Hi! I’m Kristina, and I blog over at Eccentric Owl about real-life fashion, motherhood moments, and life in general. I’m a stay-at-home mom to Asa, a sometimes-photographer, a thrift store addict, a vintage collector, a writer, and a wife to my fantastic husband Nehemiah, who is a door carpenter by day and aspiring filmmaker by night. We’re expecting baby #2, a girl, at the end of August!
Describe your mommy uniform:
My mommy uniform comes in two parts — part one, for the first half of the day, is yoga pants and the first shirt I happen to grab from my drawer when I get up. I generally wear this until after lunch, when I put Asa down for his nap and then have time to get more dressed. Uniform two is usually an easy but fun outfit — lately, a twirly skirt + a comfy tee + a headscarf.
Oh gosh, strategy… 1. be as fast as possible (since I do all of my blog photos, getting dressed, doing makeup, etc during naptime), and 2. pick something that I’m not going to want to change out of as soon as I get inside.
What is your favorite clothing item?
Well, according to my outfit archives, it’s anything I own in polka dots or florals. But in particular, I have this one shirt that I wear all. the. time that is a simple tee with huge polka dots all over it, and a front pocket. It goes with everything (but what don’t polka dots go with?) and it’s cute and it fits through pregnancy, nursing, and normal body times, and I adore it!
Describe your cleaning/organizing routine:
And here is where you’d hear a lot of laughter from me, because cleaning is so not a routine with me. I try really hard to make the bed in the morning and do one load of dishes at night, but other than that? It’s kind of just a pick-up-as-we-go deal. Or, these days, an “ignore it because I can’t bend over to pick it up” thing. This pregnant belly of mine does not let me reach the floor ever.
What is the one household chore that you wish you were better about?
So many! I’ve always been really bad at keeping things picked up after Asa… but I’m also fairly bad at keeping dishes and laundry done. I just hate lugging the laundry basket around and we’ve always lived in two-story houses which means… stairs no matter what, so that’s not my forte. And, because I have really dry skin, washing dishes dries me out too much. I’m really good at keeping the dishwasher going, though!
What gives you the most “mommy guilt”?
Right now, not being able to take Asa outside, or really play a lot at all. Like I said, I’m in the last trimester, and I’m experiencing muscle/hip problems so I can’t pick him up and run around with him like I used to. Most of my day is spent on the couch resting my hip. But that will be over soon! I am so counting down the days until baby #2 arrives and I’ll be able to play a bit more. Well, as much more as having a newborn allows, anyway!
What gives you the most “mommy pride”?
How happy Asa is! He’s always been such a fun, silly, relaxed kid. From birth, he was easy, and it’s something I definitely find myself feeling really thankful for when I chat with other moms who have less happy kids. But I know it’s not really my own doing; he’s just got a good personality and loves to be silly. And I am pretty sure that this second baby is going to challenge me in ways Asa never has, because she’s already giving me more trouble than he ever did!