Monday, May 21, 2012

Totally Desperate Mom

Wendy Hagen is rad.
And real.
And funny.
And encouraging.
AND FUNNY.
Plus, I'm taller than she is, and I am shorter than everyone.

If you don't read her blog, you should.  Her post about Pinterest? Go. Right now.
If you haven't met her, you should.  I have.  Nanny nanny billy goat.
If you don't have a copy of her book, YOU NEED ONE.


It is my top recommendation for new mamas.  For struggling mamas.  For doing awesome at everything mamas (even if I sort of think that they are lying liars that lie).

It will make you laugh, it will make you cry, it will make you feel normal when you feel crazy, it will encourage you, it will help you know that you aren't alone, it will make you a better wife, mama, friend, and human.

For reals.

I have three copies to share with you.
Because you need to read it, like whoa.

You need to know what a MBD is, and what to do about it.
I have me quite a few MBDs.  In fact I just had a whole weekend of them.  Not my fave.  But trying to laugh through them is how I deal.

All you need to do is tell me something.  Anything.  Happy or sad.  Funny or mundane. Tell me how your kid tracked poop ALL OVER THE UPSTAIRS right before a party (oh wait, that was mine and I have never HATED THE GUTS OUT OF CARPET MORE!!!!)

I will draw three names tomorrow and send the happy books on their way.

(entries are now closed, but you can always order Wendy's book here.)
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edited to add...

I loved, loved, loved reading the comments on this post.  I feel so much more normal in my crazy.
Thank you for sharing the wonderful, horrible, unbelieveable, things that happen to all of us.

When I am having a bad day, I am coming back here to find some sunshine in the shared stories.

The three winners are:
Sarah- who had for sure the worst day.
Kate B.- who made me laugh (sorry.)
Angie- I think the teenage years start at three.


158 comments:

  1. Ok, I'll tell you the good, the bad, the sucky and the whoop whoop moment of the day so far.

    The Good: My 3 year old boy had his first swim lesson of the season so far and Did Not. Shed. One. Tear.(big happy dance! Last year was brutal)

    The Bad: My 12 year old totally waltzed into my bathroom and put on my blush and mascara to wear to school. Without permission (ummm she's 12!) Like I wouldn't notice. Blech. Now I need to come up with a consequence that is clear about boundries but still says approachable about talking about girl stuff. Ugh, parenting.

    The sucky: My ankles are swelling. Everyday. It hurts and I am not pregnant. Well, I better not be.

    The whoop whoop: I finished my laundry. Clean, dried and put away. Every last sock. I deserve to have a frap and the bachelorette alone in peace, don't you think!?

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  2. I don't have my baby yet (still cookin'!) but based on how active it is in utero I have a feeling this child will be a busy body and keep me on my toes!

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  3. My second baby is 6 months old and I still don't feel like I have my crap together. So I def need to read something like this!

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  4. I have been CLAWING my way out of a deep depression (more about depression and grief on my blog). It has been an up and down journey, but today I had my first real glimmer of happy. I took the kids to the park for a nature hunt and we found a tiny frog. To see my three girls squealing with excitement while my son tried to catch the thing and the look on his face when he did was totally priceless. Then when he chased my eldest daughter with it I laughed so hard I cried. I can't remember the last time I really laughed like that. It was great.

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  5. I definitely need this book! I would love to win - thank you!!!

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  6. I'll tell you what's driving me crazy lately....now that it's nice out and it's not fun to stop playing...my three year old keeps peeing her pants. Like EVERY day. She is so so lucky she's adorable.

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  7. would love to read it. we actually had a "good" day-you know where no poop was thrown, naps were taken and a fun play date at a children's museum. but with a 2 year old, who knows what kind of day tomorrow will be! :-)

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  8. Pretty sure I need this book. For real.

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  9. We own a family fishing resort in northern MN...when I was potty training my youngest, I would bribe him with fishing jigs so he would take care of himself in the bathroom...you know...and it worked! He always had something to fish with at the end of the dock! And I had more time with my guests...we were both happy!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win the book!

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  10. Speaking of poop, I have an 11 year old son with special needs that still wears diapers. Many years ago my younger bro was watching him and my son has--still has get that-- a tendancy to put his hand in his diaper. Well he did it not once but twice while my bro was watching him. It can be quite the gross mess of trying to keep his hands out of his mouth and what not, and can really freak people out. But the funniest thing is that my bro used that experience in his public speaking class for his final speach this year at college. So that experience must have had quite the lasting affect on him!!

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  11. I've heard of this book but haven't read it!

    My Claire has her last day of preschool tomorrow and I most certainly will be the mom who is bawling like a baby. Sigh.

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  12. oh goodness I'm pretty sure that I need this book in my life. I'm a momma of a 5 year old and a 9 year old and sometimes their little brains just confuse me to no end!

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  13. I don't think we have had any poop stories for a while. Lots of fart stories... lots...

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  14. I know I've commented a lot here, but I'm not sure if I ever shared how I found you and Wendy. When my fourth child was born, she brought with her a little something extra, an extra chromosome. Down syndrome. I'm a Christian. I believe God is good in all circumstances, but Down syndrome rocked me to my core. I started to adjust to this "new world" I was in, when at her one month check-up, we found out that she had a heart defect. After a visit to the cardiologist, we walked out of the doors with our tiny baby, who we were just informed was in heart failure and needed open heart surgery. I was so new to everything, and I didn't now much. I became gripped with the fear that she would die. It started to take over every thought I was having, and I knew the only way I could get past that fear was to face it. So I would pray, God if my baby is going to die, please just help me to go on. Just don't leave me. And I knew he wouldn't. And then I got on the internet, and I started looking up people who had lost a baby. I can't even remember what I googled or searched, but I found you and Wendy. You were the first blogs I started to follow. And seeing you two and God's grace in your life and how much happiness was in your lives, gave me hope that we would get through this. My little girl, Kamdyn, ended up not needing surgery, because her heart started to heal on its own. And now I know that many children have that same surgery, heal, and go on to do just fine. Kamdyn just turned two, and she is doing great. The holes in her heart are still closing on their own. But I think that God led me to you and Wendy, and you are both still two of my favorite blogs. I don't have the book yet, but I do plan on getting it. I know I would love it.

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  15. This sounds like such a fun book...and mommas need some fun, right?!? I have 2 girls whom I adore but sometimes they wear me out...and time is moving much too fast. Would love tips on enjoying the time more and stressing less...

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  16. Today was a happy day that started out sad. I've been wicked sick all weekend, but today the hubs had to go back to work. The first thing I heard after waking up was my husband telling my two year old boy that he needed to take care of me today because "Momma feels icky." All throughout the day my little man tucked me in, brought me water and tissues, and felt my forehead. So in love with that little guy today!

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  17. Well since Im the perfect mom with perfect kids who never do anything un-perfect,....wait. Stop. Just kidding. Don't you hate it when moms try to act like that?
    Sign me up. Because I have two girls. Therefore I need therapy. And they'll need it also by the time Im done raising them:)

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  18. All the cool moms (and her 3 daughters) get head lice and their noses broken while catching their daughter at the end of the slide, right? Or maybe that's just me. It's been quite a month :)

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  19. Hubby has had to take work as a long haul trucker, and this is my 2nd week as a doing-it-alone mama of five. Sigh.

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  20. The other day at dinner my daughter randomly said, "Poop is like pickles!" Like she'd had some revelation, and we weren't even eating pickles!! Ahhh, the revelations children get :)

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  21. My 22 month old son was being a booger and pestering my 5 week old daughter. Juliette paid him back by peeing on him while I was changing her diaper. Perfect aim.

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  22. my 5 year old swallowed a gem/stone/crafty thing tonight and claimed it was stuck in her throat while she panicked dramatically like girls do. don't worry, she's okay. but why do kids have to put non-food objects in their mouths?!? i'd seriously love this book.............

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  23. A couple months ago feeling extra brave or maybe crazy I took all 4 kids to see the Lorax after getting the bigs settled with popcorn I sat down with the baby on my lap. I felt something warm on my leg, I felt her diaper and it was wet, thinking she just wet through I wiped my hand on my pants. Then the smell came, nope not pee it was poop. Everywhere. Took all 4 kids to the bathroom to clean up and realized I only had 1 wipe left and nothing to change her into. Oh did I mention it was pouring rain? Needless to say I still don't know how the lorax ended. I guess I didn't need to go into so much detail, I could have just said one of the twins threw up in the car on the way to school on Friday. That was neat:-)

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  24. I was already planning to stop by and leave a comment to tell you that I made your vintage sheet garland for my daughter's preschool graduation brunch. We have lived in this house for four years and I'd never noticed this little alcove in the pine trees before but when I was looking for a place to hang the garland that could support it's weight it dawned on me to use that spot. Fast forward to this morning at 6am and with inspiration from you, I tranformed a small corner of our park into the perfect spot for a garden party.

    I would love to win a copy of her book by the way...you always have such good recommendations that I have no doubt that it's as good as you say it is!

    blessings from BearCountry,
    Carrie

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  25. Not looking forward to a second night of no sleep. My almost 7 month old is cutting tooth number 6!!! Her first teeth came in at just shy of 4 months. Teething is the devil!

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  26. I would love this book. We made it through another day of a 3-week marathon of classes for my husband and my 4 year old just brought me her box of nerds to share with me.Life is pretty great:)

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  27. I just went to a middle school parent meeting for my incoming sixth grader (please. stop. time. now.) who is allergic to wheat and casein (the protein in dairy) and trying to figure out how to feed him at the middle school lunchroom. I came home from said meeting and nursed my 2.5 year old to bed. I'm tired of nursing, yet completely reassured by it at the same time. I feel lucky in this moment to feel at two ends of the spectrum. I love your blog. LOVE. Thanks for keeping it real!

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  28. Sounds like a great book that I could totally relate to! The pressure of saying something....uhhhh....I ran in my first 5k this weekend! Woo hoo! :)

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  29. Girl, I think you are rad and wish I was half as cool as you. And, my big toe hurts.

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  30. my day started with my 6 yr old over flowing a toilet, and ended with my 2 yr old locking us out of the house. she stood laughing at us and shaking her head no when we begged, pleated, threatened and bartered for her to open the door...

    jenn g

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  31. i peed my pants on my honeymoon. in our hotel lobby. and turned twenty shades of red. the end.

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    1. okay, I don't know you, and I'm supposed to be writing my own thoughts here, i know... but thank you for sharing this! I laughed, but in an "I hear you!" kinda way. I did this on a business trip with my boss after one too many glasses of champagne. I still don't remember if I laughed or cried.

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  32. I struggle with trying to be the best mother for my two children. At the end of almost everyday I feel like a bad mom. I walked into my son's room to find that he got into pocky and wiped chocolate all over his walls, ugh.

    I would love this book because I feel like I'm doing everything wrong as a mother.

    Thank you.

    blancacarlson@live.com

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  33. I pee with the lights off so my kids don't know I am in the bathroom and can get a couple minutes of peace! Ha!

    I hope I win!

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  34. This book sounds great! I've got three daughters (28 - with 2 kids herself, 18 - just moved out & in college, and a 3 1/2 year old who wears me out daily). I've got soooo many stories, but am too tired to type any....lol

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  35. I have fruit flies all over my kitchen and am determined to outsmart them. So far I've only outsmarted about 2/3 of them.

    The book sounds great :)

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  36. Hi Julie! So in love with your blog and I have a feeling I would be so in love with this book! I have a baby and a toddler and my oh my a million stories. Sonedays I feel like all I'm doing is cleaning up poo!

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  37. Signed up my oldest for Pre-K today. Might have shed a few tears. Might have also did a little happy dance for him.

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  38. My cousin is a new mom and I'd love to give her this book (after I carefully open it and read a few chapters myself!).

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  39. My daughter, at age 3.5, has recently started rolling her eyes at me. Something that I never do, and I have no idea where she's learned it from. Maybe I am totally naive but I didn't think I'd be dealing with this kind of response from her until she was at least 10, or maybe even a tween??!! I have a (obviously somewhat belated) feeling that we have a long road ahead of us....

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  40. Looks like a great read! My son pooped in the backyard the other day. He pees outside all the time but this was the first time he pooped outside! yikes!

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  41. I've marked this book before as one I need to get and read-- would love to have it, and promise to pass it along to another friend who would love it, too. My kiddos are getting bigger (8 and 5!) and now they're teaching me things. At their encouragement this weekend, I got a new bike and rode it-- first time on a bike since middle school!

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  42. My Mother's Day card from my kindergarten boy came home with this info about his Mom: she likes to. . . . sleep. she's good at. . . texting. I feel really awesome. :)

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  43. My angry, teething 9 month old girly is wearing me out!! Running a temp, crabby, not sleeping, wants mama all day long, drool and snot flying...it's an ugly scene. But, I love her!

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  44. Oh Julie I need a copy of this book...I have three kids three years apart...yep 1st one will be 9 in June and my baby will be 6 in June with another in between them. Oh and did I mention that I just turned 29...yep! Oh and my almost 9 year old thinks it's the greatest thing in the world to fart at the dinner table. Ugh!

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  45. This book sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  46. My 3 year old is going through a MOOD lately...day one -- total meltdown in Dollar Tree..the kind where every mom looked at him like he needed an exorcism...day two -- went to the grocery store to have him throw yet another fit and kickbox an 18 pack of eggs...nice...day three -- went to swim lessons and thought it would be a good idea to leave him with his teacher in the pool area..you know, the fit usually ceases as soon as mom is out of the picture...nope...got so worked up he puked in the pool. Not one child got their lesson that day...I don't want this to be a PHASE...can't handle it much longer...NEED.A.VACATION!!!! Even if it's just me, my hammock, A GOOD READ;-), and of course a margarita in my hand:-)

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  47. I am very excited because I am in the middle of a kitchen remodel...........keeping a positive attitude!!!

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  48. My 2 year old has started asking "why" after every.single.thing.i.say. I might lose my mind!
    ~Melissa

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  49. Last week I bought my daughter her first bra. Time IS a jerk and a thief.

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  50. this book sounds fantastic and i can't wait to visit her blog!!
    i have an almost 2 year old and a 3 1/2 year old...our days are always crazy but lots of fun!!
    tonight my oldest insisted that we build a fire - so of course we had to go over the fire rules once again...because the last time one Joker toy from my boy's batman collection got thrown into the fire and made for some really cool flames! Praise the Lord it was just a toy!!!!

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  51. wow! i could totally use this. :) it would be a great to start to the summer. my 3.5 year old has started telling me "just a second - i have to..." whenever i ask him to do something. really?! and running simple errands seems to take us FOREVER... especially since we are also bringing along little sister, 6 months. my days seem to start and finish before i can even drink a cup of coffee!

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  52. Love reading the comments! I've read the book and it's awesome!!
    I would love to win a copy for my sister and/or friend- both just had a baby.
    I've got a 3.5 yr old and a 6 month old. If I could just get a little more sleep I think life would be so much happier for my whole family. :)

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  53. Conversation with 3 year old, who thinks only Disney cd's are allowed in the car:
    "Mumma! I want princess music!"
    "This is princess music. It's princess Steven Tyler."
    (pause)
    "Oh. I like it!"

    :) I'd love to win, thanks so much for the chance!

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  54. I'm just sayin'. Wendy rocks. Her book cracked me up. I may or may not have bought one for everyone that had a baby this past year :)

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  55. This book may help my mental state ;). My two-year old keeps me on my toes (along with his 4-year old and 7-week old sisters)...he has started saying "no, not yet" whenever it is time to end anything!

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  56. My five year old had lice this year that we had to wage a mighty battle on. I'm just now not checking her hair like a maniac every single day.

    Oh, and my three and a half year old only will use the toilet to play angry birds.

    My 18 month old has learned to scream "MOM" when she wants something. It is cute and drives me crazy at the same time.

    annamaschke@gmail.com

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  57. oh no no no...the poop wasnt on the carpet...it was on the new quilt i just made my sweet son...the color wheel quilt...perhaps he was miffed i left brown out of the wheel? or maybe he was just so happy to be out of the diaper ... anyway, it came out, that is all that matters, and he did eventually get potty trained minus putting yucky diapers in the hallway and wiping himself clean on the quilt! many thanks for a chance at this book!

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  58. I am very interested in the book but I can't think of any stories to share:( I just know I am very sleepy while I hold my sleeping baby. I should go to bed but I don't want to put up all the laundry on it or make it back up after washing sheets today.

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  59. My first baby was a a piece of cake, and we just knew that we would pay with our second! And boy are we! Just 2 months old and she is already giving me a head full of gray hairs! However, thanks to a friend's wonderful tips for swaddling, we got 2 greats nights of sleep in a row! ...and did I mention that my oldest is entering the terrible twos? eek! Two year old and two month old...what did I get myself into?!

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  60. I would love to give this to my sis in law who is having her first baby.

    sarah
    srockney@hotmail.com

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  61. ok, the good. cause we all like good stories. when we were walking {late} into our church meeting, olivia was walking and holding hands with my hubby. the whole way to our seats {way in the front because that's all that was open!} she waved and said, "hi!" "HI!!" to everyone. that girl's a rockstar!

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  62. Found out last week that what I thought was seasonal allergies presenting itself as itchy hives on my 7 year old was actually SCABIES!! I finally put things together when her teacher said another student had scabies. The worst part is that she has probably had it for over a month because I just thought it was allergies. I am a teacher myself and cringe at the thought of how many kids she may have infected! Oh brother. We had to clean the house top to bottom and everyone had to be treated. Even the baby.

    Can the book help with Scabies? I think I need it!

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  63. I am pregnant with my fifth child! Heavenly help us... I really do have those times that I wonder if it is this hard for everyone else, or is it just me? There are so many moms who make it look so easy! What-eva! I could use some uplifting stories about how maybe I'm not alone in the craziness!:) pick me to win!:)

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  64. This book looks great! Today my baby turned 10 months old. She celebrated by diving head first out of her rocking chair and getting her first boo-boo!

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  65. Ooh, ooh, ooh...I would love to read this book. Seems like I'm surrounded by clean house having, organic only baby food making, perfect family seeming, skinny mamas. Honestly, we've been reeling since we lost our first daughter (full-term stillbirth). We were blessed with a second daughter who is 9 months old, wow! I had a mom-fail today when she decided to crawl stealthily to my flip flop and lick the bottom before I could get it away from her. YUCK! Then I spent some time disinfecting everything (though you can't disinfect her mouth!), and remembering everywhere I've worn those shoes. Puke. Oh well, no one's perfect, right? Right?! :)

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  66. Okay... I need this book NOW. I'm just 11 months in with our first little and we've een praying for God to bless us with a big family and lots of tiny feet pitter pattering around... But GOODNESS gracious, if baby girl doesn't learn to sleep soon, this Mama might not survive to have more babies!

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  67. oh my... here's a good one (although i have a multitude of "goodies" in my arsenal for my 3 daughters' weddings one day). my youngest in the church nursery a couple of weeks ago... STRIPPED down to her birthday suit!
    yup!
    in CHURCH!
    oh gosh!
    made me laugh... and sorta cringe.
    but more made me laugh.
    that's what happens when it's the third, i guess.
    peace out!

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  68. Oh I could totally use this book! Today, I had to wake up my 3 year-old daughter from her nap to go pick her big sister up from school. Completely forgot to grab her shirt (she strips when she sleeps)... oh... and my husband (God bless him) cleaned out my car, and took all the extra shoes out. I show up to pick my oldest up with one shoeless half-naked 3 year old, and a shoeless 17m old. We walk to her classroom to get her... had about 20 kids comment on the shirtless child hanging out

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  69. Would love to win this book! I am a working mom to a 2.5 year old little boy, and am still trying to find the right balance!
    We attended an eagle scout presentation on Saturday for our nephew, and my little man loudly asked when the "indians" came out why those boys weren't wearing any pants! Kids sure do say the darndest things!

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  70. Looks like you could write a book based on all your fun comments! ;)
    Just sitting down for the first time today after crazy mom day #8,749. Evie's first craniofacial appt. @ CHOC + miscommunication at home = mommy bringing 4 kids to said appt.
    Anna refuses to sit on provided chairs in room, sits on floor to read, unexpectedly hops up during Evie exam and bumps her head on dr. equipment.
    Instant bloody head geyser, crying + meltdowns from several, Anna going into shock and vomiting everywhere, wheelchair rushing over to adjacent ER, Evie meltdown thrown into mix because of mass drama, and Anna gets to go home with staples in her head as a souvenir for the day.
    Good times, friend. Good good times.
    Here's hopin' my name gets drawn! ;)

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  71. I broke a sweat scrubbing crayon off the wall for 30 minutes today.

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  72. My oldest is entering middle school next year. Bad, exciting, weird, scary, crazy...u get the picture. Would love this book!

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  73. I have four year old boy/girl twins, and they'll be turning five next week (with different birthdays, yes, she was born at 11:59). He just got his first wiggly tooth, and I'm an anxious wreck. Registering for kindergarten? Check? Special education kindergarten for one? Okay. BUT LOOSE TOOTH??? Hold it! They weren't supposed to grow up *fast*!

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  74. My son can't get over how awesome he is now that he's 4. It's sooo cute and sooo funny! And I like to keep it real so I know I'll love this book!

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  75. I just had baby #4 on Saturday and could sure use a mommy pick me up.

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  76. My son (5) announced the other day that he would be moving to TX to live with my hubby's friend, "because he needs a son!" And we don't need the one we have?? ;-)

    brookeali(at)hotmail.com

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  77. I have the most fun and adorable 2 year old girl, and one on the way (due in less than 9 weeks! =) ... but we're working on potty training and good attitudes and living with family on and off for the summer. I think we are having days with a good mixture of horrible moments and wonderful, super sweet ones! My favorite times are when she wants to hang out with her daddy and follows him around and copy cats what he is doing. So.adorable.melt.your.heart. And when she gives baby belly kisses! =)

    Can't wait to look up her book online. I would love to get it for me, my sister and sister in law, and two closer friends who just had their first babies! Sounds like we could all love this book!
    ~Carrie L~

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  78. My daughter Lola today graduated preschool and had a mini performance. She told her teachers this morning that she didn't want to "play" graduation today! she did great and put on a nice show for grandma, but she is a stubborn thing and i was for sure thinking she wasn't going to do it!

    would love to get my hands on this book!

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  79. oh the motherhood it is a funny neighborhood.

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  80. I have two little girls and I love them to pieces, but one of my all time favorite parts of my day is getting to shower and get ready BY MYSELF at the gym. Some days I go to the gym and drop my girls at childcare (which is amazing by the way) skip working out and just shower. I leave with my kids a refreshed (and clean) mama. Sometimes it's the little things :)
    Jenbug116@gmail.com

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  81. It sounds wonderful, thank you for the chance to win a copy. The encouragement part of the book could really come in handy most days!

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  82. I have three kids and never had a poop-in-the-bathtub incident until two nights ago. My 15 month old let loose in a tub full of water where my 7 year old was bathing with him. I've never seen him move so fast to get out of the tub!!

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  83. it's 1115p and i'm rocking my girl while she sleeps...because i can, and because she lets me. love!

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  84. We ended up bringing home a stray cat on Saturday. That same night a random dog kept jumping our fence and coming onto our yard trying to get to our dog. I was home alone with the random dog in the backyard, my dog fighting with the new cat, and a cranky four year old. And then the said four year old pooped in the tub. Its like a regular old zoo around here!

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  85. My step daughter just had a baby. He is cute, and I love him, and now totally get what all the fuss over being a grandparent is about. But he makes my not-even-2-years-old-yet baby look like a big kid. And that is not my fave thing at the moment.

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  86. I just found out 2 weeks ago I'm preggo with baby #4!

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  87. Tonight I asked my almost three year old what she would like for her birthday. Her reply, "Money. And my own room." I thought she was turning three, not thirteen.

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  88. while changing my daughter's diaper, i turned to get a wipe (i had one arm trying to holding her legs still, wiggle worm!) and had to turn back quick because i start to feel something warm on my arm...yup, she was peeing on me! She managed to get it everywhere...except her diaper!

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  89. My son pooped on the carpet while I was stealing a shower during his favorite show.. He tried to "vacuum" up with his play vacuum.. He was just trying to help. I love my kids...I love my kids.. I love my kids. :)

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  90. I'd love to win a copy of this book - I need some laughs. As a mom of 3 boys (ages almost 5.5, almost 4 and almost 18 mos) some days I want to rip my hair out. My middle son has been marking his territory and peeing outside. He wanted to pee in our yard yesterday when he could have stepped inside and used one of the toilets in the house.

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  91. Darn the 2nd part of my comment got cut out when posting - here's what I wrote:

    After we boarded the plane back in February, to leave to Florida, once the plane took off and once the seatbelt sign was taken off, both my older 2 boys had to go to the bathroom. So I took them to the front of the plane as there was only one gentleman waiting for the bathroom as opposed to the 3 people waiting for a turn in the bathroom at the back of the plane. My eldest kept saying while we were waiting that he "couldn't hold it in any longer" numerous times. The gentleman in front of us didn't care and didn't let us use the washroom ahead of him. So he peed a bit in his underwear . Anyhow finally it was our turn. He finished his business in the toilet and a nice flight attendant got me his backpack with his change of underwear. Luckily his pants were dry. He changed his underwear, got back dressed and I sent him back to our seats, in the middle of the plane. My mom was at the seats with my youngest son. Then it was my middle son's turn to pee. However we discovered that he could not reach the toilet seat, he is too short. If I lift him, he becomes stiff and can't pee. He is also too heavy. Obviously there is no stool on the plane, so I asked the flight attendant if she had any ideas (while telling my son to hold it in). She said "hang on" and left to go get something. She then came back with a "barf bag" as they are leak proof. So I convinced him to pee in the bag and then I dumped the pee in the toilet. Creative & got the job done. Later on during the flight he went to the bathroom again the same way. He thought it was funny. Then, while we were descending to Fort Lauderdale airport he said he had to pee very badly "now". He said he couldn't hold it. So I pulled out the barf bag from the pocket of the seat in front of us, got him to stand up and pee in the bag quickly to be able to get him back into his seat for landing. As he was peeing though, he had to announce it several times, "I'm peeing in a bag! I'm peeing in a bag!" He had everyone in the rows in front and in back of us laughing hysterically. I almost died!

    And the entire trip, my middle son had to go to the bathroom at the oddest times. So he has now been marking his territory on trees too. I love how easy it is to take a boy to the bathroom while out! I feared that when we got home and his teacher asks him what he did in Florida, I feared he would tell them he "peed in bags and peed on trees". Boy was I embarrassed because he tells everyone he sees this story!

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  92. I am not a new mom, but it seems like every day that my kids like to throw me for a loop.

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  93. My two year old got kicked out of church class for biting another kid on the cheek. That was awesome.

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  94. My two year old son said today as I laid him down to sleep, "mama, I love you forever. I'm happy." I almost cried, it was just what I needed to hear after a tough day at work

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  95. speaking of poop.... my potty training 3 year old boy did some of that in his underwear today and you know what went through my head? when you said something about just throwing the underwear away because it is so not worth washing it out! HAHAHA

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  96. only 4 more days of school! i love summer with my 4 children! cannot wait to make lots of sweet memories:)
    erin spinks

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  97. My kids are totally ready for summer! The fighting amongst them has grown immensely and will continue until that last day of school when they finally chill out!!

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  98. I would love to read the book. I am a single mom with 3 boys. Enough said. :D

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  99. We started planning out our summer bucket list! I am very excited to start making summer memories with my two boys!

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  100. I have 2 grown kids (21 & 26) .... Now I hav a 10 month old ! What the heck was I thinking ??! Help !!

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  101. Yesterday one of the neighbor kids said I was a "cool mom" and my daughter replied with "I wouldn't say that!" Nice.

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  102. My younger daughter is just beginning the potty training journey. This morning I put on the "Potty Power" DVD (are you familiar?) Well , I remember Every. Single. Word. of those songs on it from my older daughter's Potty training days 3 years ago. :)
    And, now I shall have all of those lovely potty power songs re-playing in my head for the next few months all over again. Lovely.

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  103. I'd love the book not only for myself (even though I'm a grandmother) I'd also share it with my girls. Last funny thing that happen is when my husband took our dog and three year old potty training grandchild for a walk and stopped to talk to a neighbor. Obviously he stayed a little to long because our dog decided to go to the bathroom on the neighbors yard. Then our grandchild decided to go "the exact same way".

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  104. I have a 6 year old, 5 year old and a 21 month old and sometimes I feel like I am failing because I Am patient enough. I feel like I cannot keep up the house and work full time and still get everything done . I feel do disheveled at times. I also try to see the many blessings the God has given me and it usually outweighs all the bad.

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  105. havne't read this book but i've heard of it & i've felt like a crazed mom MANY times!!!! hope to read it soon!

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  106. Just last night, I went to put laundry in the washer--gone for literally 2 minutes--and my 2 year old proceeded to drop loads of toys & other things into the bath where his 4 year old brother sat, laughing like crazy. Needless to say, feeling like this book is a timely read!!

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  107. I get to spend this weekend AWAY from my kids for a little getaway trip with my husband. We haven't had an entire night alone without the kids since October. Needless to say, I could pee myself right now. :)

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  108. Your post made me thankful the house we just bought has all cement floors!!!

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  109. My two darlings did lick the frosting off an entire tray of cupcakes while I was in the shower the morning of their sister's christening. That was really awesome.

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  110. I learned on Friday that gift wrap tissue paper found in the back of my car does NOT make for a toilet paper substitute in the midst of a playground porter potty incident with my 3 year old. gag...gag...gaaaaaag. but also lesson learned! I love your blog!!

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  111. We had a great relaxing weekend with cousins that was LONG overdue - so our cups overflow! My 2 year old drinks more coffee than I do...is that bad? Thanks for a great giveaway!!!

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  112. Thanks for your blog. I am totally throwing away the underwear that my son has um, more solid accidents in, during potty training. I sure will be glad when he doesn't do that anymore!

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  113. In the midst of cleaning house for a perfect stranger to come dog sit and packing for a much needed family vacation, I discovered that our puppy had explosive diarrhea all over my daughter's bedroom. AWESOME.

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  114. I think it's hysterical when my 7.5-month-old son gets overtired and then gets loopy. I don't keep him up on purpose just to see the loopiness...it's just a cute by-product of a kid that won't go to sleep, no matter how hard I try.

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  115. I only have a 7 month old. I don't know how the mommas like you who have 4 little ones do it! Just trying to hold on and persevere!

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  116. So my little man, 2 years old, is the cutest thing ever, and we love to bake together. I pour, he stirs. It's all gravy and mashed potatoes until I walk in on him in the bathroom "stirring" the toilet water with my (unplugged) Chi straight iron. Yes, I'm glad he's not hurt, that it wasn't plugged in, yada, yada, yada. But it was a Chi. A very expensive Chi. I now have a frizz mess on my head because the cheap-o straightner from Target is lame. And Caleb's hair is perfectly straight. No frizz. Not fair. ;o)

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  117. My son is 19 months old and we just started potty training. I know, everyone tells me its way too young, but trust me, he's ready. So to get him to be patient on the potty, because he hates to sit still, we watch Diego on the tablet. He gets so entranced that he will let himself sit there and do his business. After one week of using the potty, that's pretty good!

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  118. I kinda feel like this book might save my life. I have a seven year old and a six month old and thing's around here are just the same as the day we brought home number two! HELP!

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  119. I have 3 boys. They are big boys
    My oldest is 6'7"
    My middle 6'2"
    My youngest 5'7"
    I KNOW the cashiers at Safeway by their first names.
    They know me
    I spend ALOT of $$$ on groceries
    Cereal is their main staple in life.....
    I LOVE MY BIG BOYS!!!!!

    I am mama3boys

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  120. i have three kiddos. 2,4 & 6 years old. most days i think i am utterly losing my mind. and then i just started potty training the youngest to the mix....
    i could use a book to help me think i may be the slightest bit normal :)
    sharabachman at gmail dot com

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  121. Ok, you've piqued my curiosity. I MUST find out what a MBD is! ;)

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  122. As always, your posts remind me I'm not the only one feeling this way about parenting, like if everyone else has it all figured out but me. I really enjoy and look forward to your posts! They make me laugh, they make me think, sometimes they make me cry, but ALWAYS they make me feel a lot better after reading them! Thanks again!

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  123. wendy is awesome. it was a treat to meet her. she's HILARIOUS.

    i have a poop story. all mom's do right?

    i don't need the book like some other moms who have commented with littles. i'm past the insane... i have teenagers (ha!)

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  124. We had a time out chair..your age set your time. My oldest son was about 4 and he liked to push all of buttons and all of the extra ones too ( he still does)..He was sent to the naughty chair for what I don't remeber. He keep getting up and doing stuff..I told him next time I would Duck Tape him to the chair, Well Robert being Robert he got up and Me at my wits end ducked tape him to the Chair, I put on strip across his pants and attached it to the chair..What does he do..He takes his pants off..I tried real hard not to laugh, not successfully and he got a free pass. That 4 year old is now 25 and cancer free for 7 years now and will be married next year..I cant wait till he has a boy of his own..LOL This book will be passed to one of the girls I babysat as she is having her first child in Oct.
    Ana
    Huntington Beach CA

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  125. Two things about today.
    1. My 2 yr old daughter dumped an entire gallon of orange juice all over the kitchen floor.
    2. I have to go to the dentist and have a crown put on today.

    I definitely want that book. ;o)

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  126. I have learned that when out and about to not throw away fast food/C-store cups because my daughter literally waits until the last minute to tell us she has to "PEE SO BAD, IT'S GOING TO COME OUT"!!! We have pulled over several times to let her pee in a cup.

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  127. My almost six year old son has hit the super whiney stage. like.whines.all.the.time. i told him sunday at small group that he won't have any friends because no one wants to play with a whiney cry baby. yep, that is why they call me super mom. sigh!

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  128. I would love to read this book! I cannot count how many times my 3yr old has ridden home from somewhere naked in her carseat because she loves to be lazy and pee her pants. It's so fun.

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  129. I want to read this book so bad, that I just bought two from Wendy. I would love to have one more to "Pay it forward." Us moms need a good laugh to keep us sane! lol

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  130. this book has been on my 'hubby buy this for me' list for a while. I still don't have it but really want it! thanks for the chance!

    last week, my (almost) 2 year old got into a bottle of lotion (that we keep up high on the dresser or the back of the bathroom counter). all over himself (and the carpet, and the toys). all while his 3 1/2 year old brother was playing in the same room. big brother came and got me when little brother started getting him with the lotion.
    then it happened again.
    and again.
    and again.
    it was funny the first time. not so much the fourth.

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  131. I'm a new mom, and I've got a 3.5 month old little girl. She's pretty mellow, but I've still spend an exorbitant amount of time thinking about, discussing and tracking her pooping habits. Who knew that I'd be so excited about baby poop?

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  132. Oh I'm sure I have many assorted and unfortunate mommy tales. :) Including the time recently when one of my diapered two year olds pooped in the car and it got all over her carseat, which was SUPER fun to clean. Grrrr!

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  133. I can't wait to read this book! I need to know that I am not alone when it gets super hard. My sister is prego with her first and she has no idea what love and confusion and exhaustion and happiness is headed her way! I would love to share this with her....Lennie

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  134. The latest fun around here was a glass bottle of lemon juice that was dropped onto the kitchen tile, shattered into a million pieces and cracked a tile. I had to mop the floor 4 times to get all the stickiness! Oh, did I mention that we were trying to get out the door for school drop off?

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  135. My oldest graduated Sunday...my youngest just jumped from colic to teething. I haven't slept in 17 years, literally. Pick me, pick me! :)

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  136. No funny stories from me since I'm a mother-to-be (10 wk pregnant) but I'm sooo scared to be a good mama! I'm sure this would come in handy!

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  137. Been hearing great things about this book!! Hope I win a copy! Thanks!

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  138. The good we're healthy no snotty noses and hacking coughs, the ugly well they're cute the nine puppies our dog gave birth too whom we adopted just weeks before she gave birth are becoming very stinky and talking about poop. There is a lot of poop coming from nine puppies.

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  139. I am a mom of two, and watch four (2 two year olds, and 2 four year olds) kids out of my little 1,100 sq ft home 5 days a week all day long. You'd think I'd have it all together since their parents pay me to watch their children, but most days I crash at 5:30 and don't have anything left to give my two. I'm absolutely desperate!

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  140. Today I asked my five year old to throw away his baby brother's dirty diaper only to find him a few minutes later playing soccer with it in the kitchen. Never a dull moment!

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  141. I usually throw my kids outside while I make their lunch. So after I fix it all up, I lay out a blankey for us to eat...well I turn my back for one second and find my son james, 1yr old, drinking out of our dog lucy's bowl. Lovely.

    We finish up and my son Joe, 2yrs, and I are now playing with lucy. He loves wnen I turn him upside down so lucy can lick his face. So joe is hanging upside down and lucy is going to town on his pb&j face...then joe decides to bite..yes I said BITE luck's tongue!

    All while my oldest, abigail 3 yrs, is inside attempting to use my MAC makeup on our 2 male cats that she named Diamond and Diamond.

    Ugh. Never a dull moment.

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  142. Oh I have so many stories!! The most recent was when we took a trip to visit some family members who we rarely see, they had a little pool set up for the kids and of course my 2 year old would be the one who decided he needed to poop in his swim diaper (we all know those things were not made to hold poop!) so there was poop floating in the pool, kids screaming, Grandma trying to clean the pool while I wrangled my son to change him! It was slightly embarrassing, but just one of many moments we've encountered in the last 2 years!

    I absolutely love your blog, I stop by every day, but rarely leave comments. Thanks for sharing your life with us!

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  143. This is actually a really long story but I will try to condense it. When my now six year old was 4, we stopped to run the car thru the car wash. After I paid and sat in the line waiting to drive the car thru the tunnel, he started to cry that he didn't want to wash the car THIS way! He wanted to go home and wash it with the hose! Well, I had already paid, couldn't get out of the line if I wanted to, and didn't want to wash the car with the hose. I explained all that and in response he began to thru an unholy fit which included pitching his shoes at me and unbuckling himself from his car seat. I exited the tunnel and drove 10 feet to the vacuums, got out of the car and opened the back door to buckle him back in----and found him completely naked!!! Itwas then that I strapped the child back into his car seat and drove him home stark naked. It would have been an interesting story to explain had I gotten pulled over for speeding!

    Tracey
    http://garciamania.blogspot.com

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  144. I can't wait to read this! I need something to remind me I'm not crazy :-) kristin1723@gmail.com

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  145. I think I will be needing this! I just went to work full-time after being a sahm to 5. The transition and mommy guilt is killing me :(

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  146. I'm tired. I took an 1 1/2 hour nap today and it wasn't enough. I even slept through the night (except for waking up to bring my 2 year old downstairs, my 6 years old climbing into our bed and then getting up to get him a heating pad and putting him in his own bed). Why am I so tired? Nope, not pregnant... just sooooo tired. Glad you can all relate!
    morgan.craighead@gmail.com

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  147. A favorite, favorite band right now is one you must check out: "Ascend the Hill." They are an indie rock worship band that sing straight Scripture. They are *amazing!* Good for the soul; and you know what's even better? When my kiddos sing these songs. You won't be disappointed. Another fabulous band (geared for kids, but we love them, too!) is "The Rizers," from Mars Hill Church (Driscoll's church). Again, these folks sing straight Scripture. Love, love. Seriously. You will too!

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  148. I want to win this book. That blog post made me laugh out loud like four times.

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  149. can't wait to get it :) i've never hear of it. sounds great! lucky girl you are :)

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  150. I'm going back to teaching full-time next year and I'm nervous about how I'm going to keep up with everything at school and home AND still have energy for my family! I'm not as young as I used to be....
    Mrs. B.

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  151. Never heard of it... But would love to devour it. Sounds like something I could use in my life. Acmyers76@yahoo.com

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  152. Would love to read this! I can totally relate to the poop in the carpet. I was running, while holding my potty training daughter who had taken off her panties, to the bathroom once and right as we got into the bathroom she dropped a bomb on the carpet and I totally stepped in it! And then, because I didn't know I had stepped in it, I tracked it all across the bathroom. (Who in the world puts carpet in a bathroom anyways?!) It was awful!!

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  153. Going to have to bookmark this post too for some laughs on bad days. I have too many crazy stories too, with having the kids around me 24/7... The stuff they say and think sometimes is what gets me the most these days.

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  154. Yay!!! I am so excited to read this book. :)

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