Friday, February 22, 2013

Fashionista Sneek Peek!

Who is excited for Spring Fashionista? I know I am! It is getting so close I wanted to share with you part of the amazing accessory prize package we will have here at the Feisty Monkey! This part of the prize package will be sponsored by our good friends over at Mama's Emporium

Mama will be a partial sponsor with a Jellystone Troika Necklace and Jellystone Fiesta Bangle in your choice of color! These necklaces and bangles make some amazing fashionable functional jewelry! This great set of teething jewelry looks great on anyone and the fun selection of colors means that you will find the one perfect for you! So if you have a moment get a head start and LIKE Mama's Emporium on Facebook!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Lean on me...

I was thinking today about being a parent, and how having a happy little one playing around my legs is amazing and wonderful, and it reminded me of a story back in December about a dad who was left home alone with his infant twins and two year old. All three kids started crying and he couldn't get a-hold of his wife. He was overwhelmed and he didn't know what to do. He called the police and asked for help. Now some people were mocking him for being unable to parent his children, calling the situation funny or the dad stupid. But I applaud him.

 So many parents feel like they are in this alone, there are judgmental friends and family, and a sense of having to be perfect all the time. Stress like this is what leads to kids getting hurt, parents that are overwhelmed and feeling like they can't ask for help. I am so lucky that I have an amazing support system, but there are many people out there that don't.

 I have a favor to ask: Lets reach out to other parents instead of trying to impress them with all of your amazing stories of how awesome you are at parenting, and letting them know that you never had a problem with an issue they are experiencing, be open and honest. Let them know of a time you struggled and remind them that we are all in this together, maybe the next time they are at a breaking point they won't feel so alone, and they will now they won't be judged if they came to you with the problem, and maybe you could help them, or just commiserate and remind them that it gets better.

I am just hoping that we could live in a better community of people, where there is no competitive parenting, just people that help each other. (Though to be honest, I don't think I will ever stop judging those parents that put their kids in ovens or washing machines, no matter hard I try. No one is perfect.)

Monday, February 18, 2013

Can you help?

I love being a mother, it is one of the most amazing journeys I have ever been on. I feel that as a community parents need support in their endeavors  people to listen and to lean on, and people to encourage them on their journey. Many people I know feel the same, but there is one woman in particular that I want to support today, she needs help with her adoption. A babywearing group I am involved in has helped her make a video for a contest to win an Obi Mama wrap, if we win, it will be raffled off and the money will go to helping her pay her adoption fees. She has been working so hard for this for the past two years, sewing and selling things to help make her family whole. If you could take a moment, watch the video, and leave a comment on youtube, it would be so helpful. 

Thank you for taking the time. 

Friday, February 15, 2013

Being Mom

I didn't think I had a post for today, things have been tough and I've been struggling to accomplish everything I want to in a day. My husband and I are going to a marriage retreat this weekend and I am hoping it helps. I just have such a high stress level these days. We are supposed to being a treat for the community snack table so I decided to make truffles (don't worry these are super simple and when I get them done and pictures taken I will post the recipe.) Well I am in the kitchen cooking and Connor loves to play in the kitchen I think it's all the natural light and the fact that mom is in here a lot. So, I'm chopping up chocolate to make truffles and he asks for a piece, I give him one and he comes back to ask for more, I tell him that he's had enough, so he sits on the floor and starts to cry. I remind him that he doesn't get anything if he cries, so he stops crying, stands up, opens the dishwasher and gets out one of his snack plates, puts it down on the counter and says "bite please." How can I say no to that? I added some fruit to the plate with the piece of chocolate and he finishes it up then puts his plate back in the dishwasher. Then he lays down on the floor and starts to "read" a book, while making his firefighter lady dance on it. Just when I think I can't love him anymore, I do. Some days I swear there is nothing better in this world than being a mom. 

This picture is a little old, but I love it. He's such a happy kid, I am so lucky to be his mom.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Wordless Wednesday- Boys

Right after we brought Connor home from the hospital, Gunther wanted nothing to do with him, unless it sounded like something might be wrong, then he was right there to check on him. I love both my boys.