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Momnesia Mondays: Sick Kids

Momnesia MondaysWelcome to today’s Momnesia Mondays, in case you didn’t read my first post here it is: http://www.mommybknowsbest.com/momnesia-mondays/ basically each Monday I’ll be writing a post on my Momnesia, in hopes that maybe I can feature your Momnesia moments as well! Momnesia means that time in our lives when we say we’ll always or never do something and because we’re parents and go through different experiences our opinions change. In my personal opinion having Momnesia is good, it means there’s growth and acceptance going on.

This week’s topic is on sick kids. With cold and flu season in full effect this is certainly a hot topic. I see parents with sick children everywhere I go, the store, the bank, play areas, and even at activities we attend. The runny noses beget the coughing and the coughing begets the sneezes, then tissues are flying. Unfortunately, I am no stranger to kids with colds and while I used to be the mom who kept her sick kiddo home 24/7 until she was sniffle free, even if it did take 3 weeks that’s just not an option for me anymore.

I’m the mom that’s baby has a crusty nose while she throws boxes of tissues and lunch meat in the shopping cart, I’m the mom that’s kids are coughing away in the back seat of the car even though they’ve been cold free for weeks, and I’ll admit sometimes I feel like other parents are looking at me, just like I looked at “those” parents wondering why the heck I’d bring my kids out.

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Just like some of you I’m sure you can commiserate with me when:

  • you have not one edible item in your fridge and HAVE to go grocery shopping
  • your kids really aren’t sick but they just sound like it
  • your use the “I think they’re teething” line, even when you know they’re coming down with a cold, come on you know you do it!
  • you’ve been stuck in the house for 2 weeks with sick kiddos and get yet another round of sickness
  • you’re so over cold and flu season and can’t wait for the fresh spring air

So whether your son’s runny nose is teething or not, I promise I won’t judge you, but know that I may spray my kid down with Lysol and hand sanitizer after our encounter 🙂 and won’t be offended if you do the same to me too!

Have a Momnesia Moment?? Send it to me at mommybknowsbest{at}gmail{dot}com and I’ll review it for an upcoming Momnesia Monday post!

Momnesia Mondays: Romance?

*Hey everyone, just a quick aside, I had planned on launching the redesign for MommyB Knows Best this morning, however due to circumstances beyond my control, (my designer/coder aka DaddyB got sick this weekend) I won’t be unveiling the new look. However, I did say February 14th, so I’m still hoping to launch my changes today, but it may not happen until tonight. I apologize for those of you who’ve been anxiously awaiting the changes, like myself, but I’m sure you all can understand especially during this {fun} cold and flu season. Thank you for your continued support and I hope you’re still really excited because I know I am!!* …Now back to your regularly scheduled MommyBKnowsBest.com post…

Momnesia MondaysHappy Valentine’s Day to those of you who celebrate. Hope you’re wearing your heart on your sleeve, have starry eyes, and are enjoying your flowers and chocolates. I know personally and may have heard through the grapevine from other parents how this day of LOVE has changed, er evolved throughout the years.

B.C. (before children) Valentine’s Day used to be a day full of wondering what fun plans were in store for the day. Would I receive flowers and candy or another thoughtful gift? The days leading up to V-Day, even if I was single, were even more fun. For some reason I really love celebrating holidays, not every single one, but the “bigger” holidays are fun and give me an excuse to use my creative wiles during the year.

I love plotting and scheming {in a good way}, and past Valentine’s Days I have celebrated in a few different, creative ways. One year I gave a bag of everything red to one of my boyfriends. I’ve made the goofy crosswords, and coupons, post-it notes, I know sappy, but it’s fun at least once a year right?

One year, I won a “year’s supply” of Hershey candy, which of course they sent me ALL AT ONCE, totally normal. So basically I had 365 candy bars sitting in my dorm room, thinking back I probably should have set up shop and started selling the candy bars, but instead I gave all of my Twizzlers out with a handcrafted Valentine’s Day note through our intra-campus post office, I swear about 50% of everyone on campus got one! Read More

Momnesia Mondays: Yesterday Part II

Momnesia MondaysSo last Monday I talked about how things change when you become a parent in Momnesia Mondays: Yesterday Part I, and no matter how much we love our lives as parents there will always be a part of us that will look at the past and look at the future with memories or dreams. I don’t feel guilty for missing things in my past because that’s what we do as nostalgic people. I know I love my girls and I wouldn’t trade my life for anything.

It was great to see everyone commenting on the post last week and on Facebook and know that it’s not just me. Here are some of the things you said: Read More

Momnesia Mondays: Yesterday Part I

Momnesia MondaysGone are all the endless days of being me, now that I’m a mom I don’t have to just be a mom, but I’m finding I can’t be me pre-kids either, so what’s a mom to do?

I say it’s all about reinventing yourself. My hair has changed, my body has changed in more way than I ever thought it would and with Momnesia Mondays my point of view has changed.

There are things you think you’ll never do or say when you become a mom, but are there ever look back and wish hadn’t changed? I for one have many, but for the good of the cause (being motherhood,) I’d give it all up again in a heartbeat.

Here are some things I miss, but not enough to trade in my two beautiful blessings. Read More

Momnesia Mondays

Momnesia MondaysBaby C has been doing great with solids (pureed) although she normally gags at anything green at least I can get some sweet potatoes and carrots in here and there.

I’ve always been a little skeptical of parents saying, “my baby doesn’t want baby food, they just want to eat what I am eating.” Often times I think they just don’t want to buy baby food out of cost or convenience. Now, I’m not talking about making your own baby food necessarily, I’m talking more about what’s on the parents plate at dinner time.

MomnesiaWell, guess what, I had a Momnesia Moment! I was eating mashed potatoes, (red skinned, garlic if you must know) and Baby C was eating her chicken and sweet potatoes baby food, well wouldn’t you know I got a lot of hollering and fussing from her every time I put my food into my mouth. I gave her a bite of the creamy mashed potatoes (can you tell I’m Irish yet? ) and she’s so her mother’s daughter, loved them!

Jarred Baby Food

Being the mommy that I am, I gave her a few more bites of the potatoes and then back to the chicken and sweet potato puree, but much to my surprise she swatted them away…flying all over the kitchen stove and mommy. This back and forth went on for a while, I finally got to sneak in a few bites of her own food in between potatoes and ended up not completely covered in baby food, luckily.

But I did learn one thing, when people say their baby’s only want what their parents are having….it may just be the truth.

What’s your child’s favorite food? Did they ever want “real” food over baby food?

Momnesia Mondays Birthday Edition

Momnesia MondaysLet me first say that I love my life, love being a mommy, and love my girls. I know how extremely blessed I am to be able to stay at home with them, so this post is the furthest from a complaint but moreover an observation of how life when you’re a mom takes a “Momnesia” turn.

Today, in case you didn’t now yet, is my Birthday. I’m a whopping 31 today and don’t really have an issue with my age, I’m actually excited to be welcoming another year in my life and am enthused to see what this new year will bring.

I’ve always been one to be happy for my birthdays, not overly excited but within normal limits. This year is no different in that respect. But surprisingly, to myself even, I have, several times, forgotten that I even had a birthday coming up. I’m not sure if it’s because my focus is now on the kids and my husband, or if I’m too busy with the blog and holidays to even think about it. Even moreso I’m not too upset that my birthday isn’t a huge deal.

Last year when I turned 30 and was pregnant I was a little bummed to have such a low-key birthday, so it’s very odd to me the feelings, or lackthereof that I have this year. Don’t get me wrong I’m still happy to welcome a new year in my life, but maybe it’s just me realizing even more that this life isn’t about me.

MomnesiaI know some of you may be thinking well this mom needs some more mom time, she’s losing herself. And yes I am losing myself a little but at the cost of becoming a better person, better mom, better wife, better friend. Or at least I hope so.

Have any of you ever felt this way?? Are you content with a low-key birthday or sometimes forget your birthday is even coming? Please tell me I’m not alone in this.

Momnesia Mondays

Momnesia MondaysDue to the holidays and an overwhelming amount of great things to write about Momnesia Mondays are being put on the back burner until Monday December 6th. There will be a special Birthday edition on December 6th because a certain someone will be celebrating her birthday. (wink, wink)

In the meantime back to your regularly scheduled programming and check back later today for another great post!!

Momnesia Mondays

Momnesia MondaysSorry I abandoned you all last Momnesia Monday, the trip to Northern Virginia strikes again! We had some internet issues although honestly I don’t know if I would have been able to write anyway, being in an unfamiliar place with two little ones is not the best atmosphere for anything really. Speaking of which, I had different topics picked out for this post but have decided to write a little bit about Travelling for this Momnesia Monday. Hope you don’t mind.

With the holidays coming up I’m sure some of you, if not most of you, will be traveling quite a bit, whether it’s by air, road, or for you really lucky ones, by foot! Even though it wasn’t holiday travel this past visit to Virginia it certainly reminded me that we have another trip to visit family on Christmas, woe is me. Now don’t get me wrong I love seeing family and friends, but the getting there and being in unfamiliar, non-kid proofed surroundings makes me stress.

I’ve always been a little uptight about cleanliness and organization, I guess that’s what makes me “me” and a little Type-A too and I’m okay with that. Thank Heaven for parents who aren’t as fanatical as I am though as I’m sure it proves for a much less stressful trip. That being said, now that we have two children it’s even harder to travel, not only do we have somehow three times the amount of stuff, who knew a baby could make that happen ;), but we also have to try to find somewhere to stay where Little Miss A won’t wake Baby C up during nap time, and if we’re in a standard hotel or the car I go ahead and kiss those dreams goodbye right away. I’m not going to fool myself into thinking my un-meak 3 year old would have it any other way, and I love her energy but I’d just love to save myself a, “shush” or two.

MomnesiaI know I have a long way to go, but I’m trying to be more laid back and even more proactive (if that’s even possible). I bring sanitizer, lysol, outlet covers, along with our normal travel gear. We try to stay in suites or with family when possible so Baby C has the option of a separate room for naps. And I try to remember that it’s not the end of the world if Baby C doesn’t get her nap in the car, although it does make for very, very long trips when you have a screaming tired baby. I do wonder though why it’s legal to sedate your pets on long trips but not your children.

What have you learned from long trips with your child(ren)? Any tips you can pass on to the rest of us??

Check out this Swagger Dad video on how he gets his children to behave in the car:

{What are Momnesia Mondays?? Basically each Monday I’ll be writing a post on my Momnesia, in hopes that maybe I can feature your Momnesia moments as well! Momnesia means that time in our lives when we say we’ll always or never do something and because we’re parents and go through different experiences, our opinions of the way we parent change. In my personal opinion, having Momnesia is good, it means there’s growth and acceptance going on and even if we’re not changing our own styles completely perhaps we’re looking at other parents and families differently. After all, I believe that each family is different and as parents we have to do what we feel is best for our own families.}

Momnesia Mondays

Momnesia MondaysWelcome to today’s Momnesia Mondays, in case you didn’t read my first post check it out here:  http://www.mommybknowsbest.com/momnesia-mondays/, basically each Monday I’ll be writing a post on my Momnesia, in hopes that maybe I can feature your Momnesia moments as well! Momnesia means that time in our lives when we say we’ll always or never do something and because we’re parents and go through different experiences our opinions change. In my personal opinion having Momnesia is good, it means there’s growth and acceptance going on.

The words above are words that now describe me occasionally, not always, but definitely sometimes. It’s something  that I have said that I would never do, but somehow ended up doing anyway. In turn, I find myself becoming “that mom.” And although most days I’m okay with being “that mom” I always strive for the best for my kiddos.

MomnesiaBefore I had kids I was always on time, meaning 5-10 minutes early, I took pride in being punctual and married someone who, bless his soul, is not an early person, so if ever we were running behind (and even now a little,) I get agita aka really stressed out. I always wondered why people, including parents were late to work, late to appointments, late for life, and well yeah…MOMNESIA….now I totally know why! With making sure Miss A has snack, drink, goes potty before we leave, and Baby C has pacifier, toys, diapers, and wipes. Making sure I have whatever I need for said outing, Couponizer for shopping, dish-to-pass for play dates, and water for my http://nofizzclt.org/30days/.  This is pretty much what my diaper bag looks like (not my actual bag):

overstuffed diaper bag

All that and getting 3 girls, myself included ready, dressed, hair, shoes….it’s just insanity and some days I can’t believe we even make it out the door before nap time. So, now, I’m the mom who’s late, who’s daughter’s socks aren’t matching and who occasionally forgets diapers because she didn’t reload the diaper bag the night before. Yup, that’s me!

Do you do anything you said you’d never do? or do something you really hated before you had kids?? It’s okay, I won’t tell 😉

Momnesia Mondays

Momnesia MondaysWelcome to today’s Momnesia Mondays, in case you didn’t read my first post check it out here:  http://www.mommybknowsbest.com/momnesia-mondays/ basically each Monday I’ll be writing a post on my Momnesia, in hopes that maybe I can feature your Momnesia moments as well! Momnesia means that time in our lives when we say we’ll always or never do something and because we’re parents and go through different experiences our opinions change. In my personal opinion having Momnesia is good, it means there’s growth and acceptance going on.

The topic this week is…..drum roll please……the ever controversial…..Pacifiers. Whether you call them binkies, pacis, nuks, bobbies, plugs or another pet name these little suckie toys can cause an uproar. B.C. (before children), I babysat a child that had a pacifier even at age 5 and to me that was ridiculous. Making my own conclusion I decided that it would be okay for a child to use a pacifier until around age 1 or so. My mom and other mothers disagree with me completely and totally avoid the pacifier all-together and there are moms who think it’s best to use a pacifier until the child themselves get rid of it.

Baby A Paci

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