half heard in the stillness-- between two waves of the sea.

12/7/2010 2

12/7/2010

Being a parent is so difficult sometimes. I wish it was all about smiles, laughter, happy moments, and fun times.  Unfortunately in order to achieve all of those happy moments there’s some background dirty work that has to occur.  Why can’t children just pop out as perfectly behaved, permanently cheerful creatures? Rosie has been having such a difficult time lately.  It’s funny because each year it gets a little more difficult–you’d think it would get easier at some point, but alas...

Rosie’s Dance Recital.  <3 0

Rosie’s Dance Recital. <3

Rosie’s first dance recital last night went well.  She had such a great time! Despite any reservations I might have had about her outfit, they all looked SO CUTE together.  The other age groups did a wonderful job too.  Ada loved watching them dance.  She kept putting her arms over her head in an arch and then clapping her hands, and dancing by bending her knees.  I think maybe she will want to do dance when she turns four too… Look how...

Linoleum, Paint, and Teeth. 5

Linoleum, Paint, and Teeth.

Written last night… I’m kind of stumped on the mini accordion books.  I feel like the pictures should have continuity–like they should all be from the same shoot, but I don’t have enough pictures of my girls taken in one sitting that match because they never cooperate. Oh well. I made a yellow mini accordion book too, the front page is at the top there, but Tyler says he likes the brown one better, so brown it is!  (See previous entry.)  The brown has...

Christmas Season! 0

Christmas Season!

We set up our Christmas tree yesterday.  Rosie was bouncing off the walls with excitement.  Ada was in awe. So far Ada hasn’t tried to harm the tree.  We put the non-breakable ornaments towards the bottom just in case.  My real concern is that she’ll try to use a tree branch to pull to a stand and the whole tree will fall over.  Let’s hope that doesn’t happen!  It’s a small tree, so I’m sure the only real damage would be...

Placenta. 0

Placenta.

That’s a print of Ada’s placenta.  It was shaped like a heart. Maybe it seems gross to some, but to me it’s special.  The placenta is what nourishes the baby, helps the baby to grow big and strong, and what filters out harmful things.  The placenta is what secures the baby’s life inside of the womb. After Baby J died because the placenta detached from my uterus, Ada’s healthy placenta was even more meaningful. When the placenta detaches from the uterine...

Epic Nom and Flying Pekins. 0

Epic Nom and Flying Pekins.

I made some kind of unholy goodness for supper tonight. Pork chops covered in cream sauce with veggies. Even Tyler ate it, which is saying something.  I didn’t use a recipe, I just mixed together some stuff we had.  I took about two tablespoons of butter, plus a tiny bit extra, and melted it in my cast iron pot until it was bubbling.  Then I threw in chopped carrots, celery, and onion.  (You could also add garlic, but Tyler doesn’t like it.)  I simmered the vegetables until...

Fight Back Friday: My Backyard Chickens. 0

Fight Back Friday: My Backyard Chickens.

I get questions from people all the time about keeping chickens in my back yard. My favorite statement comes from my in-laws. “Our eggs come from Kroger’s. Why would we want to waste time and money by growing a garden and taking care of chickens when we could get eggs for $1 a dozen from the grocery?” The answer to that question can be long and in depth, but for simplicities sake I’ll just say I enjoy gardening and tending to...

Welcoming Baby Ada. 0

Welcoming Baby Ada.

The first part to this, along with her birth video, is in the previous entry. For those who asked, Ada is pronounced like the letter A at the beginning. A-duh. Or Aid-ah, if you’d rather… Everything is going so smoothly this time, in comparison to the horrible time I had after Rosie’s birth. Baby Ada knows how to nurse so well! She latched on shortly after birth and didn’t stop nursing voluntarily for almost the entire first 24 hours. My milk...

Baby Ada’s Birth Day. 12

Baby Ada’s Birth Day.

I feel as if I am completely in awe. Did any of this actually happen? It’s all so unbelievable, the entire pregnancy I’ve felt a since of disbelief. After my miscarriage I was afraid to trust that I could have a real live baby. I didn’t want my heart broken again. Even after three healthy ultrasounds I still couldn’t wrap my mind around the image of a healthy baby. Once you realize that it can all change in an instant, it’s...