• Parenting is hard sometimes.

    This is hard.

    I wish I could say that our day yesterday somehow magically made everything better. We had a great day. After I wrote, she came down and we snuggled on the couch and finished Chronicles of Narnia, which we’ve been watching in pieces over the last little while. We went to pick up the boys and made a big show of “pretending” she had been at school. She loved it. This morning we were back at square one. Actually, to be totally transparent, we were about 10 steps behind square one. It was a rough go. You see, on top of her just feeling a bit burnt out by the routine,…

  • Mom Stuff,  Parenting is hard sometimes.

    A little bit of advice.

    “Enjoy every minute. It all goes so fast.” I think this is one of the hardest things to hear as a parent, particularly in the early days. You know the days I mean: the ones that feel never ending and the lack of sleep makes 60 minutes in each hour feel more like 6 million. If I had a nickel for every time some well meaning person offered this sage advice to me as I was out juggling a newborn + kids + whatever errand I was attempting at the time, I’d be a rich woman. Those words often induced so much guilt for me. I love being a mom.…

  • Parenting is hard sometimes.,  W*

    We had a long night.

    I mentioned that he had his four month check up on Friday, and with that came his next round of routine vaccinations. One of the vaccines he received was a second dose to protect against Rotavirus. The doctor warned me that he could experience a mild upset stomach and vomiting for a few days, but he didn’t react at all to his first dose so I wasn’t worried. On Friday night he spiked a low fever. This is pretty a common side effect to vaccinations– especially since he had had three in total that day. He was a little uncomfortable, so I gave him some baby Tylenol to help settle…

  • Parenting is hard sometimes.

    It Isn’t Covid*

    When we decided to send the kids back to school, I knew they’d get sick at some point. We’ve been so healthy at home isolated in our little bubble, and I knew that reintroducing them to the wonderful cesspool that is elementary school would inevitably bring sickness back into our home. I just thought that I might get more than a week in before it happened. We’ve had some kind of nasty cold bug ripping through our house and it’s been such a long week. M and S had the worst of it. We are both fully vaccinated, but I was worried that he had a breakthrough case… and when…

  • I Can Do Hard Things*,  Parenting is hard sometimes.

    Today was my first solo drop off.

    M had to go into work today, so he helped as much as he could before leaving, but then I was on my own. So, naturally, all the things that could complicate the morning happened all at once. My late night storm watching two nights ago left me totally exhausted last night. By the time I got W to sleep I was a bit of a zombie, and I could barely keep my eyes open. I decided just to make lunches in the morning, because, you know, that’s never a bad idea. I set my alarm for 6:30, planning to get up before everyone and shower early, because I think…