So Today I Eat Baloney

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So I’m sick… again. Seems like since my son started junior kindergarten he has been perpetually sick which leads to our house being a den of germs. I have a deep cough. I don’t “feel sick” but I have this ball of gunk way deep down in my lung that just won’t go away no matter how hard I try to hack it up. Which makes me feel even more stuck in the life rut I spoke of in an earlier post. Just can’t get ahead. I wanted to have at least three blog posts done per week and I haven’t had the ability to meet my goal. I feel so down about it.

I have had a few things going on that had me out of the house and that for sure put me behind. We have been taking a course at our local Early Years Centre on Mondays called “Making the Connection” about early baby development and parent interaction. Which is great and I have met a great group of mothers with babies the same age as my daughter. Getting out of the house is important. We also had a big family Christmas party which had a lot of build up and running around involved last week. My house has been a disaster.

I am so lucky I have a baby that is good. She naps very well at home… about an hour at a time at least three times a day. I can also set her down and she is happy to play on her tummy while I run around and do the things I need to do to survive life! Today I put her on the floor and put on my favourite playlist on slacker and went to work!

So today the heat isn’t working… again. I used my brain though and decided that it would be an ideal day to get the oven cleaned (clean oven + heat = a good day over all!)

I tried to nap while this was happening but of course I had a million things on my mind that I needed to accomplish (first and foremost my blog… so here I am typing this post) while the baby napped so onto laundry I go…

So it is clean… its not all folded but it is clean. This is the most I can hope for on a day where I feel crummy and have to take care of a 4 and a half month old. My almost four year old will be home from school soon and then I will have no chance to do anything else… so ON to getting my kitchen clean before I have to mess it up making dinner.

Dishes done… now if I’m going to get a blog post done (while breastfeeding the baby of course) I need to eat lunch and because I don’t want to cook for fear of more dishes… today I eat a baloney sandwich

I am yet again doing what I can to obtain that feeling of being accomplished and less overwhelmed day to day but tomorrow will be another day…

How do you other moms do it? What steps do you take to get ahead? What are the most valuable lessons you have learned about the day to day grind? I’m still working it out… some days I feel I’ve finally figured it out and then I get another curve ball. I’m finding that the best recipe for me is to throw on some music and do the mundain tasks first and get them over with. Today a lot of my favourite songs came on that really had a “motherhood” theme and all the feels for my kids!

SO I’m going to share my “Baloney Sandwich” songs for a Mom playlist:

You Really Got a Hold on Me – Smokey Robinson and the Miracles

Yer So Bad – Tom Petty

If You Leave Me Now – Chicago

Under Pressure – Queen and David Bowie

Hey Mama – David Guetta

AND a good one to end on…

Believer – American Authors

 

I believe things will always get better… sometimes they get a little worse but then it can only go up from there! CHEERS to a positive LIFE ATTITUDE! 

So I’m sure there are many more songs I can recommend but I am just running out of time and can’t think of anymore! If you have more that should be on the list send them to me and I’ll add them here!!

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Why I Wanted a Second Baby

So I am due with my second baby this week! As any of you other moms who have had babies know the last 4 weeks seem to be the longest of your life! This pregnancy seemed to fly by in comparison to my first. Although I have been reminded almost daily how much I’m “not really that into” being pregnant. I’m ready to welcome my next miracle into the world and start this new phase of mothering.. being a parent of two!

So both of my kids were “planned” and in that period of time there were a lot of check lists and mental notes that were made. The one that I’m going to talk about in this post is “Why I Wanted a Second Baby

When I was the ripe old age of two I became a big sister. I do not remember this time in anyway at all LOL that being said I don’t remember a time I didn’t have my little sister in my life. We of course went through our normal sibling issues of jealousy, bickering and physical violence. I know that there were some bad fights (especially in our pre-teen years) where we both decided we would never be able to live knowing the other and could never forgive one another for some horrible fight. After some maturing we both made it out the other side as best friends. I know that my sister is the one person in the world who has been through a lot of similar experiences and no matter what she will be there to lean on or just to listen to what I have to say without judgement. I don’t have a lot of friends still kicking around from elementary school… except her. I have a few high school friends I keep in touch with but NONE that I talk to as much as her. When I had issues with my parents at anytime in my life the ONLY person who could relate this with was my sister. My baby sister is my tried and true shoulder to lean on. My husband was an only child until he was 20 years old. He went through all of those same experiences without someone to be his “forever buddy.” The security of having that person who is a piece of you but a different person completely is something that I have always wanted for my children. I can’t fathom a world in which I didn’t have a sibling so I think it is only fair to my offspring to have that same relationship in their life.

When August 2016 rolled around and I realized that my first born son would be heading off to kindergarten in September of 2017 I realized how the stars were aligning for my second child. I had a very similar realization with my son when I saw my 30th birthdayon the horizon and planning for baby #1 became a serious discussion for my husband and myself. Both times I got pregnant pretty much right away thankfully (so many people aren’t so lucky) almost quicker than expected or planned! Timing will work out this time that as precious baby #2 arrives I will be home for 6 weeks with both kids then Mr. Baby #1 will head to kindergarten. This will be hard as I’ve been home for the majority of his 3 years but also good for myself and Miss Baby #2. I think I would be a lot more lonely with him off to school (even if I went to back to work full time) if the timing didn’t work out this way than I would be able to admit.  I’m hoping to have posts up in the coming months that address these feelings and topics more!

I am naturally a long term thinker. It may sound morbid but I do on occasion contemplate a world after I am dead and gone and more so since becoming a mother. That brought up feelings of what if tragically my husband and I were gone at the same time leaving my son behind. I would want him to have that “forever buddy” to continue family traditions with. Extended family like my parents and sister would of course be part of his life but I would “rest” easier knowing that he had that one (or more…) person in his life that had childhood memories and rituals to relate to. I’m not delusional and realize they may not get along and they may not see eye to eye their whole life but I hope that I can teach them about how important and rewarding a sibling relationship can be.

The last point I’m going to make about this topic is that OF COURSE I had baby fever and this played a part in my choice to have a second baby. My sister, two cousins and a few friends all were pregnant. I longed for that sweet sweet smell of a baby in my arms again. Of course I could have subdued this urge with one of the many babies around or on the way but there is nothing like having your own sweet sweet babe in your arms or snuggled into your chest in a baby carrier. I could not imagine NEVER feeling that feeling of embracing my own brand new child close again. Now that I’ve been THIS pregnant for what seems like forever I have come to terms that this is most likely my last baby. I don’t think I can manage being pregnant again… and come out sane on the other side. I’m not going to say never or its impossible but I think that two babies is a good number and a family of four is a pretty perfect round number. Stay tuned though… you never know when that baby fever is going to hit again!