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'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 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
(Note to Self: if ever a contestant on the reality show, Survivor, do NOT pick these two kids as your tribe mates. You will lose... and go batshit crazy. They have been without snacks for approximately 25 minutes and they are losing their minds. Also, they do have water but they don't want water. They want milk. So they would rather be thirsty. Serenity now.)
Less than 5 minutes later, the kids came flying up the stairs "Mommy! Where are you? Where are you, Mommy?" I looked down the hall and saw them stampeding towards me soaking wet, no towels, muddy with bits of grass from the backyard stuck to them. I leaned over and calmly said "Mommy will be out in a minute!", shut the door and locked it.
Yesterday 3 year old Miss M spiked a high fever just after dinner. She had been battling a cold since playing soccer in the rain last weekend but the fever concerned me. The fact that she screamed in pain when I put the thermometer in her ear made me think it must be an ear … Continue reading Goodbye Rear-facing Toddler! Helloooo Backseat Driver!
Today is a Snow Day. Snow Days are awesome. Not only do you get to stay home and snuggle in your pajamas all day but the piles of snow cover all of the plastic play equipment in the backyard and make it look so much more tranquil and tidy... as if 2 tiny people have … Continue reading Snow Day Potty Madness: This Mama is in need of a Plumber, a Margarita and a Jumbo-Sized Box of Tampons… (it’s not as bad as you think!)
Today it is officially winter. I am shocked. I really am. I was really hoping that winter wouldn't come this year but it did and it's -15 with wind chill and those chilly winds are extremely strong. They are so strong that as I was taking 2.5 year old Miss M out of her carseat … Continue reading Tuesday in Toddler Town: a Bumped Head, a Man Cold and a bunch of Chaos in Between
Today is my last day of vacation. Boohoo! I have had 4 glorious days off this week to spend time with my little ones and get caught up on things around the house. I was looking forward to unstickifying our house and getting caught up on laundry. (I'm a dreamer, I know!) I had big … Continue reading Mama’s on Vacation: Choosing Blanket Tents and Paddy Cake over Clean Floors and Elaborate Meals. The Rest can Wait!