Motherhood, Parenting

Corporate America- Sorry for Sharing My Pink Eye

Both of my kids are in daycare full time. They either catch or carry every virus/infection known to man.

This week, I’m lucky enough to have caught pink eye. Given my workload, taking a day off would have been frowned upon. And let’s be real parents, I have to save that call off incase I pass it on to one of my Littles.

Sorry colleagues, but you will have to be around me as I’m super contagious. Blame our no sick day policy.

Everyone stresses that if you are sick you should stay home. They mean that until you’re actually sick. When you are actually sick, it’s always an inconvenient time. Aside from vomiting, I will always be at work sharing!

Motherhood, Parenting

Haircuts – My 3 year old’s biggest struggle

My toddler, like many others, hates getting his hair cut. It is normally a big production that includes kicking, screaming, and lots of tears.

His last hair cut was less than a month ago, and he screamed so much that we left the top longer and just got out of there. So, that meant we needed to get a hair cut again already.

I prepped him by telling him we were going. He willing went. I used bribery on the way. I let him know we would stop for McDonalds if he could make it through the haircut today.

We started out the appointment by him laying of the floor. He screamed some and cried. But for the most part, it wasn’t as terrible as normal. We both left covered in hair, but overall I was happy because his hair is short and we won’t have to return for 2 months.

He was rewarded with his McDonalds.

I don’t understand why this is such a traumatic experience every time for him. By the time we get to the car, he is happy and tells me he loves getting his hair cut.

I pray he grows out of this stage soon. Ideally in the next two months!

Motherhood, Parenting

5 Ways to keep your kids busy when you’re snowed in

We live in the northeast, and we got hit with a snow/ice storm last night into this morning. While I am thankful all of my friends and family stayed safe, it also means our little family was snowed in for an entire Saturday! I love snow days when it means I get to miss work, but a snow day on a weekend does not get the same excitement from me.

I needed ways to keep my sanity today. Here are a few activities that helped keep them occupied throughout the day.

1. Play time in the tub

My Littles receive a lot of new bath toys for Christmas. They were more than excited to jump in and play with their toys. This may have lasted 30 whole minutes before they were fighting to the point of tears with each other.

2. Netflix – Word Party marathon

Before anyone tells me how bad screen time is, I’m going to try and defend myself by saying this is “educational.” My oldest loves watching Word Party and it is geared towards teaching kids new words. *Warning- The songs are catchy and you may find yourself singing them*

3. Snacks

If your toddlers are like mine, they need approximately 685 snacks a day. Mainly because they refuse to eat any meal I actually prepare, but that’s a different issue. Today I used snack breaks to my advantage. Anytime there was any whining. I offered a snack.

4. Send them outside with day to play in the snow

This only worked for my oldest. My youngest was down for his nap, so this was the perfect time to catch 20 minutes of peace and quiet. That’s right, 20 minutes of quiet while I cleaned up every toy that was taken out during the morning.

5. Break out the air mattress

Every toddler loves bouncing and jumping. I pulled out the air mattress and this kept them busy for about 2 hours!! And it helped to burn off the extra energy they had from being home all day. Who would have thought that an air mattress would be so fun?

If you’re in the northeast, I hope you survived our snow/ice storm with your sanity! I’m looking forward to hitting the grocery store tomorrow just to get out of the house!

Motherhood, Parenting

Work Sucks after Christmas “Break”

Today was our first day back after our Christmas break. No work or daycare for 12 straight days!!!

Needless to say this morning was chaotic. It was my Little’s first day of Tiny Tot. My oldest was so far off his routine that getting ready was a chore.

We were (of course) running late, and to top it off I scheduled to drop my car off for inspection. Did I mention the “feels like” temp this morning was –4.

We got to daycare late, dropped my car off late, and then arrived to work late. I hope this isn’t any indication how my year is going to go!

Here’s our sad attempt at our “first day back” photo.

Here’s to hoping that this “short” week doesn’t feel like an eternity!

Motherhood, Parenting, Weighloss

2018 – You Will Be My Year

Day one of a new year.  For some reason, a new year is a hard starting point for people.  Everyone makes promises to themselves on how they want to better themselves in the upcoming year.  Some people decide not to make resolutions.  My thoughts on the subject, why not set new goals for yourself?  Yes, you may not be able to accomplish all of the goals on your list.  But, why would you not want to try and better yourself each year?  Maybe this year’s resolution is to continue pursuing your goal from last year that you have yet to fully accomplish.  There will be ups and downs on your way to achievement, but you have to continue to pursue your goal if it is something that you really want.

I will be setting goals for 2018.  I will try and accomplish as much as I can towards these goals,  If they are not complete by the end of 2018, I will continue on my journey in 2019.

My goals this year include:

  • I want to be present more when spending time with my family.Social media, worry, chores, and anxiety all keep me from really focusing on my family when we are together.  Nothing makes me feel more guilty then not enjoying the time I do have to spend with them.  My time is limited due to working full time.
  • I want to take more pictures of my family (including pictures of myself with my boys.)I have looked at my Timehop everyday for the past 6 months.  I noticed I was very good at taking pictures when my first son was born.  I have been slacking recently.  Also, I am very rarely in any of the pictures I take.  I need to stop worrying about what others may think about my appearance.  I want to be able to look back and remember the moments I had with my children and husband.
  • I want to take time for myself to help better myself.I have been unhappy with my appearance since having my second child.  The pounds didn’t fall off like after having my first.  I had severe postpartum anxiety/depression after my second as well.  Some anxiety has still lingered, and I fully believe if I have time to focus on myself I will begin to feel better about myself.  A mother/wife can not continue to pour if her cup is empty.  I believe every every mom needs time to focus on herself.  I plan to use my time to exercise and focus on meal planning.  I have also been using a product line that has helped with my anxiety.  I plan to take time to share these products with others.  If I can help one person, then sharing is worth it.

Sharing my goals will help give me accountability.   Write your goals down.  Share them with family or friends.  Or, share them in a group that will help give your support in achieving your goals.

Happy New Year.  Here’s to day one or our new chapter!


Change of Plans

Today was planned to be a busy day.

My Gram has been ill and is in the hospital. The plan was to drop the kids off at the in laws, and go into town to see her.

After, we had our friends daughters birthday party.

Cue the early morning wake up from our littlest. He had caught the stomach bug that our older one had on Wednesday. Knowing that my oldest only threw up once, I wasn’t too worry.

Turns out, I should have been worried! My little did not stop throwing up for the next 7 hours!!

We had to take him to Children’s Express walk-in because he couldn’t keep anything down. Being so little, I was nervous he was going to become dehydrated.

As it always works out, when we got there he started to keep fluids down. I’m thankful, but isn’t how it always works? As soon as you get to the doctor they are better! Luckily, we were able to avoid a trip to the ER for fluids. He had 11 minutes left to pee or we would have been on our way to the hospital.

Needless to say, we didn’t make it to visit my Gram or the birthday party. #lifeofatoddlermom


Face to Face Friday

I was going through my Timehop and a picture of me popped up from last year at this time. I was 2 months postpartum, and smaller than I am now!

Postpartum depression/anxiety hit me hard this time around. It was exactly a year ago today that I had the first panic attack that crippled my life. I could not force myself to drive for the next 4-5 months! That’s a long time when you work full time.

I was lucky enough to have the support of my family to get through one of the darkest times of my life. Also, I was lucky enough to have found supplements that could help as well. I tried many medications, but I could not get past the side effects.

This picture is just a reminder for me. Of where I was a year ago, how far I have come, and how far I still want to go on my current journey.