Monday, 21 May 2018

Second Birthday

At the end of this May Long weekend, I'm not thinking about my son's meltdowns. I haven't paid attention to why he's melting down. (And he has). I am thinking about the fact that my boy is now two years old. It's been an amazing two years, and I can't believe he's already two.



This is how I felt when Anthony turned one: He's Turning One

I wrote another one for Mommy Connections about him turning two: He's Two

Even though he won't remember celebrating it, I wanted to give him a great birthday weekend. It was actually a great birthday week because his daddy took a week off work to celebrate his birthday. It has been a wonderful week for all of us. It's nice to be a complete family again. He leaves in two days, and we aren't ready.

I've been solo momming since January, and it's nice to have him here. It's even nicer to watch him and Anthony together. 

Instead of being sad that he's leaving (we'll be travelling to Ontario to see him in a month though), I want to focus on the wonderful weekend we've had.

I've got more to say, and more posts I want to write, but today I want to focus on the week. Of course, this includes photos.

 Birthday morning included presents in bed, new wall decals, and bacon and eggs for breakfast.

It's Anthony's special day, but it's also mine. Two years ago, it was my Birth Day. I grew him inside of me, and I gave birth to him. It was a life changing day.


 We went for supper at Montana's. They sang to Anthony, and he handled it all like a champ. No tears.

I made him his cake. I made one last year too, but now that he has favourite things (diggers and trucks), I knew I had to make one like this. It was a lot easier than I thought. Thanks Pinterest.















For his birthday party, we went to this amazing place called LaLa's Farm. It included a petting zoo, parachute games, hiking, and a wonderful place for a gathering. Anthony had lots of friends there (he didn't really talk to any of them though.) It was an amazing place. Fun for both the kids and the adults. I'd go there every year if I could. He had an amazing day. He ended up filthy and happy.

I'm so grateful for these two years we've had. Every day, this kid is doing something else that is new and exciting. He's not perfect (what I don't show in these photos is him occasionally hitting the animals in a strange attempt to befriend them), but he's smart, hilarious, and can be so loving when he wants to be. I cannot wait to see what he becomes.

I'll be writing him a letter to open when he's older, but I haven't been able to sit down and do it yet. He's going to have A LOT of letters to read. We started last year with letters.

It's been a great week. Clint being home made it all the better. We're going to be super sad when he leaves, but I'll be keeping myself busy until we leave to join him for the summer in Ontario.

Hope everybody had a great May Long.



"Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.”

― Jane Yolen

"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year."
Ralph Waldo Emerson


©ErinLeahMcCrea All photos I share on my blogs are my own, please Ask Me For Permission Before Using Them.


Also, check out my ongoing book blog:  Proud Bookworm at: http://bookserinread.blogspot.ca/ 

I occasionally do guest Mom posts for a local Mommy Connections blog. Check them out, and others here:
 http://www.mommyconnections.ca/saskatoon/category/mommy-connections-news/

Blogs I used to write on but not being updated:
and

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Toddler Truths and Mom Truths

And this week:

May 7
Momma's first Freakout/Meltdown
I don't have the photo of my actual meltdown, but it happened the moment I sat down in the car after a wonderful walk at the dog park. I felt something on my neck, reached back, and grabbed a tick crawling on my neck. I've been lucky enough to not deal with ticks for 37 years. Meltdown began. Full fledged freak out. Since getting home, I've checked myself, my kid, and my dog about 55 times. I'll check once more before I go to bed. I've been so good at going to the dog park, and now I'm going to have to convince myself it's a good idea again. We ALL need flea colours. 

Toddler's First Meltdown:
Truthfully, he was exhausted and needed a nap. In my head, he was upset about the tick.

May 8

This is not a photo of the exact meltdown, and it wasn't a TERRIBLE meltdown. Kiddo came running to me and jumped into my arms because his little friend stole his balloon (the balloon is actually hers because we were at their house.) Just a little more information though: Anthony is always taking toys from her, and he constantly tries to push her around, and sometimes hits. He's not always nice to her. Today though, he didn't push her around, and she stood her ground. She took toys from him when she wanted to, and she wouldn't give up the toys he wanted. It is nice to see her stand up for herself. Anthony needs practice sharing, and needs practice with somebody who won't let him be a bully. They also hugged before we left, and it was the cutest thing ever. He forgave her for the balloon thing, and she forgave him for his bad moments in the past. (Although probably not completely.)

May 9
He wanted something. And I don't know what. We couldn't go inside. We couldn't go to the front yard. He wanted me to do something with him, but he's the only one who knows what, and he was not happy that I didn't do the right thing.

Momma's Meltdown
I had a grumpy toddler, and a dog who wouldn't give me any space. So we took a car ride to the grocery store. I love my doggo and kiddo, but sometimes it's nice not to be touched for two minutes. Also, this photo was taken in my driveway. Before the car was moving. I don't take photos while driving. 

May 10
Stir crazy because it was raining.

May 11
Toddler Meltdown
I put him in the car.


Major Mommy Truth
Okay, so here's the thing, I love being a stay at home mom. I don't regret my decision at all. However, I went to visit the radio station I used to work at today, and I felt uncomfortable a little bit. I hadn't been there for a year. I'm not sure why it took me so long to visit. I love my coworkers. Today, I walked around and caught up with everybody, and I found myself constantly telling people how happy I was with my decision to stay home. And I am, but when asked what I keep myself busy with, I don't really have an answer. Just the obvious, I guess. I guess I wish I had a little more to tell people. I have my writing, but that's not new. I've always had my writing. I don't know. I just left feeling a little down. I don't want to be at that job, but I do miss making my own money. I have my writing, and it's mine, but it's not quite the career I want it to be. It's not a career yet. Maybe I'll get there someday. It was nice seeing everybody though. I miss my coworkers. 

May 12
He was mad because I wouldn't let him hit me. (This was all before 7am)

Tomorrow is Mother's Day. I may just do a post about being a Mom. No meltdowns allowed. We will see though. 

Happy Saturday! 

"Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.”

― Jane Yolen

"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year."
Ralph Waldo Emerson


©ErinLeahMcCrea All photos I share on my blogs are my own, please Ask Me For Permission Before Using Them.


Also, check out my ongoing book blog:  Proud Bookworm at: http://bookserinread.blogspot.ca/ 

I occasionally do guest Mom posts for a local Mommy Connections blog. Check them out, and others here:
 http://www.mommyconnections.ca/saskatoon/category/mommy-connections-news/

Blogs I used to write on but not being updated:
and

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Another week or meltdowns AND laughter

May 6

First, a writing update. I've now written 326 days in a row. I'm interviewing the main character of my next novel, and learning so much about her. I found one that asks a question a day. Some answers are longer than others. It's very motivating to help her finish her story. 

Now for the meltdowns:

The week started off with some good ones. From me.

Sunday, April 29

Momma's first Meltdown
He would not stop asking for a bite of my Balance 365 Power Bowl breakfast. I knew he wouldn't like it because of all the delicious textures and grains. I said no. He asked again (in toddler speak). Finally, I gave in and gave him a bite, and he spit it all over himself and the couch. So we're clear, he had already eaten his breakfast in the kitchen, and I was just trying to finish my breakfast anywhere I could. What followed was a Momma Sized meltdown. (Also picture a dog, just waiting for you to trip and spill your meal so he can also have some.)

Toddler Meltdown
This was a fun one. And I'm assuming an ongoing one. He slides his cars under the couch, and them moves to the side so we can move it and get his cars. Might I add, he one hundred percent does it on purpose. When I say no, we're not moving the couch right now, the meltdown begins.

Monday, April 30
It was a good morning. We met some friends at an indoor play area. None of the kids played, but I caught up with my mom friends. This was about 11. He was mad because I wouldn't go up to the slide with him. Actually, he walks me to the stairs, tells me to sit down, and waves goodbye to me as he climbs up. I can also watch him from the chair. It was close to nap time.

Tuesday, May 1
Grandma tried to dress him. This is after the meltdown.


I'm going to be honest, from May 2nd on, I kind of slacked on recording meltdowns. It was not a bad week though. I've had a wonderful time with my kiddo. We had bad moments, but the nice weather has us in fantastic moods.

Saturday May 7
The bedtime routine included a toothbrush in the toilet and a ripped up book. Can you guess which one of us melted down? Hint: It wasn't him.


Sunday, May 6 (today)
He was angry because after dumping out his buckets of water, I wouldn't get him more (for a third time.) And YES my child needs a haircut. It's on our list.


And now, I'd like to share photos of our good moments. Because meltdowns are great for funny stories (terrible in the moment), but also, the good moments are even better.

Sunday, April 29
Anthony is starting to pick his own clothes, and it's adorable and hilarious. (And vehicle themed). Note the backwards pants so he can see the dump truck.

Monday, April 30
Sidewalk chalk. Enough said.

Tuesday, May 1
Anthony acting like a dog at the dog park. He seems to be part dog.

Wednesday, May 2
I love how he can be completely covered in dirt, but come to me to tell me he has dirt on his hand and asks me to wipe it off. UGH I LOVE THIS KID!

Thursday, May 3
I've been working on these hand and foot print animals for SO long, and now I'm done. Almost. I still have to figure out what to do with them. 

Friday, May 4
The water table became a dirt table and it is a FANTASTIC idea. We still use water in smaller containers so he can move it around He gets the best of both worlds.

Saturday, May 5

Anthony went to his bff's second birthday party. (We say BFF, but they didn't spend any time together at the party.) Anthony was being a loner, and loved kicking the ball around.

Sunday, May 6

We spent almost the entire day outside. The afternoon was spent with his Auntie (my sister), and we loved every minute of it. Ice cream, water, boats, and Aunt Jo are all he needs. Auntie Jo is my favourite person, and his.

That's it. Hopefully we have some fun moments next.

Have a great week! 



"Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.”

― Jane Yolen

"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year."
Ralph Waldo Emerson


©ErinLeahMcCrea All photos I share on my blogs are my own, please Ask Me For Permission Before Using Them.


Also, check out my ongoing book blog:  Proud Bookworm at: http://bookserinread.blogspot.ca/ 

I occasionally do guest Mom posts for a local Mommy Connections blog. Check them out, and others here:
 http://www.mommyconnections.ca/saskatoon/category/mommy-connections-news/

Blogs I used to write on but not being updated:
and

Saturday, 28 April 2018

First Meltdown of the Days

Okay, I'm trying something new.

I'm hoping to once a week share what made my child first meltdown about during the day. I know there are already places you can find reasons why kids are crying, and they are hilarious. These are his very first meltdowns because I'm finding it interesting. I haven't always paid attention to what makes him upset, but as he gets closer and closer to the terrible twos, we are learning A LOT!

And I'm not talking a couple of tears. I'm talking about meltdowns.

So: here we go.

Sunday April 22nd:
He couldn't get my sandals to stay on his feet.


Monday April 23rd
I changed his diaper. (That's a rubber ball in the photo).

Tuesday April 24th

I put him down so I could get his milk and my coffee ready.


Wednesday April 25th 
This one took a little longer. (Yay!) We went for an early morning grocery shop. He got upset because he was in the grocery cart car that he ran to and got in as soon as we got into the store.

Still Wednesday: Mom's First Meltdown of the day:
Anthony put a tooth through his lip. There was a lot of blood. When I saw how much, I cried.


Thursday April 26th

Momma's First Meltdown
I won the meltdown game today. I was first. I had a cry fest as I got rid of clothes that don't fit him anymore. How dare he grow up!

(Still Thursday)
His momma walked out of the room while he was putting cars in a container. And he couldn't get the lid back on. He actually was really good today though, and any meltdowns ended quickly.


Friday April 27th

I don't mean to show off, but he had very few meltdowns today. He probably teared up a couple of times, and cried, but not long enough for it to be considered a meltdown. It was a REALLY good day. One of those days that makes me think, "This gig is pretty great! I'm an awesome Mom and I have an awesome kiddo!" I know thinking this will come back to bite me.

Saturday April 28th

Last one of the week. Yesterday, was in fact, a big tease. He had a meltdown when I wouldn't get off the toilet mid pee today. (HOW DARE I?) 

And that's a little look into my Writing Mom Life, but really just the toddler stuff. 

Happy Weekend!



"Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.”

― Jane Yolen

"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year."
Ralph Waldo Emerson


©ErinLeahMcCrea All photos I share on my blogs are my own, please Ask Me For Permission Before Using Them.


Also, check out my ongoing book blog:  Proud Bookworm at: http://bookserinread.blogspot.ca/ 

I occasionally do guest Mom posts for a local Mommy Connections blog. Check them out, and others here:
 http://www.mommyconnections.ca/saskatoon/category/mommy-connections-news/

Blogs I used to write on but not being updated:
and