Today was a crappy day. I didn't get much sleep after dealing with all 3 kids up during the night for various reasons and found myself scrunched up like a pretzel trying to catch some shut-eye in between their 3 squirmy, bed-hogging bodies and that of our 65 lb dog, the ultimate bed hog, who … Continue reading Fitness, Wellness & Forgiveness: Cutting the Crap, Forgiving Yourself and Moving the F On!
I had 2 things on my agenda for this weekend: Buy the kiddos new sneakers and commit to officially potty-training our almost 3 year old, Mr. C. It's hard to say which task would be more challenging! After trying reward stickers (and removing stickers from the toilet, floor and furniture), treats like a Cadbury mini egg … Continue reading No Use Crying over Pee-Soaked UNISEX Sneakers
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
Today I feel a darkness in spite of the blue sky and bright sunshine outside. My heart is broken for a family I don't know. My stomach is sick for a father and child whose lives have been destroyed. I have wept for a mother on the other side of our beautiful country who has … Continue reading Holding my Babies a Little Closer: Thinking of Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette
"Mommy, what is that?" she said, pointing at one of my stretch marks. "It's called a stretch mark." I replied, unsure of how to explain this one to her. "A stret shark?" she asked.