I once heard a mom say that she gets so much done around the house by putting her baby in her "Baby Bjorn." I had so much to do today and Elijah wanted my undivided attention, so I decided to try this technique out.
First of all, I think in order to get anything done, your child needs to be less than 2 months old... or at least not discovered how their hands work yet. Everything I touched, Elijah touched. It actually made things worse. Secondly, they should also probably be under the 10lb limit to avoid excruciating back pain. Lastly, when they know how to kick their feet to get your attention, it's not a good thing.
I wonder if he got sea sick, or whatever you call it when you are strapped to someone's stomach, because he seemed to be bouncing around a lot. We definitely had a lot of fun, but I DID NOT get a lot of stuff done around the house, and I may have even received a fat lip. Plus, what do you do when you have to lean over to pick something up. I'm not really admitting to anything, but there may have been a bumped forehead.
I had no idea Chris took this picture at Isaac's party last night.
He was just about to open all his gifts, so I took the opportunity to have a "mom-talk" with him. It pretty much went like this: "say thank you after every gift, don't ask for more gifts, let all the other kids help you open them, etc" You know the drill. I didn't think twice about it until I saw the picture. I was then reminded of a parenting article I read last week. The title was "Thankful Lips vs. Grateful Heart" and it talked about teaching our kids how to be genuinely grateful, instead of just teaching them to mindlessly say "thank you" every time you give them the look. The article really made me think. I'm actually still thinking about it. So now the endeavor is to instill gratefulness in the heart of my little ones, and here are some articles that helped me with some ideas on how to do this.
Isaac wanted to have a sleepover with his twin cousins and his friend Drew for his 5-yr-old birthday. Chris and I didn't really know what to expect, but thought we would give it a try with a few boys this year to see how it went.... and it went great! Can't wait until next year... maybe we will double the amount of boys jumping around our house!
They finally fell asleep around midnight, and that was after I had to separate them into different beds. We had so much fun and I can't wait until he gets a little older and our house is filled with the noise of all of his friends.
You are so fun to watch... and listen to... and hang out with.
You love: Legos, Superheroes, Monster Trucks, Puzzles, Video Games, Fruit of any kind, Making up songs about Jesus,wrestling with daddy, making Elijah laugh, cooking with mommy and sleeping up in your car bed.
For your birthday this year you wanted: Lego Heroes, Sketcher light-up shoes, Video Games, A Skateboard and Hockey Equipment.
"My son, if your heart is wise, then my heart will be glad; my inmost being will rejoice when your lips speak what is right."
Well, our little man Elijah is having a rough week. With a diagnosis of RSV, Pneumonia and Bronchiolitis all at the same time, this little guy is making his mother emotionally unstable. The doctor was leery about not sending him over to the hospital, but was confident that as "experienced" parents, we would know what to do if his breathing became more strained. Seriously? Experienced parents? Doesn't she know that I still constantly refer to myself as a rookie mom?
We had a rough hour at midnight last night. I was convinced Elijah couldn't breathe and was getting worked up. I even packed the bag for the hospital. Chris felt like we just needed to stay calm and see if we could calm him down as well. Chris was right. I was explaining to Chris last night that I have this "mom button" that gets pushed when one of my children are in distress. I try to stay calm. I try to act rational. I even try to act in faith and cast all my cares on the Lord, but it's like instinct takes over and I would do ANYTHING to make them better (sometimes in a panic state).
I don't know what it means to be an experienced mother.
One definition of experienced is "wiseorskillfulinaparticularfield."
I'm definitely not that one.
Another definition is "endured;undergone;sufferedthrough."
That one is a lot closer.
Elijah is doing much better this morning, and actually slept most of the night. His meds seem to be working well and right now he is taking his walker all around the house with a smile on his face.
We are back from one of the most needed vacations we have ever had. It was such a blessing to spend time with Chris' parents and to give our kids our undivided attention. It was the perfect mixture of fun adventure and pure relaxation. A little bummed about the lack of pictures I took, but it was more fun being "mommy" than family "photographer." It was pretty cool in Florida, in the 60s most days, but we were still in flip-flops!
Favorite things on vacation: Gloria Jeans coffee, Sakura Japanese Steakhouse, Kate Spade Outlet Store, Cinderella Castle Projection and Fireworks, Isaac's face when he opened his gifts from Poppy and Grandy, Zoey buying her first lip-gloss, my luxurious birthday breakfast and just spending time with the people that I love most.
Worst thing on vacation: Chris forcing all of us to sit through the "Carousel of Progress" at the Magic Kingdom. I can't believe there will be voice activated appliances and virtual reality video games in our future!