Wednesday, April 13, 2011

It's Official: He's a Big Boy

I'm taking Tanner to register for Kindergarten today! [insert Mommy sobbing here] I can't believe it. Come fall I will have a "school-aged" kid...I knew this day would come, but I didn't think it would feel so seems like it's all gone by so fast. My little baby boy is now a big boy, officially. It's so exciting, but so sad at the same time. I know he'll love it and do wonderfully. I can't wait to hear him talk about all he learns and the new friends he makes. I can't wait for him to bring home his first homework assignment! It's going to be yet another adventure to embark upon in this mommy life of mine.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

How Did This Happen?

I'm sitting here looking at my schedule for this week (and a little beyond), as well as trying to prepare things for our new childcare-giver that will watch the boys in our home on the days that I work...and I see that I'm working 13-hour shifts on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday AND Friday. Due to my employer being a little short-staffed this month, I've picked up an extra day this week (as well as picked up an extra shift in each of the last two weeks) Don't get me wrong, the overtime pay will look nice on my next couple of paychecks, but I just got to thinking about what my plans were a year ago when I decided I would be a stay-at-home mom once Breckin was born and work solely on my cleaning business. But no, here I am again, working full-time.

When I had Breckin, I started getting more into my cleaning business, A Modern Cinderella. It was going pretty well those first few months, but then became very slow over the holidays. Our savings was beginning to run out as Jake was trying to keep up on all of the bills on just his income rather than two full-time incomes. So, we sat down and decided that I should at least look for a part-time job - maybe something evening and weekends so we wouldn't really have to worry about childcare. So I started the job search and applied to various part-time positions. My old supervisor randomly called me one day to tell me about a new company she was working for and wanted me to come on as a front desk person. I had thought it would be part-time, but found out in the interview it was only 3 days a week, however it was 13-hour shifts, so it added up to full-time hours. I thought it would still feel a little part-time being that I could be home with my boys 4 full days out of each week as well as have open days to fill with cleaning jobs as needed, so I could still work on my cleaning business. (And I would also have a full-time salary I could count on in the meantime!)

Now here I am, pulling 48-52 hours a week in the last few weeks and looks like the next few as well. Not to mention, still have a couple cleaning jobs scheduled in there somewhere.

So much for being a stay-at-home mom. I went from stay-at-home mom/self-employed to thinking about working a part-time job to now working full-time. I'm right back where I started.

Oh well, I tried.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Our Mommy/Son Date

Tanner was an only child for almost 5 years. During that time, our world revolved around him. He has always loved getting attention and had no problem getting it whenever he wanted.

When I found out I was pregnant, I was elated, as we had been trying to conceive for about 3 months. However, one of my first thoughts was of Tanner, and how he would cope with a new sibling in his life. No longer always being the center of attention, the only child. From what I knew about his love for attention, I had figured we had a lot of jealous episodes to come.

Enter Breckin.

It's all about Breckin...we're on his clock, his feeding and sleeping schedule. We can't always go places or stay at some places very long depending on his mood. When he cries, he gets the attention right away...even if it means stopping whatever we're doing with Tanner at that moment to see what he's crying for. And you know what?

Tanner hasn't shown a bit of jealousy. He is such a good big brother. He is all about Breckin. He always says how he loves him, tries to make him laugh and he is so proud to announce him as his little brother to everyone. He helps when asked and at five years of age, seems to understand that babies have needs and that we need to tend to them when they cry...he doesn't get angry about it.

It has been almost 8 months since Tanner became a big brother...and it's been that long since he's had me all to himself. So when I heard Mickey Mouse was coming to town, I knew that it would be the perfect way to show him how much I love him and be time with just him and me. We went last night and I surprised him with it. He loved it so much and it was such a wonderful bonding experience with him. It was so sweet to see him so happy and I hope that it made him feel special and loved. Here are some pictures of our date night:


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