Good Morning

So, G has continued to wake up by 6:30 in the morning throughout the summer. It’s interesting, last year everybody started going to bed later and waking up later. We would be outside playing until 9:30 or later! It was very relaxing and carefree with no morning responsibilities…

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Catching Up

Ah, it’s been over two years since I wrote in this blog :’D Surprise surprise, that’s exactly what I do. The last time I was able to regularly update something like this was in high school/college when I had a Livejournal. No, I am not giving you the address to my Livejournal so that you can be appalled at my young, juvenile self……………

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When You Wish You Could Just Call it Quits

For the past five months, I’ve been doing the work of two people at my job. One of my teammates left and the department has yet to replace him. Because I am the only person on the team who had the same job title/level of work that he did, I’m the one who got saddled with most of it. Now another teammate is on vacation for two weeks and I am virtually her only backup, again due to type of work, so I am now doing the work of three people.

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Creative Blocks

Do you ever feel like you lose yourself when you have kids? You spend so much time trying to figure out how to be the perfect parent, how to ensure your kids survive, how not to traumatize them for life, how to make sure their lives are made of butterflies and rainbows…You stop hanging out with your friends as much as you used to because you’re all just so busy with your jobs and your families…You don’t engage in your hobbies as much as you used to. I mean, who has time when you’re busy reading fifty different parenting books during the small spans of time that you’re not playing with/caring for your kids?

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Go the *bleep* to Sleep

Hiding under the covers (in order to be on my phone without baby seeing) during A’s “bedtime routine.” It goes like this…

Bring baby upstairs against his will (2-year-old baby). Get in bed and wrestle baby to nurse. Fight to keep him from leaping off the bed. Finally get baby to nurse (and calmly). Husband walks into room, bumps into something, baby notices him and starts CRYING. Refuses to drink more milk, refuses to go to husband, just cries.

Now B’s rocking him in his infant car seat and singing ABC’s. You know it’s bad when he resorts to singing–he hates it.

Go to sleep, baby…Go. To. Sleep.

Navigating the World of Orthotic Braces

When you’re told that your child needs to wear ankle braces, the last thing you’re probably immediately worried about is what shoes to buy. But once you have the orthotics in hand and realize how difficult they are to get into a pair of shoes, suddenly you’re looking for anyone who can give a helping hand. So that’s what I’m here to do, at least as best I can (my 4-year-old son has only worn two kinds of SMO and two kinds of AFO) 🙂 Remember, there are a LOT of resources out there nowadays, even Facebook groups with tons of people to lend advice! Just do a quick search and you’ll find everything you need 🙂

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Stuck in a Rut

There comes a time in all our lives when we just get stuck. Life is at a standstill and day to day, hour to hour, it feels like there is just nothing to keep you going. And I think this is especially true for parents. Except for those who are very lucky, we have very little time to ourselves. Our lives are overscheduled and often based around our children’s schedules (and goodness knows we overschedule them) and without time to properly unwind, take life in, have a single moment to let your brain wander, it’s difficult to summon any sort of regular motivation or creativity. It’s very easy for a parent to just feel helpless and like they have no control over the day to day, though that really goes for anybody whose life is filled, but doesn’t necessarily feel fulfilled. This is something I’ve struggled with for more years than I can recall.

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A Week Away…

It’s the first morning of my one-week vacation from work and I started it with an ant in my armpit. After a night of completely  uncomfortable sleep, my body aching absolutely everywhere, I finally got into a comfortable position for a last bit of rest before getting up for the day with my daughter and suddenly felt this weird itch moving across my armpit. I swatted, looked down, and shrieked. One of my worst nightmares is having insects in my bed, though I guess if there had to be one, thank goodness it was an ant even if it was as gigantic as a spider. I just hope this isn’t a foreshadowing of my vacation to come.

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