I'm selfish. I'm not proud of it. I'm not ashamed of it. It just is. Andy's selfish too. When Isabella came it was a lot more difficult, nay, nearly impossible to be selfish, since becoming a parent involves so much self-sacrifice, and rightly so. However, I do try to sneak in a little selfishness when I can.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
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Friday, January 29, 2010
It's no secret to those that know me that I am, less then adept in matters of technology, but what I lack in techy skills I make up for with my good looks (ok, my charm? wit?). I'm not being self-depricating either, my blackberry surely has more uses then a camera and bbm. My GPS kept trying to take me to New Mexico. I have Smart Board Technicians in my classroom so often we're on a first name basis. It's pretty bad.
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Wednesday, January 27, 2010
I have a pretty good relationship with God. I pray, I try to live out my life in a way that doesn't get me sent to hell, so I feel like I can tell Him that there are some flaws in his plan.
Posted by Melissa G. at 12:24 PM
Monday, January 25, 2010
Now that life has settled and everyone is in a routine that works for them, I'm realizing that my days are jam packed. Let me give you the run down of my day as a working mom.
Posted by Melissa G. at 5:45 PM
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Motherhood has changed me in ways I can't even describe (or ways that I've described to death), but I don't think I've ever paid much attention to how it has changed Andy, my husband. So I was interested to see how he would answer a few questions about fatherhood. And, to my surprise, he agreed. I already debriefed him on how this blog works. No sugar coating, no puppies, no rainbows. Brutal honesty. Let's see what he has to say.
Posted by Melissa G. at 5:11 PM
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
I hate the phrase "sleep training", it makes me think of circus animals training for a carnival, which is weird because I'm quite fond of both of those words separately. For example: I got to sleep for 8 hours or The baby went to sleep without a problem and Potty training or On the job training. However, put those two words together and it gives me the creeps. This is neither here nor there because whatever you call, we've done it.
Posted by Melissa G. at 2:27 PM
Saturday, January 16, 2010
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Thursday, January 14, 2010
I'm done with baby books! Done. I'm tired of reading that if my kid doesn't take two 2 hour long naps she's going to be some ADD serial killer. One book says that you should pick your baby up every time s/he cries. Another says, close the door and don't open it up until morning no matter what you hear. Another says, let the baby cry for 5 minutes, go in and soothe and then repeat. Another says check once and then let the baby cry. Not only do the authors of said baby books contradict each other, they contradict themselves. One book I read said not to let a baby under 8 weeks cry but then told success stories of the cry it out method with a 6 week old (too young IMHO). One author said not to try cry it out or controlled crying before 4 months, another said 3 months, and yet another said 6 months.
Posted by Melissa G. at 2:23 PM
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
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Sunday, January 10, 2010
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Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Before I had Isabella I was starting to get into what I guess you would call New Age philosophy, not the cheesy The Secret type stuff though. I read Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth and The Power of Now as well as Louise Hay's You Can Heal Your Life (although the title of this book does sound mighty cheese-tastic). It's really all about being centered and present and the thoughts that you think and the words that you say creating your reality.
Posted by Melissa G. at 5:50 PM
Monday, January 4, 2010
It's not so much as a New Year's Resolution, as much as a statement that I'm fed up with my thunder thighs, pudgy belly, and jello butt. Sayonara to sweat pants and Spanx (although, I'm not convinced I'd ever give them up, they're way too fab).
Posted by Melissa G. at 4:58 PM
Friday, January 1, 2010
- I've learned that I can fully function, which includes driving an hour and a half, teaching a bunch of 3rd graders, and having adult conversation with colleagues, on 4 hours of sleep.
- Coffee and wine are right up there with air and water on my "Things I Need" list.
- Sweatpants and a ponytail have replaced Christian Loubitan and Mac as my go-to's to feeling sexy.
- I've learned that people who were your friends before you had a baby won't necessarily be as close to you afterwards. It's a sad realization, but one that is very true.
- People who you weren't extremely close to will become wonderful friends.
- Some cliche's are so very true, time is fleeting.
- Showers are optional
- Your heart can stretch to amazing lengths to accommodate the love you have for your child.
- There is a dawn to even the darkest of nights.
- Sometimes the only thing left to do is let go.
- I've learned that I'm stronger then I ever thought possible.
Posted by Melissa G. at 4:57 PM