Waking up my son for school in the morning is better than the theater. There could be over-the-top goofiness and slapstick antics that is fun to watch (in small doses), or there could be the tears, accusations and casting of curses that you normally find in a Greek tragedy. Or it could be both.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on March 30, 2016 at 6:15am — No Comments
I've just woken up my son for school. He looks at me with blurry eyes and his hair is sticking out in every direction. He even still smells like sleep; to me, he is perfection. He yawns and asks me if I ran that morning. I confirm that I did and he immediately taps my fitbit to congratulate me on all my dots.…
Added by Lauren Markman on March 14, 2016 at 6:46am — No Comments
I'm at a point now where I feel ready to add more of a challenge to my workouts. For a while, I've been pinning workouts on Pinterest and going googly eyes over women body parts that I want to emulate (guns, buns and abs...get your mind out of the gutter, lol). I continue the same old routine without much change, so I'm not seeing much change physically. I need to push myself. Next week I start crossfit training…Continue
Added by Ronda on November 3, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments
I still hate running.
I have my good days and my bad days; I have times when I am not getting out of the bed in the morning to run and those times when I am able to convince myself to run because it is the right thing to do. It is a daily struggle. But I try (oh so very hard) to stick with…
On the days that I think about it too much, I can't believe that my son is already five. Like most parents, I think that I blinked and he went from being a gurgling baby to a chaotic, smart, loving kid.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on October 6, 2015 at 6:27am — No Comments
Five mornings a week I have the same conversation with my son involving the reality of it being morning (despite the lack of sunlight) and how he will need to depart the happy warmth of his bed and zombie-walk his way to the bathroom to get ready for school. My cheerful morning greetings are met with dreariness and drudgery.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on September 25, 2015 at 6:29am — No Comments
It's quiet in the house. You've done your nightly sweep through the kitchen, but there are no dishes left out. The living room is cleared of enough toys that you can make your way through it without stepping on something. Somehow the laundry was done and the clean clothes are in the basket, but folded, so that counts. You baby is asleep and still tightly swaddled. A quick check of your work email indicates that there are no…Continue
I am at work. An email arrives in my inbox. About two minutes later the person who sent the email is at my desk to discuss the email they just sent me. This drives me crazy.…
Added by Lauren Markman on March 31, 2015 at 6:36am — No Comments
Here's why I don't like Batman: He has Alfred. Because Bruce Wayne is well off, he doesn't have to sort his own socks or cook his own meals or really do any chores. He is a horrible role model for my son.
I like Spiderman. Peter Parker has to get good grades, maintain an after-school job, save the world and…
Added by Lauren Markman on March 27, 2015 at 6:25am — No Comments
Spring is a wonderful time of year and with our practice of moving the time ahead one hour, we get to enjoy more daylight in the evenings. The switch to this new schedule can be hectic however. Here are some tips for a smoother transition.
Added by Tracee Ali on March 5, 2015 at 2:42pm — No Comments
The short answer: Because your baby isn't tired.
"But," you say to me, "He was tired at this time last night and it's been more than four hours since his last nap. He should be tired."…
Added by Lauren Markman on January 7, 2015 at 6:23am — No Comments
Added by Lauren Markman on August 28, 2014 at 6:32am — No Comments
There is a note in my baby book that scares me a little. My mother wrote it in the four-year-old section:
The fact that it was in all caps with an exclamation point only underscores the frustration and hopelessness she must have felt around the situation. I mean, children are…
Added by Lauren Markman on June 17, 2014 at 6:49am — No Comments
It is 6:10 am. Bear number one's alarm goes off. He ignores it and rolls over. About 10 minutes later, I attempt to wake bear number two. He asks me to go away and come back in five minutes.
I'm surrounded by bears.…
Added by Lauren Markman on May 30, 2014 at 6:34am — No Comments
Added by Ellie Hirsch on April 2, 2014 at 2:40pm — No Comments
I started participating in #ASKAWAYFriday and I have enjoyed it. I love connecting with other bloggers and learning more about them. I wanted to participate in this blog hop because I don’t always share a ton of information about myself. I thought #ASKAWAYFriday was the perfect way for everyone to get to know me on a personal basis. For those who don’t know what #ASKAWAYFriday is, you exchange a set of 10 questions for another blogger to answer. Below are 10 questions that Beth asked me and…Continue
Added by Christy Garrett on February 17, 2014 at 8:16pm — No Comments
I remember the first time my son told me about a bad dream. He looked at me with tears in his eyes and said, "I dreamed there was no milk."
Did I immediately scoop him into my arms and get him some chocolate milk? You bet I did (he was only two)!
Since then, my son has told me about lots of bad dreams.…Continue
Added by Lauren Markman on February 13, 2014 at 7:23am — No Comments
I really didn't intend to keep talking about sleep this week. But, let's go ahead and cover this topic one more time. I promise to move on to something else next week.
Over the last several weeks, I have noticed that my youngest son doesn’t like to go to bed at night. I am not sure if he is scared of the dark, terrified to be alone, dealing with separation anxiety, if he is just going through a phase where he wants to be independent, or he is afraid of “monsters” hiding under his bed or in his closet. Every night we go through the same exact routine, my youngest son will throw a fit and he will tell me that he doesn’t want to go to bed. Each night we…Continue
Added by Christy Garrett on January 8, 2014 at 3:32pm — No Comments
Act 1: In which my son gets clean
Synopsis: At about 7:30 pm, we tell our son it is bath time and ask him to go upstairs for his bath. Repeatedly. Our son yells that he is not dirty or stinky and does not need a bath. Or, he says that he is busy playing/reading/doing any activity that is not bathing. When he fails to comply, we either lead him up the stairs…
Added by Lauren Markman on December 3, 2013 at 8:29am — No Comments