What’s Happening Around Here

It’s been so long I don’t know where to start…

Maybe I’ll update you on this one.

She’s already 8 months old. Can you believe it?

She is such a busy, determined little thing.  She’s been army crawling for about a month and as of yesterday finally started to actually crawl on her knees.

She is forever tasting any little morsel on the floor.  Gagging on crumbs has happened to her a few too many times.  I know that sounds kinda strange but I sweep and I sweep and I sweep the floor…she seems to find that which is invisible and pops it in her mouth.  Needless to say my stress levels have gone up a little bit.  Choking is my worst nightmare.

Yesterday I mentioned in passing to my sister that I wonder if Elinor is a little spoiled.  She laughed and said, “Do you want to know what I think?”

Ah well…I figure there will be plenty of time to undo the damage later.  It is such a short time of fuzzy hair and rolly-polly thighs.  I am savoring it all.

Big sister is doing well.  She is very into ballerinas.

I love this newly discovered girliness.

She has actually begun wanting to wear her hair bows and asks for particular dresses and shoes.  I  love seeing her growing interest in feminine things as she has been such a little tomboy.  Sometimes her desire to wear what she wants can produce some pretty strange outfits…

She is busy.  Always busy with little projects.  Fun stuff like digging up all sorts of dirt in the driveway.

Nothing better than getting as filthy as possible. (Why do I even bother dressing her in white pants?)

She is an amazing big sister.

She loves her little sister and watches out for her.

Just this morning I turned around to see her pulling Elinor away from a crumb that she knew her sister was about to consume.  Of course, it’s not always that picture perfect.  She has a tendency to “pat” the baby with a little bit too much force or gently “roll” the baby over.  Any mom knows how that goes.

As a family we are doing well.  Just counting down the days until we get to go on our vacation to Virginia.  A whole week of being unplugged.  I can hardly wait!  We haven’t had a real vacation in almost 2 years.  It is much needed time away.

This weekend some good friends of our are taking some family photos.  We still do not have one good picture of the four of us.  July 4th we thought we might attempt to capture our little family on camera. Snapping a couple of good photos of the girls was easy.

Our family photos are pretty humorous and awful.  Self timers are hard, holding children down is harder…fitting everyone into one frame is a joke.

Where’s Cora? (Purple sippy cup.)

Craning my neck to see over Cora, Elinor fussing, Justin saying”Tickle, tickle, tickle” as he attempts to make Elinor laugh. (Purple sippy cup.)

And my personal favorite. No explanation needed.

I do not get it but my children have a serious aversion to family photos.  I am hoping and praying that they will cooperate this coming Sunday during our little photo shoot.  All I ask for is one, just one picture of us as a family…Wish us luck.

Other news…I made my first strawberry rhubarb pie and strawberry rhubarb cobbler of the summer.  They were both so deliciously perfect.  I cannot wait to make more.

My diet is seriously awful because I am breastfeeding.  I am usually a not over-the-top health nut…but the combo of running and breastfeeding is making me an eating machine.  I gotta stop because when Elinor eventually starts drinking cows milk my appetite is going to be stuck in “I am feeding a baby” mode.  But I will no longer be feeding a baby…only feeding my way too big appetite.

And speaking of running, I have started running in the early mornings (before Justing leaves for work) because it is so hot.  Sometimes I still take the girls but have found it almost dangerous to run in this heat.  I like early morning runs because it starts my day off early and I am much more efficient.  However, I can tell the girls miss their daily routine and taking them for a run does pass a lot of time.  I also find that I actually have less energy in the morning.  I don’t eat breakfast before I go and therefore have no fuel to keep me going.  Also, I really enjoy drinking some coffee before a run.  I know that’s strange but makes a world of difference to my energy level. (no surprise there)

And my energy levels are low because a certain 8 month old has decided to scream all night long for 3 nights now.  I do not know why.  I usually let her scream because there is nothing I can do.  But I lay awake and listen to her.  I fret, she frets…and none of us sleep.

And speaking of none of us sleep…Cora seems to wake up always around 3 o’clock.  We have begun to lock her in her room.  This may sound crazy but, which is worse?  Locking a child in…or having a small child wander the house at 3 am.  A child who gets into everything. A child who hoards everything.  Safe things like, strike anywhere matches.  Last night we did not lock her in her room.  Elinor decided to take a short break from screaming, I dozed off and was woken up to find our toddler curled up at the bottom of Justin’s legs.  She calls this place her “nest”.  After she squirmed for about 30 minutes I plucked her from her “nest” and put her back in her own bed.  3o minutes later Elinor was screaming again.

Motherhood is hard.  Really hard.  From what I hear it doesn’t get any easier.  Sure you may sleep more but then you are dealing with big kid problems.  After big kid problems starts big kids driving.  And then big kids going to college…I look forward to a future of never sleeping and always worrying.

In all seriousness I am truly loving life right now.  It may be a lot more busy and chaotic then calm and relaxing but it is a very full and fulfilling life.  Every day I am assured of one thing.  I am doing exactly what God intended for me.  I thank Him for his goodness to me.  The beautiful gift of marriage and children.   If I think on that which is good and remind myself to be thankful, the sleep deprivation, the chaos, the whining, the crying, the diapers, the potty training, the defiance, the intensity…it all doesn’t seem quite so hard.



12 Responses to What’s Happening Around Here

  1. LeAnna says:

    LOVE the crazy family pictures! Toooo cute. I broke down and had a friend take ours the other day, I hope some turned out. It was so hot, and the kids were cranky. Story of my life.

    If you’re having issues with fatigue you may look into taking a good quality Vitamin D3 supplement, as well as a sub lingual B complex. Most individuals do not get the amount of vitamin D necessary through sun exposure. Especially if you wear sunblock. I take 800-1,000iui daily and can really tell when I don’t take it for a while. It’s kind of insane, because the FDA considered 2 or 400iui a 100% daily dose, but that really is not enough. Pregnant and nursing Mama’s need even more. And, during the winter months we take up to 10,000 iui daily if we feel a cold or sickness coming on. It really does help shorten the lifespan. Nordic Naturals is my favorite brand!

    I feel you on the early riser. It’s so hard to train them to stay in their room. Q had a baby gate on his room until he was 2 1/2 almost 3. I miss it when 5:45/6 rolls around and he’s raring to go.

  2. awesome family pictures:) I need to chime in to what LeAnna said, I take a b complex as well, and a good liquid iron supplement, the change in my energy levels are crazy. There is such a difference that hubby can tell when my supply has run out, after a few days he kicks me out of the house to get some more 😉 Glad to read you guys are all doing well! Enjoy your family holiday!

  3. and oh, we used locks as well when Kaylin was younger, she was our sleepwalker/early morning explorer. A friend, who is a policeman, told me once that its actually much safer, in case of a fire you know where they are, and you don’t have to worry about kids leaving the house in the middle of the nigh. We haven’t needed to do so with Jacob, but I have a feeling little Maddie will need to be contained during the night as well:)

  4. Adorable! I love the last photo, with Elinor looking sideways:)…You are such a good Mom. I know the night-time thing is tiring you out. And Cora is a great big sister…so special to see!! It has been so good for her, learn to nurture Elinor.


  5. Beth says:

    SO many things I love about this post. The dirty faced pic of Cora is priceless, as is the one where she is almost hitting passe with her leg as she strikes her ballerina pose. Of course, the family pictures made me laugh so hard I had tears… and the purple sippy cup just made me laugh out loud even again as I typed the words…
    The BEST part of your blog post is that last picture of you with the girls. It just says so much without even needing a caption.
    I do hope you can get some rest soon, but I must say, you are a pretty incredible mommy EVEN when you are sleep deprived! Thank you for blessing me with two precious nieces AND for loving them so.

  6. bchallies says:

    Always love seeing the pictures, even when I see the kids so regularly…

  7. DeeDee says:

    Oh the joys of motherhood! These pictures are wonderful treasures. You will look back on them in years to come and start sniffling (which usually results in full-fledged bawling) and think, “when did these two beautiful, energetic, angelic girls turn into two amazing, thriving, independent, young ladies”. Both Cora and Elinor are absolutely beautiful!!! Have a wonderful day!!!

  8. bchallies says:

    I love the photos, especially the one of Cora smudged with dirt.


  9. Danelle says:

    gahh, I missed your blogging! Beautiful pictures, especially the last family one and the very last one of you and your girls 🙂 Good for you for getting out in this heat. I’ve made friends with the treadmill….for now. It’s god-awful outside. Hope to see you soon, love!

  10. Susanna says:

    I can’t get enough of that last picture! It is so beautiful and encompasses your nurturing, loving mothering so perfectly! I love you and wish I had your photography skills but I’m glad that we get to profit from them sometimes and your girls will have so many beautiful pictures to choose from when they’re older!

    Love you!!

  11. Betty says:

    LOVE the pictures. It is so sweet to see Cora loving Elinor more and more. I really enjoyed seeing you last week. We’ll be home again next week/weekend, maybe I can see you again before you leave for your vacation. I am so excited for y’all to have a week of no work and lots of family time!

  12. Aileen says:

    Oh my gosh.. I laughed and laughed at the family photos! too funny! the middle one is my fav.

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