Intentional, Professional Motherhood

I’ve recently stumbled upon this wonderful blog of Beth Hendrickson, author of Belle Squeaks. In one of her posts on BlogHer, called Hope for the Stay at Home Mom (a must-read post for my fellow stay-at-home New Mammas out there), she suggested this book called Steady Days: A Journey Toward Intentional, Professional Motherhood by Jamie C. Martin.

How I wish I've stumbled upon this book sooner! Lord knows I need it.

I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for almost a year now. And though there are marked improvements in my ways of mothering, I still can’t help but feel like a novice most days (a TRUE New Mamma, inside out!)

That’s really not great, considering my son is almost two.

I guess there would always be new things that come up, new experiences to face, and new lessons to be learned. I get that. But just like in the business world, I feel like I have to be educated to better my craft (with said craft being MOTHERHOOD, no less.) Just like in the working world, I need to be able to KEEP UP with my mothering (that is to say, be able to keep up with myself). In short, I want to be an intentional, PROFESSIONAL New Mamma.

Coz Lord knows I am doing quite a few things wrong…

– Like how Miguel is still sleeping on our bed (and the three of us have gotten so comfortable with this arrangement that none of us are making any efforts–for now–to move him to his room and in his own bed).

– Like how we have no established routines, except if you can call naptimes at 6 PM and bedtimes past midnight a routine.

– Like how I envisioned our days to be on some kind of normal schedule (I even created a family schedule for us!), but somehow we’ve just been on a non-schedule schedule.

So I have this book on order through Amazon. And I can’t wait to read it!!!

IT probably won’t fix/solve what I’ve listed above (which I’ve learned to embrace in lieu of frustration).

But I’ll take any insight I can get.

The Day We Took Miggz to Magic Kingdom

Disney is always a blast. Though I’ve been here more than a couple of times, there’s always something new to be excited about. This was my third time at Magic Kingdom, the second with my hubby, AND Miguel’s first. How exciting is that???

Getting to Experience “The Happiest Place on Earth” with Our Little One

I know how some kids get all weird seeing life-size Disney characters for the first time (or the nth time). Miguel’s not even two, so a part of me was curious–even apprehensive–about how he would react in seeing Mickey Mouse and the gang up-close. But we were in Florida for a cousin’s wedding for a week. It was a sunny first week of May, and we were right in the middle of all things Disney. To make things even more fun, my parents–Miguel’s Lolo and Lola–were with us. In short, we just had to include Disney on our visit.

Downtown Disney

We hit up Downtown Disney on May 4th. This is not a theme park, but an area dedicated to Disney character shops and other fun Disney and non-Disney stores and boutiques. There’s also lots of restaurants and specialty places to eat (my faves are Bongos Cuban Cafe and the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop). Downtown Disney also had small-scale rides for kids. There were not too many, but the carousel here, and the small train were enough for Miggz to enjoy for the day.

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Magic Kingdom

We decided to hit Magic Kingdom on May 5th because I saw in the web site’s calendar that the park had extended hours that evening (which meant more time for us to enjoy the sights and the rides!!!) We arrived just in time for the Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Street Party…the parade was literally starting right behind us as we were taking our photos by Cinderella’s Castle. Talk about a grand welcome!

After watching the parade and taking some more photos with the castle as our backdrop, we proceeded to Adventureland and took Miggz on his very first Magic Kingdom ride: The Magic Carpets of Aladdin. We also went on anything we could get on that was toddler-friendly: Dumbo. It’s A Small World. Peter Pan’s Flight. Buzz Lightyear’s Space Mission. (Note: These are not the actual ride names…I will update once I get hold of the park map we used while we were there).

We also witnessed (almost missed) a FANTASTIC fireworks show and Cinderella’s Castle in all its lighted glory. It’s a totally different experience being in Disney World with your kid. Having him there is really what made it magical.

My son and I at Disney. Every place is the happiest long as I'm with this boy.

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