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THINKING ABOUT: You guys, I think I'm raising a criminal! Hold up and let me explain. We just got back from running a few errands in town last Monday when I told Max that we were going to drop a few things off at the house and then we'd proceed to the park. He was ecstatic. Upon our arrival, I set my keys, phone, and sunnies on the dining room table because I knew I'd take them with us on our walk. In the meantime, I let Beesly outside, threw a load of laundry into the washer, and made a pit stop at the restroom. Mind you, when I left Max to do all of the above, he was playing quietly with his tractor on the living room rug. Pleased with the ease at which everything was going, I told my scheming toddler it was time for us to leave when I noticed my specs, cell, and key ring were missing. I began to wonder if I just left them in my purse when I realized Max was watching me scan the counter tops and table. Thinking out loud, I rhetorically asked my son where I put everything when he replied, "I know where it is!" Slightly confused but open to the help, I watched him run over to the chaise lounge, pull up the slipcover, and reach under the sofa. "Here they are, ma! I found them." He was proud as punch with his "discovery", but it got me wondering what else he had hiding under there. I still don't know what his motive was by hiding my essentials, but you better believe I'll be keeping an eye open when it comes to this 35 lb. thief.
FEELING: After last week's new motherhood low, my mom and I discussed the disadvantages of living in Swell Rio when you have a toddler. As far as daycare, preschool, and play groups go, there's very little this tiny town has to offer. In fact, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results (the same could be said for motherhood), and if you think about it we essentially do the same things EVERY day making the two of us extremely bored and comfortable in our routine. I realize there's only so much that I can teach Max on my own, so I've looked for ways to push him socially and mentally as it will also allow for growth. However, after the last debacle at the CDC, Max learned that opting out of group activities and refusing to eat will ultimately lead to his mom coming to pick him up at the request of the staff (Toddler-1, Mom-0), so we've pretty much ruled that option out for future use. Sigh. Determined to keep looking for options, I found a new-to-me facility in town this week that offers drop-in daycare services and a part-time preschool program for kids Max's age. Hooray! After discussing my goal in taking Max to a place like this 1-2 times a week for a few hours (i.e. help with his social and verbal skills), I felt very encouraged by the director until I read in the registration packet that he needs to be toilet trained. Gah! I totally understand where they're coming from on this issue, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't feel defeated once again. I'm hoping that if we play up the whole school thing and that he'd get to play with kids like his bestie Anna, then maybe he'll be motivated to try potty training again. *Fingers crossed.* I just know the more you push with Max, the more he has the tendency to resist. Who knows, maybe he'll prove me wrong and it will all work out?!
THANKFUL FOR: You buy some really weird stuff when you become a parent, but necessity is the mother of invention. After we got back from our DC trip, Max decided that he likes waking up at 6:30 AM. I realize this isn't terribly early, but it's not as ideal as when he used to wake up between 7:00 and 7:30 AM. News flash! Mama needs her alone time and you're cramping my style, kid. Enter Mirari's OK TO WAKE! Clock — an alarm clock intended to teach kids to STAY in bed. I'm not sure who I should address a thank-you note to, but I'm grateful for people (probably tired or fed-up parents) who come up with this random stuff. The product gets rave reviews, so I remain hopeful that the device works with Max. Have any of you had luck with the clock?! Tips or tricks welcome.
WATCHING: Hotlanta fans! How awkward was it watching Phaedra in part four of the Real Housewives reunion this past Sunday?! Yowzah! I was shocked by Miss Parks' lack of apology or explanation for her malicious lies toward Kandi. In the past, I've been quick to give Phae-Phae a pass because she's entertaining, but she went too far this time. Frick and Fraud looked REALLY dumb.
EATING: Participating in Whole30 solo is kind of the worst. This past week Max tried to force feed me his cheese pizza AND he asked if we could bake cookies. What is this, a death wish?! Nevertheless, she persisted. With the help of Pinterest and the occasional RX Bar (Chocolate Sea Salt and Blueberry are m' jam!), I'm trying to keep this second round as fun and fresh as possible. All jokes aside, I've been pleasantly surprised by the whole food protein bar. They're surprisingly tasty and something I wouldn't mind keeping handy once this whole nutritional reset nonsense is over. And don't ask me how the chocolate is W30 compliant. I'm not complaining!
LISTENING TO: It was only a matter of time before my son became obsessed with flatulence. Yes, Max likes to tell me every time he breaks wind. Lucky for him, he's pretty cute when he utters the following words, "Hey ma! Max had a toot. I fart." We're still working on the excuse me portion of our exchange, but he better milk the adorable factor while he can because Flyboy doesn't get a pass.
READING: One of my favorite reads is Pema Chödron's book When Things Fall Apart. After stumbling upon one of her quotes on Instagram this week, I was reminded that I should probably dust off my copy and revisit it this weekend. Her words help me make sense of things when life gets uncomfortable or feels uncertain.
"We think the point is to pass the test or overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don't really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It's just like that. The healing comings from letting there be room for all this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for mystery, for joy."
LOVING: I live in Madewell's Whisper Cotton Tees, so I was excited to see they offer a Tank made from the same soft fabric. I ended up buying two when I visited my parents, but I'm eager to add a few more colors to my wardrobe as the temp rises. Some reviewers mentioned the arm holes run larger and they're right, but I didn't see it as a deterrent because the price and quality are on point.