Thursday Thoughts

I feel pretty terrible that it’s been radio silent around here lately, but to be honest, it probably only bothers me, right? But in case you were wondering, things are fine over here.

Well, maybe not completely fine – I’ve been battling a cold-turned cough-turned sinus and upper respiratory infection type thing. Who knows what it really is. Long story short, I finally went to the doctor Tuesday night (thank goodness for Patient First being open until 10pm), and got 4 prescriptions – an antibiotic, two cough suppressants (one for day and one for night), and an inhaler to help open up my lungs. Chris basically forced me to stay home yesterday (smart husband) to recuperate, and while I’m not at 100%, I’m feeling much better.

On that note, can I tell you how much I hate using my PTO for sick days? Seriously. We have only one bank for time off, and any time I take off sick is time I can’t take as vacation time. I earn my PTO painfully slowly, so it’s hard to ever take time off…since I’m always scared of someone getting sick and needing the time. Any other working moms face this? I feel like every time I finally earn enough time to feel comfortable with the amount I have, something happens. It’s so frustrating, and at this rate we’ll never get to take a real vacation. Okay, end rant.

On a happier note, I just realized I never posted any of these photos of getting to see my best friend Nichole and my goddaughter Sophia earlier this month – this girl is getting so big! I already know what I’m getting her for her birthday in May – can’t believe it’s so soon!

Jess Sophia

Abbie had fun, but mostly ignored Sophia. I think she was confused that we weren’t going to see Sofia the First. Then again, Abbie seems to have zero interest in kids younger than her. I’m not sure if this is a good or bad thing for when we decide to try for number 2.

Besties and Goddaughters
See? ZERO interest.


We currently have nothing planned for this weekend, and I’m pretty excited about that. Maybe I’ll finally have time to do all the little chores around the house I keep putting off. Wishful thinking? Probably. I seriously need a maid or something.

Abbie’s current favorite book is Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and she’s finally starting to try to talk more. She’s started telling us what the animals are as we go through the book – bear, bird, duck… and blue. Yep, that’s not a blue horse, it’s a blue. It’s pretty adorable.

Toddler Reading

This is the state of my living room most days. Toys everywhere, and a cat sleeping amidst the chaos. Our poor cats sure put up with a lot.


I’ve really been working lately at going to bed earlier. I used to always be in bed by 10:30, but it had slowly crept later and later until I was going to bed at midnight. Late bedtime =  cranky Mommy. Since I’ve started making an effort, I’ve really noticed the difference in my energy and I’m hoping to make an earlier bedtime a habit again. Thank goodness for DVR. I don’t think it’ll ever be empty.

That’s things around here. I’m so happy it’s almost Friday and can’t wait for it to get here!

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Jess Beer is a full-time working mom of two girls who writes about motherhood, wellness, easy meals and style.

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  1. Hope you get to feeling better soon! I’m right there with you on the working- mom, daughter in daycare, sickness eating PTO issue. My DD is 2.5 and the first 2 1/4 years, I was literally sick every single month. There is not enough PTO to cover all that, let alone take any enjoyable time off work! I don’t know if it’s because she’s older or because I started oil pulling, but the sickness has slowed way down in the last 3 months. Good luck!

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