Motherhood From Every Angle: Kristina

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!

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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.

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What is your strategy when getting dressed for the day?

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!

Polka Dot Collage

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!

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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!

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  1. July 13, 2015 / 9:28 am

    Your skirts are SO cute! Definitely making me feel like wearing skirts while running around with a kiddo is ok. πŸ™‚

  2. July 13, 2015 / 12:43 pm

    loved this! I also like that you get more dressed as the day goes onβ€”I should totally try doing that. And those skirts…love them!

  3. July 13, 2015 / 1:30 pm

    So sweet, love those skirts!

  4. July 13, 2015 / 1:44 pm

    Great post Kristina! Your perspective on motherhood is so refreshing. People have asked me about “routines” before as well. And I’m kinda like “What?” Routines aren’t the best fit for my family either.

    • July 16, 2015 / 10:37 am

      Right? Even now, in our new house where it’s proving easier than I’d though to keep things clean, I have no routines. I just do stuff when I have time! Which is funny because I am definitely a planner personality elsewhere!

  5. July 13, 2015 / 3:25 pm

    I love your style, you make it look so effortless and fun! πŸ™‚

    • July 16, 2015 / 10:36 am

      I always say, wearing a skirt is just as easy as putting on pants! Maybe easier because then you don’t have to do the “I will get these on if it kills me” dance. πŸ˜‰ Thank you!
      xo
      Kristina

  6. July 13, 2015 / 8:50 pm

    Such a fun style. I tried wearing a head scarf once…. never again. HAHA. I’m so happy you’re baby is happy and easy. My girl is too and I am suuuuuper thankful.

    • July 16, 2015 / 10:35 am

      I think you just have to find the right style of headscarf for your personality! For me, I like them more as headband-style scarves than turban style or 1950’s housewife cleaning. πŸ˜‰
      It’s so nice having an easy child, isn’t it? And so fun!
      xo
      Kristina

  7. July 14, 2015 / 1:37 am

    Oh my word. I love those twirly skirts. Gorgeous!

  8. July 14, 2015 / 8:46 am

    Love the outfit pictures and that little one couldn’t be cuter!

  9. July 14, 2015 / 11:05 am

    I love polka dots – they bring happy to my day πŸ™‚ Great skirts – I love your sense of style!

  10. July 14, 2015 / 11:37 am

    I love polka dots too and love these posts – so cool to see different perspectives on motherhood!

    • July 15, 2015 / 2:13 pm

      Thanks, Jess. πŸ™‚ I’m glad you like them! I really love relating to other women and mamas, too!

    • July 16, 2015 / 10:33 am

      Aren’t they great? I love that Jaclyn came up with the idea for mamas to connect like this!
      xo
      Kristina

  11. July 14, 2015 / 7:22 pm

    All of your outfits are super cute. I love your style and the fact that you accept that cleaning doesn’t have to come first (especially when you are chasing after a little one). Fun post!

    • July 16, 2015 / 10:31 am

      Thank you! Haha! Yes, I’ve come to realize from various wise women that there are several phases to motherhood, and right now I’m in a phase of a not-so-clean house. And that eventually I won’t have kids and then I can have a perfect house. So I’m trying to enjoy the phase I’m in!
      xo
      Kristina

  12. July 14, 2015 / 9:49 pm

    I think the idea of a “mommy uniform” is great! Love how your “mommy uniforms” are so chic.

  13. July 14, 2015 / 10:03 pm

    Love your style and your kiddo is adorable!

  14. July 15, 2015 / 1:11 pm

    What an adorable little guy. Best of luck with baby #2

    • July 16, 2015 / 10:02 am

      Thank you Karissa! He’s lots of fun and I’m looking forward to our baby girl being born!
      xo
      Kristina

  15. July 15, 2015 / 8:56 pm

    Baby #2 will be here so soon! And, your mommy uniform is perfect. I love a good skirt!

    • July 16, 2015 / 9:55 am

      Yes, I’m so excited! And thank you; so do I! Good skirts make all the difference. πŸ˜‰
      xo
      Kristina

  16. July 15, 2015 / 11:54 pm

    I love this post! You definitely are fashion forward and cool. I love learning about you and your perspective on motherhood and how you tend your house. Love it and don’t sweat the cleaning….enjoy the moment!

    • July 16, 2015 / 9:54 am

      Thank you, Jessica! I definitely don’t sweat the cleaning; my mother-in-law, who always has a clean house now, said that when she had young kids and was pregnant, things that fell on the floor stayed there. It was encouraging!
      xo
      Kristina

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