1. I love my baby girl but she is turning me into someone I never thought I'd be: someone who co-sleeps. It was drilled into my head during residency that the safest place for baby to sleep is alone, on their back, in a crib. But while it may be safer, she doesn't sleep well there. We will get there eventually, I'm sure, but if I want any sleep for now, I have to sleep with her snuggled up next to me. And I will say that I am mastering the art of nursing her in my sleep.
2. I am already dreading going back to work. Thankfully, it won't be for a while.
3. I'm reading one of the best books I've read in a while - a book by one of my seminary professors, Zach Eswine. It's called Sensing Jesus: Life and Ministry as a Human Being. He speaks a lot about being a pastor who is also a real life person, but I feel like most of what he writes is applicable to everyone. He was one of my favorite professors and is also an excellent writer and speaker, so the book has a bit of a poetic feel. I'm only about halfway through but man - it is good stuff, and incredibly encouraging to some of the particulars of the situation Jeff and I are in now.
4. I really have been impressed with how well Judah handles having to share his Mommy with Naomi. He does sometime ask me to put her down so I can play with him, but really seems to wait well for me to help him when I'm in the middle of nursing her. I'm also incredibly thankful that he has been sleeping really well lately - taking a good nap in the afternoon and sleeping in until at least 8:30 on many days.
5. I just bought Judah an umbrella. He is obsessed.
I was perusing pinterest while nursing Naomi today and saw a pin for this free dress pattern. It's from a great craft blog called Made by Rae. It looked simple enough, so during Naomi's (long!) afternoon nap today I basically got it all finished except for sewing on the pockets and buttons, which I was able to do later this evening.
The pattern came together really well and I'm definitely planning on buying the full pattern from her blog which includes several different looks - different necklines and sleeve options and sizing up to a 5T. I have used another pattern by her previously, the toddler backpackpattern, and loved it, so I had a feeling this one would be just as nice. And it was. I'm definitely going to be making this again. Excuse the bad photos, but I was so excited I couldn't wait until tomorrow during the day. I can't wait until Sunday when we can wear it to church!
If you have been around this blog a while, you know that for the last few years I've given lots of handmade gifts. This year was a bit different, and although I would have loved to do a lot of sewn/handmade gifts, I knew it was a bad idea. I didn't want to spend the last month of pregnancy stressed about finishing gifts before the baby came. I definitely made the right decision.
Instead of handmade, we gave a lot of books, ordered from amazon and some photos. (My favorite book was the Smitten Kitchen cookbook. I also bought one for myself. I can't wait to cook from it.)
I did manage one homemade gift - a t-shirt quilt for my little brother. There are lots of great tutorials out there for how to do this, but I basically ignored them all. They mostly tell you to use interfacing to make the knit act more like a quilting fabric. Instead, I just sewed them all together with the serger and then sewed the resulting quilt top down to some fleece. No quilt sandwich for me. I bought some bias tape to use for binding. It really was a fairly easy project. It did pucker in places when I quilted it to the fleece, but just a little. I'm pretty sure my little brother doesn't care about the occasional pucker. :)
It came out pretty big, but since my brother is a big guy, that worked out well. :)
I have been seeing lots of year-end posts popping up on different blogs over the last week. I figured it's probably my turn. I had started a post about what a tough year it's been - Last January, after all, we were mourning a lost pregnancy. Then we were looking forward to adoption. Then we were nervously waiting out those early weeks of a very unexpected pregnancy. And of course there was Jeff's ongoing job search, which has been a major source of sadness/anger/frustration over the last 12 months.
Then I read this post, and was immediately chastened. I should be giving thanks for everything - not just the beautiful and healthy daughter we brought home from the hospital three weeks ago, but also the perplexing and frustrating job search.
So. It's been a year.
And God has been good to us through it all.
It is amazing to me that such a small person can make life a lot more complicated.
I managed to get Judah, Naomi, and I to church in time for Sunday school on Sunday and was only 15 minutes late. I felt like I deserved a prize for that, especially since Jeff wasn't around to help since he had already left to preach at the other church he goes to.
Today the three of us ran some errands, including a trip to the post office. Handling a 4 week old, nearly three year old, and an armload of letters and a box also made me feel like I deserved a prize. (or a nap)
I've been reading some on this blog lately. It is just fantastic. I especially liked this post about c-sections and this one about infertility. She also writes beautifully about foster care, adoption, and being a mama. Lots of good stuff there.
I realize this is sort of disjointed, but I hear my baby screaming downstairs so I will stop writing and try to get her to stop crying.
So I busted out my glue gun today to make some hair accessories. Bows are a nice and fast craft project - hopefully it will get my creative juices flowing. One of the white headbands actually has a loop where I can attach hair clips, so I imagine we will be rotating bows to try and match her outfits. Moms of girls - should I make two of each bow, or is one enough?
1. I'm currently reading a fantastic biography of Dietrick Bonhoeffer
that I gave Jeff for Christmas. It is fantastic. You should get it and
read it. I love when I get presents for Jeff that I get to enjoy too.
2. Here is an excellent interview with my favorite seminary professor about doing ministry. He apparently also just wrote a book that sounds very good.
3. The most awesome play I've ever seen in college football happened during the SC vs. Michigan bowl game. Go Cocks!
I have forgotten several things about having a baby. First, how during
these first few weeks it feels like all you do is nurse the baby. Not
that I mind - I loved nursing Judah and I love nursing Naomi. But since
she falls asleep every time and we have to stop and burp and then repeat
the whole sequence in just a few short hours sometimes it feels like
that is all I do. Thanks to my husband and mother-in-law who is here now there is laundry being done, dishes put away, and a nearly three year old entertained. We are still
trying to get into a good routine, but generally she loves eating. I had
also forgotten how wonderful it is to rest with a baby sleeping on your
chest. Something about the warm weight of them all snuggled up to you
is a fantastic feeling. And the baby noises!! The sweet sighs/grunts/moans and stretches! I love them.
5. I had sort of forgotten about the post-pregnancy night sweats. I'm not sure how new moms can go days without taking a shower. I feel gross and sweaty every single morning when I wake up. Again, thanks to an awesome husband I can sneak into the shower for at least a few minutes every day.
6. Although I generally enjoyed having a winter pregnancy, having a winter post-pregnancy is not as nice. Instead of being able to wear flowy skirts that are forgiving to a recently pregnant body, I am mostly stuck wearing two different pairs of pants that are forgiving to a recently pregnant body. Thankfully I don't have anywhere I really have to dress up for yet.
7. Naomi and I went shopping for the first time a few days ago. Buying girl clothes is fun.