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Admit You're Not Perfect but Still Fantastic

Written by Erin Hill. Posted in Diaper Duty

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"Sorry, I was hiding in the shower…"

Yep, that’s what I texted to my friend who was looking for me while I was hiding from my responsibilities. Having two kids ain’t no joke, ya’ll. I knew I could handle it, and I’m handling it – as long as I get those 15 (OK 30) minutes in the shower.

I told myself that this year I’d blog the truth. I have before, but I’ve admittedly left out some things (most of my feelings) fearing the comments that would come back. However, one of the many reasons for this blog is to help other parents. Who am I helping if tell everyone when I’m struggling or hiding in the shower? This whole parenting thing isn’t 100 percent perfect. No one has it perfect. NO ONE! I know I’m a good mother, and so are you (except if you’re a dad. Then, you’re a good dad!)! I know I’m not a bad mother, and neither are you (no bad dads either)! I’m speaking the truth. I wrote previously about how we should admit our faults, our mistakes, and our "duh!" moments. It helps us all so much.

So, I hide in the shower -- every day. I’m not crying in there or anything. I’m getting clean, listening to my music (possibly dancing and singing), and I can’t hear a damn thing outside of that bathroom. No crying, no "mommy, mommy, mommy," no "where’s this" or "where’s that," no barking from the dog, no me trying to figure out how to divide myself equally in half for both kids and figure out how to still show my husband I love him. For those minutes, I’m me just taking a shower. No, I can’t help with the baby or get Lincoln a snack. I’M TAKING A SHOWER!

We talk about nights out with the girls or date night. The shower is my “girls night out.” It’s just short, daily, and alone (you dirty birds!).

Do you have an “unusual” escape?


ErinHillErin Hill is mom to Lincoln, born in January 2010, and Reagan, born in November 2013. She's learning as she goes and is experiencing everything a new mom goes through the second time around while seeing the humor, irony, and enjoyment in her adventures.

Erin is a full-time technical writer and co-founder and writer for SlimSavers.com in her "spare time." She lives in Plum with Lincoln, her husband, Adam, their dog, Roxie, and five (yes, five) cats, Nirvana, Gary Roberts, Elvis, Talbot and Forrest.

 

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She's Getting Nothin' For Christmas

Written by Erin Hill. Posted in Diaper Duty

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Like a lot of kids, next week my kids will come down the steps to see what Santa brought them.

Lincoln will see his gifts set around the tree (while I hope he remember he said he wanted each and every one of them at some point). Reagan will see...nothing for her. (OK. Not "nothing." I did buy her an elephant that pops balls out of its trunk because it was a SUPER deal, but she won't know what the heck it is or be interested in it.)

Ooooo that sounds harsh.

She's a newborn (a month old now!). After re-purposing everything we possible could from when Linc was a baby for her, buying what (little) we needed, and acquiring massive amounts of clothing from friends, she just doesn't need anything under the tree. She won't know it! I promise!

I think I've mentioned before that with Christmas presents I'm more of a quality over quantity type of person. I also think the receiver should get something you wanted to give them. Whether that be something they asked for or something they needed, it should be for them! I'm famous for not buying people gifts because there's nothing I wanted to get them. Trust me, I do try to find something, but, sorry, I just can't buy someone something that I "just grabbed." I can't! I don't want anyone to do that for me either. So, I'm not going to pile up new toys under the tree for Reagan when I'd really just be doing it for show or because I was supposed to (I hate "supposed to").

For Lincoln's sake -- so he doesn't think Santa forgot his baby sister -- I'll put some of his baby toys that she'll enjoy later in her stocking. That'll be fun!

I do feel a bit guilty (SHOCKER!), but I think I'm thinking clearly on this one. I mean, I gave her life a month ago. Isn't that good enough for this year? Plus, look at that picture. She didn't even wake up to tell Santa what she wanted!

Did you have a newborn at Christmas? Did you get him or her gifts to "unwrap"?

To those of you that celebrate it...MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

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Is it OK They Play Alone? (Sure it is...right?)

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I have a problem leaving my kids alone to entertain themselves. When I see my son playing by himself or my daughter (who is now almost four weeks old) awake in her crib when I thought she was sleeping, I kind of freak out. Seriously, freak out. Am I nuts? (Don’t answer that!)

The funny this is I’m perfectly happy to be alone and do things alone. I always have been. However, when I see someone eating alone or the kids playing alone, I get so sad.

It’s probably good for them to do things alone, right? It probably builds some kind of things in their brains and social (maybe anti-social?) skills. Maybe it helps with self-esteem? I don’t know, but I’m sure it’s OK and necessary. Also, with two kids now, it's pretty much inevitable this is going to happen.

BUT IT DRIVES ME CRAZY! I always they’re lonely or something.

OK. I’m nuts.

Do your kids play alone? Does it ever bother you like it does me? (Someone please say yes!) How can I not feel guilty?

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Welcoming Reagan Bea: A Birth Story

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Two weeks ago, I was told I’d have my baby girl via caesarian section on Nov. 18 at 1:30 p.m. at 39 weeks. Very nice! I like things planned. I pushed the fact that she could come earlier to the back of my mind and kept on planning, preparing and dreaming for Nov. 18.

The day came (and she hadn’t) so things worked out, but this time around was very different than my scheduled induction and eventual c-section with Lincoln. I didn’t have to wait around all day for the inevitable (I told the doctor she was wasting everyone’s time inducing me with Linc.). There were no lengthy speeches of “this is what we’re going to do now…” It was more “this is it” and “here we go.” I wasn’t in labor, which made it a nicer experience and a WAY better time getting that needle in my back. (That, by the way, is smaller and delivers a different medicine than an epidural.)

They did all the prep work, got me into one of those sexy gowns and shower caps, and all the people responsible for baby and me making it through to the other side visited and got my autograph. After my doctor and I goofed around for a bit, and they put my husband in a green outfit that made him look like a hot doctor, we were ready to roll. Er, walk. I walked into the OR where they delivered my “spinal,” asked me a bunch of questions (I can’t remember), told me a bunch of stuff (I can’t remember), and started just before bringing in my husband.

I was warned the procedure may take longer than my last one (I don’t remember how long that one took) because of scar tissue from my appendectomy in September, but my doctor peeked over the curtain to tell me everything “looked beautiful in there.” Whatever scar tissue I had was not in the location they wanted to go. While they worked, the doctor and her assistant talked about Thanksgiving plans and family like they were out to lunch, which made me laugh and tell them they should be focusing more on me. I was kidding. It was really a nice time. My husband and I talked, and I listed to the doctors talk. It was way more chill than the first time.

I arrived at the hospital at 11:30 a.m., the OR was ready for me at 1:30 p.m. (my scheduled time), and baby girl was born at 2:04 p.m. to a crowd that called her “chunky” and an “aggressive crier.” (She sounded like a duck!) The final weigh in was 9 lbs, 2 oz, with a length of 21 inches, which made me tear up. I wanted another big baby and, after all we’d been through and with only a total weight gain of 19 lbs, I got her! I like me a big baby! They gave her to my husband and I was immediately surprised by how she looked EXACTLY like Lincoln when he was born.

We were wheeled into recovery where I got my bonding time (because we requested no visitors until the next day), started breast feeding, and regained feeling in my legs. They took me up to what would be my room for the next three nights, and Adam left to go get big brother from school. He had the very important job of naming his sister (from a list of suggestions, of course).

When he arrived, baby was crying and Linc looked terrified. He was probably half scared his sister was crying and half scared because mom was once again in the hospital hooked up to stuff. He quickly named her Reagan. Her middle name, Bea, is Adam’s great aunt’s name.

They boys hung out for a while, and Lincoln didn’t want to hold his sister at all (which was OK. He’ll have plenty of time.). Adam took Linc to Linc’s “girlfriend’s” house where our dear, dear friends would keep him until I was released on Thursday.

My recovery is going great and Reagan is so super cute!! Any fears I had were (as usual) were unfounded and things were smooth for our first night at home.

It’s very weird to have another kid, but while we were watching TV last night and my husband was cuddling with Linc and I was cuddling with Reagan, I realized we needed two kids. One of us (usually him) was always left out during cuddle time.

Thank you all at Pittsburgh Mom for your help and advice during my pregnancy.

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Delivering Worries

Written by Erin Hill. Posted in Diaper Duty

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Baby is scheduled to arrive on Nov. 18!

While I’m excited, my nerves have got the best of me. I wasn’t nervous having my son. I suppose it’s because I had an awesome pregnancy, and I was ignorant to any complications that could have occurred during delivery and after. I purposefully didn’t read up on any of that and put my faith in my doctor and her guidance.

As you may know, this pregnancy was a whole lot different that my first. However, everything I went through wasn’t pregnancy related. Maybe that’s good? With my son, my thought was “Ah! What could go wrong?” With this one, it’s “What WILL go wrong?”

I’m getting a c-section again and since I had my appendix out in Sept., I’m told it’ll be a bit more complicated this time. Scar tissue is forming, and I may still be healing so there are challenges for the doctor.

A lot of people keep telling me that I’ve been through enough so I’ll be OK. Well, why would my “troubles” stop? Ever since my surgery, I’ve been hit with pains, infections, the flu, and a bladder infection. Every week it was something so I can’t help but think it’ll continue once I have another surgery and a baby! And, I can’t even start on my concerns for baby and all she’s been subjected to. I’m anxious to hear her cry and for them to tell me she’s perfect.

But, I’m pushing those thoughts aside as best I can. I’m going to have a baby! YAY!

How did you cure your worries about your deliveries?

(The next time you read a post from me, I’ll be a mother of TWO!)

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