Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Tales of a Toddler Mom


Bumble Bee and Optimus Prime have been carefully perched on Liam's dresser for weeks now. That is, until I made the mistake of trying to pee peacefully one night. Suddenly, Liam burst through the door, Optimus Prime in one hand and Bumble Bee in the other, proclaiming, "Oh no, Mommy, 'cepticons!"

Bedtime Routine

Liam started sleeping through the night when he was two months old. ((ducks)) There was no bedtime routine. I swaddled him. He slept. End of story. He didn't cry it out, we didn't try any crazy tricks. He just slept.

Then two happened. Followed by a toddler bed. Now, our bedtime routine consists of the following:

-We spend at least three minutes trying to decide between truck jammies and Batman jammies.
- We read no fewer than five books, including at least three from his Llama Llama collection. (The kid knows his mama's a sucker for books.)
-We make the occasional frantic phone call to Craig, "Where's Diesel? Liam won't go to bed without Diesel..."
-We locate Diesel (the latest addition to Liam's Thomas the Train collection).
-I tuck him in "snug as a bug in a rug."
-I attempt to sneak out of his room.
-I am stopped in my tracks. "Mama! Lay down!"
-I prop my head on a giant stuffed elephant as Liam recites the sound of every animal and/or vehicle he can think of. I begin to doze off.
-I notice Liam's beginning to doze off, too.
-I attempt to sneak out of his room.
-I am stopped in my tracks. "Mama! Lay down elephant!"
-I lay my head on a giant elephant while Liam plays with Diesel and Harold the helicopter.
-I notice he's asleep.
-I attempt to sneak out of his room. Success!
-I hop in the shower. I step out and begin to dry myself off only to be greeted with, "Hey Mommy, I waked up!"

Being a Mom/Wife to a Super Hero Fan is Hard Work

Me (smugly): Liam and I got a pair of super hero sheets off the clearance rack at the consignment store today.
Craig: Marvel or DC?
Me: I don't know. They had Spiderman and The Hulk and Thor on them.
Craig: Marvel. Ugh.

It only gets nerdier from here, you guys.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Two Wheelin'

A few days before Liam's second birthday, I arrived home to find a Walmart shipment packed with a Batman Big Wheel sitting on our doorstep, a gift from Craig's friend Steve. For awhile, I thought it was silly to buy Liam another bike, even though his feet still don't touch the pedals. Then on the Fourth of July, I arrived at the kids parade, and saw kids younger than Liam cruising around on their Strider bikes without a care in the world, and I was hooked. So, a couple of weeks ago, we ventured out to a bike shop to purchase a shiny new "Orange Bike," and I haven't looked back.

Little known fact: Strider bikes were developed by a guy in our hometown. It doesn't get much more local than that.

Friday, August 2, 2013

A Confession + A Video

I quit my job.

Corrections education, while incredibly rewarding, is also draining at times. There's a great deal of staff turnover, which can be frustrating for both students and staff. While I thought I didn't want to contribute to that, a few changes over the past year made me realize it was time to move on.

Initially, I started an online master's program through a university in our region, and I had every intention of continuing to work while pursuing that degree; however, online education just wasn't the same for me. I'm a very auditory learner. I thrive from attending lectures and taking notes and participating in class discussions. And, then, there's this. (It's just an abstract, but you get the gist.) A master's program is a huge investment, and I was left wondering if there would be a return on that investment.

So, I started applying (ever so slowly), to a couple of jobs outside of education. In the weeks before I applied for an event planning position at the company where Craig works, I first heard this podcast where Jason Pittman talks about his reasons for leaving education (it's toward the end) and this podcast where Sarah Brysk Cohen talks about her transition from social work to floral design. I know it sounds silly, but I'm a firm believer in signs and in the fact that sometimes things just work out, so when I was offered the position, I decided it was the right thing to do for me and for my family.

Telling the girls was incredibly difficult. A few of them were upset, but pretty soon one of them piped up, "Hey, can we watch that video one more time before you leave." I love this video. It makes me smile and produces the occasional snort-laugh. It also reminds me that we create our own happiness.