FEVAH!

FEVAH!

Oh, man.  The fever has hit our house. There’s nothing I hate more than a fever in one of my kids.  They are so darn scary!  Neither Bean or Gracie run fevers very often, but when they do?  Wow!  Those suckers are HOT and HIGH! November, 2014 – Asthma flare There’s a little fever virus going around the daycare, so I’m sure Gracie has brought it home from there.  Thankfully, this time, both kids are sick at the same time, which is nice because it will mean that once it’s…

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Working Mom Guilt

Working Mom Guilt

There is nothing like the completely helpless feeling that comes when your child is really sick. When they look to you to make them feel better, and you just can’t. That kind of helplessness makes you feel guilty and inadequate. Add to those emotions the complete pity and heartbreak you feel for your sick child and your emotional cup runneth over. Add to that already overflowing cup the stress and demands of a job for two working parents whose careers march on, no matter who is sick at home, and…

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Nagging vs. Communicating

Nagging vs. Communicating

Chris and I are coming off the heels of a tough month for our marriage.  We go through these periodically, and I’m hoping that’s fairly normal.  About once a year, there’s a big explosion in our marriage where everything that’s been piling up gets aired out.  Our big one was last month, and, boy, did it encompass a lot of issues.  We’d just been through the holidays, he was going through a really hard time at work, I was feeling the pressure of a standardized test my kids were preparing…

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So… Yeah…

So… Yeah…

I started teaching three years ago with a temporary teaching certificate. Since I don’t have an education degree (though my masters is focused on educational leadership) but did have a degree in my subject area (I have a BA in English), I was able to apply for a temporary teaching certificate in the state of Florida that gave me three years to basically complete an educational degree program. So, for the past two years, I have been taking classes at night, on the weekends and online to get that degree…

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The Downside of Daycare

The Downside of Daycare

We’ve had our kids in daycare since they were each about four months old. Our health insurance is provided through my job, and so we can’t really afford for me to stay home. Plus, I like working, and especially teaching. Overall, I really like that our kids are in daycare. I like that their days are active and full of interactions with people and experiences that they wouldn’t get if I were just home with them or if we had them home with a nanny. I like daycare especially for…

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Workin’ It

Workin’ It

I get asked pretty often about life as a working mom. How we do it, what’s hard about it, what I like about it, what I don’t like about it, etc. To new working moms (or moms-to-be), this topic is especially frequent because it’s such a drastic lifestyle change from working while not having kids. I could get all philosophical on you and tell you my theories about working parents and kids who grow up in working parent homes and all that, but I think what’s more helpful is just…

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When Puffalumps Eat Puffs

When Puffalumps Eat Puffs

Gracie is seven months old now (gasp!) and I started to panic because he daycare teachers told me today that she’s about to move up to the next classroom. In that class, they introduce a sippy cup at ten months old and they start on table food. It’s not that we are trying to hold Gracie back on purpose, but we really haven’t been working with her on developmental skills at this point. I mean, she’s only seven months old, so her skills are pretty basic. But the conversation about…

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Daycare Update

Daycare Update

Two weeks ago, Chris and I decided to change daycares for the kiddies. After a series of events that I just wasn’t comfortable with, we started looking around and found a daycare that was closer to our house. The format and systems that the daycare uses (ex. potty training, daily routine, curriculum, etc.), which is fine because we liked all of that about the other place. Our biggest criteria this time were the teachers. We wanted kinder, gentler teachers, and we really think we found them at our new daycare….

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Unexplainable Intuition

Unexplainable Intuition

I had a pretty rough day today. I woke up with a headache and that ended up being the high point. What got everything off to a bad start was something that happened at Bean and Gracie’s daycare. I’ve thought about this blog post all night and about whether I would share what happened or not. I think I’ve decided not to. It wasn’t anything horrific, but the point of this blog post isn’t about what a daycare does or does not do. The point of this blog post is…

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Problem? Solution.

Problem?  Solution.

I have a problem. Or, rather, I HAD a problem. In the mornings when I’d leave my house, I took no less than THREE large bags with me. I had my diaper bag for the kids, my work bag holding papers to grade, and my purse holding my brain and my money (equally important these days). I can’t really consolidate those things because they each serve a different purpose and they each end up in different places throughout the work day, so I was left trudging around with three large…

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