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Adventures in Mommyhood

A mother of four, on a never-ending quest for five minutes of alone time

Combat Nurse

I learned something about myself this past weekend. I learned that I am good in an emergency situation. It isn’t something that I wanted to know, for knowing such a thing would require one to go through and actual emergency. But I guess it was bound to happen with four kids. If you had asked me the odds have always been stacked against Georgia (and I still haven’t ruled her out). With her larger than life energy, she has always… Read More »

The Great Holdout

Our family started 2014 with an adventure: A trip to LA for Brent’s cousin’s son’s bar mitzvah. Oh, how I really wish I could have just typed “a trip to Hawaii just for fun.” But no, Los Angeles is where we headed last weekend. Our destination: a lovely, primarily Jewish, suburb of Beverly Hills. Brent and I had hesitated quite a bit before we decided to take all four kids down to celebrate with his family down south. As I… Read More »

Missing Christmas

Lately, I have felt like you can take the girl out of Christmas but you can’t take Christmas out of the girl. As a woman who was raised by folks who celebrated Christmas it feels weird for me to not celebrate Christmas now. It’s a battle I fight every year especially now that I have kids. I found myself recently thinking about that epic line in Sex and The City when Charlotte, after converting to Judaism, gets in a fight… Read More »

A-Okay

It’s been a crazy few months at Casa de Blaustein. I feel like I barely get a moment to breathe let alone sit down and write a blog. How do I sum it all up to bring you all up to speed? Well, here I go… We have been to the doctor’s office at least once a week for the past 5 weeks. I have been on antibiotics twice in the last month and every kid, except Harper, has too.… Read More »

Petalumans….Mount Up!

One of the things I love about Petaluma, is the way this community rallies to support each other especially during difficult times. I’ve seen that happen on more than one occasion and it always makes me feel so grateful to live here. Tuesday night tragedy hit way too close to home when one of my daughter’s kindergarten buddies was in a car accident with her father while driving home on Highway 121. They were struck by a drunk driver, who… Read More »

Taboo

For the most part, I was a conformist as a kid. I never wanted to rock the boat and I always wanted to do the right thing and please others. There was that brief moment of stealing I went through in the first grade (sorry Laura McDonald), but after that, I was pretty much back to people pleasing and rule following. As time went on, I began to see life a little differently. I started to experiment with drugs and… Read More »

A New Dawn

Yesterday, I was angry and I wrote a blog about our former au pair that I regret. I regret it because in hindsight it was thoughtless and potentially very hurtful to a young woman who really did try. As I start this new day, I just wanted to clear the air and thank that one friend, who could see my hurt and anger, but still was strong enough to say, “Hey, I know you are better than this” and then… Read More »

Sidelines

My daughters just started playing soccer. Yes! I am now officially a soccer mom. As we went to the latest and greatest new sporting store in town, to buy them their soccer cleats, shin guards, and balls, my heart was singing. I started playing soccer at age five and played all through high school. I wasn’t great, but I was good enough. Because I was overweight and slow, if I ever let a ball get past me, I had a… Read More »

Straight To The Principal’s Office

Our au pair, Lola, has been with our family since the beginning of June. She is lovely and has been working so hard for our family since day one. I have been thinking about her sitting in her training class the week before she got to us in Petaluma, telling her classmates, who were heading to homes with only one or two children, that she would be headed to California to look after four. She told me there was an… Read More »

Field Report From Crazytown

Very rarely comes a time when I do not feel gratitude for my life and the little people in it. But this weekend marked one of those times when I was seriously looking into finding a boarding school that takes young children. It seemed like the roof came off the house. There was screaming, there was crying, and then there were the kids. Sunday I found welcome relief in an opportunity to hold a house open and get out for… Read More »