Motherhood is not for the faint of heart or if you need sleep to survive. The journey to motherhood is easy for some and others walk through broken glass and lava to get there. Then you are blessed and you have nine months and some less of your body turning against you most of the time. All while you try to protect at all cost the little blessing you are carrying.
Upon their arrival your little blessing is everything you imagined and more. While the joys of motherhood can become overwhelming you have to remember that you are not perfect. There will be good days and sad days. There is never a moment of peace or rest and you try to keep your sanity. It seems never ending as they grow and challenge your every nerve, patience and sanity.
Having a 26 year old and a 4 year old has turned my world upside down. I have to say that I would not change a thing in my journey and if I had to do it al over again I would take the same path. Who needs sleep and sanity when you have the love and respect of your children. Blessed that I was chosen as the mother to my children.
A never-ending struggle for me is that I find myself being over run and overcome by toys in the car, all over the house and everywhere you can imagine. This is a challenge for me because I am one of those moms who just cannot adjust to things being out of place. That includes the toys and everything RJ. I can only imagine what is running through some of my fellow bloggers minds that have kids. I know kids move toys and everything they see and you can never expect to find anything in its rightful place. Our job seems to never end as we are always moving and cleaning up toys to get them in bins. There are some who say that let kids be kids and they have to play and leave their toys stuff around and just deal with it and leave them there for the next day. Well, I am struggling because I am obsessive about cleanliness when it comes to objects being in order and that has taken a toll on my reality with having a toddler at my age.
There are times when RJ is really good at placing his toys and belongings he uses back in it’s bins, on shelves and then there are times when he is so into playing with almost every toy he has that he leaves them where they are and we are either falling all over them or somehow something happens accidentally and they get damaged. I am looking at new ways to try and keep toys in order or keep my sanity with them everywhere. One idea I am trying is to have RJ select a “Toy of the Week”. This toy will go with him to the car on his way to and from school, carry everywhere in the house but he has to place it back in its bin or designated location at the end of the day. He still plays with other toys whenever he chooses but only the T.O.W. would move to any room in our home. This may or may not work but it’s worth a try. So far this week it has worked well and so far I have not stepped over or on any toys on our bedroom floor or in the hallways.
The T.M.S.T. is one of RJ’s favorite toys and is from Disney Planes Fire and Rescue: Spray to the Rescue Ryker. He loves to play with Ryker at bath time, at the pool and on land. It floats on water and rolls across land very easily. You can put out make believe “fires” using Ryker’s special hose! Just rotate, aim, and shoot! Water will squirt out when you press the red button. RJ selected Ryker as his T.O.W. because it can literally go everywhere.
Let’s see how this goes for next week. I am just a mom trying to figure out this new space at my age of keeping up with a toddler. If it works then we will go with it, if not then we will try something else.
I have been guided by do onto others as you would like them to do onto you. This obviously does not apply when someone has a sick child and have to still take them to school for whatever reason. I get it, there are some situations where parent(s) are unable to take off from work etc. but it is painful for others.
So we have been having a fairly great season and have had no instances of RJ getting sick. We tried to be good parents and made sure that we take the necessary precautions necessary fr the flu season. RJ has had his flu shot and we are cruising right along. Well… Full Stop!!! He comes home today after school and said he was really tired. We did his review of what he learned at school, prepared the Valentine’s Day goodie bags for his class, reviewed and studied his sight words and then he went to play.
He goes to karate and the bookstore and by the time he gets back home he is coughing, eyes watery, felt warm and wanted no part of his dinner. Well that was surprising but what really was shocking was he said he should have taken a nap. RJ has not taken a voluntary nap in his bed for at least a year. If he is in the car and tired he will fall asleep but not happening voluntarily.
He has just passed out after coughing and I can only imagine what the night will hold for me. I am being positive but prepared for a rough night. I am going to need coffee all day tomorrow just to survive.
Well, since RJ has decided he is a vegetarian my husband have decided to go on the journey with him and remove red meat, chicken or turkey from his diet and only eat fish and salmon. I am now scrambling to find delicious vegetarian recipes and fun ideas for lunch and dinner. I have found a few great recipes on blogs and now just coming up with others randomly. Let’s see if RJ will try some of the fish and add that to his menu.
My first attempt at a vegetarian recipe for dinner was not as bad I thought. Here goes!
Veggie and Pasta Medley
8- Baby Cabbage 8 – Med Baby Carrots ¼ Green Pepper ¼ Red Peppers ¼ Yellow Peppers ¼ Orange Peppers 4 – Sprigs of Asparagus 6 – Sprigs of Broccoli ½ – Zucchini ½ teaspoon of garlic salt or Mrs Dash 1 tablespoon of low sodium soy sauce 1 – Box Penne Pasta | 1 – Jar – 16 ounces Barilla Marinara Sauce 1 – Tbsp Olive Oil ¼ cup of water
Wash vegetables and place in medium size bowl.
Slice vegetables to size of your preference.
Place large saucepan on stove on medium heat.
Add olive oil to saucepan then add vegetables, Mrs. Dash/Garlic Salt and soy sauce.
Place on low heat, pour in water as needed and steam for 5 minutes.
If you prefer for your vegetables to be softer then leave on low for another 5 minutes.
Boil penne pasta on medium heat until it is to your preferred texture.
Drain pasta and add to large mixing bowl.
Add marinara sauce and stir. Serve with mixed vegetables or prepare as meals and store. Recipe by: GenMom
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins Bon a Petit!
This has been an amazing week for RJ at school. He has received the “Fruit of the Spirit for Love” for his class, aced all of his sight words and had top rating for his behavior all week. We teach RJ to be kindhearted, caring and respectful of everyone regardless of their culture or background. He is such a loving son and genuinely cares about people he meets. This is the best Valentine’s Day present that we could receive.
If someone in his class is sick he includes them in his prayers every night and keeps them there until he replaces their name with someone else that may be sick. He loves to open the door for his mommy and anytime he sees a woman or girl walking to the door he runs to hold it open.
It is heart warming to see what we are teaching him being put into action at school, home and when he is out. We had a great afternoon celebrating with a special trip to a new adventure location. The video of our exciting trip will be posted next week.
Great Week RJ! Thanks for our early Valentine’s DayPresent.
RJ has been watching YouTube for the past year for learning and for fun. About 1 year ago he asked if he could have his own YouTube Channel. We thought about it and decided to wait until he was 4 before taking the step to launch the channel. We decided to use the channel as a reward and ties into his behavior and reports from school each week.
RJ’s World Toy Review is geared to children and families. We encourage you to join our 4 year-old RJ as he reviews toys and fun adventures to cool places. He loves to play with Thomas and Friends, Rescue Bots, Lego, Airplanes, Play Doh, Construction Sets, Monster Trucks, and much more! Join him on adventures to Toys-R-Us, parks, learning about nature, traveling, amusement parks, sign words and math challenge, weekly treasure box and much more!
RJ loves seeing himself on television and on his tablet. So far this has been a great motivator for him with his behavior at school and at home. This is going to be an awesome adventure as we take this journey.
I would appreciate if you could check out the channel, like and subscribe along with any feedback.
When I was growing up and with my daughter there was no option to decide if you were a vegetarian at 3 years old but my son is standing steadfast in his decision. He is now 4 years old and we are in the same place of him not eating any meat. It is one of the most puzzling things that I have experienced with my son and I think I have figured out how it happened. As we started teaching him about animals and watching videos of them and in his books we noticed that he started refusing to eat any meat. He kept saying he does not like meat.
We eat pretty healthy in our home with fruits and vegetables but we do not eat meat and stay away from fried foods. As a baby we would feed RJ homemade prepared fruits, vegetables, oatmeal, applesauce and then started adding chicken hot dogs, dinosaur chicken nuggets, broiled fish, spaghetti with turkey meat sauce, rice and ground turkey.
Well, I have had to get creative in making sure he is getting all of the required nutrition and not lose my mind in trying to figure out what to feed him. He now eats pasta with cheese, tuna sandwiches, boiled eggs, cheese pizza, salads, grilled cheese, yogurt, broccoli and every vegetable you put in front of him or almost anything that does not have meat. We also supplement with pediasure, vitamins and making sure he gets protein from other foods.
His doctors have assured me that he is healthy and ahead of his grown percentile. But I can’t help but scratch my head everyday trying to be creative in making sure he gets the right nutrition. He proudly says he is a vegetarian and not a meatatarian (if there is such a name). I have no idea how he came up with that name. His new saying now is that he is a herbivore not a carnivore. Who knew? I think we are in for run with him being more determined not to eat meat. I hear from some moms that they have had this experience and that it goes away after a few years and some say it continued through their teenage years.
Would appreciate hearing from other parents who have had similar experiences or going through it now. Please share any ideas on fun and tasty kids recipes you have tried.
We had a surprise visit to Toys R US for RJ to pick out a special toy. RJ loves airplanes and has been talking about them all week after seeing a movie recently. We thought this would be a great way to reward him for having a super fantastic week at school and home. Come along and let’s have some fun!
What are some of the ways you reward your toddlers for doing a great job in school and around the house? Please follow, share, like and comment below.
At 48 years old we were blessed with a vivacious and healthy baby boy Kenneth Jr.- aka “RJ”, I was expecting for my world to be different but not for it to be literally blown to bits. As I settled back into having a newborn after 22 years of not having to change diapers, breastfeeding, literally no sleep pass 2-3 hours a day and the emotional imbalance your body goes through with postpartum I realized that I was going to be in for a world of difference with our new son. I am now 53 years old and it seems that I will have no opportunity to grow old anytime soon but who wants to get old anyway. The trade off has been some of the most amazing moments of my life. This is my story and how I began my journey as a generational mom. Hope to be able to share some the good, bad, funny and sometimes outrageous times in this space among other fun stuff.