The Real Deal

Done and Done

HomeMeal PlansRecipesGoalsReal TalkAbout Done and Done May 24, 2019 It’s official. I’m no longer a teacher. I should be skipping down the street, singing at the top of my lungs, and cheersing with a glass of champagne. But I’m not. Don’t get me wrong. I’m happy. Very happy. But I’m also sad. This year was…

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Balance

Collin and Owen smiling at each other sitting on chairs

The Need of Balance Pneumonia 4 times in 1 year. That’ll change a person. In good ways and bad. After each bout of pneumonia I went through days, weeks, even months of sadness and frustration. Sadness that my life didn’t feel like mine any more. I was succumb to feeling like crap, taking multiple rounds…

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Career Change

I became a public school teacher 6 years ago. It has been a hard 6 years.  To tell you the truth, I think I’m a decent teacher. I build real, trusting relationships with my students, work tirelessly to differentiated my lessons and have produced great test scores. But am I happy teaching? No. I am…

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Breastfeeding

Collin standing on colorful play area in back yard

Breastfeeding Well, the time has come. I’ve decided to start weaning my little guy from breastfeeding. It’s not that I don’t enjoy it, I actually do.  I’m just so done with pumping. I’m done with hauling my pump everywhere, always wearing a pumping bra, and feeling like a cow being milked 4 times a day.…

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Sleep Training

Collin taking a bath

Sleep Training I never knew how difficult sleep training would be until I had kids. Before Owen and Collin, I thought I knew what tired felt like. I look back at pre-kids Leslie and think, “Seriously? You thought you were tired? Really? Really?” Ian and I were fortunate enough with Owen because he was relatively…

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Anxiety

family photo of leslie, collin, owen and ian

Anxiety I have anxiety. I first noticed it after having Owen. I would worry about the usual stuff such as health, safety, work, etc. but with a little extra knot in my stomach. Then, after having Collin my anxiety got worse. I tell myself to chill and remind myself that I’m being overly worrisome. But…

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Mom Guilt

Mom Guilt Mom guilt. I first experienced mom guilt when I stopped breastfeeding Owen. Call me naive, but I truly didn’t realize how time consuming breastfeeding would be until I had a baby stuck to my breast seemingly 24/7. Owen had acid reflex, which caused him to cluster feed, so instead of feeding every few hours…

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Questions

Questions I’ve decided that being a breastfeeding/pumping full time teacher and mom is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I’ve never felt so out of place and questioning everything I do. A few questions that have come and gone and come again in the past 4 months… How often should I pump? Where…

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A New Normal

A New Normal I’ve got to admit the past few months have been hard. I feel like my life has been dumped upside down, stepped on, kicked, punched, chewed up and then spit out. I knew adding another kiddo to my life would be hard, but this hard? I had no clue. Before having Collin,…

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Back to Work

801eats As many of you know, I finally went back to work. After 9 weeks off, I have to admit I was a bit nervous. I questioned how I would be able to balance my work load of teaching 6th graders with being the best mom and wife I could be. My job is already…

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