Saturday, March 21, 2009


Last week my husband put in 80 plus hours at work! That's crazy ... INSANE! It was hard to have him gone that much. I missed him and our kids missed him, but I often forget how hard it is on Colin. There were some days that he got to see Jackson for only about ten minutes to tuck him into bed and then he went to work again and on those days he didn't see Micah at all. By the end of the week he was exhausted!

So what did I do when the craziness at his work finally blew over? No, I didn't cook him a fancy meal or get a babysitter and go on a date with him. I'm pretty sure we had leftovers and I went out for my usually Monday night Starbucks without him AND he let me go without complaint! I didn't think about Colin. I thought about myself. I was exhausted too from being a single parent all week. Part of me feels really guilty about it, but part of me really needed that time to myself to gather enough energy to love on my husband.

If I wasn't a Christian I think I'd be okay with my decision to think of myself. After all, our culture bombards us with the idea that we "deserve a break today." However, the Bible says differently, "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but with humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others" (Phil. 2:3-4) (Ironically that was the Bible verse that Jackson was memorizing the week that Colin worked those crazy hours and I STILL put my interests before Colin's.)

Colin got leftovers this week in more ways than one. However, we did have a wonderful and romantic date night last night. I am married to an amazing man and he deserves more than just my leftovers.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Weeks 19 & 20

Not much to report these two weeks. I've been starting to work out about two times a week for about 30 minutes of cardio and 15 - 20 mins of weight lifting, but have noticed that I need to start watching what I'm eating ... yeah I'm beginning to wonder if I'm gaining weight. I'm trying not to worry about it, but just change my lifestyle a little.

I gave Micah rice cereal at the end of week 19 because he was waking up an hour or two earlier in the mornings. The cereal helped a little, but I think it made him a little constipated. I stopped feeding the cereal to him and he was still sleeping fine. I took some stool softener to get him to poop a little more comfortably at the end of week 20 and he is doing much better. I think I'll hold off on the cereal for a couple more weeks. I wonder if my milk supply was down a little and that's why he was waking up so I pumped a little extra during week 19 and increased my fluid intake as well and things seem like they're back to normal. Micah is also taking a bottle regularly from Colin on Monday nights. YEAH! The medium flow Nuby Naturals with really warm milk is what he seems to prefer.

I'm in the process of looking for some very simple and flexible curriculum to start with Jackson. He's been in Sunday school for the past three weeks and has started a Bible verse/ Catechism memory chart. I'm impressed with how quickly he is picking up on the verses and questions. I'm even more impressed that he takes time to ask what the verses or answers mean. Anyway, he REALLY likes Mommy and Jackson time and it's obvious that he can handle a little more structured learning now, so if any of you have any suggestions for curriculum for a two year old your input would be greatly appreciated.