I keep thinking eventually I'll get back to blogging more frequently, but until then... it's just a roundup.
I'm officially the mother of a 5 month old. (Pictures on facebook!) Which, in our case, means I'm back to feeling inept again. I had just sort of "figured her out," and now all bets are off and she's a puzzle every day. Take naptime. I'm trying to "wean" her from her requirement of either sleeping in the swing, her carseat (while driving - car stops and those eyes pop open faster than I can open the door), or my arms. But she isn't a fan of sleeping in her bed unswaddled... (we swaddle her at night still - which is a whole 'nother story for another paragraph). So it's usually a series of very short naps until waking herself with flailing arms... this repeats until she finally exhausts herself and sleeps deeply for an hour or more. I'm not sure it is working... or if it is even worth it. Maybe I should just rely on the swing.
So swaddling... yeah... we have a Miracle Blanket, which is seriously a miracle-worker, in my humble opinion. But at 5 months old, she is just now outgrowing it and strong enough to work her way out of it in the middle of the night. At which point those night monsters known as flailing arms promptly wake her up. (She's always woken up 2-3 times a night... she hasn't been a "sleep through the night" kind of baby. But usually when she wakes to eat, she is just barely stirring and goes back to sleep easily. When the arm monsters attack, she wakes all the way up.) So, I'm stuck between trying to decide if it is time to "wean" her from that as well. Or maybe enlist the help of one of my sewing friends to whip up a larger-sized one. But I'm not sure if I still want to be swaddling her at 17. Taking the easy way out now and figuring out a way to continue swaddling is awfully tempting though, especially when it concerns my sleep. Thoughts anyone?
Cora has entered the world of temporary childcare, and she is not a fan. During my Bible study and at the YMCA, she's spending a few hours a week in the nursery. I've been impressed with both places and the quality of care, but I think it is too loud for Cora, as she seems to have a nervous breakdown each and every time, which results in me getting paged to come pick her up. I'm thinking I want to keep pushing through it a little bit longer, though. For one, in my first pilates class today, I discovered that childbirth left me with no abdominal muscles at all, and I think that needs to be addressed. I'm honestly too lazy to do it on my own, so a class is good motivation - and it gets me out of the house 3 mornings a week! Also, I don't want Cora to never be able to stay with a babysitter, so I'm thinking it's probably good for her to get used to childcare a bit.
For those who have heard me say that she "never cries," you may be wondering about this "nervous breakdown." Well, my baby who never cries has found her voice. Just the other night she was yelling while Jacob was holding her. (Seriously - yelling. Not crying. Just yelling.) If I'd look her way, she'd stop. But if I turned back to what I was doing, it was back with the yelling. I'd find it sweet that she wants me so much, but honestly sometimes I want a break.
So that's the mothering roundup. It sounds kinda negative... more so than I mean for it to. We're actually doing really well and I am enjoying her more every day simply because she's becoming so incredibly fascinated with everything. It is fun to watch her explore her world. I just wish she'd let me figure her out.
Next week I am off to Portland, OR!!! Some of you live up there, and I'd love to meet up, if you have a chance! Just drop me an email if you are one of those folks, and we'll see if we can arrange something. Cora and I are going to go see my grandparents for the week. Yay!
And the fundraiser for surgeries... so, we're not doing so swell. It hasn't really changed much in the last few days. I've kind of dropped the ball and haven't been out there talking it up, but I still believe we can do this ladies and gents! When I "worked" at the foster home, it always amazed me how easy it was to raise money for things like field trips to the zoo. We'd put up the challenge, and in less than a few hours, usually every single cent was raised. Which was AMAZING! But funds for formula, medical care, and surgeries were a bit harder to come by. But you want to know what a NDFH field trip to the zoo looks like without funds for surgeries?
Don't get me wrong, Pandas are adorable... but the picture is a whole lot sweeter when you also capture a wide-eyed little one soaking it all in. And without medical/surgical funds, NDFH would cease to be able to fulfill its mission. I know it is more fun to send kiddos on a field trip, but right now I want to make sure that a few more kiddos get the chance to go on a field trip someday, and that's what this is all about.
One thing I love and respect about NDFH is that the leadership feels strongly that we shouldn't always be asking for money. (But this is my blog, so I can be a bit more direct.) We want people to give out of a sense of excitement and love, not out of guilt/obligation. So you probably don't see very many direct pleas from NDFH. And God is always faithful to provide what is needed, but the reality is... this is a big need. It always has been and always will be. Sometimes kiddos pass away on a waiting list, and sometimes the reason they are still on a waiting list is because funds are running low... Without money, there are no surgeries. I think you get the point. I shall shut up now.
But I will show you some pictures of bows I recently made...
Remember, a $50 or more donation gets you a fun little bow made with love by me, if you want one! More details on the fundraiser can be found here.