Stop and smell the…dinner on the floor

May 22, 2015 by

I hate to admit it, but many of my days I’m just going through the motions.  Survival mode.  Sure, we have our share of fun and play time but, at the end of a long work day, there are times when I barely have enough energy for dinner and the bedtime routine.  Routine is exactly what it has become; biding my time until I can put Lenny to bed so I can have an hour or two to of “me time” before going to bed myself and doing it all over again the next day.  To say it out loud like that makes me sound like a miserable person and a terrible mom, and I know that I’m neither.  I’m just a tired, busy mom who sometimes forgets how to slow down and find little moments of joy in my day.

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Nursing a toddler

May 4, 2015 by

First of all I never, not in a million years, thought I’d ever have a reason to say that. I’m nursing a toddler.

My goals for breastfeeding early on in my pregnancy were simple. I’ll try to make it to a year, then I’ll be sure to want my body back. I was well aware of how hard breastfeeding could be, and that obstacles could lie in our way, but I thought one year was pretty generous. After all, before getting pregnant my thoughts on breastfeeding were closer to those of a teenage boy: you want me to do what from where?

I had seen my sister nurse her daughter until two and a half. I admired her for it–and I didn’t think I ever could do it. Certainly I wouldn’t still be nursing a child who could ask for it by name?  I just never thought that would be me.

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Celebrating our family of three

Apr 24, 2015 by

This week is National Infertility Awareness Week. This time two years ago, we happened to be right in the middle of our IVF cycle. The struggle of infertility was not just fresh in our minds, but rather it was something we were living and breathing every day, with every injection given and received. This time two years ago, I talked about Infertility Awareness Week to spread the word, changed my Facebook cover photo to promote awareness and, heck, I even had a piece published in the Huffington Post in honor of the week.  This year?  If a friend hadn’t pointed it out, I would have missed it entirely. 

It’s not that I’ve forgotten about our infertility, not by any means. In fact, it’s been on my mind more often recently.

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It’s just a phase

Apr 6, 2015 by

 

Photo credit I View Photography.

Photo credit I View Photography.

This phrase has become my mantra lately, mainly because, as I look back on the short time I’ve been a mom so far, short is exactly what it is.

Remember that time when it seemed baby gear would forever be furniture to trip over in our living room and dining room?  It was just a phase.

Or when we’d fill up entire dishwasher loads with only bottles and pump parts?  Also just a phase.

Or when we thought we’d never get another good night’s sleep ever again?  For the most part, thank goodness, JUST A PHASE.

I try to remind myself of this during the hard times, like now that we’ve entered the tantrum-from-out-of-nowhere zone, or when a simple diaper change takes an entire team effort/army of distractions/shameless bribes, or how we’ve fought every sickness known to daycare moms this winter. These too shall pass. And good riddance.

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Date night

Mar 23, 2015 by

Last month, my husband and I finally planned a date night, for the first time since Lenny was born.  The big plan was to have Lenny stay overnight at Grandma and Grandpa’s for the first time ever, and we were going to go out for dinner and actually get a good night’s sleep. It was simple enough, and we were counting on it to work.

 

The day of, my husband and I were texting all day about our dinner plans. What kind of food did we feel like? Should we try a new place or one of our old favorites? It was exciting to make plans knowing we could do whatever we wanted and not feel obligated to be home at a certain time, and knowing that we could stay out without the possibility of a baby waking up during the night looming over our heads.

 

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