Monday, October 29, 2012

She's so confused...

Madeline was sick Saturday night, and had a dozey Sunday.  She went to bed right after supper and came up at 8 pm.  She used the washroom, peered in the office at Sean and I, went back downstairs, then re-emerged a minute later.  "What time is it?" she asked.  "Eight o'clock," I answered, to which she said, "Monday?"

Poor kid was messed up - thought it was Monday morning and that she missed her bus and we hadn't woken her, but didn't know why Dad was still home...  Then she went back to bed and slept all night.  She's off to school today, and hopefully whatever was making her pukey is gone.

Nolan also had a weird Saturday night, an off Sunday and went to bed early.  In consequence, he was up at 5:30 this morning, ready to play and make noise.  After a whole weekend of messed sleeps, I kept him up as long as I could to try to get naps and nighttime back on track.  Sleep, glorious sleep, I miss you.  But truthfully, I am enjoying the boy at this age and will miss it when it's gone, so I will take the tiredness with it and will do my best to not let the lack of sleep affect my mood!

Happy Monday, everyone!  May you be healthy and may you enjoy your circumstances even if they are not what you'd call perfect.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Nolan at Nine Months

I've had a nine-month-old for a whole week now, and the biggest development is that HE'S WALKING!!!  Yes, an early stepper; takes after his dad, who according to my mother-in-law also walked at nine months.

I counted around 35 steps at the library the other day - they've got a great open space for him to cruise around in.  His balance is great, he can stop and go, and turn around... so fun to watch.

We had him dedicated at church this past Sunday.  I always find baby dedications to be a special time, since the congregation speaks out loud these words:

As your faith community, we support you as you bring this child of your love and the love of your Heavenly Father. As you commit your child and yourself to the Father, we commit ourselves to you, to support, to encourage, to pray and to take an active part in the nurturing of this young life. As God is our witness, we receive this child in love, and promise to be unto your child, father, mother, brother, sister and friend.

It is one way that you can practically feel the ties between us growing and strengthening.  A great picture of church, and a great reassurance that we are not alone in our desire for this boy to grow up with a heart for Jesus.

We are so thankful that our parents could be there as well as a few of his aunts, uncles, and cousins, and that they could all spend the day with us.

Book Club List 2012/13

Book Club - catching up with friends, eating well and laughing about the trend of the table (this month, cheese), passing around the latest baby, and of course, talking books.  We all enjoyed and recommend Cutting for Stone, and I thought I'd share our list for this year in case you are looking for suggestions of something to read:
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald
Postcards Never Written by Janita Van De Velde
Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls
The Hotel on the Corner of Better and Sweet By Jamie Ford
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Bel Canto by Ann Pachett
Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Divergent by Veronica Roth


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Praying Police

I read an article this morning about Winnipeg's new Chief of Police, and his advice to citizens to pray for a safer city.  It of course included criticism, and because it was online, had a host of comments, some for and more mocking.

Read the article here.

My two cents?   He says his faith is part of who he is, and can't be separated from his job.  So the people who named him to this crucial role of chief would already know this and understand that it helps or at least does not hinder his ability to do the job.  I don't know any background other than what I read in the article, but I think it's great to see an unashamed Christian in such a position of authority.  Good job, Winnipeg.

Friday, October 12, 2012

I Could Tell You

I want to update my blog, but I have nothing to say.  That's what I just told Sean.

I could tell you about Nolan - he's into the kitchen cupboards these days and tonight bit through a K-cup for the first time.  He also shut his little finger in the cupboard door tonight, for the first time.  He's napping less and sleeping not as great at night these last few days.  Sigh.  He went 3 nights of sleeping right through, and we're hoping those come back soon.  He got two teeth on Monday - that makes 8.  We've got his dedication service planned at church for October 21, and are looking forward to having family join us for that.

I could tell you about Madeline - she's really enjoying this new soccer experience.  Three practices and one game so far, and she comes home with a red face and a smile.  She's off bowling with the youth group tonight, has a haircut booked for tomorrow morning and a soccer game in the afternoon.

I could tell you that balancing life is better some days than others, but I have pretty realistic expectations of myself, so I don't feel behind.  Today I wanted to clean the bathroom and change the bedsheets and got both done!  Plus managed a workout and shower during morning nap.  A successful day before noon even.  Today was P90X, Wednesday was Tae Bo.  I try to get to the Y for a weekly swim class with Nolan but skipped this week.  I was reading up on sleep issues for Nolan and read how routine is not only important for babies (makes for better naps which makes for better nights), it's also important for the mommies...  Which of course is true - if you schedule in the things that are priorities for you, you will end up doing more of that and less stuff that is less important.  So I thought through my week and our daily schedule - basically I'm going to try to accomplish my workouts and chore stuff in the morning; some while he's with me and some while he's napping.  His afternoon nap will be for quieter chores or reading or napping - recharging myself for the rest of the day.  It won't be too much different than it has been, but I'm going to focus on his naps again for him, and focus on getting in more exercise for me. 

I could tell you that Compassion's Blog Month in September was a success:  "Thanks to you 3,159 children were sponsored online in the month of September. We exceeded our goal of 3,108 children by the not so insignificant number of 51 additional lives"! 

I could tell you that Cutting for Stone was a very good book.  It is our book club read this month and I finished it up last night.  Sad to have it end, but good to know how it all resolves, you know?  That may have had something to do with why today was so productive.  Maybe.

I guess I found a few things I could tell you.

Friday, October 05, 2012

Happy Birthday, Jess!

It's my little sister's birthday today, so I'm sharing a few old photos - hooray for the 70's!

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Surviving... and Enjoying

Two days ago was really rough.  Not enough sleep made for a day that took a lot more effort on my part!  I'm glad for the friend that called out of the blue and came over for tea.  Thanks, I needed that.

Yesterday was great all day long - we had two productive outings, and the time at home wasn't spent trying to keep Nolan out of places he shouldn't go.  Until the evening.  We really need a baby gate or two...

Today has been up and down a few times already.   Funny how diapering a baby can be the most frustrating part of your day - he flipped over INTO the poop and smeared it all over making his getaway.  I just put him down for a nap and wanted to post a few photos for you before I go grab some ZZZ's myself. 

Oh, and...        ***Happy Birthday, Mom!!***


I had a few minutes of creativity last week - made some cards for my mom's birthday (with the 'medal'), my sister's birthday (green), and for some friends to celebrate their baby boy (blue).