Well, that’s not too bad?

6 09 2007

That was what someone said to me the other day. Only after they asked me the question….how old are your kids? I say “3, 2 and 2 months”; they then say “Well, that’s not too bad”. I wanted to say, compared to what? So, I started to think about it and talked it over with Dave that I have been pregnant at some point EVERY year since 2003….it is now 2007. If you add in breastfeeding there are only 3 months (July, Aug and September of 2006) that I have not been breastfeeding or pregnant.

Don’t get me wrong I am not complaining here, I love my children, I love to nurse them (well, up until they start to bite) and love being a wife and mommy! I just don’t know how a total stranger can tell me “well, that’s not too bad.”. I also wanted to say…..”Yeah, it isn’t as bad as last fall when I was still throwing up 10 times a day because I don’t have easy starts to my pregnancies”.

Oh strangers, I could just slap them sometimes…..they always seem to have the “best” parenting advice….like when I was told once that I shouldn’t give my child anything that isn’t organic (I am not against organic, if I could afford it I would give a lot more of it) or cloth diapers will give them diaper rash or disposables will burn their skin (do you see a theme here….no matter what you do as a parent SOMEONE will tell you the opposite).

I think the worst thing that has been said to me in public, in front of my kids, was…”oh, the perfect family a boy and a girl, why are you having another?” WHAT!!!! Did you just imply that this new baby in my womb isn’t as important because I already have a boy and a girl!!!!! Now that “new baby” is 2 months old and is the most wonderful little baby, and I would give anything for him, just like I would for all my children. This really made me realize that our Worldview as Christians needs to be that life is important and God created it and we are NOT the ones to decide who is important and who is not.

Whew….that post got my blood boiling…..maybe that burned some calories…hey I might be at 14 lbs. and 15.99 oz. to go…. 🙂

3 Babies and…..

5 09 2007

15 lbs. to lose! All you mothers out there are understanding what I am talking about. I have made the decision to do something about it, so I took the kids to the YMCA and joined…only after I ate a brownie for a snack. (Do you think that helped? 😦 ).

After getting the tour of the YMCA I decided I we should join, if not for the workout, just for the chance to take a shower without someone calling my name. Yes, that is right; they have a wonderful Adult only locker room with nice new showers. The kids can stay in Child Watch for up to 3 hours (wow, I wonder how long I could stand in the shower, especially one I don’t have to clean).

I don’t plan on going more than a few times a week and I won’t put the kids in there for 3 hours I promise. It just sounds so nice to get to work out while the kids play and hopefully lose this weight that wants to stick around.

Well, I don’t even know how to file this post….lets see maybe Milestones…or family…or hopeless goal…yeah that one might work. I will think about it while I go and get another brownie (yes, I found the BEST brownie rec. EVER).

Okay, all of you readers out there that have this weight loss thing under control…PLEASE post some good tips for me…and any other women out there that are stuck.

My Baby is 2 months

4 09 2007

Okay, this is really hard on me. My 3rd baby is 2 months on Wed. Yes, that is right I already have the baby itch. I know I don’t want to be pregnant, but I sure do love having a little newborn in the home. Maybe one day in a couple years if God blesses us with another.

He is such a loving sweet baby. The minute I walk into the room, he stops what he is doing and looks for me. He also smiles and coos all the time! He is sleeping from 9 pm to about 6 am! YEAH for a wonderful nursling little baby.

It just seems so sad how fast the 1st year goes and how slow the disobedient time goes! I just wish I could hold onto these months for years, but God knows that we need them to be short so we will crave them and have more children…well, that prob. isn’t how He thinks of it, but that is how I see it.

Day 2 Completed

4 09 2007

Okay, I know you are all at your computers just waiting for me to post how our first 2 days of school went……okay maybe like 2 people and they are the ones who gave birth to me. I just have to say it went GREAT. Isaac is so excited to sit down at the table and get started. Grace bugs me to do her school work from the moment she wakes up.

Our first day we had daddy home to help and we have made it so that he can be home 2 mornings a week to help with school or Owen. Today was our first day without him and just me. It went really well, a little crazy because Grace had table time first while I did Isaac’s reading lesson with him. I think next time I will do her stuff first and have Isaac do table time first, he doesn’t seem to mind waiting and he understands that he is next a little better than Grace does.

Isaac may go through his math faster than I was planning this year! So we may move into the next book or just hang out with this one until I know for sure he can do it all with no trouble. We don’t want to build on a rocky foundation.

That is news from the home front this week on school….next week I may be writing that this too hard and the kids don’t want to do it. But for right now I am just going to enjoy their excitement.

Keeping Order

2 09 2007

If any of you know me I like order. I like my home to run as a well oiled machine. If we a great day in my home the following things happened….the kids got up, ate, dressed and put their clothes away. The kitchen is cleaned, clothes are washed folded and PUT away (the hardest thing to do I believe), school work is done with no complaints, nap time is easy, dinner is fixed and cleaned up, bath time and bedtime are hardly any work at all…..now how often does that happen? It has happened about 3 times since I have become a mommy. 😉 To say the least, life is not perfect and life does not happed like we would like. My mornings are rushed, at breakfast at least one person spills their juice, someone doesn’t want to do their school work, at naptime some one keeps getting out of bed, bath time is CRAZY, and at bedtime someone has to go potty after they are in bed.

Even though our days are crazy we should still be striving to make our home a place of peace. To do this I have put into practice some things that help me “keep order” (whatever that may mean). First I figured out how many loads of laundry I do a week….well it is 2 per person (one dark and one light) and 2 loads of towels/sheets and 2-3 of diapers (that is right we cloth diaper) . So I do at least 2 loads a day and I try not to go to bed until they have all been put away. (that is VERY helpful). I also plan my laundry by rooms, for example I don’t wash Isaac’s clothes with Owen’s clothes. They sleep in different rooms so I don’t mix their stuff. This way after I have folded clothes I am not running around putting clothes away, I just walk into the room I have washed and quickly put them away.

With dishes I run the dish washer if the next meals dishes won’t fit in it. So if after lunch it is 3/4 full and won’t fit ALL of dinner’s dishes in it, then I run it and empty it before dinner. This way I don’t have dishes sitting in the sink.

The 3 rd way I help my home run is….My KIDS HAVE CHORES! That is right, my 3 year old takes the trash from the house outside and throws it in the garage bins, my 2 year old puts the clothes in the hampers and puts the wet clothes in the dryer. My almost 2 month old just looks cute and smiles to encourage the older ones while they do their chores….I told you they all have a job. 🙂

Some other things I do are only grocery shop once a week and every other week is a big day. I plan out what we are going to eat for 2 weeks. I go to the store with list in hand and get everything I need for week one and only the non perishables for week two. Then I go the second week and pick up the perishables for that week. This way I don’t waste time going to the store 3 or 4 times a week to pick up some silly little thing.

One last thing I have is my kids all go down for rest/nap time everyday and usually at the same time. This way I can get the big cleaning this done (bathrooms, change sheets, wash floors etc.). Also, these things are also scheduled during naptime….on Monday’s I clean the bathroom, on Tuesday I dust etc. This way I don’t feel overwhelmed etc.

I hope this is helpful to you as you keep order in your home. My home is NOT perfect like I noted in the first paragraph, but I strive to have order so that I may honor God by being able to welcome people into my home and be able to serve in the church because my home is kept in order.

Have a blessed day! Enjoy your day of vacation on Monday. (yes that is right on holidays I don’t do big cleaning stuff, so I have a little vacation as well)