Monthly Archives: October 2010

here we go.

I’m just a few days away from my next business trip. This one has me heading to Los Angeles for 5 days. Don’t worry, I’m not complaining. I actually enjoy mixing things up a bit, and this conference is going to be huge! The industry is pretty exciting, so it should be a great show.

But let’s get serious … what a 5-day trip really translates to is tons of anxiety about being away from Peanut. She’ll be hanging out with daddy this time instead of G-ma – daddy’s choice. They’ll have a fabulous time, I’m sure. She’s a daddy’s girl, so no worries there. And he’s just fabulous with her (One plus to being a working mom – daddy is equally amazing with Peanut and not afraid to be involved!). And me? I’ll be missing my Peanut. What if she wants her mommy? If her nose is still runny, will daddy give her Tylenol and sleep upstairs on the hard floor next to her crib all night long? Will her hair be kept out of her eyes? Will her nails be clipped so she doesn’t scratch her face? And again, what if she just wants her mommy?

Oh, it’s awful.

She’s missed me before. She’s cried for no reason at the time I would typically pick her up. She’s called ‘ma’ and looked around the house for me. What if she misses me?

It’s never as bad once I’m there. And coming home is the BEST! The days before I go away are always the worst, and that’s where I am now – an emotional mess. She’ll be okay. I’ll be okay. We’ll all be okay.

That doesn’t mean I can’t be sad … right?

I wonder how other working mommies manage … what coping strategies they have. I know I’m being simple (and a really, really big wimp), but I miss her already and I have yet to leave.

Ugh.

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in the kitchen …

Peanut’s latest “thing” is to push me away from the cabinets while I’m cooking. Instead of either giving in or standing my ground, I decided to find a constructive way to divert her energy. I’ve been pulling up a chair and getting her involved!

Last night was the first time she’s really taken to it. The pasta was boiling and I had just finished up the spaghetti sauce – time for breadsticks! While I worked on the remaining breadsticks, I gave her a bit of dough to work with on her own. She was so cute – followed exactly what I did and was so proud!

We rolled out our breadsticks, then brushed them with olive oil. I have a little brush I usually use, but gave that to her and used my finger to distribute the olive oil. She’d look over to see what I was doing, then repeat on her portion. We sprinkled garlic salt and some herbs over our breadsticks and then put them in the oven to bake.

That’s when it … All. Went. South.

She didn’t want to part with her creation. My bad. I tried turning the light on in the oven – seeing them clearly wasn’t enough, though.

Good thing we had some flour tortillas, more olive oil, some parmesan cheese, and bunny crackers! We continued our “assembly” session, only with different ingredients. That seemed to do the trick until dinner! She’d move the crackers around on the tortilla and then eat them. Towards the end, she started tearing off pieces of the tortilla and eating it. Guess working with food was too much temptation! Ha! (Thankfully we didn’t have to eat these …)

Oh, how I love this girl …