Jackson and I have a new pledge to each other. We make sure one of us gets exercise every day. We need it, physically and mentally!
So while neither of us is getting much sleep and my alarm clock looks like this, I can’t tell you how great I feel after getting a little time to myself and to get some exercise.
This is a fraction of the amount of frozen breastmilk I had to throw out the first time around with Gray. I literally had so much that we couldn’t use it up fast enough. What a sad thing, to throw out, after all the work you’ve put into pumping it!
This time around I’m trying to be a bit more aware of that whole supply/demand/expiration thing.
I’m pumping every day, but keeping an eye on how much we actually need.
Perhaps I’ll do some Christmas cooking with my reserves.
3:37pm. We’re out grabbing food for dinner tonight and I realized I haven’t had lunch.
Want to know how much time I have to eat ? Exactly as long as it takes P to eat one mum mum. These things are amazing - made from vegetables, they disintegrate quickly, are good for hand/eye coordination, and keep him distracted long enough for me to get something done. Like lunch!
Ah, the life of a working mom who occasionally tries to fit in a meal.
It’s a federal law? Good. It should be. So sad that even one little life has been lost this way.
I was recently out with a group of really awesome people, none of whom had kids.
Naptimes, birth stories, toddler discipline techniques, nursing, older sibling transitions…you’d think those common conversations with other parents would be of no interest to these folks. And yet it seemed like every question that was aimed my way was, nicely, about our kids. Their ages, their personalities, everything.
I was flattered that they were even giving my little wild things a second thought, but was surprised not to be asked any other questions, or have conversations outside of that. Is that what you become once having kids, ‘just’ a mom?
It’s the greatest privilege in the world, but also doesn’t define all of who I am.
Yes, having children has been the single most significant change in my life, far more than where I went to college or what I do for work…but I’m still me. Just blessed with an added layer of Mama’ness.
I recently heard a (guy) friend start a story about a female friend with ‘well, now that she’s a mom she doesn’t do anything’…
Say what?? I take offense to that grand stigma.
Do we, as moms, have less free time? Yes. Are some of us nursing and pumping around the clock? Yes. Less opportunity to be out and about? Yes. Are babysitters expensive? Yes. Do we feel a greater sense of responsibility in this world now that we’re in charge of another person’s LIFE? Yes. But we’re still the same people we were before that beautiful baby arrived.
I am a thinking, curious, somewhat fun person with many interests that, believe it or not, don’t always entirely revolve around my children.
These boys are without a doubt the best thing that has ever happened to me and have brought more happiness to my life than I knew was possible.
And yet there’s still more to me, as a person.
I’m a mama, and then some.
Kind of a miserable night cutting a new top tooth, but nothing some frozen mango can’t help.
P.S. If you have a little one and don’t have one of these, you need to. It’s a good way to introduce new foods, a great distraction when you need a few minutes, and helps with teething.
We got a great idea from friends…to invite Gray to trade in the rest of his Halloween candy to the ‘Candy Fairy’ in exchange for a surprise gift.
Last night Gray dictated this letter to Jackson, and signed it with a G (or two).
This year we told him he could have one piece of candy every day, any time he wanted. It was interesting to see him negotiate the power of that decision - at first he was eating his treat first thing in the morning, and after awhile kind of forgot about it.
Next year I think we’ll give him a few days of a treat a day, and then offer up the Candy Fairy sooner.
But for now, expedited shipping from Amazon has a rocketship coming his way, via the Candy Fairy.