Wednesday, May 28, 2008

He did a Mike Tyson Move!

Yep, the title says it all! Let me explain.
Yesterday James and I where snuggled in bed for our usual afternoon nap.
Like most kids he likes to move and act silly before he goes to sleepy land.
And this time was no different except that instead of coming over to whisper something silly in my ear like he does he bit it!
Yes, he bit my ear!
Not a nibble, not a suck but a real hard bite! I yelled and luckily he let go!
There was no blood or missing ear but I tell you I was shocked to say the least! And it a lot!
After the initial shock I looked at him sternly and with anger in my voice said, "Why did you do that?"
He looked at me with a blank face and a blank stare!
I asked him another 3 times, "James, why did you bite mommy's ear?"
And he said, "Why?"
This is how he typically answers a question when he has no answer. He says, "Why".
Not the answer I was looking for.
The nap never did happen. He kept acting weird and finally I said, "Go play on the deck."
He played alone while I stayed inside afraid of my own child!
I called his daddy and told him that HIS son did a Mike Tyson move on me.
We decided we would have a "family meeting" with him that evening.
So there we were at 7:30 at night having a meeting with our 3 year old son! Telling him that no hitting, pinching, kicking and BITING are allowed.
He sat there all so serious and trying not to cry.
After our little discipline session we gave big hugs.
He gave this big smile and to him everything was back to normal.
So today, just in case things didn't sink into his head , I wore ear muffs during nap time...just kidding!
But I am glad to say there was no biting!

PS - No pictures where taken of this incident!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Saturday, May 17, 2008

If the World Were a Village

I bought a children's book a couple of weeks ago, after telling myself, "No more buying books! The book shelf is full to the max."

We were browsing at the store "Ten Thousand Villages" and there it was, "If the World Were a Village", by David Smith. This book is about "world-mindedness," which to me is a never ending learning curve. It is the sense that our planet is actually a village (like Vonda, Saskatchewan!). I am amazed how much I can learn from these books written for kids! This one has helped me learn more about the Earth, its' population and where, why and how we can make the world a better place. I hope I can foster the attitude of world-mindedness in my boys.

Hope you get the chance to read this one!

Happy reading!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Thoughts about my career as a Mommy

Mother's Day for me is like Valentine's Day when I was single. When you're single you dread the arrival of February 14 because someone will eventually ask you, "So what are you doing for Valentine's Day?" This is after they have told you about the dozen red roses they received from their Valentine. I remember one single friend who purposely took V day off to go skiing up in the mountains just so she didn't have to hear all the love talk around the office! Smart girl! (She is now tying the knot this summer!) When Mr. Perfect came into my life (aka: Michael) Valentine's Day wasn't a big deal (okay, he still must get me a gift!). The best way I can describe this, is when I'm at peace with something I no longer worry about it. I'm sure this is the same for most humans out there!

So prior to being a mommy I would say to Michael on M day, "Next year, I'll celebrate Mother's Day." or "Another Mother's day gone by and still I'm not a mom." I said that line for quite a few years with a hint of pitty too! Then last year Mother's Day arrived with me not even realizing it was Mother's Day till the last minute! I was a NEW MOMMY who didn't have time to sleep let alone look at the calendar and I was at peace!

This year, thanks for being less sleep deprived I had the time to think about my new job (15 months and counting) as "Mommy". The thing that has struck me the most, like in most jobs, is how much I didn't know. So here, in random order, is a list of things I didn't know about the career of motherhood:

I didn't know that....
  • I'd use my shirts as Kleenxes
  • my jeans would get holes in the knee areas
  • naps are so sacred...sorry to the moms out there for the times I woke up your sleeping baby!
  • I'd be so happy to see my hubby come home so I can go to the washroom privately
  • I would actually speed home to get out of the car a crying, hyperventilating, out of control baby (or so I think!). He probably was just whining!
  • going to get groceries at 8 o'clock at night alone would be something I'd call a nice break!
  • I could go without brushing my teeth till noon...still sounds stupid to takes two minutes to brush teeth...but somehow these two little fellas suck up a lot of my time!
  • I would let my baby take his naps in his car seat (he doesn't anymore so it's save for me to now share!@#)
  • I'd be washing clothes and cleaning the floor 742 times a day
  • I'd have days where I'd rather be back at work in a cubicle with no windows, no air conditioning (so hot!), scheduled breaks (nice!) then being at home with the two munchkins who don't allow me to go to the washroom privately (did I say that already!)
  • I could function under less than 6 hours of sleep for weeks on end and still be somewhat normal...
  • I'd be so darn proud of my so proud that that's all I want to talk about (yes, I'm one of those moms!)
  • I'd have to be so careful in my choice of I really say, "eh?" instead of saying "Pardon me?"!!!!
  • that I would miss nursing as much as I do
  • wearing jewelery is really stupid to wear when you have little ones, but I still do it.
  • as soon I would talk of the phone they would go ape
  • the 'baby breath' would disappear so soon
  • I'd have to say things 294 times before they decide to no longer ignore me
  • being the ultimate mom means learning to be happy in know when they have a meltdown in public and you just want to disappear in the background!
This list, obviously could go on but I got to get some scared sleep. To all you mommies out there (the veterans, the intermediates and the new ones) let me know what are some of your, "I didn't know..." moments.

Peace, love and joy to all of you wanna-be moms (been there), and moms!

Joanne (aka: Mommy)

  • Parker, get you butt down!
  • I mean it!
  • One more time and your getting out!
  • Do you want to get hurt!
  • ...blah! blah! blah!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Gourmet Soup!

I like to eat healthy. And today I've created my very own gourmet soup. It's a really easy recipe. All babies just learning to eat can try it, just make sure your mommy is looking the other way when making it!

Add a fresh slice of strawberry, 5 crackers ( I use Premium Plus with the salted tops) and a few slices of Primo Taglio Honey Maple Ham to Campbell's Chicken Rice soup. Stir with hands or spoon. So delicious!

Here is a list of other foods and beverages that I think are so very tasty and "nutritious":
  • Popcorn Twists
  • Pretzels
  • Daddy's Tim Horton's extra-large double double decaf coffee
  • Chips...especially Old Dutch Baked Creamy Dill
  • Mr. Freeze
  • Salami

I ATE lasagna for dinner this evening (M&M Meat Shop made it...not me!). Nothing like fine dining in my own home, you can be loud and not worry about impressing those cute waitresses! Lucky I did stay in to eat because right after my satisfying meal mommy stripped me down to my birthday suit. Right there in the kitchen! Straight to the tub I went!

After my leisurely soak in the tub with my brother I brushed my teeth till they sparkled and then called it a day!