“why thank you!”

sometimes when i am out with my littles, samson refuses the stroller and insists on being worn as i am walking. this means i end up pushing a double stroller while carrying him on me in the carrier. at first glance as you pass by us on the street, you might not realize that one of the stroller seats is empty. this means a lot of strangers lean in towards me as they pass by to quickly say things like, “three babies!?! oh goodness! bless you!” sometimes i just want to simply respond, “why thank you!” because having two  deserves the same response in my book.
having two in tow has proven to be absolutely-completely-exhausting-twenty-four-hours-of-the-day… and there are moments when the chaos and frustration and selfishness kick in, and i daydream of my babies having make-believe ‘off’ switches on their backs, so i can just turn them off for ten (ok, twenty) uninterrupted minutes of quiet alone time. (don’t tell me you haven’t imagined that too.)  ;)
this stuff is hard, i tell you! but i have to tell you something else…between the postpartum hair loss (no fair), spit-up always and forever on my shirt, and bags under my eyes for days, there is this little giggly baby boy who, yes, might refuse to nap when his big sister does, but also kindly reminds his mama every time he laughs that her biggest blessing in life — is her children.
if you can get past my baby talking voice (ugh – when will i learn?), there are about 50 seconds of pure  samson magic in this video below…
  1. Bekah

    OK that was the cutest thing!! GAH!!!!! Samson is a little gem!!! :):):)

  2. Adorable. You are blessed. You are also inspirational x

  3. Dianna

    your completly inspirational!

  4. Becca

    Adorable! Love your attitude! You are so inspiring to me as I prepare for my son to be born in January… with a daughter under 2 as well!

    http://makingroomwithus.blogspot.it/

  5. Rhianne

    I just adore him, and you're so right, he has Josh's grin, thanks for brightened my day with this :)

  6. HayleyR

    Too cute!! I can't believe how fast his growing nor can I believe my little ones almost too months. I love your blog and always look forwarding to reading your posts : ). Xx

  7. Maria

    Oh my GOSH! That's so cute!! I'm 5 months pregnant, expecting a little boy in March and I can't wait to feel this way about him. I'm mentally and physically preparing myself for utter exhaustion but I don't think anything can prepare me for the immense levels of cuteness that are about to take over my life!

    Maria xx
    http://www.cheekypinktulip.blogspot.com

  8. Goodness, he is such a happy and sweet baby! That just brightened my whole day!

  9. bahahaha he is so cute! you have the happiest babies!!!! :)

    xx, kara

  10. kristyn

    hahaha what a gem! that put a smile on my face :)

    xo,
    kristyn

  11. omg he's so adorable :-)

    blueskydaze.wordpress.com

  12. casey

    I have a 3 year old and 6 month old, and the 6 month old doesn't like his stroller or carseat either! I'm in the same boat… pushing a double stroller with one in it. Samson is too cute!

  13. That is so adorable! S is a handsome man!

  14. You have such beautiful babies! You also look incredible, I can only hope to look as put together as you do and I don't even have any kids yet! :)

  15. Did he toot at the end?! Hahahaha! The expression on his face was priceless!

  16. Fran

    Oh, he is so precious! Thanks for sharing and starting my morning off with a smile.

  17. Mel

    OMG the toot and the face! :)
    He is so SO adorable! and I can't believe how big he already is. my my…time goes be so fast!

  18. L

    My mom had 5 of us and always said the hardest transition was to go from 1 to 2…you're doing great!
    Also, Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Eye Cream is a must. I just had a baby girl and it's saving me from looking like I'm wearing a zombie costume all the time :)

  19. Janelle

    Are you sure that is what people say to you on the street in NY? When I lived on the UWS, I usually got comments more along the lines of "you have to kids? Just shut it down, you hear? Close up shop!"

  20. Brielle

    He is adorable!!

  21. estroJen

    Lovely!! I needed a beautiful reminder this morning..thanks for sharing!! Your children are beautiful!!

    xo,

    estroJEN

  22. Cody

    i have two under two as well- sometimes i just want a sleepcation and after that another sleepcation- and then maybe one more. you're right though- my baby boy looks at me like i hung the moon and i feel like the luckiest woman in the world- we are blessed.

  23. Marie

    He's so adorable & he seems to be talking (in his cute baby language) in some parts of the video. And yes I agree, looking after very young kids are never easy, but so rewarding. The love we get from them is priceless :)

  24. Michelle

    What a beautiful, happy boy!! I could watch that all day!

  25. I would be tired too! I would not be able to stop looking at that sweet boy! Thank you for sharing your family with us. I truly hope to be as blessed as you someday soon!

    - Caitlin from Pumps to Pumas

  26. Kathy

    aww what a cutie bear! :) i love his giggles, such a happy,little boy.

  27. Don't stop the "baby talk!" The drastic variations in pitch as well as your overall "high pitch" voice is exactly what his little ears want to hear! And what he needs to hear for proper development! Also, the mimicking of noises, or "words," he's making is a natural, good, and necessary thing for you to do as a primary caregiver! You'll give him the confidence to continue to make those sounds, because when you repeat them to him, he thinks you're "verifying" them as real words/proper communication. Which may seem like a bad thing, but those sounds he's making are training the muscles in his mouth to create sounds, which as he gets older will develop into him creating "real" words. So keep up the "baby-talk!!!!!"

  28. Oh my goodness, he is adorable! I am dreaming of that off-switch today! Just for long enough to get a nap. Our (FOUR!) kids are wearing me out. Oh the life of a mother.

    http://www.slurfeefrenchie.blogspot.com

  29. Zoë

    Oh my goodness!! Cuteness overload! I love Samson!

    And baby talk Mama voices are the best. I love how we unabashedly make the silliest faces and voices for the sake of Baby giggles….

    xo
    Z
    waiting for kittenheart

  30. Lyndsay

    Little Samson is so cute!

  31. Just too CUTE, your so inspirational :)

    XO, Adropofbliss.Blogspot.Com

  32. Just too CUTE, your so inspirational :)

    XO, Adropofbliss.Blogspot.Com

  33. What a happy baby!!! This video made me smile!

    But, oh, those off buttons…I have wished for those on more than one occasion!!! Glad I'm not the only one! ;)

  34. Rachel

    so. stinkin'. CUTE!!

  35. as exhausting as it is, you seem to do a wonderful job! and even look so put together! you must have a wonderful husband too!

  36. kelli

    What a little button! Such a sweet boy you have :).

  37. holtkamp

    in all your recent pictures i've thought 'wow! it doesn't look she lost any hair post partum – not fair!' ha, ha :)

  38. Brikena

    oh this is SOOOO adorable.
    I constantly follow your blog posts and have seen this big guy go from just eyes and Mohawk to all these giggles and smiles!

    too adorable.
    you are most definitely blessed!

    -brikena
    http://www.jarofjoy.blogspot.com

  39. Megan

    He is adorable! You rock Momma!

  40. carli

    Such an adorable post! loved the honesty and the video was just a little cherry on top! So cute :)

  41. Meaghan

    YES! It is so true I love my two boys to death but there are those times(seems more often lately) when you just wish you could be alone for 10 min? I had them 17 months apart so it was and still is a challenge, all I can hope for though is that they have an extra special brother bond being so close. But for now I just try to remember the great moments of these two babies, who will soon not be babies anymore.
    You can do it though, with the two cuties you have its hard to forget how good you have it :).

  42. I think this post is why you call your blog 'rockstar diaries', you rockstar you! Great post!

  43. Kirsten

    Ohmygoodness!
    He is darling!

    And, that sounds exhausting…and all in the city!

    Way to go!

    -Kirsten
    mylifetintedpink.blogspot.com

  44. He is the cutest thing!! You are such an amazing mother. I my self have two and even tho my oldest is 3 sometimes it gets super hard especially when you have a 3 year old acting out and a two month old wanting your attention! But I always remind my self to take deep breath and enjoy every minute of it! They grow so fast:(
    I love your blog:)

  45. LOwe

    where is kingsley ?

  46. Lena

    He is so freaking cute! And are really are a fantastic mother I think! I really admire you a lot. Once I have my own children, I hope to be as good as you!

    All the best wishes from Germany, Lena

    http://joyfuldiary.blogspot.de/

    P.S.: You have such a nice voice!

    http://joyfuldiary.blogspot.de/

  47. e_e_west

    Doesn't it feel like having one was cheating? I swear by the time I had my second (AND they are 3 years apart) I was like HOW DID I EVER COMPLAIN. It's three times as hard once you add another baby into the mix. You're also in New York City, and this is the hardest phase. Once they are 6-8 months old a rhythm sets in and you can breathe again. Those first 6 months though man – it's rough (but amazing, the best kind of busy).

    …Then the calm sets in, you insanely miss the chaos of a sweet little baby. Then, if you're like me, you're suddenly expecting baby #3 mentally trying to prepare for being outnumbered ;) My youngest will be less than 2 when the new baby is born so I'm in a new kind of trouble.

    You're a great mom- and doing so well! Samson looks like Josh!! He's so sweet, you just want to eat him up! (And seriously if you consider that baby talk bad, girl, you should hear me.)

  48. I can't even imagine how difficult it is but you seem to be doing amazing! Both E and Samson are cuties!!

  49. So cute. Nothing like baby laughs!

  50. so sweet, my mom says one of her fave parts of all the videos i send to her of my baby is my voice in the background talking to her. nothing wrong with the baby talk, that's what gets 'em smiling!

  51. ohh such a sweet baby!!

  52. Your children are utterly adorable! Hands down THE cutest babies I have ever seen! Your pictures and videos make me super broody! I love following your blog. :)

  53. 2busy

    There is no greater privilege than taking care of those sweet babies. Could you even imagine three at the point you are at? Three for me was scary…My husband and I were outnumbered. I waited to have my 3rd until my oldest was in 1st grade. It was still hard.

  54. ellen

    My mom had 3 kids in 2 1/2 years (and then one almost 6 years later). I have brothers 13 months older than me and 19 months younger. She says "I could get in the car and drive around but I couldn't get out." It was in the early 60's — before car seats, double strollers, front packs, back packs, any of those things. It's been really nice to be "peers" our whole life; my favorite time was being in college together. It's life!

  55. that laugh melts my heart.

    you seem to be doing an incredible job of bringing up to adorable little ones.

  56. Helena

    so cute, you're having so much fun!

  57. Sarah

    I've gotten to the point with my 2 year old where if she doesn't nap, she has "quiet time" in her very toddler proofed room. She doesn't mind it either. It's good for both our souls lol!

    - Sarah
    agirlintransit.blogspot.com

  58. I can't. Those little giggles melt me! Your children are beautiful!

  59. This is adorable!!! And I'm pretty sure talking in baby voice and acting like an idiot just to make your child laugh is in the job description of being a mom :)

    southernwaysandlazyheat.com

  60. Right there with ya mama! I have 2 yr old boy and a 4 month old Boy!

  61. oh my god he is so precious :) so sweet at that age … at all age actually! cant wait to have my own but anyway yours make us dream :) we love you x

  62. Viv

    Lovely words, adorable Baby Boy and a beautiful voice!

  63. Mary

    This post was funny to me (not because what you're saying isn't true or that you don't deserve to say it, because it IS and you DO)… it's just that I can relate. I have three babies right now. Nineteen-month-old twins and a five-month-old that I often take around in a double stroller & baby carrier. And without a doubt, caring for them is the hardest thing I've ever done in my life. But the sweetness… It's worth it. Take care, Naomi.

  64. Elena

    Oh my, I needed to read this post today. I just have a six month old baby girl, but there are days when it's just hard to get dressed and showered! Parenting is no easy feat, but you are completely right when your baby smiles or laughs at you, and the difficulty just melts away when you see that. It's truly magical. Mothers need to receive special awards, I tell ya!

  65. Ginger

    He loves his momma. Every time you laugh, he laughs! So cute!!

  66. minta

    well said!

  67. Camille

    It's true – they are your greatest blessing. You really are so blessed! I have been trying to have a baby for 2 years (still unsuccessful) and getting ready to try my first IVF. Oh, what a frustrating process, especially when I hear people complain about their children. No doubt that raising two little ones is extremely hard work, but I am glad you realize that it is also a blessing. I hope to be there someday!

  68. CLK

    I know exactly how you feel about the hair loss!! What is up with that?? I had a bald spot on my right temple so I started parting my hair in the middle! I have been very tempted to chop my hair off into a pixie but I'm not sure i can sacrifice my long(now thin) hair!!

    -Chelsea

    Clklove.blogspot.com

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  70. I completely understand! Even though we just have one right now…sometimes I say I can't imagine 2, but then you have magical moments and you think 'Yeah let's have two!' Applause to all the moms out there! Toughest and greatest job ever!

  71. Naomi, I am having such fun watching your adorable littles grow. I have a daughter and son who are 14 months apart and now are 23 and 22! My daughter lives in DC and my son in San Diego and I don't get to see them nearly enough, although they do call every day. It's amazing how quickly they grow up- it's tough for your right now but it is such a special time. Enjoy every minute of your time with those adorable babies!

  72. Jennifer

    that was adorable! and he and e are looking more and more alike each day.

  73. Theresa

    So cute! I actually think you sound nice, and I can't stand baby talk! I hate the sound of my voice and much more in baby talk, which is probably why I don't take many videos. Ahh, yes, wishing for that off switch. . . I think that and I only have one. You have them to love them, but just like anyone else they're human and they're not perfect, nor do we wish them to be, but sometimes just sometimes you need just 20 minutes in silence.

    Theresa
    http://bomamma.blogspot.com

  74. I feel the same way when I "baby talk" to my nephews. But you can hear the pure joy beaming from your voice! Those little ones are so lucky to have such a sweet mama!

  75. Selvi

    i really like your voice! samson is goinig to break a lot of hearts :D

  76. Stella

    He is so adorable!! :) And keep using that baby talking voice with him–it's actually really good for baby's development. (Fun fact: In the child development world it's called "child-directed speech" and there's all kinds of research showing its positive benefits.)

  77. Astrid

    you have two beautiful kids….I am the mother of two who are 39 and 25 months so I agree with you about the difficulty to raise 2 kids…even more when the oldest is only few months older than the little one!!!

  78. inge

    Too cute makes all the tough moments worthwhile

  79. watched this with my 18 month old and she was giggling right along with him- Kids are the most difficult blessing we have! good luck

    kim

  80. watched this with my 18 month old and she was giggling right along with him- Kids are the most difficult blessing we have! good luck

    kim

  81. watched this with my 18 month old and she was giggling right along with him- Kids are the most difficult blessing we have! good luck

    kim

  82. watched this with my 18 month old and she was giggling right along with him- Kids are the most difficult blessing we have! good luck

    kim

  83. Julie

    What a cute young mister! You are doing a GREAT job!

  84. birdy

    I just cannot get over how darn precious he is!!

  85. You are rocking this Mamma gig, lady. :) Samson makes my ovaries hurt. Words just fail to describe how gorgeous he is. :)

  86. STOP IT!! This is way too cute!!

  87. Kerry

    ohhhhh my. oh my oh my oh my. this is just too precious. i have no idea how you do this two-babies-in-nyc thing. just no idea at all. i can barely get myself on the train, but a double stroller?! sending you the best thoughts for easy, love filled days :)

  88. haverlee

    i wish you could have seen my 7 month old glued to the screen and sporadically giggle as I played that video! So sweet! And wow, Samson really turned a corner and looks so much like Eleanor now!!

  89. dan_nay

    Beautiful, Naomi!

    Sometimes when I feel like I may lose it with my 2 littles, your posts inspire me to keep moving forward and to stay positive. Thank you for taking the time to post these specials moments and trusting us to see them. :)

  90. I like Samson, has a beautiful smile!, and the little princess too!.

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  91. Mand@

    OMG!!! Giving people the baby rabies over here!!
    I know what you mean about the baby talk, but i assure you your voice is downright pleasant in comparison to some of the shrill squeaking moms out there (me).
    BTW.. you deserve praise, go ahead and accept it!

  92. Soooo cute!!!! Samson is too adorable! Now we just need a video of little E in those pig tails! :)

  93. Teresa

    Lol my baby Ellie is loving this video.. He is really cute!

  94. Kate

    His laugh reminds me of a Gerber baby :)

  95. Kayla

    thanks for this.
    sometimes i read your blog and think:

    'dammit naomi. why you being all awesome every second of every day??'

    [of course i am aware that this blog is just a snippet of your real life, but when it's all we see.... sometimes it's hard to picture you not fabulous]

    it's nice to know you're normal like the rest of us :)

    and thanks for keeping it real.
    love your style and your outlook on life

  96. I was having a very blah morning, but that video made me smile – thanks Naomi! x

  97. You are so sweet! These same thoughts have been on my mind lately with two little ones as well

    Xo
    Halsey

  98. Samantha

    So cute! And don't worry about the baby talk, people in every culture around the world naturally speak to babies that way because they are attracted to it. Research has proven it!

  99. Megan

    OMG! Your baby is PERFECT. :) You can pull through this hard phase. I'm hormonal right now and your sweet one just brought me to tears because it was sooooo sweet.

  100. jealous. he is the cutest thing ever.

  101. Tara

    he is so cute! and I'm with you, the off switch would be so nice sometimes! our kids are just barely 2 and 6 mos old, so we are in a pretty similar boat (but not in nyc! I don't know how you do it!) I tell myself it will get easier…lets hope that's so :0

  102. Veronika

    so very adorable! thank you for sharing :)

  103. Kim C.

    This was delightful! Makes me wistful for those days with my babies who are no longer babies. I do understand that off switch thing! :)

  104. Cheltz

    Selfishness? I wouldn't say that. Everyone needs some down time, even if it means locking yourself in the bathroom with a candy bar or book for a few minutes! Keep it up; your children are blessings!

  105. That is so cute I can't even explain, He is precious and your 'baby talk' sounds nothing silly at all. I love it!

  106. This makes me a teensy bit nervous about the napping; I'm expecting my 2nd son in february and they will be just barely 2 years apart. My first son is high octane and go go go (but so so cute and lovey), and naps are my battery recharge!! I sleep trained him and have a huge testimony of it; not to shove nosy advice your way, but have you tried that or had any interest in it? I imagine if naps and sleep aren't happening magically on their own when they need to with #2 I will bust out the sleep training. I just hate to see moms never have a single minute to themselves — that is a LONG DAY. I think it's such a miracle worker and my boy is so much happier (along with me and my husband). Anyway, I think your little family is beautiful and I love the way you set a great example for the lds church.

  107. Aww! He is the cutest little thing! (Your baby voice is totally normal! No need to learn to be any different, in my humble opinion.=) I love how happy he is! Definitely couldn't watch this without smiling. What a happy and healthy baby boy! What a blessing!

  108. Kari

    I watched this video with my little 17-month-old in my lap, and he was just beaming! He wanted to watch it over and over and over again…I finally had to tell him "baby goes night night" and wrap my iPhone up in a blanket!

    Your babies are adorable.

  109. chrissy

    ah makes me want some little ones! :)

  110. i work at LUSH fresh handmade cosmetics and i recommend women with postpartum hair loss NEW! solid shampoo bar. the clove + cinnamon stimulate the scalp and naturally help to slow down the hair loss process. also, the bar lasts 60-90 washes if you get the tin so for ten bucks it ain't a bad deal at all. (:

  111. teeny

    i adore everything about this post. you're honesty (about everything) and sweet little samson. this made me smile and look forward to having my own wiggly little man someday….

    mylettchronicals

  112. Unknown

    You two sure do make pretty babies!! :)

  113. ohmy! You make me baby crazay!!

  114. He is absolutely adorable! Thanks for being so honest about how hard it actually is. Hard but so worth it!

  115. Cate

    So cute! And don't stop the baby talk…it's vital to children's speech and language development, as odd it sounds and how silly you feel while doing it! :)

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  117. Elis

    That was the most adorable thing I have seen.

  118. I recently came across your blog, and I seriously check it out everyday! It is adorable, and you have gorgeous babies! I love your style, and you are beeeautiful! I saw that you went to blogshop. I live in Tennessee, but I'd do anything for a day to learn about blogging. Seriously, I'm hooked on your blog. So so cute!

  119. Coryann

    The cutest kid on the block no doubt ; )

  120. You have the cutest, least annoying baby voice I've ever heard. And Samson…AH.

    Drey- highdollarhippie.blogspot.com

  121. Ashley

    Right there with you! I have a 2.5 year old and a 2.5 month old. They are never on the same schedule and the big one has lately started to refuse to take naps and needs constant stimulation, so there are times when I swear I will pull every bit of my hair out, but other times when I am so in love with them that all of that doesn't even matter. I'm not gonna lie tho. I pass out just about as soon as they do at night, so not a whole lot has been getting done round these parts. Lol. The day will come that I get all of the laundry knocked out, just not today! :)

    Love watching your littles grow up, along with my own. They are such sweet children.

    Ashley
    abingdonavenue.blogspot.com

  122. Corinne

    SO adorable! I love your video mom voice. :) Shows how much you love him. (I too hate my own, though!) My own baby has wanted to watch this like 5 times.

    I can relate to your feelings about being a mother, too. :)

  123. I Lelli

    wow no words …. I had the wish to have another child

    xo Daddy Lele, from Lelli italian family

  124. lisa k

    thanks for reminding me. i'm in agony over the postpartum hair loss NOW! ug! and, yes, NO FAIR!!!

  125. Krista

    you are the cutest little momma! can't wait until i have some babes to make funny voices and faces at. :)

  126. YES YOU ARE A HANDSOME MAN!

  127. Bethany

    I love this! He is just too cute, as are you! (gosh you should hear my ridiculous mama voice..) ;) I hear you . . . 2 ain't easy, especially when they are both so little and need mama's attention all day. I am still trying to come up for air after a year. But it truly is the sweetest blessing, these darling babies. Hugs to you. xo – Bethany

  128. sooo cute. i once recorded a short video of my little one & talked in a baby voice the. whole. time. & it was so bad that i almost deleted the video until i remembered i could put it in a video editor and quiet myself down. but i was super close to the mic & plus i must have said "i'm gonna eat you up!" about 72 times which made it 72 times more annoying.

    xx

  129. I just had my second, also a little boy, and I don't know about you but it ALWAYS seems like he wants something at the exact same time I want a snack or to go potty, which is also at the exact same time that my daughter wants milk or peanut butter jelly time. [Also, potty? really Jackie. Clearly I'm the mom of a toddler.]

  130. barbara

    I love the way you talk about pregnancy and being a mum! because sometimes (emm… often actually) we feel tired, and we really need some quiet and to stop the world around us… just to take a real shower or to eat sitting on a table not running around the house!
    you don't use all that banality about motherhood and have the bravery to write also about hair loss and eyes bags and that's why i'm following your blog!
    and… you have a very special family!! i remember the giggles of my child!

  131. Emma

    What a sweet little angel ohmygoodness <3

  132. OMG he is too cute!!!!

  133. I just wanted to say that you deserve a standing ovation every single day for what you do. Your blog has been such an inspiration for me– my first son was born a few weeks before Eleanor and I then had identical twin boys born a couple of weeks after Samson. It has been great to read your blog because I can relate to nearly every post! I know what it is like to have people stop you on the street as I also walk with a double stroller and a baby strapped to my chest! It is a hard job but as you said so well, there is nothing more rewarding. I am so exhausted every day but so very thankful. You have a beautiful family.

  134. Marie

    Aaawww I can never get tired of this adorable video. Samson is so cute!

  135. Our son was 23 months when I had twin girls – let me tell you life was crazy! The girls are now 2 and our son is 4 and I still lots lots of 'Oh my, you have your hands full!' Yes, I do…but everyday I believe that I am so blessed. I remind myself 'It won't be like this for long' when they are all having a bad day on the same day! I tell myself – it could be worse!

  136. That video is the cutest thing EVER! X

  137. The same thing happens to me with the double stroller… one seat is frequently empty and everyone is confused. It’s even worse when the big little wants to walk and I’m pushing an empty stroller!