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Birthday Presents

Please tell me what you get your soon to be 1 year old when his brother already has everything and would ultimately take over anything new that was bought?  I’m well aware I don’t have to buy anything, but I would like to do at least something for C for his birthday.

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My lack of motivation these days is depressing. I haven’t worked out in almost 2 weeks and I think it’s taking everything else down with it. We were down with a stomach bug for most of last week, but I’m doing better minus some discomfort today. I know I need to jump back in the saddle again, but god it’s so hard when it’s out of your routine. I’m really hoping to do something about it starting tomorrow.

The stomach bug also has killed my desire to cook or plan a meal. I spent way too much time this afternoon trying to find at least a few new meal options, but nothing jumped out at me.

I also spent way too much time in my bed this weekend. I’m praying tomorrow will be a new day and this funk will be left in the past.

This photo makes me miss my hometown pretty hard.  Every year my dad’s cousin had a big cookout and we would walk to the balloon festival and get up close views of them as they launch.  So cool.  I know it’s a shit show to go to these days, but I really do want to take the boys up for it in a few years.  

Photo credit goes to a friend on FB. // Festival of Ballooning in Whitehouse Station, NJ

This photo makes me miss my hometown pretty hard. Every year my dad’s cousin had a big cookout and we would walk to the balloon festival and get up close views of them as they launch. So cool. I know it’s a shit show to go to these days, but I really do want to take the boys up for it in a few years.

Photo credit goes to a friend on FB. // Festival of Ballooning in Whitehouse Station, NJ

Things I don’t understand

Why my company gmail won’t work on Google Chrome.  Makes no sense to me.

On Nursing Bras

Basically I don’t wear them.  I own about 10 of them that I purchased during my year long stint nursing D and could not find one that actually fit right, while supporting well and making the girls look good.  Honestly I think nursing bras are bullshit.  You know what I have done since day one with C, I just slide the strap off my shoulder and pop that puppy out.  I understand this may not be a feasible task for all boob sizes, but usually if you are nursing a bunch you have a little extra size to work with.  I find this to be so much easier and convenient then dealing with those damn strap claps.  And I still get a good under wire bra that looks nice.

So first time moms, do buy yourself a nice comfortable at home everyday nursing bra because you never know what your situation will be.  I liked this Bravado one because it’s super comfy, but if you have big boobs it might not work because it’s S, M, L.  On me the band around it was too loose once I lost the baby weight, but if you can get one that fits right, it’s pretty comfy.  But before you go and shell out hundreds of dollars on nursing bras, just try sliding that shit down and popping it out.  

Student Loans

There was a time many moons ago when I was really pissed off about my student loans. Call me a selfish little 20 something, but I was legit pissed that my parents put this burden on me. Fast forward to present day and I am completely at peace with it all.

Looking back I’m not really sure where all the anger came from or why I thought that I had any right to a completely paid for full ride. I’m the baby of 4 kids. That alone is just asking for nothing.

Growing up we lived comfortably in a very nice part of NJ in a good size house. This was mostly due to the fact that thanks to my grandfather my parents never really had a mortgage to pay. (I did not find this out until just recently, but now makes sense). My mom stayed home with us and my dad worked a number of jobs through the years. I remember a time when he didn’t have a job and we accepted handouts from the church. But other than that times were always ok. Soon after we moved to NC, the stock market crashed and my dad’s sales job was not cutting it. Cue their saving and IRA being depleted. This was all right before I went to college. I was lucky enough to have gotten a car, a sweet ‘91 Sentra, but it was my car. Something I most likely would not have had if we stayed in NJ. We took out Stafford loans for my 5.5 years of school and I even qualified for a few Pell grants along the way due to how shitty things were. I walked away with just under $20k in debt which really is not that bad. This was for school and living expenses. Also another thing I’m thankful for NC for. Almost 10 years later I still have half of that to pay back. I’ve been on the income sensitive plan the whole time I’ve been paying them back and they haven’t asked me for an update in years. I’m finally at a place where I can make these loans a priority and be done with them for good.

So in the end, my loans were never that bad and never made me go without. Yeah the interest sucks, but I at least had that deferred the whole time I was in school. Now being a parent and paying all the extra costs of a child and trying to save for our future and buy a bigger house and you know, just live. I totally see how the college savings pot is just not a priority. I do have an account for the boys tucked away, but I’m really thinking that I’m not going to let them know that. When I started college my main motivation for getting through it was the money that I would be paying back. I didn’t have time to bull shit around, I had to go get my degree and get out. I want my kids to have a bit of that sense of urgency. Not to the extent that I did, I want them to pick what’s right for them, but I want them to have some responsibility. I really like the idea that if they finish in a certain time frame you pay the loans back for them and if they drop out or bull shit around it’s their debt to live with. Oh and they have to choose one of the many great instate school in NC, if they go out of state that’s their deal.

How does everyone else feel about this?

I’m pretty pleased with my new Zella leggings.  Pretty much no muffin and full coverage.  That’s all I’ve been asking for in leggings.  Thanks Nordy anniversary sale.

I’m pretty pleased with my new Zella leggings. Pretty much no muffin and full coverage. That’s all I’ve been asking for in leggings. Thanks Nordy anniversary sale.

Morning Routines

So one of the many blogs I frequent, Mommy Shortshas been doing a series about the morning routines of parents around the country.  She has a photographer arrive really early and capture the whole morning.  Of course everyone says it’s so great to see their mornings in pictures and that it helps them appreciate that crazy time much more.  

I don’t have anyone coming to my house to take pictures of me and my crazy kids in the morning, but I sometimes think about our morning routine and how crazy/or not it is.  And how others may compare.  Do you ever get annoyed with TV shows when everyone has all this time in the morning to be hanging out and eating and just being normal?  I do, I know its a show and it’s not real, but it still annoys me.  I would have to wake up before the sun for that kind of bullshit time and it would just not be pretty.

So I thought I would put my morning routine down in words to how it may compare to others.  

7am - woken up by J’s alarm or by a whiny 3 year old who wants french toast, or to pee, or is just ill.  I then have to remind him that he has to start his day with good morning or mommy won’t move a muscle.

7:15am- D is set with Dino Dan and french toast (that would be frozen sticks of french toast, not real stuff), dogs are fed, now I get start my routine of Teeth, contacts, make up, half assed attempt at hair. If I’m lucky C will sleep for another 30 minutes so I can finish everything before he gets up.

7:45am - Get C up and nurse him. 

On days we have to go to the nanny share house it goes as follows;

8am - argue with D about going to Sadler’s house, getting his shoes on, leaving Dino Dan, what he will bring with him 

8:20am- Drop kids off and linger too long saying good bye.

8:45am - get to work, sit down eat breakfast and do nothing for at least 15 minutes.  

On days the nanny is at our house it is of course easier and less hectic. I will say mornings with 2 kids is not as hard as I envisioned.  J leaves for work by 7:30am so most all kid wrangling is my sole responsibility, but I got it.  I don’t have to get them dressed or even feed them unless they are really asking for it since the nanny will do that.  When D goes to school things will obviously be different, but they change with each new age anyway.  I also take a shower at night so that allows me to sleep for a few more minutes.  Some days I will get up at 6am and sneak out for a run or do some T25, but I need to get back into that asap.  

What does everyone else’s mornings look like?  

When you are introduced to a client you have never met, but she says she has met you so she doesn’t have to go through introductions.

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#timehop 35 wks with C.  Was that really just a year ago?

#timehop 35 wks with C. Was that really just a year ago?