Hello! I’m Erin. Wife to Pete. Mom to Zachary (2), Emily and Isaac (3 1/2 month old twins as of 4/19/10).
I decided to start this blog because I was in a rut. A serious rut. A MOMMY rut. One where my son spent way too much time in front of the TV. I’m too embarrassed to share with you the actual numbers, but let’s just say the kid can recite the entire Playhouse Disney TV Lineup in the morning….and maybe even a few repeats in the afternoon.
It started when I was pregnant with the twins. It seems that not all pregnancies are created equal. And while I could work full-time and go to the gym and live a pretty normal life when I was pregnant with just one baby, being pregnant with 2 really slowed me down. I was blessed to not be assigned official bed rest, but was encouraged by my Dr. to take it seriously easy. And as the weeks went on, my energy and mobility went down. Chasing a 2 year old around was just not possible, so we stayed home frequently.
Then, the twins were born. And while my body returned to its former self (sort of), our lives were now upturned with dealing with the chaos that is two newborn babies at the same time. Pretty much my days went like this: Change 1 diaper. Change another diaper. Change ANOTHER diaper (did I mention the 2 year old is still in diapers?). Feed a toddler. Feed a baby. Feed another baby. ::phew:: Uh-oh all that food means—Change a diaper. Change another diaper……you get the idea. And while mommy spent all this time feeding the 2 newborns who wanted to eat every 2-3 hours and changing their diapers just as often (if not more), my 2 year old began watching even MORE TV.
And I told myself, “It’s OK. You have new babies. This is to be expected.” But now that we’re coming out of the newborn phase, I’m in rut I can’t seem to get out of. So, inspired by some photographer friends, I got an idea for a blog! You see, my friends with fancy cameras that take beautiful pictures are always trying to become better at what they do. They commit themselves to going out EVERYDAY and taking pictures. And not just your run of the mill pictures, but GOOD pictures that challenge them in their art form. This, they hope, will make them better photographers. I decided that this was something I could do too. I could commit myself to doing something EVERYDAY to make me a better mother. It could be a new art project with my children. A new way to teach letters. Or counting. A cool field trip. Cooking. Baking. A new game we play outside. Just SOMETHING. Something that is NOT the TV! Maybe by blogging about it, I’ll get some loyal readers who will keep me accountable to do this. Maybe those readers will get ideas of things they can do with their own children. Maybe this band of readers and I will produce such happy children that future generations will live in peace and solve the world’s problems and save us all from Global Warming….or……..maybe I’m getting ahead of myself. Basically, I want to be a better mom. And I want my kid to watch less TV. If we can accomplish those 2 things, this blog will be a success to me!
The title of this blog is 525/600: A Year of Trying to be a Better Mom. And in case you’ve never seen Rent, 525,600 is the number of minutes in a year. Each day’s title will be Day # (###-###): Meaning the Day # and the number of minutes for that time span. Make sense? Why did I choose to do it that way? I don’t know, I guess I thought it looked cool. Why did I choose a “/” instead of a “,” in the title number? Again, I guess I thought it looked cool. And it’s my blog. So there!
I will gather inspiration from books, message boards, other blogs, websites, teachers, wherever. If possible, I will cite these sources.
Happy reading and wish me luck!!