Mom Win of the Week: We had our first ever parent teacher conference this week. There were no surprises, and I’m really happy with where Isla is academically and socially. She learns everything through osmosis (Seriously, she is a sponge. Her brain is the most incredible thing ever and there isn’t a thing she can’t remember…except what I just said 30 seconds ago.), so I was never worried about academics. But, obviously her social development has been her biggest area of need. She has great connections with many different peers, and the relationships are reciprocal. She is functioning well and at an age appropriate level, which makes the decision to not have an IEP in place that much sweeter. I have major, major gripes about the report card structure, but I’m trying really hard not to get on my child development/former teacher high horse. But, I’m even more thankful for that background this week, because otherwise I would have been a hot mess listening to some of the things her teacher was projecting for her in future grades (Why are we even talking about future grades??!). That is the one benefit of having a child with a developmental delay- you get really, really used to people telling you what your kid can’t do. Then you learn to brush it all off. I have zero doubts that Isla will continue to prove everyone wrong, as she always has and that’s exactly what I confidently told her teacher.
Mom Fail of the Week: I’ve been at the end of my rope with Nolan more times than I can count this week. He is the most willful and defiant kid you can imagine and it’s exhausting. I know that’s more on him than me, but it’s a lot to have to say everything a million times every time and to always feel like your the ones people are staring at.
Favorite Picture This Week:
Nolan is really into picking up our phones and taking pictures. It’s usually 100 blurry shots of the top third of his face, but lately he’s been trying to get us to pose. One morning, he was trying to get AJ to look at him and he was ignoring him, so he started to make this funny noise, like we do to get my nephew (or any baby) to look at the camera. It always cracks me up to see my kids do “adult” things, and he captured this shot of me. Definitely not glamorous, but here I am in my regular post behind the sink full of dishes in the messy kitchen mid laugh.
Listening to: The Office Ladies podcast! We are huge fans of The Office here, and I personally love useless trivia/facts, so this is right up my alley. It actually inspired us to rewatch it, and there’s really no better way to end the day. And, we’ve realized that Nolan is basically Dwight. We are cracking up extra as we watch because literally everything Dwight does is exactly what Nolan would do in that situation.
Watching: We just caught up on Succession and O.M.G. Soooo freaking good. We also watched the live version of The Little Mermaid on ABC, which the kids looooved! It’s also that magical time of year where there are four Real Housewives franchises on at once. It’s a busy time, LOL!
Wearing: I just got these leopard print Vans for my birthday and I’m so obsessed. You might recall my leopard print slip ons from last year that were a huge fail and gave me huge blisters. These are extra cushiony than regular Vans, and I get to be my best VSCO mom. Actually, come to think of it, they probably made them extra cushiony because they knew moms would wear them. Whatever, I’m here for it.
Also, the sweatshirt in my glamor shot above is amazing. Long enough to cover your butt, the perfect mock neck and perfect for chilly mornings or layering if it’s legitimately cold (and not just CA cold).
I’ve been bummed that it’s been too warm to wear my Costco sherpa pullover. It’s not available online, but it’s definitely worth a trip to make all your cozy sweater dreams come true.
Looking Forward To: Can I say everyday? AJ got a new position at work and is now working Monday-Friday, 8-5. There are a few exceptions with some late nights and weekend events scattered in, but it’s a freaking game changer to have him home every night at a predictable time. It’s such a mental load off to not have to do solo bed times and to be able to actually plan things out more than a month in advance. I’m endlessly thankful for his job and am so proud of what he does, but it doesn’t come without sacrifices and a mountain of stress. It’s nice to have just the smallest bit of control back in our lives.
Planning: I volunteered to plan Isla’s school’s first ever adults only PTC fundraiser. You guys know I love to plan a party, so I thought it would be fun. Except I’m spending someone else’s money and trying to please virtual strangers. Oh, and half of my committee is ghosting me, so that’s fun. What did I do??
And of course, the holidays. I’ve never been one to decorate early, but there isn’t much time this year between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I’ve been having a weird, anxious week, and creating always seems to help calm me. So, since I decided to hand letter this little sign. It was so bare once I took the bats down, it just needed something. It’s crooked and imperfect, but it was 20 minutes to calm my mind.