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Why Having Kids Makes the Brain Damage Worthwhile

Scene: Driving home from an evening at the Philadelphia Art Museum with my friend & fellow students. I drop said friend off on campus and then head back to my apartment. The following conversation with Brennan transpires, who by the way has been talking nonstop about The SuperHero Squad, Sesame Place, and school the. whole. ride. home. Matter of fact it was similar to that scene from Family Guy: [youtube=]

Um. yea. THAT. It was just like that. It's moments like those that make me think I'm suffering from what Bill Cosby calls "brain damage." But then this happened:

Brennan: "Mom! Mom! MOMMIE! Mo-"

Me: "YEEES Honey Bunnie!" (new nickname that I just made up-couldn't think of something else.)

Brennan: "You called me a HONEY BUNNIE! Who's a HONEY BUNNIE?!" (giggling erupts)

Me: "You, Brennan-you're my Hunnie Bunnie!"

Brennan: "Me?! (thinks for a few seconds) YEP. That's right. I'M YOUR HONEY BUNNIE!"

Me: "Yep. You sure are."

Brennan: "MOM!'"

Me: "WHAT?!!!!"

Brennan: " You're my MAMA HONEY BUNNIE!!!!!!!!!"

*stunned silence as my heart melts while sitting at the red light*

Me: " Yes I am sweetie. I love you Bren Bren."

Brennan: "I love you too, Mommie HONEY BUNNIE!" (more giggles)

And that, my friends is what makes the brain damage worthwhile. Gets me every time, when I least expect it.

Excuse me while I mop my melted heart from up off the floor.......

Decompression leads to Laughter

I haven't blogged in awhile...well, at least not on here. I've been writing though-in journals, on sticky notes, in my head while I'm in the shower...I'll eventually get to posting them soon (hopefully) I just wanted to take a moment and post something that helped me decompress this evening.

Pushed to the limit and feeling mommie burn out, I finally had enough tonight when my 7 mo decided to throw yet another fit during dinner. 20 mins and lots of high-pitched, ear splitting screams later, both of us were covered in baby food...and so was the carpet in my dining room. Feeling the urge to just walk out the door, I instead took a deep (and I mean DEEEEEEP) breath, whispered a quick "God help me before I flip out and to have more patience" prayer, picked up my son, took him to his crib and proceeded to change him...wipe him down...put on his pajamas...make him a bottle....all while listening to him scream. Once I finished, I put on some soothing music for him, gave him his bottle, walked out and closed the door to his room. I went into the living room to check on my 3 year old and make sure he wasn't getting into something, walked back to my office, closed the door and let the tears flow....

This past month and a half has been one of the most trying seasons as a mommie, especially a mommie of 2. Bill Cosby said "you aren't really a parent until you have 2 children," and I definetely find alot of truth along with humor in that statement. Brennan, my 3 yr old was the complete opposite of Alex as an infant. No acid reflux, could be soothed easily while teething and was definetely NOT a screamer. Sure he cried, he had a few moments where he was a little difficult to handle, but nothing compared to what I'm dealing with now. I love Alex but he has been a challenge these past weeks. The screaming and even throwing things has totally taken me by surprise, and has challenged me in ways I wasn't expecting, maybe not even prepared for.....

I can honestly say that even though I feel like I've reached the end of my sanity at times in the past weeks, I have been learning patience...and how to really take a quick moment for myself when I really need it. I'm also learning how to take those trying moments one at a time until it's's not always easy, but with the grace of God I'm managing it.

So tonight as I sat in my office crying and listening to my son cry, I took some more deep breaths, jumped on Facebook to distract me and pulled up my iTunes library in search of something to listen to...that is when I came across my copy of "Bill Cosby: Himself"...I immediately jumped on YouTube and found some awesomely hilarious videos to watch from one of my favorite comedy specials EVER.

So, I thought I'd share my moments of decompression and laughter with you....enjoy. Next time you're having a really bad moment and need to "wooosaaahhh", find something to laugh about. :)