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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Lesson Learned... Mommy Wisdom

I think we when we become parents, there are a lot of lessons we have to just learn on our own.  Not that a 'helpful' friend, parent (stranger... passer-by) hadn't mentioned these things to us along the way.   But the only way to truly learn and embrace new and sometimes hard-to-swallow ideas, is to live them.  This goes double for parenting.  Before having Connor, there was an endless list (ok, mental list) of things I was never going to do... or things that I was hell-bent on doing.  Funny how when you're tired, sleep deprived, yearning for adult social interaction,  and pretty much spent emotionally, psychologically, and physically, what we might or might not do as parents ... especially in the beginning.

Lately, these thing have been standing out more and more.  Things that I thought were interesting or funny, contradictory or  affirming to what I *thought* were my beliefs about parenting, or otherwise interesting observations I've made as I round out my first full year of staying-at-home with two. 

1.)  Poop:  The idea of changing poopy diapers or wiping a butt is something that some parents really struggle with... especially in the beginning.  Lesson Learned: It's ALWAYS better out than in.  You think a poopy diaper is bad?  Wait till you hear what you have to do if the baby CAN'T get it out.  Believe me, you want at least one or two per day... or it gets really ugly...er...

2.) Need a Sitter?  Call Dora!:  I honestly thought I would let my kids watch a small amount of TV and that's it.  I'm not one of those who swore I wasn't going to let my kids know a TV existed until they are teenagers.  However, I did not realize Baby Einstein videos would be the only thing to put my boys into a trance-like when colicky or over-tired.  And I didn't realize Connor's first best-friend would be Diego, and his first girlfriend would be Dora.  Lesson Learned: Do what works.  If Dora, Diego, Sesame Street, Baby Einstein, etc... gets you a moment's peace, it's TOTALLY worth it.  And for those of your friends who don't let their kids watch TV.... I bet they aren't home with them all day... and if they are, well, good for them... but I bet they don't shower! 

3.) The Great Boob Debate: Oh boy did I ever plan on nursing each boy for six months.  Let's see ... I made it about 3 months with Connor and 4 with Logan.  Some people are willing to give up every waking (and non-waking) second to their child - living like they are pregnant for an additional 12 months or more after birth. To those people, I say "Way to go!"  Me, I give my kids ALL of me for about 12 hours during the day.  After that, I'm going to have a couple glasses of wine, have my husband give the baby a bottle before bed, and get 8 hours of consecutive sleep.  Lesson Learned:  You have to do what works for your own sanity and family.  My kids are not always sick, they are perfectly chubby, hitting all their milestones, smart, handsome, and do not have 2 heads.  Formula is not the evil twin of breast milk.  Seriously.  Relax.  It's fine.

4.) Doesn't He Look Adorable:  I love to shop.  And having kids is just one more category of shopping bliss I get to dabble in!  Clothing being the #1 for me. And because I LOVE to shop and get a deal, my focus has always been high-quality clothing for the kiddos - especially Connor, now that I know we'll be able to hand it down to Logan.  Now, I'm not saying we don't have undershirts and underwear, and other cute items from Target, but the majority of the boys' clothing is from nicer retailers -  I wait for an extra % off sale items and pounce - usually on things for next season.  The boys pull off the madras-shorts-with-polo shirt look very nicely.  Lesson Learned:  Present your child as a 'pretty package' when going out in public. It's not fair, but pretty and nicely dressed people get paid more at their job, date better looking people, live longer, etc... and I feel it's helpful to them (and us) to give the boys this advantage early.  We've found that society extends a lot more patience and understanding to a fussy child in restaurant dressed nicely rather than a diaper and ratty onsie.

5.) Oh, Your Fancy, Huh?:  I read recipes and home -decorating ideas, and ways to make your holidays sparkle, and other BS articles in magazines all the time.  It makes me feel a little guilty that the fanciest dinner I make for the fam comes off the grill.  Recently in one of these mags, I saw how you could make a super-cute 4th of July themed picnic table with little citronella candles, tablecloth, etc... that would be great for dinner and then all the way through fireworks activities!  I brought the supplies to re-create this look on our weekend trip to the lake.  Let's just say, the neighbors ended up having to run over with a fire extinguisher.  The entire table was engulfed in flames with the tail of the table cloth was blown onto the candle's flame by the wind.  Oops.  So much for a cute themed table.  That's what I get for trying too hard.  Lesson Learned: (and actually there were a few lessons learned here, but I'm going to stick to the topic) We are all good at some things and struggle with others.  I can grill corn to sweet  perfection, create gorgeous chocolate covered strawberries with white chocolate drizzle, create silk flower pins that are nearly identical to ones selling for $50 in stores, and I can color-coordinate and organize a closet till the cows come home (and actually enjoy it).  But I'm not Martha Stewart - and not many of us are.  Trying too hard generally leads to major frustration, which doesn't make for a happy family! So stick to what you're good at, and leave life-sized homemade gingerbread houses with working electricity and running water to Martha.

6.) Nicknames Make Me Feel Better:  The first cute baby nicknames I became aware of were 'Buggy' and 'Monkey' - from watching one of the countless Tori Spelling reality shows.  I never understood why you would call your kid something other than the name you just got the privilege of choosing for them!  Turns out, it's not really a choice.  I've found that the term Monkey has stuck with Connor because he used to climb on things so much - I started calling him that and never really stopped, though I also use his actual name, Buddy, etc... as well.  With Logan, being the lug that he is, we started calling him Turkey or Bubba.  There are also many times throughout my dad when I call them 'Little Monsters', 'Stinker Butt', or something of the like.  Lesson Learned:  Sometimes those cute little names are so mommy and daddy don't use BAD names.  When I catch Logan doing something naughty, jokingly calling him a 'Little Monster' as I re-direct him makes me feel better... it just does.

7.) Anything in Yellow Packaging: Gerber, this one's for you.  My kids' faces literally light-up when we stroll through the 'snack' section in the baby aisle at Target.  If it comes in a bright yellow package, we love it.  Lesson Learned:  Learn your child's currency and then STOCK UP!  We don't leave home without a stash of rice rusks, juicy treats, crunchies, and puffs.   If you aren't sure what these things are, you don't have a one-year-old!

8.) 1, 2, 3...  We have ALL heard the mother at the pool, mall, strore, etc... with the 1.... 2.... 2 and a half....  threat.  I used to think, 'Ugh - so annoying!"  Lesson Learned:  I'm not sure if somehow this is part of the new preschool curriculum, but there is something completely frightening to a toddler about this phrase.  Because 9 times out of ten, it does get them at least moving in the right direction!  And while I still find it annoying, believe me there are much louder and worse things I could be saying after trying to get my kid out of the baby pool for the last 10 minutes.

9.) Putting it on Display: I'm a bit OCD, and for all the things I cannot change in my life, I like to keep those things I *can* change as streamlined as possible.  Yes, there is a lot of clutter in our house, but there are some sacred areas I felt like I could always keep as mine.  The laundry room was no problem.... I always said I could hide anything I wanted in there because the rest of the family doesn't even know it exists.  Not sure how their underwear gets clean... must be magic!  The other area is my kitchen.  As a singleton, cluttered displays on a refrigerator were almost offensive.... why take that beautiful, blank, clean space and crap it up.  Lesson Learned:  Everything my sons create happens to be a work of unabated masterpiece. Genius, if I may be so bold.  ;)  And yours will be too!




10.) Do Not Disturb: I know I'm not the only stay-at-home mom who had visions of a clean, organized home, once they were able to quit their job and be home with the kiddos.   I honestly thought I would perfectly fold laundry, cook nice meals every night, keep up-to-date on scrapbooking, and have the storage area in the basement looking like a dream.  HA!  Lesson Learned:  ANYTIME I get during the day, without being pestered to 'watch me', feeding or washing bottles, making mac-n-cheese and apple juice sippys, changing diapers, watching and talking about the Cars movie, etc... is a precious moment.  Dont' get me wrong, I love doing those things for my children.  But forgive me for not wanting to immediately jump up and finish the laundry, dishes, vacuuming, cleaning, etc... as soon as I manage to get them both down for a nap at the same time!  So there is no surprise that our house reflects this attitude.  It's pretty bad.  My biggest fear is an unexpected visitor.... unless it's someone who wants to come clean and organize my house, of course!


Undoubtedly, there will be additional lessons learned in the coming years.... ahh, I can't wait for that!!  :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

A New Pair of Shoes Each Month!

I just discovered a new website (well, it's new and exciting to me, anyway!) and I posted about it over on my other blog!  It's definitely worth checking out!

http://objectsofmyclosetsaffection.blogspot.com/2011/03/new-pair-of-shoes-each-month.html

Sunday, January 30, 2011

A Little Update - Top 10

10.  Logan is now 6 months.  That's a big deal considering my goal for nursing (at least 50/50) was 6 months.  Did that happen?   Not quite.  Today marks about 6 weeks since I nursed for the last time.  What happened?  I can't point to one single thing, it was a mixture of low supply, selfishness, and laziness.  Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not throwing a pitty-party for myself, or even beating myself up about not continuing.  I'm really proud of the 4+ months I put into it and I really believe transitioning to formula was the best choice for our family.  Easier? Yes!  More expensive?  Yes!  I feel less guilty about stopping with Logan than I did with Connor because Logan doesn't have the tummy problems that Connor did... although we started Logan on the Enfamil Gentlease right away instead of farting around (literally) with the regular stuff - just to be safe!  BUT - it was much harder for me to pull the final plug on nursing Logan because he is our last baby.  I kept saying, "This is the last morning I'm nursing", "Today is the last day"...... and then I'd wake up the next morning and nurse him again .... and then give a bottle... it was silly really.  Anyway, moral of this rambling is ... I made it through a vacation, the holidays, and many social events without stopping - and I did make it 4 months, so I have decided to let myself be proud of that fact and move on...

9.  Connor is a little man now.  Seriously.  He says words (in both English and Spanish) that shock us daily.  His reasoning and metal awareness is just amazing!  He is definitely in the "What's that", "Why", and "How come" stage.... which is exhausting... but I am so thankful to have a thriving, wonderful, smart toddler.

8.  Connor is also a liar.... sometimes! ;)  Being so smart has also allowed him to figure out how to manipulate and toy with us parents.  I asked him, "Connor, did you take a nap at school today?"  And Connor, knowing that I will make him nap at home if he didn't nap at school says, "Yes I did take a nap.  Twice, five times." (exact verbage)  So I say, "If I call Ms. Roseanne, will she say that you took a nap?"  And he says, "Yes she will."  I proceed to take out his daily report and it says he didn't nap that day.  Busted.... but so cute! ;)

7.  Logan may out-weigh and tower over Connor by the end of this year.  It IS a possibility!  Connor is now in the 20th percentile and Logan in the 70-90th range.  It's crazy.  The great thing about this is I may be able to eventually move clothes from one closet to the other without having to store a couple of size ranges in between.... they say big babies don't always end up 'big' in the end - but Logan is on track to being a pretty big boy!

6.  Connor has played both 3-year-old soccer and basketball in the past few months through our local YMCA.  What a ..... treat?!  Nightmare?!  I don't know.  We spend more time getting dressed (shin guards, tee-shirt, tennis shoes, etc....) for the game than playing in it - but Connor REALLY enjoys himself and it's a new role for me to be a proud side-line mommy.  It's a great learning experience for both parents and the kids.   I'm not sure we have a professional athlete on our hands, but Connor feels like the star in every game, which is really all that matters!

5.  We JUST moved Logan from his Rock and Play Sleeper to his actual crib.  He's been in his own room now for about 3 months, but still in this little sleeper thingy (which, BTW, is the best thing ever!)  Connor slept in his carseat in his crib until he was 9 months, so I really wasn't stressing about Logan still being in his sleeper - but the transition was pretty easy.  One more thing to check off my to-do list. (which is only like a mile long)

4.  At six months post-baby, I can finally say that I feel like most of my clothes finally are back to fitting (at least close to the way I actually want them to) and I'm back to more of a maintenance gym routine.  Though a specific and limited calorie menu and 4-6 days a week in the gym weren't exactly FUN, I am proud of what I accomplished (especially through Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, etc...) and I'm a much happier person now that I am more content with my new post-baby-#2 bod!  Not everything goes back into place, but there is a comfort and confidence that comes with knowing you did everything possible to at least TRY an get it back there!

3.  I am still loving my Swagger Wagon.  I was a always a nay-sayer in regards to mini-vans, but after 6 months as a mother of two, I can honestly say, without a doubt, that my van is pretty much the only thing that makes my life easier on a daily basis. Plus, in the world I roll in, I do drive just about the coolest car there is.  It's no Porsche or Jaguar, but honestly, I'd rather have automatic sliding doors than a rag-top any day of the week... at least for the next few years! ;)

2.  I have not gotten a pedicure or painted my fingernails in over 6 months. Not cool.  Just sayin...

1.  What did we do with all out time before we had two?  I used to think that same thing when we first had Connor.... and now I think, if we just had Connor, our life would be cake!  But I wouldn't change anything about our life now.  I feel like we finally have our complete little family!

So I leave you with a few recent pics...

New York City - Jan 2011


My boys in their UK gear!


My cuties - Jan 2011

Friday, January 28, 2011

MIA? Well, Not Exactly!

Whoa!  I cannot believe it's been since Sept that I posted on this blog!  I made a tough decision a few months ago to drop a few things in my life until we got a little more settled in with our growing family.  Blogging, unfortunately, was one of the first things I had to let go.  Not only this blog, but my clothing blog, AND blog reading.

But things are settling in nicely around here - finally!  Now that the holidays are over, I think I'm ready to tackle my goal of getting this (and my other) blog going again!  I'm also toying with the idea of combining my two blogs in order to make blogging a simpler process for me.  Although a 'mommy' blog and a 'fashion' blog are like polar opposites in terms of topics, I feel like there might be a lot of similar readers - or at least readers have the choice of just skipping certain posts if they do not pertain to their interests.  And I'm not sure which blog name I would actually keep....   Anyway - just a thought - haven't decided yet.

So I wanted to say "I'm back" at least once a week at this point and hopefully more!  I can't wait to update you on everything that's been going on with the boys - and of course have more post-pregnancy discussions regarding various topics!

Thank you to all who commented in the following two "Let's Talk" posts - I assure you there will be more!  And welcome all new followers!

Happy Friday!