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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Gratitude for Connecticut Children’s Medical Center

Feb 25, 2015 by

Almost three weeks ago, I arrived home from work to a happy, active three year old who was excitedly planning what kind of cookies we’d bake for our family movie night that evening. Literally one hour later, my poor little guy was on the floor sobbing that his tummy hurt. Trying to not be “that mom” who rushes to the ER with every tiny thing, I headed to my local urgent care clinic, figuring they’d send me home with maybe a virus diagnosis. I had no idea what lay ahead.

For me, the night took a scary turn when the urgent care doctor advised that I start driving to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center right away, or if I’d rather, he’d call us an ambulance. Um, what? I was waiting for the “bland diet and keep him hydrated” speech! I opted to drive, and texted my husband to meet us there. At this point, I was thinking maybe the urgent care doctor was just being cautious, or at worst, maybe my son had appendicitis.

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The Pie is Big Enough

Feb 24, 2015 by

Not too long ago, I wrote about deciding not to continue grad school. Up to the decision, there was a lot of internal dialogue about whether I should or shouldn’t. Two months later, I have no regrets about my decision. Ultimately, it came from my gut. Your gut always tells the truth. Even when it tells you stuff you don’t want to hear.

While in school, I was short-fused and perpetually strapped for time. It was hard to acknowledge this while in the eye of the storm. I told myself other women had done it, and there would be sacrifices to make, and that if I just put my head down I’d be fine. The demands on my time as a mom, wife, employee, and student led me to seek out yet another role – as a therapy patient.

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The Mom-tourage

Feb 24, 2015 by

I need an assistant. I would get so much more done and have a clear mind to be present-actually BE in the moment-if someone would just take care of all the stuff on my to-do list. A while back, I posted a list of what every Super Mom needs. I think I’m done with trying to be a Super Mom. I have a new idea: I need a Mom-tourage–A team of people dedicated to making me look good at this parenting thing.

Here are the positions I am looking to fill. Of course these would be volunteer spots, because if I could afford to pay them, I wouldn’t need them…Besides, being in an entourage, even the Mom-tourage, is cool. Just ask these guys:

Photo: Imdb.com

Photo: Imdb.com

Chef– I was browsing Pinterest the other day and damn, there were some good-looking meals on there. Healthy ones too. If I had a chef, my family would stand a chance of seeing these meals hit the dinner table. OOOH, and one who does dishes too!

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Camp Season! Wait, what?

Feb 24, 2015 by

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Yes, you heard me right. It’s camp season. That is, the season for researching and registering for camps for the summer. As any working parent of school aged children knows, organizing the upcoming summer starts months in advance and takes a lot of planning and coordinating. If I hadn’t been given a heads up about the prep that goes into planning for summer from a working mom I know, last summer would have been a disaster. It is that vein that I pass it on.

There are many factors to consider when planning for camp in the summer. What weeks do you need care? Where are your kid’s friends attending camp? And last, but certainly not least, how does the camp fit into your budget and schedule. The longer I have a kid in elementary school, the more I realize that the school day and calendar is not conducive to the schedule of a full time, 8 hour job, so planning ahead is essential.

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Sports, a bridge to a healthy life!

Feb 24, 2015 by

Fitness has become an important part of my families’ life. My wife and I have committed to giving each other the time we need to exercise. In fact, the most acceptable excuse for a change to ‘the schedule’ is to catch a workout. Spring through early winter consists of a series of outdoor adventures where we increasingly challenge our children to hike, bike, and swim a little more than they did last year. Selfishly, the more independent they become the move activities we can do as a family and any chance to spend time together outside is golden.

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Embraceable ME

Feb 24, 2015 by

I am having a great deal of trouble embracing my chronological age.  Recently I started taking Chair Yoga – not because I’m old, of course, but because I have bad knees.  I looked around the class and thought, “Wow, I am the baby of this group.   These women are all elderly, with white hair.”  When I learned their actual ages, to my surprise I was NOT the baby of the group at all.   I was kind of in the middle.  So if THEY seemed elderly to me, then I must be elderly, too.  Mere hair coloring cannot mask that fact.

Then my denial gland went into overdrive.  I tried to convince myself that these very nice women never went to hear live rock and roll, and that was why they were elderly whereas I was not.  But then I remembered going to a live show where people in the audience came in wheeling oxygen tanks.  The performer, whose records I bought in 1972, walked out with a cane.  THIS IS MY DEMOGRAPHIC.  Get with the program, Randi.

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