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Eight Arms

As a new mom, I find myself wishing for more time in the day while simultaneously watching the clock and counting down the seconds until Colin’s bedtime routine starts. Being both a loving caretaker and an energetic entertainer (even after you’ve been woken up 4 times overnight) for nearly 10 hours a day is exhausting stuff!

I literally said to Richard this morning: “If someone said I could have entire weekend to myself, I honestly believe I’d sleep for 48-hours straight.”

On the flip side, there are so many things that I’d love to DO.

Tidy up certain corners of the house
Catch up on laundry
Spruce up the yard
Work on Colin’s baby book (sorry Colin, according to your baby book you don’t even exist yet)
Design and print photo albums
Finally start that tried-and-true recipe collection
Read a book
Drink coffee that hasn’t been microwaved fifteen times
Plan Colin’s first birthday

I could keep going, but I won’t.

Can’t us moms just grow some extra arms?! I mean, really. How is that not a evolutionary thing? Alright, fine. That would be pretty weird.

I drew this little octopus for Michael‘s new Scribble Picnic group. Michael is a friend from the blog world! Think of Scribble Picnic as a creative co-op – a weekly challenge for us creative-types. There is a theme each week, but other than that, anything goes! Please join us! This week’s theme was “octopus”, which just got me thinking of all the things I could do with eight arms!

Any mommas out there have some tips to share for at-home productivity with a little one? I’d love to hear from you!

xo Cassie


  1. Wow, Cassie, I had no idea you drew at all and jsu thow creative you are! I love your piece, the positioning on the page, the line work, colour, everything. Great job and I ESPECIALLY love the tie-in to Octopus through your fabulous write up. You are a natural writer, gifted. Thank you so much for even managing to find time to do this (What? Like at 11pm or something? )

    It’s really exciting to see you join in and great exposure to your blog too which I hope lots of people find as you write so eloquently. I’m sure there are oodles of new moms out there who can relate to your plight. I really had to chuckle over the baby book “non existence”–exactly what happened by the time the third kid came along, poor guy, and fewer pics of him than the first two.

    I just heard my daughter lament this comment below too the other day. So true!
    “As a new mom, I find myself wishing for more time in the day while simultaneously watching the clock and counting down the seconds until Colinโ€™s bedtime routine starts. ”

    Great stuff. Thanks again and I have duly noted your sidebar icon entry and the others for your chances to win the giveaway. It would be fun to send to you as I know you and Richard would use it (maybe not Colin yet, however)! The entries will be entered into a random number generator and the winner drawn then, tomorrow night when I will also announce it online.

    Hope to see you next week (if not sooner here) for “Cabin”!

    • Cassandra

      February 22, 2017 at 2:54 pm

      Michael, thank YOU! It felt really good to get some doodling and scribbling in during Colin’s nap — I would usually spend that time tidying up after our playtime or making myself a snack while staring at a million dishes that should be washing themselves! And thank you for the compliments on my writing! I like to have fun with it – I try my best to write like I speak. And yes, I hope to one day get to Colin’s baby book. Hopefully before April 29th (his first birthday!) haha!

      I should just take a WordPress class or something… because it definitely is difficult! I try not to change things too often because it’s too confusing! Maybe I’ll switch to Blogger in the future. I can certainly see how it would be easier to keep up with others through that platform.

      I’m looking forward to the next Scribble Picnic, too!

      • Wait until baby no. 2, if you have one, in terms of keeping up with dishes! ๐Ÿ™‚

        As you put, drawing from imagination is not your thing so I really appreciate you doing this and maybe cabin will be easier in that regard?

  2. Great post and octopus illustration, Cassie! I’m way past being a new Mum with the youngest of my five kids turning 18 in recent months but I hear you. I remember the baby days all too well.

    • Cassandra

      February 22, 2017 at 2:47 pm

      Thanks, Serena! Ah, wow – 5! What a wonderful family you must have! Thanks so much for stopping by ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. yes, who doesn’t want more arms to do more things? think of the many task you could accomplish, of course, not quite practical in the wardrobe department but what the hey.

    I find myself counting when visit each participants & yes, there is 8 arms in your creations. very nice take on the scribble picnic theme.

    have a lovely day.

    • Cassandra

      February 22, 2017 at 2:46 pm

      Hi Lissa, thank you for stopping by! Yes, I kept counting each time I’d add a detail — those arms mess with your eyes! Thank you!

  4. So cool. I love your post. What would I do with six extra arms? Lovely sketch.

    • Cassandra

      February 22, 2017 at 2:45 pm

      Thank you very much, Hanna! Right?! Think of all the endless possibilities! Texting while folding laundry? Giving baby a bath while reading a book? Oh, I wish!

  5. linda (dots n doodles)

    February 22, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    A great character comes through in your pencil drawing and I love his bubbles. Super take on the theme.

  6. you’ve done a great job with your octopus, well done!

    • Cassandra

      February 22, 2017 at 2:43 pm

      Thank you, Christine! It’s been ages since I drew anything – so it felt really good to get a little messy and scribbly with the pencil!

  7. I really love your octopus, and I think the color is great! Funny how others went with yellows too!

    My advice: there is never enough time so instead of trying to find more time, just let certain things go. Don’t try to do it all, the house is clean enough as it is. It all goes too fast and no one ever looks back and says, I wish I found more time to clean the house(or whatever) but they do look back and think, wish I slowed down and enjoyed my time with the kids more.

    • Cassandra

      February 23, 2017 at 8:17 am

      Aw, thank you Andrea! Yes, yellows apparently seemed to be a theme, too! Wonderful advice, and I definitely plan to get better about letting go of the “chores” and start having more fun! Because that’s what “babyhood” should be all about, right?! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. adorable octopus!!

    do I have any advice for productivity when a little one is around? well, it’s been a long time since my daughter was little but i did get some good advice that worked for me. “don’t stress about housework!” take time to play with the baby because they don’t stay babies for very long! the housework will be there forever!

    • Cassandra

      February 23, 2017 at 8:14 am

      Thank you, Sue! I agree, he’s already growing SO fast — I need to slow down and the rest will get done in due time! Appreciate that lovely reminder and thanks for stopping by!

  9. Hi
    I love your octopus. Little details but soft and gentle. I am a grandma of 7 so have gone through many stages but if you jump over to my page you will see we have much in common. I still keep just as active and would love a few more appendages.
    I have 30 turtle art activities on my website under For Children and Homeschool Parents. And I love WordPress. I used Blogger but switched years ago to WordPress and then to self-hosted WordPress.

    • Cassandra

      February 23, 2017 at 8:12 am

      Hello, Janis! Thanks so much for stopping by – and I do plan to visit your blog today, as I’d love to see your turtle art activities! And wow! A grandmother of 7, how very special. My mom is a first-time grandma to my son, and she’s over the moon happy! Though, she doesn’t “feel” like a grandma, haha! Have you done most of your web design yourself? I suppose the next step for me is to study up on WordPress – no point in hiring someone to design my website, since I don’t make money off any ads or anything, haha! Maybe I need “WordPress For Dummies”!!

  10. Just think of all the hugs you could give with those eight arms! I’m way past the new mother stage but I still think I could use eight arms myself sometimes. Your octopus is wonderfully detailed with the suckers and water bubbles.

  11. This is absolutely fabulous, Cassie! Wow! I had no idea you draw. I really like the mystery behind him as well. Great colors and mood-setting, too. So wonderful to connect with another fellow creative! Hope you have a great week and find enough “arms” to do all the things you need to accomplish this week. ๐Ÿ˜‰


    • Cassandra

      February 23, 2017 at 8:09 am

      Thank you for stopping by, Alexandra! I really did enjoy doing this drawing, as rough as it may be! And yes, it’s lovely to find a little group of like-minded people. That is to say, those who want to “slow down” and do something creative for pleasure – not necessarily for anyone else! xx

  12. Great job on the octopus. It looks so relaxed, just gliding through the water!

    I know how you feel about wanting to be able to do more. But trust meโ€“what they say is true and suddenly the little ones are no longer little. So just do what you can (with your two arms!) and enjoy every moment you can with your Colin!

    • Cassandra

      February 23, 2017 at 8:07 am

      Thank you so much — and you’re right. That is the best advice that I’ve heard, and I need to be better about letting the other stuff go!

  13. So happy so see you get involved with Michael’s art blog – you are a wonderful artist, do people actually know you have a degree in it?
    Glad you can fit time in your busy schedule to draw and write – always love to see you have a post up – it will be part of a journal later for when Colin can read!
    Love, Grandma x

    • Cassandra

      February 23, 2017 at 8:57 pm

      Haha, I don’t usually share that little tidbit, but that’s only because my degree was more focused on art education – and elementary level was my favorite! In other words, I can’t wait until I can make art and create little crafts with Colin! xx

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