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Well Okay. That’s over.

The holidays came and went. I was sick for almost the entire month of December.  😦

I missed so many events at Mini’s school. She was very understanding, but I felt horrible. This past week, there was another event. It was called “Welcome to NY”. During their gym class, the K’ers got to learn all about our awesome state. I didn’t even know we had our own insect (ladybug, fyi) but apparently we do. There were different activities that had to do with all the parts and facts about NY as well.

I went on Tuesday and had a blast. Mini rode a scooter, played ‘baseball’, bowled and fired a slingshot. She was disappointed I wasn’t coming back to class with her, but I told her I was only there for gym.

Fast forward to Friday and again, it’s gym day. As I pulled Mini’s hair back into a ponytail, I told her I would be coming to her gym class again. She was so excited and held my face when she kissed me goodbye. I love when she does that!

She got on the bus a few minutes before 9. I got to gym class around 10:45. The people were asking the class questions about NY and Mini smiled when I came in. When the kids were dismissed to go to their games, Mini grabbed my leg and led me towards the fishing game. She looked up at me and smiled.

She looked like she was going to cry and her eye looked bloodshot. WHAT?! It didn’t look like that this morning! Upon closer inspection, there was a pussy discharge in the corner of her eye. Oh no. Another mother (whose son was probably responsible for this right now because he and Mini are an “item” lol) confirmed it…

Pink eye.

Her teacher had happened to be walking by the gym just then, so I spoke to her. She took Mini to the nurse and then packed up her stuff. I felt horrible. I didn’t want Mini to miss the special gym time and I felt bad I was leaving these people with one less Mom, but I had to get Mini out of there. Pink eye has gone through that classroom several times, but this is the first time Mini got it.

A trip to the doc revealed not only the pink eye, but also a perforated ear drum. Fun fun fun! I told Mini that next time I catch her with a q-tip in her ear, she was in trouble! Eye drops and a script for amoxicillin followed. What a great way to start the weekend.

I’m so happy it happened on a day I was there! I can’t imagine how much worse it would have been if she was in school the rest of the day, or if any of the kids would have gotten it again. The teacher assistant said she had it a few times too. I’m also happy it was a Friday so no work would be missed.

Tomorrow is a day off and Mini is all set to go back to school Tuesday. So much for everything I wanted to get done..

Ah motherhood. I wouldn’t have it any other way 🙂

No Vacation For You!

I’m more than a little pissed about this. It seems Hurricane Sandy continues to screw with us. Now they are cutting our school vacations.


Some districts have even cut Christmas break. Our district hasn’t done that but they did cut February break. It is now a 4-day weekend. They have also taken away the Friday and Tuesday around Memorial Day. If we use any snow days at all, April break will be cut day-by-day. So basically, if we use over a week worth of snow days, there will be no breaks for 6 months.


Since the state declared a state of emergency, the schools are not required to make up days lost. Some are crying there will be less preparing for state tests. Since they are state tests, will it even be an idea to push back the dates to make sure students have enough time to study? Doubtful.

I can’t afford to take a vacation, but I know others who have already booked vacations during those weeks. Mini’s out-of-state grandparents only come in during school vacations, so their visits would be cut short. Let’s not forget that the little ones, the Kindergarteners like Mini, need a break not just a few random 4-day weekends.

Ugh. It upsets me that this is happening, but I guess we have no choice.

Liebster Award

I get to steal Mini’s thunder for a bit and talk about my own award 🙂

My other blog was already nominated for a Liebster so I am thrilled this blog was as well. The nomination came back in August but things have just sort of been spiraling for a while. I was nominated by Sarah at The Mommy Chronicles.  Thank you so much! The award is given to bloggers with less than 200 followers that a blogger feels should get some recognition.

There are 4 steps to receiving this award..

  1. List 11 things about yourself.
  2. Answer your nominator’s 11 questions.
  3. Choose up to 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers and ask them your own questions.
  4. Inform your nominees of their award nominations.

Since this is a blog about my babykins, I’ll state 11 facts about the two of us.

  1. Mini was a month early. She was due July 12th and was delivered via emergency C-sec on June 15th.
  2. Our baby pictures are identical.
  3. Our “thing” is her saying I’m her favorite Mommy and I tell her she is my favorite daughter.
  4. I’m jealous of her curly hair. My hair was pin-straight until I was 13 when I got a perm and it’s been crazy ever since.
  5. We LOVE Car Karaoke.
  6. She calls one of our pugs her “Goo-choo” as in “goo-chee-goo”, what you say to something cute. She has done this since she could talk.
  7. We took Mini to her first MLB game when she was 3 months old.
  8. Her first joke was “Knock knock.” “Who’s there?” “Orange” “Orange who?” “Orange juice box.”
  9. Our favorite snack is chips and dip.
  10. If I let her, she would live off of macaroni and cheese, chicken nuggets and ice cream.
  11. Mini’s name is Davina Ireland. Her first name means “beloved” and her middle name was where we went on our honeymoon and she was the one souvenir we brought back with us that we didn’t have to declare at Customs 🙂

Now onto Sarah’s questions:

1. What inspires you to blog? Being able to share my thoughts with like-minded people.

2. You’re trapped on an island. What 5 things do you have? My kid, my purse, an ipod, bottled water and Donnie Wahlberg.

3. Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate.

4. What is your favorite season? It used to be Fall, but after Sandy (which took our power for 5 days) and a blizzard a few days later, Fall and I aren’t seeing eye-to-eye at the moment. 

5. Do you like sports? Yup. Baseball (Go Mets!), Football (Go Giants!) and Basketball (Go Celtics!).

6. Who/What is your favorite band/singer? Def Leppard. 

7. What is your favorite book? “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein

8. Will you recommend a movie for me to watch? If you haven’t seen it already, I would definitely see “A Modern Affair”. It’s an interesting story.

9. What is your favorite color? Blue.

10. What is your favorite memory? Singing in church as a teen. I miss my choir director who passed in 1997.

11. How long have you been blogging? About 7 years.

Now for my nominees. For the record, I’m not sure if they have 200 followers or what (It’s hard to tell on some WP blogs), but I love reading these blogs:

1. Sunny Sleevez

2. Ms. MommyHH6

3. Chatter From a Single Mom

4. Journey of the Luptons

5. Miss Indeedy

6. The Freelance Elf

7. Read Tom Lucas

8. Random Ramsey


Now for my 11 questions for my Nominees.

  1. Baseball or Football?
  2. When you’re writing, do you prefer to sit down with a drink (soda, coffee, beer, etc) or food (snack or meal)?
  3. Do you write out your blog post before typing it up?
  4. How old is your oldest living relative?
  5. Last show you watched on tv?
  6. Favorite cologne or perfume?
  7. What was the make/model of your first car?
  8. Who does your family say you look most like?
  9. Favorite website (not a blog)?
  10. What’s the best part about the holidays?
  11. What made you start blogging?

Thanks again for the nomination, Sarah! It is much appreciated 🙂

Storms and Awards

It has been a pretty long time since my last post. Things have been happening. October was super busy. Every time I turned around, something else was happening. Birthdays, anniversaries, school events, storms..

What slowed me down? Sandy.

Hurricane Sandy blew through and left us without power for the week. Mini loved it because she was able to spend 3 days at her grandparents’ house. She was ecstatic! It got me thinking. By the time I was Mini’s age, I had seen Hurricane Gloria. That’s about it. In the past 2 years, Mini has seen 2 major hurricanes (Irene and Sandy- both caused 5 day power losses), an earthquake, a tornado across the highway, major flooding around us, wildfires on tv.. the list goes on. It’s mind-boggling. Call it whatever you want. I just call it nuts!

Finally, the schools opened again yesterday after a week and a half break due to the storm and power outages.


We get a nor’easter/blizzard. True story! Check the news. It’s nuts! We go from hurricane to snow. I don’t know what Mother Nature is thinking lately. I’m pretty sure she woke up one morning and just decided to screw with us. As we are watching the snow fall yesterday, we get a call saying they had a 2-hour delay today. Guess they were determined not to have to close another day.

Mini could not have been happier. Her logic? “It’s snowing? It’s Christmas!” She was chanting Christmas all afternoon/evening. When her Father called from work before she went to bed, she wished him a “Happy Christmas time Daddy!” She cracks me up.

Now for some good news. Caution: Bragging Alert!!


This will be her first academic award and let me tell you.. It is well deserved! She is getting a “Student of the Month” award for exhibiting the character trait “Respect”. I could not be prouder. She has been bullied several times so far this school year. Aside from the lunch box fiasco I posted about earlier, two other incidents have happened and the fact that she kept her cool and didn’t deck these two kids is proof she deserves this award.

Incident 1: I get a call from the principal in the middle of the day informing me Mini will be coming home with “2 little scratches” on her neck. She got into a dust-up with a child on the playground. It wasn’t her fault. The other kid attacked her. She came home with multiple scratches all over her neck. Apparently this child grabbed the back of her neck and dragged his nails all the way around to the front. I took pics of the scratches they were that bad..

Incident 2: There is a child with an anger issue in her class. There are 3 tiers of punishment: verbal warning, note home, and principal. By open school night, this kid had been to the principal twice. I know right? Well anyways.. The class is leaving gym one day and this kid just randomly shoves Mini into the wall. He wanted her spot on line (she wasn’t even in front) so he shoved her out of the way.

When she was explaining these two incidents to me, I wanted to cry. I will never get why kids act this way at their age. Hasn’t anyone taught them better? All this is why my baby deserves her award!

Go Mini! Mommy will always be your biggest fan!!

Open School Night & Exhaustion

… Back to School Night, Meet the Teachers Night, whatever you call it.

It’s the night when you get to go to your child’s classroom, meet their teacher (again, maybe) and listen in on all the exciting or ridiculous things your precious cargo will be doing all year. My daughter is only in Kindergarten this year, so it’s my second OSN.

I have to say, I love it! I had such crazy fears going into this whole full-time school bit. Hearing how busy they will be kept all day and dreaming about how tired my Mini was going to be at night got me jazzed. I was giddy with the prospect of having a tired child who would welcome sleep, peacefully.

The truth is she comes home tired and cranky, basically a miniature emotional tornado. It’s like she’s PMSing at random times, but all the time! Some nights, she wants to stay up and I have to remind her she needs to go to sleep. She will say okay then pretend to sleep if I check on her. Two hours later, as I’m ready for sleep, she is in my face asking for something stupid or random. She is clearly exhausted (rings around her eyes are a complete give-away) and is somewhat loopy, like a drunk. I send her back to bed, but then am forced to stay awake until she falls asleep. Amazingly, I have been able to survive on 4-5 hours of sleep a night. Survive? Yes. Live? No. My crazy sleep schedule has made me sick. I’ve been fighting this stupid thing for well over a week. Ugh!

But anyways.. Open School Night was a little bit of an eye-opener though. They are already 3 words in on the Star/Sight Word Chart. They have reviewed 5 letters and 3 numbers. In a few weeks, they will be having spelling tests on their Star Words. The amount of stuff covered in our Parent Packet was mind-boggling. Homework. Every night. Three pages of it, too. One is name-practice. Next, a math worksheet. Third, another random ditto. Some nights, it’s extra math and other times it’s something kinda fun with coloring.


Yup. This is what they are doing in K. They wonder why kids are suffering from educational burnout by 4th grade and acting crazy by Middle School. DUH!!

Mama Bear Is Going On The Hunt!

We were out shopping last night when Mini asked me for a new lunch box. She said she wanted “something with Disney princesses or just pink and purple”.


It stopped me in my tracks. I mean, she’s not a total tomboy, but she LOVES her Cars lunch box. I asked her why she wanted a new one and she got real quiet. It was apparent she was not going to tell me just then so I didn’t push her.

This is the lunchbox in question:

I let it go for a few minutes then asked her again. She teared up immediately and said “The girls told me it was a boys lunch box and not pretty like their lunch boxes.” Apparently, every time she brings lunch, Regina and the rest of the Plastics feel the need to remind her that her lunch box isn’t pretty or girly and that only boys have it.

Boy was I pissed! This kind of crap starts this early? She is in a PreK/K building, but only K’s ride the bus and eat in the cafeteria so these are other K’s saying this. THAT is what really bothers me more than anything. I will never (and I don’t want Mini to ever) apologize for being who she is. My baby can be girly (loves her glitter tattoos, lip ‘gloss’ and her pink/purple room) but she loves her Cars and Monster Trucks too. Most people agree with me that she is a good combo of both. The others give me crap for putting her in tee-ball instead of a dance class, like ballet. They know where they can go, though. I hated ballet. When I was younger, I traded in my tutu after 2 lessons and asked to be signed up for baseball.

My heart just breaks for her and all I could do was hug her as she started to cry. I felt horrible. I told her I would get her a new lunch box if she wanted, but the choice was hers. As we browsed, we came to a rack with all sorts of backpacks and lunch bags. I stopped and looked at her. She thought a minute and said “I want to keep my Cars one.”


I’m SO proud that she is standing up for herself, but I will be writing a note to the teacher. I don’t expect this to be a huge thing, but I feel like if this isn’t nipped in the bud now, it will get worse. Our district has a zero tolerance policy on bullying, so better this be taken care of when they are younger…

I Survived!! Well, Kinda..

Not only did I survive Mini’s first week of school, I made it through the weekend of cleaning and a family party as well! YAY ME!

Mini absolutely loves her classmates. None of her Pre-K friends are with her, which she was upset about, but she has already made a new friend (figures it’s a boy!) and at least she gets to ride the bus with one of her BFFs. Speaking of the bus, the bus ride was interesting. I finished high school in 2000 and haven’t been on a bus since 1999 so it was just weird. I remember those seats being so much bigger! By the time the bus dropped us back off, we had been on the bus for almost 45 minutes. My knee was SCREAMING at me! I guess my body aged a lot more in 12 years than I thought!

Meeting the teacher was interesting as well. She handed us a packet of paperwork to fill out (surprise surprise) so I stood there leaning on a shelf, writing away as Mini and her Father explored the classroom. There was a whole personality questionnaire and more emergency card info (umm HELLO I already filled FOUR of those out!) plus a few random papers. Geez, it’s Kindergarten not College for pete’s sake!

As I walked Mini down to the bus stop on Wednesday, I busied myself taking pictures and ignoring what was really happening. I put her on the bus, watched her sit down (at least I think it was her.. hard to tell through the tinted windows!) and waved good-bye as the bus drove off. I went home and sat on the couch. It was quiet. Very, very quiet!

I kept busy by cleaning and catching up on a show all morning, but then it was lunch time. I made lunch and yelled for Mini to see what she wanted. It took me a minute to realize ‘DUH she’s not here’. I sat down to eat lunch, alone and in quiet. I can’t remember the last time I had lunch by myself. After I finished, I sat on the couch again. I felt extremely sad and alone. It all finally hit me and I got mad that I felt that way, the proceeded to cry my eyes out because I was mad.

What is wrong with me? was all I could think.

I handled it better Thursday and Friday. Nope, that’s a lie. I was so sad and depressed, I ended up napping all afternoon both days. I never thought I would be one of those Mothers, but here I am..

I plan on having a more productive week this coming week. There are some things that need to get done and my birthday is Tuesday, so hopefully that will distract me a little. Here’s hoping..


Kindergarten Events


The bus will pick us up around 11am at Mini’s bus stop. Yes, I say us. I get to go with her. Whether this will make me feel better or worse is yet to be seen but here’s hoping… We will be picked up in order then head to the school. They will exit the children through the front door as well as if it were a fire drill and go over bus safety. The bus will then take us back home.

At 1pm, we return to school to….


After the bus drops us off at home, we have a little wait (will probably grab a snack or lunch) then we go back to the school. We received her room and teacher assignment last week. We will be able to take her to her room, walk around with her and meet her teachers (teacher and assistant). I checked the school’s website and the teacher wasn’t listed on it last year. Either she is new to teaching or is a transfer from another school.

I am not sure how I will feel tomorrow, but Mini is so excited to be starting this new adventure!

Grandparent Visit

When we started discussing visits for Mini’s out-of-town Grandparents (the H’s), I had a very strict rule.

No visits during the school week.

This offended them (I don’t care!) and they questioned why. Mini takes FOR-EV-ER to get on a schedule. Last year, I couldn’t get her on a decent schedule until the third week of school and that was when she was only going 2.5 hours a day. This year, school is from 9:20 to 3:30. I probably won’t have her on a set schedule until October, the earliest. I’m hoping.

The only acceptable weekends it seemed were Rosh Hashanah, which is a 4-day weekend or Columbus Day, a 3-day. Well, that set off an argument about us ‘preventing’ them from seeing their grandchild because they weren’t available those two weekends. Since they were unavailable those weekends, we were hit with “You can’t make us go 5 months without seeing her. That’s inhumane.”  It was a whole big, albeit unnecessary, hullabaloo.

Wait. Back up the truck. “Inhumane”? 

Here’s how I see it. My daughter has parents. Those parents will decide what’s best for her. If you don’t like it, tough rocks! If you visit someone, you can’t expect them to rearrange their entire life for your time there. Finally, her Grandma H says she will fly in this weekend and leave Tuesday. Done deal! These people give me migraines and I can’t deal with their craziness anymore.

Alas, her Grandma is here. Let the games begin 😉

Kindergarten Orientation

Those words have been haunting me all day. There was a slideshow presentation on Mini’s school website so I clicked on it.


There were a total of 36 slides.. By slide 3, my leg had started to shake. That only happens when I’m upset or antsy. By slide 6, I had started to sniffle. When I got to slide 15, the “Opening Day Arrival Procedures”, I became extremely nauseous and burst into tears. It was uncontrollable. I stopped reading and pushed myself away from the computer to compose myself.


As I read the next few slides about putting your child on the bus and bus safety review, my leg started to shake again. I took a deep breath and finished the slideshow. Everyone keeps telling me I’ll be fine, but at times, I’m just not sure. I think it is going to take a few days of her going to school and coming home SAFELY that will calm me down.

Days? *snort* More like WEEKS!

I don’t know how this is all going to go tomorrow. All I know is I’m not looking forward to it and I pray I don’t have a complete meltdown in front of everyone.

Breathe. Must remember to breathe…