I Cannot Emphasize Enough How Much Your Life Will Change with a Mother’s Helper

May 22, 2015 by

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No.

That moment when you smack your head after realizing that you could have saved yourself literally years of agony if you had only decided long, long ago to have someone come to your house in the morning to help get the kids ready for school, amirite?

If you haven’t had the pleasure of knowing this experience, let me lay it out for you:  having a part-time nanny or similarly situated individual come to your house to make your children go pee, get them dressed, and give them something to eat besides a half-eaten Wendy’s Frosty you find in your freezer is SO GREAT.

Yesterday, I dragged myself out of bed at 6:30 and made myself some coffee.  Our newly appointed mother’s helper (or parent’s helper, or child care assistant, etc., for the political correctness-minded among you) let herself in the house to wake my sleeping munchkins while I enjoyed my shower.

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Primary Breadwinner guilt

May 22, 2015 by

So as you all know I have been the primary breadwinner for a while, and in the last year the only working parent in our household. Before my second child Mabel was born my husband and I mutually spoke about having him stay home since daycare is atrocious and he was working so much as a chef he was never home and missed our first born son. He basically figured out that the promotion I got we could cover the bills if we tightened our reigns a bit.

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To my friends…

May 21, 2015 by

I miss you all. I miss my friends that I don’t see all the time. I miss my high school friends, college friends, my sorority sisters, my tennis, soccer and softball friends, my ski buddies, my law school friends, my work friends and local friends a lot. I know facebook allows for that long distance connection, but I still miss a lot of the in-person communications, the stories, the experiences, the laughs, the tears, etc. Since motherhood, work and just life in general have gotten in the way of physically keeping in touch, I’ve had a lot of guilt about not making time for more of my friends. I have sorority sisters that live an hour or so away that I haven’t seen in FOREVER. I have 10 law school friends all living within a few miles of each other and I haven’t seen them since graduation.

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Three Generations of Pure Love

May 21, 2015 by

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Look at us.  I mean just LOOK.  AT.  US. 

Often, well, no, strike that…. Every Time someone looks at a picture of me and Livvy, I hear, “Oh Wow!!  She really is your Mini Me!!”  And I smile a sheepish smile, nod my head, and say, “Yep!  Just like lookin’ in a mirror!”

Which is why I simply could not resist sharing this mini-me-ness with you all! My mom, Livvy, and me, on Mother’s Day.  All the ducks in a row.  And you want to talk about looking in a mirror, look at this- it’s like Guy Smiley episode of “Here is Your Life!”

So, on the heels of this epic Mother’s Day photo shoot, I present to you, Livvy, your very own quick version of Here is Your Life!

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Our Prenatal Testing Story

May 20, 2015 by

If you’ve been following me on here for any length of time, you know that I have a daughter who has Down syndrome and that she was diagnosed at birth.  She was my first child and her little brother is my last.  I knew nothing when I was pregnant with her.  I read all sorts of books… but I knew nothing.

My first prenatal appointment
I went by myself to meet with the midwife.  She asked all sorts of questions about family medical history, diseases that run in our families, etc.  She had a gigantic built-in bookshelf behind her.  No overhead light – just a dim table lamp on her desk.

What are your thoughts on prenatal testing?  We can test for a wealth of conditions with a few minimally invasive tests.
– No, thanks.
Decide now. If you’re going to accept whatever God gives you, don’t have the tests done. If not, do all the tests. There’s no half way – don’t do some and not the others.
– Ok.
So what you’re saying is you’ll take whatever you get.
– Yes.
No prenatal testing.
– Exactly.

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Birthdays

May 20, 2015 by

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So…my birthday is coming up. I met this fabulous woman in graduate school who absolutely loved her birthday. She would begin reminding us about her birthday several months in advance and when it finally arrived she would be a ray of sunshine all day long. She turned her birthday into an excuse for ALL of us who knew her to have a good day. Even now, with many (many) years and lots of miles between us I remember her birthday before Facebook tells me and I smile for her because I know she has found a way to make her day great. I’m envious of the people who are around her that day.

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Five things I’ve stopped feeling guilt over. #unfiltered

May 20, 2015 by

I really do wish someone had clued me into the fact that as a parent there are tons of things you end up feeling guilt over.  I had no idea.  Granted, a lot of that guilt comes as a reaction to the judgement (perceived or otherwise) of those around us but nonetheless, the guilt is out there.  And then there’s all that personal guilt.  Will I ever lose the last 5 pounds?  Will I ever be organized?  It’s enough to drive a woman mad.  Thankfully, in my old age wisdom I’ve learned that there are some things that just aren’t worth feeling guilty about anymore.

1. My skincare/beauty routine. I’ve reached the fine age where acne and wrinkles are neighbors on  my face.  Lovely.  Although also not something I can waste my time on anymore.  And let’s not talk about the caterpillar eyebrows.  Who knows the last time those guys were properly waxed or plucked.  And I honestly don’t remember the last time I shaved my legs. #truth But seriously? Whatever.

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