Friday, October 31, 2008

11. Pray

The Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.

--Reinhold Niebuhr

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Tagged - assignment of the day

Hmmm 6 Things that make me happy (thanks Christy). One of my 101 items is to come up with 100 things that make me happy. I have a list started somewhere, but I'm not sure where it is. But this is a good exercise for me to do today when, frankly, I'm kind of miserable.

1. Sleep. Sleep makes me oh so very happy. More specifically, uninterrupted sleep. I think I got like 7 hours of sleep last night, which is great, but it was broken up over about 10 hours. I was so exhausted yesterday I reached the limit of my patience about 30 times.

2. Coffee.

3. Gwendolyn. Gwen is so awesome and she almost always makes me laugh, or at least smile. Last night she was actually eating her dinner, a hamburger, and she was just so cute chatting about what was on her plate and mine.

4. Sleeping babies. I like babies when they are asleep, it makes me happy to see their cute little faces sticking out of the blankets. They are so peaceful and QUIET, it's heaven (versus when they are taking turns screaming their lungs out, but I'm not talking about that right now).

5. Food that I don't have to make. It has been awesome to have our freezer stocked with meals that I don't have to put any thought into. Tonight a friend is getting us Chuy's for dinner. I might actually cry over that.

6. John. We haven't talked to each other much lately, because we are dividing ourselves between infants and toddler, but we do chat on the phone once or twice a day. Really, how ridiculous is it that I live with my husband and talk to him more on the phone than I do face to face? It is a great comfort to know I have a partner in misery who knows exactly what I am going through without even asking.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

95. If pregnant – loose the baby weight again (In Progress)

Ugh, I've got to start working out, I get winded going up the stairs. But what is more important - sleep or exercise? At this point, I still think sleep. I'm only getting about 5 hours, broken up over the night. Thank goodness for COFFEE!!!!!

53. Nurse new baby for 12 weeks (or pump) (in progress, 6.5 weeks complete)

Half way there and annoyed by every minute of it. It's 3am and I'm back at the milk machine putting in my time.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

48. Help Gwendolyn into a toddler bed

Saturday John was gone all day so I had 3 kids all to myself - all day. It was actually a good day. Fortunately, Gwen was easy on me and that was a huge help. I had planned to start potty training this weekend but chickened out.

Saturday evening I put Gwendolyn to bed. As we head up to her room she said "Gwen sleep in big girl bed." (she talks in the third person) Even though getting her in the big bed is our goal, I was not at all mentally prepared to start that night. I knew I would need to watch her on the video monitor and make sure she didn't get out of the bed herself. So I said "No, not tonight Gwen." She insisted and climbed into the bed. ~Sigh~ Ok, I did not want to pass up a good opportunity. So I explained that she had to stay in the bed and got all the bed buddies and set her up. Then I stood outside the door for a few minutes to see what she did and then watched on the video monitor. She had a hard time falling asleep, tossed and turned for about an hour but she never got out of the bed. YEAH! Honestly, I was shocked. In the morning she even waited for John to get her out of bed.

Sunday nap time did not go as well and she ended up in the crib after an hour of playing in the bed, but she never got out on her own. Monday and Tuesday night she slept in the bed just fine. Tuesday night John said she did fall out at one point, so he has to move the bed rail. She sleeps all over the bed so it may be an ongoing issue.

I am not saying this is complete, she could boycott the bed, but we are off to a good start.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

#64 Pay Off Vehicle(s)


We paid off my Pacifica and then traded cars with my parents. So, now I am driving a MINI-VAN. A mini-van is something I had wanted to avoid for the rest of my life. It's a 'Mom' car, a bus, a family wagon. But, I never thought I would have 3 kids in car seats at the same time. Because the twins and Gwen all need to be in car seats and need help getting in and out, there are few cars that will accommodate our family. It was pretty much a mini-van or a suburban. So there it is, I drive a mini-van. I have three kids and I drive a mini-van.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

95. If pregnant – loose the baby weight again (In Progress)

I say this is in progress, but I'm not actively doing anything to speed things up. I would really like to start walking a couple times a week, but it is so hard to get anything done other than feed babies, change babies, wash bottles and pump milk.

10/1/08 - this morning I was 150 lbs (photo says 152, but that was after lunch). So 15 lbs or so to go.