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A profound thought and a new project.

April 23, 2008

Two-year-olds can learn how to clean up after themselves. Right?

A project.

Wish me luck!

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Need a man? Look in mommy’s bed.

March 30, 2008

Until recently, I enjoyed the pleasure of dating without my little mush brain baby having a clue as to what was going on. But now Benjamin is a very keen toddler who is definitely on to me. If you’ve been reading for a while you know what’s up … but for those who haven’t: 1. […]

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Adventures in Potty Training

March 26, 2008

*UPDATE* Read his response here. Unfortunately he didn’t answer our question. But, hey, can you blame him? It’s a tough one. Dear Random Esquire, We’re kind of embarrassed to admit this, but we’re glad you discovered us. We’re also glad that we’ve sparked what seems like a minor fascination, on your part, in single moms. […]

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To snip…or not to snip? Vote now.

March 11, 2008

There are two camps. Those who believe I should cut my son’s hair and those who think it’s absolutely adorable. Both are incredibly passionate about it because apparantly a little boy with long hair stirs some emotions.

The two camps:

1. “Cut that boy’s hair now, you evil woman.”

These are usually married parents (don’t know why but this is the trend) who can’t stand to see a boy with hair past his ears. They drop the “when are you going to cut his hair?” line after 20-30 minutes of small talk. The setting – a party or intimate gathering. Some have actually told me, I shouldn’t “do that” to him. Sigh.

2. “His hair is SO adorable, you rock!”

This camp consists of my super chic mama friends who think my son looks hip and of course, absolutely adorable. Other members include absolute strangers who proclaim their love for his hair. They usually give me a nod of approval that rings of some club I didn’t know I was a member of.

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Daycare ladies: a tribute to my better halves.

February 13, 2008

I call Benjamin’s daycare at least once a day to check on him. Is this weird? Am I one of the only parents who calls…or does everyone call? I just can’t help it.

I have to call every day…even though they always, always tell me the same thing. “Oh, he’s doing great!” Yeah, right. I know they’re trying to put me at ease but I know that he’s not always “great.”

Like all people and toddlers my son has good days and bad. So in lieu of a real description of his mood they give me stats on his day. “He’s been asleep or an hour, he ate nearly all of his lunch and that’s about it, he’s doing just great!” But even though it’s the same conversation every day – nearly verbatim – I keep calling.

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Toddlers are CRAZY!!!

February 1, 2008

My little baby has evolved into a full fledged toddler and these little monsters are totally nuts…and it’s driving me a bit nuts. Lately he’s just been fussing and whining. Pushing all of my buttons. And as a single mom this is enough to throw me over the edge. I can’t help but feel like a horrible mother. And with no one else around to help … all of the parenting pressure is on me. I’ve heard about the terrible two’s. I’ve been warned. But is this seriously how it’s going to be for the next two years? Seriously? This is pure insanity. How do moms do it? Especially when they have an extremely independent one like mine. Oh yeah – they’re all independent, right? This is when they start testing mom’s boundaries until she loses her mind.

Here’s a typical scenario in the Ms. Single Mama household:

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Single Mom Recipes

January 5, 2008

What do you cook up when you’re rushed in the morning? Or in the evening when you get home from work and don’t feel like making an elaborate meal? I thought I would share my favorite recipies in hopes that you share yours.

These are all super quick, super easy and super healthy recipies that are some of Benjamin’s favorites. And I love them too.

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A web site deceiving single moms

January 5, 2008

I did a Google for “single mother” last night and this site popped up …

The site is filled with little anecdotes and tips on managing your life as a single mother. They had me fooled until I read this line, buried in a list of advice on parenting alone:

Your child is powerless and vulnerable to the possibly less-than-ideal consequences he faces as the child of a single parent.

Less than ideal? You mean it would be more ideal for us to be with the lousy men who either left us, abused us or treated us “less than ideally”?

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The test for any single working mother: the morning wake up.

January 4, 2008

Some mornings are better than others. This morning was a bad one. Benjamin usually wakes up between 7:15 and 7:30. But this morning it was 6:45. I had been up late last night cleaning and didn’t actually fall asleep until around 11:45. Yesterday was a great morning. He was in a happy mood, we got up and at ’em with few whines or whimpers and were on our merry way. But this morning he knew things were back to normal – meaning mommy gets ready for work and then he goes to daycare – so he proceeded to push every one of my buttons.

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He’s back.

January 2, 2008

Yesterday morning Benjamin’s father picked him up for his first overnight at Daddy’s in nearly two years. I kept myself busy all day shopping with my best friend. We are both single mothers and spent nearly three hours in one store! Shopping with no kids is truly a luxury. I came home to my empty apartment and couldn’t bear the loud silence. I am never, ever home without him here. I didn’t know what to do so I just tried to take a quick nap. I couldn’t sleep and just laid there thinking about how lonely and miserable my life would be without Benjamin. I remind myself of this every day but having 36 hours of child-free time made it really sink in.

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