Best laid plans, attempt 2:

This morning, I managed to wake up a full 45 minutes before my children needed to be rescued from their rooms. It was glorious. I washed my face, ate a muffin, drank a cup of coffee while it was still hot and came up with my to-do list. I was less panicked when I got…

Today really could’ve been great…

Today was the day of best-laid plans going awry. Last night, I read an article about the habits of highly productive people. I decided I wanted to start off my day ahead of the game and not scrambling to keep up with my kids, so I set my alarm for 5:45. My son usually wakes…

Mama needs but doesn’t NEED help…

So, tomorrow, I will be leaving my kids with a babysitter while I go to one of my doctor’s appointments. This is a big deal for me. I don’t get help. Not really. Not even when I sort of need it. Getting help makes me feel guilty. Part of me realizes that it’s not really…

Valentine’s Day…

It’s amazing the way love shifts once you have kids.  My husband and I didn’t do anything special for today and I kind of love that.  I’m not criticizing those who choose to make the day special, but I love how comfortable and content we are in our current phase of life.  I love the…

EVERYBODY needs mommy…

Usually, the division of labor in our house is fairly even when my husband is home. Our son tends to prefer me (except for teeth brushing, which apparently Daddy does better…) while our daughter is a full-on Daddy’s girl. Tonight, however, I became the default parent. This is not a criticism of anything my husband did (or didn’t…

Date nights…

I realized something kind of sad when I was hospitalized–visiting hours were kind of nice because that was the most amount of time I had spent talking to my husband since my first was born.  That’s right, it took hospitalization for me to have quality time with my husband. So, in lieu of Christmas presents…

You are a good mom.

Someone said these words to me today, and I really needed to hear them. I’m thinking that maybe some of the rest of you do too. No matter what happened today, you are a good mom*. If you cried, I’m sure it’s because you care so damn much. If you got frustrated and yelled, I…

Mombie strikes again…

My husband wasn’t home until bedtime last night. He won’t be home until bedtime tonight.  My kids are not getting anything close to my a-game. Part of me feels guilty. The rest of me feels tired.  I used to be able to work until the time my kids (usually) go to bed and not feel…

Getting ready for lent…

Being Catholic, lent is often the kick in the pants I need to do things I should have been doing all along. For some reason, tying things I should be doing to a penitential season and my faith gives me just that little extra motivation to actually follow through. This year, I want to make commitments…

I’m really not this laid back, I promise…

On Thursdays, I try to take my kids to the school they will attend for music and story time. I don’t always make it there (sometimes I have therapy, sometimes life just gets in the way) but it’s something I like doing because I want my kids to be as excited as I am for…