Here at Little & Mighty, we believe that all kids are mighty. We have had the opportunity to meet so many awesome people via Little & Mighty. It's one of the best perks of the job! We love hearing the stories from these awesome parents. These kids are oh so mighty! It's so inspiring!
We want to take some time each month to shine the spotlight on a Mighty Kid. This month we chose two brothers. One is mighty happy all the time and the older is growing mighty independent.
Let me introduce to you Amber Hill and her Mighty Kids, Noah and Emmett.
Tell us a bit about yourself:
I am a stay at home mom, recently turned blogger. After my husband and I settled in to our new home in Fort Worth, I found myself craving something to call my own. I have always had a passion for writing, so after toying around with the idea and coming to the conclusion that juggling two boys two and under was a breeze, I decided that I definitely needed more on my plate (insert laughing so hard I’m crying emoji here). Apart from the blogging world, my husband and I are trying to do our best to raise some incredible young men. We love traveling, trying new foodie spots, and all around being together as a family. Whether we are exploring a new city or cruising the aisles at Target, we just enjoy creating new memories together.
What has surprised you most about becoming a parent?
I am a very Type A, OCD, perfectionist. I had read the books, subscribed to newsletters, and asked questions regularly, but still when our first son arrived, I was 100% unprepared. I felt like a total failure and completely lost. If someone would have just said, “There is no way to know what parenthood will bring,” I probably would have taken it a little easier on myself. Come time for our second son to arrive, it was seriously the most stress-free process, because we knew to just go with the flow and it would all work out.
What is the best and worst parenting advice you've ever gotten?
I don’t really know if I have received any really bad parenting advice, as much as I tried to take everyone’s advice and use it, even when it didn’t feel completely right for us. When you’re a new parent, you so desperately just want to do things right that you’ll try anything!
What is your best advice for a brand new parent?
Every child is different, and there is no one way, no one size fits all when it comes to parenting. Trust your gut - no one knows your baby like you do! Additionally, when you’re going through a rough patch or up all night long, just remember, this is just a season. It will pass before you know it!
When did you first realize how mighty your kid was?
I don’t think I can pinpoint the day that I realized how mighty Noah was, as much as that he has just been mighty in every phase of his life. He was a mighty fussy newborn, a mighty explorer, a mighty learner, and always mighty independent. Emmett on the other hand, we knew how mighty he was the minute the nurse put him in our arms. It was almost like the room immediately became calm. Emmett has this incredible ability to bring joy to every situation - I’ve never seen anything quite like it.
Describe your Mighty Kid's typical day.
We always start our day together with some milk and an episode of Mickey Mouse. From then on it’s fair game. Noah usually asks for mac-n-cheese for breakfast (please note, I do not actually feed him mac-n-cheese for breakfast, although I have been tempted to), and Emmett eats anything he can get his chubby little fingers on. Depending on the day, we may have errands we have to run, but when the weather is nice, I just open up the backdoor and Noah will happily explore in the yard until lunch time. In the afternoons, the boys will (thankfully) nap at the same time so that’s when I’m able to sneak in a few “me time” moments. After their naps, we refuel with a snack and they are at it again with playing and exploring until dad gets home. We love going on walks or playing at the park, so we try to do that as often as we can.
Noah - Brother. Emmett - Em, Teddy, Bubby. Sometimes I call them both Bob, just to keep it interesting.
Noah - 2, Emmett - 11 Months
Noah is really into airplanes, cars, and dinosaurs. His newest obsession though, is the guitar. He started asking what that sound was when we were listening to music in the car, so his dad pulled out his old guitar one day and Noah “played” it for HOURS. Emmett is into whatever his big brother is into. He also seriously likes dancing! That kid will dance all day long if you ask him to.
Noah dislikes veggies, unless you mix them up and call it a salad. Emmett on the other hand, I honestly don’t think I can name one thing he doesn’t like. He is a yes man in baby form.
Tell us about your Mighty Kid's most recent adventure.
Our most recent adventure would definitely have to be the swim lessons we have enrolled the boys in. We do it together as a family since they aren’t big enough yet to be in the pool alone, and it is the highlight of our week. To see them grow from not letting us go in the water to voluntarily jumping in, is really rewarding and fun to experience.
What is your kid's mightiest quality currently (mighty napper, mighty funny, mighty tantrums, etc.)?
I would say that Noah’s mightiest quality is that he is mighty independent. His most used phrase right now would be, “I don’t need help. I can do it!” Emmett’s mightiest quality would absolutely be that he is mighty happy. I don’t think I have ever met a happier kid - so much so, that it is literally impossible to be anything but joyful around that sweet babe.
What does Little & Mighty mean to you?
I immediately think of the quote from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, “And though she be but little, she is fierce.” I think that your mightiness isn’t defined by size, but rather that every person big or small has some form of mighty in them!
All photos courtesy of Amber Hill.
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