The typical me is up to 2am. Some people are wired to be morning people – I am wired to be a night owl. I’ve always loved staying up late. I recall as a young child staying up all hours of the night to watch I Love Lucy and Nick at Night.
I thrive at night when it comes to working. For the last 9 years, since I’ve been a parent it’s how I can work. Being up with a quiet house let’s my creativity flow, but there is a hiccup. I now have 4 kids. 2 of which are naturally morning people and another that has to be out the door to be at school by 7:30 (yes, things to check into before you buy a house near a school that starts that early!).
So here I am, the last few weeks surviving on 4 hours or so hours of sleep a night. While I do get the occasional 30 minutes to nap, it’s rare these days. So when I read Michael Hyatt’s post yesterday about How to Be a Morning Person – something clicked. This is something I need to be, or at least try to be for my kids and well my well-being.
Trying to Be a Morning Person Isn’t Easy
This morning, I woke up – made my coffee and then realized I didn’t have enough time to work. That’s fine, I’ll get the kid ready for school. Which then led to another kid waking up. Me trying to change a diaper was catastrophic as I smeared diaper rash cream all over his leg which led to him getting on his face, in his ears and eyes. I tried to make a school lunch which took me 15 minutes because of my sleepiness. Trying to make cereal for breakfast seemed so hard as I fumbled and struggled to stay awake. (more…)
Take a Day Off!
I gave myself the best gift ever for Mother’s Day this year. A day OFF!
My husband and I are constantly juggling work life balance and raising a family. I haven’t taken a vacation day since Christmas. I’ve been saving my days to have the extra paid time off with our baby in my belly. With the business of life – a day off is just what was needed. And to make the day even better, my husband took the day off as well.
Rules for Our Day Off:
- No schedule
- Get the kids to school on time then SLEEP until whenever
- Don’t look at work email
- ZERO STRESS!
We headed out of town this past weekend so we were zonked. I woke up at 7:15 am, rushed the older kids to school, then headed home to SLEEP. The babe slept until NOON and so did me and the husb. We don’t get enough time with Iza, so he skipped childcare and hung with us for the day. A belated Mother’s Day for me and Birthday treat for my husband – we dined at a Brazilian Steakhouse. Then off to enjoy a pedicure, pick up the kiddos early from school and enjoyed a date night. (P.S. Limitless is an amazing movie! and THANK YOU BETSY for babysitting!).
It was the absolute perfect day that I know will be a rarity in the coming years as we add another person to the house. Juggling it all is hard, but one this is for sure. We are dedicated to testing and trying out whatever we can to make our work life balance work.
Take time to evaluate how you can take a break from the everyday. Make yourself a priority. Give yourself a day off!
What Would Your Perfect Day Off Look Like?
Colic baby help
This is my second go round with a colic baby. The past 10 days I’ve been in denial.
Izaiah is just fussy! Give the poor dude a break he is adjusting to this world we dragged him into.
I need help.
Colic Baby Help
Last night or I should say this morning at 3:30 am – I let myself accept the fact the dude has colic (or is colic – either way = NOT FUN).
My first child Z was also colicky. With her though, it was just one thing in a series of unfortunate events during her first year. Along with colic, she had a herniated belly button, lactose intolerance, projectile vomiting (acid reflux), and positional plagiocephaly (a flat head). I have to remind myself, she survived and turned out just peachy. So a kid with JUST colic really isn’t all that bad in the grand scheme of things.
This mom needs SLEEP. I am dying here. I can’t let my husband stay up all night as he has to work. I’m on the floor in the game room, hating myself for getting rid of our King bed. My back hurts amongst other things, and all I want right now is sleep, but I mentioned that, right?
All that said, colic baby help is what this mom needs. That and sleep. So here is my colic baby advice for the desperate mom.
Advice for Moms with a Colic Baby
Read Happiest Baby on the Block
The Happiest Baby on the Block book help tremendously with Z, so we’ll be introducing those techniques with I.
I don’t know what’s in Gripe Water but it can be magical. Many moms swear by it. It didn’t work 100% of the time with our first, but enough for me to use it with this kid.
Dr. Brown’s Bottles
If you are a formula feeder – the Dr. Brown’s bottles are awesome as they make sure no air gets in the bottle!
Make sure you have plenty of swaddle blankets. As mentioned in the Happiest Baby on the Block, swaddling helps soothe.
Ask for Help
Sometimes desperate times call for desperate measures. DO NOT be afraid to ask for help. Colicky babies can be so stressful. Thankfully they are cute when they aren’t crying 🙂
Chin-up. From one mom to another, you can do this. We can do this. This TOO shall pass. (and good thing you are cute, kid.)
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I admit, there are days I spend TOO much time on Twitter. The constant tweets filling my feed with no pause button, it’s addicting.
Ever since jumping on the hottest social media bandwagon, Twitter – my time has been, well let’s just say I am sure there are far better things that I could be doing with my time.
David Letterman Top 10 Signs You Spend Too Much Time on Twitter
Leave it to the hilarious David Letterman to create a top 10 signs you spend TOO much time on Twitter. Enjoy, these are hilarious and a sure sign of the times that Twitter is the hot new thing. Make sure to watch the video below!
10. You miss son’s soccer game waiting for Lady Gaga to post what she had for lunch
9. You answer the phone: “Twello?”
8. You’ve spent millions developing iPhone waterproofing technology so you can tweet in the shower.
7. You haven’t touched your CB radio in months.
6. You ask yourself, “What would Jesus tweet?”
5. You sleep-tweet.
4. No number 4 — Writer on Twitter.
3. You stopped paying attention to this list after the first 140 characters.
2. Even Ashton Kutcher thinks you Tweet too much.
1. Walking in on the Landscaper “retweeting” your wife.
Do You Spend Way Too Much Time on Twitter?
I am trying to spend less time on this new social network, but since my job requires it – my efforts are pointless. What about you? Do you spend too much time on Twitter?
With the David Letterman top 10-ing Twitter, this means one thing for sure. Twitter has made it. I can’t wait to see where this 140-character platform goes on to do next.
PS: In Twitter news – Twitter acquired the iPhone app Tweetie (I HEART TWEETIE!). Tweetie will be renamed to Twitter for iPhone and the price will be dropped from $2.99 to FREE!
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