Monday, March 31, 2008
1. I found a "boo-boo" in a crevis that I was detail-cleaning. OK, the boy has a lot of crevises and I miss some of them! Anyway, I think it was causing him pain at night. And if you saw the boo-boo and knew where it was, I think you would believe me.
2. I am feeding him 2 bowls of oatmeal a day, one of them being about an hour before he goes to bed AND I'm adding a tablespoon of rice to his bedtime bottle. The boy needs the calories.
Once I paid attention to both of these issues, he started sleeping...from 8pm to 6:30am. YEAH!
OK...let's just keep this up!
I'm also ready for the weather to be consistent. We've had a few 70 degree days in the last few weeks and I'm SOOO ready for the temps to stop ranging from the 30s to the 70s. I'm ready to start walking the kids in the afternoon, but it's just touch and go with the weather. We did get a chance to walk last week and I brought my camera with me. We played in the yard and got our first outside spring shots of the year. Good times...
Thursday, March 27, 2008
I'm about to go crazy with his current sleep schedule...or I should more acurately say LACK of sleep schedule. For about 4 of the last 6 nights, Ethan has been waking up about 4-5 times. A few times is because he has a wet diaper and others times is because he's rolled over. But lately, changing his diaper or rolling him back over hasn't helped. Neither has gas drops or rocking him a bit. When he starts sucking his fists like a madman, I give in to nursing him...and he's usually sucks me dry. But, I feed him like 9 ounces of milk before he goes to bed! And then wakes up 3-4 hours later hungry? I don't know...And he seems to also have the "45-minute intruder" at EVERY nap when he should be sleeping for about an hour and a half.
Anyway, I had (and still have...) a theory that he may have an aversion to nuts. I have been eating more mixed nuts than usually in the past few weeks and these crazy nights started about that time. I've also been eating more chocolate (thanks to the Easter candy sales...), which may cause his tummy to hurt, too. So, now I'm cutting out nuts and drastically limiting my chocolate intake, which isn't much at this point but still more than usual.
I feel like I'm about to reach an explosion point. I've been praying that God would keep my temper under control and He's helped me bite my tongue in several scenarios. I've also found myself been more rough with Ethan when he pulls my hair or when I can't decipher his cries. I'm so weak with my emotions from my physical tiredness, constant figuring out my children, and other needs I meet as a wife and mother. God never fails and that truth is my promise I hold to closely during these times.
Anyway, I've said it before...but mothering two small children is the hardest thing I've ever done. I don't know how you moms of more do it! God is gracious, that's for sure!
Well, Ethan is quiet, Mallory is sleeping, and it's now time for me to rest. *finally*
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
I can't wait to see some of my dear friends, at least Courtney, Kelly, Nicole, and Joy. Hopefully a few others, but we'll see how time goes. YEAH!!!
We love you, big guy. You are a delight with your many smiles and goos. You're our big heavy.
Saturday, March 8, 2008
"California courts have held that ... parents do not have a constitutional right
to homeschool their children," Justice H. Walter Croskey said in the 3-0 ruling issued on Feb. 28. "Parents have a legal duty to see to their children's schooling under the provisions of these laws."
Parents can be criminally prosecuted for failing to comply, Croskey said.
Since I do not homeschool, and we haven't yet decided how our children will be educated (and homeschooling is an option) I don't really know how to react to this. For my friends who homeschool their children (whom I respect), I wonder what you think...
Friday, March 7, 2008
E is still coughing. It doesn't seem to bother him too much, but when he starts to stir during his active sleep time, I think he coughs and wakes himself up. He's been a good boy, though.
Thanks for the prayers!
Thursday, March 6, 2008
We had a long night last night, but I'm trusting that God will give me, Patrick, Mal and E the strength to plug on through today so that tomorrow will come with even better reports than now.
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
We'll all be on tamiflu, even Ethan, to help prevent the spread. The doctor was happy we caught it so early! Hopefully, this treatment will help and it won't spread to Ethan ('cause he'd be in the hospital if he gets it!).
Anyway, Mal should be home shortly and then it's time to wage war on the flu here at home!!! We covet your prayers...
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
And speaking of Mallory, her little imagination is just blossoming! I bought her a little umbrella stroller for her dolly, bear, and dogs yesterday and she LOVES strolling them. She's also "talking" on the phone and carrying her purse (she had all of the acts going at the same time at one point yesterday). She's learning to "brush" her doll's hair and reads aloud to her doggies. She's very cute and it's great to see her learn. Today, she walked right up to the potty and said "potty". And when we stick her in her chair to eat, she immediately says "Amen" as to speed up the process of getting her food (she's eating better, too, by the way...).
Anyway, the kids are good. Mommy is doing well. I still struggle with the sin of self pity and pray that God will replace it with joy. I'm blessed to be able to stay at home with them, do laundry, cook, bake, clean, straighten messes, wipe noses, rock away the tears, read books, sing songs, play games, discipline according to God's standard (or at least *try* to)...and the list could go on. He is good. And what He's given me is good. I can only hope that he will be glorified through our hours, minutes and even seconds.