Archive for December, 2009

New Years Resolutions

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

I’m with the millions who list “loose weight” but it’s not on the top tippity top.

My resolutions kind of evolve as the year goes on as my challenges change. Pretty much over all of it I need to be content, happy, appreciative and patient.

Prayer and faith need to continue to be bigger in my daily walk through whatever it is I’m doing.
GOD is in control and I’m nothing more than a servant here, not any sort of boss at all.

I want my kids to learn the same things and I so make it up as I go along.

(This isn’t sounding as good as I thought it would!!)

How about I skip to what I hope are short term goals or at least more specific goals:

Get Carly potty trained.
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She’s working hard at it, and I’m really trying to be patient. I’m still overwhelmed with relief on Deeder being *finally* done with diapers and just so hoping that Carly wont take as long to train as her older brother did.

For Koen I wish to continue helping him be healthy wealthy and wise.
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Early to bed, early to rise equals health and weath…in the case of a baby, lots of “booby juice” <--(Deeder word for breast milk) Koen is happy, just now starting to smile for us and make those precious ah goo and uh boo sounds. Although quite prone to upper respiratory wheeziness and cough he’s healthy. And the sleeping is no problem…he does that all the time, gradually spending more of the day light hours awake.

And for Diederick:
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A long term and always present challenge:
Keep him challenged and involved in an attempt to keep him out of mischief. I see already that he’s totally the role model for Carly (and no doubt, for Koen as he’s older) so keeping him in line is hugely important.

What else?
I’ve just bought more cloth diapers. I am vowing to never again by disposable. OK, I know better than to vow a thing like that. But really, I’d be quite proud of myself if I could pull that one off.
Also, I think that those of you who learned to cut hair before having kids were very wise to do so! My poor Deeder suffers regularly from my neglecting to aquire hair snipping skills.

For Daddy:

He’s on my list, but that’s none of your business. :)

if you get a call

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

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If you get a call with random blabber on the other end and we know your phone number…
you just might be the recipient of either a Carly or Deeder call. They *love* to talk on the phone and will talk endlessly.

found my balance!

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

NOT! haha. I think from here … and maybe long before, everything is craziness.

And that’s all I have to say about that!

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Sleep.

Monday, December 7th, 2009

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We have an interesting sleep routine around here.

I’m not sure where to start, the AM or PM since there is no part in the whole cycle in which I get eight hours of sleep together.

We’ll start with official bed time:

Carly and Diederick usually go down between 7 and 8pm. The goal is to have story time, bath time and happily asleep accompished with both kiddos before Koen winds up for the night.

Koen’s busiest hours begin between 7:30 and 9. I feed him, burp him and change his diaper then try to lay him down again. Somehow he manages to keep me up for the majority of the night. Deep sleep doesn’t ensue until as late (or early depending on the narrative) as 3:30am. He often wakes up again at 5:45 for another feeding before he goes to sleep until 10:00.

My morning then begins at 6:30 when I wake up to my alarm clock signaling that I really ought to get up to shower and drink coffee if I want to have any chance of being two steps ahead of my kids throughout the day.

Deeder and Carly are awake at 8. If anyone wakes up first it’s Carly who can be up at 6. If she wakes up before that she stays in her crib. I really can’t handle her antics any earlier. Diederick has always required a lot of sleep, so if I’m lucky, he’ll sleep until past nine which means a pretty relaxing morning.

We eat at noon and Darren’s off to work by 2.

Carly goes down for nap after saying her good byes to Daddy. Koen naps too at that point.

Deeder and I read books until the two little ones wake up which would be about 4pm. Between 4pm and the beginning of bed time is up for grabs. Here and there and in between I do laundry, keep the house in relative order, and give Deeder and Carly the impression that I’m playing with them. :)

Notice that nowhere did I really have all three kids sleeping at the same time? I don’t think it’s happened since Koen was born.

Diederick almost always comes in to sleep with me complaining that “scary dinosaurs” have invaded his room. Each night he seems so freaked out that I just can’t turn him away. As a kid I had regular bad dreams so I do know how terrifying the experience can be–even if none of it is real.
Besides, what mommy doesn’t want a free snuggle with a cute little 3-year-old!

It is tough, but interestingly, I do survive and completely enjoy my time with the kids. Although I really can’t help but wonder what I’m doing wrong.
Certainly there’s something I’m missing! I’ve tried forcing them to stay in their rooms for a whole hour somewhere in the middle of the day. All that gains me is a couple of uber grumpy and annoyed little ones and a fussing baby.

I am happy that I’m able to keep the house clean and the laundry done and that the kids seem happy. I do wish I cooked better for them…by the time it’s meal time I’m too tired for creativity.

Bad Blogger

Friday, December 4th, 2009

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See these two? They keep me BUSY.
Sometimes I sit down and wonder what I’m doing wrong to feel as crazy as I do. I think that the truth is that this really is a stage…as the kids get older it’ll be different.
They’ll grow and be able to help themselves a little more, need me less. Diederick is certainly growing up and wanting to help–even though it really isn’t so much that he can do, I appriciate the thought and his caring nature.
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He loves to hold Baby Koen and sometimes having that is quite a help (as long as Carly’s not in the room to grab at Koen).

So all is well with us–just busy.
Busy staying alive, sleeping little and smiling as much as I can. Darren’s doing a good job helping…I enjoy seeing him read with the kids. :)

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