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Because motherhood will never be a perfect science

Happy Mother’s Day

Remember all those sleepless nights when they were scared of the dark or a thunder storm and you stayed up with them until they fell asleep?

Remember when their chubby little hands first grasped your finger and your heart at the same time?

Remember the first time you welcomed them to their new home and they knew they were loved?

Remember when they scraped their knee or broke their arm and you comforted them and cried with them?

Remember their first broken heart or lost friendship and the tears you dried?

Remember the numerous times you lay awake waiting for their call or the sound of the key in the lock promising to kill them but grateful they were safe?

Remember giving them tough love and hard advice then providing hugs as required?

Remember your insecurity at being a mom and doubting you would ever figure this thing out even though everyone else obviously knew what they were doing?

Remember every time they said “I love you Mommy” and your heart filled to the point of bursting?

Ya…that’s why today is your day.

Happy Mother’s day!

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When did that happen?

It was Diva girl’s birthday last week. Eleven years old! What the hell? When did that happen?

Wasn’t I just changing diapers and wiping runny noses just yesterday?

Now I’m telling her to turn off her tablet or Nintendo whatchamacallit or to stop hitting her sister or…not to forget that I’m her mother not one of her friends.

Ugh…I’m saying stuff like that now. Her questions are answered with “because I said so…” and “I don’t need a reason…just do it” and quite a few ” don’t make me say it twice…”

Sigh…

I have become my mother.

But I realize that no matter how cool you may be, parenting can strip the cool factor right off you. Despite the laugh fests, shopping days or bike rides. Or the movie dates and tickle wars…at some point in your parenthood you will become that parent. The one that says ‘no’ or has to hand out the discipline or call them out in front of a friend because they’ve crossed a line…

You lose a couple of degrees in the popularity ranking. Its inevitable I guess.

We’re not even at the teen years yet…

Pass the wine please.

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Bathroom buddies

As parents we know that bathroom time does not equate to private time. This is the time when your child feels that the most important conversations of the day should happen. So instead of complaining about what we already know, I’ve provided some examples of the conversations my children choose to have when I have been…

er…

um…

uhh…

occupied

Baby girl: “Mommy I don’t want the rest of my breakfast.”

Me: “Is your tummy full?”

Baby girl: “Yes, can I have a cookie?”

Soccer Diva:”Mommy I think my nose is disappearing.”

Me:”Why?”

Soccer Diva:”Well…the skin is peeling.”

Me: “It should still be there when I’m done. I’ll look at it then.”

Both in an argument: “She hit me!” “NO I didn’t!” “Yes you did!” “You pulled my hair!” “MOMMY!”

Me: “Okay…just wait right there. I’m going to pull both your hair as soon as I’m done”

Sigh…

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Hello There 2018

Happy New Year!

Hope your celebrations whether quite loud or very low key were wonderful.

Here’s to a new year of growth; motherhood; kids; families and trying to figure just who the heck you are.

I have no sage words of wisdom to offer…

Except to embrace this year and to focus on having a positive outlook.

Me? I’ve got big plans…

I thought might try growing up.

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Its the Holidays!

Happy Holidays everyone!

Wishing the best to you and yours for the New Year.

We’ve got a lot catch up on.

Let’s chat next year.

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September 2017

Well…the first blush of back to school has worn off.

Let’s be honest…it wore off in the first week. By Friday I had two very cranky children on my hands.

Three weeks in and now we’ve graduated to grumpy faces, whining and “5 more minutes Mommy, please!”

I don’t blame them though…

Some mornings I hit the snooze button so many times it’s almost become an Olympic sport.

At least the weather has been pretty great. We got the summer weather we’ve been waiting for ALL SUMMER!

Shorts and t-shirts and sunscreen. Thirty-two degrees Celsius…What a scorcher!

Until yesterday…when we left the house and turned the heat on in the car.

Nothing like a fresh Autumn morning to remind you that your nearly non-existent summer is over.

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The Last Days of Summer

Today the girls had a play date with their cousin. I decided to take them to the park near our house. It was like pulling teeth with Diva Girl and her cousin because they wanted to stay inside and play Minecraft. Seriously? Baby Girl and I paid them no mind and got ready to go. They grumbled for a bit but by the time the park was in sight, they had forgotten the video games and made a beeline to the playground. It was cool today, a sign that summer is coming to a close and we were the only ones there for at least twenty minutes. Freeze tag was the game of choice and they proceeded to run and scream and laugh uncontrollably. I was suckered in to being a referee of sorts to ensure that everyone played fair and that Baby Girl didn’t get stuck being ‘it’ all the time, since she is the smallest and sometimes has to work harder to catch the others. After a while, a few other families began to arrive and there was one little boy in particular whose caregiver asked the girls if he could play.

And then there were four…

What I love about children is how open they are to new people, experiences, adventures and so on. Soon they were running and screaming each other’s names. The little boy who was the youngest was jumping and running with the rest. As it is with children when they play so vigorously, there are bound to be some bumps and bruises. Everyone had at least one fall into the wood chips that line the playground area. Baby Girl had a fall that left her in tears and the little boy was quick to offer the services of his dog for comfort (present with the caregiver) and advised her to pet him so that she could feel better.

Voila!

She was all better after that.

When it was time to go, the little boy said goodbye to them (twice to Baby Girl) and they all yelled ‘bye!’ to him as well.

Summer may be almost over, but beautiful moments can happen any time.

 

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Back to School 2017

Back to school is right around the corner and the kids are so excited. 

Hahaha….

Ya right. They’re filled with dread. Homework, rules, structure, homework…

Parents are happy though, right? Of course!

Fighting to get the kids in bed on time. Fighting to get them up on time. Yelling to get them out of the house on time. Making lunches every day. Asking them why they didn’t eat the lunch you made. 

Homework

Homework 

Homework  

Let’s hear it for back to school!

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In between 

Two weeks of summer break left and I feel as if I never even got started. I finally have a week off…the last week of the kids break. It’s not ideal but at least it’s something…I guess. As I sit here on a bench at the Waterpark while the girls run wild with their dad and their cousins it hits me once again how much I long to stay home with them. Find some type of career that will allow me to spend more quality time with them and also work towards my own goals. The sun is warm and I feel at peace amongst the chaos of all these families trying to squeeze in the last bit of summer fun. I wonder if I’m broken somehow.  I want to find a fulfilling job outside of the corporate world while still providing a sufficient contribution to the family finances but I have absolutely no idea how to go about it and there are times when I’m too scared to make a move. This ‘in between’ feeling is brutal. Fear of failure holding me back once again while I tell my children not to be afraid to try new things.

Hmmm…

Something’s gotta give.

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Baby Girl’s birthday 

Another birthday has come and gone. Baby girl is now seven years old. Say what now?I guess I really shouldn’t be calling her ‘baby’ but I don’t care…she’s still my little one. I have no more toddlers following me around the house, hugging me with sticky fingers and giving me wet kisses. I look at her and see a blend of the young lady she is becoming and the toddler she once was. Sharp wit in a child that still wants uppies in the morning. She’s a momma’s girl and I’m Ok with that. I’m not ready to let go. I’m still allowed to kiss her in public for goodness sake. I’ve got to milk this thing for all its worth! 

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