About Me

About Me

Hey there, and welcome to my blog! I’m so glad you stopped by and decided to check out what it’s all about. So, first things first, I’m Hannah, 33 and married to my best friend and soul mate Antoine, and we have 3 children girl, boy, girl. I will get to them in a moment, but before that I’d like to tell you the story of how my husband and I met.  So I was about 19, in college when we met.  I saw Antoine as he came over to speak to my roommate, apparently they already knew each other. I could hear him saying “introduce me to your friend” and me being me, I say “You know I can hearThe Methodical Mom you, why don’t you introduce yourself to me?” So after he told me his name, he added “you gonna be my wife!” I laughed and told him I had a boyfriend, but he insisted on following me around the rest of the day. He said he wanted to be friends.  I really did have a boyfriend at the time, but Antoine seemed like such a cool guy, I decided to give him my number when he asked. He was a sweetheart.  We became really good friends over the next few years.  In 2004 he informed me that he was going into the military, I couldn’t believe it.  We exchanged addresses and agreed to keep in touch.  I’ll fast forward to 2006 I had no boyfriend and he had no girlfriend…I finally started to fall for him after all the time that had passed, I realized how much I had grown to care about him and not to mention how handsome he was after returning from bootcamp;-). He asked me to be is girlfriend after taking me out for ice cream on Memorial Day while he was home on leave. I said yes and 2 years later we were married with our first child on the way.  It has been an amazing 7.5 years now and I couldn’t have asked for a better husband! Now I can tell you a bit about our children.

The Methodical MomJ.J. is our eldest daughter.  She was born premature at 35 weeks, so needless to say she is rather impatient lol. Antoine was deployed in Iraq at the time. (On a side note, I prayed more while I was pregnant with her than I think I’ve ever prayed in my life. My pregnancy brought me so much closer to God).  Although she was premature, she never missed a beat.  She learned to read when she was 2 years old and continues to amaze us with her understanding of the way things are.  She is in a splash program at her school where they have been teaching her to speak Spanish since kindergarten, she is now in 2nd grade and can speak Spanish almost fluently. I love her school and the teachers are awesome.  She wants to visit South America where 2 of her teachers are from. I am putting it on our long-term goal list so it is something to look forward to.  I would tell you what she wants to be when she grows up, but she changes it so often I can’t keep up! Its somewhere between and astronaut and a singer:-)

After almost 3 years of trying I got pregnant with our son, MC. The Methodical Mom He was also premature, born at 35 weeks.  I am starting to see a pattern here. You would never know he was an early baby though, he weighed 5 lbs. 8 oz. and continued to be a little chub!  He is
so much fun and full of energy! He loves to run and play.  He makes us laugh all the time with his unexpected comedy.  I was so thrown off the other day when he told me a knock-knock joke.  How could a 2-year-old remember a joke and actually put the punchline in correctly?  Then again with him hanging with his big sister now, anything is possible. BTW the knock-knock joke was from the Spongebob movie, “Knock-knock…who’s there?….Jimmy…..Jimmy who? Jimmy back my formuler Plankton”! I still laugh just thinking about my son telling it. I’m sure there will be posts inspired by him as time goes on.

The Methodical Mom We thought after MC, it would take a while before I got pregnant again so we decided to start trying right before his 1st birthday.  Wouldn’t you know I got pregnant on the first try! Unfortunately that pregnancy ended in miscarriage around 7 weeks. My heart goes out to anyone who has ever suffered the loss of a child.  It was hard for my husband and I, but we prayed for God to give us peace and comfort which we received. Thankfully and prayerfully we conceived again about 3 months later with our baby girl, Z and no, she wasn’t a preemie! She came at 37 weeks right on the dot.  Some may argue that she was still early, but to us it was very important that she is considered full term.  She is truly a blessing to our family.  J.J. and MC love her so much and constantly want to kiss and hug her.  Big brother is especially attentive to her every whimper!  She is just starting to crawl and recently cut 2 teeth.  She loves to laugh and sucks her thumb, gotta figure out how to break that habit.

The Methodical Mom

A little more about me…

I’ve loved to “DIY” for as long as I can remember.  I mean really, back to my childhood I can remember my mom showing me how to make things like tissue paper flowers for decoration and putting together bookshelves and different pieces of furniture that didn’t come already put together. My Pop was a handy man and I learned a lot from him as well. He helped me with some of my recent projects around my home.  I would never have thought I would change a capacitor in my central air unit, but my Pop walked me through the installation over the phone and its been working great ever since! I’m so excited to get started on new projects as well as finish old ones.

Being a mom of 3 I can certainly say that it is a job!  I’ve had to realize that it’s important to find time for myself and still do things that I like doing.  With children, it’s so easy to lose yourself and start doing everything kid-related. For a while I forgot that there were other things I like to watch on TV other than Nick Jr., Sprout, and Disney Jr. We all want the best for our children and there are many sacrifices that parents have to make, but there is no crime in treating yourself like company every once in a while. Spending time,{“ALONE TIME”} with your spouse or just by yourself is necessary to keep you both sane. Now, I’m not talking about days at a time; although that is fine if that’s what you want to do, I just mean an hour or two when you have the time to spare.  I’ve found that there are many methods to finding this sacred time, hence the name “The Methodical Mom”. (Actually, there are methods for just about everything, but that’s another conversation). I’m dedicating a section of this blog to share what I do with my “me time” called Me, Myself & I and maybe it will give you some ideas to implement in your life.  I changed this category to Me, Myself & Him.  After thinking it over, I want to include my husband be cause part of my “me time” is him.  We are one.  I love when we are able to make time for just us.  The magic happens mostly when the kids are asleep;-).  Adding this category will open up a space for topics and discussions about love and marriage.  Keeping the original theme of it as time for myself intact. (Edited 9/25/2015)

I’m not a professional and don’t claim to be an expert at anything, but what I will be sharing is my experience in the things that I have learned.  What works for me and my family may not work for everyone, but if I help just one, then I’m happy that I could. Please don’t engage in any DIY project without doing your research, you know your skill set and limitation, please use your judgement on things and don’t try something that you’re not certain of. If you have questions about any of my posts please leave them in the comments section or email me, I will do my best to get back to you as quickly as possible. I know how it is to have a project going on and need an answer quick and not be able to get it.

Well now, I’ve definitely shared a lot of things that I normally wouldn’t have shared with a stranger(s), but this is something new I am trying and I’m really hoping to gain some new and true friends after putting myself out there.  Hopefully and prayerfully this blog takes me where I want to go career-wise. I’ve learned that sometimes the very thing you’re holding in could be the one thing that could help someone else.  I’d love to hear about you, so feel free to share in the comments below and if you don’t want it to be public, you can email me. Thanks again for stopping by and God Bless you for reading this far:)

Sincerely,

Hannah H.

The Methodical Mom

11 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Florence November 4, 2015 at 4:36 am - Reply

    Hey Hannah, so lovely to meet you and your lovely family. Stay blessed x
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    • Hannah H. November 4, 2015 at 8:46 am - Reply

      Hi Florence,
      I will head over to your blog to show some love! Thank you so much for your comments and blessings!

  2. Glenna September 2, 2015 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    Hi Hannah!
    Thanks for sharing, it adds a personal touch to your blog! I look forward to reading about the DIY project ideas in the future!

    • Hannah H. September 2, 2015 at 3:41 pm - Reply

      Hey Glenna,
      Thank you for your support! I’m working hard on this so hopefully I won’t disappoint.

  3. Lady D Natural September 1, 2015 at 2:22 am - Reply

    Hi! I absolutely love love you site. Lovely family! I will be sure to follow you! Best to you in your future endeavors.

    • Hannah H. September 1, 2015 at 3:06 am - Reply

      Hello Lady D,
      Love that name! Thank you for your compliments and kind words, I really appreciate it.

  4. Prudence Glover August 25, 2015 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    Congratulations on this huge accomplishment Hannah! It’s hard work being a SAHM and I never find time for myself so I will take as much of your advice as I can so that I can make every minute count! ?

    • Hannah H. August 25, 2015 at 10:09 pm - Reply

      I appreciate that and thank you so much for the encouragement! It really helps knowing that I have support!

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