Sunday, September 26, 2010


My not so morning snuggle-buggle.

Portrayal of innocence.

Smiley girl.

"Yes, I'm cute!"

Finished product.

Not so finished.


My morning snuggle-buggle.

Hard at work.


Guess where he is?

My hero's.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

This And That

As of tomorrow morning, week 1 without my husband will be officially over. Only 5 more left.

This last week has gone well, mostly because I was kept so busy. Between RE, playdates, dinners, and a morning to myself, I didn't have much time to think. Yesterday though, I allowed myself to dwell on how much longer I had left before I get to snuggle into my husband. It feels like forever to me, and yet I know there are women who must go so much longer without them. This next week promises to be just as busy as last week, so hopefully it will go fast as well.

Fritter and Ladybug are doing good so far with their daddy being gone. It seems harder on Fritter, who is really becoming very attached to his dad. And I'm having to be more creative in finding ways to get his energy out since he can't wrestle with his pregnant mom. Overall, he's done well, and his behaviour hasn't diminished as I thought it would (yet).

If I find some time this next week, I'll post pictures of the kids. I haven't done that for awhile, and I'm amazed at how big they are getting. Especially Ladybug, who is talking up a storm, and becoming more of a stinker and a lover all at once. ;-)

Oh, and my pregnancy sickness seems to have settled down a bit. I still don't have much of an appetite and I've had a couple rough days this last week. But I think within a week it will be totally gone. (Yay!)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Overwhelmed By Kindness

It's been a day and a half since my dear husband left for his extra-super-long work trip. And already our little family has been overwhelmed by the kindness of our friends. From offers to hang out with friends, playdates, meals being brought to us, offers to come over for dinner, and wonderful offers to babysit my children so I can have time to myself. God is so good to provide us with such a wonderful support group. I almost went crazy last year, but I think we are going to do just fine this year. Please know, my wonderful friends, that part of our family Rosary will be offered up for you each night.

God bless you all, and thank you so much!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Not Gone, But Already Missing

Have I mentioned to you that my dear hubby is leaving on Sunday? For five weeks? 5 WEEKS! And this time we don't get to go visit him. I guess I haven't mentioned it because I've been in denial about how soon he's leaving. But last night, it really sunk in. My husband is leaving for five weeks and I'm really going to miss him.

Thankfully, we have wonderful friends who are stepping in to provide comfort and support. And most of all, distraction.

Tonight we should get in from Netflix the last two DVD's of Lost Season 6. Seriously? How did anyone manage to watch this show on network television, one week at a time? When we watch, we generally watch two or three episodes a night, and we go crazy until the next disc comes in. And it's nice that we get to finish it before my wonderful husband leaves.

I really, really don't want him to go. It's going to be a long five weeks. I think it's time to load up my Netflix queue with Little House on the Prairie again.

Could you spare some prayers for my husband for safe travel?

Monday, September 6, 2010

You Can Lead A Tot to Bed...

Well, we did it. After years (I mean years) of fighting to keep Fritter in his bed during nap and bedtime, we have finally caved. First, though, to be fair, he has recently decided that staying in bed at night is a good thing, since the punishment to getting up is no fun. And he's usually tired anyway.

But naptime has been difficult. He feels that he doesn't need naps anymore, but I know better. But really, instead of a nap, we've just been struggling with each other almost every afternoon. And then he falls asleep at what would usually be the end of naptime. And at night he has recently started waking up about 3am and wandering around. One night he got into toothpaste and spread it all over his dresser. What to do?

Yesterday, my dear husband and I finally broke. We bought this after much deliberation. You see, Fritter has been in a "big boy bed" since around 16 months because he was a climber and would bail out of his crib. He wasn't ready for a big bed though, and we've really struggled with boundaries with him since. And we've known that putting him back in the crib was the thing to do. But keeping him in there? Ha! And as time went by, it just seemed like he was too big for a crib. He's a very big three year old.

But, as I've already said, we buckled. We put him back in the crib last night with the tent over it. He loves camping, and so we made it an adventure for him so he didn't feel like a baby sleeping in a crib. Once he was in, we realized that he wasn't as big as we thought he was. He can stand up just fine with the tent on, and he has room in the crib to stretch out while he sleeps.

And guess what? He slept great last night, woke up this morning and called to me to use the facilities, and went right back in his tent with no problem. The real test will be naptime, but I'm planning on giving him a stack of books to read, and at worst, he'll just get a nice rest/reading time.

We don't plan on using this forever. In fact, we're hoping we only need to use it for a couple of months to teach the idea of boundaries and self-control before transitioning him back into his big bed. And I'm hopeful. And we've learned so much. You can bet Ladybug has a long time left in the crib before going to a bed.

It seems to me that moving to a big bed is a right of passage. And so far, Fritter has been cheated out of that. This time, we plan on making it a big deal.

*Please note that I understand that there are differing opinions on the whole idea of kids and sleep. I am not saying that this is a one size fits all solution. It's one (I hope) will work for us.*

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


I feel like things are going 100 miles per hour lately. Really, they aren't. But it feels that way to this slow moving, queasy, sleepy mama. This is what the voices in my head have been saying recently...

Voice 1: Ah! Kids are in bed. How 'bout that shower?

Voice 2 (winner): Nah. It's 7:30. Time for bed.

Voice 1: Stomach meter looks a little empty. Chocolate cake, anyone?

Voice 2: No way. Don't want to get sick.

Voice 1: Cereal then.

Voice 2: Ewwww.

Voice 1: Ummm....crackers?

Voice 2: Running to the bathroom now!

And so on. You get the picture. Lots of fun.

On another note, my guys are home from camping and had a wonderful time. Of course there were no pictures, because we are just not that good. Unfortunately. But Fritter came home with his share of cuts, bruises, and stories to tell, so all in all I'd say it was a success.

Today we had our first ultrasound for Little Cub. I am always amazed at life. Really! Little Cub is chugging along at only 10 weeks right now and I was able to watch him (or her) on the screen dancing around already. It's amazing! And so beautiful. Fritter and Ladybug were on their very best behaviour during the ultrasound, and Fritter told his dad over and over about the heartbeat he heard.

So really, that's about all I have for now. Not much else has been happening. Until next time...same bat time, same bat channel.