Weekly Photo Challenge: Yellow

Weekly Photo Challenge: Yellow


Ale’s big yellow hat gets lots of attention. Everyone wants to know if I made it. Then it’s plucked off Ale’s head turned and inside out by knitter friends and strangers to discover its pattern. On the grey winter days it’s like a beacon of light. The hat matches his lively personality. It helps me find him in a crowded playground. It’s super warm. Ale loves the hat and never leaves home without it.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Yellow

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Daily Prompt: Flip Flop

Daily Prompt: Flip Flop
Think of a topic or issue about which you’ve switched your opinion. Why the change?

I have never contradicted myself as much as I have since I became a mom. When I was childless I had strong opinions about parenting, the horrible parenting styles of people I knew and their spoiled, annoying children. Now I want to go back in time and reach out to the moms and dads I mocked and tell them that I’m so very sorry. Now I get it. Parenting is hard, and I have to learn it the hard way.

There are a slew of issues that I can say that I changed my opinion on. There is no reason to list them here. A quick scroll through my blog will reveal the things that I have struggled with. What I am trying to do is roll with the punches and just have a good time while trying to keep Ale (and myself) in check. Each day brings new obstacles to overcome, but it also brings lots of love and a ton of kisses, and laughs.


Daily Prompt: Dream Home


Daily Prompt: Dream Home
You win a contest to build your dream home. Draft the plans.

Poor Ale was given a future thinking mom. This means it’s impossible for me to live in the present. I’m always thinking of the next thing, the next step, five years from now. So I want to nix the idea of how to build my dream home because I would build it, live in it for a few years and then I would set my sights for my next dream home.

However, just last week I was thinking of moving out of NYC. We went away to Cape Cod. I love going there. Its quaint, and by the ocean. I looked at real estate magazines saw that it was feasible. We could escape the crazy NYC school system of zoned schools, charter schools, and specialized schools. There would just been one good school to go. Ale could live a carefree, suburban, New England life. We would have a HOUSE! More space! What about jobs- that was the tricky part but we could figure something out. We could make it happen!!

Then we came back home. For once, the reality of the present set in. We have a great apartment, in a good neighborhood- with good schools. We have good jobs, with family and friends close by. I grew up in NYC and I’m just fine. Ale will be fine as well. We can always return to Cape Cod for vacations.

Now that the moving to Cape Cod idea can be put to rest…… I can go back to planing my next project- renovating my bathroom in my current home sweet home!


ABCs Blog Challenge

Squircle Aphabet 2

Squircle Aphabet 2 (Photo credit: Leo Reynolds)

This week Erica at Nannypology tagged me to participate in the ABCs blog challenge. To show her that I’m not too cool for school, I’m going to change it up a bit. Her post had a list of questions. I’m just going to free form it and use each letter of the alphabet to write something about my adventures with Ale.


In stead of tagging another person, I want to invite anybody who would like to take part in this challenge. Just link your blog post in the comment section below. Maybe I’ll discover a new blog or two. Better yet, I’ll learn more about the wonderful ones I currently follow.


Here we go!


A- Ale!!


B- BOY!!


C- Cat – meow! The ground floor apartment had two cats that would hang out in the window. Ale and all of the kids that passed by would go crazy when they saw the cats. The cats sadly have moved to California! I really hope the new neighbors will have a cat.


D- Dance Party! I try to have a dance party each day with Ale. Shake it up!


E- ENERGY! Ale is not a big eater but he so much energy. The boy is in constant motion.


F- Food– It’s a struggle. This week he is eating so I’m a happy mama.


G- GREEN! I am still buying many green things for Ale and myself. I don’t do it on purpose. Next thing I know we are outside and we look like frogs.


H- HELLO! Ale does not say this yet. I tell people that Bye! Bye! is his universal greeting.


I- ICE CREAM– Mama its too cold! Wait, give me some more of that!


J- JUMP!– Before he could walk Ale could jump. Jumping on the bed and sofa is the best thing now. So many giggles. Then I have to remember I’m a mom and tell to him to stop 😦


K- Kuddles- (I know this word starts with a c- but I can’t think of anything with a K!) Ale is constantly moving but he does stop for a second to run up to me and give me a quick (k)cuddle. So sweet!


L- LOVE- I love, love, love this little boy.


M- MONKEY! All of a sudden if you tell Ale that he is a little monkey he will start imitating a chimp. It’s so funny. He must have learned this in daycare.


N- NAP! This gives me two hours to get stuff done.


O- Orange Juice is the only juice the little man will drink.


P- PAPA! Ale loves to whisper in my ear “Papa” and point to him when he is near.


Q- QUIET! Not at my home. Yesterday, while I was making dinner, I gave Ale a pot and a wooden spoon. My husband had the pot lids and they were making some serious music. I added the hand claps and Ale started “singing”. Sorry neighbors!


R- RUN! Running after a little toddler can’t get any better than this.


S- Summer! We are having so much fun so far. The playground with water features is fantastic. Looking forward to BBQs, vacations, and the beach!


T- TALK!- Ale now has close to 20 words but is still not talking yet. The words come out in bursts and then seem to disappear. His new word is “here”. This is when he wants to watch TV. He hands me the remote and says “Here”.


U- Unique! I like to think that Ale is unique in all that he does. However, he is doing what all healthy 19 month olds are doing. I will challenge you that he does them the cutest! 😉


V- VELCRO! Shoes come off way too easily.


W- Walk! Ale sometimes now wants to be out of the stroller when we are out and about. He loves to walk all by himself down the street. But does not yet understand that he has to stop at the corner to cross. This is a struggle, literally as he squirms to let go of my hand at each corner.


X- XYLOPHONE! Of course Ale loves to use this!


Its musical and colorful. Most of all it has two sticks to bang with.


Y- YES! Not a word yet in Ale’s vocab. If he wants to respond yes, he smiles and jumps.


Z- ZZZZZZZ! Have you fallen asleep? You’ve made it to the end of the alphabet. Give it a try! Add your post to the comments section. Have fun!


Daily Prompt: Success!

Yesterday Ale and I went to see his pediatrician for his 18 month check up. For the first time at the pediatrician’s office I had nothing to ask and no concerns to mention. I knew Ale was on target developmentally, healthy, and happy. Ale eats broccoli, scribbles on paper, says a few words, and sleeps through the night. I felt like I finally succeeded as a new parent!
I was always a great parent but I never gave myself credit for it. I fell into the new mommy trap of reading on line (The joys of Crying it Out), listening to other moms tell me what I was doing wrong (What! Your son does not eat a peanut butter sandwich by himself at 8 months! My kid eats everything!), and taking into consideration what strangers said to me (You should do xyz, and xyz, and don’t forget xyz….). What was wrong with this was that I was not listening to myself or my baby.
Sleep was a huge issue. Ale was always easy to put to sleep. The problem was that he would wake up up to six times a night on the worse nights. This occurred until he was over a year. At night I hated him, my husband and myself. I would wake up exhausted and enraged. We tried all the methods. It disturbed me to see Ale cry, vomit and poop on himself when we did not come to console him. Then one night at about 13 months, he climbed out of his crib, and walked to the bathroom and banged on the door looking for us. That was when I knew we had to make a change. This is when we fully embraced co-sleeping. Since then he has slept through the night. My husband and I also get to sleep more which makes me a happy mama. It was a win win. I still get odd looks, and reprimands from people but you know what: I. DON’T. CARE! Since I stopped caring what others think of my parenting style I knew that I excelled at parenting.
The last few days I have been going through various mommy blogs and the topic of mommy bullying has come up a lot. So here is my two cents: STOP! We are all in this crazy chaos of mamahood together. There is no book, website, friend or stranger who can tell you what to do. There is no one size fits all parenting style. Just support and encourage the mamas that you know. Do not belittle them.
Daily Prompt: Success!
Tell us about a time where everything you’d hoped would happen actually did.

Daily Prompt: The Glass / Parenting Paradox

Daily Prompt: The Glass
Is the glass half-full, or half-empty?
Since becoming a mom I am suddenly obsessed with time. Meaning my lifetime and my time with my son. Having a baby made me clearly see that I have a finite time on earth. I am astonished at how quickly he is growing and how fast the time is passing.  In this respect I am sadly seeing the glass as almost empty.
One the other hand I am enjoying each moment with my little boy. I am looking forward to each day, each milestone. I am even anxious to know what kind of man he will become.  So in this regard the glass is way more than half-full- its spilling over the brim!
I never realized that parenting will be filled with so many paradoxes. 
What I really need to do is forget about the glass being half full or half empty. I need to be more like my husband and my son and live in the moment and ENJOY that sweet glass of wine  in my hand! Cheers!

Daily Prompt: The Little Things/ The Girl With A Star


This morning when I read the email of today’s daily prompt :

Describe a little thing — one of the things you love that define you worlds but is often overlooked.

I immediately thought that that this was intriguing topic but what could I possibly write about? Later in the morning I went into my bedroom and I passed my dresser. On it is a little pewter figurine about two inches tall of a little girl holding a star that my grandmother gave me when I was about six years old. This is such a small item that I often forget that its there and I’m sure my husband does not even know it exists. Unfortunately, I don’t remember what the occasion was or the reason why she gave it to me. That does not matter. What matters is that this figurine has been one of the little things that has managed to stay with me physically and emotionally through the years.

As a little girl I was fascinated by the girl with a star. I loved her flowing dress and how the artist was able to capture each ruffle. I thought of how she might of caught the star and how proud she must be to have caught it. In many ways I later internalized this to be a representation of myself. I was that little girl with a star. I guess I consider myself lucky in the sense that I have so far gotten through life unscathed. I am married, have my little boy, home, car and a good job. Most importantly I am happy. These are the things I’m sure my grandmother desired for me when she gave it to me. This is what every grandparent or parent wants for their children; to be happy and secure.

My grandmother and I share the same name- Edith. We also share the same profession- Nursing. This figurine of the girl with a star was in my pocket the day I took the exam for my RN license and it steadied me through the medication calculation and pharmacology questions. This little figurine of the girl with a star has been with me across continents. It has been on various bedside tables or dressers no matter where in the world I was. This is my link to my grandmother, who through this figurine, is always watching over me and my family.

Daily Prompt:

Describe a little thing — one of the things you love that define you worlds but is often overlooked.

Daily Prompt: Personal Space


I was one of those teenage girls with a diary. It started when I was 12. I had the typical diary with a lock (which you could pick with a paper clip) and read in girly pink and green letters “Diary”. As I got older I would look for notebooks with nice paper and I bought good pens to write with. I filled each page with teenage angst, photos, ticket stubs, maps. When I was in my 20’s I stopped keeping a diary or journal. I tried again few times later on but I never stuck to it. Now I’m a few years shy of 40 and I’m journaling again.

What made me go back to journaling/ blogging?? Becoming a mother!! My intension was not to just jot down all of the amazing milestones my boy made. It was to keep me sane!! Never before did I find myself in a situation that I felt like I had no control. It was like being a teen again with an identity crisis. Its not that I disliked being a mom its just that I unexpectedly stepped into an abyss of the unknown.

For the last year I have been using the Dayone App for my personal thoughts. However, I yearned for an audience larger than one (myself) to really make sure that I had not lost my mommy mind. I approached blogging as a way to connect with other new moms. I turned to WordPress after using Tumbler. Tumbler was too young for me and too short. I wanted something more in-depth. In turn, on WordPress I found amazing mom bloggers, of all ages and backgrounds, who like me are trying to stay sane and have a blast with their kids.

I would lie if I did not admit to the fact that I am always looking at the WordPress stats. I love getting likes and new followers. However, I know that my mommy musings are not earth shattering nor do I write with an over the top style. I write like me. You hear my voice in each post. I just hope that I can connect with a few moms and non moms just the same way as I did with others. My goal is for another new mom to read a post and say “Ok, she made it though. I will too.”

Daily Prompt: Personal Space


To what extent is your blog a place for your own self-expression and creativity vs. a site designed to attract readers? How do you balance that? If sticking to certain topics and types of posts meant your readership would triple, would you do it?

Daily Prompt: Wall to Wall House of Mirrors

My family lives in a New York City apartment. We are lucky as we have huge windows in our living room so we are not lacking light. I can see plenty of sky and there is a tree in our window. Its lovely but I want more windows, more light. The solution to my need would be to move out of NY- that is not an option- or brake down a few walls but I don’t think my building would support such a structural change. I would consider demolishing the building next to me but that would leave many people homeless in response to my selfish needs.

In turn, my home has become the house of mirrors.


We have about thirteen mirrors in our apartment. I want a window in the kitchen, in the bathroom, another in my bedroom. Mirrors! Mirrors! Mirrors! I am not a vein person. I don’t like to particularly see myself in the mirror. Each mirror is placed strategically so they are not to be used to admire oneself. They are decorative and functional. Each room appears to expand and become brighter as the natural light reflects off them.

In the end, we have a fabulous little collection of mirrors bought around the US and Europe. One day I will have the home of my dreams. Until then, I have my mirrors.

Today’s Daily Prompt
What do you display on the walls of your home — photos, posters, artwork, nothing? How do you choose what to display? What mood are you trying to create?