistently set boundaries and discipline in a way that gives structure. Oh, and guilt. As soon as you become a mom, you experience mom guilt. I’m still learning how to balance it all; My husband is always making these pie charts to help me balance my time…I don’t have the heart to tell him they just make me hungry.

Q. when it comes to your own mom, what are you most thankful for?
A. The biggest gift my mom gave me was allowing me a lot of room to learn and grow and be myself… She was more supportive than instructional. I try to be that way with my kids, too.

Q. Funniest memory?
A. When we the left hospital, after having our first son, Lazer, we couldn’t figure out how to put him in the carseat. We had checked every box, bought all the gadgets, read all these books, but couldn’t figure it out. We finally had to go inside and ask somebody to help.

Q. Proudest moment?
A. When Lazer was 3, he participated in a race in New York City at Central Park. He fell flat on his face, but he got up and finished the race. He came in last; I was so proud. It reminded me of this quote I love: “It’s not how hard you fall, but it’s how high you bounce.”

Q. What are you learning now as a mom?
A. About being present in the moment.