March 26, 2012

Delicious Hand and Sitting Up

March 6, 2012

Today was an especially overwhelming one, and come dinner time, putting a meal together for us was the last thing I wanted to do! It wasn’t too long ago that I found cooking to be relaxing and cathartic, but lately there has been a slow uptick in the number of boxed mac-and-cheese dinners we’ve been having. While convenience meals are not entirely significant, for me it has been symptomatic of falling behind and feeling as if I haven’t been accomplishing much. There have been some end-of-day frustrations I’ve been trying to make sense of where I feel as though I’d been working all day, yet there is little visible proof I had actually done anything.

I had a long conversation with my best friend back in California and she assured me that this crazy time with an infant and young children is just a short season we’re going through (she recently had her third child too). I’ve been going at such a fast pace lately, I know burnout is going to happen. But at the same time, I worry that time is passing by much too quickly and that I may miss something special and important in my rush to check things off my to-do list. You see those pics of Mara up there? She sat up for a bit today! So amazing! And she’s grabbing at things and obsessively chomping on that hand which mean teeth are on its way. This is when I want time to stand still instead of wanting it to be Saturday already so I could catch a break. There is such a delicate balance to maintain as I work from home and raise my kids full-time. In the midst of all these feelings, Christine happened to write this wonderful post which really resonated with me.

So, here’s to embracing the current season of our life (quote by Gabrielle Blair). And I’d like to add, being okay with box mac-n-cheese, and maybe frozen pizza, and definitely top ramen.

Three Months, Just Like That

February 23, 2012

Oh hey little girl! You finally let me see you roll over, even though you’ve been doing it for a couple weeks now! It’s so fun to see you smiling, chattering at your brothers, grabbing at toys and hair (ouch), and wanting to stand all the time. Exhausting work it is for a little baby. (And I promise I didn’t Photoshop-enhance your eyes. They truly are that way!)

The Year So Far

February 6, 2012

It usually feels blue coming down from the highs of Christmas and New Years, but the year so far hasn’t been so bad. Mostly has to do with having a fun baby (rolled over twice for dad!) and funny kids. Skype/Google vid chats with friends and family has been great too. Yes, I love technology…always and forever.

Being Mara

January 16, 2012

Happy / Surprised / Scrunched up