Enough is Enough … Already

All day I am Mom, I expect to wipe booger noses, dress up like a pirate, get wrestled down to the ground to play, dress up barbies, race cars and make food all day long. By night I am working professional, I am a virtual assistant with clients of whom have deadlines, website traffic needs and SEO skills to be implemented. What I don’t expect to be is Mom by night, although there’s the rare times when one is sick & will require a bit more attention from the parent, and in that case I fully expect to be Mom by day and Mom and professional by night.

In my house 8pm is bedtime for all, the boys usually a bit earlier but I expect all three children to be in their beds quiet by 8pm. This isn’t unreasonable, I don’t make my daughter go to sleep at that time if it’s a non-school night she can easily watch a movie or read a book, do whatever she feels is fun for her own personal time but that’s it, come 8pm Mom has signed off and professional has signed online. I am very strict when it comes to that expectation, not so much the professional part, I don’t mind starting work at 9pm if I have to or choose to.

The thing that I do not expect is a four year old boy and two year old boy to cry and scream for a hug, for a sippy cup of milk or water, for a kiss, for a tuck in after they have thrown off their blanket for the millionth time. I do not expect my children to yell when all, except maybe the two year old, is old enough to go to sleep when the time has come for bedtime. Their bedtime has been the same all their lives, the routine has been the same. I read two storybooks each now, and it used to be one each, but overall the routine is there and it’s the same every single night.

For some reason my boys sharing a room is no longer a good thing, if it’s not one it is the other. If it’s not the four year old screaming for me to lay with him so I can pass out with him on accident it is the two year old escaping the crib and staring out at me. I love my kids, but the boys have made me crazy after years of lack of sleep. Even if I didn’t work at home, no matter how much I love my children and love spending time with them, there comes a time in their life when they need to get some sleep and their own relax time. Apparently my sons do not believe in this, the two year old used to sleep pretty good but the four year old has always had his sleep issues.

Staying in their own beds isn’t a huge problem, other than the occasional escape from the crib by a two year old but the constant whining because they are overtired yet can’t sleep for some reason is bound to drive the most positive person bonkers. Yes I said, I am being driven bonkers by the children I love and adore. My children are and forever will be my babies but I am a grown woman and I need my relax time too. I wish I could find a good way to get these two to sleep through the night but alas it hasn’t happened yet. I can’t wait until we move to a bigger house with a bedroom for each of the children, because that is when I think this will finally be enough already!

What do you do for a bedtime routine? What helps your child fall asleep with zero to little tears, there must be some baby deals around that you can share to help with sleeping issues?

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CLOSED We Love Fish Tacos! Win a Vacation to Mexico & More Giveaway

WeLoveFishTacos!WoodenSignI can honestly say I haven’t ever had a fish taco before I heard of this new campaign. Ortega and Gorton’s have become a perfect match for the “We Love Fish Tacos” contest.

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My family tried both the Crunchy Shrimp Tacos and the Crunchy Fish Tacos, why? Well because my daughter and I love shrimp and the “boys” of the house love their fish sticks.  I must say this was something interesting and brightened our culture a bit, because I guess the fish taco is a Mexican food and not one I have seen in our restaurants around here. I have yet to ever go to a Mexican restaurant for dinner, but now I may have to try to get more of a feel for the food there. That was our Fish Taco Fiesta, too bad I didn’t get pictures of the faces when they saw fish sticks in a taco shell! Now that would have made this post all the more personal and amazing … maybe next time!

Now to get back to the reason for me posting this wonderful blog post … Ortega and Gorton’s have this contest going on where you can win a trip to Mexico in the Fish Taco Fiesta Challenge! That is right now through October 7, 2010 you can enter. How to enter? Simply visit www.welovefishtacos.com and submit a list of the Gorton’s & Ortega products used in y our favorite seafood taco and up to ten creative taco toppings. To learn more details and official rules on the We Love Fish Tacos website.


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Getting Sick .. Really?

I had a wonderful Friday evening, while I worked on wrapping up some hours of work until Justin got home I found myself sitting in front of the computer working on things productively while my head started getting hot. After my head got hot, my eyes started to hurt, then my neck then my stomach just turned. I felt like I was going to be so incredibly sick. While I worked off the few more minutes I had to make it an even hour of work I fought off the urge to throw up.

Next Baby K decided that he wanted to continue to scream for me, although it was way past his bedtime and so I went in, gave him his sippy back and hopped in the shower to try to cool my head down. The shower did not work and well Baby K wasn’t happy the whole time I was in there, even though he was safe, in his crib, I still worried as I was so sick and he refused to go to sleep!

Shortly after my shower I checked on Baby K and found that he had finally gone to sleep! I was excited, but just as I peeked on him I found that he was half naked asleep, figured I will leave that to Justin when he gets home as I am so sick I can barely move! Then it hit me, that feeling you get right before throwing up! I ran for the bathroom and there you have it I was sick the rest of the night! I laid in bed, could barely move and when Justin got home from work I was like “I need ginger ale” and the nice man he is ran all the way back down to the store to get me some! I sipped some ginger ale, laid my head down and passed out for the night!

Man I do not like being sick but I am happy it is over and only lasted one night!

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My Ultimate Family Vacation

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My Ultimate Family Vacation would have to be a trip to a beach with a country type setting. Our family really enjoys swimming but we also enjoy a nice hike, nothing would be more ultimate than a vacation in a location where we can experience all that we love in a new place. I would bring along my sons, their father and my daughter. We would go as a family since we are a family unit. My daughter would enjoy bathing in the sun with Mama while the boys could go off splashing in the water. After we had a fun day at the water we would take a nice hike in the woods to experience natures wildlife and maybe happen upon an owl as we have had happen in the past on our hikes.  A family vacation with a two & four year old boy & am almost eight year old daughter would be an adventure in itself. I know I would want to experience a spa for the first time and maybe share that type of experience with my daughter. The “boys” would probably want to lounge back with some munchies while they enjoyed staring at the clouds saying what each of them looked like.  As long as it was in a nice warm place at least two states away from our state of New Hampshire we would make this our ultimate family vacation for sure!

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Why I Decided to Stay Home With My Children

Please give a warm welcome to Victoria O’Neill my guest blogger today who is sharing her story on why she decided to stay home with her children. I hope you will give her lots of comment love and check out her website too.

Home has always been my favorite place and where I work as an artist/inventor so staying home with our kids was a natural life progression. We have three children, now 16, 19 and 22.

I wanted to be with my children because they are mine.
I loved them too much to be away from them.
It was my responsibility to raise them properly
No one but me was qualified for the job.
There is no way I could have handed off any one of my babies to someone else!

The mother is the first teacher of the child and the first lesson is love. Loving a baby means tending to, holding, fussing over and talking to them. I’ve been there 24/7 letting them know, moment by moment, day by day, year by year just how important and cared for they are. My children felt protected and safe while they explored and grew into the world. Me being at home has enabled them to experience life from that vantage point. My kids rarely cried when they were little, because they were with me. I was so happy being with them, and easily took care of their needs. Some of the teenage years were difficult but we managed to get through them too.

Our children are now young adults. They are open, curious, polite, loving and giving. They are confident and self-directed. They are physically healthy because they were all nursed for three years each and have had an exceptional diet. They don’t drink or do drugs. They also care and contribute, lending a helping hand wherever they happen to be.

When choosing a husband, it was really important for him to be a good father and I got so lucky. My husband has always been there to take care of us. He works outside the home while I work inside the home. He also does most of the cooking! My husband really loves and takes care of me, and that is how I have been able to stay home with our children.

Victoria O’Neill is an artist, the owner of ArtyPantz Productions LLC and inventor of The WrapADoodle Swaddle Baby Blanket.

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