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Having it all… February 16, 2009

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I remember being 19 in college, taking multiple women studies courses and feeling empowered by the notion that women can have it all. My generation has enjoyed the freedoms of women before us who fought for rights at work, the right to vote, for the right to be anything. I think though, that we women have done a bit of a disservice to ourselves. I think we’ve set our standards way too high and set ourselves up for disappointment. Not to say that a woman can’t do absolutely anything she wants, of course she can. However, I don’t believe in the notion that you can have it all, something always slips. These days it’s not enough to be a working woman and a mom and a business owner. You have to be all of those things and give 100% of your time to each one, (anyone who knows anything about math knows that’s not possible). Yes you can have it all, but it doesn’t mean you won’t have to have serious compromises along the way.

The strangest thing is, that the pressure to be the perfect mom, the perfect employee, the perfect entrepreneur usually comes from women themselves, from our peers from other successful women. You would think since we are all in this crazy ride together there would be a bit more compassion, understanding and a little less competition and expectation.

I have been caught up in the having it all expectation. I just had my first child and I want to be the best mom I can, this is my priority right now, as it should be. Of course in these economic times, there are very few women who can stay home with their children, so I also have a full time job that I will be going back to in April. As the icing on the cake, I am also a business owner. I guess you could say I have it all except for I can’t keep up with it all. I am doing my best, and I think that is what all women are doing. I hope that we all give ourselves a break, show each other some compassion and understanding and lighten up a bit on ourselves. Life is too short to kill yourself trying to have it all.

UPDATE: In response to the comment below I wanted to add a couple of things, I don’t think I was clear. I am TRYING to have it all, but am realizing that it really isn’t totally possible because ultimately you do have to sacrifice something, there just isn’t enough time in the day. Right now, my priority is Leo and I am ok compromising on other things in my life. Anyone who says they have it all without compromise isn’t being honest. Your career takes you away from your family, and your family limits the time you can spend on your career.  Let’s just all do our best to balance everything out, while not pressuring ourselves too much!


Wow, what a SUPER Bowl…. February 3, 2009

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I am not a football fan in the traditional sense. I don’t understand the game, however I do enjoy watching it as the background to my lazy Sunday naps. I was excited about this Super Bowl however, because early on in the season I arbitrarily chose the Steelers as my team. We spent the evening watching the game with our neighborhood gang of friends, and given that I have an 8 week old I didn’t actually watch much of the game or the commercials. That is until my friend Jen yelled, “That’s your house!” Yes, they played our Taco Bell commercial during the Super Bowl!!! We were all in shock and so excited. Bummer we don’t get residuals….


I just can’t help myself…. January 30, 2009

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All I want to do these days is be with Leo. Hug him, kiss him, feed him even change his diaper, I don’t care. Along with that comes this need to put him in all the cute outfits he inherited from his cousins and take pictures. These are some from this week and OMG, he’s just adorable.



Too cute for words… January 29, 2009

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Sorry for the poor camera work, but come on, how cute is he?


Some people know how to give a gift. January 24, 2009

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There are friends and family who always find that unique, very special gift. Sometimes it’s for me, but lately all gifts received have been for Leo (as they should be!)

My friend Christina is one of those people. She has a wonderfully unique sense of style and is very artistic. She always finds gifts that you’ve never seen or heard of before, but that you end up loving and wondering WHY you had never heard of or seen this product before. It doesn’t hurt that she lives in New York where there is a small, hip specialty shop on every corner. She did it again!

We just received this wooden toy from her. It’s the perfect gift for us as Joe has banned all plastic toys made in China from our house.  Leo loves it and so do we. It’s from this store in New York if you are interested .



Shaka… January 22, 2009

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It has been a while since I posted and I have so much to say but I’ll try to do it in a few posts.

I first have to start by saying that I love being a mommy. My little Leo is the sweetest boy, and is just a big snuggly little bundle of joy. I actually shouldn’t use the word little when describing him since he’s weighing in at about 13 lbs. at 7 weeks. He is a big boy! He’s got friends who were born right around the same time he was and they are about half his size. Not sure where my little giant came from, but it just gives us more to love. Plus, I know he is healthy and growing which is so important.

Last week he started smiling at us when we talk to him. Not gas bubble smiles, but honest I’m smiling at what you are doing smiles. It is the best feeling in the world to see those smiles back at you. I videoed him and will post it as soon as I can upload it. In the meantime though, I have to share the shaka with you all. My little man threw his first shaka when Joe was holding him the other night. Joe, being so ingrained in the surf culture, thought it was the greatest thing ever.

leo-shaka2Then today we found this…

barack_677Barack Obama, the first President EVER to throw a shaka. How friggin amazing is that!!! We knew we liked him for a reason. So the theme for today’s post: shaka bra! Hang loose, live life to the fullest.


Babies do the darndest things…. December 22, 2008

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It’s been a busy week in the Guglielmino household. Joe’s family has been in town and our days and nights are full of great food and lots of time spent adoring little Leo. It was Joe’s birthday last night so after celebrating what Joe claimed was his 29th Bday (he’s 35) we were all just talking and watching Leo sleeping. When he is in a deep sleep he usually doesn’t move much, but sometimes he’ll make sudden movements usually due to being startled by noise. Here is the progression of his hand placement last night. These photos have not been altered in any way…have a good laugh!!



We are hoping he chooses thumb sucking as opposed to nose picking, haha. Love my little man.