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Happily Eva Answers Q&A #1

Eva Amurri Martino wears a white camisole top and tan blazer, and stands in the happily eva after studio with a bowl of daffodils

Welcome to the first reader-driven Happily Eva Answers Q&A video session! While I’ve done tons of these on Snapchat back in the day, and even on Instagram Live, I thought it would be most helpful to have the video in a place that was localized and constant so that it can be reference and rewatched in the future! I always am so interested in and inspired by reader questions– it really helps me understand what you guys are looking for from me.  And you always have great questions, so keep them coming! I will be doing these Q&A’s monthly right here on the blog, and advertising the time to ask questions in my Instagram feed.  Look out for the post, and please leave your questions there.  If I don’t get to them one month, keep asking and I will answer! Also don’t forget to use the search bar at the top of my site to get your answers even faster– I may have already written on the topic, and if you search the content that is already on the site you’ll get your answer immediately! The questions I answer are in order below, feel free to skip around in the video to hear about what interests you most.  I also included a few of the products I mention below the video.    (P.S- sorry for the shifting focus in this video! I’m working on it– I’m new to shooting video on my own– but I think I’ve figured it out for next time.  Fingers crossed. Gulp.)

  1. How did you get your kids to sleep through the night?
  2. Do you like Connecticut? Does it feel like home yet?
  3. How do you balance work, parenting, and marriage?
  4. Do you keep your kids on a set schedule?
  5. What are you favorite healthy snacks?
  6. What skincare products do you use for the kids during Winter?
  7. How did you transition to no bottle at bedtime with Marlowe?
  8. What do you do for “me time”?

 

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  1. Angie says:

    Girl I love you….but don’t recommend the BabyWise book! Even the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends AGAINST its principles. I’ve heard really terrible things about it and even that some babies have nearly died from their parents following it too strictly.

    01.25.18Reply
    • I really liked it. I think it outlines a great idea about getting your kids on a schedule that works for the family as a whole.

      I know a lot of people who have used it exclusively to sleep train and their kids are happy and healthy!

      01.26.18Reply
      • Gessica says:

        Hi Eva, I was totally down with your sleep training and we did something similar with our baby boy (who’s now 7 months old). Question… did you ever have to deal with either of them waking up way to early? My boy goes down at 7(ish) and will sleep until 6:30 but as of late is getting up around the 5:30 mark. How did you get through that (if it happened to you as well?). Also on a side note- I dm’d you on insta last July when my son was 1 month old and you had very encouraging advice for what was a REALLY tough time for me so THANK YOU for that. You really have no idea how much it helped.

        01.30.18Reply
        • Hi Gessica!
          I’m so happy to hear that! 🙂 We all go through so many ups and downs as Moms and sometimes those downs are just so excruciating in the moment. I feel you!

          YES about the waking up early, actually at about the exact same age. Or maybe 8 months? It was killing me, and after 2 weeks of waking up at 5am we decided something had to change. I just let him fuss in the crib when he wake up that early, and after about 15-20 mins he would settle back down and fall back asleep until 7:30 or 8am! It was actually my husband’s idea, and after we tried it and it worked I felt like such a dummy for not thinking of it myself. LOL.

          Hope it works for you guys too!

          01.30.18Reply
  2. I really love the video format. It was nice to have it up and listening to you discuss further. More like this please!

    01.25.18Reply
    • It’ll be coming at ya monthly! So glad you liked it! 🙂

      01.26.18Reply
  3. Kairi says:

    Hi Eva! I loved the video. Interesting themes that I can really relate to. Only thing that disturbed a bit at first was the sound in the open room. But otherwise, this format is great! Keep the videos coming girl!

    01.25.18Reply
    • Totally. More improvements coming with the next one!

      01.26.18Reply
  4. Frances says:

    Oh, yes… the solitude… it is crucial.
    I’ve been a mom for 15 years and an Elementary school teacher for 20, and if I don’t get some solitude regularly, nothing works. I don’t mean solitary errand running… which can be a good substitute. I mean, a visit to a museum or a greenhouse (New England winters mean to see some living plants a greenhouse visit is needed). When I start to lack solitude, I start to stay up too late, after the house is quiet… and end up under-rested. The visits to museums or lunches out by myself have to happen for me on a regular basis or I get crankier and crankier. Not a good thing.

    01.25.18Reply
    • The same thing happens to me with staying up too late! So funny that we both have that!
      I loooove the greenhouse idea– I need to look in to that ASAP

      xoxo

      01.26.18Reply
  5. Monica says:

    Love this so much. Thanks for sharing. Just fyi, maybe it’s only me, but it’s a little hard to hear what you’re saying because of the echo in the room you’re in. Maybe you can wear a mic next time if possible.

    01.26.18Reply
    • Yes! My lav mic that I normally use wasn’t working that day, but I have a new one on the way for next time! *thumbs up*

      01.26.18Reply
  6. Courtney says:

    Totally relate to the transient feeling of moving. We moved when our twins were a year and a half and I still don’t feel like it’s home. I think partially it’s due to having small kids and not really getting out as much to make connections to the new place seem like home. But I also I struggle with where we live now as it doesn’t have much to offer that fills my ‘happy place’. I try to get back to downtown Seattle where we lived before at least once a month to get my me time.

    Best wishes

    01.26.18Reply
  7. Kari says:

    Love, love, love this!!! A little echo-y – is that a word?!!! Can’t wait for the next one 🙂

    01.30.18Reply
  8. Creedance says:

    Thank you for doing this post Eva! I watched it during my 330 am feeding with my newborn and am DREAMING about getting a somewhat decent stretch of sleep out of my little guy ugh!!!! Keep the videos coming! I love them! Thank you!!!

    02.01.18Reply