Motherhood From Every Angle: Whitney

A bit about me:

Hi! I’m Whitney and I blog over at Work It Mommy. I’m married to my best friend, Brian and we have two beautiful daughters, Kinsey (4 years) and Brielana (10 months). Our family is complete with a cocker spaniel- dachshund mix named Stella and a crazy cat named Sawyer. I’m a Preschool teacher turned temporary Stay At Home Mom and I blog about a little bit of everything but especially about being a Mommy.

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Describe your mommy uniform:

My mom uniform consists of a tee and jeans with a belt, sneakers and a cardigan. I also don’t wear make up 95% of the time and call it a day with facial lotion (with an SPF) and chap stick.  But when I do “put on my face” I call it a day with concealer, blush and mascara (and pretty much look like I’m not wearing anything after all!)
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What is your strategy when getting dressed for the day?

I’m all about comfort. Since I spend most of my time on my feet playing with two active girls, I like no-fuss pieces that can stand repeat washing and still look good. I’m also pretty frugal and won’t spend a ton of money on my clothes so I’m pretty loyal to Old Navy and Gap and, of course, Target. If I want to fancify an outfit I’ll throw on a scarf.

Describe your cleaning/organizing routine:

I like to be organized but I can definitely be better at cleaning! I’m methodical and always put things back in its place, but with that said, my favorite way to organize is to “pile” things and that doesn’t always look the neatest. I like to stick to a schedule so I do laundry on Friday and Saturday and vacuum on Monday. But I can’t stand to dust (#lazy) and I loathe dishes. The sad thing is, I hate seeing a sink full of dirty dishes so I (try) to wash twice a day (morning and night) to avoid looking at it, ha!

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What is the one household chore that you wish you were better about? 

I love doing laundry but wish I was better at stain treatment. Of course when you have helpers as cute as these girls, any chore can be made more pleasant.

What give you the most “mommy guilt”?

Mommy guilt is all too real and instantly begins as soon as you birth your baby, I swear! So where to begin? I feel bad that my 10 month old eats better than my 4 year old and wish I had known about Baby Led Weaning 4 years ago. I wish I had equal time to spend one-on-one with both my daughters and it breaks my heart that that isn’t feasible. I feel guilty that our homeschooling isn’t going better since I’ve taught dozens of children Preschool over the past 8 years but my own daughter seems less than thrilled to have mommy as teacher. But I know these are small things and some days they all get done beautifully and other days, not so much. I’m thankful to be able stay home with my girls in this season.

What gives you the most “mommy pride”?

On the flip side, I get to raise two girls who are mad about each other and seeing their attachment and relationship grow is awesome! Instilling an appreciation of books and literature is a big priority and both Kinsey and Brielana enjoy books; we go to our local library regularly and read stories every night as part of our bedtime routine. Just knowing I was chosen to be their Mommy is my biggest pride.

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Thank you Jaclyn for letting me share my Motherhood From Every Angle!

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17 Comments

  1. May 18, 2015 / 1:24 pm

    i am a child development specialist and everyone always comments about how i will know so much as a mother. i worry that it won’t work the same with my own kids so i can totally relate to the part about your daughter not being into it even though you have taught preschool in the past.

    • May 19, 2015 / 4:04 am

      Yes, it’s like that saying, “I was a better mom when I didn’t have children.” lol but seriously it IS different with you own children.

    • May 19, 2015 / 4:06 am

      It is so real! And kinda unfortunate. Maybe it means we’re doing it right? 😉

  2. May 18, 2015 / 4:55 pm

    Ah yes, the mommy uniform of jeans and a t-shirt, I know it well. 🙂 And you shouldn’t feel badly about the homeschool thing, some kids just don’t do very well with their own parent teaching them and do better when it’s someone else.

    • May 19, 2015 / 4:08 am

      Yes, I agree. Kinsey was in preschool (my work, different teacher) the 2013-2014 school year and did SO well. I think she got a little confused when we were doing things at home. But I’m not going to pout over it anymore, we have had a lovely year together regardless!

  3. May 18, 2015 / 7:24 pm

    I love this post!! It was so fun to see many different perspectives. I’m sure it’s to a smaller scale, but I felt the mommy guilt set in almost as soon as I got pregnant. Am I eating well enough? Am I doing everything I can to take care of that little life? It can get overwhelming, but as you said, I just keep remembering that I was chosen for this and it’s such an honor. 🙂

    • May 19, 2015 / 4:10 am

      Yessss girl!!! Pregnancy brings on ALL the feels and then it multiplies with baby’s birth. But I’m hoping the guilt means I’m doing it right! 😉

  4. May 18, 2015 / 8:38 pm

    Wow, your mommy uniform is way better than mine…however, I did manage to wear jeans today, yay! Yoga pants, sports bra and a tank are usually what I’m rocking! Nice to learn about you, Whitney!!

    • May 19, 2015 / 4:12 am

      Thank you Ashleigh, glad to have connected with you today! Yay for all clothes that make us feel comfy and efficient! Motherings too hard to feel bad about what we’re wearing, amen?!

  5. May 19, 2015 / 2:19 am

    Fun! Nice to hear other mommies perspectives and realize you aren’t alone with the mom uniform and guilt! xox

    • May 19, 2015 / 4:14 am

      I totally agree! Finding mom friends, be it in person or online is so important and really helps put things in perspective.

  6. May 19, 2015 / 2:37 am

    Thank you for sharing a bit about yourself. It’s nice to “meet” you.

    • May 19, 2015 / 4:14 am

      Thanks for connecting today, Cindy! 🙂

  7. May 19, 2015 / 4:16 am

    Thank you for hosting this wonderful series, Jaclyn! Its such fun connecting with other moms. Have a great week!

  8. May 19, 2015 / 11:10 am

    I love your style and oh the struggles with mommy guilt is no joke!

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