Dinosaur Happy, Dinosaur Sad

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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(“Dinosaur Happy, Dinosaur Sad” is from one of Quinn’s favorite books right now!)


I can’t believe I’m on a plane right now to Mexico… for an amazing, all-inclusive Cancun vacation… with my girlfriends… but without my family… on Mother’s Day weekend. Ooooh, I am feeling so many emotions right now. Mother’s guilt for sure.

Ok, let’s rewind to this morning because my day was pretty stellar…

Chocolate frosted donut with breakfast? Yes, please.

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Quinn’s 11 month photo shoot (a day early). He ripped the sticker within seconds of me putting it on him. Haha! These monthly photos get harder and harder to take!

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I taught my first KFIT class and it wasn’t a train wreck! Kidding, kidding! Thanks to an amazing class of women, who made me feel as comfortable as possible, I made it through with flying colors!

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And thanks to Kerrie for programming an “easy” workout for me to coach. However, it was not at all easy for the ladies in class. Holy Wallballs!

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Quinn’s (second) Outfit of the Day! Adorable. Pug onesies are the cutest.

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And then my day got sad”¦

When Mal and Quinn dropped me off at the T (to take to the airport), I had the biggest pit in my stomach. Obviously, I am pumped about vacationing in Mexico with my friends, but I felt so upset/guilty/empty at the same time. I mostly kept it together when I said goodbye to Mal, but as soon as I hugged Quinn, the waterworks started. I know. I’m such a baby, but it was so hard leaving my little guy. Of course, I know he’ll be in good hands this weekend with his dad, but, man, I am going to miss him. Plus, the fact that I’m not home for my first Mother’s Day is making it so much harder.

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And, on the way to the airport, I found a pair of his tiny socks tucked away in my bag. *sigh* Dinosaur sad.

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I made it to the airport without any issues and had plenty of time to grab dinner: Chicken Tikka Masala Bowl from UFood Grill. It was phenomenal, especially for airport food. I could seriously eat this everyday. Dinosaur happy!

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And dark chocolate for dessert”¦ because, well, vacation.

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I’m sure once I get to Mexico and have a margarita in hand I will feel better about everything, right?

See ya in Mexico!

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  1. I understand that mommy guilt. I have felt it too. Have fun in Mexico and remember that as moms we need to take care of ourselves too! And a weekend away with the girls is practicing self care : )

  2. oh…. you are NOT a baby. it’s OKAY to have those feelings. It’s such a wonderful bond. My second baby is graduation high school and will be leaving for college this year. Let the flood banks begin. happy mother’s day.

  3. Have a blast mama, you deserve it! I am the same way, and for me, it has never been easy to leave them. They are 14, 12 and 9 and I still get that feeling:)

  4. Enjoy! You can celebrate a belated Mother’s Day when you get home. You are the envy of many right now! Have a wonderful time!

  5. Tina, I’ve been there too, believe me! I have four boys and it is especially hard leaving your first baby for ? the first time. That being said, getting away with the girls for some fun in the sun will make you a better wife and Mom (as if you could be any better, right?!). I’m sure you’re feeling better already, by the time you read this. Mommy guilt is the worst and I do still feel it but then realize what I just told you. Have fun – I would KILL for a girls trip to Mexico right now!

  6. Think of the getaway as a Mother’s Day present from Quinn. Having relaxing time to yourself just ensures that you can keep being a happy and well-adjusted mom to him. Enjoy Mexico and Happy Mother’s Day to you 🙂

  7. Was it possible to book the girls vacay after Mother’s Day? Then it would be a win-win all around with no guilt.
    Since already on the trip, enjoy yourself and have a belated first mom’s day. Moms are great and can be celebrated on any day.

  8. I am not a fan of donuts at all usually, but this one is pulling at me! Now I am craving a donut! As for the Mother’s Day guilt, I am experiencing something similar. Though I am not a mom myself, I do not get to spend my mom’s special day with her because I am in the midst of finals. It is really bugging me, but at the end of the day, our love for our children or our mothers should not be defined and limited to one day. Enjoy your time with your friends and stay in the moment! You only get that vacation once, and I know you will have a bunch of other Mother’s Days ahead of you. <3 Doesn’t make it easier, but I still hope you enjoy the trip to the best of your abilities!

  9. Aww definitely sad, but so exciting! Everything feels better with sun, girlfriends and a margarita, so you’ll do just fine!

  10. Enjoy it! He will always think of you as his rockstar Mom, knowing that you are his super star every day. Have fun in Mexico!

  11. Why on earth did you plan this vacation on your first mother’s day? That is so incredibly strange.

    1. @Loreen:

      This comment reflects very poorly on you, Loreen. What’s the point of trying to make a stranger on the internet feel bad about themselves? Tina, have an awesome trip!

  12. Ugh, Mommy Guilt is the hardest “emotion” ever! I cried reading this post, because you even feel it for OTHERS! I was made to go on a job trip the week before my daughter turned 1, I was devastated. Her last official week of breastmilk only, her last week of being 0, SO MANY GUILTS!!! I pumped like a maniac and seriously felt guilty as I sat in a hot tub at 4 in the evening without a thing to do. Now, with a 4 & 6 year old, I would PAY my company to send me on a job trip for 1 week. HAHA. And then I would be sad when I had to leave my kids for it. You just can’t win. We need a break, but it breaks our hearts. But here is the one bit of what I DO know… when you walk in that door, Q will still love you the same and will instantly forget you have been away. Enjoy your vacation Tina, I’d be right there too if I had the vacation time!

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