AND SO IT continues. the NEW CHAPTER IN THE BOOK OF WEESTRUCTED, AND YOU’RE INCLUDED. HERE ARE THE STORIES OF MOMS LIKE YOU, AS TOLD BY ONE OF OUR FAVORITES, MARISSA ELLIS. THIS WEEK’S ‘WEE WING IT’ INTERVIEW IS WITH robyn engelbert. TAKE A SEAT, MAKE A CUP OF COFFEE IN YOUR ‘MOTHERHOOD WINGING IT” MUG, AND DIVE INTO robyn’s world of raising two boys (ten years apart!) while trying to get in some quality reading time. ENJOY!
Marissa: Hi Robyn! Thanks for chatting with us today. Let’s start by you telling me a little bit about your children and family:
Robyn: My little family of four consists of my husband Alex, myself, and our two boys Brady and Henry.
Marissa: How old are the boys?
Robyn: Brady is 11 and Henry is 7 months.
M: Nice little gap between them! What do you think makes having kids further apart so awesome? (Or I guess not awesome depending on the day)?
R: IT IS so awesome. I think Brady had been so used to being an only child that if Henry would have been born any sooner, he would have had a really hard time adjusting. Now he gets to enjoy Henry on such a different level because he understands just how cool watching a baby grow is. I also think for Henry, he will have an older brother that will become a mentor, sounding board and best friend all rolled into one. Not to mention, Brady is potty trained 🙂 haha
M: Now that is a GREAT point. As someone about to have three kids in diapers, I’m a little jealous right now. Anyway, what is Brady into these days?
R: B is so busy with sports. He just finished baseball last weekend and I think he was ready. In between practices and games, we’ve been keeping him busy this summer with swimming and staying with his grandparents. He’s been amazing at being a big brother and I’ve never had an issue when I ask for a helping hand. He’s pretty great.
M: How is Henry adjusting to the little brother role?
R: H is the most easygoing baby I have ever met. We can take him anywhere and he is ‘go with the flow’ the whole time. He loves having a big brother that makes him laugh so hard! As for eating, he would love to eat a steak if we allowed him to but we are going slow on the solids for now. I’m more worried about choking and nutrition this time around… weird how things change (ha). Sleep these days is hit and miss. We haven’t slept in our house over the weekend in over a month and a half and his sleeping habits show it. He still is such a trooper and for the most part is trying to keep the same schedule.
M: And what about you? What do you love (besides the fam, obviously)?
R: Well obviously, I adore my family but I love to read. Since Henry has come, I’ve not had much of a chance to read but I would love to get back into it once he gets a little older.
M: Ah, reading. I love reading too but it’s so hard to make time for it with little ones! So give me a little back story about your “Winging It” picture:
R: Ha, well long story short… we are going camping this weekend with my parents and I volunteered to do all of the grocery shopping. This requires some major brainpower to figure out 9 meals for 5 adults and listing all of the ingredients that are needed. I tried to do this while Brady was cleaning his room and Henry was in his saucer. Problem was, Henry needed some one on one time at that very moment and he communicated that via running over my toes and serenading me with his high pitched scream. (Did I mention all of his favorite toys were in the washer? That was my first mistake). Anyhow, Henry settled with sitting at my level at the table while Brady hit him on the head with an empty paper towel roll and he chewed on a tuna can strainer. Apparently, this was just what he needed.
M: Oh man, that’s great. Talk about Winging It! You’re truly using the best of your resources! Atta girl! So what would you say is the biggest thing you’ve learned about yourself since becoming a mom?
R: I have learned that the older I get the more patience I have. When Brady was born I truly was ‘Winging It’ and my patience is what was affected the most. Now, the older I get the more “okay” I am with rolling with the punches and realizing that I can plan something to a T, but it probably won’t go that way… and that’s ok 🙂
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MARISSA ELLIS IS A WIFE, MOTHER OF TWO (SOON TO BE THREE), AND ALL AROUND AWESOME HUMAN BEING. SHE RESIDES IN DENVER, COLORADO.