Archive: January, 2012

my worst mama mistake

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Today I had my worst mama moment in my 4 short years. I was getting the kids in the car for the grocery store and had to put their car seat in because I traded cars with my husband for the day. I got Darby’s seat in first, buckled her up and when I closed her door I heard a “beep!”…like a door locking beep. I instantly started checking all the doors and flew into “mom mode”. Sure enough, my 15 month old was locked in the car. Darby at this time was actually laughing in the car thinking that I was just playing peek-a-boo with her as I was peering into the window while trying to see where the key could be. I completely unloaded the contents of my purse onto the floor of the car port trying to figure out if I maybe, just maybe had put the keys back into my purse before I closed the door. Then I called Gabriel to ask what I should do…his advice was to call 911. That’s when I kinda started freaking out. And can I just admit that I was also a little freaked out with the reality of having to smash my husbands car window in, I mean really? replacing a car window is expensive folks!

At that moment I peered back into the window to check on Darby and saw her smiling up at me with the key in her hand. I then started trying to tell her to press the buttons through the window and to my surprise after about 39 seconds she started pressing them. First she pressed the lock button again, so I continue to coach her saying “press the key Darby”…I realize now how silly it was that I was trying to convince a toddler to press the buttons but at this point it was my best chance. After the longest minute of my life she pressed the unlock button! And in shock and pure joy I pulled the door open as fast as I could. I still can’t quite believe the craziness of this story!

Let that be a lesson to us all, keep your keys close ;)

Have any of you had scary mom moments like this?!

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project 52: week four

family is…hard

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I’m just gonna have to admit it. Last night, sitting in bed I realized that today was Friday and I cringed. I’m loving doing this project but this week just threw me for a loop.

So here it is, the real truth. Family is hard. There are hard weeks and hard seasons, no one said that having a family would ever be easy. In fact having a family is harder than anything I’ve ever done.

This week there has been car trouble, camera trouble, constant back pain and one majorly fussy little 15 month old! The one bright spot in my week was that Gabriel came home from his business trip early which allowed me to have some kind of break (aka he held Darby the whole time I was cooking dinner so she wasn’t at my feet screaming). I can’t really figure out if it’s cause Darby’s last four teeth are coming in (but she got through her molars fine?!) or if she’s entering a new phase of toddler-dom where she doesn’t want to nap or eat and constantly needs to be held…I’m praying it’s the former cause that gives me some hope for the future – especially for when the new baby comes!

It’s also hard because now she wants to get around and be independent but doesn’t know how to fully communicate yet. Take the other day for example. She’s obsessed with shoes, and wants to wear all of them all the time. So she brings me a pair of shoes and sits down and says “shoe, shoe”…so I put them on her. Then she goes and finds another shoe that she wants to wear, brings it to me sits down and says “shoe, shoe”…so I take one of the shoe off and put the new shoe on. She freaks out. She doesn’t understand that it a physical impossibility to wear three shoes at one time and this continues for at least 30 minutes with big tantrums (yep, she learned how to do that this week!) and screaming until she is distracted by something else.

I know that all of you reading this who have kids have been here, that’s the comforting thing. This is just a normal part of family life. Hard stuff is normal, things breaking (and costing stupid amounts of money) is normal, kids being whiny and fussy is normal. That allows me to relax and take a deep breath while I’m sitting here, listening to her scream in her crib because she doesn’t want to nap. We will get through this because that’s what family is. It’s hard but if you stick at it and fight to have the best attitude you can muster, and realize that everything will work out in the end; everything will be fine.

*week one*week two*week three*
//inspiration for project 52 came from styleberry blog//

here are some other blogs that are part of the project blossoms & vintage // caynay // the crain’s nest // firecracker mama // heather marie portraits // strange & lovely ride // wicked kate // mcclain padilla // rachel gray // lucas & mahina

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