Second Chances

Jul 27, 2015 by

I am choosing to write straight from the heart, only because I am reeling from a recent intense, emotional situation. I’m selfishly taking my experience and sharing it openly in hopes of being able to heal and move forward.

As I have written before, I am a single/solo mother. So far, I have been able to create a life where my baby feels secure and loved. He is a great little boy. He is an observer of life and very cautious. He will not jump into any situation until he feels comfortable. He loves openly and honestly, and if he loves you, he will make sure to let you know. He likes to make sure people around him are happy and feel protected, and he loves to have fun.

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Eating my way through pregnancy

Jul 27, 2015 by

I am writing this at 4:00 am.  I am awake because OF COURSE I am awake.  Pregnancy insomnia IS THE GREATEST.  But really, I’m up because my toddler was playing with my keys and somehow managed to program my car to start every 3 hours.  Apparently pregnant me can’t even sleep through a car starting outside.  You can’t make this shit up.

So anyway, I’m up, and I’m thinking and worrying and writing.  And I’m sad.  Because I it’s 4:00 am, and I’m hungry.  You guys, food is really getting me down.  Yesterday my husband thought it would be fun to tease me by showing me a picture of a box of donuts.  I am not even kidding – I almost cried.

I promised myself that this time around I wouldn’t stress so much about my weight.  I promised myself that I would try to eat healthy but not beat myself up for indulging.  Alas, food and I are not friends right now.

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whose life is this anyway?

Jul 27, 2015 by

They say that life takes you in directions you never expected. That’s for sure. If I were to go through my metaphorical wallet, I would find all sorts of membership cards there I never expected to hold, alongside a few that I pursued deliberately.

The desired and sought after:

  • mother
  • partner
  • holder of a university degree
  • and because I didn’t feel done yet, a master’s degree
  • homeowner
  • professional educator
  • gardener
  • avid reader

The surprises, for better or for worse:

  • physically disabled
  • homeschooling parent
  • later, public schooling parent
  • then back to homeschooling again
  • aaaaand back to public school
  • parent of an autistic child
  • artist
  • writer
  • intense reader of food labels and student of bugs
  • autodidact of medications, traditional and holistic
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8 things that happened when my son had a sleepover at Grandma’s

Jul 24, 2015 by

1) Crossed some more items off the to-do list. Yes, multiple items. It felt great, and the house felt cleaner, at least until Lenny got home the next day. It was a glorious 18 hours or so.

 

2) Used the bathroom uninterrupted, and with the door closed for the duration. Heavenly.

 

3) Slept through the night. Lenny has been in a clingy, whiney Mommy Phase lately and has been waking up in the middle of the night. Turns out he slept fine at Grandma’s (of COURSE he did!) and I got some much-needed sleep as well.

 

4) Cooked a meal with multiple steps, which involved multiple pans.

 

5) On second thought, a quick trip for burritos sounded like a better option. A rare night “out” with my honey!

 

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35 Things I’ve Learned in 35 Years

Jul 24, 2015 by

There are certain experiences when people are more likely to reflect on their place in this world, what has been, and what will be: births, deaths, birthdays, birthdays that are nice round numbers, birthdays with particular milestone significance….

A while back CT Working Moms did a series showcasing ‘Lessons Learned’ from each of the bloggers. In honor of my recent birthday, I am resurrecting the idea, but before I drop some knowledge, I would like to take a moment to thank my colleague who often comments that: “you don’t ever age.” Thank you to my friends under the age of 35 who still let me hang with them and make me feel young by association. Thank you to my older friends who make me feel young because, well, I am younger than you – Love ya! Mean it! And to all the bar tenders that will ever card me from this day forward – It is very much appreciated.

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10 Ways You Know Your Kids Are Getting Older

Jul 24, 2015 by

Last Sunday’s hazy, hot, and humid weather was the perfect excuse for us to enjoy a lazy day at the beach. As we sat in our chairs under our umbrella, we watched the families chasing their little tykes and reminding them not to throw sand, walk on the blanket with their sand-caked feet, and desperately trying to wipe the sand off their food after it had been dropped. It brought me right back to when my son was that age – the beach always seemed like a good idea, but it was definitely not the relaxing day that I anticipated – it was work. Of course, there were lots of fun times and happy memories, but I don’t think I actually sat on the beach in those days for more than 5 minutes at a time.

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Parenting Personalities: Type A vs. Type B

Jul 23, 2015 by

When I became a mother in late 2013, my husband already had ten years of being a dad behind him. On top of this experience are our vastly different personalities. I am a pretty classic Type-A person: anxious, impatient, achievement-oriented, perfectionist, and a tendency towards “worst-case scenario” thoughts. My husband is very Type-B: low stress, relaxed, patient, and a bit of a procrastinator. One of his favorite sayings is “I don’t worry about something until there is something to worry about.” Not only do I not understand this mentality, it drives me crazy that he can fully embrace it while I have devoted hours, weeks, months, of my life to worrying. I have it down to an art.

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