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Here it is.  The ‘big ass’ cake I referred to in a previous post – the cake I was working on last week.  It turned out pretty well, I thought.  I definitely learned a lot making this one and it was very well received which is always nice.  It even tasted yummy too.  Sadly, I think it did nothing to help with my healthier eating goals.  I can admit it, I am a ‘spoon-licker’.  Do you know that they estimate the number of calories you can consume just licking the spoon each week to be up to 150cal.  And that’s if you are an average cook, cooking your average meal.  I couldn’t find the estimate for spoon-licking bakers but I’m guessing that putting tongue to the beaters that whipped the vanilla buttercream icing (made with real butter too, none of this shortening stuff) before tossing them in the sink can’t be good.  I imagine, also, that snacking on the cake ‘trimmings’ that you’ve shaved off the cake isn’t a 5-star snack.  Yup, no closer to my goal today.

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Not just ‘a cake’. I am talking about a big ass cake. You’ll have to wait for pics of the finished product but right it is takin over my fridge. Very frustrating but the party is tomorrow so the end is in sight.

So, one of the pros of baking this fancy pants 70th birthday surprise cake is that it got me introduced to a babysitter for the kids! I am in love. She was awesome! Now we can have date nights again!!

Okay. More on all of this later.

11pm, the night before
Husband – Aren’t you excited? You get to sleep in tomorrow!

6:20am, baby crying
Husband – I’m so tired. Will you try feeding her? I’ll bring her to bed so we (HA!) can keep sleeping a bit.
[I feed my daughter, she plays with my face, pinches my arm (and other bits) and pulls some of my hair out. All while my husband sleeps]

7:20 am, baby cooing and yanking my hair out
Husband – Don’t wake up mommy. Let’s go make breaky so mommy can keep sleeping.
Me – [finally falls back to sleep]

Toddler – I WANT MOMMY!
Husband – Shhhh. Mommy is sleeping.
Toddler – I want to watch an episode. (yes, that really is the word he uses)
Husband – No TV. Let’s go make her a special breakfast.

Husband – No, don’t touch that please.
Toddler – Where is MOMMY? [crying]
Husband – Why don’t you go watch TV?

It’s kind of perfect really, in it’s own less than perfect way. I have to enjoy these moments because I know they’ll grow out of it so quick! Now I’m going to take my chance and try going back to sleep for a bit.

Husband – Breakfast is ready. Let’s go take Mommy her breakfast.
Toddler – [running up stairs, knocks on the bedroom door and flys in] She’s awake! Daddy, she’s awake! Mommy, [as he takes a flying leap on top of me and flings his arms around me] happy mothers day. I love you. Can I have some of your pancakes?

Yep, it was a perfect morning.

Well, there was a meal, but it wasn’t the ECCC meal.  I’ve been so distracted that I actually forgot what this weeks meal was supposed to be.  I’ll delve more into my distractions in a later post.

In the meantime, I am reading this Maclean’s article titled Inside the dangerously empty lives of teenage girls; Impressing each other with sex, booze and Facebook. Can I just tell you that it is scary.  I have a daughter who is several years away from her ‘teenage years’ but I fear, that as she gets older her ‘teenage years’ are going to come racing forward to meet her!  Talk about the pressure on the teenage girls.  What about the pressure on the moms of teenage girls and teenage girls to be!  How do we bring this to a rapid halt?

Right before I ran out the door to my ‘social media’ talk, ironically enough, my husband and I had a brief discussion about our daughter.  He does the kids’ baths and he commented that bath time is very different with our daughter than it was for our son.  He said that he finds he doesn’t ‘talk’ to her as much, singing the ‘Head & Shoulders, Knees & Toes’ song as he washes her, like he did with our son.  Which was timely because as I was feeding her supper just before he got home I had a similar thought.  When I fed our son I would talk to him, make an effort to teach him basic sign language for ‘more’ and ‘all done’, that kind of thing.  As I was feeding her, I noticed that I had only one eye on her and the other was always on the lookout for my son to see what kind of trouble he was getting into.  Instead of looking her in the eye and asking her if she wanted more before I moved the spoon to her mouth, I found myself calling ‘No, you can’t take that outside.  It’s an inside toy.’ only to turn back to my daughter to find that I had the spoon halted in the air, as my daughter leaned frantically forward trying to bring her mouth to it, since it obviously wasn’t finding it’s way to her mouth.

As I mentioned, it was a brief conversation, but as I drove to my discussion on how to utilize social media in business, (thanks Julie Cole!) I wondered what kind of effect this might have on her and what I could do about it.

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A mom. A wife. A sister. A friend. An Aunt. A chauffeur. A referee. As any mom out there knows, you become what you need to be. The trick is to not lose yourself in the process. Today, we choose to lead our families back to a healthier state. Physically. Mentally. Together.
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