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The Martin Family ∙ "Family and faith are always first."

BirdRock Baby- Mary Martin

The Martin Family

Strongsville, OH

What is your favorite family tradition?

We are a duel working household so our weeks are busy and on the weekends we do absolutely everything together. We love going to the children's museum, natural history museum, zoo or a class together. And of course we love our trips to Costco.

No matter if we have a weekend filled with fun or filled with function we are all together and we love it. Since the pictures are from our younger sons first birthday we have the best birthday traditions.

We wake up with balloons in bed. The downstairs is decorated and we open presents. I make them pancakes shaped as their name. Then in normal years we always go to the children's museum (obviously we couldn't this year) and then come home for cake. If birthdays are on a weekday we take off, it's important to us to make it special.

Tell us about your favorite family story.

It's hard to have a favorite when they just keep getting better and better as we expanded our family and now our baby is getting older. I would say generally the days after we had our second son were magical.

Our older son was just 2 and we had no idea how he's do. And from day 3 on he just adored his brother. He was loving and caring and would wake up every morning saying "I dreamed of August".

I believed him because one summer day when we were in a hotel he said "bro bro" in his sleep. Lol. They light up when they see each other and as he gets bigger it gets better!

What is your family's motto?

Lead with love and the rest will follow. Family and faith are always first.

Is there anything else you'd like us to know about your family story?

The photos attached are from our baby's first birthday on 4/18. When my older son was 1 I loved the idea of a baseball birthday but January wasn't the right season.When we had our second son (we didn't know what we were having) in April as soon as he was born I dreamed of a baseball first birthday party and the BirdRock Mocs that I had loved since 2017!

As his birthday got closer I picked out perfect invites, ordered matching shirts and was waiting until April when I had a feeling the baseball Mocs would be the featured ones for the month. Well by April it was clear our party would be cancelled. We were so sad.

After considering postponing and rescheduling we decided with the uncertainty of this terrible pandemic we would just celebrate on our own. I knew the Mocs were no longer needed for the party, but decided I'd love them so long he should have them. And I'm so glad I did.

For just the 4 of us we went all out. He had a baseball cake and cookies, our matching shirts and a huge family zoom party. And at the last minute we were able to have porch photos taken. We had the best day and he looked adorable in his baseball shirt and matching Mocs.

Share Your Parenting Wisdom

BirdRock Baby- Mary Martin

What's your number one tip for new parents?

 Lead with love and let go of the parent you'd thought you be and embrace the parent you are.

What has been the most surprising thing you've learned as a parent?

I think I had an abstract dream of being a mother my whole life. Without any idea of what that meant. And I'm far more laid back about many things then I thought I'd be. I realize that these are truly the best days.

So if my 3 year old wants me to sleep in his bed, I do. My work friends always say "aren't you exhausted" and I AM! But I always say my babies are in my arms and under my roof exactly where I want them and one day they won't be. So the exhaustion is temporary and I can usually see the big picture that these days with little boys and babies are short.

Tell us about your funniest parenting story (we all have them!)

My now 3 year old has always been very well spoken and his ability to communicate has always made people think he's older then he is.

One Sunday in church when he was 2.5 he said so loudly "mom, min where did all that mans hair go?!" About the man in front of us who was bald. He was such a good sport and told him that he used to have thick curly hair (like our son does) but we were all laughing!

You can find the Martin Family on Instagram at @Happymjc.