Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A Mommy, Can I Lick the Spoon? Update!

Sunday is the day that I usually put up new blog posts. Well, Sunday came and went and there was no new baking post.

Why? Well, there are several reasons...

I haven't had much time lately to work on Mommy, Can I Lick the Spoon? which is a little frustrating because there's so much I want to do.

Life has been busy. This post alone took me 4 days to finish!

My last few baking projects have been complete and total fails - more on that another day!

And finally, the last 3 - 4 weeks have been an absolute gong show...

Out of nowhere, our happy, free spirited three year old came down with a case of separation anxiety. I think I've been watching/hearing too many episodes of Doc McStuffins...
The kid that practically pushed me out of the door when I dropped her off at preschool, all of a sudden started screaming and crying for me. I couldn't even leave the house to go for a run, or drop her off at Nana's for a couple hours without her getting so worked up and sad.

I've been in the ECE field for over 10 years and have helped many families and kids with that exact issue, but let me tell you, being on the other side SUCKS!!

So after getting some advice from a friend/co-worker of mine, reading Llama Llama Misses Mama & Birdie's First Day of School (several times a day!) and letting her wear a special necklace of mine to school, it appears that we've made it through that tough phase!

Then, both girls decided to go on a sleep strike. Seriously, we're talking about these crazy girls waking up 3+ times a night.  We also had a couple nights where Lauren woke up every 45-60 minutes, and when Lauren wakes up, it takes forever to get her back to sleep.
And of course when they wake up, it's dramatic and they only want me...not dad. Which I guess is good considering Dave started a new job and has to be up and out of the door by 6:30 am. 
Oh, and it was taking anywhere from 1.5 - 2.5 hours for them to actually fall asleep when we put them to bed. 
No joke, it's been like having newborns again.

They still aren't sleeping through the night, but they usually only wake up 1 or 2 times a night now. Which is great because I'm getting a little more sleep every night and I don't feel like I'm hungover every morning.

And then the icing on the cake, (such a bad pun for a baking blog), happened on Friday.

It started off as beautiful, cold, sunny morning. I decided to take the girls to a zoo, but first we had to make a stop at Old Navy to get some snow pants for Olivia. It can get pretty windy at the zoo and there are lots of shady areas, and like I said, it was a cold day!
When we were getting close to our exit on the highway, traffic stopped because of an accident up ahead. We were pretty much parked for 35-45 minutes. When the accident finally got cleared up and traffic started to move, my truck started sputtering and decided it didn't want to drive. Somehow (thankfully), I was able to get it off the road where we sat waiting to be rescued. The fire truck that had been at the accident stopped to see if I had run out of gas. I wish it was something so simple. They offered me ride to the next highway exit, which was nice of them, but not an option because I had the girls with me.
My mom came and saved the day, but let me tell you, being parked on the side of the highway with semi-trucks flying by at 120 km/hour is pretty scary!

Long story short, my Xterra is done. Dead. Finished. Over.
Sure it's it was old, and noisy, and bright orange, but I loved that truck.
We had three days of rental cars until we were able to get my Jetta (that's been parked for 8 months), ready to drive. We've been talking for months about selling the Jetta but never got around to it...See, sometimes being lazy is a good thing!

But when you really think about, with all the craziness going on in the world, we have it pretty good.
We have our health, food on the table, warm clothes, a roof over our head and a wonderful, crazy little family.
And if a dead truck, a little sleep deprivation and a couple weeks of missed blog posts are the biggest "problems" I have, then I really can't complain.

Hope to see you Sunday with a new post!

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