Transition equals tranquility… well not exactly!

Jan 28, 2016 by

Transitions are hard, difficult, and tricky… now add a ‘just turned’ two year old and a 7 month old into the mix. Oh my, will our lives ever feel normal and back into a routine? I’ve never been one for a routine.  In the past I’ve gotten bored easily, felt trapped, and life would feel tedious. I now realize with two young boys how much we rely on the need of routine.

We moved into our first home over the past Martin Luther King holiday weekend.  All of us are still getting used to the house, new noises, new shadows, and now the toilet paper is in an awkward spot in the new bathroom. We also transitioned our oldest boy into a ‘big boy’ bed and our youngest into the ‘bigger’ crib and out of our bedroom.  Nights have not been the same. Mornings are all in an uproar trying to function to get out of the door on time. Yet, this past week was much better than the last. I can only see the mornings and evenings becoming easier, because our routine will improve even in the midst of the city of boxes. I have every confidence we will reach that summit of tranquility… ok ok semi-workable flowing mornings!

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Supermama Unmasked

Jan 27, 2016 by

As an avid reader and lover of books, I am often found with my son at the library or bookstore one to two times a week. Sometimes it is for borrowing or purchasing and sometimes just browsing. As I was browsing the discount aisle at my favorite bookstore I noticed a ton of planners and calendars being that the New Year had just started. They had a planner for everyone and everything! (Clever marketing indeed!). The one that I was most upset about by is pictured here. It showed a cute mom and her adorable cartoon daughter on the cover and says Do It All Mom Planner. I laughed and picked it up. I saw that they gave you stickers, To-Do lists, tear off shopping lists and other additional features.

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Working It Out

Aug 20, 2015 by

Last fall, six months after returning from maternity leave, I asked to be considered for a new position at my work. The decision to do so was one that came with some hesitation. Whereas my previous role required little deviation from the standard daytime hours, this new one would require many working nights and occasional trips overnight. The immediate thoughts that popped into my head were telling me this new job was a bad idea:

• How could I even consider such a move with a baby who wasn’t yet a year old and a schedule for our stepchildren that had my husband driving all over for soccer games, school dances, group projects, etc.?
• I should be home every night and all weekend to spend the little free time I have with my child.
• My daughter will grow up resenting me even more now.
YOU ARE BEING SELFISH AT A TIME WHEN YOU SHOULD BE SELFLESS!

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They Are Just Children.

Jul 20, 2015 by

I love my children fiercely. I squeeze them tight and kiss them hard. I expect them to be perfect, because in my eyes they are. Parenting is never done. Human development is never done. I know all too well that I am a work in progress myself. I can make mistakes, I can hurt people, I can make selfish decisions. I don’t know why I feel I’ve failed my children as a mother when they do the same. I have to remind myself, they are just children. It’s not an excuse for not teaching them better, but it is a comfort to know they will learn.

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Navigating Abuse

Jul 13, 2015 by

My inaugural blog post here was going to be an introduction to my life as a mom who is disabled and sometimes works, sometimes can’t, and who sometimes has a funny story to share about trying to chase small children from a wheelchair. But something is weighing on my heart, and I think it’s worth talking about. Baby Aaden lost his life last week, allegedly at the hands of his suicidal father, after his mother attempted and failed to get a protective order renewed for herself and her baby in the Middletown court system.

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