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Thursday, May 27, 2010


Sawyer turned 3 months old on Sunday. I just love him to death! He doesn't ask for much - a clean diaper, a full tummy and cuddles a few times a day. His smiles are easily given and he enjoys having 'conversations' with us. Yesterday he even laughed at me without me tickling him.

Normally a content little guy, Sawyer had a rough long weekend. He had trouble napping for any length of time during the day. He also would wake up at night, eat, fall asleep in my arms and be unable to stay asleep when I put him back in his crib. Finally at around 6am I would take him into our bed where he slept fitfully. There were four straight bad nights for us, very uncharacteristic. Sawyer would normally go right back to sleep after eating. Then it hit me that he hadn't pooped in at least a week. It's normal for him to go infrequently but it never seemed to bother him. (it's common for breastfed babies to go longer periods without pooping) Desperate for sleep and knowing something was bothering Sawyer I had Trevor pick up a suppository on Tuesday which I administered that evening. It worked within five minutes and did the job. I'll spare you the details. That night he slept from 9:30 until 6:45 and the next night the same. They say breastfed babies aren't supposed to have that issue but Sawyer sure did and he is definitely feeling better now!

Saturday, May 22, 2010


I'm in the mood to blog but sadly I have nothing profound to write about. Let's see what I can come up with:

The curse of the blog ended Sawyer's excellent sleeping streak. Pretty much since the following night I dared post that he was sleeping through the night he stopped. He only gets up once but to be awakened from a deep blissful slumber and forced out of my soft comfy bed - no matter how cute the reason is - is not my idea of fun.

My hard working husband is slaving away in our yard and gradually making it more attractive. He shoveled a load of gravel for the trampoline area, then a load of dirt to fill in the back flower beds.

Side note: we had friends of our volunteer to help shovel and spread said load of dirt. What would have taken three-ish hours only took one! Who volunteers to help shovel dirt? We have great friends.

The crop of weeds were Rounded-Up and once they got good and dead he Rototilled them under. I realize that dirt is rather dull in appearance but it actually looks much cleaner and nicer now. Trevor is currently planting 60 stick-like bushes along our 140 feet of back chain-link fence, eventually the hope is that they will grow into a lovely hedge.

As for me...I tended the chillen's, kept food in supply, and managed to mostly clean our house in entirety yesterday. (Look at the house today and you wouldn't know the effort I put in yesterday!) Somehow it feels far less productive and useful but I know it isn't.

Summer disappeared with another switch flick. The a/c was turned off, the furnace on and a big sigh echoed across our land. It's not cold and wintery or anything but it sure ain't warm. Of course, this would have to happen in time for the long weekend.

Sawyer turns 3 months tomorrow. Time is a flying.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Jump around, jump around...

Sierra loves, loves LOVES the trampoline her grandparents bought for her (and Sawyer when he's jump capable).

The summer switch has finally been flipped gracing us with temperatures in the mid-high 20's and lots of glorious sun! We are sooooo enjoying it.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


I've been working hard at loosing the extra 11 pounds of pregnancy weight I was blessed with. It was not a struggle with Sierra and I gained over 10 pounds more with that pregnancy! I am currently down 4 pounds in as many weeks (slow but at least there is progress) Controlling what I eat is not easy. It's definitely more fun to stuff my face with sugary, fatty goodies than crunchy, bland vegetables. I know my will power sucks so I refuse to have the 'bad' stuff in the house. If it ain't there I cant eat it!!

We finally have spring. It is so nice to be able to go outside and let Sierra run off some energy. It also means more walks with our little family and with my mom to help in my weight banishing goal.

Ladies league golf starts tonight and my mom and I are participating for the second season. We joined last year and really enjoyed it. We are anything but good but we usually manage to hit the ball in the right direction and eventually get it then hole. I'm excited to be able to use my new purple clubs! (I am such a girl!)

Sawyer seems to be pretty much sleeping through the night. Yayyyy for mommy! He goes to bed around 9:30 and wakes up around 6:30. It's harder for either of us (me or Sawyer) to go back to sleep at that time of the morning so my day more-or-less starts then (okay, so I lay in bed with him until 7:30 or so) but I get my night so I won't complain. Now, if only I would go to bed earlier than I would feel great.

Sierra has started playing more and more by herself. It is soooo nice for getting things done.

Life is good these days.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Being Mom

It is 7:30 in the morning on this lovely, sunny Mother's Day. I've been up for 40 minutes already with Sawyer. No more sleeping for him once the sun is up! But he slept through the night so I won't even think of complaining.
Sierra is singing and talking to herself in her room.
If you would have spoken with me five years ago and told me that I would enjoy being a mom as much as I do there is no way I would have believed you. I was not and had never been a 'kid' person. It wasn't as if I loathed kids and thought they were evil little monsters that were a means to getting adults. I just never gravitated to little kids or longed for them myself. Yet, neither Trevor or I could imagine life without having kids.

We were married for nine years and I was 29 when Sierra was born.
We haven't looked back since.

My life is more enriched on a daily basis thanks to my two children. I love them so much! They bring such a wonderful, refreshing perspective to life and on life. Obviously there are times when I wish to sell both of them for $1 (temporarily of course - maybe that's more like renting them out) but I don't want to think about those times now. Besides, all the great times more than make up for the aggravating times.

Today we are taking part in child dedication in our church with Sawyer. It is a simple set of three questions where we commit our child to the Lord, do our best to raise him according to the Bible and the church in turn responds with promise of support. We don't believe in infant baptism or it being the means to a child's salvation. We believe in the freedom of choice. Naturally we pray that both our kid's will choose to follow Jesus Christ but we recognize that it will have to be their choice to be real. We see children as a gift from God who we have been entrusted with, and hope and pray to be the best parents we can be.

I also have a new appreciation for my mom since becoming a mom. I love her dearly and she is the best mom I could have and hope for the same relationship with my kids that I have with her.

I love being a mom more than anything and more than I ever imagined I would and I am thankful for my two awesome kids every day!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Oh Spring...

I am wearing a sweater.
I burrowed under a blanket on the couch for a nap this afternoon.
I baked bread today and made beef barely soup for supper.

Doesn't that paint a lovely, cozy picture?
There is one major thing wrong with it though.

It is not a fitting picture for May!!!!!!!!!!!!

We are once again inundated with rather unpleasant weather. Unseasonably cold, rain, wind - oh the wind! Friday last week the wind was so fierce it blew chunks of shingles off of our garage roof. Fortunately they were still under warranty and some unlucky soul was sent out that afternoon to repair it.
Oh Spring, where are you?