Ducky Diaries: July 2017

Sunday, July 23, 2017

10 life hacks for the exhausted mom:

1. Wear Tie dye and camo patterns. A lot. Basically all the time, own nothing else. Is that a booger on your sleeve? Jelly? Urine? No one knows, who can tell really. Bonus points if you're wearing camo- it's invisible!

2. Save time on dishes by buying paper plates, bowls, and plastic utensils. Or just never cook. Questionable take-out builds immunity.

3. If your kiddo uses that grown up word they heard from someone (not you, never you) correctly and in proper context, give yourself a pat on the back. Good grammar skills go far in life.

4. Don't clean anything with poop on it.  EVER. Just toss it. Even the baby (Thanks Brandie!). You don't need that kind of negativity in your life!

5. Teach your child/children that wine is sparkling water. This has a two-fold benefit.

You get to day drink and when your child blurts out "Is that your sparkling water momma?!", in public, you look sophisticated and hydrated!

6. Don't bother making beds ever again. No one has time for that. Buy puppy pads instead. They make great sheets. And if someone has a nighttime leak just toss the pad!

7. Tired of cleaning up toys and repeating yourself over and over again? Play the 'trash bag game'! This is especially fun when the wee sprites begin to cry (it's like your very own dramatic Broadway play!).

Basically you grab the nearest trash bag and scream maniacally "YOU BETTER HOPE YOU CAN PICK UP YOUR TOYS QUICKER THAN I CAN!". There are many variations to this game so feel free to let your creativity fly.

8. Trash bags also double as stylish clothing options. Ponchos, dresses, shirts, bag skirts, so skip the laundry! Very Boho chic.

9. Visit your friends! Take your kids! And then go to the bathroom and sneak out the window. Voila- enjoy that elusive "Me time" everyone is raving about.

And lastly-

10. Smeared toothpaste on bathroom counters doubles as cleaner and actually brings a shine to your fixtures.

There you have it! Solutions to all the problems you didn't even know you had!

Stay classy moms. 

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

"We're pissed!" A look at a moment with disability

It started innocently enough, we stopped by our neighbor's house. They were having a yard sale.

It just so happened that at this yard sale there were 3 plastic baseball bats and 2 plastic hockey sticks.

Anyone who knows my son knows his love/obsession of owning groups of things.... So he had to have them. And hold them immediately. All of them. All the sticks. All. Of. The. Sticks.

We stayed awhile to talk, because if you know me, you know that is what I do. Talk.

Out of nowhere Bear dropped the sticks. Everyone scrambled to pick them back up for him. I asked if I could hold some and he shook his head no.

He dropped them again. Still a firm no on me holding any.

Then he dropped them once more.

It's very difficult to balance 5 plastic sticks of various lengths on your lap while perched in a wheel chair.

He dropped them again.

And that's when it started. The tears. He covered his little face with his hands and lost it.

My neighbor, her daughter,  my daughter, and myself scurried across the street to my house. Me pushing a crying distraught Bear. Them carrying the offending bats and sticks and other treasures.

Once inside I closed the door and helped Bear out of his chair onto the living room floor where he flailed around screaming and crying. I took his new toys to his room hoping that that would help but it did not.

So I picked him up and carried him into his room where he climbed into my lap and clung to me screaming.

As I rocked him I thought "Why is he screaming?! Did he get stung by a bee?" I looked him over head to toe. There has to be a reason for this..... No sting , bite, scratch of any kind.

As I replayed the scene over in my head it hit me. If all I wanted to do was hold something and I kept dropping it without the ability to pick it back up myself- or hell, even the ability to NOT drop it, I would be pissed.  So as I sat there looking at my sweet angry child I began to cry.

Soon we were both laying on his bedroom floor crying, because this is what happens sometimes when navigating this life of ours.

 I looked at him and said "Bubby, I get it. If my body couldn't do what I told it to do or wanted it to do I would be pissed!"

He looked at me.

"I'm pissed for you! I'm sorry your body doesn't work the way mine does or your sister or friends. I'm sorry that you have to work so hard and nothing is easy. I'm so pissed for you!"

"Mommy's pissed off! "

His eyes widened.

"Is that how you feel bub? Are you pissed off right now?"

Big wide eyes.
He looked at me.
*Head nod*

"You know what- you can say it. You can say the grown up word, if that's how you feel you can say it right now and not get in trouble."

*Wet tear covered cheeks. *

"Sissed", out it came in the quietest sweetest voice.  And that was that.

I love this boy of mine. My heart shattered in that instant. This shattering happens quite often. It wasn't the first time and definitely won't be the last. He's 6 now and as he gets older things are becoming more complex. There are times when crying and saying the 'grown up' words are all we can do to get through a tough moment.

Living with a disabilty is hard. Sometimes you just want to hold a f#$@ing bat and not drop it.

The end.

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The last sparkler has fizzled out..... NOW WHAT?! Join me and Joe- from Nature Rated

What are your kids doing this Summer (besides making you want to pull your hair out)?
For many of us Summer time with the kids is a time to enjoy the outdoors,the sunshine and if you're lucky the ocean.

As much as kids love Summer holidays, keeping them busy can be a real chore (speaking of chores, why can no one pick up their own socks!?). If you've not got the luxury of a Summer camp or a super awesome nanny then it's up to you as a parent to find things for the kiddos to keep busy with.

We all know that it's far too easy for them to end up in front of a screen of some sort and that is no good. Mom and Dad's we know spending too much time with their faces glued to a screen is detrimental to their little developing minds. So what do we do?
We get them outside. In nature. One with the earth. We let them be kids.

Studies have shown that taking part in nature-based activities helps people who are suffering with poor mental health and can contribute to a reduction in levels of anxiety, stress, and depression. In fact, a daily walk in nature has showed decreased activity in a region of the brain associated with a key factor in depression.

One in four people are estimated to experience bouts of mental illness and it's on the rise. Prescription medication of antidepressants are also at a record high level and the demand for more invasive treatments are also on the rise. Health and social care commissioners are examining and commissioning different options for cost effective services for mental health and one of these options is a daily walk of 90 minutes or more. We need to learn from the past when kids got excited to spend their time climbing trees and building dens rather than spending hours inside.

Joe at Nature Rated has put together this fabulous infographic with brilliant colors and step by step easy to do instructions that will get your little one excited to play outside and toss that tablet.  Check it  out here:
From baking a blackberry pie to constructing a pond or insect hotel, there's plenty for the youngsters to get up to.

Have fun babes! Please feel free to share pictures in the comments of activities you've done!  We would love to see your kiddos in action.  

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