The Meanest Mommy on Earth {.005}

I’m sure today I sealed the deal on that reputation with my baby boy. Yesterday morning was just not a good one for me. I woke up an hour and fourty-five minutes late {totally my fault. I just love hitting that snooze button} and that just threw my whole morning routine off. I am a perfectionist and if things don’t go the way that I planned them I immediately get irritiated. This really someting I need to work on.
So let’s take a look at how the morning routine is supposed to look like in a perfect world.
4:45AM Wake up {I know I’m crazy for trying to shoot for such a time everyday. Let me be!}
{Get myself together, do homework, finalize a blog post, & pretty much anything I want to do in peace and quiet: very important}
6:00AM Get Jayden’s breakfast together & let it cool{I am a terrible future wife and always manage to mess up my fiance’s breakfast – lessons in progress}.
6:15AM Wake Jayden up & eat breakfast with him.
6:31AM Start helping Jayden brush his teeth & take a bath etc.
{Put clothes is hamper, clean dishes, grab lunches, etc.}
7:25AM Shove the family through the front door.
Jayden’s school opens at 7:30AM and I like to get to work by 7:40.
Do you see how flipping fantastic that is!?
Today I woke up at 6:00AM. This means I had absolutely no time to myself. Irritating especially when I get quite a bit done durring my hours alone. After I got Jayden together I just had to get myself ready in rush mode. Of course he wants to be around me since we didn’t get to sit down together and eat breakfast like we usually do, but I was so irritated I didn’t realize it. When he was standing next to me while I was getting myself together I told him to “go by daddy”. He did. Then, he came back a few minutes later.
“Go by daddy!”, I yelled.
He ran away into the living room. I immediately felt bad.
“What’s wrong with you?”, Quentin asked.
“My whole schedule is off!”, I exclaimed.
Quentin made his way to the living room to check on Jayden.
I followed.
“What’s wrong stinky?”, He asked.
Jayden was laying on the couch with his thumb in his mouth looking out the window at the cars riding by. He had the saddest look on his face.
Quentin was about to console him, but I had to step in. I felt so bad for letting my issues affect him.
I grabbed Jayden and gave him a big hug.
“I’m so sorry,” I said. “Do you forgive Mommy?”
“It’s okay.” He told me in the softest voice.
And like he always does, he jumped up and started telling me about all of the cars and trucks he was watching ride by. Like nothing ever happened.
“Mommy! Wook! It’s a cars and swuck right dea!”
{Translation: Mommy! Look! There are cars and trucks right there!}
Everyone says he has my personality, but I don’t see it. I’m just as outgoing, but the way he gets over things is a quality I wish I had. Just another thing to work on.
 “Every time you get angry, you poison your own system.”
– Alfred A. Montapert

Five tips on how to NOT feel like baby poop {.004}

So, if you follow me on twitter, you would have seen my tweet stating:

Yup, it’s true. I don’t know how it happened. But, myself and Quentin are coming down with something. Jayden seems okay, just an occasional cough {I’m still keeping a close eye on him though}.

Today wasn’t especially terrible or anything, but I can certainly tell that I needed to sleep in. My body is just not having it today. Being a Mom is tough – especially when your sick. Jayden could definitely feel my energy – I just wasn’t myself. So instead of being a Debby downer and going into detail about how terrible I feel, I thought I’d share five tips for fellow Moms {or anyone really} who feel like trash, but have to keep the household together {go to work, shuffle the kids to school, make dinner, etc.}.

Green Tea

Tip #1: Look nice

This seems like a pretty simple one, but makes such a difference! When you look good you feel good. Let me clarify. I don’t mean look the way you do everyday. Spruce it up a little bit. Do you hair with a few soft curls, if you never wear makeup – throw some mascara on! If you always wear makeup, try out a new lipstick/lipgloss combination. Basically what I’m trying to say is set aside some time for you! Don’t wallow in your sick feeling with a dull hairstyle and “I-don’t-feel-good-but-I-have-to-get-up-so-I-threw-something-together” outfit {you know what I’m talking about}.

Tip #2: Fake a smile

You’d be surprised how well this works. We have more control over our bodies than we think we do. The mind controls everything. You can literally trick your body into thinking you feel better than you do. Your brain releases endorphines {which are natural pain killers} and serotonin every single time you smile. These chemicals will help you relieve any pain {including mild headaches} or stress your under. All things seem stressful when you’re sick. It seems like no one is cooperating with you. Smiling through the frustration and laughing at the minor snags in your day will help you feel tons better.

Tip #3 Listen to your favorite song

Music is your mood with a beat. Listening to one of your favorite songs totally lifts your mood. One of my favorite songs right now is Tonight is the night by OutasightIt is everything I like in a song. Upbeat, catchy, positive & most of all it sounds like the artist had a great time creating the track. I don’t have time to sit at the computer and download every single song that I like, but Pandora helps me discover new music and get a taste of what I already like. The radio is still cool too. Just embrace a good song!

Tip #4 Drink Green Tea

Antioxidants are your body’s best friend. Unfortuntately, with the fast pace environments we are usually in we skip getting thoes antioxidants from fruit. Make sure the tea is warm when you drink it. When your body is nice and warm it has a better chance of fighting off a virus. Plus, it just feels really god going down. So curl up with a nice book, grab a blanket and drink up!

Tip #5 Drink 100% Juice

This is hard for some. When you aren’t feeling well only drink 100% juice {& water of course}. Don’t drink juice from concentrate, kool aid, lemon aid, or soda. Why? It takes quite a bit of energy for your body to get rid of all of the artificial mess that you put in it {junk food eaters, ever wonder why you’re so tired – you’re not alone. I’m guilty too}. So, if you take the time to put super good stuff in it you’ll recover much faster! Plus it actually tastes a lot better than the stuff with added sugar and juice from concentrate (to me anyway). It’s a win, win!

I hope these tips help you get over your cold if you have one. It seems that no matter what season it is, I know someone who has some sort of cold. Allergies can sometimes spark a cold as well.

As the day went on and Quentin and I went about our days each of us started to feel better. After working out {a great stress reliever} Quentin didn’t feel so sick anymore and after talking to a friend I started to feel better as well. My friend and I were talking about school {I’m a college student}, life and just finding ourselves and young professionals and young people in general and she said this to me:

“…take your time. Same thing goes for school. You are amazing for being a full time mother and getting your degree! I always say time is…just that. You’re young and vibrant. There is no need to rush, all will fall into place exactly how it’s supposed to be. Just stay positive and stay away from flying debris.” {I told her my household was a tornado, which is far from an exaggeration in my eyes}

It just goes to show that doing things you enjoy like talking to friends or working out {basically, sticking to your normal routine} can really make a difference in your overall mood. It also relieves a bit of stress. So, if your feeling under the weather. Feel better!

“The best of healers is good cheer.”