I have my Christmas shopping done before December even hits. We have baked goods to give to the kid’s teachers, we bake cookies for the fire station down the street, and we hand out candy canes to everyone. The kids have a cute little Christmas photo shoot and I order adorable personalized Christmas cards for everyone. We order calendars for the grandparents, we get a photo with Santa, and I’ve planned our family advent calendar daily activities. I’m “that mom” who makes DIY marshmallows with the kids for our hot chocolate (cut into cute little snowmen and teddy bears, of course!) Every few years, I rock at Christmas. [Read more…]
Every year since I was a teenager, I have donated a gift to Santa’s Anonymous. Sometimes I do it through work, sometimes on my own. Last year, I introduced my kids to the concept. [Read more…]
Every year on December first (or as close to it as possible), we decorate the Christmas tree. We don’t wait for the kids to go to bed. They help with everything. It’s craziness for an hour or so, but the kids LOVE it! And I love what it teaches them. [Read more…]
It’s December. A time of food, family and… stuff. Stuff for you, stuff for the kids, stuff stuff stuff. It’s expected. The kids talk about presents. That’s all they talk about. I got tired of it. So we started a new tradition. [Read more…]
To the mom with the screaming child in the middle of the grocery store:
When you spend all day, every day with your child, it can be hard to notice changes. They can be slow and subtle. Just like diabetes symptoms. [Read more…]
A couple months ago, my 3 year old daughter learned what the word “bullying” means. Like any other Saturday morning, we were at the pool for swimming lessons. I left my son and daughter in the waiting areas for their respective classes and went to sit in the viewing area across the little pool. I saw my daughter talking to the 2 other little girls and I glanced over to the big pool where my son was waiting. Then I heard a bone chilling scream. [Read more…]
When I had my first child, I had never heard of “mommy wars” before. I’m not big on telling other people how to live. Even though I consider myself fairly laid back about other parents choices, I have still been caught up in my fair share of mommy wars moments. [Read more…]
Lately, I have noticed more and more people refer to my son’s diabetes rather than to him as a person. He has had teachers call him “my diabetic kid”. Nurses have referred to him as “the diabetic one”. At school he is “the one with diabetes”, “diabetes kid” and “the diabetic”.
I hate getting up in the morning. I’ve always hated it. Before I had kids, I’d set my alarm so I would have JUST enough time to get ready for work, down to the minute. Even then, sometimes I hit the snooze button. Now that I’m responsible for more than myself, I have changed my routine and found some things to do before bed that help me get ready (and out the door on time) in the morning.