-1-This was supposed to be posted yesterday, but I wasn't able to go online. Thanks to several suggestions on my Lenten post, I've decided that on Wednesdays and Fridays, I will "fast" from all internet use (except a few e-mail checks). On the other days of the week, I will limit my use to naptimes, bedtime, or other child-free moments. I don't want the internet taking me away from my kids anymore.
-2-Like many others, I was shocked and saddened by Monday's news of Pope Benedict XVI deciding to resign. He has done a lot of good for the Church during his short pontificate, and I was hoping he'd have many more years to continue. We need to pray for him and his successor.
-3-I love seeing all the little reminders around my house that children live here.
the "trappings of childhood" - they warm my heart
-4-Sly is really into doing crafts right now. It's a good way to keep him entertained and out of trouble in that time between breakfast and lunch. But I'm running out of ideas. I do remember a lot of crafts I did in preschool or kindergarten, but we've already done most of the ones that are toddler-appropriate. The others will have to wait a couple years. I've started keeping a little Pinterest board for some ideas I've come across, but I could use more. If anyone has a good idea or link, I'd love if you shared it with me!
|Here's one I found on Pinterest. Sly loves changing it each day.|
-5-Speaking of toddler distractions...something I've discovered that Sly LOVES to do is put away the silverware into the proper slots in the drawer. When he wants to "help" me do something in the kitchen that he's not really capable of yet, I tell him, "actually, Sly, I could use some help putting away the silverware." There's always some in the drying rack, so he happily puts them away while I finish up the task I was doing. Win-win.
-6-We've had a rough time with Stella at night. From one month old, Sly started sleeping through the night, and we never had an issue after. Stella seemed to be following the same pattern for awhile. But at about four months old, she suddenly began waking many many times each night, screaming and inconsolable. It was a grueling and exhausting time for me, and I kept thinking of writing about it here, then hesitating - I mean, who wants to hear about someone else's baby's sleep problems?
We were leaving Mass a few weeks ago, and a woman who I have talked with a couple times came up to ask about Stella, and specifically how she was sleeping (moms always ask other moms about that!). I admitted that things had been pretty bad in that department. Then she asked, simply, "have you prayed about it?" And I just paused. No. No I had not. Way to go, Christine. Something that was becoming a real and constant trouble in my life, but I hadn't even thought to ask for help. How many times has this happened to me? Why haven't I learned by now? I just keeping trying to deal with some burden as it gets worse and worse, assuming there's nothing to be done. I forget that I can bring anything - even something as "normal" and "expected" as a baby who doesn't like to sleep through the night - to God. So I began praying about it. And it has gotten better.
-7-For Valentine's Day, my mother-in-law gave me some cute new kitchen towels (Martha Stewart brand, so I'm guessing they came from Macy's?).
homemade cards, something we did last year with the intention of continuing it as a yearly tradition! We gave ourselves an "extension", though, and we'll exchange tomorrow instead.
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