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Mum Guilt for Missing a Milestone

In Daily schedule, Learning, Recommendations on April 12, 2013 at 4:32 pm

Today marks the first day my Beautiful Baby Girl rolled over for the first time. My phone vibrated and it was the message saying it just happened and to turn on the camera (Foscam). I called home right away and logged in to the camera to see my big girl rolling over and she of course wouldn’t do an encore.

This is where being away from your kids sucks the big one!

But as I’m crying and smiling in pride, I have to remind myself that this could have just as easily happened when I was at Publix or in the bathroom! Just because I am at work, it doesn’t mean I will miss out. This is the first time of course, and I’m beating myself up a little for not seeing it firsthand, but truly the second, third, fourth, etc., are all just as exciting. Back to being proud mummy that my baby is growing up and achieving such great things 🙂

So chin up working mums!

Dealing with Mum guilt

In Daily schedule, Learning, Recommendations on April 8, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Heading back to work after Maternity Leave is, well, let’s just say difficult. I have other words but we’ll leave it at that for now.

What I’ve come to realize is that my children will never go without if I have something to do with it. They will always have all the love they’ll ever need (and some extra they didn’t) so just because I have to leave every morning doesn’t mean they are missing out. Our days and nights are jam packed with FUN. We have a very strict play schedule when mummy gets home and we make the most of the time we have together.

So I tell myself daily, give yourself a break!

I don’t always listen but I do say it every day. My Son is so excited when we get to spend the whole weekend together because he knows that means maximum fun. He’s going to be 3 in July and he is just the best company. My little girl kicks her legs, shakes her arms and can barely catch her breath when she sees me walk through the door!

Two things I live by:

  1. I am diligent about using my phone to take pictures and make “movies” so I can watch them while I’m away. It truly helps to think about them and what we were doing when we took those pictures. And reminds me how much fun we will have when I get home.
  2. I take some time each day to think of something fun, and attainable, that we can do during the week. For example, last week, we all needed the sheets changed on our beds so it was the “fun” task we took on. We have never had that much fun doing housework, ever! Evan was laughing so hard at one point that we made him take a potty break because we thought he might pee his pants. This week will be painting our hand prints on some canvas art we’re giving out to family members, fun and messy!

No matter what you do, you can never spend as much time as you want with your kids, there’s never a perfect solution. BUT, the name of the game is to make the most of the time you’re blessed with their presence. Time goes by way to fast and you have to soak up every last precious minute!

10 tips for a smooth transition

In Daily schedule, Nursing on May 27, 2011 at 4:07 pm

A few things that made our new household of 3 run more smoothly:

  1.  As many naps in his crib in the first few days home the better, it’s very helpful when night time rolls around.
  2. Always refill the diaper bag when you get back home from a trip out. You’ll be ready to go for the next outing.
  3. Tucking a burp cloth under your bra during feeding helps to keep your clothes milk free if your little one doesn’t keep all the milk in his mouth.
  4. Don’t cut baby’s nails fresh out of the tub, they are too soft and it’s hard to tell between skin and nail. A glass nail file works well too.
  5. Take a picture of your little one every day. It is easy in the beginning to think that you won’t forget a second but as time flies by, as it does, you can forget those first few days and weeks.
  6. Drinking lots of water helps in more ways that I can count.
  7. Just relax; baby doesn’t know if you’re doing something “wrong” he loves you no matter what
  8. As soon as you put your little one down for a nap remember to, 1. Use the rest room and 2. Get something to eat. It’s easy to forget and only remember again once they wake up.
  9. Sleep when baby sleeps, an oldie but goodie.
  10. If you’re breast feeding make sure that your husband has his daddy only duties too. In our house, Ted is the one that gets up first and soothes Evan before he gives him to me to be fed. Ted is also the one that gets him ready for a bath while I run the tub. We both have our things we do so that Evan knows his routine and who does what… he loves it and anticipates the next step now.

Hectic Dinner Out

In Daily schedule, Eating Out, Food on May 24, 2011 at 10:37 pm

So today was particularly hectic, my husband thought it would be nice to surprise me with a mid-week dinner out. Well as we all know with kids it takes a little more planning but I was excited for the no clean up aspect of this offer. So in the time it takes me to drive home my husband had to get fully prepared for dinner out. Toys, food, snacks, sippy cup, you know the drill.

He did it!

Carrabbas was pretty empty when we got there, have you ever been on a Tuesday night? Well before we arrived it was a quite place that people were enjoying dinner. Evan is learning what he can do with his vocal cords. Whenever my husband and I are talking he wants to join in. So we are “shhhhhh-ing” him a lot these days. It was fun however and not overly distracting for the other people around us.

From there we headed over to Evan’s great grandma’s house for dessert. Evan’s great aunt Linda was there too and we had a great time. Evan had a snack and played on the floor in the kitchen while we ate dessert and chatted. It’s so great that Memaw (Evan’s great grandma) lives so close, he just loves her to bits.

Before you know it we had passed bath time and had to rush out of there, home, quick bath, milk and bed for little Evan. This left me enough time to research printers for Evan’s first birthday bash invitations, get the invitations resized by the designer that created them (found her on Etsy and she’s great!) and now invitations are ordered and signs are in the works. Oh and did I mention that I worked all day today, a little over 9 1/2 hours to be exact!?

Need to start the planning for tomorrow… another day to see Evan’s smiling face, boy is he a happy boy in the mornings. Looking forward to that first cuddle of the day.

Baby is asleep now the work begins

In Daily schedule, Food, Nursing on May 23, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Evan goes to bed at 8:30 pm and as any mum know’s that’s when we kick into gear. My husband is a huge help! After bath time I nurse Evan and he goes in his bed. He does love his bed and has always been a great sleeper. While I’m enjoying quite time with my baby, my wonderful husband cleans up after dinner. We have started leaving the dishes until Evan goes to sleep since we have so little time when we get home from work. He’s so great that by the time I’ve fed Evan and got him to sleep he is usually done with cleaning the kitchen. I know, he’s a keeper.

So then starts the rest of the cleaning up, toys away, laundry away, bottles and pump sterilizing for the morning, lunch prep, coffee prep, shower and bed. And that’s the basics, we all know there’s always more to do. Like right now, I could really do with running the vacuum around but it’ll have to wait until tomorrow.

It’s amazing how much sleep I don’t get any more! I am so tired all the time that I’m surprised that I function as well as I do. I have to say that seeing Evan’s smiling face when I get home really helps. He is so happy to see me it gives me all the energy I need to get down on the floor and play for 2 hours.

I have a lot of help at my house but I’m still surprised at how efficient I can be. A trait that every mum should have of course but I think we underestimate ourselves sometimes.

So with the laundry waiting to be put away and food in the Beaba, love this thing, waiting to be mixed and frozen I’m logging off for the night and will get back on it tomorrow.