Monday, March 1, 2010

Nursing Strikes - Oh Joy

Well, it had to happen eventually. After two very prodigious nursers Michael had to come and change things up this third time around. He began teething again last week and refused to nurse, much to EVERYONE chagrin. Oh my, at first he only refused one side. That's fine, I've had that happen before and I can deal with it. Then he refused nursing at all during the daytime and could only be duped into nursing when he was sleeping in the middle of the night. Very frustrating, but I pumped a little to relieve the pressure. Then for a few days he decided to not nurse at all not even during the night, but just let us all know how unhappy his was with his new teeth and how tired he was and how he wished that everyone would leave him alone and let him go back to sleep after an hour or two of wailing. Fun times. There is a light at the end of this tunnel. Yes, he accepted nursing several times yesterday and it is looking better and better. I hope I don't have to endure another nursing strike again - ever!

Seth has begun a big job and loves his work so much. After being off for a while he was itching to get back into the swing of things. He comes home so happy but exhausted. He is a man made to work. He can't be idle or it frustrates him. He loves his job and he does it extraordinarily well.

Katrina is learning to read a little more proficiently. It takes a lot or practice and patience on both our parts, but I try to entice her with the promise that oncde she learns to read on her own she will be allowed to stay up till 9:00pm in her bed reading books. Oh the anticipation!

Shiona is my little monkey. She is coming more and more out of her little world and becoming more aware of people and things around her. She has become a lot more affectionate too. This is so special because she doesn't just dole out hugs and kisses for the asking. She is very scholastic and loves her school work. Plus, she is continuing to understand her responsibilities as a big sister and step up to the plate more.

Michael is still not crawling and is only rolling over from belly to back - STILL!!!! Ok, I'm really not worried. I know guys develop slower than girls and that he is a big boy. It's gonna be harder for him to lug his 22lb ball of chub around than most smaller babies. He stands well, though, but still needs support. What I love so much about him is that he seems to have an adult sense of humor. For example, I put Seth's hat on him and told him lets go show Dada. He tried to grab it off, but I said, no, let's show Dada. He got this smile of anticipation on his face and kept lightly patting the hat. It was like he knew it would be humorous and couldn't wait to see Daddy's face! He also is extremely alert to what is going on around him. He reminds me of Katrina in that not much escapes his notice.

I am just a busy, happy housewife, mother, teacher, sister, daughter, friend, etc... just doing the things I love best and get most fulfillment out of. I enjoy schooling the girls and keeping the house tidy. I love playing with Michael and exercising and cleaning and teaching the girls little chores. I love being a homemaker...except for the cooking part. I'm really no good at it and suffer from lack of creativity and inspiration often. *Sighs* But my family does not starve and we get along all right.

When Seth comes home I can't wait to put the kids down and have a wonderful, relaxing evening with him. We enjoy our home so much that even though we get a date every Thursday evening, we will often decide to stay home and just have the children watched while we relax at the house. It is the most wonderful thing to be married to your best friend and lover. He is completely the most incredible guy I ever have met. I love him so much more deeply now than ever before. I can't imagine how my love will magnify with each passing year of knowing him better and having memories and special times that keep our hearts knit together. Our marriage has had some very big ups and some big downs, too, but thanks be to God each time we come through things much more stronger and deeply in love.

I recently advised Suzanne on a plan for losing weight. She took it and ran with it and so far has dropped over 8lbs. She is such a walking success story that several people have asked for advice, help and a copy of the plan I made for her. I'm just so proud of Suzanne for being so committed and sticking with it, cause it isn't easy! Her goal is to be down to her ideal size by Mary's wedding and I think she'll make it if she stays focused. I hope people don't think I'm obsessed, but fitness is a passion of mine. I love to stay fit and learn all I can about proper eating and exercising but I also love encouraging others and imparting what I've learned on to them. It is especially challenging as mothers to find the time to stay fit and keep everything else going. I know that just a few kind words of encouragement have meant the world to me and have challenged me to keep going, be strong, stay focused and not be discouraged. I love knowing I can do the same for others.

I'm going through a woman's Bible study booklet by myself and have been so challenged by it. I love the meat in scripture. The stuff that really hits home and convicts and turns my eyes off myself (where they seem to be constantly) and onto the Lord and depend on His strength to help me through all the trials and things that come my way big or small. I am sharing some of the information from this little Bible study booklet on my other blog site I've entitled the blog site "Love in Action". It is intended for wives and mothers, but some single girls to read and comment too.

And I must sign off - plenty of things to do today, so I must not dawdle.


Scot and Kristen said...

I really enjoyed reading your post Karen! Thanks for the update - its a good example to me I have not posted in ages. It's so much quicker to stay in touch with my friends by commenting!! About creativity in cooking... I have been challenged in this area lately also, I would love to go to a hands on cooking seminar sometime. In an effort to help take the attention away from a less than perfect meal I have been putting more effort in decor at the table! It seems to make a simpler meal taste better and the kiddo's love it. I will not soon forget some of the delicious dishes you've made though... That baked salmon dish I can still taste...(mouth watering) And the breakfast casserole, pizza dip, the delicious pumpkin rolls, and your signature tea with vanilla milk. Always a treat!

Denise said...

Kristen is right.... all those are delicious recipes you make Karen!

I was so happy you posted. I miss hearing from you. Not that I've been good at all.

Again, I am so impressed with how you have the heart to reach out to so many people. Suzanne is a testimony of that. I know she's worked very hard and been dedicated, but you have given her the tools. What a blessing to have a sister like you!

Your life sound like you're enjoying it... Which God intends you to I know! I feel that way too, most of the time. I do let stupid things get me down, like not exercising and laundry piled up... I don't know why. It's a vicious cycle...

I LOVE to cook. It's cleaning that I could live without! I do love a clean house, I just don't love the cleaning process.

Don't worry about Michael not crawling. It will happen when he's ready! And yes, boys develop the motor and verbal skills slower than girls. Also, his heft! I have a friend with a son born 2 months after Elyana and he's really now only crawling, but it's a scoot-crawl. And he's huge like Michael. :) 25 lbs.

Love you!

Seth and Karen's blog said...

Hi Kristen!

Thanks for the comment. I'm writing this right now while Samuel is playing "Go Fish" with my girls and Michael is sleeping. They are having a fun time. I really hope we can see you guys this weekend; it seems like it has been a while!

I think you have a point about making the table and the atmosphere enjoyable to compliment a meal. Honestly it seems like it is all I can do to get something decent on the table. But candles, flowers, music, neatly-folded napkins, tablecloths, nice dishes, etc can all contribute to an enjoyable meal, too. Thanks for bring a new perspective on dinner. I want to try to enhance meal time more by trying some of your ideas.

Yes, those are all yummy dishes, you mentioned. I usually "steal" other people's fabulous dishes and then use them as staples especially for guest because I know they can't fail! You've contributed to many of those, by the way!

See you soon, I hope!

Seth and Karen's blog said...


Thanks for your comment. I always love hearing from you either by phone, facebook, blog, etc.

I know you love to cook and are quite the expert. I wish I inherited some of your love for it, but generally it is a chore. I seem to remember us creating a pact that if we lived close by I would clean your house and you would cook my dinner! :)

You're so sweet to encourage me with Suzanne. She really has impressed me. I'm just thrilled it is working and I hope she remains consistent.

I can get down, too. I especially tend to get depressed thinking I am not being the wife/homemaker/mother that I should be and I get very discouraged. But I have to remember it is not in my own strength and to be humble and also cheerful. If I get depressed I am no good to anyone!

Well, I love you and look forward to Mary's wedding to see you guys. By the way, I saw some beautiful dresses that might work for flower girls and they were only $12.00 at Ross. There was one 2T (Elyana) and 4T (Shiona), but none for Katrina. However, there were some similar ones that might work size 6. I want to take Mary and get her opinion and maybe you could go to your local Ross or I could send you a pic and you could give me your opinion.

Talk to you later! Love you!

...the greatest of these is Love. said...

I struggle with cooking too, especially right now! I'm due any day and the last thing I want to do is stand in front of the stove! I'm glad you are enjoying schooling the girls. Next year is my first official year and I'm still not 100% sure it's the path I'm meant to take. We'll see! I hope I enjoy it as much as you do! Great reading your updates ;)