Spunky Charles is Two!

“…and she loved a little boy very, very much – even more than she loved herself” – The Giving Tree Dear Charlie, How is it possible that it has been two years since you were born? A day that I thought was never going to end marked the start of this journey that is flying by with lightening speed. My baby isn’t a baby anymore. I’m going to call this past year the Year of the Personality. Over the last 365 days, we’ve seen your personality really begin to form and shine through. You are curious and energetic and smart and funny and sweet and so many other things; it’s hard to find one word to describe you. But, one of your teachers may have said it best when she wrote me an email a f ... Read the full post.

This mom is a working mom.

Remember that time I got all ragey, quit my job and was a stay at home mom for like 17 seconds? When I got a great job offer, I immediately went right back to work. And ever since, I have grappled with the fact that I am “missing” huge chunks of my children’s lives. Am I doing the right thing by working outside the home? Does it make me a crappy mom? Paying copious amounts of money for daycare for two children, combined with the fact that I know firsthand how quickly Nora’s infancy is going to FLY by, has led me to contemplate (once again) becoming a stay at home mom. What’s the point of going back to work anyway, if I pay out my salary to daycare? Oh, the moments I would cherish, the memories I could relish. A ... Read the full post.

Hot Dog!

Today, with a fussy baby who wants to just run around and tear shit up in my house, I am thankful for Mickey Mouse Club House and our (free!) DVR. That is all. Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggity dog! – The Mom Share:FacebookRedditPinterestTwitterGoogleTumblrEmailLike this:Like Loading... ... Read the full post.

I suck at this.

Charlie, First off, you probably shouldn’t use the word “suck” like mommy did in the title of this post. But we’re 20 days in to your second year of life and my first attempt at blogging for it, and I’m already behind. We made an offer on a house, I baked 3.5 pies for Thanksgiving, went to 2 places Thanksgiving day, then went to camp for 3 days. Then I got home and have had my nose stuck in books 2 and 3 of the Hunger Games series. So, somewhere in the list of all these excuses I’m trying to say – I suck stink for missing days 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19 of this journal. SO, since this is my blog and I make the rules, I’m just going to summarize with bullet points an call it even. Here goes: Da ... Read the full post.

Grandmothers and Sleepyheads

Charlie, This weekend you got to spend time with both sets of grandparents – Nana and Grandpa on Friday and Grammie and Grampy on Saturday. (I know that someday, when you learn to talk very well, all if these grandparents will have different and better names that YOU decide, but for now this is what we call them!) On Friday night, we had dinner at Nana’s and hung out pretty late (for you anyway)! You fell asleep in your Nana’s arms. 🙂 Tonight, Mom and Dad went out to see a movie with Aunt Stephanie and Uncle Derek, so you stayed at Grammie’s house. We didn’t get back until late, and you had fallen asleep in your Grammie’s arms. 🙂 I didn’t get a picture of you with Gram, but here are the yummy ... Read the full post.

Feeding the Dogs

Charlie, When you were born, I had quite a few legitimate concerns about the well-being of our dogs, Dexter and Libby. I think it’s safe to say that, even though they may have had it rough for the first few months, there are times that they reap the benefits of having you around. For example: xoxo, Mama Share:FacebookRedditPinterestTwitterGoogleTumblrEmailLike this:Like Loading... ... Read the full post.

Long Days and Itchy Skin

Hi bud, Mama worked a long day today, so I didn’t get to see you much. 🙁 We hung out this morning before daycare, but I didn’t get home until you were asleep. Days like today make me sad because that was a whole 24 hours of your life I’ve pretty much missed completely. But, I’m learning to be okay with the fact that I can’t be there for everything all the time. I’ve been told you had another round of hives at daycare. I’m really starting to hope you’re not allergic to something, since this is the second time in a few weeks. You have very sensitive skin and slight eczema, so I’m hoping the hives are just a part of all that skin stuff. We’re going to keep a close eye on you from n ... Read the full post.