Parenting Without Parents

Mar 25, 2015 by

My entrance into this world was a bit controversial. My parents were well into middle age when they had me.  My father was 57 and my mom, 44 years young. Sure this may not be uncommon now, but back in the late 1970s, this was completely unheard of.  In fact, my mom’s doctor, upon delivering the news of her pregnancy and thinking I was an “Oops Baby,” said he could “take care of it” if my parents wanted. He was concerned about the health risks associated with her having a baby later in life. My mother was horrified at the thought and told him that she intentionally set out to have a sibling for my sister, who was almost five at the time. My parents beat the odds and the conventional wisdom at the time and had me anyway.

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Up All Night

Mar 11, 2015 by

It was one of those days.  Not enough hours in the day to be a fully-present parent, fully-functioning worker, and fully-attentive wife.  At 9 pm there was still work to be done, despite having started my day 14.5 hours ago. There was still so much work to be done.  Meetings to be scheduled.  Emails to be returned.  Tomorrow’s work day to be planned out. Blog posts to write.  A fabulous Spring Gala for my daughter’s school that I have to plan.  And of course, the next day was our turn to bring snack in for the whole class.  And there were still children to feed, bathe, love, and put down to sleep.  And dishes to wash and well, you get the picture.

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With Age, Comes Wisdom: Embracing the Art of Aging

Feb 25, 2015 by

It’s official! I am getting older. Those pesky grays are sneaking in quicker than before, and I am starting to notice a laugh line (or two). Even though I have been an adult for close to twenty years now (gasp), I have always been a big believer that age is a state of mind. And rather than dwelling on the negative parts of maturing, I am trying my very best to embrace it!

Right?

Right?

*I am learning to say no a whole lot more.

*I have chosen not to pursue certain paths that would have a negative impact on my family’s quality of life.

*I have learned to be kind to my body. It is by no means perfect, but it is strong and has given me two healthy pregnancies and two beautiful children.

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Pumping at Work

Feb 11, 2015 by

This may sound strange, but…I don’t mind pumping at work. I know pumping is not easy. In fact, if you take a poll of most women who pump, Im sure 9.75 out of 10 women hate it.  I feel you.  There’s the million pump parts that you have to sterilize every friggin’ night; you feel like a cow; you worry about leaking through your blouse; and it is time consuming.  Moms just do not have any time at all.  While I am not a fan of pumping per se, I have to say I do not mind the two times I do it at work. Any other time though, and I would rather poke my eyes out.

Here’s why I like to pump at work:

It is my little rest time because at work I am on my feet all.day.long.

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Motherhood is Full of Defining Moments

Jan 28, 2015 by

 

Oh these two!!!

Oh these two!!!

Ahhh, motherhood.  Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out and that you can work through the challenging parts because you’ve toughened up or even lightened up, something ALWAYS goes awry to make life more of what I refer to as “excruciatingly exciting.”  I have pondered this whole month about what my defining parenting moment has been, but have had a tough time pinning down just one. You see, I think every day we are faced with numerous defining moments or learning experiences. Some large, some small. Some lessons stay with you and some you forget because once you learn from them they become ingrained in your everyday parenting.

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