9.18.2014

Family Photos and a Story.

Before Aiden was born my photographer, Amber Jane, suggested a 'grow with me package' to keep up with his first year and I'm so glad I did it!  I have a million pics of Madison so I wanted to be sure he never felt like second child :) While sharing a few of my favorites I thought I would also tell you a story of a typical night at my house and why Oliver and I occasionally fight.

I LOVE that Aiden is holding Madison's hand in this picture!
I pick up the kids from my Mother In Laws house after work and we have about a 45 minutes commute home - which can mean two things: crying or sleeping for both of them depending on the day. On this day they both fell asleep and one little tidbit about the 5 year old - she can wake up happy or she can wake up a bear, to put it nicely.  Real nicely.


I pull up in the driveway and contemplate who to carry in first, if I take Aiden he'll most likely wake up and cry while I go get Madison and by then she could wake up and start crying in the car because I left her, for 30 seconds. OR I can take her first and hope she'll be OK left on the bed while I get Aiden. Did I mention that she weighs like 55 pounds and Aiden's car seat is like 60 and I'm wearing heels and my feet hurt? In a perfect world she would just nicely wake up and skip inside while I get the baby, but like a said, a bear when she's tired. One day she literally whined and cried for 90 minutes and I almost lost my mind.


Anyways I get the kids inside, crying, whining, sweating, and all I wanna do is rip off my work clothes and put on some pj's. Oh and pee, I just wanna pee. Finally we are settled and ready to make dinner, I get Aiden going first so I can feed him while I make dinner, Madison runs off to put on her 7th outfit of the day and find her iPad so she can listen to her music. I'm prepping chicken and the oven in-between shoveling baby food in his mouth, so impatient when he's hungry! Madison comes back to the kitchen in a full on diva outfit, starts blaring music and dancing around. Not all my music is on her iPad so she starts begging me to download more, I told her after dinner I would, but in typical 5 year old style she continues to ask me EVERY 30 SECONDS. I hate repeating myself a 100 times, but it's like talking to a brick wall some days, suddenly she stops and declares she has to poop.


I told her to go and call me when she's done so I can 'check' to be sure it's clean {we've had irritation issues} this turns into a 5 minute debate because she's 'scared' to go alone, which is 5 year old BS for she just wants me to come with her. Finally the urge wins and she goes, I put Aiden's bumbo on the floor and go to help her, then run back to check the chicken and pick up a crying baby to comfort him. She comes back in the kitchen for 48 seconds before declaring she has to go....again. At this point I'm frazzled and annoyed, but I go when she calls me and when I step up to the toilet I feel something mushy between my toes.


I'm gonna scream, I literally just stepped in poo and WHY IS THERE POO ON THE FLOOR MADISON?? She's like I'm sorry it was an accident {story of her life} and I'm like - find me something to clean this off with and she's like Aiden's crying and I tell her THAT'S BECAUSE I'M CLEANING YOUR POO OFF MY FOOT.  She brings me wipes and I'm lecturing her on waiting too long to go.

It's a miracle dinner didn't burn, but it's ready and I fix her a plate while getting Aiden cleaned up and I hear something in the garage, my parents stopped by to say hi, thank the Lord! They start playing with the baby and I take the opportunity to make myself a plate and sit down, but before I can Madison has knocked my favorite wine glass off the table and busted it {she likes to drink her juice from it like a princess}. I'M SORRY IT WAS AN ACCIDENT {again, story of her life} so I spend the next few minutes looking for shards of pink glass on the floor and imagining myself stepping on one and not being able to run for a week. 

FINALLY I get to sit down and eat, Oliver walks out from his office. Did I mention that he's been home this entire time working? He walks over to the kitchen and say's 'where's her backpack?' and I say "It's still in the car' and he say's

'Of course you didn't even bother to bring it in'.

Dead. 

This is just a typical night in our house and hopefully Oliver decides to read my blog today cause he needs to thank his lucky stars I didn't throat punch him for that comment.

You never know how hard someones day was, so think before you speak.

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52 comments :

  1. muwahahaha! Love it! It's life.Sometimes it's blissful other times you wonder how the man you married could be so clueless!

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  2. oh girl.... that sounds exactly like my house! I have a whiny 4 year old and my 2 yr old has learned from her brother and can now out whine him! And nothing makes me angrier when the hubs hears I'm having a hard time and does not help. Hang in there girl!

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  3. OMG! I'm worn out reading this. Wow. I hope your hubby reads this too!

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  4. Life...some days SUCK more than others! Thanks for always being real :)

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  5. Amen. Amen. Amen. Beautiful pics, funny story, sorry about the poo. :)

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  6. Sounds like a day in our house! I love hearing about your every day life!

    Our life with 4 kids is pretty hectic

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  8. BAHAHAHAH love this. Also love that you share the good and the bad with the little ones. So much better than just reading the "highlight reel" that some bloggers put out. You have more patience that I do for not killing your hubby!

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  9. All I can say is AMEN SISTA!!!! I have a 10 year old boy and 6 year old girl, and homework time, trying to fix dinner, evening chores around the house with them is like pulling teeth. There is never a happy medium!!! One is mad, or both mad or upset or whiney!!!!

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  10. Holy shit I would have exploded. How did you not explode? I literally wouldn't be here right now, thats how hard I would have exploded. Haha that got me riled up just imagining myself in that scenario.....god bless you, lady...for I feel you are stronger than I....

    *kaboom*

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  11. I hate to laugh, but this is the story of my life too! Some days it would just be nice if they thought about what they say BEFORE they say it!! I truly believe males of our species do not have that ability!

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  12. Sounds like one of those days!!! I try my best to keep my smart comments to myself just because of days like this! At least the photos are adorable!

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  13. Oh my gosh I am ROLLLLING in my office!!! Love you so much and love that you make all of us other working moms feel not so alone in our "I'm sorry it was an accident", poop everywhere but the toilet, world we live in =) Hope today is a better day and if not, tomorrow is FRIDAY =)

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  14. I have 5 year old twin girls, a 2 year old and a 2 week old.. I think this is the story for every mom ;) Be glad you aren't alone ;)

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  15. Whew he's a lucky lucky man! haha! I can totally relate though. I had a day off work and ended up running so many errands and having so much go on that wasn't on my plan for the day, I was done. My husband came in, took a look around the house and said "so what DID you do today" Right as my head was about to explode he apologized quickly and said he didn't mean to emphasize that question in the wrong place, lol. And he lived to see another day

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  16. I would have been sobbing! On a good note the pictures are fabulous!!! Hope your day today is going better!

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  17. there seriously should be a 10 minute wait period for the kids to sit quietly in the car while mom goes inside to pee and change clothes. mandatory.

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  18. Thanks for being so real and I am glad this stuff doesn't just happen at my house! the joy of two babies! :)

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  19. Oh I feel your pain! Some days are so tough with 2 kids!

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  20. I love this because A - the photos show this perfect, happy, blog family. Everyone looks wonderful and happy - and many of us get blinded and think that your days are probably perfect, and happy. Then you add in the story and we realize that we all have similar stories, and days when everything is full of turds... maybe not the same turds you dealt with in this - bless you girl!!! But still literal and figurative turds. Thanks for keeping it real!! I love the photos but the story made my day, especially the *throat punch* bit. :)

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  21. Oh my gosh, I leave things in the car all the time and Matt always gets so mad. Imm like hello, I did carry the two kids, my purse, my phone my drink and the diaper bag in, Soryy I don't have 10 more hands to carry ALL THE THINGS in!! Just be happy I didn't forget the kids in the car!!

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  22. OMG. If you read my blog, you know I deal with teenage issues with my kids, but NOTHING is as hard as the stage you are currently IN. Here's my older-person-who-has-yet-to-kill-anyone encouragement: IT WILL GET BETTER. I swear. It isn't ever ever easy, but it will get better. And men kinda suck. Sorry. =/

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  23. Thank you for sharing your life with us!

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  24. This sounds like my house, except my boyfriend's daughter is ELEVEN and you'd think she could help out.

    You go, mama, for not blowing up at him for that comment!

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  25. The end of the day can be wearing on a person. A few things that I have found to work for me:

    1. Each child over the age of 4 is responsible for carrying in their own belongings. If they leave a jacket, then they get to run back out to the car and get it.
    2. If you ask me a question repeatedly that I have already given you an answer to then I say, "if you ask me again, the answer will be no." I give them a little leeway at first but then I follow through.
    3. If you are having a temper tantrum or are whining; off to your room and don't come out until you are done. I want to hear about your day, I am excited to see you, I will listen to your concerns but I don't need you following me around whining. I have joked with my hubby that I wouldn't mind time out and snack and nap time for me! :)
    4. Chores that are age appropriate. Setting the table, clearing it, folding towels, etc. My kids always hear that we are part of a team and we work together.
    5. Lots of praise and hugs for good behavior.
    Good luck!

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    1. Yes I agree with all of this. These are also the basic ground rules at our house.

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  26. I have been meaning to write this for awhile, but I think we were separated at birth. I have a 12 month old boy and a 5 year old girl. I live in N Dallas. Our girls are a couple of days apart and they even had their parties at the same place this year. They could seriously be twins in the way that they act. I go to Canton a lot and we have even purchased some of the same things. I will stop now so I don't sound quite so stalker-ish. When I read your blog it is like I am reading my life story. I seriously cannot get enough. Thank you for sharing all of these things!!!!

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  27. holy crap! thats nuts! I've been there somewhat, I work fulltime as so my hubby, my children are three years apart, my son (7) is always TERRIFIED to be alone. and my daughter who is 4 picked up on that and is also TERRIFIED to be left for a second, even while I step out side to throw something in the garbage can, like really? I was gone for 10 seconds. Stepping on poo would have been my breaking point, also the husband comment, I probably would have thrown the poo wipe at him! its getting the slightest bit easier as my youngest gets older (but now my oldest has homework so throw that in the mix)but my daughter still has poopy accidents too and she's freaking 4! I'm like WTF! how the heck do you get in bed at a decent time to get up and work out? like seriously how?

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  28. I just got a good laugh out of this. Thank you for sharing this. You are good woman Meg! I always just think to myself "diamonds in heaven, diamonds in heaven"

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  29. hey that sound like my house..... and O...M....FREAKING GOODNESS!!!! that throat punch comment was hilarious!!! had me rolling!!! Im so sorry you had a rough day!!

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  30. oh i think we have all been there!!! ha ha! i laugh with you. ;) these photos are stunning!

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  31. I think it's time Madison gets a plastic wine glass, haha. Princesses don't break their mommy's shit.

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  32. WOW! He's lucky you didn't kill him. I would have lost it.
    Great pictures though! :)

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  33. I. LOVE. YOU. ha ha ha! i know we shouldn't be laughing, it sounds like a hellacious evening, but i just can't help it. :D i love that you're always so optimistic and happy, but it's really nice to see that you have a normal-mom-of-two-kid life, too! :) the pictures are beautiful!

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  34. We are in the almost three so I whine and pitch a sissy fit when I don't get my way, toddler boy home destruction. Nap is over by three ish so he wants to play, I have to excuse myself at certain point to get dinner going. His dad gets home and is stressed, almost always. Wants every thing quiet and done on his time. I make toddlers plate get him going picnic style in the living room (he loves it) get hubbys plate ready bring it to him. Start making mine, now every one needs drinks except they wait to ask separately so I have to go back and fourth. By the time I make mine and sit down, my son is done and daddy has headphones on and I wind up frazzled. I love bedtime routine, calm and quiet.

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  35. Oh girl. Dang. I laughed at the end because...well, who doesn't get that?! (Besides men.) I hope your hubby reads it too. And I may send it to mine just to warn him. It's amazing men live as long as they do! ;) You're awesome.

    Oh, and your family is beautiful!

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  36. I laugh not because it's funny but because it's nice to know I am not alone. My hub works from home sometimes and all hell will break loose and he will come upstairs and be like "do you know emily is crying" AHAAHAHAHAaHAHAHahAHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    On another note....Gorgeous pics!!

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  37. This is so my life. My 2.5 year old was just in the bathroom standing in front of the toliet pooping in his underwear. He was in the bathroom already! All he had to do was sit on the toliet!! This morning my husband complained about the 10 minutes he had to watch the baby (while he was laying in bed). I about lost my mind, at least he apologized this time.

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  38. I can relate to a Lot of this, but I'm a sahm with an autistic 3 1/2 year old, a determined 1 1/2 year old, a.husband that works 10-12 hours a day 6 days a week and a dog that refuses to stop shedding. Hugs

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  39. Yes! I'm so glad I'm not the only one!

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  40. Oh my goodness, I can so relate, but usually from the opposite side. So many times my husband has been working his tale off all day on something and I will be awesome and point out the ONE thing he didn't do and totally not even thank him for the list of 50 that he did, and then it's all over. He's not a fighter, but he is a silent mad kind of person so I get the silent treatment and then when he finally decides to talk to me about it and let me know "Hey by the way I did __(insert 50 different amazing things)___ today that you didn't notice, and by the way you make me sometimes feel like I'm not ever going to BE ENOUGH." I totally cry because I feel so so bad, and we have a somewhat crappy discussion about it (because again he is not a wordy guy) - BUT the point is I usually feel so guilty that I try extra hard to change my ways. And if I'm lucky, I'm reformed enough to go a month without doing it all over again. And yes he does the same thing to me as well but I am usually way more at fault. haha. SOOOOO sorry to hear about your day and it sucks big time. And the poop part...BEEN THERE TOO. Ugh so gross.

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  41. I literally could have written this same scene to describe my household! Thank God for grandparents, wine, and a good sense of humor! Lol. I have a 7-year-old boy and 10-month-old girl and our evenings are a rodeo show!

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  42. I can relate...my husband and I have gotten into a few fights over similar situation as this! Men are just clueless and have no idea how hard it really is! One time, I was getting stressed and overwhelmed with my whinny 4 year old and screaming 10 month old. I asked my husband for help and he went on a run instead! Boy did I have some choice words for him when he got back! He is getting better but still has clueless moments! So I feel your pain!

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  43. Is he alive? Kudos to you if he is. Mine wouldn't have been so lucky. Adorable photos btw!

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  44. I love the last line of today! It's great advice and I really try to remember it! I'm sure you know, all us moms understand and sympathize. Dudes. They simply just don't understand. Even the best ones. And that is why we need girlfriends!!! You take care. It does get easier when they get older. But then it's driving them all over and homework. But no more poo so that is a win!!! Happy weekending!!

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  45. That just officially cured my nostalgia for when my kids were little! Thanks, Meg, ha!

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  46. Love you and your family! I remember these hectic, crazy days and how I just wanted 2 minutes of serenity. My girls are now 22 and 20 and living in different states, finishing college and starting life and what I wouldn't give for a crazy "poo on my foot" night. Everyone says it but it's so darn true... It goes too fast! Enjoy every nutty second of it. 😘

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  47. THANK YOU for this... now I know I'm not the only Mom that goes through these crazy days that feel like they last for WEEKS! :)

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  48. That sounds a lot like the nights in my house with 5 and 2 year old!

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  49. OMG i love it! I am right there with ya....except mine are both boys and the oldest is only 3. But he is exactly like Madison if he falls asleep in the car. Some night I pray to sweet baby Jesus that he will just stay asleep all night rather than wake up and scream and whine about EVERY SINGLE THING the rest of the night. Glad to know its not just me. :)

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