Tuesday, March 30, 2010

To-Do List.

1. Blog tomorrow.

Owen is 5 months and I'm 29.

I need to blog it out, Kids.

In the interim:

What else do you need, really?

Monday, March 15, 2010


The Hubben and I had our first weekend away without the baby, as guests at our friend's wedding...


It was hands-down, the most beautiful wedding we had ever been to.

The bride was a knock-out. Even the Hubs was wowed, and he's a dude.

We felt like we we're in a movie. It was celebrimony status, fo' sho'.

(I canNOT wait to see the pictures. It was epic.)

As it was a black-tie affair, we had to get all gussied up, which was nice after spending the last four months in yoga pants, covered in spit-up.

A(n?) LBD was a welcome change (Thank Heavens for Spanx.)for both myself and the mister. Haha!

I HAAAATED being away from O, but I know it was good for us to enjoy some time as just adults-not as Mommy and Daddy.

We cleaned up nicely:

My Husband is one sexy bitch in a suit and tie.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Can I JUST sleep please?

Can we cut it out with all the dreams? I mean, CMON.

I have nightmares a LOT. I always have, and I'm assuming that I always will.

The monstery, horror-movie type ones I can handle (unless they involve Owen), it's the emotional, flash-backs-to-childhood ones that I can't deal with.

They are exhausting and frankly, they fuck my whole day up.

Where is all of this coming from? My mother.  As USUAL.

I posted about it while I was pregnant, and now that Owen is actually here, and I'm ACTUALLY parenting him, it's opening up old wounds in new and painful ways.

Hooray for processing.

I took the post off of my blog a few months back, because I was afraid to eventually share it with Owen, and, I didn't want to deal with the backlash that would occur if my mother ever got wind of it.

Lately though, I've been thinking about that post, and the things that I still need to say.

I wrote that post as a reminder to myself, (as a warning, even) and as a love note to my son.

I have spent so many years denying and hiding because it was the easier thing to do. It was easier thing for the people in my life.

There are still plenty of people in my life who wish that I would just "let it go" or "put it behind me."

I understand why they want that. My history is painful and scary. People don't want to believe that things like that really do go on.

We hear about it on the news, or see it on Oprah, but no one wants to really "know" that it happened to someone they love.

People want to believe that you can move past it, forget it. Shake it off like a bad dream.

You can't. It lives with you, and in you, for the rest of your life. You just learn to cope and grow and survive with it.

{I do not want to wallow in it or become embittered, but I refuse to act like it never happened, or like I am completely healed, and good-as-new.}

I want my son to know who I am, and I want him to understand what it means for me to be a good mother to him.

So I'm putting it back up.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

I just woke up from a nightmare about my mother. I have one about her every few months, but it's amped up to several in the last month or so...

I guess I didn't realize how heavily she'd been weighing on my mind lately.

I'm terrified of becoming my mother. Yes, I've had plenty of therapy-I even have a BA is Clinical Psyc for good measure, but that doesn't always abate my fears.

This phrase, in particular, haunts me:
"Everyone eventually becomes their parents, even though they always swore it would never happen."

If that's true, then I'm fucked.

My mom was an unwed, uneducated, teen mother.
(not that those things mean you will automatically suck at motherhood, but in her case, I don't think it helped.)
She was (and still is, in a lot of ways)very immature and selfish.
She made really poor choices, particularly in husbands.
But more than all of that (and maybe b/c of that), she was incredibly violent and cruel.

She beat the ever-lovin'-snot out of me on a daily basis (give or take a day here and there).

My first real memory of my mother is that of fear.

I do not remember a time in my childhood or adolescence, that she didn't scare  (or beat) the living shit out of me.

It took me a long time to realize that abuse wasn't normal. That other children were not legitimately afraid of their parents beating them to death.

[If you spill juice on the carpet, you're gonna get kicked in the stomach, right?]

I was midway into my 20's before I could really even talk about some of it.

At the same time, everybody loved my mom.
She was funny and charming. A great cook, a wonderful hostess, a dear friend. A devoted mother. I loved my mom. I saw glimpses of the person that she projected to the outside world, and clung to that.

To this day, my mother will not admit to, or apologize for the things that she has done.

Because to her, they didn't happen. She was not that person.

She was the mother that got a teacher fired for discriminating against me.
She was the mother that held my hand before surgeries.
She was the mother that cried tears of pride when I graduated from college.

And she was that mother.

Unfortunately for us both, she was also and more often) the mother that blackened my eye and stabbed me with scissors.

This is why I live in terror of seeing her face in the mirror.

I doubt she started out her pregnancy thinking:

"I'm going to make my daughter's life a living hell."

No, I don't imagine she thought that at all, but yet, it happened.

I absolutely do not fear that I will hit my child. What I am afraid of though, is being too harsh. Of being cruel in moments of anger or stress....

because it's not really the physical assaults that scarred me, as much as it was the emotional ones.

My mom was vicious. She said things to me that you probably shouldn't say to another human being, let alone a child, YOUR child.

She was critical, threatening and mocking. Everything that I said or did was wrong AND stupid. She went out of her way to remind me that I was wholly unwanted, and should be grateful that I was allowed to live.

Yet, ten years after the last round, she sees it as: Being "hard' on me for my own good.
And so it is, and always has been, with my mother. She is who she is, and sees the past the way she wants to.

So where does that leave me?

I am not unwed, uneducated, or a teenager.
I do not have a junkie for a spouse.
Nor do I have a criminal record. Or a drug problem.
I have never, EVER laid a hand on any child I have ever cared for.


I have a temper. I have a tendency to have a sharp tongue. I'm a type A personality, and am a self-admitted control-freak. I yell when I'm angry....

All traits that I share with, hell, that probably came from, my mother.

And as luck would have it, I have been through about every type of abuse you can think of. From her, from her 2nd husband, and from people I trusted...

So, as I sit here pregnant with my first child, I can't help but wonder:

IS history doomed to repeat itself?

No, it's not. Not if I can help it.

There is a lifetime of things that I wish I didn't remember, but if it aides me in never taking my child for granted, or becoming disconnected from the gift and responsibility that motherhood is, than I'll take the nightmares every day of the week.

No child should be reared on fear.

If it is the last thing I do, my child will feel and know what it is to be loved and safe in the arms of his/her parents.

Posted by JayneSees at 1:58 AM

That post is an important part of my journey as a parent.

It was not meant to dehumanize my mother.

I know that she loves me, but she is very unhealthy and wounded herself. I don't think she can even connect with how out of control it all became.

That is not always enough, but I have to make peace with it somehow.

This post (and future ones) was about being truthful with myself, and the things I need to deal with in order to be the person and mother I need to be for my family.

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

--George Santayana--

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Mommy needs to move to Boca.

Sometimes, I feel like and old lady. Who has old lady bones. That needs to take her pills.

This is not a good thing when you have a 4-month-old who feels that CONSTANT movement is the only true way of living.

I tried explaining to him that Mommy has CP, and isn't so much the constant-movement-or-down-on-the-knees-or-crouched-on-the-floor type, but he seems to feel that I can overcome that....

35 laps around the downstairs, a trip outside, and some dancing to Elmo later, Owen still thinks:


Listen my love-

Glucosimine and Chondroitin can only take us so far...

Mommy needs to sit down. Her stories are on.