What a Long Strange Trip it’s Been

Feb 4, 2016 by

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The write up in my high school year book featured a quote from one of my favorite Grateful Dead songs.  “I don’t know, don’t really care, let there be songs to fill the air…..” -Ripple.   As is I sit here typing up my last *gasp* CT Working Moms blog posts, I can’t help but think that, yeah, damn, what a long strange trip it’s been.  Old habits die hard, I know, I know…

I began my trip with CT Working Moms after the birth of my son, Jake, who will be FIVE YEARS OLD next week.  *gasp again* This also means it has been five years that I have been on this wild blogger ride.  Five Years!! There’s a lot of history in those years, and a hell of a lot of fun and friendships that have been made and cherished.  If you don’t mind indulging me for a little bit, I’d like to share with you some of my favorite CT Working Moms memories.

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Taking “my” time

Feb 4, 2016 by

Lenny’s birthday was last month, and The Two’s have officially hit us full-force. He is discovering his two-year old world faster and more thoroughly than before and, along with an exploding vocabulary and personality, Lenny has fully transitioned from baby to toddler. With these new developments, Lenny is also more independent than ever before, and the words “no,” “mine,” and even a vehement, stubborn “yes” are commonly heard in our household.

While his world is expanding with the my’s, mine’s and my-do-it’s, mine has seemed to shrink a little. Simple tasks take much longer with an eager little helper. Tantrums are more frequent and exhausting if, heaven forbid, my husband and I are the ones to say “no.” I even have to share the food off of my dinner plate with a curious toddler most nights. So, I’m going to take a page from Lenny’s book and reclaim something that is mine. “My” time.

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Mastering the Visit

Feb 3, 2016 by

I am no expert on nursing homes. But after much trial and error over the last year and a half, I have discovered that, as with many parts of parenting, the key to a successful visit is often based in the preparation. Here are some things that I have found helpful when bringing small children to a nursing home.

Talk it up.
I talk about my mother in our ordinarily life. My children particularly enjoy hearing stories about Nana and me from when I was a strong willed kid. In fact, during our last visit, my daughter told Nana her favorite story about my childhood.

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My 5-Year Old’s Wedding Day

Feb 3, 2016 by

2315_originalI write this blog for my girl so one day when she’s big, she’ll know what our lives were like when she was an itty bitty.  I don’t really know when or in what format I’ll give it to her because who knows how long my blog posts will live on the internet.  (The internet is just a fad, you know.)

Maybe I’ll print it out and make it a little book or maybe I’ll download it to whatever version of the Kindle or iPad exists in the future.  Or maybe by then I’ll be able to beam it directly to her brain.  I’ve been thinking that I want to give it to her on a big day like the one before she gets married.

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5 Reasons Why Business Trips Aren’t Awful

Feb 3, 2016 by

As a fellow mom who loves her children dearly I can appreciate ones’ hesitation when it comes to traveling for work, especially when you’re a natural worrier like me. Will my girls leave the house without brushing their hair? Will my husband pack enough food for my daughter’s lunch and snack? Are we set with all the necessary childcare? Are my kids going to be really upset I’m not going to be home during my trip?

A few months back I accepted a new role at my company that also happens to require more travel. Although it can be tough to leave my babies, traveling for work isn’t really all that bad. Here are 5 reasons why I feel this way and, ironically, I wrote them down while I was on a business trip.

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The Not Anymores and the Not Yets.

Feb 2, 2016 by

My daughter is seven and a half years old.  We’re at a half-way point.  Seven years removed from babyhood, seven years away from life as a full-blown teenager.  I was remarking the other day that there’s really not a lot of excitement going on right now in our lives.  I feel like being seven puts you in the no man’s land of childhood milestones.  Instead of feeling blah about this stage in our lives, I can look with gratitude at what isn’t a big deal anymore and what we don’t have to deal with yet.  We’re in a time of the Not Anymores and the Not Yets.

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The Hardest Choice a Working Mother Must Make

Feb 2, 2016 by

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I am a working mother and I always have been. I took only six weeks off after the birth of my first daughter (thanks to no paid maternity leave) and twelve weeks off after each of the births of my other two daughters (still no paid maternity leave but we were better able to manage). As a special educator I am lucky to have July and August off from work if I so choose although most summers I work at least part-time for either summer school programs or at another, flexible, part-time job.

I work to support my family, of course. My husband and I have always agreed that we would both work hard to provide financial support for our family (it may have even been in our wedding vows). I don’t even remember ever having a conversation suggesting otherwise. I have never planned to not work (and neither has he). It’s part of who I am, I love my career, and I’m proud to successfully juggle a career and motherhood. I read other blog posts listing various challenges of working parenthood and I usually feel as if I’ve got it all handled. My family has never known any differently and I believe my kids are thriving, my home is (mostly) under control, and I give plenty of my best effort to my career.

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