One windy, snowy, late afternoon, just as I had finished picking up our school-aged kiddos from after-school daycare, I buckled them into their car seats then lifted up the front of 2-year old Mr.O's car seat poncho to do the same when suddenly 4 year old Mr. C cried out in horror, "Oh no! That's … Continue reading The Daycare ‘Little Green Guy’ Theft & a ‘Grocery Game’ Mystery: Boys are Both Sweet and Gross
When my sister and my adorable 2 year old nephew and 6 week old niece were in town visiting for the weekend, we decided to take all 5 kiddos to an indoor play place to burn some energy and have some fun! Five year old Miss M asked if she could bring her brand, new … Continue reading Life Lessons from Nova the Unicorn: Learning to be Responsible
Let me start by saying that I am not a food & nutrition expert. In fact, I am quite the rookie in this health, wellness and fitness game. It is for this reason that I am writing this post... because I'm an ordinary, gym/diet quitter who has been a member of every gym in town … Continue reading Eating Clean: 6 Tips for a Developing a Clean Eating Routine that Sticks!
Hello and welcome to My Monkeys, My Circus! I am so very excited to be writing my first blog post on my brand new blog! Yay! My name is Lesley and I am a mom blogger. That has an AAish ring to it, doesn't it? I'm keeping it because that is sort of fitting to … Continue reading Welcome to My Monkeys, My Circus!
It was a perfectly ordinary day. The kids (3.5 year old Miss M, 2.5 year old Mr. C and 5 month old Mr. O) and I had gone to Costco to stock up on some favourite snacks; veggie straws, goldfish crackers, hummus, baby wipes and a few other things that weren't on our list but … Continue reading A Bump on the “Noggin” & a Trip to the Hospital: People are Good.
I can't remember the first time that I heard the expression "It takes a village to raise a child." I'm sure that I've heard it hundreds of times throughout my life and digested it and nodded in agreement with very little thought. I didn't disagree but I also didn't have kids so, "Yes. Sure. I … Continue reading “It Takes a Village to Raise Child” – A Thank You to my Village
With 3 kids, 3 years of age and under, I am often told "I don't know how you do it." Or, "I don't know how you get anything done." Truthfully, sometimes I can't do it and a LOT of times, I really don't get anything done. My kids are always healthy and happy but my … Continue reading Facing the Dark Cloud: Recognizing the Signs of the Post-Baby Blues
It's amazing how the definition of "normal" can change overnight when you become a parent. I'm not sure how or when it happens because I've basically just gone through the motions of life in a sleep-deprived, puffy-eyed fog, but at some point, with a 3 year old, 2 year old and 9 week old, the … Continue reading Parenthood: The Normalization of the Abnormal
This morning a mom in our community has made the local news for the photo she had taken sitting on Santa's lap at the mall while breastfeeding her baby. The look on Santa's face is priceless and the expression on the mother's face as she looks down at her baby boy radiates with love. It … Continue reading Breastfeeding on Santa’s Lap? I’m not ‘That Mom.’
This morning was a crazier morning than normal. I'm now 35 weeks pregnant with our third baby. All I want to do is eat, move around without struggling and sleep. It should have been an easier morning since I had a doctor's appointment so I got to sleep in a bit later but since 3 … Continue reading Motherhood: It’s Not Always Warm & Fuzzy Cuddles: This Mama had a “First” Today that She would like to Forget