Monday, January 25, 2016

Interview with my almost four year old

Grant is turning four in a couple of weeks. I cannot believe it! My little guy is turning four! It is insane how time flies. So on facebook, there is a thing going around where people are posting questions answered by their kids. I did something similar to this last year: Interview with a three year old    
Love this kid!


It is amazing how much his answers have changed  just in the last year. He carefully thought of his answers this time. You could tell he was really thinking hard about them:

 1. What is something I always say to you? "Don't let the bed bugs bite"

2. What makes me happy? "Chocolate milk" (well that makes Grant happy more than me. lol)

3. What makes me sad? "Chocolate milk again"

4. How do I make you laugh? "With Chocolate milk" (obviously this kid is on a chocolate milk kick)

5. What was I like as a child? "You drove a firetruck"

6. How old am I? "3"

7. How tall am I? "3 inches"

8. What is my favorite thing to do? "Play with a baby"

9. What do I do when you're not around? "Work"

10. What am I really good at? "Playing your laptop"

11. What is something I'm not good at? "With my kindle"

12. What do I do for a job? "No, I don't know"

13. What is my favorite food? "lettuce" (Not really Grant! lol)

14. What do you enjoy doing with me? "Playing in the sandbox" 

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The Great Debate

Oh my goodness. It has been WAY too long since I have posted. I didn't mean for that to happen. Life has been crazy busy and I have let this blog get away from me. Sorry. There has been one thing lately that I have been seeing quite a bit of and it has inspired me to get back into my blog writing. The common theme  that I have been seeing recently in social media and in the talk around me in my everyday life, is the Working Mom verses Stay-at-Home-Mom debate. It really shouldn't even be a debate. It is a choice and sometimes it isn't always a choice, it has to be that way in order for that family to make ends meet financially. Choice or not, no one should feel like one way is better than the other. Neither one, should be devalued. But often times they are. Society looks down on stay-at-home moms, saying their jobs are easy and they get to stay at home and do what they want all day long. But then society also looks down at working mothers, saying they obviously don't care about their children, and rather put their careers first. Or that they get a break from the kids, and still get an opportunity to interact with adults. I wish these judgements that women make on each other and that other people make would disintegrate. Why can't we just say both are hard in different ways, and that it doesn't really matter which way you choose to raise your children as long as they are provided for socially, emotionally, physically, etc?

That is the question I ask myself quite often, especially when I see different opinion pieces on the matter. Two recent blog pieces that really got to me was from a stay-at-home mother: Stay at Home Challenge  and from a working mother: Working doesn't make you a better mom  Even though these pieces are from each side of the " Great Debate". They really send similar messages, that being a stay-at-home mother somehow makes you a "better" mom. But what does that even mean? Why can't we just be a mother? How ever we do that (whether that be a working mother, working from home mother, or stay at home mother) doesn't make us better than the other. It  is just part of how our child gets raised, but it shouldn't define us as a mother. I wish I could scrap all the labels and just say I am a mother. Working doesn't change the fact I am a mother. And it doesn't make me any less of a mother. And those who stay at home with their children are not less than a woman who works outside of the home.

Don't get me wrong, as a mother, working and juggling motherhood is not easy at all. There are times were I have felt like the writer in the article "Working doesn't make you a better mom." There have been times where I have felt like a failure at parenting, because I couldn't be there at that exact moment. There have been times when I just wanted to throw in the towel and quit my job so I could stay at home with my kids. There have been times where I feel like it is impossible to give my 100 percent to my job, being a mother and a wife. While I have felt every emotion, I am sure most mothers feel this way in whatever path they take. The other unknown side always seems like the better side. And really with every option there are pros and cons. Not one side is better than the other. But when you feel like you are drowning, that other side sure seems like the more desirable side. It has taken me almost four years to master the art of being a working mother. I have felt many ups and downs with it, but for me I feel like I am finally in a place, where it works for me. It is my normal and I am happy with it. For me, I love working, I don't think I would be happy if I didn't work. But that is the beauty, to be able to make that choice. That choice to stay at home or to become a working mom. And if it isn't a choice but rather a necessity, I think it is important to make it part of your normal, but not let it define you as a mother or make you feel any less of a person and mother. We are all good mothers, doing what we think is best for our children. Let's throw out the stereotypes of the "working moms" and the "stay-at-home moms". Let's say we are all good enough in what we do. I am not better than a mother who stays at home with her children. And she isn't better than I am. We are mothers, caring for our children the best way that we can.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

My little sassafras

Sometimes Holly likes to crack a smile

So serious and likes to eat dirt


First off my blog writing is being really scarce this year! Sorry never have very much time to write. Now that Holly is also mobile, her and Grant have become a big handful! I realized that recently in my blog entries that I haven't talked much about Holly. So she is overdue for her own entry! She is simply adorable and definitely keeps me on my toes.

She has so much attitude already and I think I am in BIG trouble when she is two and three. I already feel like she has been in her terrible twos in the last four months. It doesn't help that she takes a lot of notes from the way Grant acts.

So her are some fun things going on with little Holly!

Nicknames: Hollybob, Bob, and Bobble. These are all the names she has seemed to aquire at the daycare. lol. She was called Hollybob by our last care provider because she would always bob her head around. Now the nickname has stuck and has kind of evolved.

Favorite Food: First off, Holly LOVES to eat. She always wants to eat. She seems to like quite a bit. She really loves bake potato. Chicken nuggets are her favorite too.

Favorite thing to do: She love taking babywipes and cleaning my house with them. I'm actually impressed how good she can clean my coffee table. She will go, "Wipes, Wipes" when she wants to clean something

Her favorite thing that she is attached to and must have with her at all times: Her blanket! If she doesn't have her blanket, she will have a meltdown. She is so attached to her blanket. I never thought I would have a kid so attached to her blanket. The thing is so gross and dirty. And trying to clean it is nearly impossible since she never wants to give it up.

Favorite animal: Cats and dogs! She love them both so much. She loves to pet random people's dogs. And she loves our cat Marco so much. She is always concerned when he is trying to get downstairs to the basement if the door is closed. She will go to me, and say, "Kitty out, Kitty out" to get my attention that the cat needs to go downstairs. She loves cats and dogs so much!

Other facts about Holly:

  •  She loves being outside! Driving the cozy coup is her favorite
  •  She is fiercely independent already and wants to do everything on her own.
  • She is very serious and rarely cracks a smile on camera.
  • She is very friendly, and says hi to everyone she sees in public.
  •  She loves to make "food" in her play kitchen and then tell us to "Eat" 
  •  She is very sassy, and will say "Noooooo!" when she really doesn't want something or doesn't want to do a certain thing.
Holly is simply adorable and makes me smile everyday.  :)

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Interview with a three year old

 In one one of the online mom groups that I am in, someone posted questions to ask your toddler. You had to write down their answers exactly what they said. There were some funny answers. I thought I would do this with Grant, and his answers made me laugh. He thought it was a game. He liked it so much he asked if I had another game after I was finished with asking the questions.

My favorite is he thinks I am only one years old. But somehow I got older when I he was born. According to him I was two. Also the thing that I am good at is people. Not sure what that means. Maybe he thinks I am a good people person.

Enjoy these funny words from a three year old as much I did.

Kids say the darnest things. :)

Grant likes answering questions but doesn't like his picture getting taken.

1) What is your name?

2) How old are you?

3) What are you favorite things? 
"Chocolate Milk, Kindle, my hot wheels and playing in the pool"

4) What do you like to do?
"Play in the pool"

5) What is your favorite color?

6) What is your sister's name?
"Hollybob. She is my baby"

7)How old is Hollybob?

8) Do you love your sister?

9) When does Holly make you mad?
"Her take my hotwheels. I not like it."

10) What color of hair do you have?

11) What is your favorite tv show?

12) What is your favorite toys? 
"My Mcdonald's toys, they are my favorite."

13) Where do you want to go to vacation at?
"Great wolf lodge"

14) What do you want to be when you grow up?
"Ho, ho"

15) What is your favorite food?

16) What is something mom always says to you?
“Are you happy?"

17) What makes mom happy?
“I love you"

18) What makes mom sad?

19) What was mom like as a child?
“Like Hollybob" 

 20)How old is mom?

 21)How tall is mom?
"This big" (He reaches really high with his arms)

 22)What is mom’s favorite thing to do?
"Watch TV"

23) If mom becomes famous what will it be for?

24) What is mom really good at?

25) What is mom not really good at?
“Messing with my hot wheels" 

26)What does mom do for a job?
"Going to work in your car"

 27) What is mom's favorite food?

28)What makes you proud of your mom?

29)  If mom was a character who would she be?
“Cake Boss" 

 30)What do you and mom do together?

 31) How are you and mom the same?
“You are high like Daddy" 

32)How are you and mom different?
“You are high"

 33)What does mom like most about dad?
“You love him"

 34)Where is moms favorite place to go?
“To go get cookies"

35)  How old was mom when you were born?

Friday, May 22, 2015

My mini me

It has been way too long since I have updated with a new blog entry! I never have anytime to update this blog anymore. Things have been so crazy as usual! My children keep me on my toes. I wish I had more time in a day. But anyways, this entry is dedicated to my mini me, Grant.

Grant has my looks down, the perfect eye roll

And the mischievous grin

 As older as Grant gets, the more and more her reminds me of me. Not only does he look like me, but boy does he act like me. Now that he can articulate himself more and communicate better, I have more moments, where I think to myself, "oh my God, I would say something like that." It's a good moment of self awareness when you see yourself in a form of a three year old. It makes you realize how ridiculous you may be about certain things in life. For example, about a month ago, we asked Grant to try a food from his lunch. He refused. He decided he didn't like it. We said "Grant you need to try at least one bit." He threw a big fit about it. Finally he decided to have a bit, but when he did, you would have thought he was dying. He freaked out, and spit it out and said, "Ewie, Ewie, Ewie." At that moment of how ridiculous he was acting, it was a sad moment of realization, that oh man, I have acted that way as a grown adult over food before. (Which is really sad that I am admitting this, but I hate trying new food. I get it in my head that I don't want to try it and sometimes act a little ridiculous about it if Matt wants me to try something new.) It's never good to see yourself in a true light in a form of a three year old. It's a good awakening of self awareness. That's for sure.

Grant is so sassy with his words. When he says something, I think to myself, that is something I would say. He does this funny thing where he goes, "Ugh.. Holly took my toy," or "Ugh.. I want my chocolate milk."..."Ugh!!" At first, I thought where did he pick that up from? Then one day I got mad about something and found myself saying, "Ugh!" just like how Grant does it. I realized, oh man, Grant picked that up from me, and I do say, "Ugh" quite a bit. It is amazing how kids pick things up that you say.

It's nice, funny and scary at times to have a mini me. Grant makes me smile everyday. The things he says and does, reminds me of myself. It's so funny to see a version of yourself in a form of a three year old and watch them grow.

Me with my brother Nick, when I was about three years old.

Look at that face of mine, Grant has such a Megan face. :)

Always sassy

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Mom must haves: Baby Shower Edition

I love getting presents for baby showers. It is fun to pick out something for a newborn baby. I love getting adorable outfits or picking something off the person's registry. But when I think of myself, I remember being very overwhelmed with what to put on my registry, and what I should get to prepare for a baby. When you are completely new to motherhood, it is overwhelming. When I was pregnant with Grant, I had no idea how many things babies need. What makes it more overwhelming is there are just so many baby things out there that claim to be must haves.

At my baby shower, one of the things I really appreciated was receiving from Matt's aunt, a collection of her favorite baby items. Her mom must haves. They weren't things necessary on my registry, or outfits that my kids will eventually out grow, but items that are good to have in your back pocket when things go awry. Motherhood throws all kinds of curve-balls. Boogers, spit-up, messy faces, upset tummies, fussiness. The list could go on. Motherhood is definitely an adventure. So it's good to have some items to be able to handle those adventures and the unexpected surprises that may come about.

My friend Ashley is expecting in May and is having a baby shower. Instead on getting my normal cute outfit, or picking something from the registry, I thought I would do something different. I want to share my must have mom favorites. The things that I have discovered along the way of this motherhood adventure, that makes life a little easier.  So this blog entry is dedicated to you Ashley. I have come up with some must have items and put together a cute basket of items. Makes for a great shower present! And a toolkit for a new mother! So here are must have favorites for a new mom:

1) Baby in Sight Mirror:
This is something I actually didn't have at first. And I didn't see the point of it. But once I had Grant and started driving him places, I started getting anxiety when driving. I hated not being able to see him. The mirror is not so much for the baby, but more for your sanity and ease. It is nice to be able to see your baby's cute little face through your rear view mirror. With a mirror, you can make sure the baby is ok, and see if he or she is sleeping. This mirror is great and such a must have for every car you have.

2) Rinse and Roll Bib:
I actually stumbled upon one of these at Target when Grant was about 8 months old. It is truely brilliant. Unlike cloth bib that stain and are literally impossible to keep clean., the rinse and roll bib is super easy to clean. What is also nice about it, is it catches all the food. Instead of finding random surprises of food somewhere on your baby, you'll find all the food in this little pocket thing. This bib is wonderful! I still use it for Holly. I love it!

3) Baby Orajel Tooth brush and training toothpaste. (with no fluoride):
A lot of people do not realize that tooth and gum care starts very early in a baby's life. When you feed a newborn, (bottle or breast) you should actually take a small wet paper towel or wash cloth to wipe their gums. Especially when you start them on solids. Once they have their first tooth come in, you should start brushing their one tooth along with gently brush their gums. The AAP actually suggests taking you baby to the dentist as soon as their first tooth comes in. This is to check to make sure everything is coming in ok, and to get the baby use to going to the dentist. The earlier the better!

4) Bottle Brush:
 I got this brush as a present at my shower, and I absolutely love this particular brush. This is great for any more who is going to use bottles for formula or breastmilk. Plus if you are going to be a pumping, this is great to clean your pump parts with a little soap and water before sterilizing them. This particular brush has a little bristle built in the bottom of the brush. This bristle can get into small spaces to clean, and clean the bottle nipples as well. I loved using the small bristle part to clean the part of my pump attachments, where milk gets stuck, but there is no way to clean it with just a regular brush. This particular bottle brush is a life saver! And it has a suction cup to stick on the sink or counter.

5)Crunch and play book:
One thing I have discovered is babies love things that crunch and make a bunch of noise. This particular crunch and play book, was one of Grant's favorites, early on. He loved to play with it. It is a great little toy to give while in the car or laying on the floor. Just a great toy to explore.

6) Boogie Wipes:
This is one of my ultimate favorites, and I use them ALL the time. Especially during the cold and flu season when there are a lot of runny noses. What is nice about boogy wipes, is it has saline in them, and it makes it not as harsh as a tissue to wipe the nose. Plus it makes it a lot easier for those nasty boogies to come out! Both of my kids fights less when I use boogie wipes. It isn't as rough on their nose, and more bearable. These things are great!

7) A safety bath ducky:
This duck is an indicator to tell you when your bath water is too hot and not safe to put your little one it. This may seem like common sense, to be able to tell how hot water gets. But the thing is, you don't realize how hot water gets. It may seem hot enough for you, but it may actually be too hot for the baby. What I love about this ducky, it is will turn white and say "Hot" if you have the water too hot for the baby. This is just a great way to double check, to make sure the temperature is safe for the baby.

8) Little Remedies Saline Solution and Nose Sucker:
This is a product I swear by. One thing you will discover when you have a baby, is that there really isn't much you can do if they have a cold. Your pediatrician will say, "Use saline drops and a Nose Sucker (well they would you a fancier name then nose sucker, that is my name for it.) Keep baby elevated and use a humidifier." This makes you feel completely frustrated and helpless that you really can't do much for your newborn/baby when they are all stuffed up and can't breath. This particular brand of drops, I love, because you can use it as a spray or as drops. Plus the nose sucker is great because the tube piece is clean and you can actually see if snot is coming out of it. And the tube fits better in small nostrils then the standard blue hospital aspirator. I love this stuff! This is another product I buy quite a bit of.

9) Forgot to label nine, I just realized! But nine is behind 8, and it is Butt Paste:
This stuff is some of the best diaper rash cream. This helps get rid of terrible diaper rash quickly. And the name of it makes me giggle. Love this stuff!

Last but not least all of these great items are in a cute bin. That is my # 10. I find bin/ storage crates as a wonderful way to store baby items. I use them to put diapers in, to but baby shoes in, and to put baby items that I need to keep out of reach from Grant and Holly. Bins are a great way to organize your life as a new mother. And plus  there are a lot of styles you can choose from. I am in love with this particular bin that I got at Target.

So this is my must have mom kit. I actually have more must haves! It is hard to limit it to just 10 items. My list could go on. Really what you will discover as a new mom, is you'll find what works for you. Some items will work great and others not so much. And every baby is different. Some things that worked with my first kid didn't work with my second. So I hope this basket is helpful to you Ashley as a new mom. :) Enjoy motherhood it is great!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

The silly things my three year old says

It is literally impossible to get a picture of a moving three year old

I can't believe Grant is already three years old. He turned three two weeks ago. It is amazing how much he has grown in the last 6 months. Well not really length and weight. He only gained 2 inches and four pounds from two to three. But with his language development and mental development, had skyrocketed in the last few months. He is so smart for his age and he says the funniest things. I really love this age and the funny personality that is coming out of him. He definitely has a mind of his own. He makes me laugh on a daily basis.

I thought I dedicate this entry to the silly things Grant says. Here are some things he has said recently that makes me chuckle and wonder what goes on in that little head of his.

"Are you happy Mommy? Are you happy Daddy?" Grant likes to ask us this question, every five minutes. I guess he wants to check our mental health and make sure we are happy on a regular basis.

"I have a bumblebee stuck in butt"- He says this sometimes when he is trying to go poop. Oh man.. lol.

"I have a poop tail" Oh potty time. This is what Grant told Matt today while he was going poop.

"I want a mohawk!" He told this to the barber on Friday when he got his haircut.

Me: "I need coffee in my life."
Grant: "I need chocolate milk in my life"

"Happy Valentines Day Mommy!" This was a really sweet thing Grant told me on Valentines Day and then everyday after that for a whole week. :)

Nurse at the doctor's office "How old are you Grant?"
Grant who is holding five fingers up, "Three."
Me: "Grant is still learning how many fingers to hold up."
Grant: "No, its too hard to put down my thumb."
(A good reason why he can't hold up three fingers, I just thought he didn't know the difference between three and five yet. )

Grant: "I want to pee standing up!"
Me: "Ok, Grant."
As Grant is peeing: "It's a rocket ship"

"Get out Holly, I need my privacy".

Grant: "There is a spooky robot and a spooky Mommy under my bed."
Me: "Do you mean a spooky mummy?"
Grant: "No, a spooky you."

Me: "Ok Grant, we can play hide and go seek, I will count to ten. Go hide somewhere."
Grant: "I go hide in my bed."
Me: "Grant it makes it easy to find you if you tell me where you are.
This is the same exact hiding place he hides EVERYtime we play hide and go seek. I even tried to count in his bed so he wouldn't hide there, and he go upset and went right next to me to hide in his bed. lol

"I eat Cheerios to grow big."

Everyday when Matt picks up Grant from the sitters he goes down her steps and says, " I am a bunny, hop, hop, hop."

When you ask Grant what his name is, his reply, "Three!"

Just now I had to help Grant go potty and he peed, he says, "I peed out a bumble bee." Him and his bumble bees.

Grant makes me laugh! He is a good entertainment :)

Love this silly guy!