Halloween, Oreos and Why Yoga Wins Again

Woman doing yoga outside near a tree, in the leaves

Hello November!

I guess this means the holiday season is officially upon us – yikes! But there are some good things ahead.

First, let me tell you about the interesting but fun Halloween we had with the toddler.

My son is very headstrong. Once he makes his mind up about something, it’s not easily changed. This year, he decided he would not be dressing up or trick or treating.

I thought he was bluffing. I was sure once he saw all the other kids in costume, he would want to join right in, especially with the crazy sweet tooth he has.

Nope. I was wrong.
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Don’t Fight The Carpool

young boy on his way in to school

After a slightly rocky and emotional first week, preschool has been going great. My son proudly brings home art work each day, is always excited to tell me about what classroom job he had (line leader, calendar, etc.) and I’m loving the free mornings it has opened up.

Before school officially started, I attended a “welcome parents” meeting where we were given the handbook for preschool, an overview of the school and a run down of the daily routine there.

One specific issue that was brought up was carpool. (Carpool is what they call it when you drive up in front of the school and wait in line with other cars, a teacher comes and let’s your child out of the car and walks him over to the sidewalk in front of the school building so they can walk in by themselves.)

The director mentioned that for the first week or so, they were fine with parents walking in their children but really encouraged us to let kids try the drop-off carpool lane as well. We’d be surprised how much they’d enjoy it, how proud they would be to walk in to the building alone, carrying their own bags and then back down to the car for afternoon pick up.
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Finding The Good Parts

ice cream for lunch

I’ve written before about the struggle I’ve had with finding things to do with my son over the summer. He’s just a tad picky. At least, that’s how I’ve felt at times. But getting frustrated and feeling hopeless about the situation did absolutely nothing to help.

I was stuck and changing my attitude and outlook was the only way out.

Obviously, trying to force the usual, standard activities that other kids enjoy and then repeatedly hitting my head against the wall, wondering why he wouldn’t just like them was not working for anyone.

Lou is definitely an individual. Even at three and a half, he has very strong opinions.
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It’s Not You (Preschool), It’s Me

young boy on his way in to school

Thoughts of sending my son to preschool this fall has been on my mind for most of this year.

Our past experiences with daycare didn’t go so well, but the idea of preschool with more of an atmosphere and focus on learning as well as play sits so much better with me and I feel like my son could really thrive there.

And as much as I get out and about with my son as much as possible during the week; trips to the library, playing at parks, etc., I don’t have mommy friends of my own where we live with kids my son can play with on a regular basis.

I want him to have friends, feel more comfortable with other kids his age and just having more fun overall.

So I was pretty surprised at how things went when we visited an awesome little preschool the other day, very close to our home and with the exact schedule and price range I’ve been looking for.
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Enough With The Guilt Already!

watching tv with friends

Today began with a very tired start but also some accomplishment. It’s not something I often get too excited about but I was able to completely knock out the kitchen and transform it from looking frat party trashed to cleaning day clean!

It even seemed to take less time than usual and felt like less work, probably because Lou was happily watching one of his favorite shows while I got to work. I admit it, I was basking in the glow of my spotless kitchen but while my son was very satisfied, juice in hand on the couch, for some reason I started wondering about what some might say regarding our morning so far and how I could be harshly judged for it.

You see, as “crunchy” as I may, I let me son watch t.v. and honestly, I don’t think it’s that terrible.
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Rage Against The Potty

For the first year of my son’s life, my husband would often watch him with a worried expression. Lou was a very serious baby. He loved to play and be held but most of the time, he wore a seriously stoic look.

“He is just a deep thinker” I’d tell my husband. “He’s really studying and concentrating on things.” I even nick named him “the little professor” for a while because I could just tell he was ok but the wheels were always turning.

And there was definitely nothing to worry about. Lou has grown in to a very lively little boy who talks non stop and loves to laugh though he has kept a seriousness and intensity about him. He has a strong personality with definite opinions and preferences and is not afraid to let me know when something is not to his liking.

Thus, the title of the post. Potty training is not going well and that is putting it mildly.
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A Pretty Sweet Gig

Linking up with Mama Kat’s writing prompts – What do you love most about your job?

And since I’m looking at the bright side of things, linking up with Jennifer at Just Jennifer’s TGIF – Get Your Happy On as well!

I can get pretty down at times in my current job. In fact, the past week or two have been “challenging” and at times, I would have liked to be somewhere (anywhere) else doing something (anything) else.

My son did not go through the terrible twos but the threes are completely kicking my butt.

not a happy toddler

We are at code yellow people, this is not a drill! Approach with caution!

The constant arguing, mood swings, tantrums, arguing, non stop questions, hitting, crying…did I say arguing already? (Yes, I have a three and a half year old boy, not a thirteen year old girl but I’m wondering if they are really about the same thing. Anyone?)

Maybe that’s what attracted me to this prompt though, an opportunity to think about the good things in my life and current occupation.

Because while being a stay at home mom can sometimes suck be really tough, there are plenty of reasons that make this a pretty sweet gig.

First of all, the dress code rocks.
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Still A Padawan

me with my toddler teacher

Me with my toddler sensei

The other evening, my husband turned to me and said “Well, this is about a hundred times harder than I thought it was going to be when we talked about having a baby.”

We both laughed. It was so true but I think my number is even higher. Three hundred times harder, a thousand times?

But falling victim to my own misconceptions or wrong ideas is nothing new for me.

When my first son was born, I’d already had several years of experience as an infant and toddler room daycare teacher. I loved my work and just knew, after all the different children I’d cared for and experiences I had, having my own baby would be a breeze.

A week or two home from the hospital and I quickly realized caring for children with another teacher for seven hours at a time was night and day different from caring for a newborn, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. and I was completely overwhelmed, a depressed, crying mess, trying to figure out how I could have even been so wrong.
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TGIF – Bring On Your Happy!

I really love Jennifer’s idea over at Just Jennifer to have this TGIF link up – just bring your happy! I am a fan Jennifer’s writing and her views on blogging are just plain awesome!

It’s so easy to get buried in all the day to day stuff, I can really appreciate this little reminder to think about the good things in your life and what makes you happy.

So in honor of Jennifer and her awesome linkup, here are some things that made me happy this week:
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