These are a few of my favorite things…

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-Two chubby baby hands clapping in delight

-My little boy’s pirate voice – “Arrgh matey!”

-Watching my two kids giggle and play with each other

-A big chocolate mustache after Little E eats ice cream

-Hearing the words – “I really, really love you Mommy.”

-Knowing that I am the center of my baby’s world

-Staring into Baby M’s eyes as she puts her little hands on my face

-Little E saying “Teach me, Mommy” when he wants to learn something new

-Watching my kid’s faces light up when Daddy comes home

-Remembering the joy of the little things in life – a paintbrush and a bucket of water provide hours of fun!

-Cooler weather because it means footie pajamas

-The joy on Little E’s face as he chases the ocean waves

-Checking on my kid’s as they sleep peacefully at night

-Starting each day with cuddles and kisses

-I could go on and on…

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Great Start to the Day

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This morning Little E and I were laying on my bed cuddling and playing cars.  He looked at me, gave me a hug and said, “I love you Mommy, this much in the whole, wide world.  I’m happy you’re here.”  Awwww… 

So bring on the baby spit up, dirty diapers and juice spills.  I wouldn’t trade this job for a trillion dollars!

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Sick Day

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So, I woke up on Monday morning and wanted to call in sick.  Stay in bed, watch cheesey daytime movies, drink lots of sprite.  Then I heard the noises on the baby monitor next to me that reminded me that I have two kids and there isn’t anyone to call to take my place for the day.  Unfortunately (well actually, fortunately, depending upon how you look at it), I’m kind of irreplaceble.  So, oh well, the daytime movies will have to wait. 

I have a nasty cold.  You know the kind, runny nose, sore throat, aching ears and head.  Not bad enough to see the doctor, just really annoying.  And to top it off I slept three hours last night because Baby M had a REALLY bad night.  Argghhhh  I really didn’t know how I was going to make it through the day.  On top of it all, I had to be at a MOPS meeting by 8:45 with 30 helium balloons and fruit salad. 

And I will admit, when I woke up, I didn’t have the best attitude about the day.  I figured it was going to be really bad.  But, as the day progressed, I realized how lucky I am.  I know it’s wierd to be thinking about that when I felt so bad, but my day went surprisingly well.  Little E was an absolute angel at our MOPS meeting.  He was super cooperative and very obedient and had a great time playing with his friends.  After lunch, he snuggled up with me in bed and watched a movie while I took a short nap.  And Baby M took a 4 hour nap – yes 4 HOURS! 

After my short nap, I was cleaning up the mounds of kleenex and getting a snack ready for Little E. He walked up to me with the most concerned look on his face and said, “Mommy, you feeling better, now?”  Ahhhh, of course, I said yes I am and it’s because you are so sweet and have been helping mommy today.   That just made my day!  Then, when my husband came home from work, he took the kids to go to dinner at his parent’s house so I could take a nap.  How thoughtful!

So, yes, the day was rough and I was sooo tired, but how lucky am I to have a son that is so sweet and helpful when I need him to be.  And to have a husband who is thoughtful and caring.   And Baby M, well she’s just cute and sweet without even having to try! 

It’s Wednesday now and the cold has spread to Baby M and my husband, but luckily Little E is still well.  But, thank goodness, my wonderful, wonderful Mom has taken Little E to her house to play so I can take care of Baby M and maybe get a nap in, too. 

Life is good.

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Mommy Guilt

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Mommy Guilt – I’m sure we have all dealt with this at some point.  And I was all prepared to write about my guilt this week concerning breastfeeding and how I decided to start weaning Baby M.  I was going to vent about how it’s been stressful feeding her because I don’t have enough milk and she screams because she’s still hungry and how I feel guilty switching to formula even though I know it’s perfectly fine for her.  So, I was going to whine and vent and wallow a bit in my feelings of guilt and sadness regarding Baby M moving to bottle feeding.

But, I got distracted in the middle of writing and started reading a few other Mom blogs.  One was about a woman’s struggle with infertility and how she is still trying after many years to conceive.  Another was about a Mom with a child who has a serious illness.  I then thought about a few of my friends whose husbands are in the military.  They are not only raising their kids alone but also have to deal with missing and worrying about their husbands. 

Suddenly my frustration with breastfeeding didn’t seem so important.  Now, I already knew that it wasn’t a huge problem in the grand scheme of things, but I really needed to gain a bit of perspective.  This is one of the great things about havng a network of other Mom’s (whether in real life or in the blogosphere).  It’s so important to have friends that you can share your struggles with – big or small.  Because our small struggles are important and we need to have people that won’t judge us for our small worries.  But, it is also important to gain perspective and look at our problems in relation to the big picture. 

I am sure that the woman who is trying to become pregnant would love to be worrying about whether or not she can breastfeed her baby.  So while I am still a little sad about no longer breastfeeding Baby M, I am not feeling upset by it.  It’s such a small thing, really.  I’m so lucky that I was able to have that special time with her for almost 5 months.  And, let me just add that if any of you happen to do a Google search about weaning a young baby and happen to find the same link I did – It is NOT true that your baby will be traumatized by weaning and wonder if their mother still loves them.  Yes, someone actually wrote that!!!  Talk about Mommy Guilt! 

So, tonight I am counting my blessings that my biggest worry of the week is trying to figure out how many ounces Baby M should be drinking and which formula is best for her.  How do you choose from so many formula choices?  I was going to go with the one that had the cutest, cuddliest teddy bear on the front but thought that may not be the most educated way to make a decision.  Guess I’ll be calling the pediatrician tomorrow. 

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Is Motherhood a Thankless Job?

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During a recent family vacation to Myrtle Beach, I was changing Baby M’s diaper in the back of our SUV. A man walking in the parking lot saw me, smiled and said “It’s a Thankless Job, isn’t it?  Happy Mother’s Day!”  I just kind of smiled back.  After he left, I wished I had said no, it’s not a Thankless Job at all – I have two great children.

This led me to wonder – Is Motherhood a Thankless Job?  Well, it definitely has its thankless moments.  It’s not exactly like your typical job.  I don’t have a boss that pats me on the back or gives me a raise when I do a great job.  And when Little E is throwing a fit and I am putting him in time out for the 4’th time in 1 hour, he doesn’t stop, look at me with a smile and say “Mommy, you are doing such a great job.  I know you are teaching me a lesson so that I will grow up to be a productive member of society.  Super Nanny would be Proud!”  No, I have yet to hear that!  So, technically speaking, I guess it is a thankless job.

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