Mommies Can’t Be Sick

Because the needs of these four little people don’t go away just because I feel awful.

So I put on my happy face and I do what little I can to take care of myself and I go on being mommy.

I didn’t remember just how expensive diapers are for newborns. Ember doesn’t fit into size 1 yet and the cheapy brand diapers start at size 1. So Pampers it is for now even though my wallet cries every time I buy a box.

You know what Ember really, really likes? Breastmilk.
I was wearing a white tank top in the middle picture, it kinda looks like a bra but it’s not 😉

Ember tricks mommy into thinking she’s deep asleep. What a funny joke it’ll be when the second mommy leaves the room the crying starts!

I love little baby kicks and spastic movements! I’d forgotten all about these! The squirms and grunts and funny faces are also fun to watch 🙂

Happy baby!

I’d be mortified if anyone heard the stupid things I come up with when I’m talking to Ember (in a sappy, high pitched baby voice, nonetheless) but she loves to listen.

Cute little belly button!

“This is how you burp her, huh mom?”

Back in 2008 I took some pictures of me and the kids by our neighborhood park. They have always been some of my favorites and so today driving home I thought, I have four kids now, I should retake those shots!

Here are the three from 2008:

And here are some from today 🙂

Payson was thrilled when I let him push the shutter again.

I love this one that Payson took!

I don’t feel very well but I sure do love my kids!

12 thoughts on “Mommies Can’t Be Sick

  • Oh my gosh Ariana, those pictures are by far the CUTEST I've ever seen!! Even though your life may be hectic, crazy and sometimes draining… I think you do a fantastic job as a Mommy! Even through it all, you manage sometime to document it on here, sharing it with people like us, that.. deserves an award!! Good job Girl!! 🙂

  • Love the new photos! you have such a beautiful family. I don't know how you do it all. If I were sick, my blog would probably go by the wayside. Hope you are feeling better soon.

  • Hi Ariana! I've been following your blog for quite a while and love your loving and honest posts. We are fostering two little ones and have been going through diapers like crazy. I thought you might be interested in the free program Amazon just came out with called Amazon Mom.

    Here's the link:

    Just read the FAQ; the benefits are amazing, including free Prime shipping for a minimum of 3 months.

    Diapers and wipes are always an extra 30% off when you use subscribe and save. I always set my deliveries to every 6 months, then go in when I'm down to the last two days of diapers and have a shipment sent. The prices are the best I've seen anywhere.

    I order their diapers and wipes and they are on my doorstep within 2 days(sometimes even 1).


  • GREAT pictures of your 4! Wow! And I'm a big fan of getting diapers from amazon too, with the 'subscribe & save'. Hope you feel better soon.

  • Sweet pictures! I love the hair all over Ember's arms and back, my 3 had that too as newborns. My grandma used to call it “monkey fuzz”. 🙂

    Have you tried cloth diapers yet for Ember? I don't know why I waited so long to use them on my youngest!

  • She looks JUST like Sierra in the pic where she's on her belly with her head turned toward the camera…JUST like her. 🙂
    I love the old-school pics from '08. Wow, they have all grown up so much! And Payson was such a chunka. lol

  • I only have like a nano second to write…but I just had to say that I LOVE LOVE LOVE the new header and all the pics of you with the 4 kids!! So much!

  • I found newborn sized diapers in the Up & Up brand at Target and Parent's Choice at Walmart. They are in small packages but they are way cheaper than Pampers or Huggies. Also Luvs size 1 seems really small compared to the Walmart size 1 so those might work until you switch to cloth. Also have you bought cloth off of ebay? I just got some and they were only $5 a diaper (the pocket kind).

  • I LOVE the pics of you and your kids. My fourth is 6 months old tomorrow, and I already miss not having many pictures with me and her. Do you just use the timer? They are beautiful.

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