Balancing act

Posted on: Friday, August 16, 2013

A few weeks ago I had a major mommy breakthrough. I had to experience for the first time the pain that is watching your child be in pain. Our precious baby O caught a little virus (most likely from our multiple visits to the playground) that caused sores in her mouth. I won't give you any more medical details but basically it was the week from hell. My poor little baby was in pain and there was nothing I could do other than wait it out and try to make her comfortable. It was excruciating and it left me feeling powerless and filled with anxiety. Here was the precious baby I have been caring for and now I wasn't doing my job. I was failing her...

But then I had to stop it. I had to block those scary thoughts and feelings and just push through it all. I might not be able to take away her pain, but I was the adult. I had to trust myself and know that I was doing the best I could. I also had to realize that this was not the last time that I would experience this. I still have to get through the chicken pox, the flu, maybe some broken bones, and oh dear god...adolescence!
So I need to save my freak out moments for all those fun things...

My best friend (a new mom herself) sent me this article: "Why You're Never Failing as a Mother" 
Whoa! It's like they read my mind. I need to balance myself and remind myself that this motherhood thing is not an exam I need to ace, it's an adventure I need to enjoy. Even the days when I am on the verge of tears and holding my precious baby O in pain.

So next virus, next fever, I've got this.

"Chin up. Hang in there. And remember, you're doing a great job."


Posted on: Thursday, August 15, 2013

Today I am throwing it back to a few weeks ago when we were being lazy on the beach and "sharing" ice cream at the boardwalk. I know the whole point of the #throwbackthursday deal is to reminisce on the good old days... But this mommy right here wants time to stop and two weeks ago is long ago enough! Also, I am not about to share a picture of my tween years with mega sized eye glasses paired with dresses and hiking boots #awkward 
Happy Thursday to you all!

Give me five dollars

Posted on: Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Dear blog....I am back! We were sidelined with a nasty virus that even now is still too painful to look back on, but I will have more on that (and the mommy lessons I learned) later. In the mean time I leave you with a story about entrepreneurial spirit.
Baby O got her first major haircut recently and she was a doll the entire time (no tears, no screaming). She sat in her chair quietly the entire time and let the sweet man do his job...pretty much looked like this picture the entire time. She was just absorbing the whole experience (note to self...slow down and follow her example more often) and taking mental notes.
Well, since that day I have been receiving about 2-5 "haircuts" by my own baby O stylist! She politely asks me "Mommy...haircut?" and then sweetly directs me to sit down so she can reach my hair. But that's when the sweet talk stops. Before she goes any further she will look me straight in the eye and demand "Give me five dollars!" while putting her hand out to receive the proper payment prior to her services. WHAT? No family discounts around this place apparently.... But since these "haircuts" are really more like mini head massages I have gladly been paying five dollars multiple times in a day.

One day, when she has her own business I will have to remind her of this little story. And how it made me laugh but also how it made my heart melt to realize that my baby O is becoming a little (intelligent!) person.

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