Is My Mothers’ Intuition Full of Crap?

Mar 30, 2015 by

Husband out of town. Family in Florida. Youngest child wakes in the middle of the night with a high fever. I bring the fever down with medicine and everything looks better in the morning. But then by the afternoon, her fever spikes back up and she’s having very bad stomach pain on and off. Do I head to the emergency room or wait it out? Who will watch my older child? After talking to our on call doctor, I decide it’s better to be safe than sorry. They mention it could be an appendicitis. She’s also been having trouble going lately, but she just went #2 yesterday, so does that mean constipation is unlikely? And, what’s with the fever?

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How Yoga Teacher Training Made Me a Better Mom

Mar 16, 2015 by

Back when I only had one kid, I did something amazing and I did it just for me. I gifted myself 10 months and 200 hours of yoga teacher training. My daughter was only 14 months old when the training began and I was working over 32 hours a week. Fitting in a weekend away from my family once a month for 10 months was a big deal for me and for my family. I could not have done this without my husband’s support. With the other students, we formed a sangha at my favorite local yoga studio and I decided to devote some time to better myself. I wanted to learn about yoga, I wanted to deepen my practice, work my body and learn about myself.

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Day in the Life of a Working Mom: Photo Edition

Mar 2, 2015 by

Wake up at 5am (6am on weekends) and check sleep tracker. College Jenn would not believe how Mom Jenn can survive on such terrible sleep.

Wake up at 5am (6am on weekends!) and check sleep tracker. College Jenn would not believe how Mom Jenn can survive on such terrible sleep (5x awake and 16x restless).

Try to catch a few extra Z's by bringing the kids into our bed.

Try to catch a few extra Z’s by bringing the kids into our bed.

After getting up at 5am, take a shower, put last night's dishes away, feed the dog, make breakfast, get dressed, wake the kids up at 6am, get the kids dressed, teeth brushed, potty and out the door by 6:45am. Feel like you've run a marathon by 7am. Breakfast in the car!

Take a shower, put last night’s dishes away, feed the dog, make breakfast, do the dishes, get dressed, wake the kids up at 6am, get the kids dressed, teeth brushed, potty and out the door. Feel like you’ve run a marathon by 7am. Breakfast in the car! Half hour commute singing in the car with the girls.

Drop the kids off at school as quickly as possible without pushing them out of the car at the curb. Running late for work AGAIN.

Drop the kids off at school as quickly as possible without pushing them out of the car at the curb. Running late for work AGAIN.

Spend eight hours at a job I love having lots of grown up conversations. Choose when and where to eat lunch and who I want to eat it with. Eat lunch in complete silence if I choose.

Spend eight hours at a job I love having lots of grown up conversations. Choose when and where to eat lunch and who I want to eat it with. Eat lunch in complete silence if I choose.

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How To Tell If Your Kids Are Lying?

Feb 23, 2015 by

A rare (and posed) sight

A rare (and posed) sight

My kids have gotten into this great groove playing together. They have been known to disappear into one of their bedrooms, close the door and play alone for a good amount of time. Sometimes I hear that tell tale screeching that tells me the older one is doing something the younger one does not like at all. I know I’m in trouble when I see them walking away quickly and I hear my four year old say quietly to my two year old, “You’re right, that’s a great idea, let’s go do that!” I usually let them run with whatever they’re planning. It often involves building things or playing some sort of pretend. These kids have great imaginations and haven’t done anything irreversible yet. I now the drawing on walls, furniture or carpet or an unexpected haircut might come some day.

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What Makes Me Happy This Week

Feb 16, 2015 by

I’m a big fan of a good old list, so this week I’m cutting myself a break from deep thoughts (yeah, right) and making a gratitude list. I’m theming it a bit – it will be things that make my crazy life feel just a little bit easier and joy filled. Here goes nothing.

  • Grocery pickup. I’m a little too cheap for grocery delivery, because you have to pay the delivery fee and then the tip on top of that, but grocery pickup is under $5 (no tips allowed!) and you don’t have to get the kids out of the car. I seriously wish I could do all my errands via drive through. You have to think that you’ll save at least the fee by not going in and deviating from the list. The produce might not be exactly what you’d choose and you’ll surely stump them with canned coconut milk, but it’s worth a try on a particularly nutso week.
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