Wednesday, November 19, 2014

How Can It Be?

 [CAUTION: POST ABOUT CHILDREN AHEAD]

Yesterday I reserved the site and ordered the invitations for my sons' third birthday party.  (The party will be at a local railroad park that they love, and there will be not just one, but TWO bounce houses.  Probably more than we need, but I got a deal.)

How can it be that, in only two short months, the boys will be THREE YEARS OLD? 

This time three years ago, I was moaning about how miserable my pregnancy had been (that post is here).  I recall feeling great mentally and emotionally--thrilled to "finally" be pregnant and to have avoided complications thus far--and feeling simply awful physically.

It's true what they say about having children: the days are long, but the years are short.

Just because I haven't shared photos of my sons here in a while. . . here are a few recent shots of them from our trip to the pumpkin patch last month.

 MJ

AJ


Monday, November 17, 2014

#Microblog Mondays 12

Occasionally I have days when I am absolutely, and to my mind, somewhat inexplicably, exhausted.  Yesterday was one of those days.

I was awakened in the night by AJ twice on Thursday night.  (He has ear infections on both sides and was running a fever.)  I ended up being awake for over an hour with both boys (because MJ is such a light sleeper and refused to go back to bed until his brother did).  Despite that fact, I was only a little more tired than usual on Friday.  Nothing a little strong coffee couldn't remedy.

Saturday night, the same thing happened again.  Except this time I wasn't awake as long because MM took over after I'd only been awake a half-hour or so.

Sunday I woke up exhausted and continued to feel exhausted the entire day.  Nothing gave me energy.  Not coffee, getting outside in the fresh air, drinking lots of water, eating a healthy lunch (with lean protein and organic veggies).  Nothing.  I seriously could have gone to bed for the night before 5:00 p.m. and slept straight through until the morning.

As it was, I went to bed right after the boys and was asleep before 8:00 p.m.  I slept until nearly 6:00 a.m. without waking. . . just about 10 hours.

What the heck?  I am more tired these days than I was when the boys were still being awakened for every-three-hours-round-the-clock feedings.

If I ever had a whole weekend to myself, I think I would probably spend most of it asleep.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Has This Guy Been Reading My Blog & Email?

OK, probably not. . . it's probably just that my problem is a common one:

When Your Plate Is Too Full

#Microblog Mondays 11


  • How can it be that it's only a little over 6 weeks until Chr.ist.mas?  I am not ready to think about holiday shopping, cards, etc., yet!  And now that the boys are a bit older, I want to actually do some fun holiday-related outings with them this year.  I'm feeling the pressure!
  • On top of this pressure is the usual pressure of my daily life.  Being a full-time-working-lawyer/mother-of-twin-toddlers is really difficult.  I love my sons, and I (mostly) enjoy my job, but juggling the two is hard.  There just aren't enough hours in the week for all the things that demand my attention.
  • In addition to trying to do justice to my primary roles of mother and lawyer (in, I hope, that order), I also try to be a good wife, daughter, sister, friend and citizen.  I fail regularly in one or more of these roles.
  • To end on a more positive note. . . we have had beautiful weather here in Phoenix lately: daytime highs in the 80s, sunny.  (Think spring most places.)  It's made for some lovely outdoor outings--finally!

Monday, October 27, 2014

#Microblog Mondays 9


  • How much time would a 2-year-old have to spend in bounce houses before bounce houses would get old?  Just wondering after our sons spent over six hours in the aggregate in various bounce houses at three separate parties this weekend and still wanted more.
  • According to MJ, I am not allowed to have friends because I am HIS mommy.  (He is also not keen on the idea that I am AJ's mommy, too.)
  • I like candy and cookies as much as the next person, but I cannot recall ever crying because someone told me I couldn't have more of them, as AJ did this weekend.
  • The past three weekends, MJ has refused to take a nap for us.  He still naps at day care five days a week.  It really sucks because (1) he is tired and needs the rest, and (2) it means I cannot get anything done on the weekends. Ah well. . . .

Monday, October 20, 2014

#Microblog Mondays 8

Toddler haiku. . .

My son will not sleep
Though it's nap time and he's tired
A long afternoon

"Mac cheese," once a hit
Now left uneaten on plate
The dog licks his lips

Wow! Big garbage truck
It's our new favorite toy
Let the fights commence


Monday, October 13, 2014

Microblog Monday 7


Random thoughts. . .
  • I should realize by now that if I think I am caught up, either around the house or at work, that just means that I am neglecting or have forgotten a number of key tasks that need to be completed.
  • It's a sad commentary on our current life that MM and I literally cannot coordinate a single evening or afternoon this month to see the movie Gone Girl. . . when pre-kids, we would've seen this movie opening night, or at least opening weekend.  (I read and loved the book, and MM has wanted to see it since seeing the first preview.)
  • On a more positive note. . . it's so fun to see our sons growing and developing, and to see the pleasure that my in-laws derive from watching the new things they can do.
  • I really need to just schedule massages at regular intervals rather than waiting until I can actually feel the tension in my upper back and neck.
  • There were no tears at the pumpkin patch this year!