Wednesday, May 27, 2009

I don't know how people live like this.

Over six months ago I took my maternity leave. Seemed like a good idea at the time, now six months later I'm not so sure. Canada boasts wonderful parental benefits which my husband and I were gladly going to take advantage of for some much needed family time.
Sadly our much needed family time is now consisting of spending nothing because we are two months behind on bills because I have yet to receive my benefits (which would pay the bills and then some). Now we sit at home and wonder what to cook and what bill to pay this month so we don't get shut off.

Every time I contact EI about my benefits they tell me it will be three more weeks, they cannot speed up the process because it's not fair to the other people who are waiting for EI and sometimes they tell me I do not qualify (we know I do and my employer has sent correct numbers to them two months ago). I am beyond frustrated and really at this point want to lock myself in the bathroom and cry. Tomorrow with lack of other options I will have to go to work and tell them I will pick up shifts because I can't stand waiting with no gauranteed end in sight.
So at this point I feel completely robbed of the time I should be enjoying.. seriously, what did I do to deserve this?

Icing on the cake is that I EBF so.. What do I do for my daughter while I am at work, I have to find 60$ to buy a pump or fork out the cash to feed her formula and enjoy being engorged while Im not home. Seriously beyond frustrated, I don't even want to deal with any of it.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

My cat is insane.

Of all the thoughts I have to possibly blog about, this one just can't escape me. I suppose it doesn't help that my cat (Katie) is currently trying to break into my son's room as he sleeps. Last night I woke to my daughter at 5:30 to be fed (wow an 8+ hr night, not bad!), shortly after that my son came to my bed complaining of nightmares. The nightmare thing is nothing new and I would have been fine with him sleeping in our bed but when he came in the room so did the cat and I couldn't catch her to try to kick her out.

I grabbed Cameron and we went to sleep in his bed because there was NO way he would get back to sleep with the cat trying to play with him and pouncing off the dresser right onto his head (did I mention she was insane?) So I get him in bed and all is well, he is drifting off to sleep and Katie starts trying to break into his room! All we can hear is the handle being jiggled and scratching at the door.. I'm starting to wonder if this is where part of the nightmare issue comes from.

So not only does she try her darnedest to get the door open, sometimes she succeeds. I was in the bathroom lastnight and she was literally dive bombing the door handle from the tall shelf next to the bathroom door. Thankfully I locked the door, my god it's bad enough that I have kids to open the doors on me but now I have to worry about the cat too??

I've only owned two cats in my life, one was antisocial and only wanted to be near us when we were in bed (which was fine, she just cuddled at the foot of the bed) but Katie, wow. Hopefully she grows out of some of this insanity.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Blog Candy Alert x3!!

Have a few of these to mention.. This is a fellow Cafemomer and member of simply scrapping, she does beautiful work! Love her! Another Cafemomer and member of simply scrapping. She's got 2 sweet little girls and claims to be a craft-o-holic. She's got some awesome work posted too, definitely a must see. This site is awesome, I joined the community last month and LOVE it! There are tons of talented ladies there with great ideas and some awesome sketches.

Monday, May 4, 2009

And so it begins

Another night of exhaustion. Clearly I should be in bed but as normal I am not, there's always time for sleep tomorrow right? Yea we all know that isn't true.

Not sure what all this blog will consist of but for now perhaps a slight introduction. I am Erica, mom to two. Cameron who is three, stubborn, loud, busy and very VERY testing. In all fairness he is a very sweet boy but he certainly wants things his way and when they don't go down the way he wants we are WELL aware. Grace is my other babe, just over three months old and the sweetest thing I've had the pleasure of meeting, she sleeps well, and is just superbly content 90% of the time.

I'm generally a stay at home mom although I will likely be picking up a few short shifts every now and then working in the dietary department of my local hospital. I went to school to be a chef and as much as I love cooking I don't have a whole lot of love for most of the jobs I've had in the industry. Some day Id love to open a little coffee shop/ bakery but who knows if that will ever happen.