After almost a week…wow, it feels so weird saying I was gone from the homestead for that long…I haven’t been gone more than a few hours/days in years…but I am back!  Back to the screaming, tantrums, what will we eat, “I need you mommy” and all the other nuances and excitement that occur on a daily basis.  I will have to admit it was nice taking a shower by myself…well, with only two little eyes peering at me, and getting dressed, yes fully dressed on my own without a nurse, husband, or the words “use the call button if you need help”, or a shower seat that only half of each cheek fit on.  All comedy aside, the nurses and staff were phenomenal and my husband did an absolutely amazing job taking care of our precious toddler, 12 chicks (who grew so much while I was away), a lazy dog and the compound! We did have some amazing friends and family there to help and I am eternally grateful to know if something ever happens to me, my family would be well taken care of in my absence! #trulyblessed

Perfect Marriage Sign 

I was so happy to hear that my outspoken toddler gave our “Chosen Sisters” an anatomy lesson after leaving Walmart with her new doll in tow. The anatomy professor promptly undressed the doll and emphatically said “dolly’s tinkle comes out her vagina and her poop comes out her rear.”  So wonderful to know how comfortable she is with bodily functions and names!  During my hiatus, she fed birds and played at the park with her DeDe, took full advantage of Nettie and of course was SPOILED ROTTEN by everyone!  She had such a wonderful time, she didn’t want to come home!  Yesterday, I was treated to my sweet girl wanting to snuggle and keep close tabs on me.  Such a beautiful reminder that even though she may not always show her love for me; when she is sick, or I am absent, her true feelings and needs trump the little attitude she showers me with on a daily basis.

It was so refreshing to hear the daily struggles with our “little heathen” from my husbands perspective especially since typically…mommy is just impatient, tired, or being too hard on the princess.  Now the back story to this was the time I called her an “asshole” and my sensitive, loving, wonderful husband took offense to this statement and I may or may not have been in real trouble for a week or more.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I love having the privilege of staying at home with our little one, but that does not make it easy.  I believe there will always be struggles whether you are a working or SAHM…most days I take the good with the frustrating and choose to reflect at the end of each day on our journey with a little humor and a whole lot of prayer.  It is so good to be home to experience all of the joy and frustration the day has to offer, or maybe its just good to be outside the four walls of a hospital…not sure which yet…just kidding!

Now that I am home, I realize I had gotten a little bit behind/lazy about having quick items in the freezer to heat up and serve when needed.  I have a few go to menu items for this purpose that are filling, quick, healthy and allow my little one to be involved…keeping her engaged and busy is vital in order to get things done and the best part is she learns new skills too!

Paleo Waffles by Against All Grain

Paleo Salmon Cakes by A Girl Worth Saving

Paleo Silver Dollar Pancakes by Jennifer Robbins

Paleo Chicken Pot Pie by Life Made Full

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