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Milestones: Bittersweet

31 Aug

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My baby had his meet and greet at Mother’s Morning Out yesterday.  He’s in a great classroom with three very kind and gentle teachers.  The surroundings are warm and comfortable and the table and chairs appropriate for his size.  I fully expected him to wail the moment I put him down, even with me in the room, as at home, he often does this, and at church, well it’s a guaranteed cry at the Nursery drop-off.  But at preschool?  He took off exploring the new-to-him toys and didn’t seem to even notice whether or not I remained present.

All that is great.  I’ve always really been blessed with wonderful, caring teachers and babysitters for my kids.

But, in the midst of these moments, these next steps or stages of their little lives, if I stop for just a second, I realize that milestones also represent a “moving on”.  When your baby gets his first tooth, it somehow jumpstarts that “they grow so fast” movement.  And when your child walks, it signifies that you no longer have a “baby” in some ways.  When he begins speaking, you realize that you have a full-fledged toddler.  And when he goes to school, well, it feels kind of odd being in the house all alone for the first time in years and you realize that those times will expand and continue for most of the rest of the time they live with you.

Milestones are awesome.  We record them in books.  We post photos and updates to Facebook.  We send text messages to friends and family.  But, they also bring with them a sense of loss sometimes.  Loss of an age or a stage.  Loss of control as your child becomes more and more able and independent.  And anticipated loss, as you realize they’ll be out there in the big world alone at times, and then maybe most of the time, in the somewhat near future.

My kids are only one and five years old, but I can’t help myself some days.  I think forward to their teen years and wonder if they’ll enjoy spending time with my husband and me or be the stereotypical kids who think mom and dad are so lame and annoying.  I then anticipate them being grown men, and while praying that I live that long, I simultaneously think about things like whether they’ll remember to call they mom once in a while or if they’ll get married and have kids and move to Sri Lanka and spend all their holidays with their in-laws.

Sure, some of these thoughts or feelings are a little exaggerated.  But, I don’t think I’m alone in finding milestones, big and small, a bit bittersweet.  And maybe that’s a good analogy for the entire parenting journey.  Each joy is equally matched with a challenge, and likewise all those moments of stress and strain are overcome by fleeting, but very real, moments of bliss when you look at your kids and realize they are yours…all yours to share this life with.  What an incredible gift!

Bless your heart :-),

Amber
“Atlanta Mom”

This Week in Atlanta: Events, Deals, & More

28 Aug

STUFF TO DO

September 1st: Celebrate Freedom Atlanta– FREE, but tickets required

September 1st 9am-12pm: Kid’s Football Post Game Workshop at select Home Depot Stores– FREE

September 1-3: Art in the Park- Marietta– FREE

DEALS

Groupon to Atlanta Zoo– $20 for a visit for two

Just $6.90 for one admission to Imagine It: The Children’s Museum of Atlanta at SweetJack

ACTIVITIES

Drama Classes for Kids throughout the metro area: Forefront Arts

COOL STUFF

Former Atlantans Jennifer and Jonathan Fenske launch a cool app that appeals to healthy eating and creativity:

What do you see happening at Atlanta Mom?

27 Aug

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I am just thrilled to have the opportunity to expand Atlanta Mom into blogging and other social media.  I love living in Atlanta and am often overwhelmed by all the city has to offer in resources.  There are a few other sites dedicated to families who live in the ATL, and they each have their niche.  But, there is lots of room to grow and nourish the hundreds of thousands of families in our metro area.

So, I need your help!  What would you like me to write about here?  What would you most like to see happen at Atlanta Mom?  Deals?  Events?  Reviews?  Networking?  Inspiration and support for mothers?  I have so many ideas, but I want to be sure that what we are offering here is in line with what is needed by the community.  Please comment or email me at atlantamom930@gmail.com to let me know how “Atlanta Mom” can help you and your family.

We’re all in this parenting thing together.  Let’s make this a place we we can connect and support one another!

Bless your heart ;-),
Amber

“Atlanta Mom”

Life saving operations seen up-close as “Rescue” hits Fernbank’s IMAX® Theater in September

24 Aug

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Beginning September 4, 2012, visitors to Fernbank Museum of Natural History will have the unique opportunity to get an inside look at what it takes to be a first-responder in the new IMAX® film Rescue.

Profiling four individuals who dedicate their lives to saving others, Rescue gives audiences a behind-the-scenes look at the adrenaline-filled work of two pilots, a naval commander and a volunteer rescue technician.

Viewers will jump, dive and fly into the worlds of these four brave heroes, and share in the highs and lows that come with being an emergency responder. The film documents each character’s journey from disaster training to real-life relief efforts, as emergency teams from around the world are called to provide vital aid in the wake of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

Director Stephen Low created the film to recognize all the brave men and women who provide help and hope in times of dire need.

“It’s impossible to witness that level of devastation without finding solace in the extensive personal contributions of time and effort made by both professionals and volunteers that rally to help in the worst of times,” said Low.

Rescue provides an authentic look at the scale of devastation and chaos in Port au Prince, and allows viewers to witness the difficulties that first-responders faced as they worked to save lives during the biggest humanitarian disaster of the century. Collectively, their interwoven stories bring a sense of quiet humility and devotion to others.

“The Earth is a lot like a jigsaw puzzle. The puzzle pieces, called plates, are constantly moving,” said Kaden Borseth, Fernbank’s Earth Science Programs Manager.  “The sudden release of pressure built up from the movement of the plates can create small earthquakes that go unnoticed as well as massive events like Haiti experienced in the film. While devastating natural disasters are relatively uncommon, Rescue does a great job of showing how incredible the human culture can be when responding to those in need.”

Rescue shows daily from September 4, 2012 through November 15.*

On Friday, September 7 and Saturday, September 8, the Museum will host a special appearance by Steven Heicklen, one of Rescue’s main characters. Steven is a private businessman, husband and father of three. In his spare time, he serves his neighbors worldwide as a volunteer firefighter, Emergency Medical Technician and a FEMA-certified Emergency Manager. Steven will be on site Friday afternoon and at various times during Saturday to sign autographs and introduce select showings of the film.

Also showing in Fernbank Museum’s IMAX Theatre from September 4-November 15*:

  • Africa’s Elephant Kingdom (shows daily)
  • To the Arctic (shows during limited times on Fridays only)
  • Cirque du Soleil: Journey of Man (shows exclusively on Friday evenings for Martinis & IMAX)

For a complete schedule, visit www.fernbankmuseum.org/experience-imax. *Films and run-dates subject to change.

IMAX® tickets are $13 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, $11 for children ages 12 and under, and $8 for Museum Members. Value Pass tickets, which include both Museum and IMAX admission, are $23 for adults, $21 for students and seniors, $19 for children, and $8 for Museum members. For tickets and visitor information, visit fernbankmuseum.org or call 404.929.6300.

Rescue is directed by Stephen Low and produced by The Stephen Low Company (producers Pietro L. Serapiglia and Alexander Low), executive produced by K2 Communications (executive producers Bob Kresser and Jan Baird), and presented by The Boeing Company and Canadian Forces Maritime Command. Low is a Montreal-based filmmaker whose past works include films such as Titanica and Volcanoes of the Deep. The film has been rated G and has a run time of 45 minutes.

Ten cents from every Rescue ticket sold will support American Red Cross Disaster Relief to help those affected by disaster anywhere in the world. For more information, visit www.rescue-film.com.

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