Why Not Mama?

So today, Justin and I are doing the normal afternoon nap routine and just as he is settled in and almost asleep Justin looks up and says "Mama, more milk please?". I quietly told him "No, Justin you don't need anymore milk." Normally my two year old son would sweetly say "Okay, Mama" but not today. Oh no...today my two year old looks up with a confused look and says "Why not Mama?". I was thrown off by this question because this was a first.

As I was sitting here tonight thinking about Justin's little question, I really should not of been shocked by this. I always have said that Justin needs to know why you do something or an explanation needs to be given if I am going to tell him no about something. I don't want Justin to be one of those kids that just does something because Mom or Dad told him. I want him to understand the reasoning behind things not just be a little mimic.

For example, last week my in-laws were on this kick about insisting Justin saying "Yes mam or No Sir". I didn't say anything at first but one day it started bothering me. So I spoke up and said "I don't think he is old enough to understand the whole "Yes Mam, No Sir". I was answered with "Well he just needs to know to say it." I dropped it because I did not want to start something but I knew that Justin would not understand. So one day later, Justin was telling me "NO". I told him to stop saying "NO" or he will go in time out. Sure enough he said it again and I put him in time out. As I shut his door, Justin started crying and saying "I sorry Mama. I sorry Mama." And then the next toddler sentence confirmed my stand on him not understanding "No Mam, No Sir". Justin says "I sorry Mama...No mam No mam". I laughed because he thought that it's okay to say No as long as you say "No mam."

So my little Justin is exactly who I am raising him to be. He is asking me why and I want him to always know the real meaning not just because my Mama said so.

A Dose of Justin

So...for some reason I could not sign into my blog for a while now. I tried everything from changing the password to even emailing blogger. Then yesterday I just thought I would try it one last time before creating a new one. As you can see it worked.

Anyways...so I am back and hopefully be able to sign in without any problems.

Today is a busy day for me-lots of laundry and playing with my little guy JD. I look forward to Saturday SOOOO much because 9 times out of 10 it's just me and him. (Blake works on Saturdays). Justin is growing so much. Last weekend, I took him with our Boys & Girls Club to the State Game Room Tournament. Since I was on the planning committee, I had a big role in the event as a whole but also making sure my BGC kids compete and bring home a trophy (We have a healthy competition between Hilton Head and Bluffton Boys & Girls Club). Anyways, Justin and I had to leave our house at 5:00 AM. As we were driving down the road my very sleepy and quiet JD says "Mama, a question...where's the sun?" I laughed because he wasn't use to leaving the house before the sun was up. So I responded "The sun is still sleeping." JD then said so sweetly-"The sun is sleeping...but the Moon is awake".

Little moments like these are the ones I carry with me when I am at work and miss him so much. I know my in-laws probably don't understand why I call throughout the day to see how he is doing or what he is doing. They see it as I am checking up on them but really it's not. Sometimes I need a little dose of my JD to get me through the day until I see his little face race up to the window as I pull up in the car.

I pray for the day when I can stop working with other parent's kids and stay home with my own. Blake and I are working on that because we both feel like it's best for me to be home with Justin. Right now we are saving our money towards me getting certified as a Transcriber. I do transcribing on the side but if I had my certificate I could make an income at home doing it. So hopefully, we will soon have enough for my classes ($700 for those who want to pray for me) and I can be a SAHM.

Ignore Me

Ignore Me™ (Brandmark)

See that bright pink picture above?!?!?...this is what I think people see today when I send them an email asking for specific things (specific things that I need for a deadline). Even though it's not possible for these same people to see this bright pink sign over the phone, I think somehow this is what they hear when I call to remind them about emailing my specific things.


I really feel like asking them if they comprehend the English language because obviously something is getting in the way-especially when my email read:

Your pictures must be emailed today by 3:00 PM today (Friday March 19th, 2010).

The Power Point has to be turned in Monday morning.

Call me for any questions. Thanks

Do you think I got pictures emailed to me-NO!!!! One person gave me a DVD that yes has pictures on it but cannot be used for this Power Point in particular (and she knew this a head of time). The other three I called twice to make sure they had the right email address and just as a reminder. All I got from them was two "Oh yeah, I am sending it now" (2 hours later still no email) and one "Can I bring them by on a disk Monday morning?"

So today I think no matter what I write or say, the people I come in contact read or hear

Ignore Me™ (Brandmark)

Sleep's Sweet Sound

Justin is sound asleep...it is such a comfort and an overall feeling of peace looking at him as he sleeps. He is my world and without him it would be incomplete.

Tantrum Tuesday

Tantrum: A Fit of Rage (Webster's New Pocket Dictionary)
: A State of being mad, annoyed. (http://dictionary.reference.com/)

This morning Justin and I were in the swing of our normal morning routine brushing our teeth when something happened...a TANTRUM broke out. Surprisingly though it was not from my two year old but from ME. I am not talking a small Tantrum but one that has left me to laugh at myself simply because Justin is going through this stage and I acted just like him.

Our bathroom sink is clogged and drains VERY SLOWLY which can be a problem when two people are brushing their teeth. The sink fills up with spit out tooth paste and Justin being a boy loves to put his hands in water and make a mess. For the last couple of days I have explained to him that the water is gross and not to put his hands in it. Meanwhile I have reminded Blake about that we needed to fix the sink.

Just a side note, all last week I was extremely sick with a bacterial infection that literally crippled me with 102.9 fevers for four days. During the last seven days, Blake has had to be mom/dad and on top of it, take care of me. My wonderful husband even set his alarm for every four hours to make sure I was taking my Tylenol and Motrin to keep the fevers down.

Well this morning, Justin not only put his hands in the dirty water but also threw my toothbrush in. That's when IT happened...I rushed into our bedroom where Blake was sound asleep and yelled "BLAKE, I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU HAVE NOT UNCLOGGED THE SINK." I went on with my rant and of course over exaggerated saying "I HAVE BEEN REMINDING YOU TO DO THIS FOR A MONTH NOW", which is not true. I left my poor husband trying to wake up and comprehend what his crazy Tantrum throwing wife just said.

Just last week I found an article on www.babycenter.com talking about understanding your toddlers tantrums and how to handle them.
One part of this article that stuck with me was the reasoning behind a toddler's tantrum which is a response to frustration. I guess in my defense, this morning I was frustrated.

So, has anyone else out there had one of these moments?? Let's share.

My first blog

So this is my first blog entry. Three weeks ago, I watched the movie "Motherhood" with Uma Thurman. It's about one crazy, hectic day for a mom of two named Eliza who loves to write. In fact, she has her own blog and throughout the movie, you see Eliza finding that brief moment in between laundry and running errands to sit down and type a piece of her life out in her blog. As I sat there watching this movie(mind you, it's 2:00am and I am packing for a trip to Virginia), I had this thought "I have those moments happen in life...I could blog my thoughts". It was a refreshing idea to know that if I was frustrated about something, sitting down at my laptop was so appealing.So here I am three weeks later and the idea of writing a blog has been swirling around in my mind. Why three weeks...I could not think of a Blog Name. I know it must sound ridiculous but the name of my blog would be my foundation of this project-the name needed to be just right in my mind.

Life's Puzzle Pieces came to me last night and was inspired by my two year old son. He LOVES to put puzzles together and is one of our favorite activities to do together(It is a great LOW KEY activity for him). He not only finds the right pieces to fit together, he tells me what each piece is. As I listened and watched him, I realized how little moments and memories truly created what my life is.

So here is my blog "Life's Puzzle Pieces"...a place where I can share little moments that help define me as a person but hopefully can give someone a laugh or a cry or even helpful advice.
A place that maybe other mom's can relate to my thoughts.
I look forward to sharing my puzzle pieces with whoever wants to read.