Featured Mom: Kacey
As I mentioned yesterday we are featuring my two very best and oldest friends Catalina and Kacey as this week’s Featured Moms!
Kacey and I met in high school and instantly became great friends. She is definitely the friend I call on when I’m in need of some crazy fun! Kacey is a mom of two little girls, Karys is 6 and Khyler just turned 2. Here’s what Kacey is wearing . . .
We all three decided Kacey was channeling Samantha from Sex in the City!
Here's Kacey being an amazing "Aunt" to Caylee.
Kacey is wearing:
JCrew Leopard tank top
Mint cropped jeans by Pilcro from Anthropologie
Mauve skinny belt from Target
Gold wedges by Lauren by Ralph Lauren
Gold hoops and Ever After Necklace from Stella & Dot
Rebel Pendant Necklace from Stella & Dot
Gold rope "bracelets" (really a necklace), from Grandmother
And here are the two questions I asked Kacey:
Most people give the advice that 2 years apart is the best age gap for siblings. Obviously I have surpassed this point so please tell us the benefits in having two children 4 years apart?
4 years between my girls has really been a blessing! After having Karys I was so overwhelmed with adding a child into the mix of our lives that Jamie, my husband, and I were thinking 1 child was enough to fill us up! Over time though - at least 2-3 years I started thinking more about Karys having a special relationship with a sibling. I also got baby fever again - it took this long for me to forget those sleepless nights, pain from childbirth & nursing, and for Jamie and I to be able to reconnect again after having an infant and then be willing tolerate the space between us again at first. I guess it just felt right after 3 years that we thought we could handle another baby. It was a decision we both had to be ready for because as you know a helping husband is very valuable and even more so when you have 2! I also felt like I really got to know Karys, we had alot of special 1-on-1 time for us to bond. Memories that I'll have forever with just the 2 of us. There are many benefits of having this space difference! The older child is a HUGE helper: bringing diapers, helping dress, entertaining the baby, helping to feed, I could go on and on! They also are an example to the baby which helps the younger child move more quickly in some stages - Khyler was very early in using utensils (she has amazing fine motor skills) I think mostly because she wanted to be just like her big sister! They play together, Karys looks after her - holds her hand across the street, she even gets Khyler out of her crib most mornings! It’s amazing what the older child wants to do - without the parents even asking! I wouldn't change the age gap situation at all!
As you know, you were my inspiration for making sure I joined a play group once Conrad was born. Tell us how your group has evolved through various ages, stages and school schedules?
Our playgroup is my sanity! I LOVE it! I LOVE the other moms! I would never have lasted this long as a (happy) stay at home mom without our group. We are still together 5 years later, but of course things have changed. Though recently we all got back together for a movie night with 16 kids! It was a blast, and the (older) kids are still comfortable and friends with each other. Our playgroup has changed because we've had 2nd (some 3rd & 4th) children. We have 5 or 6 of us that have babies right now that are all within 6 months of eachother and we're doing some of the same old things: music class, park time with packed lunches, play time at the children's museum, etc. But, as you know, playgroup is as much for kids as it is for us moms! We discuss discipline, sibling interaction, how to handle school stuff (bus riding, strict teachers, lunch packing), how to handle our husbands, decorating our houses, present buying for all occasions, weight loss, recipes for our families - you name it we discuss it! We also have a book club together, and take a yearly mom's trip - I really feel like the other moms are like sisters to me, and I am SO very lucky to have each one of them in our lives!
In summary I am very pro-playgroup & pro-multiple child households!
Thank you both Catalina and Kacey so much for being such amazing moms and best friends!