Posts from September 2016

Full Time Working Mom Confessions | Volume I

September 22, 2016


You guys, Maisie is almost 17 months old and I still haven’t gotten over the shock of how impossible it can feel to juggle being a full time working Mama.  Most days I’m just striving for mediocrity on all fronts.

The other working Moms I see (on Facebook, of course) seem to have it all together.  I doubt anyone thinks the same of me but justtttttt in case I decided to start spilling a few secrets about our daily life.  I’m always SO fascinated to hear how other families make it all work so here goes.

First up is dinner.  Confession: 75-80% of my daughter’s dinners are reheated leftovers that she eats alone.

On the days Maisie is in daycare we get home around 6:00 p.m.  By that time, she is very hungry and extremely tired.  There just isn’t time for gourmet cooking.  Also, fun fact about me – I don’t really cook!  Doomed from the start.

2/3 days I will heat up something from the last time Joe cooked and the third day I will make her something super fast – like brekkie for dinner or pasta.  I might not be able to cook but I can (usually) handle scrambling an egg and buttering a piece of toast.

I sit with her while she eats and pick at her leftovers and then Joe and I eat together when he gets home around 8 p.m. Whenever we can, we try to eat dinner together as a family, but realistically that is only happening 1-2 nights on a good week.

The entire dinner situation feels sooooo far from ideal, but it’s the absolute best we can do right now.  However, I feel really blessed because Maisie has a great appetite and (so far) isn’t picky at all.  I usually have no problem making sure she eats a protein, veggies and a carb for dinner – even if it is reheated from 3 nights ago 🙂

I noticed something today.

September 13, 2016



I guess it’s been true for a while….weeks or maybe even months.  It’s been true, right here under my nose and I didn’t see it.  I wouldn’t see it.  

Last weekend I sorted through bags of big-girl clothes from cousin Claire and Lila – not thinking much of it other than you would grow into them at some point this fall.  But now you’re wearing them.  And, for the record, these big-girl clothes are NOT big on you.  Daddy has been sending me his daily “outfit approval?” text pictures each morning this week and I can finally see it now.

Maisie!  You’re not a baby anymore.  

Not even a little bit.  Not even an in-between!

You’re a little girl.  A beautiful, curious, smart and crazy little girl with perpetually skinned knees and crooked piggy tails.  You’ve got more energy than I can comprehend.  You’re funny.  You’re stubborn and strong-willed.  You’re affectionate.  You light up any room you enter.  You’re my buddy.

And would you believe that, for once, Mommy is just too excited to feel sad about you getting so big!?  I can’t wait to see what the next few years will bring.  I’ve already started obsessively researching dance and other local activities for 2 year olds.  Besides – I’ve got some very cliched news for you sister gurrrlll, whether you are 16 months or 16 years – you are always going to be my baby.

So that’s all.  No ridiculous emotions or added mushy paragraphs.  Let the record just show that today Mommy finally saw you, my big girl Maisie.  To infinity, and beyond!

Love you to the moon,


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