Moms to the Rescue

My son and I were at his Little Gym class. This is a class we go to every week. You get there, they ask all everyone to wash their hands before heading into the gym. My boy and I head over, but something went horribly wrong. I was holding his hands and then all of a sudden he was falling and hit his face on the chair used as a step stool for the kids to reach the sink. I picked him up and tried to look in his mouth and all I saw was blood.

As a mom, I try my hardest not to freak out when he is upset or freaking out because I don’t want to scare him. In my mind though, I was FREAKING OUT! I couldn’t figure out where the blood was coming from. His teeth looked fine. He was sobbing. My mind just froze. I didn’t know what my next step was. Do I leave? How do I help him? I can’t find the blood source so is it worse than I think? Am I ER bound to make sure his jaw is okay? Did I do this to him somehow? Did he trip? Am I a terrible mother? It all happened so fast. Panic panic panic! (Inwardly).

This is where this story gets good. In my moments of being frozen and holding my crying boy, Moms around me came to my rescue. One with a towel to soak up the blood, one with an ice pack, and all with encouraging words and advice. I was not alone.

My boy stopped crying with the ice pack, I was able to see he bit his lip and was probably just a little shaken up. He pulled himself together (way better than I did, as I was trying not to tear up) and went into his class and had a blast.

I’m writing this story here because truthfully, I am still shaken up. I just wanted to hug and squeeze him and have him lay his head on my shoulder so that I could cry and just hold him and know he was okay.

Here is the important take away: be that mom. I want to be the mom that helps a fellow mama out in a moment of panic and brain freeze. I want to let her know that she isn’t alone. I will show up with a towel or some ice or whatever she needs and help her out of that scary moment. I want to tell her that sometimes kids fall down, but it will be okay, and she will be there to pick her child up. I want to let her know that she is doing great and all they need is love.

Be that Mom.

XO, Nico

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Hey There. It's Nico.

First I want to say Happy New Year! Thank you for reading my blog! I thought it would be fun to share ten facts about moi. If you can relate to any of them I would love to hear from you! Solidarity!

  • My husband is a musician and we met at one of his gigs in 2008. My mother introduced us.
  • I have 5 sisters. 3 Stepsisters and 2 biological sisters.
  • I have terrible night terrors almost every night. The only thing that has helped is completely cutting caffeine out of my diet AND listening to a meditation before I got to bed called, “I am safe.”
  • I am 50% Greek and the other 50% is a mixture, but mostly Scandinavian.
  • My obsession with true crime has led me to my favorite podcast: My Favorite Murder>>.
  • I have a taxidermy tarantula that I got in Santa Fe, NM as a child. I named him Spud and he has been with me for 25 years and countless moves, despite my arachnophobia and frequent night terrors about spiders.
  • My husband and I went to the same high school, but he is 11.5 years older. In fact, he graduated high school with my 8th grade social studies teacher.
  • My biological sisters and I all have different colored hair…to the extreme. I am a strawberry blonde, my middle sister is a dark brunette, and my youngest sister has dark red, curly hair.
  • I have a Mini Australian Shepherd named Babyface Finnster (Finn) who was named after Baby Face Finster from Looney Tunes.
  • When I had my son, I brought my own hospital gown for the occasion. Purchased from Motherhood Maternity>>, looks like a nice comfy black dress with hidden snaps. It’s all about style, am I right?

XO, Nico

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End of a Decade

The time between Christmas and New Years always seems like the strangest time of year to me. Especially, this year. We are approaching the end of a decade and entering an entirely new one. Pretty exciting stuff, but what does this mean for making New Years resolutions? Go all out and make some “decade” resolutions along side the year 2020 resolutions? I’m thinking why not? Where do I see myself in 10 years? What are my short term goals for 2020 and where do I want to be in 10 years? Ponder that.

I’m going to share with you my favorite New Years Eve tradition that my husband and I have. Each year, we both take small pieces of paper and write one resolution per piece. As many as we want! We put them in a small tin box and tuck it away for the year. Then the next time New Years Eve rolls around, we read the resolutions from the year before, discuss them, and give ourselves a pat on the back for the ones we accomplished. It’s fun to do this together. As a married couple, I also appreciate it in the way it gives us to connect on what our goals are year after year and see that we are still on a path that brings us together. Maybe indulge in a little New Years champagne in front of the fire while we’re at it.

I want to thank you for reading and most importantly wish you a very Happy and Healthy New Year! May all your resolutions become reality!

XO, Nico

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10 Holiday Traditions

Now that I am a mother, I find myself getting very sentimental about holiday traditions. I love the traditions my mother established for my sisters and I, and I want to do the same for my son. Here are a few of the traditions I got goin’ on right now.

  • Setting up and decorating the tree at the beginning of December while listening to Christmas music.
  • Opening pajamas on Christmas Eve with the family, accompanied by several photos of jammie time.
  • Opening an ornament on Christmas Eve.
  • My husband making a delicious beef stew on Christmas Eve.
  • Opening stockings Christmas morning while enjoying coffee and/or a mimosa, followed by the rest of them presents!
  • Having a delicious brunch after presents on Christmas Day.
  • Dressing up in our Ugly Christmas Sweaters for the remainder of Christmas Day and celebrations with extended family.
  • There are always fun holiday headbands to wear once the party starts and/or the Santa hats.
  • When visiting my mother in Philly we do a White Elephant gift exchange with the extended family which is super fun!
  • When visiting my mother in Philly there is always a dance party at some point during the festivities. Always.

I would love to add more! I grew up with all girls, so my question to you is this: What holiday traditions do boys like? What can I add for my son who is 18 months old? Please share your ideas and the traditions that you love and hold dear!

Happy Holidays everyone!

XO, Nico

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Holiday Shopping Hot Spot

This year I have done the majority of my holiday shopping online. It all started with my son getting a cough, then pink eye, then a fever, then some vomiting and a little bit of croup. Needless to say, the whole household caught a cold and we have been cooped up here since the 2nd of December. Since I have family out of state, I try to get my shopping done early because I need time to wrap and ship the presents. What I want to share with you today is a retailer that I had forgotten about until my son needed some cold weather pants a few months back and I found myself here: Macy’s.

Macy’s isn’t a place that had readily popped into my mind in years, and possibly ever. I have rediscovered Macy’s and I am down with this department store. Macy’s has awesome sales pretty regularly and literally has something for everyone. Shopping for your husband? Macy’s has men’s watches, jewelry, ties, clothes, gadgets, etc. Shopping for your toddler? Macy’s has toys and clothes for toddlers! Score! Shopping for Mom or Grandma? Macy’s has quality slippers! Haha. They carry Free People, which if you read my blog you know I LOVE Free People. All priced pretty reasonably especially with their constant sales.

Macy’s has a Gift Ideas section on their site which is incredibly useful. You can shop their stocking stuffers (so helpful), you can shop for “last minute” gifts, you can filter it by who you are shopping for, or by price, or by type. They even have a White Elephant gift option. Check it out here>>. You can have the products shipped directly to you or pick up at your local store.

If you find yourself stumped on a gift, Macy’s just might have the answer. Happy Shopping!

XO, Nico

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