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Ten Thought Tuesday: The Walking Edition

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  1. The little guy spent his whole weekend with a permanent smile on his face…as he walked away.  Not that he’d walk for the camera…
  2. My drive to work this morning was absolutely beautiful.  I have a half-hour drive to work and most of it is on a road in the middle of fields.  There was a thick (read very thick) fog and because of the snow-covered fields on either side of the road, it felt like I was driving through the clouds in a fantasy land.
  3. Communication is an odd thing.  Between what you want to say, what you actually said, what you think you said, what your interlocutor heard and what s/he interpreted there is sometimes a world of difference.
  4. I would like to give something to my son’s sitter for Christmas because I’m am so happy with her in-home daycare and how happy my son is there, but I’m am at a loss as to what to give her as I don’t know her very well yet.  Any ideas?
  5. I’m currently doing a Masters-level course on effective education practices and it’s is really interesting.  I’ll probably be writing about it in more detail soonish.
  6. In less than a week, my son will have completely switched to formula.  I can’t put my finger on how I feel about this probably because I’m feeling waaaaay too many emotions at once LOL.
  7. My cluster for my dash is broken.  This means that my speedometer, my RPM meter and my gas meter aren’t working.  Soooo, I need to rely on the sound of my motor in relation to the position of my shifter (thank goodness I drive stick!) to determine my speed and my odometer to determine when I need to put gas in my car.  My mechanic told me he’d have time to fix it after the holidays…
  8. I’m really trying to figure out how I want to organize my professional life this year.  I already know that I don’t want to be teaching in a classroom and that I love teaching resource, but right now, I’m working part-time in one school, doing one evening of tutoring, another evening and half of Saturday teaching resource in a private clinic and tomorrow, I’m meeting with human resources at a private school because they’re looking for someone who can teach resource about 10 hours a week to grade 11 and 12 students!
  9. This weekend, I am making a dairy-free carob cake to celebrate my son’s birthday at my parents’.  I just need to find a recipe base I can modify 😀
  10. Started watching Dexter (I’ve only watched one episode so far) I’m not sure how I feel about it.  It’s weird yet interesting, disturbing yet refreshingly different.

Happy Tuesday everyone!

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Friday Photo Recap: The Video Edition

Today, I’m breaking the “rules” and posting a video instead of a few pictures.  It was taken on Tuesday, but I feel it a very accurate representation of our week at home.

This ^ is what happened every time I put my son down on the floor since Monday.  Every.  Single.  Time.  At first, I thought it was separation anxiety, but he doesn’t burst into melodramatic tears when I drop him off at daycare.  Nope, he just does it when he’s at home and it is driving me bonkers!  He seems to find it particularly annoying that I am unable to have him in my arms at all times and he is very good at expressing his annoyance towards me.  It’s actually pretty funny (except when it’s been going on for half an hour), he’ll start by sitting there and looking me as he screams bloody murder.  Then he’ll crawl towards me and hang on to my legs and continue to scream and cry if I don’t pick him up.  I try to distract him, but the distractions are usually short-lived (although 5 minutes of calm are better than none).

Usually, his fussy periods last a week.  We’re on day 5.

I will not survive this.

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Mommy Brain At Its Best

Well, now that I’ve gone back to work, I’ve been able to feel the full effect of mommy brain.  It is both funny and frustrating because I used to actually be able to remember things without needing to write them down.  Heck, I used to actually be able to remember things if I actually did write them down too.  It seems though that those days are gone…for now anyways.

So…Just for your amusement I decided to write down some of the magnificent mommy brain moments that have happened since returning to work (*ahem*ahem* two weeks ago *ahem*).

  • Sending a bottle of expressed milk to daycare without a nipple.
  • Forgetting to pack the flushable liners in the diaper bag (makes for fun diaper rinsing afterwards *gag*).
  • Going out to buy some mayonnaise (which I took care to write on a list) and coming back with quite a few things except mayo…
  • Forgetting to give my time sheet to my boss to get paid.
  • Leaving my workplace only to have to go back up to my office once I reached my car because I realized I’d forgotten my keys in my desk.

And finally…

…the one that takes the cake…

  • Yesterday, I had my first appointment with a little girl I am going to tutor for the school year.  Before leaving, I took care to look up the directions on google maps and jot down the information on a post-it.  I grab my backpack and stick the post-it on my dashboard and review the directions before heading out.  Once I make it to the street, I look at my post-it to see what the exact address is…except I didn’t write it!.  So… I decide to try to jog my memory and look around in case a house number jumps out at me (figuratively speaking, of course), but it’s just not happening.  I then enter a driveway to backtrack and return home (don’t have a cell phone, don’t want one).  Once I get home, I call the dad to explain that I’ll be late and shamelessly tell him why I’ll be late, jot down the exact address, double check it and leave the house once more.  I drive another 15 minutes or so until I reach the street and park in the residential driveway…the very same driveway I had entered less than an hour before to backtrack and go back home.

Oh mommy brain, how I love thou.

What tricks has you mommy brain pulled recently?

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Ten Thought Tuesday: September 10th Edition

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  1. My son is totally LOVING daycare.  He pretty much ignores me when I go to pick him up now.
  2. I’m not sure what’s going on with Little Dude’s sleep: whereas he had started sleeping through the night a couple of weeks ago, he has started waking up at 11pm and then 5am over the last week.
  3. My body seems to have adjusted to nursing and pumping.  For now, I am able to keep up with my son’s (decreasing) milk demand.  I might make it to a year after all!
  4. I just received the beautiful tuque I ordered for my son from this great Etsy shop!
  5. This week is the Masterchef and Amazing Race finale.  So excited to see who wins!
  6. I finally received the prints I ordered for my partner’s birthday.  Little Dude is as cute as ever (from my very unbiased point of view, of course!).
  7. I absolutely adore the Petit Lem pyjama line!
  8. This week’s meals include some yummy baby back ribs.
  9. I really need to get my award posts out, I received some of them months ago.
  10. I’m hesitating between starting Dan Brown’s Lost Symbol or rereading for the you-don’t-want-to-know-how-manyth-time the Harry Potter series.
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Ten Thought Tuesday: The Very First

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1.  I thought I would give Ten Thought Tuesday a shot after first seeing Valerie (have you been by her blog yet?) and other wonderful bloggers (here and here) do it.

2.  It was my son’s first day of daycare (OK, he was only there for 2 hours) today and he was in an awesome mood when I went to pick him up (yay!)

3.  I’m finding that going back to work after being on leave for 10 months hard; it’s taking me some time to find my stride.

4.  We had some really awesome beef ragout that stewed in our slow-cooker all day for supper.  Plus there are LEFTOVERS!

5.  Little Dude figured out how to go up stairs (only the first two, then he becomes afraid to continue LOL) and how to remove the plug from the bath drain today.

6.  We are watching The Amazing Race Canada tonight on the CTV website.

7.  On Friday, my parents will be celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary!  WTG Mom and Dad!

8.  I recently bought the new Splinter Cell game and I am sucking badly at it *sigh*.

9.  I’m pumped for Sunday’s football game!  I hope we get my son’s earmuffs in on time so that he can attend with us.  (And I hope we win the game).

10.  We decided to postpone our trip to Boston to next year, but at least we’ll have our passports already.

This is pretty fun to do, anyone else feel like participating?

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What’s Up Mommy Training Wheels?

So, between my obvious lack of posting in the last week and the one and only post I managed to squeeze in last Friday, some of you might have guessed that I am now back at work.

*Sigh*

I’m actually not sure how I feel about this so I’m just going to go ahead and jot down some of the things that have been going through my mind since I returned last Monday.

  • I’m fairly certain that I am not cut out to be a SAHM.  Though I adore my son, sometimes he drives me up the wall.  A part of me embraces this realization, but another part of me feels guilty about it (mommy guilt at its best!)
  • I’m kind of bummed that I took the 40 week maternity leave instead of the 50 week leave.  I know that I am VERY lucky to have such a long leave especially when I think that just a couple of hours South of here, moms get 6 weeks (CRAZY!).  When, I made up my mind, way back when I was a few weeks away from giving birth, it made sense financially (same pay over 40 weeks -vs- 50 weeks means a larger check each week) and professionally (I work in education and thought it was a good idea to be there at the start of the school year instead of come in mid-October).
  • I’m also realizing that I just cannot keep up with my son’s milk intake.  Now that I’m back to work, I have seen my (albeit) small freezer stash dwindle into near nothingness.  It is not feasible for me to pump while at work, therefore I can only pump while I’m at home.  However, when I’m at home, I nurse my son.  I’ve found myself in need of formula and I am annoyed at myself because of it.  Now, just to be clear, I’ve absolutely nothing against formula.  A good friend of mine chose formula over breastmilk and I’ve always wholeheartedly supported her decision.  I also found myself very happily embracing the online I Support You campaign.  However, I wish I had been able to build more of a stash to make it to 1 year with breastmilk alone.  In hindsight, had I known how attached I’d become to nursing my son (that is a whole other post), I would have taken the 50 week leave and would have either invested or rented a good quality electric pump.
  • I’m not sure how I feel about the fact that my son is starting daycare.  Of course, I’ve always been good at repressing my emotions, but I don’t know if the fact that I can’t put my finger on how I am feeling is because I am trying not to feel or if it is because there is a whirlwind of emotions that have assaulted me.  Let me try to put this into perspective.  Last week wasn’t so hard as he was with his father all week.  It kind of felt like the times where I left him with his father on weekends so that I could get out of the house.  No biggie.  However, this week, he will actually be going to daycare.  I LOVE that he’ll be in a small setting with only four other children and I really like the educator that will be taking care of him, BUT it feels like a big milestone for me.  The rational part of me tells me that this is a necessary step and that it’ll be good for him and yadayadayada, but the emotional part of me kind of feels like a train wreck waiting to happen.
  • In light of my first week as a working mom, I realize that I really need to get my s*** together if I want to remain sane.  We’ve already instigated some changes with regards to meal planning, but I want to be able to keep a balance between my professional life, my family life and my personal life (including blogging).  There’ll probably be a post coming up with my goals with regards to each of these facets of my life soonish.

How do you working moms find a balance between these aspects of your life?