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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Mom of the Month - Megan Otash

I'm really excited to feature our May Mom of the Month, Megan Otash! She's a SUPER mom if I ever knew one! She does it all - 5 beautiful healthy children, homeschooling, and taxi driving (or so it seems as a busy mom!). She's realistic and honest about her experiences and tries her best to ensure she gives a piece of herself to each of her children as they need her. I love this. She's a real inspiration!

Thanks for sharing some of your life with us, Megan! Congrats :)

Picture shared from Mercy Street Studio and Kathryn 

1. Describe your children in 3-5 words. How did you choose their names?
Courtney: intelligent, ambitious, witty
Riley: outgoing, sensitive, energetic Zoey: fighter, sassy, inquisitive Lacey: curious, loud, too smart for her own good Kolbey: my new bundle of soft, squishy, love 💕
I settled on the name Courtney because her father and I could not agree on a name. I wanted to name her Makayla and he hated that name. Ten years later my husband and I had a boy and we both loved the name Riley. When we were pregnant with Zoey we decided we should stick to the "ey" ending since our first two kiddos ended in ey. Zoey means life and she came at 28 weeks so it was perfect for her! When we found out we were pregnant with another girl, we made a lot of lists and finally both agreed to Lacey. We did the same thing with our newest little guy Kolbey, made a list and finally agreed to Kolbey!
2. How old are your children? How did you tell people you were expecting a baby? Courtney, 19
Riley, 8 Zoey, 7 Lacey, 3 Kolbey, almost 2 months
Courtney came my senior year in high school, the news flew through the school. Riley we found out in Nov and told our family at Christmas with pregnancy sticks in gift bags! Zoey took us a bit longer to conceive and close friends/family knew we were trying! Lacey we weren't trying for and announced it after out first ultrasound. Kolbey was an oooopppssss and I sent a pic of the pregnancy test to close friends/family when I found out, so we could all be shocked together!
3. How would you describe your pregnancies? How was delivery, birth and labor for you? 
My pregnancies were pretty similar nauseous every first trimester. 2nd trimester was always a breeze. Third trimester stunk every time. My last two pregnancies were extremely tough in the last trimester, especially this last one, I'm assuming my age was a factor. I had terrible heart burn, sciatica pain, and my ribs throbbed from feet being in my rib cage. Labor for Courtney, Riley & Lacey was fairly easy, I labored a few hours and pushed them out in 20-30 minutes. Zoey came at 28 weeks, I was in labor for awhile with her, the doctors kept giving me meds to stop the labor, but they didn't work, seemed like weeks of never ending pain until I had her. With my last, I had consistent contractions overnight, my water broke at 10am the next am, which had never happened to me before! I went to the hospital and labored all day and had him right before 7pm.
4. Describe yourself as a mom in 3-5 words. 
Organized, busy, tired, creative, ambitious.
5. What type of mom do you hope your children think you were someday when they're old enough to tell you? 
I hope my children reflect on their younger years and are encouraged by the way I mothered them as children. I hope they recognize the sacrifices I made to stay home with them and to homeschool them and appreciate my efforts and dedication. 

I pray they recall that even during the toughest times we all came out on top. We have had the best of times together, laughing, playing, having so much fun and we've had the worst of times together, crying, hollaring, kicking. 

I want them to remember that life isn't perfect, their lives will never be perfect, parenting is rewarding, challenging, exciting, exhausting, but as long as you give it your all and do the best you can you're doing a great job, and that's what I've done with them. 

I want my kids to remember me as a fun, funny, loving, cuddly momma that loved them very much, but I was also a momma that had no problem kicking it into high gear when the time was necessary and I needed to gain the control and respect that was expected.

6. What things have you done as a mom that you're most proud of? 
I am most proud of taking on the grueling task of staying at home with my kiddos and choosing to home school them. Being home with my children requires a lot of self discipline and patience! I have a structured schedule that the children are all used to so everyone knows what they are supposed to be doing and when. Of course life does throw curve balls and we can be very flexible, but I try to stay on schedule most of the time! I also make sure they are all enrolled in multiple sports/activities to make sure they are all well rounded/socialized. I watch a friends kiddo in my home for extra income to feel I'm contributing financially. I keep a clean, organized house, make a monthly meal calendar, and am the safest taxi cab driver in town.

7. What have been the most difficult parts to being a mom? 
The most difficult part of being a mom for me is taking the advice I've given to many moms that have come to me seeking advice! I owned a childcare center and gave many, many parents a lot of parenting advice, but have the hardest time taking my advice! Like co-sleeping! I have the hardest time putting my babies down! I now have a newborn, 3 yo, and occasionally a 7 yo in my bed at night :0 I will carry my babies around until my arms fall off! A mom looking for sleep advice I will suggest the CIO method (which I have tried), but I can not handle it!!!
8. What is your favorite baby/child product(s) that makes your mom job easier? 
With my 4th the swing and rock n play were my go to baby items. With my 5th if I'm not holding him or he's not in the ergo he's in the swing, but he hates the rock n play 😕
9. What advice about being a mom would you give to a brand new mother? 
It gets easier! Take one day at a time! Savor each and every moment, even the tough times. It flies by so fast. Just remember you will blink and your youngest will be getting married
😞 Enjoy each season you are taken through. This too shall pass!
10. What is a typical day like for you? 
Our typical day:
Wake around 7am Breakfast at 8am/clean up/chores School starts at 9am If done school before noon go outside and play Lunch at 12 Activities are in the afternoon: Swim, gymnastics, ballet, baseball, etc. or play dates/run errands Start clean up/dinner at 5 Tubbies at 630 7pm family movie/play a game/ read books 8pm brush teeth, time for bed!
11. What 5 things would you like to do with your kids someday, if anything were possible and money no object? 
Five things we want to do with our kiddos... Disney! Hopefully in the next year or so
😊 We are also planning a trip to Legoland soon! I would love to take them to San Diego someday! If the flight weren't so long I would love to take them to HI, it is so beautiful there! If terrorism wasn't such a scare I'd love to take them to Europe.
12. What are your top 3 things you'd love to do on Mother's Day to relax?
For Mother's Day I'd prefer to have a big delicious breakfast in bed followed by a massage and pedi at the spa followed by a fun paint nite out with my mom!

13. Tell us a time where you felt like you failed at parenting... but then realized you truly had not failed, things worked out fine. 
There are many times I've felt like I've failed at parenting - like choosing to homeschool my son, who can be very difficult. A terrible day with him makes me question if I've made the right choice keeping him home, but then we'll have a week of great days together and it is clear that I've made the right decision, I'm just reminded life is not easy and there will be hard days. Or when I lose my patience when my 3yo has made another five star mess for me and I holler at her for it and then feel terrible for hollering at her, but the loves and hugs make up for it all. 💕
14. What makes you a strong mom? 
Having strong willed children makes me a strong mom. I have to have patience, energy, and time to give them all undivided attention, which I'm actually getting better at with #5 here now! I thought I'd never figure out how to give them all a piece of me after having another baby, but after seeing how much they needed me made it much easier for me to be able to hand baby off to dad and go play dolls on my girl's bedroom floor, she's never been happier!
Or reading my 3yos Minnie search and find book with her a hundred times and seeing her so content sitting with me. It's the little things that I recognize that make them so happy. I have to be on my toes and ready to go each day with my energetic kiddos that go go go! It's taken me longer to recover after having this baby, but we are finally back into our groove! I need to be the mom they all need even if I'm not feeling up to it!

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