friday close-ups with: Jennie Rippey

How many kids do you have or your expected due date?

3 kids (ages 4.5, 3.5 and 16 months) 
 

How many weeks were you when you delivered your kids?

 37.5 with #1, 41 weeks with #2 and #3
 

What were some of your pregnancy food cravings?

Different things in each pregnancy, but in all of them I loved salads and vegetables
 

What was your favorite baby item?

 Ring sling! 
 

What was the best advice you were ever given?

 Give up the idea of perfection and just be okay with how things are. 
 

What is the worst advice you have been given?

 Don't try to control their nap schedule so much.
 

What was the biggest surprise in becoming a mom? 

I didn't realize how much input people around you feel inclined to give.  Being a huge people pleaser, it's a big challenge to let people's words go and just do what I've decided is best.  
 

What is the hardest part of being a mom?

It's really hard to have to make hard choices and not really know if you are totally messing it up or not. 
 

What is your go to snack?

honey vanilla greek yogurt with strawberries and chocolate chips on top
 

What are some of your favorite resources?

 Dr. Sears, LR Knost, and Elizabeth Pantley
 

What is your hardest and favorite age/stage?

The hardest phase to me is 14-18 months, when they aren't quite a big kid yet but they aren't quite a baby ... they need boundaries and discipline but also they're babies so they don't quite get it yet. It's exhausting.  Maybe I'm just thinking that because my youngest is in that age now!  My favorite age is either between newborn or my oldest who is just about 5... he's so funny, he's gets my jokes, he is super helpful and I can actually send him to do something and know he will do it!