Sunday, January 31, 2010
Oh, and today is my birthday too, so that's pretty cool!
Friday, January 29, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
We finally have a new comforter set, after spending 2 years using an oversized, thick blanket Corey got in South America years and years ago when he was in the Marines. Warm, yes. Attractive? Oh no. Target is having a huge sale in the home section right now, possibly clearing out last year's styles. For $59.99, this set came with the comforter, skirt, two euro shams (of course I had to buy euro pillows too because I have never owned a euro sham before), two regular/queen shams, and two decorative pillows. What a deal!
Friday, January 22, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Last night when Maddie and I settled down into our recliner to nurse before bed...nothing. And I mean nothing. She got a tiny bit frustrated, bit me, and then gave up. So, I fetched her cup of milk, and we did the usual routine of rocking and singing, only with her sippy instead of nursing. And guess what? I laid her in her crib, covered her up, and she went to sleep! Now, I'm not naive enough to believe that it will always be this easy, I mean even when she was nursing we still had bad nights trying to get her to go to sleep. But last night was a good start to a new era. I nursed Maddie significantly longer than any of my other children (the longest before her was 6 months), and this baby-deciding-when-to-stop-and-just-letting-my-milk-slowly-dry-up method is the way to go! No painful engorgement, no traumatized baby. I'm a bit sad, since she is the last baby I'll ever have (unless I fall on the wrong side of the 99% effectiveness statistic, please God no), but mostly I just feel free. Now I can ship her off to Grandma's when Taylor goes...yipee!
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
1) Nobody tells you how hard it is to have kids. And the degree of difficulty exponentially grows with each child you have.
2) Nobody tells you how hard it is to be married, even if you love the other person with every fiber of your being.
3) Nobody tells you that you will spend every moment before your baby walks looking forward to her being more mobile and independent, and every moment after she learns to walk wishing you could strap her back into that bouncy seat.
4) Nobody tells you that after you have kids you will never, ever be able to use the bathroom again without at least one pair of eyes watching you. Or maybe I do recall that, but I promise no one told me there would be one tiny pair of hands holding onto the toilet lid while I'm still sitting there waiting to close it when I am finished.
5) Nobody tells you that you will feel guilty when your toddler falls off the couch and bruises her forehead on a toy, even though you have pulled her off said couch and firmly told her "no" ten thousand times already that day.
6) Nobody tells you that even though you want to pull all your hair out strand by strand because you have been stuck in the house all.day.long with two young children, you will be too exhausted to escape with a friend for awhile in the evening.
7) Nobody tells you that you can have such polar opposite feelings for the same person. That you can love someone so much, and still be so annoyed/frustrated/angry with them at the same time.
8) Nobody tells you that once your children are asleep for the night, all of the frustrations of the day disappear, and only love remains. Only love.
to be continued, I'm sure...
Not Me Monday, born of our desire to be real, to be honest, to be ourselves, without having to actually admit to all the crazy, scary, funny, sometimes humiliating things we do as mothers.
When I walked into the room and found my darling youngest in the precarious position, I most certainly did not run to grab my camera instead of immediately moving her to safety. Not me!
Of course a nearly-four year old child should be able to dress themselves. But I would never allow my daughter to choose her own outfit, and then actually let her embarass
herself myself by wearing the outfit she put together all day long. Nope, not me!
As a mother, one of the most important skills we must have is the ability to remain calm, at all times. To let the little things go, and not overreact. There is no way on God's green earth I would completely lose it over a shattered eyeshadow. When Maddie grabbed my favorite eyeshadw out of my makeup drawer this morning, then promptly threw it to the floor causing it to break into ten thousand tiny pieces, I certainly did not yell, scream, cry, and throw a fit like a 2 year old. I mean, come on, it is a $3 eyeshadow. Who would lose their cool over that? Not me.
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Sunday, January 17, 2010
Looking at these 3 beloved faces helps, though.
I just wanted to take a minute to sing the praises of my almost-4 year old daughter. This girl has turned a corner. She has morphed from a "terror" into a pleasant young lady. 90% of the time, she listens to directions (and even follows them!), smiles, sings, says please and thank you, gives hundreds of hugs and kisses a day, and is extremely helpful. Fits are few and far between (and if you know her IRL, this is HUGE). She is polite and behaves in public.
I'm afraid the "bug" jumped from her and landed solidly on Madison. My sweet, delightful baby seems to have hit the terrible twos 10 months early.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
The girls have this
The men in my life!
I take pride in the uber healthy snacks I give my kids every day (blueberries, pears, kiwi, peaches, strawberries, blackberries, avocado, apples...blah blah blah), but every once in awhile life calls for Cheetos!
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Enter ray of hope...
If Corey goes in there, in the middle of the night or just in the evening when she is fighting sleep, she will let him cover her back up and rub her tummy...and she goes back to sleep. Really? Seriously? I have tried this, because, well, I'm not stupid. I've been around the block a time or two...or four. Really? Seriously?
Like I said...a ray of hope.
Bald (I pulled all my hair out).
Maddie now follows me around, fussing and complaining all.day.long. That is, unless, she is busy stuffing food into her mouth. Seriously, that is the only time she stops fussing. What happened to my content, laid back child?
And Taylor? Well, every day she tries to break her record for the number of accidents in one day. What would make a previously potty trained child backslide so dramatically?
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
In deference to one of my New Year's goals: we may be bone dry and utterly broke, but at least all of our bills are paid. Not everyone can say that, and it could be worse.
edited to add: Yes, I realize the "I guess" part defeats the goal, it is not truly seeing the positive. Baby steps, people, baby steps.