“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.

Tackling Toddler Tantrums

Jul 11, 2014 by

Moving, unpacking and remodeling a house will even make an adult have a tantrum. Add a two-year-old into the mix and for the past few weeks it’s been tantrum town at our house.

The days were much longer and the nights passed by so quickly, before we knew it, it was morning again.

Sipping my coffee last weekend I came up with a strategy for tackling these tantrums. While I knew it would be hard, given so much recent activity and change in our family, I was determined to give it a try.

I thought about the best way to handle it and for me, talking about my feelings makes everything better and maybe it would for my two-year old.

I sat our daughter down outside and said that I needed to talk with her about something. I told her that sometimes I see she gets frustrated and upset and even mad at mommy and that while it makes me sad it’s completely normal and OK.

Loss of Words

Jun 27, 2014 by

Moms, how often do you have weeks where you’re just so busy that you have no time to think? Well, for me, it’s this week.

Between living in the midst of house renovations, to unpacking and attempting to keep our daughter and dog on a schedule as to not FREAK out in a new house, I am just at a loss of words.

It’s exciting, it’s great, it’s a fun time for our family and I get that. However, I just need a few minutes so I can think and breath. Looking forward to vacation later this summer.

So, this week’s post, doesn’t really have a topic, rather it’s just my rambling thoughts from this week. See below:

-        I apologize in advance to our new neighbors – hope they don’t think we are too country for washing our fruit with our front yard garden hose!

Planning a House Renovation

Jun 13, 2014 by

While the past three weeks have been insanely busy and draining, it has been extremely rewarding and gratifying. At least three hours each night we work on the new house and on the weekends we average thirty hours! Between ripping out floors to demoing a kitchen and painting nine rooms in three weeks, we’ve done it all.

The reason for this is the great support system we created months before start of construction. There is not enough preparing one can do for such an undertaking. However, for those of you who are thinking about or actually in the middle of a major house renovation please see my tips below for a smoother process.

  mike4

-        At least a month in advance, create a babysitter schedule that includes the dates/times of the confirmed sitter. Make sure you always have someone as a backup in case the primary sitter cancels.

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