Mom Judging takes a turn…when a McDonald’s Mom gets fired over her parenting decision

web-judging-momsEarlier in the week, I read this story of the McDonald’s mom, Debra Harrell, who was arrested for letting her 9-year old daughter play alone at the playground while she worked her shifts. Most recently, Harrell was fired from her job at McDonalds, and her child was taken into state custody. Now out on bond, Harrell has been reunited with her daughter while the case heads to court.

Many issues come into play with this story…lack of sufficient wages, low-income childcare options, parenting choices and mom judging. Did the woman who called the cops on Harrell have the right to report the unattended child or was she simply teaching another mom a lesson by mom judging? Now, I’ve been guilty of my fair share of mom judging…we all kind of do it…both knowingly and unknowingly. I’ve been told to bud out of the “to spank or not to spank” debate on occasion, but having someone arrested and having their child taken away from their custody is not the answer. How many moms can say that they were 100% supervised while playing outside as children? When did this become a crime? Or will it become a crime because of this case?

At the very least, this case brings McDonalds wages to the forefront. I’m curious to see where this case is headed…I’m on Team Harrell. Let’s hope everyone keeps the 9-year old in mind. What are your thoughts?

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My first ebook

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It’s 5am…I’m 31weeks pregnant…I can’t sleep and neither can my somersaulting baby. After playing solitaire and messing around with Netflix and Pinterest, I decided to make better use of my time. I’m starting my first ebook. I can read in bed, and I’m tired of waiting for the actual books on my reading list to hit the local library. The ebook is a library option that I’ve avoided, because I’m an old-schooler that loves holding an actual book in my hand.

After starting a family, I started making use of my library card to save money. Now motherhood and pregnancy have led me to trying ebooks. Every time I check a book out from the library, I have to wrestle it away from Antonio who thinks every book in the house is his. The last book I read took me 6 weeks to finish and $10 in overdue fees. No much savings happening there.

For a while, I’ve been anti-Kindle and anti-Nook. I just love the smell and feel of actual books. I know I may be the last person on the planet to read ebooks, but my time has come. I already watch movies, listen to music and read my blogs and articles online…my books were the last chip to fall.

This summer, I’ve been into reading comedy books (written by comedians),so I’m excited to start Jim Gaffigan’s book about parenting and fatherhood. During my last pregnancy, I read Jenny McCarthy’s Belly Laughs“. It was relatable, but more crude than funny.

So far, the ebook download was easy. I’m not disturbing any sleepers with my iPad light. Here’s to a good read…at least until I can fall back asleep.

Another mobile blog post…

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This is the age of being on-the-go with a only mini computer (your phone) in your hands. I’m attempting a phone only post, because it would simplify things and allow me, almost a mother of two, to post more frequently.

My original posting device was the iPad, but now that my toddler thinks it’s his iPad, I spend more time hiding it or trying to wrestle it away from him. To him, it’s the Curious George device.

Tomorrow, we pack for a beach trip to my hometown. All I’m taking is a suitcase and my phone. No fancy cameras or other electronics…let’s see if I can blog on the go…til then.

Easter Weekend…Have a Good One!

 

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Easter weekend is finally here, and I’m pretty excited to see this little guy crack his first Easter eggs (cascarones)…and run around and such. I didn’t realize how much I missed the real excitement of Easter until I became a mom. Now, I understand how fun it was for my mom to dress us up, build Easter baskets, take bunny photos and dye eggs.

I took this photo last year right before Antonio’s first birthday, so this year will be the first Easter where he understands the holiday. I’ve got a shopping bag full of Easter basket bits to put together. We’ll be coloring the rest of the eggs tonight, and on Sunday, we’ll be visiting my sister for her Easter sacraments ceremony. I’ll say that Antonio has a full Easter experience ahead of him. Happy Easter, everyone…here’s hoping there’s a chocolate bunny in your future!

Finding time with the second pregnancy

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When I first started the idea of a baby blog, it was during a 4am feeding, and Antonio was just 3 months old.

I would learn things about other moms and newborns through blogs mostly on my iPad while Antonio slept in my arms. Things were nice and calm…and easy.

Here we are almost two years later planning Antonio’s second birthday, and I’m 19 weeks pregnant with our second child. Time has flown by, but mostly it’s that quiet time that’s gone away.

I don’t have a pregnancy book that I fill in every week with my thoughts and cravings. I’m not taking monthly bump snapshots, and I have yet to make it to the maternity store.

I feel like this second baby is already falling victim to his/her birth order. Antonio is becoming a little boy just as this new person is becoming our next baby. I wish I had more time to prepare and plan, but that’s just not in the cards.

With first trimester morning sickness and less free time to write, I barely think about posts…much less have desktop time to craft them.

For now, I’m going to try mobile posting. If this new baby is going to move around at 4am…then maybe that’s the magic hour, and my phone will have to be my new pen.

Happy New Year…2014!

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Welcome, Jan. 1st …we’ve been expecting you. 2013 was a crazy year as Antonio became mobile, turned 1, went to table food (and sadly, french fries), dropped the pacifier and moved into a big boy bed.

All in one year, my baby became a big boy. This year we look ahead to the twos, talking, utensils, toddler classes and potty training. Here’s to making each day count!

Fall Wishlist …for my toddler

Today, I’m going to have a fun day shopping for Antonio’s fall wardrobe. I’ve been buying a shirt here and there, but tomorrow I’ll be searching for the deals and stylish toddler items. I’ll be sure to tweet my finds. Just like shopping for my clothes, I often pin an inspiration board of key items I’m looking for. Here are some of my inspiration pieces and wish list.

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Cool Coloring Books for Kids

Now that Antonio is almost a year and a half, I’ve been trying to teach him how to color. So far he taps the paper, inspects the crayon and then, tries to eat it. Pretty soon, he’ll get it, and I’d like to get him something artistic and non-gender specific to color on.

Here’s a few of my favorites (that don’t involve princesses, talking cars or angry birds)

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the inside of Charley Harper…I’m always curious at what the inside looks like.
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this is Washington Square from the NYC book

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What We’re Reading Now…

Me an my (16-month old) toddler both like to read. He “reads” in his crib at bedtime, and I read after he goes to bed. I try to update his library as much as I do mine. He gets new books, and I make good use of my library card. During the month, I’ll pick a book a week to read. My son, Antonio, usually picks his favorites each month.

Here’s what we’re reading for September

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  1. Elevate the Everyday: A Photographic Guide to Picturing Motherhood by Tracey Clarke (of Shutter Sisters, This is one of the first books I’ve come across that combines photography and motherhood. The book more of an inspirational/learning guide for the beginner photographer. Most of the chapters are camera setting tutorials then real photo demonstrating the lesson.
  2. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain, This book includes two things I love…Paris and Hemingway. The wife in the title refers to Ernest Hemingway’s first wife, Hadley Richardson and the time they spent together in France in the 1920s. I’ve seen this show up on many book club lists, so I decided to give it a try.
  3. Clean Gut by Alejandro Junger M.D., After reading Jessica Alba’s The Honest Life last month, I came across this book that goes a little deeper into clean eating. The book is supposed to be complete toolkit for eliminating the root cause of disease and sustaining life-long health. I figure I should learn about the subject since I make 80% of Antonio’s meals.
  4. Turn Around Bright Eyes, Rob Sheffield, Being a pop music junkie, I’m a huge fan of music books, reference, biographical or fiction related. Sheffield’s previous books tackle the subjects of life and love as they relate to his obsession with popular music. His new book takes that love into kareoke bars. I can’t carry a tune, but I love songs lyrics. This book should be a fun read.
  • Rhyme and Discover Book by Vtech, A friend of ours handed this book down to Antonio since he is crazy about push button toys. He plays with this book every night in his crib, and it’s the first thing he picks up when he wakes up. Lots of lights and sounds…plus, the first page plays his favorite song, Twinkle, Twinkle…Little Star
  • My Fold Out Words by Priddy Books, I picked this out for Antonio to practice his first words. He likes to handle the book himself while I name and point. The book is an accordion fold layout that can spread across the floor. The pictures are clear and not to cluttered or babyish.
  • Peek A Who by Nina Laden, we’ve had this book for a while, but he just not got into it. When we read it, he listens the more animated I am, and he likes to turn the pages. It’s a peek a boo book that ends with a mirror for him to see himself. He loves this part!