Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Life, so far, as a Mother of Five

{Chalkboard Brandon and I made.  This is the verse I wrote on there as a reminder during my labor and birth, and has pretty much been the motto of my life since.}

I've been asked, What is the biggest change I've experienced in my promotion to a mother of five?  Well, for one, I burn a lot more food.  Apparently that is my new talent as MO5. Thankfully, it's all been salvageable! With two babies calling for my attention (one, the other, or both!), it's hard to focus on a preparing a meal. And, let me tell you, whenever I enter the kitchen to cook something, chaos ensues. I feel like God has granted me an immense amount of patience (which I don't normally have, especially in the mornings) as I have been able to move smoothly through the mornings and meal times without my head exploding (or my mouth, with snappy words).

I'm trying to get into some sort of routine in the mornings and evening, book-ending the days with intentional "date" with the Lord. Sometimes it's just a snippet, a few verses in Psalms that keep me going or a quick devotional "snack" from Jesus Calling.  Other times I get to devour a whole chapter, maybe two. I take what I can get, knowing that one verse has the power to nourish just as much as one chapter.

#whatimdoingrightnow Nursed, diaper changed, and content while I read my bible. What are YOU doing? Wakey wakey! #tea #tazo #whatimdoingrightnow
My morning buddy #sisters #siblings #newborn #toddler
  I sip tea, she sips OJ
The God-gifted patience has allowed me to really enjoy the mornings, to breathe them in and relish them knowing they will quickly pass. These last few mornings, Evangeline has toddled out with her "tea hat" on, ready for a little tea time with Mama. I sip tea (a mixture of Vanilla Bean and Tazo Awake), she sips watered down OJ. Sometimes I get the opportunity to read my bible or devotional while she perches on the edge of her chair, swinging her chubby little legs back and forth. 

I've decided the best way to get in some one-on-one with Merika is to do some cooking. She loves participating in all things homemaking, it's educational, and it gives us some treasured Mother-Daughter moments. Yesterday we made cookies (we put in the chocolate by hand as we wanted to use three different kids- Andes mints, white chocolate, and semi-sweet).  I keep saying I'm going to teach her how to use the sewing machine, and I'd really like to make good on that. 

There's always a lot of "Lego-ing" going on in this casa. I love Legos because everyone can join in on the fun, no matter their age.  Evangeline even enjoys Legos (thankfully she's not the sort to stick stuff in her mouth).  When my nephew was here (age 12), they had lots of Lego fun.  Today I took Nolyn to the store where he bought a new Lego Creator set (it's a motorcycle and can also be made into two other things) with his own money.  He earned some of it from working with Brandon on that side job (the outdoor kitchen).  I love that he's learning what it's like to work hard and save for something you really want.  Playing Legos is a great way to get in focused time with the boys. I loved Legos as a kid, so I'm well-versed in Legonese. *Grin*

Chocolate chip cookies of three varieties :) #homeschool is so tasty fun! #whatimdoingrightnow Watching Merika and my nephew, Hunter, do the Lego thing while I nurse the wee one. Legos are great #homeschool tools! They teach children how to follow directions and encourage them to use their imaginations!

#clothdiapers (tinkle traps brand) #dayinthelife #ditl #whatimdoingrightnow Twinsies! #motherhood #merikalyn

My days are full of a lot of diaper changes.  I'm really glad we chose to cloth diaper Molly Jo as it's super simple, and I know we have already made up for the cost of the newborn and small cloth diapers I purchased.  Cloth diapering a breastfed newbie is so easy as you don't have to rinse diapers.  Everything dissolves in the wash and rinses fairly clean.  Breast milk poo does stain a bit, but that doesn't bug me. I need to set up a new clothes line to sun my diapers.  Sun gets out those stains out pretty well!

Cloth diapering Evie hasn't been as much fun, especially since she had a little too much dairy and her poos have been rather disgusting. (Not that toddler poo is ever rainbows and jelly beans.) She seems to be okay if she just has a little, but she's had quite a bit since we went to the yogurt place the other day, she had a cheese stick for a snack, and had cheese on her sandwich... all in one day!  Whooooops. Bad Mama! Needless to say, we're doing disposables with her for the time being to give my gag reflex a break!

#dayinthelife #ditl After tiring of spices and such avalanching on me, I finally reorganized the cabinet. We have too many seasonings, but we use them all! It's kind of freaky how much she looks like me...

I've been in that clean, organize, and simplify mode again, so yesterday I tackled the cabinets where I keep our seasonings and such.  I was tired of things avalanching out on me. We have a lot of seasonings! It's right by the stove/oven, so there have been times when I have been looking for something and knocked things out and into a pot! One time one of the shakers broke and spilled celery seed into a pot of rice. I was able to dig most of it out, but we had some celery flavoring in our rice that day! I haven't worked on the homeschool room/closet anymore, but I still plan on getting it completely knocked out by the close of the weekend.... hopefully with some Hubby-help!  

Love her! Giving sister pretend spoonfuls :)
I spend a good bit of time protecting Molly Jo from Evangeline who absolutely adores her sister but is a little rough. I know she can't wait for Molly Jo to get a bit bigger so she can play with her!  I try to give her plenty of opportunities to hold the baby and even "play" with her, as much as you can play with a newborn.  Yesterday, she pretend-spoon-fed Molly Jo.  It was pretty stinkin' adorable.

I also spend a good amount of time watching my baby do what she does best- be absolutely adorable.  *Smile*  We had a late playdate with the G family (that used to live with us, remember them?). It was a beautiful evening.  It's been pretty hot during the day time, but the evenings have been breezy and perfect. My concern is, if it's this hot and it's only April, what is summer going to be like?  Southern Texas summers are no joy to begin with, but... I was really hoping Spring would be more.... Springy?  Molly Jo slept in my lap the entire time the kids played outside.  I chatted with Becky while she held her little one (Joshua who is exactly a month older than Molly Jo).  I was glad they came over. 

  She's just so amazing. My sweet God-breathed miracle.

She's just so precious. PRECIOUS.  Oh, I should mention, I learned that Molly Jo's heart stopped being for longer than 10 seconds, but Nanci couldn't be sure just how long. I suppose she said it was "over ten seconds" and all I heard was "ten seconds" and, well, let's face it... 10 seconds is long enough to be without a heartbeat, long enough to make a huge impact on me, long enough to make me realize what a huge miracle she is.

Anyway, so now that I've shared pictures from yesterday, how about I get totally caught up and share today's?

#totplay #toddler #totschool #homeschool #totschool #homeschool #toddler #totplay #baby {19 months}

She ate her dinner and is jacking mine! Mmmmm chicken

Little stinker ate all her food, and then jacked mine!  My friend Allison brought by food this evening. I was super excited when she said she was going to bring us a meal because I know she's a health nut like we are, so we'd score a delicious, healthy meal.  She brought baked drumsticks, brown rice, black-eyed peas, and a steamed vegetable medley (squash, cauliflower, broccoli, and carrots... yum!).  I was really tired (even though I had gotten in a great nap), so it was nice not to have to worry about supper (and lunch for tomorrow, for the matter!).

These boots are 8 years old! Big sister wore them!  He bought a new Lego creator set today with his own money he EARNED from working hard with Dad. 

Evangeline finally fits into her pink boots... which were once Merikalyn's! GAH! Merika is going to be NINE in a month.  I can't believe it!  Homeschooling is going... slow, but we're slowly getting back into that groove.  I have more to write, but Evangeline is sitting next to me and keeps taking my arm... and hugging/snuggling it.. so.... adios my friends!

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