Thursday, May 27, 2010


I just logged into my LinkedIn account (first time, in well - awhile. Um, I actually got my last position - Managing Director of an Advertising/Marketing firm, or they 'found' me - via LinkedIn...) and searched "stay at home Mom" and got over 7k results.

Here's to you "Stay-at-Home-Moms" - I've officially joined your team. (and Yes, I've updated my profile.)

Ah Ha!

I never understood the "shawl" until I became a Mom. Now during feedings in the middle of the night, I am cold - get a chill, and I take the beautiful crochet blanket my Uncle's partner made for our daughter over my shoulders - wanting a shawl. Here's to bringing back the old ways for the new me.

has it really only taken me 5 months for me to lose my memory?

Hmmm. I never thought I would 'forget' the ways of least not this soon. I was on maternity leave for 3 months, plus 2 months now not working - and it's well, seems to be somewhat gone. At least - I'm not thinking with it.

You see, I had a coffee date with a cool woman to discuss stuff - and a lot of marketing questions came up.... "Um, sure - I don't quite remember." Is this because I'm destined to do something more? Or is this due to breastfeeding? Or sleep deprived? It was so strange. Too bad I don't have a rewind, play button... Oh well, what I do have is a "now" button. I guess you could say since the baby, I'm more present than ever.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

What Moms know. (and I'm still learning)

Moms know the following:

1) you never have what you need even if your bag is stuffed with crap.

2) Ziploc bags are your best friend.

3) 1 hour of help from your husband, partner = 23 hours of work by you (definition of work = everything your baby needs)

4) you can survive with less sleep than you know.

5) breastfeeding is trickier than you think.

6) girlfriends are key when you have a baby.

7) if someone offers to help, let them.

8) you will never be the same multitasker, on time person again.

9) no one can prepare you for being a parent.

10) there is nothing better than looking into the eyes of your baby.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Your 45 mins are up.

Okay, creator of the Sleep Sheep - why the HECK do you make the darn thing stop after 45 mins? Every freaking time it makes my baby wake up.... You call your self the sleep sheep, so stay asleep until I wake you up please. BAHHHH!

Being a Mother in the US.

Makes you want to be a Canadian, eh? Yes, our beloved country - the US is last in this list. I guess our government doesn't find Motherhood important enough to recognize how imperative it is to give new Moms (heck Parents!) time off and enough of it.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

free gift with purchase.

You know what I'm talking about. My relationship with "free gift with purchase" started with the make-up counter when my Mom worked at Macy's.... These days it's turned into coffee punch cards all over the city of Seattle, free range - precooked chicken card from Whole Foods, Sephora VIP card, Aveda, and my favorite - Anthropologie.

Yes, every year, Anthropologie sends me a special "Happy Birthday" card with a % discount and something else - fabulous packaging. (Um, I wouldn't expect anything less from the fabulous, too expensive, I love everything inside store...) This year's card included a 'candle necklace' and my discount for the month of May. Don't you fear Anthropologie, I may be a Stay-at-Home-Mom right now, but I'll be visiting your store this week just for a little birthday treat for this Momma. (It also doesn't hurt one bit that my In-Laws gave me a gift certificate for my birthday. Thanks Susie & Doug! Wink, wink.)

Sunday, May 9, 2010

refreshed this Mother's Day.


That about sums up my 1st Mother's Day. It started at 3:42am. Okay, now you're thinking I'm crazy. But you see, 3:42am meant to me that our little baby girl slept for 7.5 hrs straight! Which means I got almost 5 hrs of straight zzzz's.

Don't worry - I got a few more hours more and then we were up around 7:30am. Dad took the baby to get a latte for me but instead surprised me with a bouquet, card ( both handpicked by our baby girl) - and a latte. ;)

Then, I did something I needed more than I even knew....I got in the water. I dusted off my old Excel 3.2 and got on a paddle board on our neighborhood lake. Husband pushed baby around the lake - while I paddled away. Wow, I needed that. The lake was super glassy, fish and turtles were out and about- and I got some well needed ME time.

Here's to all you Moms, Grandmothers, Aunts, Godmothers, Stepmothers...out there. May you get what you need in little ways every day.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Work out.

I'm going to have to start working out - harder. Not just because I need to lose these last 15 (okay, 20, sigh) pregnancy lbs, but because our baby is a drill Sargent! Up! Down! Up! Sideways! Next! Let's Go! Wait! Twist!....All day today! She's 4 months and already wearing me out. What's going to happen when she's actually moving?!

Monday, May 3, 2010

capital M.

For this blog (and anywhere else I use the words), I will be capitalizing the words:


It's a title worth honoring.

Full time.

I was lucky growing up with a stay at home
Mom. My Mom was always there to talk to, cry to, show something to, perform to, play with. My Mom gave Motherhood her full attention and she was (still is) great at it. 

When I look back, she treated Motherhood as a full time job (which we Mothers know how true that is.) I had no idea how much work (and how rewarding) this job would be.  I've never given so much to one job.

Before our daughter was born, I'd occasionally catch Oprah saying or read in a magazine something like "Mothers, don't forget to give to yourself.  Take a day off..." - and I'd think, "how could you NOT do that? Moms, just take off for a day."

Now I see... You can't really. I mean even when you head "out" for an hour - you are still working.  It's NOTHING like checking your Blackberry while on vacation.... It's all consuming.  Someone once told me men can't multitask because they are thinking about the task at hand - and then sex is on their mind 24/7.  Well maybe this Motherhood thing does something like that in our female brains.  We think about baby 24/7 - and then if we are lucky we can focus on ONE other thing at a time....

As a born multitasker - I'm finding this new FT gig the trickiest. I really have to BE IN THE MOMENT and embrace Motherhood 100%. I guess that is truly what you call full time.