Ramblings on kids

Wow, it has literally been years since my last post!  So much has happened!  I transferred to Morenci in 2010 and spent three years there working. I really enjoyed it and worked with so many great people!  In Feb. 2013, I had my baby girl, Dylan Rose Marie.  She has curly brown hair and beautiful deep brown eyes.  She has an amazing little personality and is more rambunxious than her brother was (if you can believe that).  Anyhow, having two kids, managing childcare and commuting was stressful - so I transferred back to Safford.  It has almost been a year now that I have been back and it is just as great as before!  Now, Wolfie attends preschool and even played T-Ball this year and I was able to be there to take him to practice and games.  Time has flown by so fast.

So, speaking of kids, that's what this blog is about.  Kids.  Nowadays, it seems more and more people are not having kids, are waiting later to have kids and are having fewer kids.  Why is this?  Well, maybe because kids are alot of work.  I don't ever really think too much about it, but lately I have.  When I get, home I am trying to make dinner.  I have a one year-old crying becaue she is already hungry.  I have a four year-old being loud, taunting his sister.  I am trying to tend to them but I have to get dinner ready.  The water is boiling.  Did I put the bread in the oven?  Then my phone rings, I try to answer it.  I mean, not to dramatize it all, but it can be so stressful!  (If you are asking where Todd is, he is at work in this scenario)

I stand back and think how simple, even enjoyable, it would be to cook dinner without all of this chaos.  Then when dinner is done, I have to get the kids fed, load the dishwasher, get the kids in the bath, brush their teeth, squeeze in a bedtime story, get them to bed and by that time it is usually 8:30pm.  I cannot tell you how many nights I come home and don't sit still or have a moment's peace until almost 9:00.  I look back on the days when it was just Todd and I and I had the whole evening to myself, lounging on the couch, skimming through Facebook posts, eating whatever I wanted, doing whatever I wanted.  No obligations.  No familial responsibilities.  No little ones counting on me

In the chaos, it is also easy (for me anyway) to let my emotions get the best of me.  I lose patience.  I yell.  I get the mean mommy face.  I get upset.  I get angry.  I get beat down.  And then I feel guilty.  I feel like a bad mom.  I feel like I am not cut out for this.  I feel like I have failed.  It is super easy to feel this way and it stinks. 

So anyways, why have kids then?  If they are so time consuming, expensive, and cause extra stress, why do it? 

Because the first time they say "mama" or "I love you" or fall asleep in your arms or squeeze your hand or giggle or smile your heart feels complete.  Seriously, when you have a kid you learn love in a whole new way and discover parts of yourself, your heart that you never knew before.  I cannot imagine my life without my kids.  No matter what the chaos is, the crying, the screaming, the messes, the guilt - I love my monsters.  My kids.  My life. 

I guess the point of this post is that I had never stopped to think about how much work kids are.  When you are a mom, you just do it.  Do what you have to do and not look back.  People will tell me "I don't know how you do it."  And I am taken aback.  What do they mean?  I just do it.  But when you really do consider what parenthood is, the sacrifices, the compromise,  the work - it is pretty amazing,  I let the bad days, the mistakes and the guilt overshadow all the amazing moments, the blessings and the beauty.  I don't give myself enough credit and I bet alot of moms out there don"t either. 

So, in conclusion.  I am not perfect.  Not a perfect mom by any means and I make mistakes.  But I am learning, everday.  And I get better, everday.  And so what if my kids are hyper and can't sign the alphabet.  Does that make me a bad mom or them bad kids?  No. This whole kid thing is hard, but I am trying my best and I am amazing.  My kids are amazing and I think every mom should feel that way.  Recognize your parental shortcomings but don't linger on them, learn from them and grow

Wow, where does the time go? I have not been on here in over a year!!! That is crazy. So, here is an update on all things Wren. Wolfe is almost two years old. He is getting so big, so fast. He talks alot now and we really have to watch what we say because he likes to copy us...if you know what I mean. We took him to the Urologist in August and they determined that his left kidney does not have any functioning at all. Good thing is that he has not had any kidney infections thus far, so they are going to just keep him on antibiotics daily for another year and see if the reflux improves. Keep your fingers crossed.

My dad is still living in Wisconsin, but he did sign a commuter agreement to move back to AZ and work from home whenever he isn't traveling to other countries. So, the only problem now is moving. He is pretty busy and with the Holidays and snowy weather, he probably won't actually get to move back until Spring, but we'll see. I am so happy because he surprised us and will be here for Thanksgiving after all. This is going to be a good one, I just know it.

I have already been working in Morenci for over a year. It is crazy how fast time flies. I really enjoy it and like staying busy, I just do not like the time I waste driving. It is unproductive. While I don't mind the actual drive, I just hate that I am not at work and I am not at home with Wolfie, it is time wasted, you know? But on the bright side, I was promoted last month to a Generalist II. I couldn't believe it. It happened so fast and unexpectedly. I am still riding high from it. What a huge blessing!!!

We are spending Christmas in Tucson this year and I am really looking forward to it. It will be a nice change, but next year we will be back with my family. We already got Wolfie his "big" presents. A Yamaha Raptor replica four-wheeler (you know the ones you see at Wal-Mart by the barbie jeeps, and john deer trucks) and we also got him a little Cars bike with matching helmet. Whenever we go to my sister's house, he loves trying to ride little Erynn's bike so why not get him his own? He may be too young, but maybe he'll learn faster.

I am just really looking forward to the Holidays and spending time with family. This has been a pretty great year and I have alot to be thankful for. Here are some family pictures we took in October. Wolfie is getting so big!


Wow! It has been like 6 months since the last update! I can't believe how fast time has flown. Wolfe is now 10 months old and has grown so much. He has 7 teeth, he is almost walking, he can clap his hands and shake his head, he will occasionally wave good-bye, and he loves to blow razberries with Todd. He has been such a blessing to us. I am sad to realize just how much he has grown already. He will be 1-yr old before we know it!

As for everything else, life is good. I cannot complain. Todd transferred to the Safford in June, and it was nice because we were working together for a few months....but I actually transferred to the Morenci mine in Sept. when I got a promotion. I was sad to leave my co-workers behind, but great opportunity and experience awaits me in Morenci. So far, it has been good. Everyone has been very nice and helpful and I am just so happy that I got a job in my field of study. I worked hard to get my degree and now I can start applying what I have learned.
My dad is still based out of Wisconsin and is a traveling man! He was in India over the summer and he just got back from Canada and will be heading to Columbia tomorrow. We got to see him last weekend for the 1st time since March. We miss him dearly.
So, for now - our life pretty much revolves around work and Wolfe. Not a whole lot going on but I would rather be happy and drama-free than to have a lot of stories to tell. We are looking forward to the Holidays and spending time with family. I hope to keep you posted more often!

May 2010 Update

Okay, so I need to update big time. Where do I begin?

1) Well, we got family pictures taken in April and they turned out so good. I will post some of my favorites at the end of this blog.

2) I took Wolfe to the Dr. yesterday for his immunizations and he weighs 13lbs. 12 oz! He is getting so big. But it also turned out that he has Pink Eye, so I am having to give him some drops to clear it up. It looks 10x better today, but now he is running a slight fever and has been super cranky all day. The clinic said immunizations can sometimes have that effect on babies. Poor little guy.

3) Turns out I have a sinus infection and have been miserable since yesterday night. I had to stay home from work today to take care of the baby and myself and looks like I won't be going in tomorrow either. I love spending any time I can with the baby but I also hate missing work!!!

4) I went with my sister's family and my mom to tour the Gila Valley Temple last night. It was neat. I might have enjoyed the experience better if I wasn't preoccupied watching over Wolfe and focusing on the intense pain that I had on my heels from where my "dress shoes" had caused blisters. Talk about ouch! It is a very beautiful building. I can appreciate and accept that it is the House of the Lord because I feel that all churches and places of worship are Houses of the Lord. If I were Mormon, it might have meant more to me than that, but it didn't. Beautiful building, in any event. Glad that my sister invited me and that I got to see it. Here is a pic.

5) I came home last night, not feeling good, tired, and ready for bed only to find a snake in the house!!! Thank the Lord it was only a garter snake or something like that. I shooed it out the back door with a broom and am pretty certain that it slithered its way in through Megan's doggy door. Needless to say, Todd and I will be replacing it with a better one. It looked kind of like this.

6) I got my diploma in the mail! It is official now (to me). I have received a Master of Science in Human Resource Leadership. Woo hoo!

7) Todd and I had our 3 year anniversary in April. Cannot believe another year has flown by.
8) Well, that is all I can think of right now, so I will leave you with some of our Family Pictures.

Our 'lil cutie and more tidbits

Well, I have been back to work for a few weeks now and it was not as bad as I anticipated. It is nice being back and I realize how much I enjoy my job and the people I work with. The baby is such a good sleeper. He wakes up usually only once or twice a night. It is rare when I have to wake up more than that. Some people say I am being spoiled, but I think my baby just loves his sleep as much as mommy and daddy do! Anyways, it sure has made going back to work easier. I still get at least 7 hours of sleep a night, so I can't complain.

When we went to the Dr. a couple of weeks ago, Wolfe weighed 10lbs 7oz and is in the 25th percentile. I was not quite sure what that means, but now I know that basically he is still a little guy compared to other babies his age. His eyes are still blue, but they aren't getting any lighter or darker - so we are still on the fence as to whether or not they will stay. My dad moved to Milwaukee for a new job, so it has been kind of sad without him around, but we are so excited for him. His new job will be taking him all over the world. So far, we know he will be traveling to Canada, Russia, and India. Places I would have never dreamed he would go to someday. We are very proud of him.

In general, Todd and I are doing good. We both have our jobs, a home, our families, and our baby...so I cannot complain. We are anticipating our tax return any day now so we can pay off some much needed bills. Once that is taken care of, it will releive some stress. We will be getting professional pictures taken on Good Friday, so keep an eye out for a blog on that. I will leave you with a few pics of Wolfe. He is the cutest lil guy I ever did see.
Right after a bath and all ready for bed
Happy boy just playing around
"Mom, will you leave me alone already?"
What a cute little smile he has.
Ooh, what a ladies man!


Wolfe is almost 7 weeks old now. When we took him to the Dr. today, he was 9lbs. 5oz.! He is getting so big and growing so fast! He is way more alert during the day and no longer fits into any of his newborn clothes. When we went to the urologist, we found out the he has reflux in his "bad" kidney, which sucks because he has to take antibiotics daily. But on a positive note, the urologist also said that it appears that the "bad" kidney is functioning, after all. So, for now we will just monitor his kidneys, and if the "bad" one continues to grow with his body, he will probably live life with two kidneys and they will just fix the reflux when he is 2 years old or so! But if it starts to shrink, they may need to remove it when he is 2. So, we will just keep our fingers crossed, hope for the best, and wait it out.

Everyone still says that Wolfe looks more like Todd, but I can definitely see him looking more and more like me. I cannot believe how much he has changed already in the past few weeks. Here are some pics that we took today. He was wearing the cutest little outfit and we couldn't resist taking some pics. This was also the first time he wore shoes!
Chillin like a villain
He was getting really tired!
He lookes horrified in this one! "Aah! YOU are my mom!?"

I have truly enjoyed my time home with him, but unfortunately, I must return to work next week. I am going to be so sad, but that's how it goes. Luckily, we will not need a sitter every single day because Todd is home alot of the time. I know that the real hard work will begin when I have to go back to work because I won't get to take a nap later in the day or lounge around the house if I am feeling lazy. Waking up at 4:30am to get me and baby ready is going to suck, especially if he has had a rough night, but I just have to remind myself that tons of mothers have done it before me and that I just need to suck it up and get the job done. Goodbye sleep, it has been nice knowing you!

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