Tuesday, September 30, 2008
She heard me talking on the phone to her Aunt Susie and when I got off the phone she asked, "Mommy - is there really a bug in my tummy!??!" She sounded panicked. The idea of a bug being in her body was not settling at all.
I assured her that it wasn't really a bug... just a figure of speech. She gave me a blank stare and then climbed on the couch to watch a movie. That's how I know my child doesn't feel good... she feels too icky to ask more questions.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
But the truth is, it's mostly a mental thing for me. I can get myself all psyched up for being alone with the kids all week, but it's really not that bad. Don't get me wrong, it's extremely hectic without him there taking one of the kids while I tend to the other. But if I tell myself to calm down and deal with one thing at the time, it's manageable! Dinner can wait a few minutes while I change Brady's diaper. Kennedy can get her own juice. I can bathe Kennedy while the Brady sits in the swing.
But there is nothing like having my hubby at home. Kennedy will ask for him everyday until he gets home. Thursday at 10:00 pm can't come soon enough!!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Maybe he just saw that I was struggling to hold onto both kids. Since cars were passing us on the driveway, I was holding Kennedy's hand to make sure she stayed close by.. and then I was also carrying Brady in his car seat. Bless his little heart - he was sleeping. So I'm hoping that's what prompted his comment because I certainly don't want to be one of those people who always looks like she's scouring.
Sure - I am tired, overworked, fighting a cold and a single parent this week... but I am trying very hard to look at the upside of things:
We are getting ready to move into our brand new house.
I have two healthy and wonderful children.
My husband and I have good jobs.
We are preparing for a visit from the LaPierre family in a few weeks.
So, note to self: Smile (or at the very least, have a pleasant look on my face).
Sunday, September 21, 2008
View of the living area with fireplace...
Looking into the living room over the bar in the kitchen...Kennedy gives a thumbs up to the progress of her new room...
View of the kitchen from the eating area...
Saturday, September 20, 2008
But in a brief moment of downtime, I had an interesting conversation with a co-worker that got me thinking about being a working mommy. With the challenges I have faced over the past year in my job, the question was posed to me: Would you leave LSUS to work somewhere else? Chris and I moved back to Shreveport in order to be closer to my family and to settle down. Funny thing is, I haven't quite felt settled since we moved here. Part of that is not having a house that we OWN, but that will change soon. I'll write more on that tomorrow.
But the work/life balance has been extremely difficult to achieve. When I am in a job I enjoy, I commit myself to it 110%. Honestly, I love my job at LSUS. It's the perfect job for me. But it was so much easier to commit 110% to a job when Chris and I didn't have children. Now, with two amazing kids, it's impossible... not to mention, it's something I really don't want to do. I want to spend more time with my family and less time working. I often brought my laptop home to catch up on work, but after having Brady - I have only brought it home twice and both times, I never got it out of my laptop case. Before I know it, my kids will be grown and I'll wonder where the time went. I don't want to answer that question with .... WORKING.
So how do women do it? Some are career-driven mommies and some are mommies who just happened to have a career. Which one am I? I leaned more toward career-driven mommy with just one child to take care of. But now I want to be mommy first, career second. But how can I do that when my job kicks my butt? The workload I carry is too much for one person... and I don't like to do anything half-ass. What's a working mommy to do?
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
1. He can roll over! When he rolled over for the first time last week, I thought it was a fluke. But since he's done it twice since then, I think he's officially hit that milestone!
2. He can spit up and pee on me at the same time. Review exhibit A:
As I was getting ready to give B a bath last night, I got him naked and picked him up... when low-and-behold - I felt a warmth on my shoulder. Spit up. Nothing new. But then I felt a warmth on my stomach. Yup! He peed on me! I'm sure he'll enjoy seeing this picture when he gets older....
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
Since Chris has another "man" in the house now, he has someone to share this sports passion with. So I decided this weekend that we would start a new tradition.
Friday, September 5, 2008
Here are the blushing bride and her bridesmaids...