Sometimes it IS that bad.

May 27, 2015 by

I am sitting on my front steps with my head in my hands taking deep breaths, trying to stop shaking.  My neighbor drives by and says, “Is it really that bad?”  I throw up my hands, “Yes!”

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I had originally planned on writing about something sweet and kind, something about my lovely children, something about the joys of motherhood.  And then this L O N G Memorial Day weekend happened and I just don’t have it in me. 

 

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For this unofficial start of the summer weekend, we had a ton of fun, kid-oriented activities planned.  The weather was fabulous.  It should have been a picture perfect family weekend.  And there were wonderful moments (that you know I captured for Facebook world) but there were also hours (and hours) of cranky, whiney, misbehaving, clingy, bored kids.  I can’t tell you how many times I lost it with my older son.  I never knew I had it in me to yell like I did.  Then, of course, the guilt overwhelms me and I hug him and apologize.  Then he does something naughty again and I lose it again.  This cycle played out for three very long days.

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5 Reasons I Want Your Kids At My House

May 1, 2015 by

When my son was little we would often host playdates. Sometimes we’d have two or three kids over at a time  – especially in the summer when the kids would spend all morning or afternoon splashing in a kiddie pool or playing in the sandbox. Not every playdate was a success  – we had our share of tears, scraped knees and elbows, and even one kid who decided to lick the windows in my living room (don’t ask…). Now that my son is getting close to being a teen, I’m really happy that we always had an open door policy when it comes to friends.  In fact, there are five very important reasons why inviting kids to get comfortable at our house is important to me – here they are…

1. I know my son’s friends.  Peers are the most influential people in your child’s life. Knowing who he’s hanging out with – and being influenced by – is of paramount importance for parents of teens.

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8 Things All Moms Know To Be True

Jan 16, 2015 by

There was a time that you thought it was just you.  It was only your kids who behaved this way or these things only happened to you. Then you started talking to other moms and you realized these truths were universal. Don’t ask why…they just are.

shoes

As soon as you buy a pair of shoes, their feet are guaranteed to grow. It’s inevitable, every time I buy my son a pair of shoes, two weeks later he comes home complaining that they are too tight.  It doesn’t matter that he was measured and professionally fitted for the sneakers or shoes, or that we left “room to grow in the toe.”

polite kid

Your kids behave better for other people than they do for you. “Your son is so polite! He is such a pleasure!” While I love hearing that from other people, I wish he would demonstrate those same qualities at home as often as he does outside the home.

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10 Things that Defined My Role as a Mom (So Far)

Jan 9, 2015 by

My son just turned 12 – this is the final year before I’m the parent of a teenager. If that’s not a wake-up call, I don’t know what is. Every year, on the morning of his birthday, we have a big breakfast of his choosing – usually some sort of chocolate chip-studded pancake – this year it was a little more sophisticated (apple pancakes with caramel sauce), which was completely befitting of his late-tween status.  While my mom (who is the most amazing cook in the world), was whipping up the aforementioned pancakes, my husband created a birthday placemat with a picture of our son as a baby juxtaposed with a current photo.  I cried. How could this little baby have grown up so fast?  It happens right before your eyes and you don’t even see it. Maybe that’s a good thing, because if parents were aware of how quickly their kids grew up and away from them, they would probably hold on that much tighter.  That’s the thing about being a mom or a dad, your job is to raise your children to leave you and it happens slowly from the moment they are born. Along the way, you learn a whole lot about yourself – and I can guarantee you won’t always like what you see. There are, however, moments throughout the journey, equally good and not-so-great, that have defined my role as a parent…here are my top 10.

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Motherhood: the Good, the Gross, and Everything in Between

Jan 6, 2015 by

Last night I was in full-blown Super Mom mode, multi-tasking like a pro.  Seriously, you should have seen me: feeding the baby, playing with my three-year old, changing diapers, preparing clothes and food for the next day, all while cooking a New Year’s resolution-inspired healthy dinner for Hub and me.  Then in a second it all changed.

 The baby started crying, I picked him up and…

 Explosive diarrhea.  Projectile vomit.  EVERYWHERE.

I stood there in shock for a moment, dripping from head to toe in puke (not even an exaggeration; I have never seen so much bodily fluid come out of someone so tiny).  I looked down at him and he looked up at me.  He looked so scared, so I just held him to my chest as he grasped my soaked shirt.  I held him tight, kissed his wet hair and sticky cheek and promised him he was alright.  Mommy’s here, everything is ok baby.  In that brief, vomit-drenched moment, making him feel safe was all that mattered.  Shhh my baby boy, I got you….shhh.

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