tired as a mother…

ok.. one word.. exhausted!

i kid you not, feels like our kiddo has had one cold/cough right after the other for the past 3 months, ever since starting daycare; and i guess that’s exactly what happens, but man, oh man.. i’m feeling it.

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this cold (feels like #100) started a couple days ago, and funnily enough they seem to coincide with teething, growth spurts, and the great wonder weeks/leaps (fyi.. there’s absolutely nothing wonderful about these weeks/leaps…more on wonder weeks later.)

so yeah, last night started like every other night, then he woke up at 10pm, then at midnight, then at 3am, then at 4:30 am, then he just wasn’t able to settle back down and i was just too tired to even try anything else at that point. my wife did try and get him to settle down after 5:00am but it was pointless, he was fully awake and ready to start his day.

now, as much as i appreciate and welcome friend’s suggestions to add more veggies and fruits to his diet… this is mostly what he eats. we actually have a hard time with protein, seems there’s something about the texture of chicken/beef that just doesn’t appeal to him (and most kids apparently.)

and he’s also taking a multivitamin/immune system booster and probiotics… so trust you me, i don’t think it’s lack of nutrients, but there must be something that could help him a bit more no? or am i just doomed to the perpetual cold/snot factory?

oh what i did make and started giving him was a simple syrup with onion/sugar (my friend Violetta had suggested it before, check out her food blog, she’s a fantastic cook www.violettasfoodjourney.com) .. it honestly seems to be helping him… a doctor did suggest at one point giving toddlers a teaspoon of honey to help with that pesty dry cough that seems to only affect them at night, i guess this syrup works similarly with the added benefits provided by the onions (antiviral, anti-inflammatory and expectorant.)

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if you want to give it a try, just grab an onion, slice it about 1/4 inch think and just layer sugar/onion/sugar, in a container with a lid (small mason jar works great). close the jar tightly, and just let it sit there for 8-10hr or overnight… it stinks! but it tastes very sweet (i guess all the sugar) and just give them a spoonful every couple hrs ad needed.

i know it feels like i’m complaining a lot but it’s disheartening to see him struggle against the never ending supply of boogers and drooling (omg, so much drool.) we are lucky in that he hasn’t stopped eating, thankfully! i still remember our short encounter with hfmd  (hand-foot-mouth-disease) a few weeks ago and that is a circle of hell i wouldn’t want to ever visit again.

so that’s where we are now… me with about 8hrs of sleep in the past 48, and trying to remain functional at work… oh the joy and the happiness.

until next post!

 

(images credits: teepublic.com, singhvaid.com)

 

 

this crazy little thing called life…

oh what a rollercoaster it’s been so far.

this is what our little prince Matteo looked when he was about 30 weeks old. as any new parents we wanted (when i say we, i mean just me) to do EVERYTHING we could do to find out what the baby would look like, how he was developing, how he was growing, etc., until the reality of just how expensive all things baby related are.

one thing that i did want to splurge on was a 3-d ultrasound because i just couldn’t wait to see his little features (and secretly because i wanted to 100-check it was a boy as my 20 week ultrasound had said and not a girl as i was expecting/hoping.)

so here it is, his very first picture. the experience of a 3-d ultrasound is a bit surreal. my mind still can’t get over how technicians brush a wand over your belly and you start to make out your baby’s little feet, little hands, button nose…oh it was the best moment of my life thus far.

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what made it even more incredible was that i could share it with my family (more on them on later posts). I could send them a link that allowed them to see LIVE my 3-d ultrasound, isn’t that crazy?? needless to say we were all teary eyed and excited by the end of it.

i won’t be posting too many pictures of Matteo here even though he is really the inspiration for the blog, after all he’s made me a mom. up until a few weeks ago i had been sharing all sorts of pics of him online (instagram and facebook) but then one day someone brought to my attention the fact that he is still a baby, can’t give consent to having his picture all over the internet and to be 100% honest made me feel guilty.

hey, maybe i’ll write another post on the many guilts you’ll feel as a mother (not that there are many hahahahhaha)

until next post!

 

 

 

 

find your tribe…

you get a car! and you get a car! and you get a car!

🙂 i don’t think there’s anyone in the world that doesn’t know who that makes reference to, it’s only the mega-ultra-famous (and also rich) Oprah Winfrey.

i was a podcast virgin until very recently and boy oh boy, now i can’t seem to stop listening to them; it almost feels like when you first start watching Netflix and you just binge watch shows.. well, that’s been me in the last few weeks, just binge listening to podcasts.

one i was very excited for was Oprah’s Masterclass. i mean wow! what a great podcast. people talking about their life, struggles, experiences, ideologies… i tend to like biographies and biopics so perhaps that’s why this one appealed to me.

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so far i’ve listened to the ‘masterclass’ from Ellen, Steve Harvey, Shaquille O’Neal, and today just heard Lynn Whithfield’s. these all have been great but for some reason there was a line in Lynn’s that just stuck with me today so i decided to write about it.

She says: ‘You are born with a family, but you are blessed with a tribe.’ and i wholeheartedly agree.

i have been very blessed to find my tribe, and what a great tribe it is. it is composed by people from my teenage years, and people i met in college, and people i had my first jobs with, and people who i’ve met in recent years but that feel as if i’ve known for my whole life.

i am a fervent believer that as with any relationship you have, you have to work and make an effort to keep your friendships. but also am very aware that not all your friends will remain your friends for life. some people do come into your life for just a season as the saying goes.

for me, it is great to still have a couple of friends from the time i was 12 years old. these two girls (Brenda and Johanna) are people i’d trust my life with; the type of friends that as i once heard: ‘i could come to their door and tell them i killed someone and they’d answer ‘i know where to hide the body’ (just as a disclaimer, i’m not saying i’m killing anyone, just a figure of speech)’.

so yes, i’m very lucky to have found my tribe and i hope you all have found yours.

until next post!

 

and we’re off!!!

wow.. this has certainly taken a while, and i mean that for everything.. blog, pregnancy, motherhood… the whole bit.

the idea of a blog has been in my head for the longest time and i’ve just let it go around and around,  never actually sitting down and just starting it, until today!

to give you a bit of background, i am a wife and a mom of a perfect 15 month old boy, the love of my life (the wife has gotten over me saying that because she’s just as much in love with him).

i wan to use this space as my escape and creative outlet. it will have a bit of everything, motherhood, food, photography, reflexions… just an eclectic mix of my thoughts, ideas and experiences.

it will not be for everyone and i’m A-OK with that. i will ramble at times and maybe even not make any sense at others. if you can relate, great! if it’s not your cup of tea, great as well.

until next post!

 

 

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton