Meet a #Mother - Katie Crenshaw

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Please introduce yourself and tell us about your family.

I'm Katie Crenshaw, wife to Tyler and Mom to Grayson (6) and Charlie (9 months). We live in the suburbs of Atlanta, GA.

What are three daily things you can’t live without?

Coffee. Ponytail holder. My planner.

If you could go back and visit yourself the year you became a mom, what would you tell yourself? What kind of encouragement or wisdom do you wish you had at that time?

I would definitely tell myself to enjoy the easy baby because the next one would be WAY harder! Also, to chill out and not sweat the small stuff as much.

What is something you strive to be intentional about? As a mother, how do you accomplish that in your day-to-day?

I really try to be intentional in making sure I am paying enough attention to my older child, Grayson. I get carried away with a high maintenance baby and sometimes it's hard to stop and make sure I am listening to him and his needs.

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What does your daily routine look like? Is there any one thing that you check off your list that makes your day a success?

My routine is different every day. When I try to have a routine, it inevitably derails and then I feel like I failed. I basically just let every day be what it is and try not to set expectations too high. If my husband and two kids know they are loved and they all fall asleep happy, I feel like I did my job.

What has been your best #mothermoment?

The moment Grayson met Charlie for the first time. Seeing two children that I produced fall in love with each other was such a special moment for me.

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What was the worst? How did you handle it?

When Charlie was a newborn and there was a lot of ambiguity about her diagnosis and if her hemangioma was indicative of a more serious syndrome. That was a stressful few weeks. I handled it with the support and optimism of my husband, and with the faith that everything would happen as it should and I would take it one day at a time and be strong and positive for her.

What is your mother motto?

Any mom who claims to have it all together is lying or has hired help. Give yourself grace, not grief.

If you had a day to yourself how would you spend it + why?

Realistically, I would catch up on the mountains of laundry, clean the house, and blog. Ideally, I would go get a hotel room, lay on the bed and stare at the ceiling enjoying silence. For hours.

If you could share one thing with our community of mothers, what would it be?

If we love our kids, we are winning. No one tells us that this job will be overwhelmingly difficult at times and riddled with guilt regarding every single decision we make, but it is. We just have to put one foot in front of the other and wake up every morning and do the best we know how. Mothering is 100% trial and error. Don't take life too seriously. These are the good 'ole days.

Katie, it has been so awesome having you on the blog today and getting to know you and your sweet family better! Thank you for sharing them with us! There is no doubt you have lifted up and supported our community members today. :)

If you would like to follow Katie's momma journey, you can do that here!