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The February Abyss

feb 1While February was a huge month for our family of (now) four, I cannot quite explain where it went. I know it’s only 28 days, but it felt like 12 to me! I have been writing blogs in my head while I nurse and cannot wait to get them to screen. I even have a few that I wrote pre-baby, that never made it out of drafts. So here is my brain dump of blog posts coming soon…

  • Baby Prep – DONE!
  • My baby logs
  • Basement Project – Phase 3
  • The Potty Training Chronicles
  • Isaac 2.5
  • Luke 1 month (already!?!?!)
  • My recovery spot
  • Luke’s newborn & family pics  (may even do a #tbt with Isaac’s newborn pics)
  • The Living Room (house tour)
  • My baby sleep strategy
  • My birth stories (maybe… I would like to document bits of these monumental days)

feb 2I am just beginning to navigate the world with 2 kiddos. It’s not like I don’t have experience doing this with my nanny kids. In fact I have wrangled more than 2 many times. However, nursing trumps all my strategies. I never thought I would be one of those mom’s with a blanket over a herself hiding baby in public… but here I am. The lack of sleep at night that carries into my patience for the next day was non-existent in my nanny life. Thank God my Isaac is potty trained and adores his brother. I don’t know what I would do if I had to buy and change 2 sets of diapers or deal with jealously/guilty feelings for messing up my only child’s life. It has been so much easier than I expected and as I get more and more sleep, I feel like I am gelling into this mom of two role…and really loving it. I can already picture the day when they are entertaining each other and sharing with each other, quietly, while hugging. OK, so maybe there will be a lot more wrestling and screaming, still, I cannot wait.

P.S. My favorite things about life right now: Meal Baby, maternity leave, and the promise of Spring. Bring it!

Isaac 2.25

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Isaac is now 27 months… two and a quarter years! He is such a fun boy.

Isaac loves to be with his friends. He asks daily if he can play with “Anna-Ellie” or “Kaden-Korbin”. He enjoys seeing pictures of people he knows and saying their names. He asks to see Michelle (his teacher) and names all his friends when we say prayers. He remembers some that I forget as we don’t see them every day. He watches and learns things from them like how to go potty. He will climb and stand on some thing, throw his arms in the air, and shout “Ta-Daaa!” He picked this up from his buddies. He includes his toy trains as friends too, asks them “How you do-wing?” and even says goodnight to each one by name.

He really enjoys his life every day. He laughs out loud at Curious George. He loves to wrestle, climb, jump, etc. He is still not very afraid or cautious… walks into walls, falls off the ottoman and laughs, and runs full speed ahead into a dark room. He has a strong will and at times it is hard to get him to get his attention. Still other times he is super responsive and follows directions accurately and completely. He can be very helpful. He cleans up his toys, pulls up his underwear and pants, and carries handfuls of items he needs with him. He likes doing things on his own and says “Isaac do it”. He does like to be around people and though he can play alone he prefers to be in the room with someone. “Play trains, mommy, play trains?” That is what I hear each morning as I make breakfast.

He has been singing a lot lately. He knows most of the ABC’s song and is quickly learning the wordy Thomas theme song. Other favorites are: Itsy Bitsy Spider, Jesus Loves Me, Twinkle Twinkle. Also all the songs from his Bday CD are still favorites. He cracks us up as he dances and tries to sing along. We sing before bed each night after prayers as it helps him lay still rather than get extra wild in his bed. Tired = wild. He even has me sing what he calls the “Anna-Ellie” song which is to the tune of “are you sleeping”.

At bedtime he likes to hug daddy and then mommy and back and forth. We play-argue about who he should hug and they we give group-family-hugs at the end. He thinks this is really funny. He always says “Awww” when he gives hugs. He also like to “Give kisses?” between the rails of his crib. It is hard to resist.

He is still a whiz at puzzles and likes to put things in a line or order. One day he hung his underwear the knobs of his dresser. He did not stop until each knob was covered, then sat back and looked at what he had done and laughed. Another time he lined up matchbox cars with a friends – like 25 to 30 in a row. He was on a mission!

He loves books, especially his Thomas books. We read multiples times a day and he remembers things that happen on the pages. We have a lot of books and his memory impresses us.

Isaac is still a great sleeper. Still sleeping from 7:30/8:00 p.m. – 7:00/7:30 a.m. He naps daily 1:30/2:00 – 3:00/4:00. He will get more wild the more tired he gets. We have let him stay up a little later for some holiday events and it throws him off. He is much happier when we stick to his normal schedule. He is a picky eater right now. Loves certain foods: yogurt, cheese, strawberries, applesauce, cookies, crackers/goldfish, milk. He still will not eat pasta, mashed potatoes, most meat and veggies. We continue to offer his what we eat along with one food we know he likes at meals.

He loves going in the car and Krogers. He likes being out and about and seeing new people. He will usually request “my gasses” (sunglasses) no matter what the weather is like. He will take Rosie and Thomas trains in the car, hold them in his hands or tuck them under each leg in his car seat.

The boy still loves his trains. Rosie is his favorites and calls her “Wosie, wosie, wosie.” Talking Thomas is his 2nd favorite. He takes them everywhere we will let him, even to the potty! He tucks them in his chair at night. He grabs them first thing in the morning. He loves to watch Thomas episodes and his favorite is called “Splish, splash, splosh” where Rosie and Thomas splash each other with mud. He reenacts it on his tracks with the two engines.

As Christmas has approached his little eyes have lit up. He enjoys the Christmas Tree (her pronounces it Kiss-mas) and especially the ornaments on the tree. He got to help decorate the bottom and has only broken one. He loves the lights on our house. He has no clue who Santa is. He loves to sing Jingle Bells. Loves his manger scene and when he holds baby Jesus he makes fake crying sounds. The song “Away in the Manger” comes on and he sings along. I think that he thinks Christmas is the actual tree. He likes to look at the snow but not a fan of walking in it. He was a big fan of opening presents and for days after he requested “More presents?”

Isaac loves people and especially his Mommy. We try to talk about the baby and change coming, but he does not quite understand. He insists the baby is a girl or as he would say “gah-yul”. He loves to play any game where you say “Noo….” He likes to take daddy’s chair, or turn on and off the lights with grandpa. He loves the reaction and laughs and keeps going. He did give baby Maggie a sweet head rub and kiss without being prompted. That made me feel a little at ease, that he may like this baby. He also loves to watch baby Janie at daycare as she crawls around.

Isaac is affectionate, fun, smart, inquisitive and outgoing.  He is active, strong, and is sure of what he wants. He is an all around great kid and he makes each day full!

Merry Christmas!

photoI am super excited that Christmas is here. My busy work season has come to a halt – 9 days off in a row! Reserved time for family gatherings, celebrating Jesus’ birth, and appreciating all the blessings God has graced upon us.

I plan to be back this week and next with lots of projects I’ve completed: next phases of The Basement Project, holiday decor, our annual homemade Christmas ornaments, this year’s homemade gifts, how I completed my Christmas shopping before December, Isaac updates and much more! And next up on the project agenda: preparing for this baby!! Yep we are down to 7 weeks people, which means time to pack the hospital bag, wash those baby clothes, install the car seat, finish paperwork, and weighing most on my mind….finalize the bed/crib plans! I plan to share it all as we countdown to baby boy #2. Did I mention we are still nowhere near a name?

But, this is no time for planning and lists, it is time to enjoy today and the next. The Christmas music is on and presents are wrapped. So, let’s get the fire started and warm the ham! Merry Christmas, friends!

Thoughts on my Pregnancy (26 weeks)

belly 26 weeksSo, I definitely FEEL pregnant now. There is no hiding the belly. It is there in every outfit, in every hug and every dance. It definitely gets in the way and makes me grunt as I bend or lift sometimes. A few weeks ago Doug said I was just starting to show. Ha. I think he felt like he was now in the safe zone to make a comment. Smart man. I finally broke down and bought a few maternity clothes since I wasn’t really pregnant in the winter last time. Loving the full panel jeans and leggings. Revolutionary.

As of my last appointment at 24 weeks, I am still 11 lbs. less than my starting weight. Yep, still been sick, though it is less. Still filled with mucus, bleh. Eating chicken sushi multiple times a week and craving Cherry Coke. Not craving milk like I did with Isaac. Drinking a decaf coffee most nights as a nightcap. Not really hungry all the time. I loved bagels and cream cheese for a few weeks, but done with that.

I have been having some horrible back pain. - dehabilitating even. My right SI joint in my lower back is apparently out of balance. Seeing a Chiropractor is helping but kinda scary to hear and feel the pop. My pain was terrible for weeks but has been way less since my appointments started. That makes it worth it. I am sure that lifting and caring for a 33 lb. toddler is not helping. I am trying to be smart, but it is impossible to stop doing some things.

I’ve had 2 ultrasounds at my last 2 appointments. Baby was being shy and hiding the first one. All is well though and he showed his little profile and spine this time. He did put his hands up in front of his face. Maybe this one is an introvert like Doug. He his measuring in the 62% for his age.

The c-section is scheduled, which seems like a weird thing months in advance. It is a “if you don’t go into labor by this date” kinda thing. It’s with my doctor so that is exciting. Already thinking about maternity leave and getting my job ready for a volunteer as well as thinking about the help I will need once the baby is here.

I think that I have felt more frustration and stress with this pregnancy – work and home. A lot of changes and preparation. The back pain. Potty training. Just a lot going on and it is hard to rest with a toddler. Could be the hormones too… I did get some pampering this past week. A massage, a haircut and a mani/pedi. Luxury helps.

Baby boy has been moving a lot. Not at the same times each day. Isaac moved a lot when I rested on the couch in the evenings. This boy is random. He feels strong. He will kick or bump and totally roll over. I love to feel him move especially when Isaac is with us, reading a bedtime book or some thing. It’s like they are already fighting for the good seat. I love feeling him move. It is really one of the best things in the world and the best thing about being pregnant.

Isaac does talk about the baby more. He has a joke of calling him a girl to get me to react and say “It’s not a girl, but a boy!” He will say… “A GAY-UL, mommy!” and smile. We saw some small babies while shopping the other day and he was really intrigued by them, even talked about them later. The picture above was taken the other day while Isaac was eating his breakfast. He pulled up my shirt and put his feet on my bump. He started kicking at which I stopped him and said “gentle.” He then gave the baby a kiss and I had my camera. Cool moment.

Thoughts On My Pregnancy (the first half)

I have to say, that most of my daily day I do not feel pregnant. The baby bump has shown up along with a few maternity shirts and pairs of jeans, but I have also lost 12 lbs. in the last 4 months. And even though mornings are touch and go, after 15 minutes of horrible, I can go on with my days. My busy days. Days of work, side work, mothering, wife-ing, laundering, picking up, and reminding myself to eat. Full days! Most where I feel like I do not accomplish all that I need to.

Sometimes when I lie on the couch at night, exhausted, I remind myself there is an honorable reason why I feel like this. I am a mom of a toddler, while simultaneously growing another inside. Oh yeah, it makes sense. I know in my brain I am pregnant, and I see that my body is pregnant, but still sometimes I just don’t grasp the reality of a baby on it’s way in 20ish weeks. Sometimes, I close my eyes and press on my stomach to try to make the baby move. Though I have felt a few butterflies, nothing outright obvious. As I rest, I start to feel guilty that I am not a good enough mom or wife or mother to be. Then I think if I am overwhelmed now, what is going to happen when I add another baby in the mix? How will I do it all or even just enough?

I try to think back of when I was pregnant with Isaac. I was sick, like now. I was tired, like now. Yet I was nervously studying about birth and reading about sleep strategies. I was listing necessities and picking out fabrics (boy and girl). I was tired and sick, but still organized and preparing. Is it horrible that I have done none of that with baby number 2?

As I sit in my weakness, I am reminded that God is strong. This is a theme that has been poking out at me over the last week. 2 Cor. 12:9 says that …”My grace is sufficient for you, my power is made perfect in weakness.” Though I have heard that verse many-many times, I cannot say that I am feeling that today, right now. I want to, though. I want to see His power come in my life and allow me to be a woman that reflects the character of God within my family and beyond. Another point that has stuck out in prayer over the last few weeks is that “Worship is an act of weakness/humility.” So maybe that is a good place to start. I’m also reminded that the enemy will use truth to tell me a lie. So, even though yes I am tired and yes I didn’t make a family dinner tonight, that doesn’t mean I have failed or disappointed my family. The song we sang today in church brought me to tears…“ When I lose my way, And I forget my name, Remind me who I am. In the mirror all I see, Is who I don’t wanna be, Remind me who I am. In the loneliest places, When I can’t remember what grace is. Tell me once again who I am to You, Who I am to You. Tell me lest I forget who I am to You, That I belong to You. To You.” I want to be reminded about who God thinks I am on a regular basis. It is much better than what the enemy wants to whisper. Hmm, worship would help remind me of that. More worship. (Lord, I hear you loud and clear)

I have to say that even though I am struggling with these thoughts, I AM excited about having another child. I was super blessed to have Isaac and feel even more blessed to receive this gift again. I have to say that it is the hardest and best thing that has happened in my life. It has also taught me so much about God’s love and how He sees me. It’s a really cool thing.

I know it will be good for Isaac, but I am also nervous about his transition when the baby comes. He loves his mommy, and I hope he doesn’t resent the baby because I will have to sometimes tend to baby needs before his. I tell myself all moms with more than one child have gone through this and it works out. I am sure it will. Even if it is hard, it will be a life lesson for him to see he is not the star. I am sure I will learn and grow through it too.

It is so strange to say, but food has been hard this time around. The first few months I was nauseous and I wanted nothing to eat. Even though, eating would make me feel better. I have never really craved anything being pregnant, but for a few weeks I really wanted a beer, and I don’t even like beer. I am better with eating now, but I am still not consistent and have to wait late in the day sometimes to eat or brush my teeth. It is probably the most annoying part. It could be a lot worse, I have friends that have been way sicker than that.

We soon find out the sex of the baby. I think that will make it more real for me. I have been having “girl feelings”. I don’t really know if I can trust those. With Isaac I went back and forth, but  towards the end felt “boy feelings”. I will be glad to know and for Doug to know. I think he is really nervous about having a girl and the time to get used to the idea would be good for him. If it’s a boy, I’m the one that needs to know and re-adjust. Logistically a boy would be easier. But, a girl would be new and fun. Either way, it is already decided and I will be ecstatic for any healthy baby to love.

Since I had Isaac, I have had a passion to pray for the women I know that have had trouble getting pregnant. When friends have lost babies it just makes me weep. I cannot imagine. That has to be the most horrible thing in life. So I pray, because I believe passionate prayers are powerful. Many places in the scripture it says the people were moved with compassion, then something big happened. So, you gals know who you are. I am still praying for a redemption story.

…just some things on my mind.

Here I Am.

You may be wondering where I have been hiding all summer…. well, I mean to explain. Italy. No, I wish. Let me first remind you (and me) about when I started this blog. I vowed that it would be for me. That deadlines were not part of the agenda. This would be a creative space for me to share my life and my projects. So where am I? Here I am. Still here. I have actually been working on a secret project all summer. So I wanted to tell you about it; it’s entitled “Project Momma”. A 17 weeks Momma… yep, pregnant! Schraer baby #2 is on the way. We are pretty excited  Well, except for the whole nausea – sick- mucus filled – smell affected – not wanting meat – sometimes not wanting to eat anything… days. Just like with my first, I have not been quite myself. I hope I am getting closer to the end of the sickness; with Isaac is wasn’t until 22-24 weeks but eased between 18-20 weeks. It is all worth it, and we feel honored to have another baby to raise, love, support and enjoy.

So yeah, my priorities have shifted a bit. This summer has been super full of… resting on the couch at nights, going to bed early, playing a little longer with my boy, and telling myself it is OK to not accomplish everything. It has been good for me.

But, know, I have just as many projects swimming around in my mind. In fact, a few weeks back I updated my master project list with hope to accomplish much before the baby arrives mid-february. Tasks like finish the basement purge, sort through Isaac’s clothes to give away, figure out where this baby will sleep and dwell, hang something on the walls of our bedroom, re-organize our fridge and pantry, etc. Plus, I have 2 fall kid clothing sales coming up. I need to inventory and list needs for Isaac. But, this week… Isaac’s birthday week is underway. My baby is 2! So all that will wait. Well, wait even longer. It is amazing how much you can NOT accomplish with a kiddo sometimes:) But would I trade it? No way. In fact, I think I am willing to give up some more time and energy for another little bundle to love. Stay tuned.
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An Annoyed Prayer

This week I have been on extreme highs and lows. I found myself overly frustrated on Monday. You know, just one of those days where little things keep going wrong and you chalk it up to just being one of those days. I hate being a hormonal girl, and husband says it’s rare… so I guess it’s OK to admit that could have been part of the problem. In the midst of that day I found myself praying a Psalm that I found back in my 20′s. Psalm 13 is an honest prayer that questions God…

“How long O Lord, will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? Look on me and answer, O LORD my God. Give light to my eyes,or I will sleep in death; my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,” and my foes will rejoice when I fall. But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the LORD, for he has been good to me.”

photoThere were 3 things on Monday that I kinda threw in God’s face and said, I’m am so sick of praying about these!!! UAH! (… Said like that pop song “I Want You Back”. I love that exclamation throughout the song. It is believable.) So in response I wrote those 3 things that have been annoying me on a post-it note and stuck to my computer with Psalm 13. My hope is that I will live in that last part of the verse: ”But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the LORD, for he has been good to me.”  That I would stay there believing that God is going to continue to love me unfailingly and be good to me. That IS who he is been in the past.

On Tuesday (the next day mind you), one of those prayers was completely answered and finished. On Wednesday a completely separate prayer for a friend who so wanted a baby was answered. That prayer was years in the making. Oh, OK, so God is who he says he is. How can I forget?

Ever since my honest, annoyed, and “UAH!” prayer on Monday, God has seemed to speak to me repeatedly with reminders of his character. Here are a couple strong verses that just happened to show up. It is funny, they all happen to come via social media: 2 on Facebook, 1 on Pinterest. Quick lesson: God is always speaking. He will use any method to get to you.

“Do not give up on the goals and dreams God placed in your heart. “Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded.” 2 Chronicles 15:7

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23

“Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!” Luke 1:45

Good stuff, right? Still actively waiting on the other 2 prayers to be answered, but really, I believe it will happen. And God doesn’t care if I am annoyed in the meantime. In fact, I think he likes it when I express myself authentically to Him. Just look how he has responded to me.

I hope this encourages someone out there too.

Summer and Stay-cation

ss2I know I have been a little MIA on the blog recently. Would you believe I have been here, but just a little invisible? Yep, I have like 8 drafts of blog posts that haven’t made it out into the real world yet. May and June sorta jumped up in my face and told me who was boss. Yeah, I think that I will have to make a google calendar reminder to myself for next year. It will read “Greta, just when work starts to slow down, life is gonna pick up: showers, weddings, grad parties, engagement parties, work retreat, mother and fathers day, family birthdays and cookouts. Be ready for it. Be ready for IT ALL!” Ha. Is it REALLY the Fourth of July already? So I have been doing (probably what you all have been doing too) hanging on, enjoying the moments and well, not blogging (or finishing my blogs). Sorry ’bout that.

So here is a little catch-up…

Isaac has loved being outside. Fun Fridays are just hat they sound like. A trip to the pool, the park, or a walk/ride on the bike trail. He LOVES it, can you tell?

ss1 ss7 ss4 ss3 I enjoy the being out in the air too. I loved visiting the Christian Moerlein House with some good friends for girl’s night. I learned a valuable lesson that night. Do not try to find parking while a Friday night Red’s game is starting. Ha. ss8 But OH the view, it made all worth the effort to get there. From dusk until dark we watched and heard the sounds of our city. Goregous. Cannot wait to go back.

ss9Any event that we don’t take Isaac along Doug and I have been calling a date. Lotsa summer date nights!! Dancing (at weddings) dinner (at parties) and romance (we bring that along ourselves). After almost 8 years together I still love alone time with this Schraer bear.
ss18Speaking of romance let’s talk my husband’s love language: FOOD! And even though our shish kabobs were a total grill failure… I am loving pasta salad for days.
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Milkshakes. This was Isaac’s first celebrating his 1 and 3/4ths birthday. ss16

And, you cannot beat the fresh fruit like these berries! Yummmmm. ss11Isaac’s new addictions: goggles and high heels. Let’s hope it is just a phase. Or else his world will always look blue, and well, heels are hard to walk in… may slow him down on the basketball court or soccer field.

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ss17My hair is getting super long which the honey likes.But on hot days, you will likely find it pulled to the side in a messy side bun thing. It’s easy, it works, and it’s out of the way.

ss15Even summer on this rainy July 4th I can appreciate a good summer storm. ss12 Today marks the first of a 10 day stay-cation for Isaac and I. Doug still has to work as he just started a new job. On the agenda? Only 2 things: (1) Pool time including the start if my little man’s swim lessons and (2) Bring the basement back to life. Yep. I am going to steal away nap times and make goodwill drops as often as needed. I am going to purge so much it hurts – not physically, though. It is going to be fun and productive. Not just anyone’s vacation: Project Momma’s! So you better believe I am concocting the plan, taking before pics, and measuring to buy my favorite things ever… CONTAINERS! Oh and if you are worried about me not getting a real vacation this year, have no fear I still have a week and half left. I am sure someone will share their ocean-side house with me sooner or later.

So that is where my mind is at today. Work “away message” on. Let’s do this.

Good and Grateful.

Life is good. Not always how I planned it. Not always easy or fun. But I have so much to be grateful for. So why not stop a minute and account for some of those things. To remind myself that I have it good.

I am grateful for a long-overdue date night with my favorite man on earth. We have so much to toast: my birthday, his birthday, a new job, and even a new loved wine. 
good1I am grateful for conversations with my husband. That after 8 years together I still have much to learn about him and with him. I love that he knows me and I am my complete self with him. We still have fun, romance, and dreams.
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I am grateful for a son that is easy-going. He loves an adventure and is thrilled with a loud room. He is comfortable sleeping in other’s houses so long as he has a blankie and a good story. 
good9I am grateful for Tuesday mornings off from work. That I get to experience Mommy things with my son, rather than working every day of the week. Working part-time reminds me to appreciate every story time, museum trip and playground moment with Isaac. 
good10I am grateful for a great house with a huge yard. Isaac is safe to run and play and push his truck to his hearts content. And though I sometimes complain about living in “the country”, our home is perfect for our family right now.
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I am grateful for a good family. So many people that support us and love us….and ADORE Isaac. He will grow up with good people who treat him well and teach him well. Family that love God and follow Him.

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I am grateful for new rhythms and moments of rest. Like sweet tea on a warm spring day while my car gets washed. Where the sun beams and reminds me that a hot summer is on it’s way. I take a moment to close my eyes an think about sitting in the water as Isaac plays and laughs. Good times are ahead.
good7I am grateful for Sunday family day where time seems to stand still. And, even thought I do get jealous when Doug gets the baby cuddles, my heart also explodes. The fact that my boys love each other as much as I love each of them. It is a gift.
good8I am grateful for every new experience with Isaac. I often say things like “this is his first picnic!” I love to watch him get excited about everything. The awe of bubbles, the confusion over loud rain, and the humor of talking while his head is under the bath water. His zest for life is pure joy and it is addictive.
good5I am grateful for roses. Especialy when they come with love. A symbol of thought and beauty and also the brevity of life. A gentle reminder to enjoy the beauty while you can, because moments pass.
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Beyond all else, I am grateful to be a mom and wife. It is the greatest calling…to be part of this family team – to follow and lead with purpose and love.
good12I have so much to be grateful for…big and small things. God has been so faithful to me and so gracious.

 

Resting.

Our church is spending some time talking about “rhythms” in the current message series. We are being challenged to compare our priorities with how we spend our time.

I often over schedule my life. My lists are too long, my projects are too vast. I feel comfort in the busyness for some reason. And while I don’t want to change my love for efficiency, I do long to rest, play and lose track of time more than I do. Doug and Isaac do help me with that.

rest3Last week, our pastor specifically taked about REST. After reading some verses from the bible I felt challenged to make some changes in my life to include more rest. I really want to “work from rest”… instead of “resting from work”. This means changing some of my daily routine, adding some time to play, and being more intentional with the Sabbath (day of rest). Rest to me is the opposite of work. It’s not just laying around or not doing things, but being energized from things that relax or recharge me. Sometimes that may involve sleep. As a starting point last week, I came home from church and took a nap. I called it “good”. (A little creation /7th day humor.)

If rest is a priority to me, I have to schedule it into my life. So here are a few rhythms I am trying…

  • Turning the lights off and watching TV (without multi-tasking) each evening 10-11 pm.
  • Going to bed at 11:00 weeknights before work, so I can get 7.5 hours of sleep each night.
  • Planning “Fun Fridays” with Isaac, adding a weekly story time with him. 
  • Looking into joining a pool to swim with him this summer. We both love the water. 
  • Taking a nap on Fridays while Isaac naps.

SABBATH 

  • Starting Sabbath each week at Isaac’s bed time on Saturday and continuing until Isaac’s bed time on Sunday. That means not doing work for 24 hours! 
  • Saturday nights doing something fun/relaxing: blogging, crafting, movie with Doug, etc. 
  • Social media break on Sundays
  • Nap or read on Sundays while Isaac naps
  • Family time on Sunday: play, parks, easy dinner with extended family, etc.  
  • Make it a point to do simple things I enjoy – read magazines, books, paint my nails, have a glass of wine, etc. 

So as I write tonight (something I enjoy), I am having a glass of cabernet sauvignon (something I enjoy) that Doug encouraged me to try. And, I painted my nails. THAT does not happen every day. I’ve just begun to try these new rhythms, but so far… it is good.

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Hey Girl.

So, it’s been a slow and easy day. So I thought that I would jump on the “hey girl” bandwagon. I am sure that you have seen the Ryan Gosseling adds on pinterest, right? Well, there is a little blogging challenge to create our own “hey girl”-guy. They are pretty hilarious… check some out here.

hey girl doneDoug will flip out if he ever sees this, I am sure. But isn’t he a hottie? I would take him over scrawny Ryan Gosseling any day.

 

Me-time

photoIn the last year I have been learning a lot about rhythms and balance. Adding a baby to life will do that to you. Of all my momma responsibilities, I often save myself for last. I guess that is normal, but it is not good.

This morning I sit alone in our home. It is quiet. This does not happen often. We had a date night last night, so baby spent the night at grandparent’s and husband went to share breakfast. I slept 2 1/2 hours later than normal and now sit with a blanket, coffee, and my computer. Ah. Fantastic.

I am wondering how I can get more of this. Any ideas?

I have social life built into my rhythms, but me-time usually ends up being 10:00 – 11:00 p.m. at night watching TV and trying not to fall asleep on the couch. Maybe a monthly date night will mean a monthly quiet morning? Let’s hope.