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So... two months later and here I sit. I even received a couple of nudges here and there wondering where the heck I've been (thank youblue_wisteria). Mainly the reason why I've been MIA is because I'm working full-time again and by the time I get home, get Em in bed, and relax a bit it's like midnight. And then I'm up at 6 (ok, maybe 6:30) and start all over. Some days I wonder why I wanted to work again. Some days I wonder what I did with my time when I didn't work. Most days I just try to figure out how to cope with a willful 3-year-old, work, keep up with the house, and still keep my sanity. Tonight, I've lost it.

In the past two months:
- Emily tried dance class and stopped dance class
- Jer's grandma visited
- Em's godmother visited
- Most of the trees have lost their leaves
- I started the gym again (one day *does* count)
- My back is miraculously gotten better to the tune of ONE Tylenol/day vs many ibuprofen/day
- Jer and I celebrated six years of marriage
- We potty-trained Em
- nillyroo and family came to visit
- I became the mother of a 3-yr-old

I still can't believe that Emily turned 3. And in Oregon fashion, it poured the day of her birthday party and we had to put the jump house in the garage. Her theme was "Cars." The lady at the cake place said that in all the years she's worked there, she's never seen a "Cars" cake for a girl. That's my Em - boy at heart. I even had a cute dress picked out for her party, but she wanted nothing to do with it. Here she is on the day of her birthday party:

I hope that I won't disappear for another two months. But I can't make any promises...


She has great hair.
Too bad she won't let me touch it! But yes, she has the *perfect* amount of curl and *perfect* thickness. It's not quite as crazy as her Mom's hair! ;)
Hey!! I'm so glad to see you posting!

Ryan also turned 3 this last month.. and he had almost the same cake!

I think that being a woman who is also a wife, mother, caretaker, breadwinner, etc.. it's just so hard. There is only so long you can juggle everything before you just need a break.

Where are you working at?

And remember... lj is a great place to vent to!
I'm working for the same company - Genentech - just here in Oregon now. I took some time off, which was nice, but now I'm back.

I'm trying to take some more time for *me* - which includes posting more! So watch out! :)
maybe the short time I knew em I left an impression re: cars :)
Make sure that, in all the madness of a mom's life, you make sure to take a few moments of time out for yourself. Even if it's shopping on your lunch hour, shop for things for YOU (although I know how hard that is - it's second nature to shop for our little ones *first*).

Sometimes I feel guilty, but most days during the week that I take off work, I usually take the kids to daycare. I kind of feel that we've already paid for them to be there, so why not let them go and learn and be with their friends? Plus, it gives me time to go to Starbucks, get some coffee, buy a paper and read THE WHOLE THING.

My point is, don't ever feel guilty for making time for yourself. You have to. Of course, daddies need to do the same thing too. But (and no offense to your hubby or mine), you and I both know how hard it is for mamas to get some well-deserved time to themselves.

Too bad we aren't in the same area code (or that our visits aren't for more than 22 hours!) - we could make some "we" time and treat ourselves to a pedicure or something. Lord knows my ugly feet need it!

*hugs* hang in there mama, only 58 more shopping days til Christmas :)
Ohhhh how I wish that you lived closer!!!! :) I'm going to come back and read your comments over and over because you seriously GET IT!! And it's so nice to know that I'm not alone.
Happy Birthday Emily!!!! Wow, can't believe she's 3!

It's so cute that she's a little tomboy :) I love that she had cars as a theme. At least you don't have to deal with PRINCESS EVERYTHING!!!! :)

Glad all's going well.

June 2008

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