Context

Context

First, let me apologize to you cyber friends of mine for my lack of blogging this week.  The reason for this is my aforementioned preference for YAKKING every half hour.  Makes blogging difficult.  Makes everything difficult, really.  Thanks to you all for you sweet, supportive, tough-love comments about getting over the guilt.  Sometimes you just need a good friend (or a couple hundred) to tell you to get over it and move on.  So, thanks for being those friends.  Also, thanks for all the suggestions about Flintstone vitamins!  I got…

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Guilt to the Second Power

Guilt to the Second Power

I think one of the most universal feelings mothers have is guilt.  Most of us feel guilty as parents at some point.  I feel guilty for the shortcuts I take when I’m too tired to be 100% on the job with Bean.  I feel guilty that he’s in daycare.  I feel guilty that I can’t afford to buy him new toys all the time.  I feel guilty that sometimes I just need a little break.  There’s always something to feel guilty for as a mother.  It’s just part of the…

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Things I Do That Will Make You Feel Like a Better Parent

Things I Do That Will Make You Feel Like a Better Parent

It has come to my attention that I may have already done some irreversible damage to my son.  At sixteen months old, I may have already ruined him. EXAMPLES TO MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE A BETTER PARENT THAN ME: Every time we pass a McDonald’s, Bean yells out, “Fench fyyyy!!  Fench fyyy!!” Bean can identify the following movies and television shows:  Cars, Finding Nemo, Sid the Science Kid, and Dinosaur Train Bean’s favorite food is chicken fingers. I use the vacuum cleaner so infrequently that Bean screams hysterically whenever I…

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Like Being Pecked to Death By Ducks

Like Being Pecked to Death By Ducks

My parents are famous for saying that raising two girls is like being pecked to death by ducks.  They just nibble and nibble and nibble away at you.  “Mom, can I have money for this?”  “Dad, can I break my curfew for that?”  “Mom, can you take me here?”  “Dad, can you buy me that?”  Nibble, nibble, nibble. Lately, I’ve begun to experience that same feeling.  Only, instead of being pecked to death by duck daughters, I am being pecked to death by duck dependents.  Namely my two legged dependent…

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Portrait of a Bean

Portrait of a Bean

As Bean gets busier and busier, it’s getting harder and harder to catch him for a picture.  I used to be able to sit there and take as many pictures of him as I wanted and he just laid there and cooed up at me, never moving.  Now, I pull out my camera and he literally runs the other direction.  He has places to go, people to see, and toys to destroy.  He cannot be bothered by mom’s camera. So, imagine my extreme happiness and surprise today when I pulled…

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Trouble in Paradise

Trouble in Paradise

What could possibly go wrong in a place where sunsets like this happen every day in your backyard? Well, if you’re Chris, you could come home to THIS in your backyard one day instead. Allow me to explain… When we moved into this house, one of our favorite features was the privacy of the fenced in backyard. Not only was there a fence for the dogs, but there was high shrubbery all around. And we loved that. For one thing, it meant the dogs couldn’t see every time a neighbor…

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Blog Fodder

Blog Fodder

I get asked a lot how I come up with content to write about on my blog every day.  Under normal conditions, it’s really not so hard.  I just tell you whatever train happens to be running through my brain at the time I sit down at the computer.  But these days, the exhaustion from starting a new job, chasing around a toddler, and growing a person is catching up to me and my brain has been having a hard time forming single words, let alone full sentences for a…

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Laying Down on the Job

Laying Down on the Job

This week, Bean’s daycare teachers sent me an email with a few pictures of him they took this week.  Isn’t that nice?  I got the email at work and it just made me stop in the middle of my busy day coercing middle schoolers into learning the difference between primary and secondary sources and smile. Then I opened the email attachments and found this picture… And this one… And this one… I think the biggest adjustment that Bean is facing at daycare is the transition from two naps a day…

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The Foods My Fetus Feasts Upon

The Foods My Fetus Feasts Upon

I’m pregnant. Now, under normal conditions this would be a free pass to eat whatever I wanted.  Sadly, during this one time in my life where it is actually cute to gain weight, food is my nemesis.  But it’s a love/hate relationship right now.  On one hand, I am not hungry at all with this pregnancy (which I have read can be an indication that you’re expecting a girl..) but on the other hand if I don’t have food then I get sick. Speaking of morning sickness (which for me…

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Conversation at the Family Dinner Table

Conversation at the Family Dinner Table

Since Bean and I both started school last week, we have started having family dinners around the dinner table together.  Before, we weren’t on a very good schedule and so Bean usually ate first before Chris got home and then Chris and I would eat after Bean had gone to bed.  Now though, we all come home around the same time and so we all sit down to eat together.  I love it.  It gives us time to see each other face to face and it also gives us a…

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