I am THAT Mum

Tripping Through Treacle

So, it’s finally happened.  I have been waiting for it to happen ever since I noticed that my dodgy legs were getting in the way of me taking the kids to school.

Some background: for the first couple of years that Alex was at school, I was able to to rush out the door with only 10 minutes to spare until the school bell rang – and I would usually still manage to get him there on time (usually with Ava in tow).  The school run was often left to me as Hubs wasn’t self-employed at that time, meaning that he was usually out of the house.  Plus, I would be taking Ava to her toddler activities in the afternoon, which meant we had a good little routine going of toddler group – running errands – school run.

A couple of years ago, when Ava started school, I noticed that…

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You’re Crying at What?

Who's My Favorite Today?

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Two nights ago, I had to work late.  When I got home, I went around the house to see the girls and find out how their days were.  When I found Brooke (our 15 yr. old), she was in her room.  As I walked into her room, she was sitting on her bed crying.  I don’t mean just a small tear running down your face crying – she was CRYING.  Mascara was all underneath her eyes and running down her cheeks.  Her face was visibly wet with tears.

Our exchange went a little something like this:

Me: Hey baby…are you crying?

She nods her head yes.

Me:  Oh no!  Honey why are you crying?  Are you okay?……(then I see that she is watching something on her phone)  Are you watching something sad on Netflix?

Brooke:  Yes (sniff, cry, sniff, cry)

Me:  What is it?  Are you watching a…

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Surprise!

Peace from Panic

I don’t really like to be surprised. I’ve always secretly hoped that no one ever throws me a surprise party. I don’t know why. I love having fun and going to parties. I guess I don’t want all the attention focused on me.

But this past weekend I was totally and completely surprised, and it was wonderful!

Here’s what happened. My husband and I talked about how we’d spend the long President’s Day weekend and Valentine’s Day with low-key plans. I was looking forward to getting some things done I’d been putting off. Like starting our taxes, paying bills, and working in the yard. I knew I’d be making chocolate chip cookies for Valentine’s Day (my husband’s favorite!)

On Friday my husband and I were out checking on our businesses, and decided to get a Filet-o-Fish sandwich (we don’t normally eat at McDonald’s, but it’s Lent… we don’t eat meat on Fridays, so why not?).

We walked up to the front of the restaurant…

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Dear Future Self

Who's My Favorite Today?

Brooke was a cheerleader for two years in middle school.  However, she decided that in high school, she would try other activities and not do cheerleading.  So as her friends tried out for the cheerleading team, she chose to play golf in the fall.  However, when golf season was over, the cheer team had some open slots.  There were some girls who were no longer on the team and the cheer coach asked Brooke if she would join the Varsity Cheer Team for basketball season.

Brooke struggled back and forth for a couple of days as to whether she wanted to do this.  It is her first year of high school and her courses are more challenging than she has ever had before – she is taking an AP class as a freshman.  I told her that I would support whatever she wanted to do.  (Our oldest daughter had been…

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Rocking Motherhood in 10 different ways – despite chronic illness

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When I saw that Natalie from?Surviving Life’s Hurdles?tagged me in a post about ‘Rocking Motherhood’, I felt both flattered and a bit nervous. ?If you ask my husband, one of the biggest things that…

Happy Mother’s Day

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I was talking to my mom the other day. She asked me how things were going and we were talking about some of the difficulties with daily activities and ways we have adapted.

I mentioned to her that I have to remind Greg when we are out to walk in front of me. The reason is I use him as a guide in crowded places. Being out in public crowded places can be so mentally tiring. Constantly watching for others, watching my feet, anticipating balance issues. Fearing bumping someone or their child. It’s easier for me if I have him in front to kind of guide me through crowds. Also I am more at ease if I know he’s in front so I can reach out for him if I am having balance issues. I said to my mom he always forgets. Now I know he’s trying to do the…

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Children’s Parties for Spoonie Parents

Tripping Through Treacle

So, we have survived my daughter’s 7th birthday party!  A couple of months ago, I decided to mistakenly  ask her what she wanted to do for her birthday: a lovely family day out at the beach?  A trip to see Disney on Ice?  Going to a pottery studio?  No! A pizza party at home with a few of her friends, party games and, most importantly, a pizza cake!

‘Can we handle that?’, I asked myself.  The stress of sorting out the house, organising food and entertainment for a group of sugar-fuelled, Katy-Perry-loving girls?  In the past, it would have been easy, but nowadays things are trickier due to how quickly tiredness creeps up on me and stops me from having the energy to shop and organise.  But yes. I was going to do this – with the help of my husband and some clever planning.  The more that I looked…

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Today’s Featured Blog is…What’s For Dinner Moms?!

What's for Dinner Moms?

Last night was the first time since sometime in March that we were all home before 8 pm. It was so nice to have all four of us sitting down around the table to eat together. We know it isn’t going to happen again for a few weeks but it was so nice to be together for one meal.

Now, I am real, so as you can see in the picture below, I pulled out our finest paper plates last night so no one had to do dishes. After dinner the only clean up was the pizza stone, pizza cutter, and the cheese grater. I am all for easy dinners with super simple clean up!

Verdict:

When I first presented this meal to my family they all thought I was crazy. Egg, that is not scrambled, on a pizza? Ewww. But, then they tasted it. I over cooked the egg…

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Fasting level was a little high due to last night’s party for my grandson.

Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

It was 160 this morning. Kept it fairly low carb today. Omelette with ham, bacon and sausage in it. Dinner was a huge salad of lettuce and then tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and a large scoop of tuna. All water to drink, no soda. Did have some diet soda last night so none today.

Psych nurse is raising my anti-psychotic. Not sleeping and not really tired. Kind of on the manic side of life due to the anti-depressant being higher dosage.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

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