Quality Time with my Girl

Aug 29, 2014 by

This past week, I followed in some of my fellow bloggers footsteps, by spending more quality, one-on-one time with my daughter. It felt rewarding and fulfilling to “just be.” From taking long walks in the morning and evening, to coloring and making special treats for the week, it really was so nice just to give my daughter all of my attention and energy. The laundry and dishes piled up and the dog hair piles grew on the floor, but you know what, who cares, because I had a blast with her.

I recently read somewhere that moms “rush through each moment.” We do this in an effort to stay sane and keep whatever amount of energy we have left going, but at what cost? I often rush through each moment too, rushing through bath, rushing to get her dressed, fed, rushing to get her out the door for doctor appointments, and to be quite honest, it has to be super annoying and frustrating for her, as it is for me.

“It’s all about the Tiger Growl”

Aug 22, 2014 by

Our 2 ½ year old was going through (I hope it’s over) an age appropriate phase of biting and hitting. It began a few months ago when she bit her BFF at daycare, how upsetting right?! It broke my heart that she would hurt her friend and even though daycare doesn’t disclose who bites your child, since I knew the mother well, I decided to talk with her about it in front of both girls.

I went up to the mother with M and apologized for her behavior and asked the little girl how she felt after she was bitten. As I was talking to the mother and daughter, M was looking at her BFF the whole time. I looked down and said, “What’s wrong M?.” She said “I sorry for biting my friend.” I then told her how proud I was of her for understanding how sad her friend was.

Trusting Your Child

Aug 8, 2014 by

Last week was probably the hardest week our family has ever had. Our daughter kept complaining that it burned “down below” after she urinated. We immediately took her to a walk in clinic, which of course occurred at 8:00 p.m. These “emergencies” never occur pre 5:00 p.m., it would just be too convenient.

We walked in and the doctor asked me what was wrong, in which I directed him to our two-year old who clearly can state how she’s feeling. After she told him what was wrong, he said, “There’s no way at two-years old that she has a UTI, it’s just too unlikely.” He told us that most likely it was a cut or just a phase she was going through.

“One and done” or “Two and Through”?

Jul 25, 2014 by

Our daughter is already 2 ½ years old and lately I have been feeling some pressure, not from anyone in particular, to think about having another child. One side of me is happy with just her, yet the other side wants to have another. Maybe it’s because I don’t want her to experience the negatives of being an only child like me.

Don’t get me wrong, there were many, wonderful times when I enjoyed being an only child, such as getting spoiled as a little girl and having my own room. However, as I grew older, I became lonely and really wanted a “permanent friend.” My parents are not getting any younger, in fact, they are starting to have health issues (none serious thank God), and it’s a lot of mental pressure to be the only one taking care of them. I wish I had a sibling to lean on and share personal things with, that only siblings understand.

Keeping the Romance Alive

Jul 18, 2014 by

Two years into this parenting gig and the hubby and I are really working hard at keeping the romance alive. From date nights to surprise bouquets of flowers and everything else between the sheets, the loving is great!

WAIT! Did I just write that while I was dreaming? That isn’t my reality, mine is much different.

Let me break it down for you. Unfortunately, being a parent takes a toll on your romance. It makes finding time for just the two of you that much harder. Long gone are the times of being caught up in the moment and there’s nothing wrong with that. I think we as women, put so much pressure on ourselves to keep the romance alive and when we see that it’s not as easy as it used to be, we clam up and get frustrated with ourselves.

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