This is all I’ve got today, folks. Happy Humpday!
This is all I’ve got today, folks. Happy Humpday!
This one? Is fearless. Such a different little person from her big sister.
Quiet. Easy-going. And mobile.
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We are very fortunate that the hurricane has brought only power loss and a bit of rain our way. I take comfort in the fact that our house is up on a hill, in an elevated area of town. Still, severe weather is a huge trigger for my anxiety.
This is how my husband is helping battle it. Forgive me if the YouTube like doesn’t play in this window. I’m blogging from my phone.
Hoping you are staying safe if you’re in Sandy’s path.
Staying home is hard. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not starting any mommy wars here. Mommy wars shouldn’t even be a thing, because obviously the children starting the whole thing.
“My mom won’t let me eat ice cream for dinner.”
“What?! Not cool.”
“I know! Let’s pit them against each other. They’ll be so busy fighting about who has it worse, they won’t have enough energy to argue with us about anything.”
So let’s all agree that we all have it the worst. Every situation has its benefits and its drawbacks. And no matter what your situation, I think we all have moments when we wonder if we’ve made the right decision for ourselves and our families. I know lately I’ve felt overwhelmed by being at home at my children’s every beck and call.
And then this happens and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to stay home and not miss a moment. Remind me of this post in a week when I’m fed up. Again.
I feel like I should explain before I publish this video and share it with the internet and my future grandchildren.
Yesterday I went to Target for two things: storage bins and swiffer sweeping cloths. I came back with kids’ scissors, construction paper, a dress, a clock, and an inflatable moose head.
I couldn’t help myself. At first when I picked it up from the clearance shelf, I intended only to laugh at the ridiculousness of its existence. Then I flipped the box over and read the back:
Decorating your home has never been so easy! Simply inflate your moose head, then hang it up to instantly add character to any room. Inflated moose head measures 30″H x 29″W x 24″D. Made from durable vinyl, the moose head comes with a repair patch for any accidents and its own hang tab and string for quick and easy decorating. Easy, inflatable, fun! Wooden mount not included.
Since when was inflatable vinyl considered decorating? I mean, I like a good animal carcass on the wall as much as the next girl, but I like mine good and dead. Not plastic. And it sure seems a little large. But wait. It comes with a repair patch? For inflatable moose head-related accidents? Sold.
And then it jumped in my cart, rode home in my car, and sat on the table during dinner while my husband and I finished a bottle of wine.
This video is a result of that bottle of wine. And though I believe I might regret posting this, it’s just too silly not to share.
So I had a moment the other day when I realized our morning was pretty great. Messy and great. And I wanted to document it.
I have no idea what possessed me to make it into a vlog. And an embarrassing one at that. With me in no makeup. But I sure am glad I’m not alone. A’Driane’s doing it too.
To you and yours, whatever holiday you celebrate, I hope it is a wonderful one.
My gift to you. Video of a ukulele Christmas music parade…or of a toddler being chased and tortured by ukulele music. You decide. Either way, the “is Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree a Christmas song?” and the strange little walk at the end of the video get me every time. I am a very lucky wife and mother.
Only a few more weeks to go. I have so many blog posts rumbling around in my head…about how hard it is to accept help, about how I keep from yelling at my ever-more-frustrating threenager, and about how much I love this little girl who is about to join our family.
But alas, I’m spending my free time sleeping these days. I forgot how hard the last few weeks of pregnancy are and my hat is off (once again) to pregnant women everywhere.
I’m done. So very pregnant and uncomfortable. So ready to be full-term and for a little girl who will hopefully come just a smidge before Christmas. I’m nervous about all the big changes about to rock our family. But I’m also really good – calm, prepared, letting go of my need to have everything perfect, and feeling *normal*. Any mom who has suffered with PPD, antenatal depression, or anxiety will understand how valuable normal is. It’s a beautiful thing.
So I’m trying to soak up these last few weeks – because this will be our last baby – and I will miss moments like this:
A couple of weeks ago, I posted this video of Baby Girl moving and grooving.
I must have watched it a dozen times. Each time, I marveled at her kicks…until the last view, when I realized I had just posted a 42 second video of my crotch in sweatpants. Admit it. You can’t even focus on the baby kicking anymore. Um…yeah.
A’Driane and I were chatting one night and cracked up over my realization. I think all of my belly pics have been in pajamas, and now the video of sweatpant crotch. And you know what? I’m totally okay with it. I’m rockin’ those sweats, baby.
I spend time almost every morning blowing my hair dry and putting on makeup. I feel great on the days when I get dressed and look nice. I might even feel pretty. But other days, those sweats are the only thing I can bear to pull on. So soft. So warm. So comfortable. So….real. Nobody spends all their time looking as put-together as we do in our About Me photos. You know you have a pair of sweats that make you feel all warm and cozy inside. Let’s all agree to be a little less formal with each other and get comfortable.
I dare you to post a pic of you in your favorite sweats. Blog it, tweet it, facebook it, whatever. It’s time we get real with each other, folks. You’ll feel so much better letting it all hang out.
Oh – and head on over to A’Driane’s place at Butterfly Confessions. She’s rockin’ the sweatpant crotch today, too!