Thursday, January 26, 2012
Monday, January 23, 2012
Friday, January 20, 2012
For over a month now Shyla’s school has been focused on kindness. To celebrate all that the kids learned they hosted a Kindness Ceremony. It was very cool. As a teacher I am well aware of the extra work that goes events like this. Now as a parent, I truly appreciate it.
There wasn’t a huge turnout, but I am super glad we attended. We all listened intently to the guest speaker, who is a zoo keeper, as she talked about how we kindly care for animals. And then the teachers presented each child with a kindness certificate. Shyla’s teacher, Ms Christy, told everyone that Shyla was very kind to Nikki when she pulled her chair out for her so she could get to the potty.
So proud of my little girl and I so enjoyed watching her in that environment!
Monday, January 16, 2012
Dr. Terry is incredibly pleased with her growth and says her development is right on track. I was kind of thinking that she should be sitting up more unassisted, but he said not really until 7 or even 8 months.
He seemed very pleased with the amount of breast-milk she is still receiving. She currently gets breast-milk all day with the exception of 4-6 ounces of formula at nighttime and 1 serving of rice-cereal. He was very complimentary of it (ahem, me), which made me feel good, especially considering how hard I am working to make sure she is still getting lots of the "liquid gold."
Harper continues to have a very pleasant personality. She is simply a delight. She smiles at strangers and laughs at Shyla. She is trying her hardest to move/scoot.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Monday, January 9, 2012
Last week I went back to work. It was traumatic. For me. On my first day back, my mom took care of Harper, then every day after that she went to daycare. People kept telling me not to feel guilty. Sure, I had some mom guilt, but mostly I felt (and feel) sadness.
The part that really had me feeling guilty was that it felt so much harder than when I went back to work following Shyla’s birth. She was younger and I was a first time mom. Why was it so much harder this time? I love my girls equally, so what could it be?
And then it hit me. It was (and is) Harper AND Shyla. This time I am leaving not one, but two. And this time, because of the cost of daycare, my financial contribution to the family is so little it makes me want to puke.
I love my Harper and I love each and every stage she goes through. She is currently trying to crawl and I can just see the determination on her beautiful face.
But Shyla...Shyla is a walking, talking (incessantly), inquisitive, sensitive little being and I am sad to be missing her stages too.
I feel so very lucky to have had an extended leave. So many more mothers have to return to work much sooner than I did. But I got a taste of being a stay-at-home-mom and I loved it. I felt confident as a mom and I was honing my domestic goddess skills.
And now I’m back amongst the working, showering everyday folk. I am pumping twice each day at work and 2-3 times each day at home (yes, this means I am getting up at odd hours to make it happen). It is tiresome but it is worth it. I’ve posted a picture of the sign that I hang on my locked classroom door while I’m pumping. I find it to be fairly clear in meaning. But kids are kids and, apparently, their interpretation of it is:
If door is locked, jiggle handle. Repeatedly.
If no one answers, peak through tinted windows.
Jiggle handle some more.
If still no one answers run through the pod to the “staff only” entrance.
Jiggle that handle some more.
Knock on door.
Peak through window.
Continue until a staff member tells you to get to class.
At least I have a job to go to. There are so many struggling families out there, looking for work, I feel badly complaining about mine. But, it’s my blog and I will do what I want with it.
I just want to go home and snuggle my babies for, as Shyla would say, “a couple minutes.” Or perhaps a little longer….
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Welcome to 2012! The start of the year feels fresh and exciting.
This is set to be a very busy year for us, with lots of travel on the horizon. In February Stevie will be doing Ragnar with French Toast Mafia and the girls and I will meet him in Tempe for a weekend getaway. March will find us back in the Phoenix area for a friend’s wedding and then Stevie’s annual trip to Vegas for March Madness. Another friend’s wedding will take us back to the Phoenix area in April then Stevie to Chicago for another friend’s wedding in May! I will be gone for a few days in May also for the annual CIMI trip. Another wedding in July will bring us to Michigan (and the girls’ first plane ride). In October when Stevie and I both turn 30 and celebrate our 5 year anniversary we are taking a cruise and I think my family is planning on Coronado Island again in November. Crazy! It is exhausting just thinking about it!
A couple things that I am resolving to do in 2012:
1) CREATE AND STICK TO A BUDGET
We have been really fortunate and never had to stick to a budget. For this year, though, I really want to see if we can set one and stick to it. This means we are cutting back on everything except what I call “my memories” (my pictures, scrapbooks, blog-books, etc). We will be spending less on gifts, less on groceries and will be eating out less frequently.
2) WORKOUT TO FEEL GOOD
Of course I am sticking with Weight Watchers and I would love to be lifetime sometime in 2012, but I also need to remember that exercise is good for the mind too. I recently saw some girls wearing shirts that read, “running in cheaper than therapy.” It is true and I want to focus on exercising for mental clarity, in addition to just earning activity points.
3) 2012 WILL BE THE YEAR OF LESS
I look around my house and all I see is stuff. Clutter. Items that we spent money on. Items that we don’t need. I have an overwhelming urge to purge! I want to clean out closets and clear off countertops. I want less. Fewer toys. Fewer books (gasp!). Less paper. Fewer clothes. Fewer bags. This will tie in nicely to resolution #1. I believe that having less stuff will result in an increase in the two things that I actually want more of: money and time with my family.
4) GET AT LEAST 8 SOLID HOURS OF SLEEP EACH NIGHT
Ha! Ha! I really crack myself up sometimes.
Happy New Year to you and your family! I just know that 2012 will be awesome!