Mama Interview: Courtney with Two under Two

1. How many kids do you have?

2 kids- one boy, Aidan, 22 months and one girl, Emerson, 9 months
2. What is the best part about being a mom?
That overwhelming feeling of love I get whenever I have a peaceful or fun or loving moment with my kids. 
3. What is the hardest part?
That overwhelming feeling of love I get when I think about the things I have missed by working. 
4. What has happened to you as a mother that you never expected?
I don’t stick to my guns as much as I thought I would. I really let my son get away with things- like having a bottle before he goes to be, or watching TV- that I always said I would never do. 
5. If you could give a new mom one piece of advice, what would it be?
Don’t try to plan things out so much.. just let your baby find their own rhythm an dwork with it. Makes life a lot easier. 
6. What are your value’s and belief’s in raising your children?
We believe in encouragement over everything else. We encourage them to do things that they want to do. my son loves to dance and play music- so even though he is very young, we give him musical toys and play music for him and encourage him to dance all he wants. We plan to continue to do this as both kids older- whether it is sports or school plays or playing an instrument- we will encourage them in what they want to do. We also believe in boundaries. We will not let them do 5 things a time- they need to have balance in their lives and they will have to spend time with us as a family.  We believe in teaching them to treat other equally.  We’ve decided to have a mommy-son and father-daughter date nice once a month where we spend time with them on their own. Our goal is to continue that until they move out.. we are Christians and have belonged to the same church for 11 years. We want our children to grow up having a secure Christina family around them.  Our values are based on our belief system. We also believe in having strong relationships with our extended family and enjoy when our kids get the chance to spend time with them, 
7. What was the biggest change that happened once you had your first baby?
It was as if time stood still-I didn’t get anything done around the house- I just would sit and watch him sleep. There were so many days were he would fall asleep on my chest and i would doze off too- and we would just have this great bonding time. I am normally a very on-the-go person so this was a huge change for me. 
8. What is your favorite part of the day with your kids?
Bath time. I bathe them together and it is so much fun to watch them interact with each other and splash around. It’s also right before bedtime, and there is nothing more rewarding than slipping into their rooms at night to watch them sleep. 
9. Do you have a favorite age?
I am not enjoying the “almost” 2 age… I think that so far, 8-15 months is my favorite age. They learn so much and start to do so much at that age. 
10. What do you and your kids do for fun?
We love to go to the park. My son really loves being outside and running around and going down the slides and swings. We also have a membership to the Phoenix Zoo and we love going there to watch the animals. They have a really interactive zoo and my son just loves it. My daughter is just getting to the age where she is sort of interested, so that is a lot of fun too. 
11. How do you feel about your kids and television? Do they watch TV? 
Again, here is where my perception changed after I had 2 kids in 2 years. My kids do watch TV… my son loves Yo Gabba Gabba and Curious George So, in the morning he watches George while I am getting ready for the day, and in the afternoon after he gets up from his nap, he watches Gabba.. we also let them watch a movie on occasion.  My daughter doesn’t pay much attention, but every now and then I will catch her watching something. 
12. What is your #1 mom tip?
Don’t set too high of expectations for yourself. You know what is best for your kids and yourself. Sometimes you won’t be able to get the house cleaned and sometimes you will have to order a pizza for dinner. But, you will never get this time back with your kids, so don’t worry if you cant get everything on your to-do list done, as long as you get everything on their list done!
13. Where d you blog at and what do you write about? I blog about my life, not just with my kids but work and other random things as well.. It’s just a place for me to vent and stay in touch with my family that doesn’t live in AZ. 
14. Anything else you’d like to tell us about?
Temper tantrums at 2 are really difficult to handle. That has been my morning so far. 
Thanks Courtney for an awesome interview!! 

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

3 thoughts on “Mama Interview: Courtney with Two under Two

  1. Wow I really enjoyed Courtney's interview! Her mom tip is Spot ON! Setting high expectations just seem to set me up for craziness. I have a 17 month old girl and a 3 year old boy (well, he'll be 3 next Saturday!!)and that's where I'm at right now!

    This is my first visit to your blog and I'm loving it. I'm a new follower and I'm from the MBC/Follower's Club. I'd love for you to stop over at my blog! Have a great day!

  2. Thanks for posting my interview!! It was a lot of fun to do. Sadly, that photo is our most recent family photo, taken when Emmy was just a week old! My husband was serving in the Army in Iraq throughout my whole pregnancy and came home for 2 weeks- right at my due date! Luckily she was born just a week after he got here. But, wow, do we need to take a new family photo!!

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