365 Days of Momma

Days 84, 85, and 86

Days 84, 85 and 86 of the selfie challenge: 365 Days of Momma

What can I say about this weekend… I worked… a lot.

I think I may have spent a grand total of 5 hours with my family over the last few days.  Conan has been basically driving the parenting bus solo this weekend as I clocked in a 40 hour work week in 3 days.  The light at the end of this tunnel (and the reason I asked to be scheduled like this) is the vacation that is coming up after my shift tomorrow.

Sure the vacation time is mostly to do finals and write papers, but I am bound and determined to do at least something fun with Liam during this time off.  This killer semester ends in 5 days!!!!

And now for a mash-up of pictures of myself and Liam from the last few days!







Days 82 and 83

Days 82 and 83 of the selfie challenge: 365 Days of Momma

Finals are in full swing!  Which means I am typing like a secretary on steroids.

The kids are in full teething mode (both of them at once…. just shoot me now).  This is making for an exceptionally whiny and clingy time when I could really use less whiny and clingy.

So Wednesday….

Wednesday I got to spend the morning with Liam.  We spent some time cleaning the house, Liam now says the word “mess” when ever we are cleaning and is really trying to help me wipe things up and tidy.  Sadly he will help me put the toys away, but because it is a game he thinks it means that the toys immediately get dumped back out as soon as they are done being put away.  Baby steps (pun intended).

I was feeling ambitious (and brave after all the pooping lately) and gave Liam a bath right before lunch.  Immediately after getting him dressed I served him lunch… it took him less that 15 minutes to get food all over himself.  It was time for outfit change number 1 for the day.

The Bean came over late that day, so I was already off and doing errands when she arrived at the house to hang out with our babysitter.  I feel like I barely spent any time with her on Wednesday.

Today was a different story.  Neither Liam nor I were feeling anything close to ambitious this morning.  Liam woke up early with a slight fever (most likely a product of his 15 month shots).  It was nothing a little Tylenol couldn’t cure (and it did), but he was sleepy and just didn’t feel like playing.  I was more than a bit tired myself; so Liam, the puppy brothers, and I took a morning nap.

I love morning naps.  Especially when I get an excuse to cuddle up with all three puppy brothers on a chilly (dare I say Fall-like) morning.  It was perfection.

The afternoon was much more upbeat because of that precious nap.  There was one snag when both Liam and The Bean were screaming non-stop because they are both teething right now (baby torture).  Thankfully it was nothing a little teething ring couldn’t handle…. I swear that those teething rings are one of the major reasons for my sanity right now.

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I actually had the chance to relax and cook today… something I love to do! (Yes, I totally used the TV to keep the kids distracted for a half an hour, and no, I really do not feel guilty about it.)

Today I tried a new recipe from Food and Wine for Chickpea and Spinach Stew.  it was amazingly delicious.  I did follow one of the substitutions found in the comments using chicken broth instead of the chickpea liquid because I used dried chickpeas instead of canned.  I also was generous with the spinach and made my pinch of saffron a generous one.  Delicious.  Conan and the kids loved it.  We are definitely going to have to make this one again!

And that is basically it…. I am off for another long stretch of doubles at work for the weekend after this.

Vacation is coming!









Day 75

Day 75 of the selfie challenge: 365 days of Momma


I had a great day until 9:23pm.

Liam woke up at a ridiculously early hour again… I battled that with excessive amounts of coffee.  We had some awesome play/cuddle time this morning.  The house is clean.  The babysitter came this afternoon and I had some free time to do some homework.  I managed to get the homework I needed to get done accomplished and had a spare 30 minutes to get my eyebrows waxed and hair trimmed (it was desperately needed and I felt so much better after!)  Sorry to my awesome hairdresser, Linda, I have been trying to make an appointment with you for a month but you have been completely booked on my free days 😦 so I was forced to cheat on you.  I took a gamble and went to Supercuts.  The gamble turned out ok.  I had a male hairdresser who was in nursing school and did a fine job with the eyebrow wax (the part I always worry about the most!); my hair is trimmed… nothing special… I don’t trust anyone but Linda to actually put layers into my hair or try anything new so I went for a straightforward blunt cut that would be easy to pull back.  It is too hot to leave the hair down still… maybe in another month.

I actually took the time to cook a delicious dinner tonight… I would post the recipe, but we ate all of it before I remembered to take pictures (oops) so it will have to wait until next time.

Then I logged on for a team meeting for my group finance project.  No one showed.

I gave up at 9:23 when a team-mate posted on the message board that she was sick and wouldn’t be able to make it that night or turn in her piece of the assignment.  I may have started swearing like a sailor (it’s okay… Liam is in bed).  I may have yelled at my husband (yes, I know it is not his fault).  I may have flipped out about the one team member who did post an “answer” to her part of the paper that was incredibly blatantly plagiarized (because, seriously? who does that in college??!?).  I may have consumed 1500 calories of chocolate, cheese, and bread… and may now be drinking a beer (sorry diet, I failed you again today).

Now I am trying desperately to accept the fact that the people in this group might seriously affect my 98% average in the class and my overall GPA.  I am trying not to cry about that and desperately trying not to analyze what that means about my personality.

I posted a last-ditch effort to get everyone together this weekend.  We will see if anyone responds.  I will then email the professor and do the best I can to salvage my grade in the class.


Forced smile.  Maybe I will calm down before bed… maybe.


Days 73 and 74

Days 73 and 74 of the selfie challenge: 365 days of Momma

I actually forgot to change my day 73 post from draft to published last night in my excitement to be home (and in bed) at a reasonable hour (before 3am).  So today is another double post.  I made it home by midnight last night… that is a rare occurrence, and honestly I could have stayed later if I had it in me.  There is always something that can be done.  Last night was exceptionally tame with no emergencies.  I even caught up on some of the monthly paperwork.  I considered staying for an additional half hour and doing my employee evaluations, but I was just too tired to think at that point from what was a very long weekend.  It always takes me a few days to recover from a double shift (since I turned 30 a few years ago, I could do those doubles non stop in my 20’s) and I needed my bed last night.  I actually made it home so early that Conan and the puppy brothers were just crawling into bed.  This, of course, caused quite the disturbance… the pups were thrilled to see me.

"I don't want to cuddle, I want to bounce off the walls with excitement"

“I don’t want to cuddle, I want to bounce off the walls with excitement”


Today was an off day, home with the pups, Liam, and the Bean…

We had an awesome dance party with Conan when he got home from work, and now he is passed out upstairs.  The big disturbance of me getting home early caused him to miss a few hours of sleep last night unfortunately.  Liam waking up at 6am today didn’t help either of us.  Overall though, it was a productive day.  Errands are done, homework has been dented for the week, and I feel (semi) prepared.

Hanging out with the pups and my homework after the big boys went to bed.

Hanging out with the pups and my homework after the big boys went to bed.

The pups and I are enjoying our quality time…. they do wish it included more treats for them though.






Day 68

Day 68 of the selfie challenge: 365 Days of Momma

Liam is teething.  Those back gums are so incredibly swollen right now.  His new favorite thing in the world is chewing on his toothbrush (or really any toothbrush he can get his little hands on).  Seeing him in pain absolutely breaks my heart.  On the plus side we had a ton of fun today.  It seems like he is learning new things every day and he never ceases to amaze me with the things he knows.  Today we played with his tupperware shape sorter and he was able to correctly place some of the shapes into the right holes on the first try.  Those plus signs and stars are tricky though 🙂  We also practiced finding colors with the ring stacker.  It is very important to wear a stylish necklace when stacking colors… obviously.


I was throwing the balls for the dogs at the same time as playing with Liam on the floor this morning.  Those of you who have seen me throw know that this was probably a bad idea… it was indeed a horrible idea.  I hit one of my three remaining candles (all oddly Christmas scents, thankfully not the one I had burning to cover up the horrific smell of toddler poop) and it fell to the floor and shattered.  Liam and the dogs did a good job of freezing when I shouted it at them while running to grab the broom and dustpan.  I was able to sweep and vacuum up the mess without incident, and then Liam grabbed the broom and started sweeping the house (once again demonstrating his disdain for my lack of housekeeping skills).  I decided this meant it was time for his own broom and dustpan.. it is never too early to have them start cleaning the house!  he is now a sweeping machine.

We got to hang out with The Bean this afternoon.  The hug-fest continues.  They just love each other so very much.

Now it is late at night.  The babe is in bed and the hubs is hanging out with his video games.  I am stuck at the computer doing homework.


The plus side? I have Sam Summer and potato chips (somehow doing school work completely negates any self control with eating that I might have had).

I am looking forward to another lovely day tomorrow!


Day 67

Day 67 of the selfie challenge

What started off as an incredibly stressful morning turned into an ok day. I don’t know why I consistently have this tendency to over schedule myself. I have yet to figure out how to be in two places at once or stretch the day out so it has 36 hours instead of 24. Someday I will learn….

This was the best part of my day today along with the unexpected gift of being able to tuck this little guy into bed tonight (twice) thanks to some creative finagling from the scheduler at work. She worked a miracle and I was able to take the time to address a family emergency that could have left an elderly relative in a dangerous situation and grab an extra family hour.

Life is good right now, despite the bumps that have been thrown into the path. The time I get to spend with Liam, Conan, and the puppies is the best part of my day every day (even when they all drive me crazy). The future continues to look bright!

It will (of course) be a million times brighter in 4 weeks when the semester is over 😉

Day 66

Day 66 of the selfie challenge

Today I got up ridiculously early and stayed up ridiculously late. It was a day filled with ups and downs… All of which I have to save talking about until later. The Bean and Liam were reunited after a week apart due to vacations… They spent most of the morning hugging each other. I think they may have missed each other a bit. I am sure it will be back to beating each other up tomorrow 😉
And now it is bedtime, I am wiped out but excited for reasons I can’t quite delve into yet beyond saying the future is looking bright!

Nothing lights up your face quite like the interior light in your car while you are waiting for your windows to de-fog 😉


Day 65

Day 65 of the selfie challenge

A day full of school work and family fun. Today was chore day. Conan very nicely did all of them while I trudged through a ton of school work getting a head start on the week. Then it was off to my parents for dinner and fun before heading back home to (even more) school stuff. 4 weeks down, 4 to go and this over-booked semester is complete. If I can keep up the work I will be looking at another deans list semester!

Tomorrow is another full day with kids all morning and work all night. Now I am off to snuggle with some pups 🙂

Day 64

Day 64 of the selfie challenge: 365 Days of Momma

We played and played and played all day. Then the whole family napped the afternoon away.

Now I type away on the computer as Liam sleeps and Conan has gone up to rest while the puppy brothers keep me company. Four more weeks and this challenging summer semester of school is done. Seven classes to go until my second Bachelor’s degree is complete.

Days 62 and 63

Day 62 and 63 of the selfie challenge: 365 Days of Momma

Day 62 and 63 have to be typed about together because they are basically one very long day…

Day 62 started with the roofers showing up bright and early (8am) for the final day of our surprise roof replacement.  Thankfully the majority of the work on this final day did not include a ton of loud thunks and bangs so I was able to catch a 10am nap with Liam.  The reason this 10am nap was so important is because I knew I was going in for a double shift at work that night in order to finish the change-over of our end of the month paperwork.  The facility I work for has not yet switched over to electronic medical records (I know… behind the times, but we are getting them soon) so our change-over is still done the old fashion long drawn out way with paper medical records (please, everyone take a second and mourn the loss of all those trees) that have to be checked two times by two separate nurses.  Work was unexpectedly crazy… for those nurses who subscribe to the full moon theory it was like that.  What ever could go wrong did go wrong: people fell, went into respiratory distress, aspirated, there was a surprisingly complex admission, supplies were missing.  It was just one of those nights where I needed to be in 2 places at once the entire night.

I have been a nurse for many years now, and I do handle the stress well, but part of that is because I always ALWAYS make time for at least a 20 minute lunch break.  Not only is it a state law, but I find it important for me personally to take that 20 minutes, sit down, eat, and gather my thoughts.  Last night was one of a few nights that I just had to go without.  By the time all the patients were stable and I sat down the next shift had started and we were full swing into change-over with the paperwork not even a little bit close to being completed.  We had the best crew possible on both the evening and night shifts for this sort of circumstance to occur.  Seasoned nurses and nursing assistants who are able to work seamlessly with good communication at all times, pull together, and get the job done.  I am so thankful for the awesome group of nurses and nursing assistants I work with.  We pulled together, and pulled through… and at 8 am when I clocked out for the day I was exhausted and wired all at the same time.



You know that state that you get in where your brain just wont stop but the body has had it… I was there.  So off I drove, heading home to a sick husband and an energetic toddler with his feisty puppy brothers.  The greeting I get when I get home is always exceptionally enthusiastic, whether it has been 5 minutes or 5 hours the puppy brothers never fail to greet in full body wagging style and today was no exception.  I somehow managed to bring them all out for their am bathroom run and then sneak into bed before Liam woke up so I was able to catch a nice 4 hour nap this morning, it was lovely.  Now tonight it is back to the grind with school work.  I have another big project due this weekend so I will be spending large amounts of time at this computer looking much like this….


The crazy, toothpicks could be holding up my eyes, I have had too much coffee look just about says it all… Luckily I won’t be missing anything super fun this weekend as we are supposed to have a  stormy one.  The one bonus to the extra long work day was being able to have a nice evening of family quality time with a slightly feeling better Conan, Liam, and the puppy brothers… we do love to play!


Now the puppy brothers and I are going to head to bed…. having a toddler is exhausting.