Do I get to still blame mommy brain for the following, even though my youngest is about to turn 2? Here is my morning: 1. Ahhh. It’s amazing I have free time. I am SO organized and can just sit here and enjoy my coffee. 2. Oh. Right. I haven’t made the kids’ lunches yet. Or mine. 3. Ah. Wow. Even after throwing together lunches, I’m still doing fine on time! And I did the dishes! 4. Dawdler Toddler, sit down at the table to eat or you will OMG YOU ARE DRIPPING SMOOTHIE ALL OVER EVERYTHING. … [Read more...] about Still blaming mommy brain
When last I wrote about figuring out how to get Dawdler Preschooler into a preschool, as in a "real" preschool, not the "preschool" room at her daycare, which is where she currently is, we were practically driven to drink by demystifying all the horribly disorganized information provided by the district. We have finally made a *little* progress, so an update. Spoiler: it's still nearly impossible to get through the red tape of getting information. Whenever we call to ask a question about … [Read more...] about Let’s Make Everything Harder for Parents, Shall We? (Part 2)
Dawdler Toddler Preschooler is really into fairy tales these days. This works to my advantage at bedtime since I'm particularly lazy tired and lazy. After we read 2 or 3 books, I can get her to cooperate with getting into bed and settling down by promising that I will cuddle with her and tell her a story. Even though I make up all my stories, they all MUST start with "Once upon a time..." and end with "...The end." as all good stories should. Yesterday, she turned the tables on me and asked … [Read more...] about Once upon a time
Here it is just after Labor Day and I have no idea where summer went. Oh, wait, I live in PHX so for all intents & purposes, it's still here, sticking its ugly thumb in my eye until at least Halloween. But the "fall" semester descended upon us a couple of weeks ago, and it is the. last. fall. semester. ever. Or it was supposed to be. My Better Half™ was supposed to graduate in December. Now that's up in the air. His committee needs time to read the thousand pages he's written or some … [Read more...] about duct taping it all together
A conversation in our house this morning: Me: “…so the bottom line is, yes, Dawdler Toddler can start preschool next month, & there’s still availability, we just have to decide which of the 10 preschools in the district we want her to go to.” My Better Half™: “why not just the one in walking distance to which we are zoned?” Me: “No preschool there.” My Better Half™: “So just send her to the closest one in our district that has a preschool.” Me: “oh, sure. You’d think it would be that … [Read more...] about Let’s Make Everything Harder for Parents, Shall We?
Two weeks ago, Baby got viral gastroenteritis for a couple of days and shared it with me for all of 8 hours while I was home from work with him, but we both recovered. Last Friday, as I was picking up Dawdler Toddler from daycare, she starts hurling. She had it all through the weekend, meaning we got nothing whatsoever done except tending to her. Side note: why is it that the weekends where I want to sit around on my arse and do nothing do not coincide with the weekends I get to do that? I had … [Read more...] about A case of the mondays
Yesterday, at least at my workplace, was Bring Your Child to Work Day. It was also, at least in my job, Bring Work to Your Children Day. Aka Thursday. Aka my telecommuting day. I think when you say 'telecommute' a lot of people picture some kind of tech startup employee who works from cooler-than-thou hipster coffee joints all day. In my case you should envision me surrounded by the detritus of toddler & baby toys trying to respond to emails with one hand while nursing and shushing Baby … [Read more...] about Bringing children & work together every day
The parenting issue that has given me the most grief so far is that my precocious, sweet, active little girl is. A biter. There. I said it. I know, I know, it's normal, age appropriate. Oh for f*ckssake. I just got another incident report from daycare while I was typing that. At first I thought "not my daughter! How could this be?!?" She doesn't bite at home, and, being the first born, doesn't have anyone *to* bite anyway. She is not aggressive, she is highly verbal & communicative, … [Read more...] about So angry I could…
Long after I’d had my baby and returned to work, I got asked if I could share my reflections on why I chose to be a working mom over a stay at home mom. Let me be clear: that ain’t what Laid Off & Knocked Up was about. I have curated a select few of my posts about being pregnant and unemployed and moved them here because my hope for 2012 was to resurrect and keep up more with my original blog, Funky-Ass Monkey, and I didn’t want to maintain two separate blogs. (Maintain is really the … [Read more...] about What’s This All About, Then?
Lately I've been longing for a simpler, smaller, more navigable city. Well, strike 'lately' and that would be true. I've always had a love-hate relationship with Phoenix. It's difficult to articulate, but it's partly that it's so huge that it's hard to find an anchor. Like finding moms/babies for an age-appropriate playgroup for Baby - something that has, thus far proved impossible. I thought it would come naturally to find playdates for Baby. Step One: enroll Baby at daycare. Step Two: get … [Read more...] about Meetup for Moms Who Hate PHX