Monday, September 29, 2008
I have also had a 'cleaning schedule' for a long time. I've always chalked that up to the fact that I don't especially like cleaning house and without a schedule I might not get it done as I would just do something else that I
Of course, it could be that the more kids we've added to our family, and the older they've gotten- the more extra curricular things they do -- the more schedule bound I've become.
At any rate , it has become rather apparent that I like my schedules. With the new baby being here ALL of my schedules have been incredibly interrupted. I didn't struggle with this as much when L was born. I've been thinking about why, and I think it is because when L was born, A and M were still preschool/toddler age and we had no extracurricular activities. At least not any that hugely affected my other schedules.
This time around, though, things are different. This time around we are in the throws of fall soccer which A and M are both doing and that takes up Monday and Tuesday evenings and part of every Saturday. Luckily, it will end in October. To say that I will be jumping for joy is an understatement! Besides soccer, all three girls are in dance this year. A has 2 classes and M and L both have 1 and NONE of them are in the same classes. Therefore, we are at the dance studio 4 afternoons/evenings a week. Then of course we have church on Wednesday nights.
Between all of these things and just trying to tend to a newborn ,my house looks like a tornado came through. To be honest, my house wasn't spotless before the baby came. Having moved in late June,being really pregnant, along with sort of waiting to see if we are going to stay in this house for the long haul or not (I don't mean we are moving from this church -- just maybe to a different house) I haven't really gotten everything unpacked and put in a place or on the wall or what have you.
I am to a place now where the tornado is driving me crazy. And really it is just embarrassing when people come to visit B and I have to apologize for the state of things. Don't get me wrong -- my house is clean. I can't stand the thought of my bathrooms not being cleaned once a week , etc.....It's just that the clutter is driving me mad.
All of this to say that I am determined to get back to my schedules. To stop the chaos-- to control the madness. Starting TODAY -- I'm going back to FlyLady. If you don't know FlyLady, you should really check her out -- she is very helpful for those of us to whom housecleaning doesn't come naturally.
With all of that in mind here is my start --
Monday is laundry day at my house. I will be washing,drying, folding, hanging and putting away laundry. I will also be beginning to switch out the summer clothes for the winter clothes.....YEA!!! I'm so excited that fall is here - and where I am -- today and tomorrow's highs are in the 70's and the rest of the week -- it will be in the 60's -- I am beyond elated about this! I LOVE FALL and cooler weather.
Besides laundry, here is my menu plan for this week....Hopefully I can get the list made and go to the grocery store sometime today also.....
M - Grilled Chicken, broccoli, potato's
T - We have a meeting at school and a soccer game so we will grab something quick.
W - The Gathering Meal at church
T - Enchilada Casserole, black beans and Spanish rice
F- Indian Fry Bread (Fundraiser for our kids school)
S - Baked Cod (I'm thinking I'll use this recipe), green beans, brown rice
S- out to eat
For more Menu Planning, go on over and visit Laura. Now, if you'll excuse me -- I've got to take the baby to the dr. for a checkup (he is a month old already!) and all the other things listed above! Have a great Monday everybody.
Friday, September 26, 2008
I knew I would probably never get B looking at the camera but I thought the girls should be able to all look at the camera at the same time and smile......I was wrong.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
And B. slept the day away, of course. He and I actually had a cabana (inside) that I could close off when it came time to nurse him.
After playing at the water park for a while, the grandparents took the kids to a playground on the resort property while K and I went to these outlet stores for a quick shopping trip. We were only able to go to a few stores but I got some great deals -- Stride R*ite boots for $10 - I'd say that is a GREAT deal. I only wish they'd had all three girls sizes!
We then went back and met the family for supper. And drove home with all 4 kids sleeping. It was great family time!
*sorry the pictures are greenish....I'm not too sure what it is from....*
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
I tried what it told me to do on blogger -- but I have a template done by someone and not a basic one -- I'm afraid it is going to erase my other stuff because it keeps asking me to choose a template from blogger templates.......
Does that make sense to anyone? If so, I'd appreciate your help.
I'd love to put your smiling faces on my blog.....
Monday, September 22, 2008
There are things I'd forgotten about nursing like how long it takes for it to become not painful for me. Or how long it takes to get on a schedule (we aren't there yet). Or how long it takes for the leaking to stop. Or how sweet it is when B holds my finger or stares into my face while nursing.
There are also some other general things I'd forgotten like how a schedule of any kind is hard to come by. Which has made my house cleaning schedule and my quiet time with God go out the window (any suggestions?). Or how much time just getting everyone ready when you add another person to the mix takes. Yesterday - I had to send the girls to Sunday School and then come home and get B and I ready for church. Or how much stuff it takes to go anywhere. OR how much I just LOVE holding B and cuddling him and rubbing his head -- another reason my housework might not be getting done.
Another thing I'd forgotten was how long it takes to be able to wear my own clothing after babies. 4 weeks out and I cannot get into my own pants so I am wearing what I consider my fat pants which is limited to about 3 pairs......I'm also beginning to wonder if I will get back into my own pants or if this size is where I am stopping..... Time to get back into shape!
These are just some of the things I'd forgotten. Along with these things forgotten, I also have come to some things Never to Forget.
Realizing this is the last baby I will ever have, I don't want to forget any stage of his life. Tomorrow he will be a month old. I CANNOT believe a month has passed already. That has reminded me how much I want to be fully aware and present for whatever stage each of my children is in. I want to take it all in and fully be there and enjoy it all.....even the difficult stages. I never want to forget what blessings children and my husband are from God. For a man who told me before we were married that he only wanted 1 child -- I think he is doing a tremendous job at handling 4. And not only that, he is incredibly helpful and is such a wonderful Daddy to them all. There is no one my girls want to see more than their Daddy each day. And I know B is going to feel the same way soon enough. I know there are many many Daddy's who don't do diapers and baths and take time each day to play and read with their children. God blessed me with one who does and I don't ever want to take that for granted.
It's easy to think of all the things that are difficult right now. I am choosing (most of the time) to remember all the things that I am blessed with right now instead.
Help me this day to focus on all the blessings you've given me and not the negative or hard things that are in my life right now. Thank you for my husband - You gave him to me and I am ever so thankful that he is such a wonderful father to our children. Thank you for my three girls and this new baby boy you've given us. Each of them adds to my life and I know that they are all gifts from you. Help me never, ever to forget these things Lord. Amen
Ya'll have a great Monday.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
It won't save! UGGGGHHHH!
I will have to get back with you all later. We are headed out of town for the afternoon and it is time for B to eat. Have a great Thursday and hopefully I can get back here tomorrow.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Let me tell you a story.
When B was being checked out by one of the pediatricians at the hospital, there were many pieces of advice given. How to care for his circumcision (remember I've had only girls), come in to the office in three days for a weight check, you and your husband should go get a tetanus shot, watch for jaundice, wake him to feed every three hours....
WAIT A MINUTE -- back up -- Go and get a Tetanus shot? Whatever for? (Have I ever mentioned how I hate needles so much that I am likely to faint when getting a shot?-- don't judge me -- it's just the truth people). The pediatrician informs me that Pertussis -- Whooping Cough -- is going around in this county and therefore, K and I need to be up to date on our own immunizations so that B won't get it if we happen to be exposed to this bacteria.
Now, I know ya'll probably won't believe this about me but until recently I have not been prone to any sort of mass hysteria. I am not usually germ phobic. I do believe that children need to be exposed to a certain amount of germs to help build up antibodies so they won't come down with every cold that goes around. However, between the fear issues I've had the last couple of years and the knowledge that Whooping Cough would be a terrible thing for B to get (since his first immunization for this won't come until he is 2 months old) I think I've jumped on the mass hysteria bandwagon.
I've tried for the past two weeks since B's birth, NOT to be hysterical about this but it is getting harder and harder the more I think about it and the closer it hits home....
Last week, I took B to the dr. for a clogged tear duct and found myself being the biggest germ phobe out there. I didn't want to put him on the table or let any of our things touch anything at the dr. office for fear of contracting the disease. I really wanted to ask for masks for us so we didn't even have to breath the same air as the rest of the people there. AND it didn't help any when we were ushered into a particular room to see the dr. and a nurse calls out to the nurse leading us. And our nurse responds -- "It's been cleaned."
Then yesterday, we were at A's ballet class when a lady walks up to me and asks, "Isn't she (pointing at L) in Malachi's preschool class?"
"At First Methodist?"
"Yes, she is."
The lady, who by the way is like 9 months pregnant herself, then tells me that her whole family is now on prophylactic antibiotics because her other child was exposed to the bacteria in her daycare......Do you all understand what she was saying to me? It is possible that her child has it (they won't know for 5 days) and therefore her son has been exposed to the virus and maybe then, my L has been exposed also.
Seriously, ya'll. This is driving me banana's! I am becoming really worried about it. I even took my other three kids straight out to the car where we sat until A was done with her lesson. While we waited I called the pediatrician to see if we needed to be swabbed for the virus....(the nurse said no -not at this point). While I had them on the phone I also asked this question --
"How can I tell the difference between the symptoms of a common cold (which A and M seem to have) and the symptoms of whooping cough?" The answer? "Oh, you can't really until it gets to the stage where the cough is strangling the child and sounds like a whoop". The nurse said it is probably a good idea to keep B OUT of public until this "dies down". When will that be? How long will that take exactly?
IT IS OFFICIAL. I'm on the mass hysteria band wagon. Even though my girls have all had their vaccinations and should be protected against this bacteria, K and I aren't right now because we haven't gone to get the shot (I know, I know we are going tomorrow or Monday.) and B obviously isn't protected. I have no idea if they can get the germ and then without getting the virus, bring it home to the three of us who aren't protected......I'm even considering taking my three older children out of public school and homeschool until this "dies down".
K says he doesn't think I can do that. He doesn't think I can take the girls out of school for a while and then put them back in.....does anyone know the answer to that? I know that you are thinking that this is all sounding very extreme -- to take my children out of school when I don't know for sure they've been exposed -- but my fear is really for B. If he gets this it could really be bad.
So, if anyone can give any advice on this, please do before I do something really crazy like put a sign on my door telling people to stay away until the whooping cough is gone............
He started to grunt and fuss.
I tried giving him a few minutes.....
The fussing and grunting got louder and more frequent.
I gave him a couple of more minutes.
The fussing and grunting turned into full blown crying.
I tried giving him his pacifier..... he spit it out.
We did that for a while -- me returning the passy only to have him spit it out a few minutes later.
Finally, I decided to pick him up. He was already swaddled up good and tight so I decided to try the passy again. This time he took it and quieted down immediately.
It was in that moment that God taught me a lesson. I realized that B was feeling really warm, safe and secure in my arms. So much so that he drifted right off to sleep with out any worries at all. God reminded me that this was exactly what he wanted for me. He wants me to feel so warm, safe and secure in his arms that I have no worries and can drift right off to sleep......
I just sat there thinking 'wow, what a visual reminder.' And then I thanked God for such a reminder. I just had to share this late night lesson with all of you.
Psalm 91:4 (New International Version)
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart
Matthew 6:25-34 (New International Version)
25"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
28"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Blessings on your Wednesday everyone! Talk to you soon!