As Little Bear has grown, it has become increasingly clear that I am not enough. It has been a harsh, yet refreshing, realization.
When I was looking forward the the birth of my sweet girl, I anticipated lots of cuddles and play times. I expected we would create artful masterpieces at the dining room table and delicious dishes in the kitchen. I looked forward to cuddling on the couch or beanbag devouring books.
Well, my little one had, and still has, different ideas. She is active nearly 24 hours a day. Even in her sleep she is on the move. She is a tornado on feet, and is always getting into something. For the most part, she does not enjoy “reading.” She would rather be hopping, and running, and kicking, and throwing. And when it comes to cooking, she is an aggressive stirrer, so much of whatever we are making ends up on the counter and/or floor.
Being with Little Bear is exhilarating and exhausting. And now that I have Little Chickadee (four-months old), I just can’t keep up. So when I came to the realization that I just could not meet her every need, I started looking for outlets where she could socialize with other kids and be encouraged to be active. That’s when I heard about MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers).
MOPS meets twice a month and provides a social outlet for moms as well as their littles. It is a Christian organization and is usually a ministry of a local church. This spring, we signed up for MOPS at a neighborhood Lutheran church. It has been fun watching Little Bear blossom, and it has been a relief to have some time where I can think about something other than feeding, napping, or diapering.
I have realized I am not Super Mommy, not even close. but that’s okay. Not thrilled with being a MOP because it sounds like a cleaning tool. (Guess a MOP is better than a doormat!) I am, however, thankful for the chance to step out of the spotlight and let Little Bear focus her attentions elsewhere.
We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
As I write, the sun has set and Christmas 2014 is coming to a close. Too soon it will be time to take down the tree and pack the decorations. It is easy to store most everything away because we know we will use the tree, ornaments, garland, and lights in following years. But what to do with those Christmas cards?
I love receiving Christmas cards and Christmas letters. It is fun to hear about the happenings of the year and to see pictures of friends and loved ones. I’ve always had trouble, however, knowing what to do with the cards. Some I’ve kept, some I’ve recycled into gift tags, and some I’ve reluctantly tossed. Well, my status quo is about to change. I now know exactly what I will be doing with them thanks to this idea from StoneGable’s blog.
This year when the Christmas cards come down off the display, they will go into a basket. And every morning when Little Bear and I have breakfast and do our Bible reading/devotional, we will pick a card and pray for that family. So if you sent us a card, know that you will be in our hearts and in our thoughts throughout the coming year.
This was our little one’s first Christmas and what a Christmas it was. In addition to stories, and songs, and special foods, there were presents. Lots of presents, with most for Little Bear. (If presents were an indication of love, this girl would have a surplus!) Not only did she have a few gifts from Mommy and Daddy, but also from her Aunt Laurie’s family and her Aunt Tina’s family and her Uncle Gary’s family and both sets of her grandparents and our special friend Amy.
Thank you to all for your thoughtfulness. We really enjoyed opening presents and look forward to putting everything to good use. We have been truly blessed.
It is December. Already.
I decided to take a “little” break from blogging, but it turned out to be longer than anticipated. My intentions to get back to Whiskers in the Sink were good but my follow through, well, not so much.
So what has been happening here? So much that I’m not sure I can even remember!
We were able to take our annual road trip vacation and chose Colorado as our destination of choice. We love, love, love that state! And though we were in some of the most beautiful places on earth, we weren’t able to enjoy it as much as hoped. More on that later. We also took a trip down to Tennessee to see my family. And, we’ve been to Iowa a few times to visit Mr. Honey’s family as well.
Little Bear is now 10 months old. She crawls all over the place and is trying to pull herself up. I think standing and walking is just around the corner. She loves her stuffed animals and gives them kisses (bites) on the noses every day. She has three teeth and is eating “solids.” Her favorite food continues to be bananas, but she also loves sweet potatoes, quinoa, plums, mangoes, cherries, apples, zucchini, crook-neck squash, winter squash, green beans, peas, carrots, asparagus, blueberries… I think we are just about hitting every color of the rainbow with her diet, and that is a good thing.
Right now we going full speed ahead on getting the house baby proofed, getting ready for Christmas, keeping up on home projects, and working. In my mind, that is enough.