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Friday, April 8, 2011

Blog Friend Feature: Four Plus an Angel

I was completely drawn in to this week's Blog Friend Feature from my very first visit to her blog. Because in each of her posts, you really see her heart: the struggles she has gone through and the joy that she manages to find in the every day.  She's a total sweetheart and today, you get to see a lighter side of her.

Meet Jessica from Four Plus an Angel:

This happens to be the end of Spring Break week for us, thank goodness. The joys of balancing the interests of a teenager with the needs of toddlers, is making my eyes cross.

In honor of this week coming to an end and being Shell’s BFF, I am going to go against my usual, “appreciate the little things” attitude to share the following list:

The Little Things that I Do Not Appreciate Since Having Children

1.  My butt- The only reason my behind falls into the “little things” category is because it has completely disappeared. What used to be perky and hold up my back pockets now requires more working out than I care to do to lift up.

2.  Sick days- The amount of sick days a mom gets is so small that there are actually none. I don’t remember this being explained after the “if you see two pink lines…” directions on any pregnancy test.

3.  Tiny print- I now can’t see. I used to have great vision but now, as soon as the font is under 14 I have to go get my glasses or at least scrunch up my face and lean my head way back in order to read, creating more wrinkles than I am already sprouting.

4.  My boobs- Similar to number one, after being pregnant or breastfeeding for four years straight I was under the illusion that my boobs may stay the size of my youngest son’s head but sadly, that was not the case.

5.  Three year-old bladders- Actually I’m not sure it is that their bladders are small or that they just have no desire to get to the bathroom as many times a day as necessary to empty them. Either way, cleaning up pee all day was not in my magical stay-at-home-mom vision.

6.  Sleep- There was a time when I worried whether or not I had gotten eight hours of sleep a night. Now I worry if I have run out of my concealer that could cover up a tattoo because the bags under my eyes could attract a raccoon.

7.  Shower time- I really think I could win some type of Olympic medal for the speed at which I can shower. Do you know how many bathroom cupboards can be emptied and how many rolls of toilet paper unrolled during a 10 minute shower?

8.  Crayons, markers, colored pencils, chalk- If you can draw with it, my children treat it as a concealed weapon, pulling it out only when I am otherwise occupied, to decorate my walls with self-portraits.

9.  Anything small enough to fit in a toilet- If it is little enough to fit in the bowl my children have already tried it and I have either already fished it out or called my husband in amazement to let him know that, in fact, our toilet did have the power to suck it down.

10.  My paycheck- I don’t get one so $0 is fairly small. Actually I take that back, I am paid with kisses and hugs and a million memories of my children growing up that I wouldn’t trade for all the big things in the world.

Please leave Jessica some comment love here and then go follow Four Plus an Angel if you don't already.

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Blogger Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

Ah yes, the finer points of motherhood... unlike Jessica's bum, mine hasn't disappeared, it's doubled in size!

April 8, 2011 at 7:04 AM  
Blogger The Sisters' Hood said...

How delightful to see sweet Jessica over here, hello sweet friend.
Lovely to see you BOTH here :)

April 8, 2011 at 7:18 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

I never had boobs to begin with, so when my butt ended up not being so cute, too, I was in a lose-lose. :)

April 8, 2011 at 7:49 AM  
Blogger livingsj77 said...

I don't mind sharing in the boob and butt department...

April 8, 2011 at 8:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, yes, the shower, or bathroom in general. I have to lock my little one inside the bathroom with me, otherwise he's taking the house apart, well aware that mommy is pretty much unable to do anything to prevent this while dripping wet and full of shampoo. And be real quick is the trick, there are lots of things in the bathroom too.

April 8, 2011 at 8:08 AM  
Blogger Julia Ladewski said...

boobs are over-rated. ;)

and getting paid in hugs and kisses is better than money itself!

April 8, 2011 at 8:09 AM  
Blogger Kmama said...

I was recently just introduced to Jessica via twitter! We're from the same state, so maybe we can someday meet!

April 8, 2011 at 8:17 AM  
Blogger LA Botchar said...

Wonderful post -- so against the grain, I love it! A post we can all relate to - whether we admit it or not!
I wish someone had explained I'd become a "genie" the moment they arrived. Grant me this, give me this, buy me this..All.Day.Long. So why don't I feel like the great and powerful mommie? LOL

April 8, 2011 at 8:18 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

My butt moved in with my boobs in my second pregnancy and never came back home.. Already know and love her..

April 8, 2011 at 8:22 AM  
Blogger Evonne said...

I recently found Jessica's blog (and on Twitter) and I love her!

Mr. Clean and his magic eraser are my best friends. My son will color on anything! It's so much fun trying to get crayon off the tv screen.

April 8, 2011 at 8:37 AM  
Anonymous Lauren said...

Oh yes the shower! I have almost forgotten that I ever had a leisurely relax forget-the-world-around-you de-stress shower ever in my whole life! LOL
An addition to the list for me is also clothes shopping - Kids hiding in the center of the clothes racks, touching everything they see, horrified young sales girls (just you wait!)
It's amazing how many children and a stroller you can fit in a change room.

April 8, 2011 at 8:54 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

I feel like she stole all that information from my brain and then incorporated it into a coherent post.
All of that is so true, sadly, so true.

Thanks Shell, for sharing.

April 8, 2011 at 9:44 AM  
Anonymous Stephanie said...

#7, yes sadly I do know.

April 8, 2011 at 9:52 AM  
Blogger Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Love Jessica's blog!
I live in fear of when the twins figure out how to open the bathroom door. Because our toilet won't survive it I know.

April 8, 2011 at 10:08 AM  
Blogger Kir said...

I couldn't have said any of that better myself, but working outside the home i have a lot less of it, WEEKENDs are hard. :)

thnaks for sharing her with us, I love Jessica's blog and her life.

have a great weekend, both of you :)

April 8, 2011 at 10:29 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Wait, they have concealer like that? I totally need to find it because my dark circles around my eyes have gotten completely out of control.

April 8, 2011 at 10:58 AM  
Blogger Tina L. Hook said...

This was a riot!

Here is my fav line: "Either way, cleaning up pee all day was not in my magical stay-at-home-mom vision."

April 8, 2011 at 11:06 AM  
Blogger Barbara said...

I was so sad the day my big pregnancy/nursing boobies went away.

April 8, 2011 at 11:11 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

Oh my gosh, I can so relate to all of those!! I've lost track of the number of times I've had to fish something out of the toilet! And my kids have practiced writing their names(in ink pen) on our white walls among other things! Totally worth it though-I wouldn't trade any of it for the world!

April 8, 2011 at 11:13 AM  
Blogger Helene said...

Totally love this and I can relate to it so well! My vision totally sucks now and my butt and my boobs...well, let's not even go there.

Our spring break is coming up in a couple weeks...I have a feeling I may be revisiting this post again soon for some humor!!!

April 8, 2011 at 12:10 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...

Happy to see Jess featured!! Yay Four Plus an Angel!

April 8, 2011 at 1:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great BFF pick! I love Jessica! I too can take a shower in RECORD time!!

April 8, 2011 at 1:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I follow Jessica already and she is an amazing Blogger! A perfect choice!

April 8, 2011 at 1:50 PM  
Blogger MommaKiss said...

You know I love lists!! And love Jess. I stop by whenever I can.

April 8, 2011 at 1:52 PM  
Blogger John said...

That last item actually elicited an "awwwwww" from me.

I really, really miss sleep some days. There was a time when I'd be pissed if I had to be out of bed by 10AM on a Saturday. Seriously.

April 8, 2011 at 1:54 PM  
Blogger MrsJenB said...

...why do I want to have kids again? ;)

April 8, 2011 at 2:02 PM  
Anonymous Devan @ Accustomed Chaos said...

i heart Jessica! xxo

& the no sick days is one of the harder ones for me.

April 8, 2011 at 2:19 PM  
Anonymous Heidi Smith Luedtke -- LeadingMama said...

"the bags under my eyes could attract a raccoon" LMAO. Loved it! Nice to "meet you" here on BFF. Headed over to your blog now. :-)

April 8, 2011 at 2:24 PM  
Blogger kc said...

That list was absolutely awesome...I can relate to so many of those. Of course you made me close to tears at the mention of the shower -- I thought I came to terms with that, turns out I am just in denial HA! Def going to check out your blog. Happy Friday!!!

(Thanks for another great BFF Shell)

April 8, 2011 at 3:14 PM  
Blogger Fields said...

Great list. I would have to add something about my feet expanding after children. As if they were not big enough to begin with. Ugh!

April 8, 2011 at 3:46 PM  
Blogger Maggie S. said...

So funny.

April 8, 2011 at 4:32 PM  
Blogger Good Company said...

I like #2, 5, 6,7, 9...okay all of them 'cause they're true!

April 8, 2011 at 5:26 PM  
Anonymous Jessica said...

This is great! My toddler has recently discovered that his finger fits perfectly inside his nose...so guess what he brings me all day long? You guessed it! I am trying to explain the "get a kleenex" theory but he seems to be having more fun bringing his treasures to me. Another one of the less desirable aspects of being a mom!

April 8, 2011 at 5:30 PM  
Blogger Jayme said...

I love her blog, good pick Shell!

April 8, 2011 at 6:23 PM  
Blogger Emmy said...

And don't forget about when pencils can be used as weapons against the other siblings. Lucas poked Alex is the face accidentally with an unsharpened pencil that ended up getting totally infected.
And the boobs-at least they could be as big as they were before I had kids, but no after I am done nursing they get smaller than they started off as!! So so wrong.

April 8, 2011 at 7:20 PM  
Anonymous Paula @ Simply Sandwich said...

Thanks Shell - beautiful feature this week. Have a great weekend!

April 8, 2011 at 8:19 PM  
Blogger Journeys of The Zoo said...

Unfortunately I know (and follow) Jessica because we both share the loss of one of our triplets.

Fortunately I know Jessica because her support is invaluable. I don't feel so alone.

The deepest of thank yous.

April 8, 2011 at 8:27 PM  
Blogger Priscilla - The Wheelchair Mommy said...

AWESOME! AWESOME! List post... I agree and relate to quite a bit of it.

The more I read from you the more awesome I think you are. :)

April 8, 2011 at 9:20 PM  
Blogger angela said...

Awesome, fabulous list! I am with you on so many of them, including the butt. It's so bad that even my DAD commented on its newfound pancake-like configuration.

Also, the showering one. Except mine is how many times the toilet can be flushed, because that's my little guy's new favorite game :(

April 8, 2011 at 9:23 PM  
Blogger Elena Wollborg said...

Awesome BFF pick today! Love Jessica and her blog!

April 8, 2011 at 9:41 PM  
Anonymous Making It Work Mom said...

less boobs + more butt = motherhood

April 8, 2011 at 10:29 PM  
Blogger Mommy Shorts said...

So great to Jessica over here! And I can totally relate to the sick day thing. Moms are not allowed to be sick EVER. And most likely if we;re sick, our kids are also sick, which makes it that much worse.

April 8, 2011 at 10:42 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Great list! Isn't it soooo true about the sick days? I would almost have a limb hanging by some veins or something before my husband would take off so I can be sick while he watches the boys. Poor me, right? Go ahead & cry it out.

April 9, 2011 at 12:55 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

I am always shocked at what my child can get into during my 10 minute shower.

April 9, 2011 at 3:19 AM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Thanks so much for having me Shell. This was fun and so great to meet lots of new bloggers!

April 9, 2011 at 7:37 AM  
Blogger mypixieblog said...

She is hysterical. Going to follow her now (also, #10 totally warmed my heart. Sweetness). Thanks for another great BFF, Shelly! XOXO and enjoy your weekend!

April 9, 2011 at 12:54 PM  
Blogger Varda said...

Hey, Jessica! You know I visit you at your bloggy "home" but it's so nice to see you over here, too. Funny post, I ditto it all... except my butt could NEVER be considered a "little thing."

Thanks Shell, excellent choice!

April 9, 2011 at 2:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was cute. Made me laugh. I'm with you on all of these. And where did these wrinkles come from?

April 9, 2011 at 2:53 PM  
Blogger Alexandra said...

I love this woman.

April 9, 2011 at 5:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lol I can totally relate to all that! A $0 pay check really sucks.

April 9, 2011 at 9:00 PM  
Blogger Sara said...

I remember sitting outside the bathroom door, waiting for my mom to finish whatever she was doing.

I would just sit there and talk to her.

I have since apologized.

April 10, 2011 at 11:00 AM  
Blogger Sally @ Dont Wake the Kids said...

You stopped by my blog through UBP11, and so I'm here to return the favor!

I LOVE your blog!

So glad to have met you. You made me smile this morning. :)

April 10, 2011 at 11:09 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This is a funny and relatable post with a perfect ending!

April 11, 2011 at 4:48 AM  
Blogger Pam @ The Journey Leads Home said...

LOVE this!!!!!!

April 13, 2011 at 5:51 AM  

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