Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Happenings and SLEEP, glorious, sleep!

Wow, I feel like a new woman. Why, you ask? Last night, Miss Baby slept from 11 p.m. until 5:53 a.m. this morning - yes, 5:53 a.m. - it's amazing what one night of sleep can do for you!

I know by later today I might be tired again, but I was getting pretty thin on patience and feeling like I might not make it too many more days w/o getting some rest. You see, Miss Baby went from waking only once a night to eat to waking 2-3 times a night and then not wanting to go back to sleep - she'd be asleep and I'd put her back in her bed and get back into my bed and then about 5 mn. later she'd start crying again - this happened 2-3 times every time she got up to eat. Argh. I was losing some patience, I'll be honest, and starting to wonder if I'd ever sleep again. It seemed she'd gotten to where she would not sleep in her bed at all w/o a fuss. Ack!

I had been trying to get a nap in when Mr. A took his nap and the older children had "quiet time" and it just wasn't working since by the time I'd put Mr. A in his bed for a nap, feed Miss Baby, lay her in her bed and lie down either Mr. A would wake up from his nap shortly after or Miss Baby wouldn't stay down, ie, would wake up crying about 5 mn. after being put into her bed. Yesterday, Miss Baby stayed awake a lot more in the afternoon and evening and then slept through the night - an answer to prayers I've been uttering pretty much non-stop through each night lately and during naptime as well. Thank you God!!

This week's memory verse for the children is Proverbs 3:5-6 - another example of God working in our lives. Let me explain. I had a "conversation" with a fellow homeschool Mom via email this past week talking about being so tired, etc. and how it seems so often it isn't until we're going through some trial/valley that we turn our eyes to God more and pray for help with whatever it is we're going through. She agreed and told me how one of her favorite scripture passages was Proverbs 3:5-6 to remind her to look to the Lord. Then, yesterday I asked CKB what scripture he would like the children to work on learning this week and yes, you guessed it, he said Proverbs 3:5-6. I replied "you're kidding!" and explained about my conversation w/the homeschool mom and how we'd been discussing such things. Isn't it wonderful when we see those common thoughts going among us? The scripture passage the children learned last week was mentioned in the sermon Sunday morning - I didn't hear it, I must've been disciplining someone, uh hem, but CKB told me later. God is good!

Well, let's see - what else has been going on with us. We're busy with just the daily stuff - I've been managing to get at least a load of dishes and laundry done most days - some days more than one and CKB is picking up the slack when he comes home. I'm thankful to say he hasn't had to every night. The children are getting their schoolwork done - hooray - and we're also finding some time in the afternoons for the children to play outside when it's not too cool. This week should provide for a nice temp. each day for them as the temps are supposed to climb all week. On that note - NO, the a/c STILL ISN'T FIXED. :) I thank God for keeping the temps down so we don't swelter and have to go live in a hotel. The homeowner's warranty company came out and assessed things a few weeks back and said the unit probably would have to be replaced. Then a few weeks after that I got an email from the property manager asking "has this ever been taken care of"?

Whaaaa??? What does this guy do all day that he doesn't even know that nothing has been done.
I told him no, the warranty company was out and that's the last I heard. He said "I am agog" - uhhh, does he know what that word means? I don't think so. Anyway, he said he'd pass the info. on to the homeowner. Uh huh.


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2. in a state of eager desire; excitedly.

In other news, I've found tiny tidbits of time here and there to do a tiny bit of work on a project I have underway - sorry, it's top secret for right now and at the pace I'm getting to work on it, it may never get done, but we'll see - when it is done and has been delivered to the appropriate party, I'll share about that.

In movie news - we had a few movies come in the mail while Mom and Dad were here that didn't seem like they'd be of interest to them so we held off on watching them until this past week. I must confess, I felt guilty sitting and watching movies in the evening for a few nights when there were things that needed to be done, ie, laundry, etc., but CKB tells me there'll always be things that need to be done and so we took a break and enjoyed a few movies.

They were: Journey to the Center of the Earth, Wall-E, Fireproof, Eagle Eye and The Dark Knight.

Hmm - brief thoughts -

Journey was good overlooking the evolutionary junk that we expected - a little cheesy.

Wall-E - we'd seen in the theater and rented it for the children to see again - cute.

Eagle Eye - enjoyed this one - see it!

The Dark Knight - was "dark" - not much else to say - it was ok moviewise, but left me feeling down - not uplifting to say the less. VERY violent. I'd pass on this one.

Fireproof - really enjoyed this once we got past the acting being a little less than par - it did seem to get better as the movie rolled on or we got used to it. Thanked God that I have CKB and our marriage is not the tiniest bit like the way they portrayed the main character's marriage in the movie. Enjoyed learning some trivia about the movie awhile back before we rented it - apparently Kirk Cameron vowed never to kiss an actress except for his wife so in one scene in the movie when appears to be kissing his movie wife, it's actually his own wife standing in for that scene. Would that more actors/actresses had such standards. Anyway...rent this one. And, Eagle Eye. And, maybe Wall-E. I'd skip The Dark Knight had I known. Journey - well, if you must, it's not depressing at least.

Ok, besides movie madness around here, we have to thank Dad for introducing us to Mocha Madness. A newish BlueBell flavor - YUMMMM - on second thought, maybe I should sarcastically say "Thanks a lot" to him since if I keep eating it I'll never lose my baby weight! It is gooooo-oooood!

I've been trying to take some pictures here and there and just so you don't think the older children aren't being photographed as well - here's one from a couple of week's ago just before Mom and Dad left. They got to witness the fun that is getting 4 young children to cooperate for a group picture! ;)

Also, last but not least - Miss Baby is now 1 month old :)

She is an absolute delight - I'd type more about her, but she's awake now from her nap and blogging time is over!

Until next time.....whenever that might be.


Anonymous said...

So good to hear from you! Sounds like ya'll are doing very well. Praying that they get on top of the AC issue quickly. This week is looking pretty warm. Miss Baby is absolutely gorgeous! Glad to hear she's sleeping a bit. :-)


Teacher/Mom said...

Something that I did when my third was a newborn, and then continued when my fourth was a newborn, was to put the vibrating bouncy seat into the crib. That way they got used to sleeping in their own room and crib, but the vibrating bouncy seat helped them to sleep longer bouts. That meant I could sleep longer bouts and be a slightly less tired and cranky Mom to my other kids. It was actually pretty easy then transitioning them to just the crib when they were out growing the bouncy seat. I first transitioned them for naps. Then when they took them pretty well without the seat, I switched them at night too. I sure wish I'd done that with my first two. Blessings.

Courtney said...

Glad to see you're back if only for a moment. I can't believe it's been a month already since the baby has come. We will have to co-ordinate an upcoming church service to meet her soon or else she will be half grown.
Love that photo of the four together. Mr. A looks very mischevous. Ice cream sounds good but pre baby weight better! Oh and I just saw Fireproof as well and I think its great, I'm with you on the acting though. Kinda rough. Well off to bed I go. :)

Lok said...

Beautiful children - all five!!! Can't believe you are finding time to blog, so kudos to you!!!!