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Enjoy Them February 28, 2012

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Bad night with Chloe.  Discipline issues and just an all around crap night.   Brody was fussy.   Coco peed on the floor AGAIN!  Muddy shoes, messy kitchen, and no chocolate in the house!
I was so ready to just veg  in front of the TV tonight.  But then I read the next addition in   Cultivating a Heart for Motherhood.  She shares the following about loving your children, not just spending time with them.  We sometimes neglect to enjoy them.  So true.

Constant Love. Yes, but how?

  • Smile. Really smile at them.
  • Enjoy. Take time to revel in the wonder that is your child.
  • Give them your heart.
  • Engage.
  • Dance.
  • Play.
  • Sing.
  • Listen to their dreams.
  • Whisper in their ear.
  • Bake together.
  • Goof off together.
  • Make memories together.

Here’s to starting over tomorrow!

 

7 February 21, 2012

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Started reading Jen Hatmaker’s book 7.  Don’t even know what to say.  Laughing, crying.  Loving it.  She and I are one in spirit, though we’ve never met.  I think we’re kind of alike, her and I.  At least from what I’ve read so far, sounds a lot of some things I’ve said/done/ thought about.

Much to think about tonight.

 

Some Difference February 8, 2012

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I love how my kids are so different!  Sometimes I just sit and think of all the ways…
Having a girl for almost 7 years before I got my son, I was not prepared for what having a boy would be like.  From pregnancy, to labor, to this day, they are SO different, besides the obvious.  We didn’t find out what we were having, so a girl was a surprise.  I was sure it was going to be a boy.  Chloe’s pregnancy was cake, labor sucked but not too long, 8 hours.  But from day one, she was a fussy, difficult baby!  She wouldn’t nurse, she cried all the time, she go sick from 5 months on, never slept through the night!  It was exhausting.  She didn’t nap very long at a time.  Besides not knowing who I was after having a baby, I was dealing with sleep deprivation and not knowing if I was doing the thing right.  She had ear tubes at 11 months, tonsils out at 3 years.  She took a binky until she was 3.  She slept horrible.  It sounds all negative…but it really was hard.
Pregnancy with Brody was rough. He was on my sciatic nerve so from 5 months on I was in complete misery daily.  Nights were horrible, days were horrible.  We knew we were having a boy which I was not so happy about.  I wanted another girl, so I had to get over it!  I got really sick when I was 8 months and had to go to the hospital, I couldn’t stop throwing up and they were afraid I would go into labor.  Labor and deliver were cake!  I went home the next day.  He nursed like a champ!  He didn’t sleep through the night till about 3-4 months, but he napped so well.  When he finally did start sleeping through the night he didn’t cry out like she did.  He went from taking 3 naps a day, to 2 naps a day.  He just started taking 1 nap a day in January!  He wasn’t sick much his whole first year.  He sleeps when he’s sick, which was a shock to me.
I love how God placed in Chloe the heart of a girly girl, but also she is rough and tumble and can play with worms and fish!  She loves jewelry and play makeup , she loves to dress up, high heels and nail polish.  She loves to pretend, to help me cook, and boss people around.
Brody just knew how to be a boy.  One day he found a car and started pushing it around, like a car should go.  He loves to be rough and tackle and growl.  He climbs and gets into everything.  (Chloe never did that).  He’ll tell me off in baby language.   I love discovering new things about him.
I can’t imagine not having them in my life.  Are there things I’d do differently if I could go back, sure.   But I’m so grateful that God’s ways are not our ways.

 

For a Moment February 7, 2012

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And the fundamental mission of motherhood is the same as it always was: to nurture, protect, and instruct children, to create a home environment that enables them to learn and grow, to help them develop a heart for God and His purposes, and to send them out into the world prepared to live both fully and meaningfully. It is up to us to embrace that mission as our own, trusting God to walk us through the details and to use our willing mother’s hands as instruments of His blessings.” -Sally Clarkson, The Mission of Motherhood

“So, we as women, inasmuch as we are able, are to be focused on loving and nurturing the children God has given us. It’s how we were created and it is where we will find our greatest joy.”
For the briefest moments today….I felt like I got it, like I was doing it, I had a handle on it!  LOL  And then supper, homework, etc. etc. etc.   psha!
So, I’ll pray again for your wisdom Lord and your guidance, help me be a more nurturing momma.