I'm not much of a list maker, but when I feel there are too many tasks, I have to have a list. But creating a list and keeping it handy to refer to and mark things off, just isn't enough. If I have something to add, I need to recreate the whole thing. My lists have nothing to do with a feeling of accomplishment, seeing things get marked off. That's simply irritating... it's too messy after a few things are marked off, forcing me to make a new one, once again. Then there is the thought of too many things on the list, so it needs to be reorganized into categories or order of importance. And lets just not admit what happens if I find better paper to put the list on. So, no, I'm not a list person, but I am OCD about my lists. Of course, this is critical right now, where we have so much going on in such a short period of time. (The countdown is down to 5 weeks to be exact!!) So, the other day I found myself creating a calendar, color coded and full of events! As if we don't already have enough to do, I felt it necessary to make sure we each get our due 6 month dental cleaning, my twice a year hair appointment (and Aaron's letting me spoil myself this time with getting my eyebrows done... professionally!) And shopping for some new book shelves and a bathroom set for our second bathroom, since stores will be an hour away where we are going.
... Few.... we have a lot coming up!!
Madison has had a crash course in scheduling this week as well. She put herself on a schedule around 4 months, but when she got sick at 8 months it all went out the window. We finally have our THIRD all clear and healthy as of last Saturday, so I said this random day cycle has to go! After some great talks with a few mommy friends, we started on Monday with a good routine. Changing her from a "snacking" baby to having meals again wasn't too hard, once we got through the first "session". From there she ate a ton and filled herself up long enough to get to the next mealtime. Fortunately, getting her to sleep through the night again has almost been as easy. The first night she woke at 12 and 4, which was becoming pretty typical, and we put her back down right away and she had to cry it out. The first one only took 7 minutes, and it went from screaming to silence in a second flat, which made me wonder what in the world was wrong. The second time took almost 30 minutes, but we made it... although, I'd be lieing if I didn't say I felt like a bad mommy after. But it paid off. Tuesday she slept through the night, and the rest of the nights she has only woke once and went back down pretty easily and quickly! I feel like mommy of the year!! She seems to really like routines as well. I know some babies just never really care for them, but fortunately she does! It makes things much more simple and predictable, and I do better with it, and she seems as though she does as well. Thank goodness!!
Madison has also started trying to stand suddenly! She is bravely letting go after pulling herself up and her new average is between 30 and 45 seconds before she either sits or grabs a hold of something again. She really wants to pick her feet up, but just can't figure it out... it typically ends with her bending her knee and leaning the way she wants to go. She will be walking on her own in no time! But for tonight, hoping for solid sleep without waking up till morning... wouldn't that be great!! Especially since Aaron's getting back from Colorado between 2 and 3 in the morning... excited to have him back home!!
Tidbits of Us
- I am the wife of an amazing man, seeking hard after God's will for his family, and the mother of 3 beautiful little girls and a 4th baby lost in pregnancy, who all pull at my heartstrings continually. Life has been a whirlwind since our wedding in 2008, including seminary, adventures in camp ministry, missions in Kosovo, and countless moves and God's fingerprints are throughout it all. We are blessed and encouraged that He is equipping us continually for the ministry ahead and pray we are great stewards to all he has entrusted to us, in family, friends, ministry, finances, and of course, the gospel.