happy monday!

Mondays are tough. Stating the obvious, right? But they seem to be especially tough once you have children. Take for instance this past weekend. I spent two full days with my little man where I was consumed by his giggles, kisses and, well, drool. Could not have been better.

And then Monday morning comes and I’m once again rushing around the house like a mad woman trying to get him fed, dressed and out the door to daycare so I can make my hour long commute into work. Fast forward to the end of the day and I’m rushing home to get an hour’s worth of time with him (if I’m lucky) before he heads to bed.

I love what I do and I don’t really have the luxury, ahem, finances to stay at home. I just can’t get over the mommy guilt. I know I’m not alone, we’re all just trying to do the best we can. But it’s funny how such a little person (though, he is 18 lbs now!) can make such a difference in your plan. Priorities have changed that is for sure.

But seeing this face at the end of the day sure makes it all worth it…

So, here’s to Monday!

right now:

  • feeling like a pretty good parent after watching this season of 16 and Pregnant. anyone else want to punch Janelle in the face?
  • getting super excited to get little man in the pool and teach him how to swim! daddy is an awesome swimmer, was the best on his team in high school, and we met when he was a lifeguard. the boy’s got it in his genes 🙂
  • dreading getting into said pool because that means putting on a BATHING SUIT. last year’s frock simply will not cut it. thinking positively: this means shopping!

  • looking for a fun place to camp this summer on the Cape. yes, I am aware that taking a six month old camping is crazzzzy but my parents did it with me and I learned to love it. hell, I even went when I was 7 months pregnant. anyone have recommendations? something by the water, obviously.
  • loving that it’s Friday and I get two whole days to spend with my boys. lots of cuddling and time outside on the agenda. hope everyone has a nice weekend!

if it’s not nailed down, she eats it…

I’ve come to the realization that the only good thing about starting off on the “thicker” side before you’re pregnant is that, chances are, you won’t throw on as much weight during the pregnancy. So, when I only gained 20 lbs. (only – I can’t believe I just said when I ONLY put on 20 lbs.) I felt grateful for my extra cushion.

Now, almost 6 months after giving birth, NOT SO MUCH.

You see, the extra cushion has taken on a life of its own. I’ll spare you the gory details of stretch marks and stomachs that resemble deflated balloons – if you’re a mom you know what I mean. But what’s the most frustrating part is that I’ve lost all the weight I gained. Meaning, even though my old pants are snug, when my fat ass jumps on the scale its the same number as before (when I actually fit in said pants).

I’m no rocket scientist but I have to believe my obsession with EATING LIKE I’M STILL PREGNANT (and using all caps) may have something to do with this. That, and the fact that I’m so exhausted from working all day, playing with J, bath time, dinner and dishes there is no way in hell I’m going to the gym. Running around for the little guy sure helps me maintain but I need some motivation.

So, in the spirit of Earth Day, I need your help Internet. I’d love some yummy healthy dinner ideas that will help this food addict with a sweet tooth and raging appetite squeeze herself into a tankini this summer without scaring the kids. Bonus points if you can dish on some healthy desserts!

Please and thank you 🙂

new beginnings

Blogging is not new for me. It’s not some novel concept I’m just figuring out and thought, what the hell – I’ll give this thing a shot. Quite the opposite, I’ve been blogging on and off (moreso off these days) for three years. And even when I’m not actively writing, I’m still keeping up with some pretty amazing bloggers. Some who’ve inspired me to get back into this here thing called blogging.

When I started the original Better than Botox, I was a celebrity gossip junkie who read Perez Hilton and People Magazine like they were gospel. Hell, who am I kidding? I still do. But, lots has changed since then. November 2nd I gave birth – three weeks early I might add – to a baldy we named Jamison (J) and things have never been the same. So, it was time for a new look and, more importantly, a new start for this blog.

Hope you’ll join me for this new adventure!