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TSA Waste March 17, 2012

Filed under: Family — aprilgrant @ 9:23 am

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Are you glad you have a daughter? March 9, 2012

Filed under: Family — aprilgrant @ 11:09 am

I was asked this question last week: Are you glad you have a daughter? As you’ve read in earlier posts, I wanted a house full of boys. No girls. I wanted to be the queen of my castle, with no competing estrogen or hormones.

My daughter was born in December and I love to have her. I love taking care of her and I love to be around her. I can honestly say that I have no idea. She’s little, she’s fun. It would be the same if “she” were a “he”.

I have not been overwhelmed by the number of “cute” clothes in the stores. She has plenty of clothes and I have happily used them. I have gone to the babies department at Target at least a dozen times since her birth and have yet to buy a dress or quite frankly, anything “girly”. Don’t get me wrong, I think the clothes are adorable, but I still hate shopping and I hate spending money unnecessarily.

My thoughts and feelings may change as she ages. I may like shopping, want to put her in “cute” this and “cute” that, but I don’t see it. Thankfully, she’s got three aunts and two grandmothers!


Showers are “Me” Time March 6, 2012

Filed under: Family — aprilgrant @ 11:39 am

Everyday is an adventure. I’m not saying that it’s a fun or exciting… just an adventure. I’m a stay at home for the time being. I have a son who’s in school until 2:30, and a daughter who needs my constant attention. I haven’t been able to get any time to myself. When the baby is asleep, I have to clean up, do laundry.

I’m not complaining. This has been a joy. I used to do all of this with a full time job. I was stressed and went to bed exhausted.

Anyway, the only time I get to be alone is in the shower. Just the sound of running water and my thoughts. Peaceful, relaxing.

In the shower, I can think about my hopes and dreams, organize my to-do list, and let the stress wash away. I don’t want the baby, the stresses, or anyone else in the family to interrupt it.

It’s my me time.


So many things… March 2, 2012

Filed under: Family — aprilgrant @ 5:11 pm

I know I’ve been absent for a while. I’ll be getting back to writing very soon.