Saturday, October 27, 2012

Mommy Meltdown

Yesterday I had my first "mommy meltdown." You know, the moment where you are completely overwhelmed and your cry hysterically? (I'm hoping I'm not the only one here who has that that moment.)

In the past I have had quite a few infertility meltdowns and parenthood has been so fun, so it's been a while since I've had a meltdown. But, yesterday I couldn't handle it anymore and had to cry it out myself.

Let's just say that the combination of being sick for a few weeks, working during the day and coming home and taking care of the baby at night by myself while hubby is at work, all while not being able to breathe through my nose finally got to me after the buddy cried for an hour and not sleeping. Two nights in a row. (Yes, it is while I have a sinus infection that the buddy has started rolling over from his back to belly in his swaddle, meaning that we now have to train him to sleep without a swaddle... AH! Stressful!)

All is really well. And we are blessed every time I think about life. And thankfully, I think my anti-biotics are FINALLY kicking in today! Whew! Being sick really WEARS YOU OUT! Even though I took 2 sick days from work this week, I never actually got to relax. 'Tis the life of a mom. :-) And I truly love it. It's the sinus infection I would love to live without.

Also, November is Adoption Awareness Month! Woo! I'm hoping to get in some interesting and informative posts up here. :-)


Sunday, October 21, 2012

"Orphan Sunday" is right around the corner!

On November 4th, as well as the surrounding Sundays, thousands of events will echo across America and around the globe, all sharing a single goal: that God's steadfast love for the orphan will also stir in our hearts.  From many sources, one voice.

Orphan Sunday is an opportunity to excite family, community, church and friends to God's call to care for the orphan.

As Orphan Sunday approaches, we pray you will dedicate time on one Sunday in honor of the fatherless.

Here are a few helpful and practical recourses for how to spend an Orphan Sunday from Christian Alliance for Orphans' Orphan Sunday.org website:

  • The Orphan's Table - Experiences impact us more deeply than words. On Orphan Sunday, share a meal eaten by orphans around the world.  Gather with family, small group or church for the meal, discussion and prayer.
  • More Resources - Check out OrphanSunday.org for other church resources such as sermon starters, worship songs, bible studies, bulletin inserts, prayer guides, and much more!
We are hopeful you and your church family will honor orphans by participating in Orphan Sunday

Thursday, October 18, 2012

5 Months!? When did THAT happen!?

                                                                                                  
    This past weekend the buddy turned FIVE whole months old! AH! Where is the time going!? I feel like I want time to slow down, but really, I think I just need to get a lot better about living in the moment!

As the buddy turned five months, we also decided we would start some solid food. It was a pretty hilarious adventure for us (apparently pretty traumatic for him though!). He tried boiled egg yolk. Sound strange? Well, we ARE doing this out of the ordinary. We're not starting with the typical rice cereal, but instead are following the Weston A Price/Nourishing Traditions plan. It starts with egg yolk and possible mashed banana from 4-6 months, then moves to pureed meats, vegetables and fruits at 6 months and doesn't introduce grains until he's a year old. We looked into a few solid food "strategies," including Baby Led weaning, and decided that this was the closest to how we try to eat OURSELVES (emphasis on try, cough, cough), so we wanted to stick with the most nutrient dense plan we could find. I have yet to cook the egg perfectly, so I'm hoping part of his distaste has to do with that, but in just about 3 weeks we'll be adding some veggies, so I'm excited for that "first" as well. :)


Interested and/or curious? This article pretty much sums it up.

Can I just say that coupon shopping for baby food pretty much combines two of my passions perfectly!? Helping the buddy AND couponing in one trip!? YES PLEASE! I've promised myself that I'll be making my own baby food in the future, but this working mom has stocked up with the help of coupons for the next couple of months! Although I plan on having some marathon baby-food making over Christmas break. I'm so glad we have a deep-freezer. :-)


SO close to being an independent sitter! He loses his balance quite quickly. :)

Monday, October 15, 2012

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day

I have never personally experienced miscarriage or infant loss, but I'm sharing the fact that today, October 15th, is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day. As someone who has experienced infertility, and therefore much loss and sadness in the process of building our family, I can only feel great sympathy for those women and couples that have gone through the pain of this loss. I'm thinking about and praying for you all today.

I think it's such a shame that posts like this on facebook tend to go ignored (as well as people who go through these issues in real life) because people feel "uncomfortable" talking about things like loss and infertility. But, you know what!? It's real!! According to www.iamtheface.org, 1/4 of females in America will experience pregnancy or infant loss and that breaks my heart.

If you have been through this trial, know that we are here for you. And if you know someone that has been through any of these losses, please let them know you love and care about them. Just because it's common doesn't mean it's not painful. (Here's a link to an article about how family and friends can help.)

I don't like to "avoid" difficult issues. I like to talk about them and share, so we can bear each others' burdens, pains and losses. Not only is it our responsibility as those that live together in community, but it also makes sharing in the joy of others even more sweet when that time comes as well. We NEED each other! 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Opening the Adoption Files

Here is a great article in "Christianity Today" about Open Adoption (we have an open adoption and a great relationship with the buddy's birthmother).

Opening the Adoption Files

I have so many blog ideas but not enough time to compose them. Hopefully soon I will sit down and write some of my thoughts and share them with you. :-)