Thankful for the Chaos

By | November 27, 2014

Last night, I was baking three pies and praying the power wouldn't go out. The kids were running about like turkeys with their heads cut off. As they ran laps around me in the kitchen, Nora toddling after Charlie, both with huge toothy grins, I thought about how genuinely thankful I am for these little moments. For the joy in the middle of the chaos. The unconditional love amidst the stress. The dance parties and the pants-free Sundays. The hugs and the smiles and the belly laughs. Life isn't always easy. In fact, it's mostly not. This last year has been a pretty rough one for me. But more so, it has been awesome. In the middle of all the chaos, there is beauty. Even if we can't see it at the time. And for that I am thankful! Happy Thanksgi ... Read the full post.

Talking about death with a 3 year old and other heartwarming tales.

By | November 21, 2014

The other day, Charlie spontaneously and innocently asked me a question. And suddenly, the moment I have dreaded since becoming a parent was beginning to unravel. It's happening, don't say the wrong thing. "Mommy, who is that guy?" He asked as he pointed to a candle I had made for my wedding, my father's picture printed under the words 'In Loving Memory.' My heart was pounding. "Charlie, that's your Grampy," I said. "Yeah, Nanny and Gram-PIE!" He confirmed. "No, buddy. That's a different Grampy. He's my daddy. He's not around anymore. But if he were, you would have had 3 Grampies!" "That's you daddy?" "Yep buddy, that's my daddy." And it was over. He was off onto the next thing - probably a toy or a game or terrorizing one of the dogs. I've ... Read the full post.

5 Ways College Totally Prepared me for Motherhood

By | November 17, 2014

I was thinking the other day, longingly, about the good ole college days and times when life was simpler. When I had almost not a care in the world. Times when I wasn't up all night with little to no sleep or constantly cleaning up someone else's vomit or memorizing silly little songs to sing at random moments. Until I realized, no, college was kind of just like that. Especially on nights that I was a designated driver to all those filling their steins to dear old Maine. So here are 5 ways that my college experience totally prepared me for motherhood...or, at least, 5 ways that college was eerily parallel to motherhood and I was still completely and utterly unprepared in both scenarios. Take your pick.   5. The all-nighters. My firs ... Read the full post.

Look Ma, No Cavities!

By | November 13, 2014

Sometimes, little things happen and you just can't believe you are where you are. You are a mom of a human being, with size 8 feet and 20 teeth. How did my little baby get to be so big? Little C went to the dentist this week, and he did great. I was nervous that he wouldn't be very cooperative, considering he usually has the attention span of a gnat. But one thing we've done very well - if I might toot my own parenting horn - is making brushing teeth fun at night. Charlie has an electric toothbrush and "monster slime" toothpaste and sings the Spiderman theme song every night while he brushes. I believe these things to be the keys to pediatric dental care. Charlie let the hygienist floss his teeth (twice) AND brush with the electric brush. ... Read the full post.

Goodbye, Invisible Child

By | November 4, 2014

Our family of 4. Growing up, my older brother would frequently ask me if I knew that I was adopted. (I'm not - classic big brother torment.) He did it so frequently that one day I kind of started to believe him. So I asked my mom if it was true. Her response, "Oh yes, because having a 3 year old and a 1 year old wasn't enough, adopting a third child just sounded like a great idea." I have a 3 year old and a 1 year old now... I totally get it. I am so, so incredibly blessed to have two beautiful, healthy children. I am lucky that I've never had to know firsthand the pain of infertility, miscarriage, or infant loss. I thought I was losing Nora in the first trimester, and it was pure hell. I am thankful and grateful every day, and I hope I nev ... Read the full post.

Shit Parent, by Default

By | November 3, 2014

Have you heard about the default parent? The post went viral recently, and the author #nailedit. Seriously, it's one of those blog posts that just makes most parents quietly sigh, "Yessss." Even reading it aloud to my husband last night, he agreed. Every family, we've decided, must be functioning like this to some degree - including us. However, M. Blazoned put this much more eloquently than I ever could have. The hubs and I have been talking about this concept a lot lately, before we even stumbled onto this "Default" theory. Except, I have defined two roles in our family: the fun parent and the shit parent. The latter is a noun, not an adjective and should not be confused with "shitty" parent. In comparison to the original "default parent, ... Read the full post.

A Letter to my Daughter on her First Birthday

By | October 28, 2014

Dear Bean, Just a few seconds old! In true second child fashion, this first birthday letter is late. Very late. You turned one a week, 11 days, 19, 21, 23 (okay this is just getting embarrassing) days ago. But I guess that means I just need to make this letter extra special - kind of like you. One year ago, I thought you would never come out. It was looking like you were destined to live inside my womb until it was time to go to college, feet tucked oh so uncomfortably up inside my ribcage. But then in true female fashion, one good shopping trip was just enough to get you moving. And the rest was history. Not that I intend to stereotype you. You don't have to love shopping just because you're a girl. In fact, mom and dad's bank account wil ... Read the full post.

The Bisque that Broke the Camel's Back

By | October 20, 2014

As I sat in the grocery store parking lot, car running, trying to pull myself together, I heard my cell phone ping alerting me to a new text message. My eyes were swollen and red from intense crying and my nose was running, partially due to an oncoming cold but mostly from the hysterics. *Have the kids eaten dinner yet?* I can't even have a nervous breakdown in peace. Rewind to earlier that day. It was a Monday and I was home with the kids, due to the "we take all the {paid} holidays!!!11" daycare policy. Life lately has been hellish, on all fronts. And I was preparing for another relatively stressful week, while also brewing what I'd discover 4 days later to be Bronchitis. If it's not already obviously by the introduction, this story ... Read the full post.

#tbt #stomachflu

By | October 9, 2014

OMG, this throwback Thursday (#tbt) is so relevant. Because flu season has sprung. This little gem is from January 2012. Memorieeees. Enjoy! Well, we had another week jam-packed with firsts. I guess that tends to happen when you have a new baby, right? Anyway, it all began on Monday when Charlie and I both woke up not feeling so hot. Or, I guess I should say we were feeling too hot...literally. I had to work, even though it was MLK day, and I could feel that I had a slight fever. Charlie's temp never got over 99.7, but still a low-grade fever. I had a bit of a sore throat. Charlie had a cough, was sneezing a ton and had some pretty funky looking boogies. Over-share? What, you're not used to me doing that by now? We thought maybe it was the ... Read the full post.

Quote Sunday

By | October 3, 2014

This about sums it up lately.   Share:Share on TumblrEmailPrintLike this:Like Loading... ... Read the full post.

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