Welcoming the New Year

Our days of sickness are behind us.  For now at least.  I am so thankful this past weekend was a long weekend for Justin.  Very providential indeed…I don’t know that I have ever needed his help as much as I did last week.

Having an extra pair of hands to hold baby or keep on eye on Cora.

The weather has suddenly warmed up.  Also perfect for all of us after being cooped up inside for so long.  Yesterday afternoon the three of us spent some time enjoying the warmth.  Cora is back to her usual energetic self.  She was so happy to be able to wonder aimlessly in the yard.

I learned something while I was sick.  No rest for the weary.  I found myself praying, begging God to make me better…it’s funny.  I remember almost liking sickness as a child.  My mom would bring me food, water, rent movies, and I could sleep and sleep and sleep…whatever made me feel better.  Sickness with a toddler and infant is kinda like torture.  Taking whatever meds are allowed while breastfeeding (which are pretty ineffective), waking through the night to a hungry baby and a sick and crying toddler.  No sleep.

But God is so gracious.  I am amazed how I can manage during those times.   There are no choices to opt out when parenting and I love that. (most of the time)  I know I’m tougher than I used to be.

I also know I have aged considerably.  Anyone else every look at their reflection in the mirror and think, “What happened?”  I think I’m starting to see wrinkles…(a topic for another day)

And speaking of aging…how about the postpartum body?  Ick.  That youthful body gone forever…I officially have mom hips.  Oh well, they were worth every extra inch.  But because of those hips I am very motivated to exercise.     I started to run again after my 6 week appointment. It’s been one of the best things for me.  Elinor is sleeping through the night, waking up at around 5-6.  When she wakes up, I nurse her and then head out for my morning run.  It makes the biggest difference to my mood.  A little time alone…precious, precious time.  Yesterday morning I decided to venture out for my first run since being sick.  It was 20 something degrees…no problem.  I bundled up and headed out.  I felt great.  Then my cough started to kick up a notch.  By the time I was home I could barely catch my breath between coughs.  Today it’s supposed to be 62 outside!  Think I’ll bundle up the girls in the double jogger and take them for a run.  It will be my second time using our double BOB.  The greatest craigslist buy ever.  Thank you Betty for finding it for us.

I haven’t been using it because I thought I would have to use the car seat adapter for Elinor.  The adapter is right now attached to our single BOB jogger.  That is before I discovered this guy.

The infant snuzzler.  I had not idea such a thing existed.  Now she fits in the jogger no problem and also has head support.  I’m hoping she’ll be as content to ride in the jogger as her sister always has been.

I’m also feeling more energized to work on projects in our home.  Tuesday we went to Ikea and picked up some organizational supplies for our laundry room.  Our closet system arrived yesterday via Fedex.  Justin and his dad are going to install it this weekend.  The final steps of organization are finally going to take place in our addition!  I cannot wait to share our new room with you.

The tree is long gone and our home is back to being clutter free.

I love spending time in the living room during the afternoons.  The sun shines through the windows and the whole room is filled with warm golden light.

And wherever I am, she is.

It’s a new year and I look forward to all that it promises.  Both the good and the bad.   I look back over 2011 and I am thankful for every single day. I enjoyed much, I cried much, I loved much, I disappointed much,  I talked much, I laughed much, I sinned much…I received daily mercies, daily blessings, daily grace…I learned much and I grew much.

I welcome the year 2012 and I look forward to sharing this new year with you.

5 Responses to Welcoming the New Year

  1. i’m so glad you’re well. it really is completely awful when the mama and the babies are sick. thank God He miraculously gets us through somehow. i’m so thankful you have reached the light at the end of the tunnel! i hear ya on the wrinkles… and the hips. : ) although, to me, you look beautiful and young!

  2. LeAnna says:

    Lovely pictures! You can practically feel the warmth that comes into your living room, beautiful! I also get the aging thing. I look back at pictures that were *just* five years ago, when I was reeeally a baby newlywed and WOW. As for the post partum bod, yeeeahhh. Who knew skin was so…stretchy… ;) Wishing you and yours a very blessed new year, I’m excited for what God has in store.

  3. maryanne helms says:

    Glad the days are becoming easier! When are you going to have #3? :)

  4. Betty says:

    haha, I laughed out loud at Maryanne’s comment. It’s always times like these (or today when I’m propped up on the couch with my feet swollen) that we are content with the number we have, right? So glad you are using the double jogger and what an inspiration that you are out jogging again! Both girls look adorable in their hats and I’m glad the rain is holding off until the husbands are home to help entertain :)

  5. I was just looking at wedding pictures and thinking I can not BELIEVE how we’ve changed in 6 years!!!???

    and I admit, I’m jealous when I think of you being able to jog with both babies, I’ve always been very active, after both Kaylin and Jacob I jogged in the mornings, did work-out videos, worked out at the gym. Now I’m struggling, I can’t exercise during the day, with three trailing behind me outside doesn’t work, I’ve had to cancel my gym membership cause every time I would start they would call-me out again for one of the kids, work-out videos are impossible, as soon as i get started someone starts calling for “mom” and going out at night is difficult ’cause Drew is gone a lot for deacon duties. I’ve tried getting up early, but the kids are out of bed just after 6:00, and if I get up earlier than that I’m finished.

    I know its just a season but I sure am looking forward to when they are a bit older and I can jog while they bike alongside me:) or do an entire work-out video without having to stop in the middle!

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