So I'm looking up day care centers because it's time for Daughter and B to "socialize" and leave the "nest." Especially Daugther, she's almost 2 and half. This is the schedule I got from one of the centers. Makes it sound like a day with a baby is all peachy and rosey, doesn't it?
Tah! They are not fooling anyone, especially me. And if they think that my son will "cuddle into his personal crib," at nap time, they are really in for it. This is the boy who does not sleep, hates his crib with a passion, and will not fall asleep unless you physically put him to sleep.
An infant’s day
7:20 a.m. — After checking your son in at the front desk, you find his favorite caretaker — who has a new toy to share.
8:15 a.m. — Your son shakes a rattle and holds a plush toy while he practices grasping, pinching and holding during special “small muscle development” activities.
9:00 a.m. — Now it’s time to exercise large muscles by crawling, cruising, rolling and rocking.
9:50 a.m. — Removing your bottle from the warming device, your son’s caretaker prepares to feed him a morning snack while other infants nap or play.
10:35 a.m. — Feeding time is through and your son’s eyes are getting heavy. He cuddles into his personal crib.
11:40 a.m. — It’s a perfect day for the playground. Your son giggles as the breeze ruffles his hair.
12:25 p.m. — Sharing stories and reading books develops early literacy and phonics skills. Your son listens raptly to “Goodnight Moon.”
1:30 p.m. — Time with soft feathers, hard blocks and squishy toys deepens his understanding of the world.
2:20 p.m. — Pursing lips and grasping for a bottle, it’s time for his afternoon feeding, then a restful snooze.
3:40 p.m. — Your son’s teacher helps him bop and sway with the other children during Music and Movement Time!
4:45 p.m. — You open the classroom door and see your son investigating his face in a wall mirror. Time to pack up — the end to another fun day at Day Care.
February 28, 2007
So I'm looking up day care centers because it's time for Daughter and B to "socialize" and leave the "nest." Especially Daugther, she's almost 2 and half. This is the schedule I got from one of the centers. Makes it sound like a day with a baby is all peachy and rosey, doesn't it?
Today Dr. Phil will have a mom of deafblind triplets on his show. For obvious reasons, the mom and her husband are experiencing huge amounts of stress, and marital problems as a result. Click on "See a Day in Their Lives" to get a feel for what challenges they face on a day-to-day basis.
Just when you think you have it "rough" a story like this comes along to show you that you really don't.
I'm at work so will miss the show but if any of you watch it, let me know your thoughts.
Thanks for the link to the story, Lisa.
February 26, 2007
February 25, 2007
Clearly it's not in the cards for me to have smooth, freshly-shaven legs. Sorry hon!
After having not shaved for almost two weeks (close your mouth), I finally decided that gosh-darn-it, I was gonna make time today, rain or shine. I really didn't think I needed to account for snow too. It is almost March after all. But alas, we were hit with a freak snowstorm that brought so much snow that it weighed down the power lines. Suffice it to say that by the time I finally got in the shower after a full day of cleaning, cooking, folding laundry and playing dinosaurs, it was 5:30pm. And then. The power went out. While I was in the shower. I kid you not, my friends.
You can't fight destiny really.
Anyone want a valuepack of "previously-owned" cans of Gillette Satin Care Shave Gel? I'll even throw in a delightful assortment of mis-matched puzzle pieces for good measure. Okay, how about this? I'll keep the shave gel if you give me tips on when you find the time to shave your legs. And how you keep all the puzzle pieces together.
[So far NerdMom is winning].
February 24, 2007
Okay, any one else addicted to watching the Anna Nicole hearings?? It's like watching a bad train wreck. I just can't stop watching it. And, I will be the first to admit that I have watched almost every second of the hearings. The legal issues are all really interesting but the characters involved are priceless. And what I really want to know is, who is the Baby Daddy?? I've my bet on Larry. I can not wait until Judge Korda resumes the hearings and decides the jurisdiction issue. Then we will be one step closer to maybe finding out who the baby daddy is. America, this is important.
And the other hot topic, will Britney lose her babies? I mean what is she thinking? Clearly, she isn't thinking. She has lost it and needs more than just a 12 step program. Poor child. But..., has anyone seen these pictures. HILARIOUS! Thanks to Perez Hilton, I had a great laugh tonight.
PS. In all seriousness, I am praying for all these children involved. It's really sad.
February 23, 2007
Today's Friday Feast...
Where on your body do you have a scar, and what caused it?
(1) On the side of my right (?) knee where the spaghetti sauce was accidentally knocked off of the stove when I was little. I was in the line of fire since I had been "helping" my mom "cook" by mixing potato peels in a plastic bowl. Fortunately, the trip to the ER did not jade my love for cooking :-) Or spaghetti.
(2) Smack dab in the middle of my right eyebrow from when I walked into the corner of a table as a toddler. To this day, eyebrow shaping, waxing, penciling, etc., is a pain in the toucas.
(3) On either side of my pelvic area from the bi-lateral, inguinal hernia surgeries I had in high school. The hernias that my mom didn't really believe I had...until I showed her the bulge from my intestine poking through my abdominal wall while we were in the kitchen one day. Yummy!! Before she actually saw it, she had thought I was just being a drama queen. Imagine that.
What is something that has happened to you that you would consider a miracle? This is hard to answer because while I can think of many many blessings that I have been given, a miracle is something entirely different. I suppose that I have been fortunate enough in my life so far that I haven't been in need of a miracle. How wonderful is that?
Name a television personality who really gets on your nerves.
Hmm. This is a tough one because we all know I'm an indiscriminate tv junkie. But I guess I'd have to say Emeril. I just can't watch him for some reason.
Or Chris Hansen. I mean, I think it's great that he's shed the light on a terrifying issue that threatens the safety of our kids but -- enough with the shows already.
What was a funny word you said as a child (such as "pasketti" for "spaghetti")?
It wasn't so much a funny word as much as it was the way that I pronounced it. My mom used to tease me (gently) because I always said the word "rotten" in 2 syllables. I still do. Rot-ten. What's wrong with that?
I also remember my little sister saying "lobster-ker" for "lobster." That was cute.
Fill in the blank: I have always thought ______ was ______.
I have always thought an outfit with unmatching purse, belt and shoes was tacky. I'm all about the monochromatic.
Until i had kids. Now as long as I am wearing real shoes (and not my Crocs), I am quite pleased with the whole ensemble. I haven't changed my purse since October. [I can hear your gasps] And, I'm ashamed to admit, I can count on one hand the amount of times I have worn pants with a belt since I gave birth 12 months ago. Heh heh. Aw, come on - after not wearing a belt for 9 months, you just get used to it! Yes, I am a prime candidate for an Oprah makeover. Feel free to submit my name, m'kay?
February 22, 2007
Event #1: The Teethbrushing Challenge
Moms will each compete to get their child's teeth brushed in the best time, while battling a defiant toddler who only wants to splash in the running sink water, smear the bubblegum-flavored toothpaste all over the mirror and jump on and off of the Dora-themed stepstool.
Event #2: The Clothing Challenge
Moms will each compete to get their child dressed in the best time, while battling a defiant toddler who does NOT want to get dressed in presentable, outside clothing, but who ONLY wants to wear her pink army fatigue pajama bottoms along with her Dora short-sleeved shirt. And it's winter.
*Bonus points awarded if you can get the toddler's arms through the sleeve holes without forcing her to let go of the My Little Pony doll [the letting go of which would result in an all-out tantrum thereby adding to your time and lowering your score].
Moms will each compete to bathe their child in the best time, while battling a defiant toddler who does NOT want to be touched with ANY form of soap whatsoever. Even the Dora bodywash that she allegedly loves. Said toddler will also refuse to stand up when asked as well as refuse to sit down when asked. But will happily practice the "bail the water out of the sinking boat" manuever whereby she, well tries to bail the water out of the NOT-sinking bathtub.
Moms will each compete to prepare and feed their child dinner in the best time, while battling a defiant toddler who does NOT want to eat the balanced meal that you are so lovingly preparing, but instead ONLY wants to eat an entire bag of blue corn tortilla chips. And feed said corn chips to her Dora doll.
February 21, 2007
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Yesterday afternoon at about 4pm, I get a call from home. Our nanny frantically tells me that DD fell off her tricycle and hit her head. DD is screaming in the background like I've never heard her before. I rush to get out of here as fast as I can and all the while my heart is pounding and my stomach is turning. I was so nervous that I almost got into an accident on my way home.
I felt so scared for her and just felt bad for myself. I was so guilty that I was not there for her. She's fine - just has a big bump on her little forehead, but the overwhelming guilt and fear was like nothing I have felt before. I thought about my mom and how concerned she still is about me. Now I understand that as a mother, you'll always worry about your child/ren.
February 19, 2007
Monday - Today we ate at the Cheesecake Factory for (almost) free since I signed us up for this! It was yummy. But I do have a touch of indigestion. Yech.
February 18, 2007
February 17, 2007
This evening as I was playing, "Don't Break the Ice" with my five year old he says, "Baby Dannylynn." I'm certain I misunderstood him so I say, "what?" And he says it again, "Baby Dannylynn." So amazed, I ask who she is and he's tells me, "She's the baby they keep talking about on the news." So of course I ask him why and he says he doesn't know. So I start to think and I say, "did you hear them talking about Iraq on the news?" and he says, "what rock?"
February 16, 2007
February 15, 2007
February 14, 2007
In my "spare" time [insert insane laughter here] I plan weddings. No, not in my head. For real people. So I usually have my bridal emergency kit in the trunk of my car. I never thought much of it until recently, when, on one of those days when I was desperately searching in every nook and cranny of my car for some Kleenex for my daughters' runny noses, I remembered that I had a zillion small Kleenex packets in the emergency kit in my trunk. Problem solved! I realized that I had a lot of things in that kit that could come in handy to a mom spending any amount of time on the roads with kids: stain remover sticks; comb/brush; travel-size lotion; small bottle of water; hand sanitizer; safety pins; a granola bar, scotch tape; breath mints; Pepto Bismol tablets; you name it. You can even (and should) throw a diaper or two in there for good measure.
Yay! It snowed.
Boo! Work is open.
Nice surprise(s) of the day:
Yesterday when I got home (after navigating the ice-laden streets -- fyi, low-profile tires aren't so cute when you're stuck in the middle of the road) there was a snow sled on our front porch decorated with my daughters' names. Turns out it was from one of our neighbors! Very thoughtful and Oldest was ecstatic.
And then, once I got inside, I had a package waiting for me. (Don't you just love getting packages and fun mail?) It was my personalized recipe journal from my sister! I'm sooo excited. And just like that I have the perfect tackle for next Tuesday. Thanks Lisa!!
Not-so-nice surprise of the day:
We were the only parents that had to go to work today so we effectively sabotaged our daycare lady's day of peace and quiet! oops. Hopefully the Valentine's chocolates we gave her will soften the blow.
Well, work is pretty dead so I'll probably be catching up on my blogging today.
Sucks Lucky for you!
Happy Valentine's Day! Here's a gift from me to you. Go ahead. You deserve it.
February 13, 2007
I know I'm way late for Menu Plan Monday but humor me if you would. I've been participating in MPM for the past several weeks and since I hadn't planned this week's meals ahead of time, and I didn't make it home in time for dinner, last night was a classic case of "Sanity, Interrupted."
I won't even bore you with the details of how a major water main broke on a major highway and so it took me TWO HOURS to get home last night. No lie. And yes, Youngest was fast asleep by the time I got home. Oh and I'll spare you the details of how after TWO HOURS of sitting in traffic I mercifully reached a gas station (my gas light was below "E") and as I was removing the pump from my gas tank, the pump malfunctioned and my boots and skirt were drenched with gas. Nope, no lie. Bye bye black knee boots. You have served me well.
Instead, I will bore you with this week's Menu!!!!
Fish Sticks and Fries - Gold star for creativity and nutritional content on that one Mom!!!
Sweet Pineapple Teriyaki Meatball & Veggie Kabobs with Jasmine Rice
Valentine's Menu for Mom and Dad - French Onion Soup, Surf & Turf with Garlic Red Potatoes and Chocolate Pots de Creme.
[Don't be impressed -- we just happen to have all of the ingredients in the house (except for the lobster tails) for me to throw this together]
Something fun para las ninas.
*Update: Found 2 lobster tails for $8.99!
Salad, Chicken Parmigiana and Spaghetti
Mom & Dad's Night Out! Chicken Tenders, steamed veggies and Mashed Potatoes for the kids.
Pork & Vegetable Fried Rice and Spring Rolls
To see menus from people who actually are organized, visit the Organizing Junkie!
But, what really eats me up inside are the people with no manners, who look at me and think I'm must just a teenage mother with a bunch of bebes so they think they can ask me anything they want. My favorite question, "How old are you?" I used to smile and be polite but really, I'm sick of being polite to people who are not polite to me. So my answer to that is, "old enough to have three children." Or, "You do not look old enough to have three kids." That's not a questions but more of a comment on their opinion of my life.
Yes, I do look very young but I am not and even if I was, I find such comments questioning my age and ability to have three children none of anyone's business. I have noticed that if my hair is not done, and I have no make up, am wearing jeans, etc., I get more comments and stares. And no, I'm not paranoid, it really does happen. For example, a few weeks ago I was at the library prepping for the class I teach and I suppose they were having teen night or something in the rec room. Not one, but three librarians thought I was a teen. Two stopped me to ask me if I had signed up for teen night. So I say no and do not bother to explain why because I'm used to it. But one needed to know why not and explained to me the activities and I responded, "I left my teen years 11 years ago" and she laughs and comments how lucky I am to look so young. Yes, I suppose. It could be worse. And after teen night, a third librarian came up to me and asked if I had called my parent or "someone over 18" to pick me up because the library was closing in 30 minutes. Laugh if you want, it's annoying.
But back to the part where people are judging me for being a "young mom." I hope everyone out there in blog world is more careful next time they see a young mother who probably is already having a rough time trying to adjust to motherhood or, just trying to make it day to day with her kid(s). Like me. Three kids five and under is a lot, even for an "older lady" like myself. This is not easy and I really don't need a friendly reminder right when I'm in the midst of chaos. But, if I really was only 18 or 21, or however old they think I am, imagine how a comment like, "you are too young" would make that mother feel? I think most teen moms are having a hard enough time already. They don't need perfect strangers judging them.
[Come on, you know you wanted to finish singing the song]
Boo Mama and Robin are starting an online book club! Tres convenient for us busy moms who just can't possibly add another meeting to our schedules. Click the button to the right of our blog for the details...
February 12, 2007
I called my doctor [at J. Jones' suggestion] since I'm not usually this crampy for so long. He recommended that I "pee on a stick" just to "make sure." HA! He's GOT to be kidding me.
Just as I suspected. No buns in THIS oven. Phew!! And that's all I have to say about THAT!
February 09, 2007
I just came home from a real-live-grown-up-dinner with a real-live-grown-up and we had real-live-grown-up-drinks and real-live-grown-up conversation! it was refreshing. but, i'll admit, not nearly as fun as having Oldest use my body as a makeshift playground slide.
there's no turning back.
Oh, and Justice Ny -- just when you thought you were not keeping up with your motherly/wifely duties, Chris saves the day! Make sure to read this post gals...it does wonders for the ego.
If you can manage to steal a few moments for yourself this weekend, grab a cup of tea, a container of Pringles, or whatever makes you happy and settle in to read about Jen & Ryland's love story. It's the stuff dreams are made of! Well, maybe not dreams. But definitely movies.
I'm not sure how we start our own meme but I want to share my hopes and dreams for the weekend as it is finally "freedom" Friday.
1. I hope that this weekend I will finally get some sleep. I worked a 14-hour day yesterday and although I'm not as exhausted as I thought I would be, I'm still pretty tired. I want to go back to the good old days of sleeping in until 10am.... oh how I love those days!
2. I want to get my hair done. You guys have heard me talk about getting my hair done for months now. Let me assure you that my hair has been in a ponytail for about 5 months straight. It's absolutely terrible and I'm assamed of myself. So, it's not a joke and I'm not exaggerating when I say that I need to get my hair done.
3. I want to clean my house -- really clean my house. Not the superficial kind of cleaning that ends up being messy again on Monday, but a really good cleaning. I feel like my house has been a state of disarray ever since I went back out to work and although I try on the weekends, it just isn't good enough.
4. I want to do some community cooking again. That exercise was the best idea ever. I still have 2 dishes in the freezer, but I want to get it together again so I don't end up in the confused state during the week, with DD hanging on to my leg, as I look into the fridge/cabinet trying to figure out what in the world to cook ... again.
This meme is all the posting I can manage right now!
I must confess that this week's Friday Fun is about pets -- but since I don't have any, I'm answering the questions from last week's meme...
1. What was your first job?
Babysitting for Laura Blair down the street. She was my dentist's daughter. I remember once she ate a plum and threw up purple vomit. Nice. But my first "real" job was working the concession stand at the St. Lambert Ice Skating Arena on Saturday mornings from 7:30am to 1:30pm. I still don't understand how people can eat hot dogs and fries at 8am.
2. Do you remember your first crush?
But of course! I'm pretty sure it was Nicholas Martin in the third grade (can't believe I found that link!). Red hair...Freckles...a Rat Tail (remember those?)...Need I say more?
3. What is the first thing you do in the morning?
Squint at the clock to see what time it is -- I'm blind without my glasses.
4. What is your first memory?
Hmmm, hard question. Taking my Cabbage Patch doll to class in the first grade? Her name was Stacey :-) Come to think of it, she had red hair and freckles too. lol. Also, I remember learning to count by "tens" using pictures of bundles of twigs. Random, I know.
5. Where is the first place you visited on the net today?
Bread and Budder Buckets. Long story. Stay tuned.
Happy Friday! I'll try to catch up on my posts over the weekend.
February 08, 2007
How ironic that I just mentioned her name this week. Very sad news. What a year her family has had. With all the drama and media controversy surrounding her, it was easy to forget that was a mom. And one who recently lost a son at that. I wish her husband and baby girl all the best.
February 07, 2007
It's one of those weeks. I'm uber-busy so I haven't had time to post as I would like to. But, while you're patiently waiting to read one of my
pointless rants invaluable pearls of wisdom, please visit:
1) SheLives for a fantastic post on The Secrets to a Successful Marriage. You won't be sorry!
2) Rocks In My Dryer for helpful pieces of relationship advice in honor of Valentine's Day.
I'll be back soon to tell you all about how the whole house freaked out the other day when Oldest was defiantly jumping on her bed like a maniac and accidentally fell into her laundry hamper headfirst and got stuck, kicking and screaming. Promise.
February 06, 2007
I forgot how wonderful it is to hear your baby (intentionally) say her first words! This morning we got a big "Ah Oh!" when Youngest dropped her toy. So cute.
Oldest said grace before dinner all by herself last night. Hubby and I almost cried!
February 05, 2007
It's not my fault that love is in the air! I got this meme from Peach -- Feel free to play along if you'd like!
His age: 28 (yes, I'm robbing the cradle. it's ok! he's only one year younger than me)
How tall is he: 5'11" (but he'll say 6'0 if you ask him)
How long have you been together: 9 years (omg!)
How long did you know each other before you got together? About 2 years.
What physical features attracted you to him first?: His smile. His build (thanks Coach Spurrier!). His posture. His complexion.
Eye color: Dark brown
Hair color: Dark brown.
Hair style: Short. And, sigh, he's decided to grow it long. Again. So we are currently at the not-so-neat "in-between" stage. Here's hoping this is just a passing phase.
Normal Outfit: Jeans or sweatpants and sneakers. He's a jock at heart.
How did you meet: Through a mutual friend.
How serious is it: I would say pretty serious. Considering we've been married almost 4 years and have 2 precious bambinas. He's a keeper.
Are you "in love": For sure.
Do your parents like him: Yes. He keeps my mom in stitches with his sense of humor.
Do his parents like you: I think so! No, they do. I hope so!
Do you trust him: Definitely.
Would you share a toothbrush with him: If I had to. We've had to.
Would he let you wear his pants: Of course. [Sorry Jones] Forget Mimi - his make the best maternity clothes!
Do you have a shirt of his that you sleep in? My friends are gonna kill me. Yes! They're so comfy!
Do you like the way he smells: I do.
Can you picture having kids with him: Nah. Just kidding. We have 2 beautiful daughters. He's the best dad.
What bothers you the most about him: His "selective memory" when we get into an argument. Gah!
Does he have a temper: He does, but he controls his better than I do mine most of the time. I will say that his temper has improved dramatically since we had kids. They'll do that to ya.
Are you happy to be with him: Most definitely.
Does he embarrass you in public: Nope.
Does he smoke or do drugs? Nope. We both hate smoking.
Does he have any piercings?: No! He wanted to get his ear pierced in college but his dad bribed him not to do it with a brand new car. Nice Dad.
Any tattoos? Two. One of a lion and one of a chinese symbol that means "Increase Your Fortune"
Does he have any scars that you know of? Ummm, just one I think.
Is he a Party dude or Stay at home?: Definitely stay at home. I like it that way!
Is he Outgoing or Shy?: He's outgoing and has a magnetic personality.
Does he love his mama?: That he does.
Would he hang out with you and YOUR friends?: Yes, he has and does.
Sing?: He sings when he's in a great mood. It's adorable.
Last week was wonderful! Now that we've eaten all but one of our freeze-ahead meals, it's back to the drawing board (or cutting board, as it were). So this week involves several easy favorites.
Monday - Free-for-All/Refrigerator Cleanout Day. We still have leftover Mango Curry, Superbowl Sunday Chili and the ever-present Chicken Tenders. I'm eating the last of the Chicken Cacciatore for lunch today.
Tuesday - Soft Tacos with Black Beans & Rice
Wednesday - Four Cheese Tortellini with Alfredo Sauce, Garlic Bread
Thursday - Leftovers
Friday - Thai Shrimp and Jasmine Rice (we never got to it last week)
Saturday - Tomato Basil Bisque and Monte Cristo Sandwiches
Sunday - Some type of chicken dish. I'm waiting for inspiration!
Have a great week
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February 03, 2007
Today, I was in my kitchen at 8:30 cleaning up after dinner, silently complaining about being tired and the darn housework. What I really wanted to do was plop my behind on the couch next to hubby instead of clean the kitchen or think about the laundry in the dryer waiting to be folded (this is a daily saga). I knew if I didn't do the dishes, hubby probably would have but really it was "my turn" and we both hate waking up to a dirty kitchen.
Anyhow, I got to thinking I am always complaining (either to myself, friends, or hubby) about housework and being tired. Then I started to think about my mom and how I never, heard her complain. She never asked my dad to help with laundry, cook, clean, make lunches, etc. She just did it. She never complained about wanting to just sleep in, take a nap, and "life before kids." Even now, when she comes to visit to help me with my children (and she has been 1000% awesome about doing that) she does not complain. And believe, my mom works all day with me, cooking, laundry, morning walks, dishes, etc. and she never complains about being tired. So I really started to appreciate my mom for all that she does for me as a mother of three, and all that she did for me as one of her two children. I developed a new found respect for her. So as I stood there, thinking about my mom, I went on cleaning up the plates, and putting away the Chinese food containers and decided I would complain less and embrace motherhood and wifehood a lot more. I mean really, who am I to complain??? I really am grateful for all that I have. So I cheered up, grabbed one of the fortune cookie and here is what it said,"Your efforts have not gone unnoticed."
February 02, 2007
February 01, 2007
Another new meme! Courtesy of Sting My Heart...
It's been a rough week all around. The traffic during my long commute sucked on the daily. The girls keep waking up during the night. Work was on my last nerve on Tuesday. The voice in my head that's been saying "I want to work part-time or stay home" has been getting louder and louder and making it hard to get through each day with a positive attitude. SO. I thought I'd try to think about what I am thankful for this week. Because goodness knows, I am blessed. And as my friend Nat tells me, I need to find JOY in every little corner (right J. Ny?) Here we go:
- I'm thankful that my girls are finally over their colds! Ooooweee am I thankful for that.
- I'm thankful for their daycare teacher, "Nini". She's sooo wonderful. She really treats the girls as if they were her own. I couldn't imagine having to worry about them while I'm at work. Today she's doing Oldest's hair!
- I'm thankful that my mom returned back from Montreal safely on Monday.
- I'm thankful that I haven't had to cook dinner from scratch this week. Woo hoo!
- I'm thankful that I have tomorrow off!
- I'm thankful that my "little" sister is turning 27 this weekend! Agh! That makes me archaic. Happy Birthday Pizzeria!
What are you thankful for this week?