Losing My Mind

I am losing my mind. Seriously. I’m going insane. I’ve heard of mommy brain or whatever you want to call it and I experienced it slightly with Bean.  I’d forget where I put my keys periodically.  One time I seriously forgot where I parked my car and had to call Chris to come get me.  (Low point.)  But mommy brain or whatever you want to call it with two kids?  It’s pretty brutal.  As proof, I submit the following true stories into evidence: Exhibit A: Two weeks ago, I stopped…

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New Daycare for Bean

I worried about the timing of all these new things in our lives for the kids. They were moving into a new house the same week that they started a new school and I went back to work. That’s a lot of change for me, much less for the kids. Rather than try and cram all the changes and reactions and things we’ve done to help (or hurt) the transition, I thought I’d break them up into several blog posts this week. I’ll start with Bean at school because that…

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Hump Day Musings

I have sat down to blog for three days now and been stumped. You know in cartoons when a bunch of people try to fit through a doorway, but they all get stuck because they try to go through at the same time? Well, that’s been my brain lately. There is just so much stuff going on that when I sit down to try and let some of it out, it all gets bottled up and nothing comes. So today, I thought I’d just let it all out a little…

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How We Chose Our Daycare

I’ve been asked this question before and I was asked it again just today over on Bean’s page. I’ve been hesitant to answer because choosing something like a childcare service for your child is so incredibly personal and I’d hate to set unrealistically high expectations or dangerously low expectations for someone. And then I realized that most new parents just want to know that someone else has gone through it and that they aren’t overlooking some GLARING warning sign in a childcare facility. So, what the heck? Here goes… THINGS…

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Another Reason Why I Love Daycare

One of the hardest choices families make is childcare. For some lucky families, someone is able to stay home or work from home and keep the tyke there. But for a lot of families, it’s off to work they BOTH go, and so that leaves daycare or something similar as the only option. And I know how hard it is to make that decision. The first time I left Bean at a daycare center he was three months old and the tiniest little dude in the nursery. I cried out…

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Thanks for Hiring Me. Also, I’m Pregnant.

So far I’ve been asked twice in the past two weeks on the Q&A section about how I handled my pregnancy with my job. So, I figured I’d use a whole blog post to answer it. When I was hired as a middle school language arts teacher, I was ecstatic. I had been unemployed for six months, I was uninsured, and we were struggling with money (or lack of money…) every day. When my friend, Sarah, called and told me about the position that had become available at the middle…

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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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Whatever Gets You Through the Day(care)

Today was Bean’s third day at daycare.  Each day gets better and easier for both him and me. On the first day when I dropped him off, he cried and cried all day long. On the second day, he cried for a little bit but his teachers were really fantastic.  They started singing their “Good Morning Song” really loudly to distract him while I left that morning and when he started crying, they just sang louder until Bean was so curious about what they were doing that he finally walked…

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First Day of School

Yesterday was Bean’s first day at his new school.  We got up and going early and totally would have been on time if Bean didn’t eat like a snail.  He takes forever to eat anything (just like his Dad…) and so we all sat around, fully dressed, staring at Bean in his high chair until he proudly pronounced, “All done!” When we got to school, he immediately knew something was up.  He attached himself to my leg and started wimpering, but I just kept talking to him in a sing-songy…

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True Confession: I don’t like being a SAHM

I’m in my second week of stay home alone with Bean during the day since Chris has gone back to work.  People ask me how it’s going and I smile and tell them I’m loving this time I get to spend with Bean.  And that’s true.  I do love the time I get with Bean.  But the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help me God is that I really want to go back to work. Every couple of years I get this thought in my head that,…

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