Month: December 2008

A Brief Update

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For those that know me you’re probably laughing at the title of this post. But I really am going to try to keep it brief. Caleb is sleeping and Angel is reading some books but that can change in no time!

I’m happy to say that I’m alive. Just barely. And I haven’t even really been by myself yet with the two little kiddos yet. A few hours here and there but not a full day yet. Although last weekend Hubby had a awful cold that kept him in bed for two days so I was able to get my fill of single parenthood!  My first full day alone will be this coming Monday but I’m thinking about going to spend a few days with my parents. 

I’m feeling pretty good overall. The biggest challenge is I’m not suppose to lift anything over 20 pounds and Angel is definitely over 20 pounds. So when I am by myself that kinda poses a little problem – one I don’t have a solution too. I just try to minimize the lifting as much as I can. Although I’m not getting much sleep at night I’m feeling pretty rested most of the time. I try to sneak in a nap during the day but that hasn’t been too consistent. Emotionally I’m doing ok too. I’ve had a few meltdowns and I cry at the drop of a hat but nothing that I’m worried about. Just your normal post newborn, two little babies emotional wreck stuff.

Caleb is doing great. He’s a great little baby so far. Basically just eating and sleeping. The past few days he’s been awake a lot more and it’s fun to just look at him. 🙂 Breastfeeding lasted about a week. Now I’m pumping and supplementing a little with formula. It was very stressful for me to breastfeed and take care of Angel because breastfeeding took us about an hour. Caleb took forever to latch and so I was unavailable for her for an hour every 2-3 hours and a little 14 month just didn’t like that. I had a few good cries over that because I felt like I was letting Caleb down. But I’ve worked through that. We’re pumping every 3-4 hours and I’m able to keep up with his feeding schedule so he’s mostly just taking formula at night. Plus once I went to the bottle he did not want to go back to the breast.  We have his 2 weeks well baby check today so we are anxious to see how much weight he’s put on.

Angel is doing ok. Some days better than others. She’s been alot more whiney lately and has had some bad nights. But I also don’t know if some of it is teething or if it’s all about the changes. She has been a great help to this mommy, getting me stuff for Caleb. Although she hates it when he cries. She’ll start crying/whining anytime he cries. Ya, that’s fun!

We had a great Christmas. Prince was with us most of Christmas Eve and it was such a blessing to see our FOUR kiddos! Two big ones and two little ones. God is so good and every day we thank him for his blessings.

I’m still working on Caleb’s birth story – will hopefully get that done soon. Posts will be sporadic for awhile yet. I still have some guest posts to share with you and hopefully soon I’ll be back to a normal schedule.

Ha ha ha ha ha.

Oh ya, I almost forgot. Today is me and Hubby’s 6th anniversary! He has been so amazing in helping me with the kiddos. I thank the Lord every day for him and for the blessing of our marriage. My parents were here on Monday and Tuesday and so on Monday night we took advantage of them and went out on a date! Woo hoo! It’s been awhile! Every restaurant was packed so we ended up going through the drive through at Wendy’s. Not only was it very tasty but we saved ourselves about $40! We sat in Hubby’s Jeep and talked and ate our supper. It was perfect. Then we went to the movie Seven Pounds which was very good. 

I love you Hubby. You are the best!

I was hoping to share some pictures from Christmas but that’ll have to wait til next time! Ok, this “brief” post is now done! Take care.


A Letter From My Dad

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By my friend Gail Mitchell

We sat together before the glowing embers of the fire. I had just spoken with my mom on the cell phone, anxious to learn how she was doing. She was alone now; a widow after 63 years of marriage. No longer would she have moments like the one I now shared with my spouse beside me.
After a few moments, I felt compelled to “do something” so I left the cozy warmth of the fire and went to check some laundry. As I turned from the dryer, I noticed several boxes on the counter. I had meant to put them away a long time ago. Then I would have much more room to fold my laundry. I glanced at one of the boxes labeled “family memories.” I opened the lid and found my Girl Scout hat and membership card and old report cards and class photos. I grabbed a handful of letters and went back to join my husband by the fire.
“Look what I found,” I said, tossing him half of my letter collection. The bulk of the letters were those written by or to me when my twin sister and I went on a short missions trip to the San Carlos Indian Reservation after our freshman year in high school. My husband, Bill, sat chuckling over my mother’s letters as I reread a letter I had written to my folks.
Suddenly Bill said, ” Oh, my! Look at this! It’s a letter written by your dad!” Knowing what a treasure he held, Bill allowed me to read the handwritten letter first. The letter was sprinkled with my dad’s gentle humor and wit. In the letter he complained about how quiet the house was without my sister and I (the “brats” crossed out and replaced with “nice girls”) around, he grumbled about the rainy weather, and said he was depressed over his beloved Chicago Cubbie’s recent loosing streak. (Some things haven’t changed… oh, how I wanted the Cubs to go to the World Series for my dad!) My dad asked my sister and I to call soon, “collect.” He simply signed the letter: “All my love, Dad.”
With tears stinging my eyes, I praised my Heavenly Father for this gift from my earthly father who was now in heaven. What an incredibly gracious God we serve to allow me to find that letter less than a month after loosing my dad.
My dear friend, have you ever heard the Bible referred to as “God’s love letter to mankind”? It is exactly that, and more. Maybe you haven’t read it lately, but tucked it away, thinking you will read it another day. Don’t tuck it away for too long, my friend. Your heavenly Father longs to show you his love and his plan for redeeming mankind. He wants to show you His “first importance.”
Turn with me to the apostle Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, 1 Corinthians 15:3: “For what I received I passed on to you as of FIRST IMPORTANCE: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.”
Paul delighted to pass on what was of first importance to God, the redemption of sinful man through Christ’s death and resurrection. Consider that your personal love letter from your Abba Father, your “daddy.”

Cheer Yourself Up

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by Princess

Crank up some Spice Girls and dance around your room with your best friend, and sing along.

Color in a Disney Princess coloring book with bright markers.

Read a fairy tale.

Swing so high at a park that the swing almost flies over the bar.

Fly a bright kite in a wide open field.

Bake sugar cookies and decorate them with homemade icing and add lots of spinkles.

Play with finger paints.

Make a homemade pizza with tons of toppings at midnight.

Pick a huge bouquet of wild flowers and put them in an old jelly jar.

Watch an old Disney movie while eating a bowl of cookie dough.

Gather a group of kids for a game of neighborhood kickball.

Have a chick-flick marathon and pig out on junk food.

Go to the mall and try on 20 pairs of shoes.

Go to a park and pick dried leaves off the ground and press them.

Write a letter to a friend.

Sew a funky purse.

Buy an ice cream cone, and pay for it in nickels.