We must do {.022}

The weekend that passed was magical.
I have so much to share.

But for today.

I have only this quote that sums up the rest of my life:

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing.

Knowing is not enough; we must apply.

Being willing is not enough, we must do.” 

– Leonardo da da Vinci

Asking All Them Questions {.021}

I knew Jayden would be inquisitive, like all children are – but I didn’t know I’d be answering questions every moment we are together. The cutest thing about all of is questions are he asks the same batch of them over & over again. Here are all of the questions I get asked…everyday.

 “Mommy! Whats is this?!”

“Wha you cooking?”

” Wha you doing?”

” I help?”

“It’s a Daddy?”

“It’s GuMa?”

“Daddy seeping?”

 “I show Daddy?”

“I play?”

“Can you open it?”

“I cuddle?”

 The cooking one is new. But somehow I always have a “No” answer for that. He needs to ask Daddy. 😛

Have a great weekend!

If you are not moving closer to what you want in life, you probably aren’t doing enough asking.

 – Jack Canfield

Sleeping Handsome? {.020}

It’s 5 o’clock in the morning. I fell asleep on the couch while watching the biggest loser again {dang-it} & I hear what sounds like thunder. I open my eyes from sleeping and I see a shadow-like blur fly across the living room.

It startles me at first, and then I realize that my son’s door is wide open.

“It’s Jayden of course,” I concluded. The thunder I thought I heard were his little feet scurrying across the floor.

I get up to see where he was headed {I figured it would most likely be the bathroom — okay I was hoping}.

Turns out he was headed to our room. Why? I wasn’t sure. Bad dream maybe? When I arrived he was already in our bed sleeping next to Quentin.

I later found out that he had opened his arms as if to ask Quentin to lift him up and there he landed in between our sheets. Since I surely did not plan on sleeping on the couch I joined them & it was wonderful. Jayden sandwiched between Quentin & I like a little cozy munchkin. It’s that moment that will be embedded in my brain forever.

I’m still not sure what possessed Jayden to come all the way across the living room down the hall to our room to sleep, but I can’t say I didn’t enjoy it. The weirdest thing about it is the things he normally does, like wakes up at 6:00 & pees on himself while he’s sleeping — didn’t happen. He slept until 6:30 and was completely dry. I was astonished & happy, but also kind of sad because I knew that he wouldn’t be able to sleep with us all the time. He has to get used to sleeping on his own – which I thought he had. But, he’s been waking up in the middle of the night to sleep with us for two nights straight. I hope that his teddy and extra hugs and kisses {& maybe an extra bedtime story} can make it a little more comfy for him to fall asleep & stay asleep.

“May sleep envelop you as a bed sheet floating gently down, tickling your skin and removing every worry.  Reminding you to consider only this moment.”

Jeb Dickerson

Sally Gets A Job {.019}

Repetition. One of the many things you have to look forward to when you are a Mother of a toddler. That’s how they learn! They repeat – everything. This I have gotten used to when it comes to repeating questions or phrases {Quentin hasn’t}. I either answer the question as many times as he asks or just listen to whatever catch phrase he’s interested in saying at the time.

Now, when it comes to reading books over and over…and over. I can’t get with it. It is so incredibly frustrating that I find myself rushing through the book he wants to read for the 42ND time.

Last night was no different. He wanted to read the same book that we have read together for the past week and a half – ‘Sally Gets A Job’. I’ll give it to him, when we read it for the first time I enjoyed it! It was a well written book! Now, one week and three days in I’m not so excited about reading it anymore. I even put the rest of the books out on the floor so he could pick something else! Nope! Still wanted to see Sally get the same stupid jobs she did before. At this moment in time Sally has about 37 jobs. She’s going to get fired from one of them!

Might as well prepare myself to take Sally to her job interviews for tomorrow.

A baseball swing is a very finely tuned instrument. It is repetition, and more repetition, then a little more after that.
Reggie Jackson

You can do it all by yourself {.018}

Snap your fingers

Do the step

You can do it all by yourself ♪

That song {Snap Ya Fingers – Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz} comes to mind every time I hear my little munchkin say:




Yes, ladies and gentlemen. He is in that stage of life where, you guessed it;

He wants to do every-got-damn-thing.

Now, looking five years {maybe less} down the line I should be embracing this phase because this means that I don’t have to do anything! I mean, he can get his own breakfast, brush his teeth, put the dishes in the dishwasher, and wipe down all of the tables! He can do all of those wonderful things, but he does them wrong or not as well as they should be done, naturally. He’s only three {can’t believe it}.

Now, do I appreciate the initiative? Absolutely! But, sometimes, like in the wee hours of the morning when I’m trying to get him ready for school it’s a little frustrating. At night when we’re not on a time crunch, I let him do more. I love watching his face light up when I let him help. But, trust and believe as soon as he turns his little back I’m re-wiping the tables or re-arranging the dishwasher. The hardest things to correct are things that he can’t be away for, like re-brushing his teeth.

UGH. It breaks my heart when I have to do it because I can tell his feelings are hurt. He puts on the saddest face and he looks up at me with those big puppy dog eyes as if to say “That wasn’t good enough Mommy?”

::sighs:: Mother-Son dilemmas.

Gotta love ’em.

Too many people grow up. That’s the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up.They forget. They don’t remember what it’s like to be 12 years old. They patronize, they treat children as inferiors. Well I won’t do that.

 – Walt Disney

Wuddup Weekend? {.017}

This weekend was better than most. Went on a date to see ‘Think Like A Man’ with my better half. Jayden spent the entire day with his Pop Pop Kenny {they play so cute together}. He got a new truck. {This will make number 17 – it’s a garbage truck that makes lots of noise. JOY.}. Putting empty apple sauce & jelly jars to use around the house is so fun. My kitchen is so clean I want to sleep in it. Books are ordered  & classes are registered for summer semester {nervous}. Next weekend is Jaydens 3RD Birthday Party & actual DOB {cue violins}. Jayden’s Uncle Corey, Gooma Lene & Great Gooma Fran are coming to celebrate!
Life is pretty sweet. Let the week begin.
That it will never come again is what makes life sweet.
Emily Dickenson

Sleep {.015}

Last night I felt like a zombie. It was a mentally exhausting day.

Jayden is wired, not ready to go to bed & where is mom?

Blissfully sleeping on the couch.

Quentin took care of him for the remainder of the night & when I peeled my eyes open at around 9:30 he was still up.

How my little one has more energy than me – I don’t know.

I’ll tell you one thing though…I woke up refreshed!

A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.

Irish Proverb

Moving on {.014}

It was a tough, but Quentin and I have decided to take Jayden out of the daycare that he is in currently. Feelings like he wasn’t being taken care of properly were floating around for a little while now, but we weren’t 100% sure. Well, not only is he not being taken care of/supervised properly but the other children aren’t either.
The hardest thing to accept about this is that it’s not the teacher that is for his specific age group that’s the problem, it’s the teacher that does before care & after care. Jayden’s actual teacher is so nurturing and you can tell she really loves what she does. One bad apple really does spoil the bunch. I know that when he goes to  his new daycare (whichever one that is – not sure yet) he will still ask for his teacher and ask me if he’s going to see her.
It’s going to break our hearts to have him “change schools” so to speak. But, his health and well-being are more important than everything else & that is just something that we cannot skimp on.
Wish us luck.
Have you ever experienced having to change your child’s school, camp, or location in general?
There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction
Winston Churchill

Perception {.013}

I want to be perfect. I think everyone does. No one likes to make mistakes – especially in front of other people & especially when dealing with parenting. I feel like a failure every time I make one, even if it’s something small. Yesterday was no different… except I made three small mistakes that affected my mood for the rest of the day. Apparently I didn’t fill out the summer camp form for my little one {which I found out later – I did.} I forgot to give Jayden milk for school {that I didn’t know about in the first place} & felt like a mini failure. I don’t like him going without anything…ever. It just bothers me. Oh, and I didn’t do the dishes like I should have {bad prioritizing}. What bothered me wasn’t only that I didn’t do these things despite my human flaw and mistake making, but I know people would and probably did judge me {“People” meaning one of my son’s teachers}. It’s almost like she wants something to be wrong. She never has anything good to say…about anything. I’m sure she thinks I’m terrible parent or whatever. I like to consider myself and active parent/perfectionist. I don’t like for others to be in control of their perception of me. In other words I don’t want to give anyone a reason to think things about me that aren’t true. I just have to face the fact that people will talk about you and think certain things about you {& your child} no matter what you do. I just hate it.

“The most valuable thing you can make is a mistake
– you can’t learn anything from being perfect.”
Adam Osborne