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Mama, I’m Watching You

11 May


We learn from watching others.

Simple as that, from the beginning of time.

These days I’m equal parts amazed, astounded and appalled by what Mr Crabby Pants can get up to just by watching me.  For example, I found it amazing when he decided he wants to start using the toilet (going through the motions) at less than 18 mos old. I was appalled when he removed the “childproof” cap from a bottle of children’s ibuprofen I had on my dresser. You see?

He’s not the only one who watches and learns, though. I do too. I have been watching and learning from other moms for years before I became a mom myself. In the spirit of Mother’s Day, I’m sharing some of the Top Tips that I’ve learned:

1: Never sit down to breastfeed a baby without a large glass of water within arms reach.

2. Sleep when your baby sleeps. Hard to do, I know, but essential for survival when said baby is pulling all-nighters.

3. Read to your baby. Even if it’s boring grown-up stuff, they will grow into readers by your example.

4. It’s ok to not feel comfortable breastfeeding in front of your father-in-law.

5. It’s ok to feel comfortable breastfeeding whenever and wherever that screaming baby demands it.

6. A full body hug from Mom can sooth any owwie.

7. Finishing what your child doesn’t eat is natural.

8. Singing with your kids is fun.

9.It’s ok not to use the phrase “Use Your Words”, because you don’t know what that means.

10. Sometimes, Mommy needs a time out too.

5 minutes all to myself……….. I’ll take it!

If only in my dreams.

Happy Mother’s Day!


Mommy Poured a Guinness!

7 Jun
English: Guinness for strenght

English: Guinness for strenght (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


I will be the first to admit, that I was completely clueless about motherhood before actually becoming one myself. Sure I had a vague idea of some things about being a mommy, some of my friends had kids after all. I tried to pay attention. Really, I did.


One thing I did not realise is that forevermore, someone would want to be touching me at all times for what appears to be the never-ending foreseeable future. Not including my long-suffering hubby.


Breastfeeding alone has a large degree of physical contact. I get that. I do, and a lot of the time, I enjoy the quiet snuggle time. Really.


Then there is this past week.


1 week + 2 sick kids + 3 trips to the Doctor = 1 crabby Mommy!


She started it. 103+ temperatures for 4 days running and a lot of whining. A strep diagnosis, then a retraction. Mystery virus that will work itself out. Oh joy.


Then he chimed in. Besides the fact that he is STILL teething, he woke up early Sunday with a temp of 102. Which for a 6 month old, that is a little high. Off to the urgent care we go. A few days later a cough develops, back to the Doctor…Mystery virus, that will work itself out. Big surprise.


And so ensued the rest of the week: Tylenol dosage schedules, non-stop whining , jealousy, and both of them wanting to be on top of Mommy at all possible times. It’s about to put me over the edge.


Okay, I’m done whining myself. I poured a Guinness, all will be well. Yes, Mommy has hidden talents.


How many weeks until school starts again??????????



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