Saturday, June 2, 2012

Things This Dance Mom Has Learned This Week

That banana muffin batter and an apple wedge may be so wrong as lunch for a two year old, but she will be as happy as a pig in you-know-what and it will keep her busy for 20 minutes.  (Never mind having to change her clothes, and wash her hands, face and hair.)

Every now and then, an angel comes around, and makes life so much easier.  (Thanks, Erin!)

Anyone who can successfully get just one eye drop in the eye of a three year old should receive an obscenely large cash prize.

That many people who are fine with DOMA, racial profiling and indefinte war are outraged and disgusted by this image.

It's okay to choose sleep over blogging.

That if I substituted "crack" for "blogging" and paired it with the word problem, I'd have been jailed, institutionalized or the focus of several interventions (not necessarily in that order).

That parents who regularly manage to cook two dinners, one for the kids and one fab meal for themselves, are either insane, enviably organized or culinary geniuses.  

That having a two year old and a three year old, simultaneously, as wonderful as they are, and as much as I love them, might very well be my undoing.  

You may prefer take out to cooking; your home decor might make Vern Yip projectile vomit and then commit arson, but if there is love and fun to be found in your home (not to mention cute kids), go ahead and entertain!

That stressing over something won't make it go away.  (I "learn" this daily, but might be able to put it into practice when I'm 83).  

Even pain radiating from my thumb, up my arm, to my traps, at almost midnight will not get me off the computer. 
(No, that is not my hand.)

Cute maxi dresses, stairs and a stroller don't mix.  

The hours I work as a dance teacher may keep my own kids out of dance class, and other activities.  (Advice, please!)


  1. :-) love it! and by the way, I am a culinary genius almost every day ;-) that's one of the reasons why i barely get any sleep.
    and you were my angel so many times, especially when i was alone with kids for 10 long days.

    1. Thanks, dear friend! I'm glad I was your angel that week and a half, as you have been mine so many times. And tell me your secret for the two meals...Although, I think that might get me in bed at 2 a.m. instead of 1!

  2. First, I have to sat that Aria is beautiful! How do you keep from squeezing that face all day?!

    I'm not even going to get into the inappropriate "meals" I've allowed the Weisman boys.

    Eye drops are a two man job in this house. :)

    I'm not disgusted at all. Envious that I wasn't all "smiley and nursing in the park" - definitely!

    I cook one meal for everyone and that in itself I consider to be a miracle.

    Wardrobe malfunctions are part of the glories of motherhood. Unless of course you're wearing those yoga pants that should have been tossed 8 years ago.

    The first time Joe's father came by to see our first child at just a few days old, I was apparently lactating all over creation without a clue. I noticed the wet tshirt contest that was going on after he left. Dear. God! Why did the Joe not tell me?! Soon after I found nursing pads and put them to good use.

    Great post!!!

    1. Awwwww, Amy! Glad you share in the wardrobe malfunctions! But, just to mompete a bit, did you ever take a picture a la Elaine Benes - with your nip hanging out, from breastfeeding? Hunh, didya?

  3. So true - so true! Now I have to ask, what exactly happened with the dress, stroller, and stairs? This is a must have future blog post!

    1. Debbie, yes! Great idea - I think that would be a fun, little postie - especially as moms go around thinking they can be all cute in a maxi dress.

  4. Banana muffin batter may not be the healthiest, but I still remember my mother letting me & my brother lick the beaters & scrape the bowl after she made a cake, cookies, etc. Besides, it was BANANA batter, so that is considered a fruit :)

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

  5. I hope all this didn't happen in just one week! My thoughts on a few - I haven't worn a dress since my first was born seven years ago! I'm beginning to think designers (as much as I love decorating) and hgtv are BAD for us by constantly reminding us that our houses aren't what they SHOULD be! My kids are 18mos apart, they will continue to do you in past 2&3! And sometimes, for your own sanity of reminding yourself that you are a WOMAN, making two dinners is necessary. While kids are eating their basic icky meal, I went back into the kitch with wine in hand and made a mushroom sauce over chix a' la more wine, tuned out the kids and focused on sipping and stirring. That was years ago.... I thik I need to do that again! Great post!

  6. What a wonderful mix of topics. I see nothing wrong with the picture of women breastfeeding, and am confused by anyone who would. And I think cooking two dinners is insane - I cook one, and if my daughter doesn't like it, she goes hungry. She never goes hungry.

    1. Believe it or not Claire, while the military moms nursing wasn't as in your face as the TIME cover, here is a link:
      People compared it to urinating or defecating in uniform!!!!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  7. I loved this. The eyedrops thing hit home especially hard. I'll never forget when the pharmacist handed me a bottle of drops for my 2-year-old, told me to do it FOUR times a day, then casually mentioned, "Oh, and they sting a bit. Sorry." WHAT?? I didn't even try...called the doc and figured something else out. Thanks for the laughs!

  8. Lol! The dinner I made last night didn't go over well. I told my son he could have oatmeal or a peanut butter and jelly - he chose my dinner ;-) One time I felt like a mean mommy with eye drops. It's amazing how strong they can be with stuff like that. I had to straddle him and somehow I held both arms down while simultaneously getting eye drops in. As I envisioned what I looked like I decided I would never do that again. Instead I pulled his eyelids back while he was asleep. Dang that sounds worse.


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