The Daycare Dilemma

Jul 2, 2015 by

Last week, for reasons out of anyone’s control, our childcare fell through, sending us into a bit of a tailspin.  I was facing a pile of reports to write and a quickly looming deadline, so I had no choice but to work nights after my kids went to sleep and on the weekend. I was exhausted. Even though this is a seemingly normal challenge facing working families everyday, it really was a wake-up call for me that has caused me to do a lot of soul searching.  It made me realize that perhaps my childcare situation is no longer working as well as I need it to. Since we do not have family that live close by, or any back-up people in place when our childcare falls through, either my husband or I need to stay home from work, or change our work schedule around, or ask a colleague to cover for us. And now it is just getting too tiring for us to do that, not to mention it disrupts everyone’s schedules.

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Has Texting Replaced Talking?

Jun 17, 2015 by

Texting has become ingrained in our daily lives over the past few years. I am a little slow with technology when I want to be, so I have to say I have dragged my feet in having the text be my first and preferred point of contact with work colleagues, friends, and even family members.  I still pick up the phone and call people, but I can tell by the sound of their voice (or voicemail) that many prefer the text over a phone call.  I am not sure if I am ready to have the text replace good old-fashioned verbal communication or face-to-face conversation, so I thought I would examine the pros and cons of texting today.

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Pros of Texting

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Birthday Party Stream of Consciousness #unfiltered

May 6, 2015 by

I’m not much use these days. All I have on my mind is my daughter’s upcoming birthday bash at our house. Her first real kid party, with her real live friends. I am a kid party rookie. It is so exciting and nerve wracking at the same time. So please allow me to empty the contents of my brain #unfiltered here in this blog post today. Thanks.

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One month out I realize Mia’s birthday is around the corner. She’s 5! How the heck did that happen? Oh shit, she wants a party. I love party planning! But I am in middle of the craziest, busiest, most stressful time at work. And we have never really done a kids party before. Eeek. Suck it up and throw your daughter a fun party, she deserves it! Ok. Do I do written invites? What kind? Where do I buy them? Do I have to write them all out and look up addresses? I only have Christmas stamps!!! Screw it – Evite it is!

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Reconnecting With My Daughter

Apr 22, 2015 by

Parenting is a delicate balance.  Since we had our second child 14 months ago, hubby and I have managed to survive via the whole divide and conquer parenting method. My husband is the one who tends mostly to my older daughter’s needs and I spend most of my time making sure the baby doesn’t wander off into traffic or something.

Rare moment with all four of us.

Rare moment with all four of us.

But lately I feel myself a little distanced from my daughter.  It seems this mode of divide and conquer survival in our home has unintentionally created a slight family divide and I miss my girl.  My firstborn. The one I carried in my belly for nine months and nurtured through infancy to now while a scared shitless first time mom. And I know she misses me. So I have started to spend more time reconnecting with her in various ways:

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My Everyday Courage

Apr 8, 2015 by

Today was a pretty poopy day. A runny, poopy diaper kind of day.  Sorry to be so graphic, but it really did stink. After a wonderful weekend away visiting family over the Easter holiday, coming back home to reality was rough. All day, I felt like I was being pecked at from every direction by my responsibilities. After about the 12th negative electronic communication, I tossed my phone away and just wanted to give up on all of the projects I have been working on. I felt like Tippi Hedren’s character in the Alfred Hitchcock movie, “The Birds.”

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As I was staring out the family room window watching the rain fall and feeling sorry for myself, I noticed a cardinal pecking around our yard. Instead of running for cover, I gazed at its bold, red color that seemed to glow through the bare trees, adding illumination to the dreariest of days.  This bird seemed to emanate strength and courage as he flew around doing his thing, answering to no one, doing what he could to survive.

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