The New Normal for Milestones

Aug 26, 2015 by

Yesterday, my husband and I celebrated our eighth wedding anniversary.  It also marks a decade since we first met. We celebrated by starting my son in a new daycare and going to my daughter’s Meet and Great at her new school.  We finished off the night by cleaning up the gazillion toys thrown around the family room, washing the dishes, and jointly changing one of the grossest poop diapers my son has ever created.  To say that marriage has changed after children, is an understatement.

To be fair, we did go out for drinks and appetizers after my daughter’s school event.  But I was too full from the giant bowl of ice cream I ate at school, to eat or drink at the restaurant.  Somehow I managed to down a glass of Prosecco, but then I could feel myself getting sleepy and practically face planting on the lovely restaurant linens.

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The Secret to a Happy Vacation

Aug 12, 2015 by

Since becoming a mom five years ago, one of my biggest challenges has been trying to figure out how to “do” family vacations. Things changed so much with the birth of our daughter and then the addition of my son brought with it twice as many things to pack and another little human to look out for. We also go on yearly family vacations with my husband’s side of the family too, so over the years it has become difficult (and a little frustrating) to make everyone happy. Last year, I felt a bit overwhelmed. I was clueless as to how to make my immediate family happy, while still spending quality time with the family members we do not get to see that often. It was a delicate balance that I just could not seem to strike. But I think this is the year I have finally realized that the most critical element to making vacations enjoyable and happy for all (including mom) is to: Keep it simple!

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Fun Family Vacation?

Jul 29, 2015 by

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OK, OK. This is not going to be another one of my posts where I talk about vacations with small children as being torturous and a true test of human fortitude. Instead, I am actually enjoying my vacation this year.

This year, we brought along our 14-year-old niece and 11-year-old nephew to “help” out with our kids. Our expectations are very low, and we know we were taking a gamble on being responsible for four young, volatile human beings. But it was a risk worth taking to have two extra people to keep our five-year-old daughter entertained (she adores her cousins, most of the time).

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Life Lessons Learned From the Stomach Bug

Jul 15, 2015 by

Sorry, gross topic here, but our little family got slammed by the evil bug on the Fourth of July.  We had our own set of fireworks bursting every few hours for about eight days straight.  It.was.awful.  And hello, the flu in July?!?!  We were so lucky all year.  But hey, that’s life.  Kids were not meant to be raised in bubbles. And you know you get to learn some good parenting lessons along the barfy path of life like:

*The sanitary setting on washing machines were specifically created for families with small children.

*Never take a simple outing like a trip to the park for granted again.  Heck, even going for a short walk without carrying barf bowls around is pretty fantastic.

*Access to a variety of safe and healthy food is truly a blessing.  When all you have lived on for a week are toast and bananas, food is miraculous.

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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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