So Many Changes

Six short years ago, I fell head over heels for a guy in a bar.   To be fair, it was only happy hour (does that make it better?), and it was a charity date auction in which I volunteered my perpetually single self to be put on display.  I had nothing to lose, right?   Apparently, Mr. C didn’t want to lose $80, but slyly decided to chat me up after hearing the words “sold!” awarded to some other guy.  Whoever he may be.

4 short years ago, we were married.   We have always been quick to life changes.  We bought our first home and brought our first son into the world all before celebrating our 2nd anniversary.   That being said, we took time to live.  Time to learn how to be parents (though this is an ever-evolving skill), time for The Mister to work his tail off to graduate with his MBA, time to plan a trip of a lifetime to reconnect as a couple in Ireland, and finally, time to enjoy our little guy.  He has definitely brought us more smiles and laughter than tears and frustration, but as he is approaching two and a half, each day brings its own set of unique challenges.  Like I said, parenting is an ever-evolving skill that I don’t think anyone truly masters.

You may have caught me mention our “first son”.  That’s right, we are expecting to bring our second son into the world before Halloween!  This will officially turn our home into boy territory, and this girly-girl is embracing every minute of it.

Upon learning this great news, we made the decision as a family that I will no longer be working that full-time job of mine as a teacher, but will instead take the year to stay at home with my boys.  I know that it is an amazing opportunity for all 4 of us, and I am excited to take on this new challenging role.  I will admit that I did feel a twinge of emptiness when it came time for teachers to report back to work this week.  It is a job that I am good at, and a role that will always be instilled in me, as I raise my own children.

This year will be full of reflecting on my career, as I watch my toddler grow into an even sweeter, smarter little man, all while adding a newborn to the mix.   After the whirlwind of the past 4 years as a family, it’s okay that I’m not sure what the future has in store.  At least that’s what my heart is telling me.  The life-planner in my brain is still trying to catch up with my heart.

If you’ve followed my silly little blog thus far, with its few and far between posts, stay tuned.  I am planning to revamp and start anew with a new site.   I will link it when I’m ready…I just need a little inspiration first 🙂  Until then, here is a look at our little family of 3 in June, when I was 22 weeks along, and still looked cutely pregnant.

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a mini-post

Well, I did exactly what I said I wasn’t going to do, and that is get wrapped up in rushing around as a professional, as well as a mommy.  It’s really hard to not think about work when I’m at home, but it’s all in the profession, I suppose.  I’m trying to stay positive, and keep blogging.  Projects have been put on hold for now, except for a few *wedding present surprises* that I can not divulge at this time.

We have been eating fairly well since adding another working parent to the mix.  It has been easy, however, because of Mr. C’s busy schedule, I really only have to cook 3 days a week, and we have enough food for lunches too.  I’ll try to post sample menus next week, as we’ve been dealing with a sick toddler and trying to throw in some birthday celebrations in for me (although, acknowledging 29 is not a priority!).

Until next time, when I’ll try to get my head unjumbled and actually remember what we’ve been up to lately!

A year ago…

I’ve been MIA lately, mostly due to my “crap, I only have one week of summer left” mentality, which in teacher reality means, “crap, I have to get into my classroom early to make sure I’m not stressed when I’m really due to report back next week.”  See…more evidence that teachers are truly a hard-working bunch.  While I’ve been slacking in the “Mrs. Cupcake” role of meal planning, sticking to somewhat of a schedule to keep our house together, and going on fun trips with BabyC , I’m mentally doing better in my role as a working mom.  You see, last year at this time, things were pretty bad.  I know I brought a lot of it on myself, but there were many factors that made both work life and home life a mess. So here you have some of my reflections from a year ago at this time.  Things are already off to a better start this year!

A year ago…

  • I cried every morning when I woke up
  • I slept for maybe 4-5 non-consecutive hours each night, with Mr. C getting even less as a grad student
  • I cried dropping Baby C off with his nanny
  • I cried when she texted me to tell me that he wouldn’t stop crying
  • I cried when I walked into my building, lugging my teacher supplies AND a huge bag with pumping gear
  • I cried when I was told I had to pump in the science closet, amongst many other strange locations
  • I cried in meetings when I felt pressure to be that teacher that I was pre-BabyC
  • I rushed home to play on the swings and neglected any sort of housework/cooking
  • I cried when I realized I only had 2ish hours to be with Baby C before bath and bed
  • I cried going to bed at night knowing it would all start over again the next day

Do you see a pattern? Of course, much of it can be attributed to newish mommy hormones, but nevertheless,  here’s to less tears, more sleep, more organization, better dinners, a cleaner house, and more smiles this school year.  Of course, Mr. C and I do have a huge goal of celebrating one more semester of his MBA down with a trip to Ireland in December.  That will keep us smiling for sure!