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It’s different when it’s your kid

I would have never really imagined just how cool watching a baby is.  I used to babysit a lot as a young girl and I never found watching kids very interesting back then. Of course I was busy talking on the phone and trying to invite friends over instead of watching them but never mind that! I was seriously the town’s most popular babysitter for a short time period (keep in mind it was a very small town). My phone was ringing off the hook for babysitting jobs until I got my first car. I was (of course) too good to babysit after that. In all my babysitting jobs there was never really an incident well besides this one time at my uncle’s house. I was watching his two sons and they decided to get rowdy and fight over the remote. I got fed up and took the remote and decided to hide it on top of one of those tall stand up lamps. I just set it in there because it was high up out of their reach. A few minutes later the lamp started smoking! The remote had melted onto the light bulb. The boys called my uncle right away and reported what had happened. Lets just say I got off work early that night. I also stayed with my aunt on her farm for the entire summer after she had her first baby.  I was about twelve at the time and this is when I realized that a baby would be a lot of work! I heard the baby crying at all hours of the night and a lot of fighting between my aunt and her husband. I also folded endless piles laundry to help my aunt out. I am really thankful for these babysitting experiences because I am an only child and would not have been exposed to many babies and kids otherwise. I can look back now and really appreciate those memories instead of being annoyed that yet another family member wanted me to watch their damn kids!
 Everyone would say “it’s different when it’s your kid.” My aunt always said this to me as she let her baby’s drool drip on her face and as she wiped up the poop explosion from her baby’s back. I was so grossed out at the time. Come to find out it is so true! Jude drools all over me and has had more poop explosions that I care to count but it doesn’t phase me a bit. Things are so different when you have this little person in your life! When I watch my son learn things for the first time it is so amazing! I am giving myself goosebumps just typing about it. I love the way his face lights up when he finally figures out a toy or sees himself in a mirror. Everything is new to him and he appreciates all the little things. I look forward to watching Jude grow into a man and I know that someday I will be wishing he would be back in that car seat having a poop explosion I can clean up.

Cold dinners of the future

I can honestly say I haven’t had a hot meal in awhile and no I am not homeless. I guess this is one of the joys of being a parent that is not mentioned in any of the lovely books I read while pregnant! Let me tell you that cold food somehow takes on this whole new life. Take last night for example, the shrimp was rubbery, pasta was a bit hard, and the green beans had serious shrinkage!  I guess we could take turns to prevent cold dinner. like my husband puts Jude to bed while I eat and then we switch out. I think we are trying to preserve just one thing we can still do together! Unfortunately, the result is a cold meal we end up complaining about. Well at least we can still do that together! Last night I pondered when would we have a warm meal again? I guess when Jude eats solid foods at the table with us- maybe? It is impossible to create a routine with my husband’s schedule! He gets home at almost 7:00 pm and by this time is is bath and bed for Jude. I really don’t think making dinner at 8:00pm is an option or we will both have low blood sugar by the time is was finished cooking. Plus that would make our time together a real treat! This must be why so many families turn to fast food and quick unhealthy choices! Is it bad that I am looking forward to the upcoming Mom’s Night Out dinner  just for the hot food? Well that is not the only reason of course but it will be a nice change! I will continue my quest to establish a routine where warm dinners will again be possible! Until then I will try to embrace the green bean shrinkage.

Hello New Life

I am diving in to so many new things in my life right now! I went from working a full time job to staying at home with my son and then I randomly bought a business! I have to say the most frustrating thing about being a stay at home mom is feeling like you accomplished nothing in an entire day! I have finally learned that operating without expectations is the best way. This means that if you accomplish even one thing (i.e. going to the post office and buying some stamps) you can celebrate! I am also still adjusting to the sheer preparation that goes in to even a short trip down the street because I was a get-up-and-go person who hated being late before I was a mom. Now I am late to every event I attend and it takes me thirty minutes or more to prepare to leave the house! I will admit I was one of those people that pictured stay at home moms as women caring for the children, cleaning the house and baking cookies all day!  Needless to say I was DEAD WRONG! It is so hard to get anything done and being a stay at home mom makes my old full-time job look like a joke. What about when the baby is sleeping the people might ask. Well when the little bugger finally falls asleep I want him to stay sleeping as long as possible which means sneaking around my house like a damn ninja! This means loud activities such as doing dishes, vacuuming, and laundry are out. Yes laundry is loud when you live in a small condo and the dryer has a buzzer that you can’t turn off- whoever invented this design obviously didn’t have kids! Which by the way- do any of you UPS drivers have kids? STOP RINGING THE DOORBELL UPS DRIVER! You can just keep that package if it means more napping time for baby. Why do we become so desperate for every minute of this nap time? Its because this is our only time to breathe and make a few calls or check our Facebook. Unlike a traditional job, there are no mandatory lunch and break laws for us! Needless to say,  it is a bit difficult to try to do all my business start up tasks and errands.
I decided to purchase this Stroller Strides business have something for myself and it is a bonus that it allows me to stay home with my son. No is not a bad thing to admit you want something for yourself! This does not make you selfish- it makes you human. As moms, we are so busy taking care of others that we put ourselves last. This is where Stroller Strides made a difference in my life and can also change yours. You can finally take an hour for YOU and get that workout that seemed impossible to accomplish before. The added bonus is connecting with other moms who also hate the UPS driver! I am so excited to embark on the journey of owning a Stroller Strides and creating a sisterhood in motherhood for all the moms in my community! We will be striding together soon 🙂