Sunday, December 18, 2011

Adjusting to Two

Well, here's the truth. It's been a week and a half, and the honest truth is that adjusting to life with two children, for me, is kind of easier than adjusting to life with one child was. I'm hesitant to plant my flag in this argument fully, because it could all fall apart tonight or tomorrow or in three weeks, but honestly, I am having an easier time adjusting to adding Jonah to our family than I had adding Charlotte. Either way, that is a very good thing. Jonah just kind of slides into what we already have going. Are we getting less sleep? Sure, and maybe not even less, but just more broken up. But in our house, we're making it work better than we did the last time around.


So, yes, it's easier because now we've done it once before. Our sleep schedules were already sort of a fluid concept. We know what to expect in terms of our lives and time not being our own. But there are definitely some other factors making this easier than last time. Adam didn't just change jobs, for one thing. He's comfortable in his job, and even though he has to drive an hour to get there, he really likes it. That's less stressful. Jonah didn't have any birth defects that we needed to address in his first week of life. That's less stressful. My parents were here the same day that Jonah was born, and that was just a flat-out blessing that I can't describe thankfully enough. There's a lot that's been different, and mostly, it's all been good.



So, how's Charlotte doing? Better. Though I am super grateful to my parents for being here, kids get kind of crazy around their out-of-town grandparents, and she definitely calmed down when they left. At first, she was sort of freaked out by Jonah, and that has tapered, thankfully. Now she is very intense with him, getting too close for too long and wanting to help him (and us) TOO much. It's loving, but in 3-year-old terms. When she's not focused on him, she's getting into everything in our house, sort of testing her boundaries. I don't know if that has anything to do with a new baby or not; she may be just testing us because of her age or to see if we still notice/love/enforce the rules now that Jonah is here.


I do know that every day gets a little bit better and a little less chaotic. We get more done every day, and I take less medicine for pain every day. Every day, we get closer and closer to a very low-key Christmas, and we're all looking very forward to it. We hope you're doing well in all of your holiday preparations, and as usual, Soli Deo Gloria.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Welcome baby! It's a....

BOY!



On Wednesday, December 7




we welcomed (albeit with a bit of difficulty)


Jonah Elias



8 lbs. 8 oz., 20 inches long

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Hmmm...

On Friday afternoon, Adam's kids threw him a surprise baby shower. One of the moms made this cake for us. :) Yes, it's a cake.

Sunday evening

For all of you wondering how huge I am, here you go. I don't think I'm actually this big...how much weight does the camera add again?
While I made dinner tonight, Charlotte painted at the table, and I couldn't resist getting this super-cute picture of her.

If you don't know whether it's a boy or a girl, how can you get the room ready?

Like this. :) The room's all ready...now we're just waiting...


Thursday, December 1, 2011

10 Things Thursday

A lot's been happening in the past week, so here's a special 10 Things Thursday for the out-of-town family. T-minus a week and a half until Baby #2's due date.


  1. Decorating the tree, or as Charlotte called it this year, "building Christmas."



2. Adam spacing out Charlotte's ornaments.

3. Charlotte holding the Mommy-Charlotte Willow Tree ornament.




4. Waiting on Black Friday to get our very first haircut.


5. During the haircut. Apparently sitting still includes making a Frankenstein face when I take her picture.

6. Putting her chin down .


7. Almost done.




8. Wearing the monkey hat Grandma and Auntie Liz got her for her birthday.




9. We went out to ice cream on Charlotte's real birthday.


10. Mommy and Charlotte playing with the Play-Doh kit Grandmother sent for Charlotte's birthday.








Hope you enjoyed that. It won't be long before I can introduce you to the new baby. Until then, sorry for not posting very much...I still have a week of school left.

Monday, November 21, 2011

One of two videos

The story behind these videos is simple. It was almost bathtime and bedtime last night, and Charlotte was wired for sound. I just took a couple random videos of her antics.

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Just the funny things that kids do and the funny little ways that they have. On Baby Watch - we are down to three weeks until Baby #2's due date, even though, in the words of Adam, the church shamans say that I won't make it until then. We'll see. After all of my stressing about going into labor at school with Adam an hour away, I'll probably be about a week late anyway. :)
Soli Deo Gloria.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Baby Shower Pictures link

I was thrown a beautiful, low-fuss baby shower this past weekend at Olive Garden by my sweet friend, Lisa. Here is a link to her blog post about it.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Conversations with Charlotte

Charlotte: Momma, I'm gonna eat my quesedilla all gone, okay?
Me: Okay, baby.
(She cleans her plate because she's growing)
Charlotte: Momma, can I have some candy?
Me: No, you've had a lot of sweets today.
Charlotte: Can I have ice cream?
Me: No, you've had a lot of sweets today.
(silence)
Me: How about some applesauce instead?
Charlotte: Okay.
Adam: This must be the only household that that switch would work in.

Goofing Around

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Trick or Treating

I know this is late, but better late than never, huh? On Monday, we took Charlotte trick or treating at the mall. Here are the reasons we went to the mall and not our neighborhood:


  1. It was cold.

  2. We have no street lights, and I didn't want Charlotte to get freaked out by kids in costume in the dark.

  3. Charlotte's had a cough for about two weeks.

  4. People bus into our neighborhood to trick or treat, even though I'm not exactly sure why since we don't have street lights, sidewalks, or any wealthy people handing out full size candy bars.

Anyway, here is our Rapunzel. I think Adam had as much fun as Charlotte did, if not more.











Friday, October 28, 2011

Halloween goodies

Here's Charlotte all dressed up to go to our church's Reformation Celebration on Wednesday night. She had a pretty bad cough, so we didn't stay very long...just long enough to see some friends in costume. I am sad to report that she did not like the hair very much. Oh well.

Then, on Thursday, a Halloween box from Grandma and Papa came! How exciting! The top picture is Charlotte's cheesy smile, and the bottom one is her looking through the book that Grandma recorded for her.

In other news, it's currently sleeting here (boo!) and Baby #2 has about 6 weeks left to cook...I wonder what it is. :)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

10 Things Thursday

I like knowing what other people are up to during their days...that's part of the fun of blogs. So, here are 10 things on my Thursday to-do list. What are you up to today?


  1. Clean off my desk at school. I've been avoiding this for about a day and a half.

  2. Put a roast on for dinner. (CHECK! Already done!)

  3. Call the vet to renew Simon's seizure meds. (CHECK!)

  4. Get to the vet to pick up Simon's seizure meds. (questionable whether this will happen...)

  5. Pick out and purchase some of Charlotte's school pictures for Christmas gifts. (I hope they're good...)

  6. Get into the Word so that God can combat my tendency toward craziness.

  7. Run to the store and buy some produce since all of ours went dead at the same time. I really feel like peanut butter and celery...isn't that random? Adam also needs food coloring and shaving cream for an experiment at school....

  8. Make a list for the trip to the store so I don't forget anything. :)

  9. Try to sit down most of the day so that my feet aren't balloons by 8:00 tonight.

  10. End the day in a better mood than I began it...so far, that's right on track to happen.

I hope you have a good day today. Feel free to share what you're doing or avoiding, and soli Deo gloria.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

This is just to say...






The Halloween costume has arrived. Thank you, Grandmother. :)

Monday, October 10, 2011

Physical Limitations



It is no great secret that this pregnancy has kicked my butt significantly more than my first one. It's just been physically harder this time, and that has made everything in life all that much harder. Letting emotions slip, allowing myself to feel overwhelmed and inadequate, panicking about things that are commonplace; all of these things come easier when I feel physically weak.


But in this, here is something that I know: I know that I have physical limitaitons for a reason. God created us as finite beings with limits so that we would depend on Him. In this time, right now, He's upping the ante a little with me. I must depend on Him or I will wear myself out. I must focus on my glorious Lord and Savior and not on the work I feel too exhausted to do, both at school and at home. My comfort and joy must be rooted in Christ because everything else is fallible, especially me right now. That is the biggest challenge - I can't just do it on my own.


Don't fight the physical limitations that the Lord has given you. There is only so much you can do, but there is nothing He can't do. Soli Deo Gloria.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Pumpkin Patch

Today, I did something totally frivolous, selfish and indulgent: I took a personal day to go to the pumpkin patch with Charlotte's daycare. It was, by far, one of the best things I have done since school started. Not only did I need a day off from the daily routine, be it school days or jam-packed weekends, but the day was perfect for a morning at the farm with 50 other kids and my darling daughter.

Charlotte loved everything about the trip. She got to ride the big school bus there, and thought that was the greatest thing ever. She loved the wagon ride to the pumpkin patch, picking out her pumpkin and riding back to the farm. She loved playing in the corn, jumping on the inflatable trampoline, riding the cow train and seeing the animals. She loved lunch and getting to jump again before riding the big bus back to school. And I think she loved seeing me come into school and pick her up so that she could nap in her own bed. :) It was a wonderful day, and I feel so rejuvinated for having taken the day off to go.

On the wagon ride to pick out our pumpkins...




Playing in the corn...not quite as much fun as last year, but definitely still fun.



Jumping on the inflatable trampoline/bag...






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Ready to ride the cow train...







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Looking at the pigs....

...and the chickens....



Waiting for lunch...


So there you go. Do something selfish and indulgent soon; it might be just what you need is this busy, sometimes overwhelming season. Soli Deo Gloria.


Sunday, October 2, 2011

Sigh

And September comes and goes with one sad blog post. I know, y'all, and I'm sorry. Pregnancy has really thrown off my groove. Oh well. One of my goals is to be easy on myself about it (not just not blogging, but everything nonessential) and that includes not bemoaning you about it either. I'm honestly just doing what I can; I know that's enough for you all.


I did, though, as I promised my mother, take a couple pictures this weekend to post, as well as a video. Pictures are harder now as Charlotte is almost three: she sees the camera and immediately becomes a different child because I am taking her picture. I have no idea where she got that from. Anyway, I took a couple pictures of her yesterday as we were hanging around the house. This first one is her playing with all of her food at her table. Not really cooking, just playing with her play food.


And then this one is a shot of her and Daddy as they were watching football on the computer upstairs. Charlotte's becoming quite the football fan, and of course, we are teaching her all the appropriate allegiances...the 5-0 Illini, for example. :)



This video is what it is, not really all that special, but something. It is Charlotte's version of a well-known song at breakfast...see if you can guess what it is.




P.S. There's a trip to the pumpkin patch this week - stay tuned for those pictures.


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Thursday, September 1, 2011

10 Things Thursday (but only 5 things)



Since school has started, and life is crazier with one and a half children and a husband with an hour long commute, let us welcome back 10 things Thursdays. Really, these are in no particular order.


  1. School's not so bad. Every year I stress and panic about it and how I will handle everything that comes with it. And every year I get into it and realize that I can do this. I've been doing it for six years after all.

  2. Mornings, on the other hand, are a train wreck. Charlotte is a complete X factor in the mornings, and has recently taken to choosing her own clothes. This leads to many morning negotiations, most of which I don't have time for if I'm going to get through the worse-than-last-year traffic to school five minutes earlier than last year.

  3. Adam loves his job. Praise God. He loves his school, his kids, his principal, everything. What a blessing. Even with an hour commute.

  4. Adam is taking up the lead in our family. This is a true answer to prayer because Adam, like most modern guys, isn't really used to leading when he's at home. He is being very deliberate in his leadership, and this includes coming home when he says he will and putting Charlotte and me first. It is truly a blessing to me, her and our family.

  5. New baby is doing well and moving a ton. Everything looks good, including its feet. No, we still don't know what it is ;)

And there you have it - the update on what we've been going through since I haven't been writing. I want to close by encouraging working moms trying to glorify God. You can do it. I know that it feels like too much - too much energy, too much to do, too much to give to too many people. I know. And I know that SAH moms feel this too; it's just different. To my working mom readers out there, I know what you're going through, and if I can get through it, you can too. Soli Deo Gloria.


Thursday, August 4, 2011

Contentment

So, I've decided to come back to life for the end of the summer. Rafe, my department chair, makes fun of the fact that I fall off of the face of the earth during the summer; no one from school can really get ahold of me, and no one sees me apart from chance. I always come back, but it's nice to take a break from the ordinary during this, all too short, season.

Contentment is something I've been thinking about a lot in the past week, and it's a sort of sticky idea. I know that we as believers like to blame a lot of our difficulty (with anything) on "society" when really the difficulty is there regardless; I think that being content is one of those things. Of course our society is never content. Of course it ebbs and flows based on a whim and is always looking for the next big thing. Then, almost paradoxically, it strives to live in the moment, abandoning thoughts of consequences for actions.

Ladies, do not fall into this trap of thinking or living.

For me, all this came about because of a sermon on Genesis 40 - Joseph in jail. Even though Joseph had God's favor upon him, he still spent over two years in jail for an offense he didn't commit. And yet, he famously says later to his brothers, "You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good..." (Gen. 50:20). In the end, no one, not even faithful Joseph, could have imagined how God was working in this situation; Joseph being exalted to the kind of power he would eventually have was more than any of his wildest dreams. God's timing was perfect and purposeful, and that same God is our God who desires good for us because He is good.

Having come out of (I think we're coming out of it, anyway) a pretty difficult two year stretch, this story humbled me immensely. When we got home, I talked to Adam about this feeling of a lack of contentment that we have had with our situation. We've been looking ahead to when things would be better, easier and more perfect, not really stopping to appreciate what we have been provided. God has truly provided, blessing us abundantly. By being discontent though, we have been acting ungrateful for His provision. It's become an easy habit to maintain; society is telling us we should look toward the bigger, better next thing, and we have fallen into line with it.

So, my question for you, dear readers, is are you content with where God has you today? Do you trust His purposes and goodness? Do you love His sovereignty even if you are in trial? Are you resting in His promises and everlasting character?

Do not turn this into legalism; being content won't make you righteous before God. But take a moment to evaluate where your heart is in this issue, and have a great day. Soli Deo Gloria.

Friday, July 29, 2011

The Great Room Shift

Today was the day: the day that Charlotte's room went from a baby room to a big girl room. What a day it was - she and I went and picked up the mattress (which we tied to the top of the Tribute...haha), we picked out bedding, Adam moved furniture and I cleaned, mopped, dusted and straightened. Charlotte was EXTREMELY excited all day, and so thrilled with her new stuff that she didn't mind letting her old stuff go. Phew.

So, here are the BEFORE pictures. We were even still using her changing table if you can believe it :)




And here are the AFTER pictures. It's not done quite yet - there's a lot of little stuff to finish doing that will probably take until the baby comes in December. She's not moved into her dresser at all (that's the thing behind her rocking chair) and there's a hutch that goes on top of it that we haven't figured out how to secure yet. We moved out some of her stuff animals to make room for some more of her toys, and the room that the dresser space frees up in the closet will probably go to toys too, but we'll see. At least the big stuff is done.
What do you think?