Tuesday, February 14, 2012

I've got boogers and other things my son taught me this Valentine's Day

The past few weeks Little A has had a brutal cold.  It keeps coming back, annoying little virus that it is!!  That combined with some really exciting things going on for me I haven't had much time to sit down let alone post.  So today's post is just a few quick insights into the things my almost 3 year old little man has helped me to realize as of late.

1. Boogers are a very exciting thing! 
    Since this cold has joined out lives little man has learned to blow his nose like a big boy.  That does not mean however that the boogers stay in the tissue.  His new favorite this to do is announce in a very enthusiastic voice "I have boogers!!!" and then proceed to share them with whatever part of me he can reach.  (disclaimer: this is not Little A in the pic this is an image I found using a Google search for toddlers and boogers) 

    2. It is sometimes ok to eat a chocolate bar for breakfast!
     The past few morning Little A has woken up feeling kind of crummy due to his cold and he always asks for a mini chocolate bar for the car ride to daycare.  Most mornings I tell him no, but today I gave in.  This may not qualify me for mother of the year in most people's eyes, but to him it was the world's greatest gift.  He saw it as mommy responding to something he asked for and actually saying yes, yippee!!  He was so excited.  I figure as long as we don't do this every day it isn't that bad, and at least it was dark chocolate so it was sort of healthy right? :)

    3. I will never be perfect or be able to do every single thing I want to for Little A exactly the way I want to, but to him that doesn't matter!

    I have had a lot going on over the past few weeks personally, professionally and just in general.  There have been a few times, more than I care to admit, that I have not been the most "present" mom for Little A.  I admit, he watches WAY more tv than he should (look for a post on that next week!) and plays with things most people wouldn't consider toys like old phones, unplugged cords and surge protectors and old computers.  I question my effectiveness as a mom almost every minute of every day.  Then today I pick up Little A from daycare and he hands me a beautiful heart he made me with a very nice poem.  He tells me "Happy Valentimes Day Mommy I Love You" and I realized that even though I am not perfect, the most important person in my life still loves me and that is all that will ever matter!!

    So this is me wishing all of you days filled with boogers, chocolate and most of all LOTS of love be it imperfect or not!  Happy Valentine's Day!!


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

So we are all supposed to be grown ups, right?!

It has been a while since I have written and I wish this was going to be a more fun post, but I just have to put this in writing.

I decided to start a blog for many reasons, but one of the biggest was I read a LOT of blogs and love to see what people have to say.  I figured if even one person enjoys reading what I write, that is pretty amazing, so I gave it a shot.  Obviously mine is just a little blog meant for a few, but most of those I read have thousands of readers.

Over the past few days I have watched a few things unfold on some of these blogs.  I have watched moms bashing other moms for their life choices (SAHM, WAHM, work outside the home, breast feed in public or not, co-sleep or not) and I was about at my wits end when the last straw hit.  I watched 2 bloggers attack each other each claiming to be the more original blogger and criticizing the other for "stealing" each others material.  These were very public, very vulgar bashings.  As I was reading these posts I thought to myself, "aren't we all supposed to be grown ups?"  Both of these pages are for 21+ so I would hope that the admins themselves are at least 21, and I felt like I was trapped in my classroom with 2 teenage girls about to pull each others hair!

The most disturbing part was I couldn't stop reading it!!!  It was like I was a gaper driving past a car accident craning my neck as far as possible only this was much easier to see.  As I was reading I just become more and more disgusted and realized I was most disgusted with myself for reading it, so I unliked both pages and am moving on.

The reason I am writing this post is because I really feel the internet has given us this sense of invincibility and bad-assness that we typically only see in teenagers and I am wondering if that is a good thing.  I mean of course we grown ups like to feel invincible too, but how many of us would actually verbally attack a co-worker or fellow mom at the park simply for having a different opinion?

My new goal is to try and think before I type just as I think before I speak and to avoid all the drama!  I see no reason to get involved or even bear witness to behavior that makes me feel like I am teaching my 15 year olds.  It may be a cheesy old adage, but I plan to "do unto others as you would have them do unto you" and I most definitely don't want to be treated the way I have seen others treating people on many blogs lately.

Ok now this is me climbing off my soap box :)  More fun post to come soon!

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