Life & Family Update

I can’t believe Audrey is over 8 months old!! She’s at such a fun age, she’s interactive, loves to talk and smile. One of her gifts is definitely bringing joy with her smiles. It’s amazing what a smile can do for your mood, she’s teaching me to do the same 🙂 She’s crawling everywhere and starting to pull herself up on the furniture.

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Love Your Children {Guest Post}

Guest post today, from my lovely mother!

Every year I write a Christmas letter. I started writing one because I had received letters from others which I enjoyed very much. I liked reading about everyone, and how successful their kids were.   I was always impressed, straight A’s, full scholarships, a star on the basketball team.  I thought if I enjoyed these letters others would too. I wanted to let everyone know how great my children were also.

I had no idea how to write this letter, some of the letters I received every year were very clever, making their family year into a poem, or writing their letter in the shape of a tree. I did not know how to be creative so I used a simple format, beginning paragraph outlining the big mile stones of the year, then each child having their own paragraph, ending with a short summary.

I wrote about each of them truthfully, they were my children and I thought everything they did was wonderful. I wrote about all their triumphs and defeats. Michael would not take swimming lessons. Megan was not learning to read. Natalie hated ballet. I wrote about my amazement when Emily won an award for neat and orderly, I really did not know how she won this, she definitely was not this at home. As a mother, I enjoyed all there was about having children, the good, the bad, and the ugly.

The response to my Christmas letter was surprising. Everyone seemed to enjoy it. Apparently most people get tired of reading about all the perfect children. My letter was one that we all can relate to. Everyone has a son, like my son Tim, who’s report card would say, “Great Kid to have in class” next to the F he received in that subject. Or like my son, Michael; his first high school report card was a 2.2. He got an A in Technology and a C in every other class. He would never get into college at that rate.

What I want my Christmas letter to say to the world is that I am not ashamed of my children no matter what they do or who they are. I have no expectations other than they be who they are. I want to be right there along side of them discovering who they are, walking with them toward the person God has called them to be. They do some stupid things sometimes, don’t we all?  I may not always agree with them, I may be afraid for them, but I will never be ashamed of them.

The child of mine, with a 2.2, now is making more than I have ever made (It was that A in technology). The one who hated ballet became a professional Ballerina; the one who struggled to learn to read has a successful job at a bank, the great kid to have in class who got F’s, now climbs mountains. And the child who won the neat and orderly award, well, she married someone who is neat and orderly. Love your children through it all and they will surprise you.

Mom & Baby 2 month Update

I can’t believe it’s been over 2 months already!! Audrey is such an easy going baby. She’s sleeping through the night and has been for weeks, which is amazing. I thought Claire was a good sleeper but looking back it did take a little more work to get her sleeping through the night, with Audrey I’ve just keep to our routine and we’re good. I’ve been using the Babywise method {as I did with Claire} and it’s working like a charm. I’m a schedule person, it’s just who I am. Without schedule and routine my life feels like chaos. She is a huge eater. At her 2 month appointment she weighed in at 13 lbs 5 oz and was 23.5 inches long! Anytime she’s not sleeping or eating, she’s smiling! She’s a very happy baby and started smiling pretty early at around 3 weeks. She’s also starting to talk a little more which is fun! Of course, she’s a baby, so she does cry and have her fussy moments. She especially hates getting her diaper changed and having clothes put on or taken off.


It’s fun to see the differences in personalities. Claire wasn’t a good eater {and still isn’t!}, she was more stubborn, it took her longer to start sleeping through the night and she was a lot more fussy going down, she didn’t like to be held much or be in a front pack carrier, she wanted to see what was going on and was perfectly content laying on her back on her activity mat to see all that was around her. She also was a lot louder, in probably everyway- her happy squeals, crying etc. She was also a happy baby and gave out plenty of smiles. Audrey is more of a cuddly baby, she likes to be held, and loves the front carriers. She likes to see what’s going also but while she’s in someone’s arms 🙂


Claire has been a great big sister, she loves baby Audrey. But she’s starting to get a little frustrated with the amount of help she’s allowed to do. Last night I asked Claire to hand me a diaper and she let out a huge sigh and said “when am I going to get to change a diaper?” hahah. It was pretty cute. She’s been going to school better these days {the first few weeks back it was a meltdown every day and she really didn’t want to go anywhere without the baby}, but besides school she still doesn’t want to go anywhere without Mom, Dad or baby. The last couple weeks she’s been acting out a bit more. The few weeks with Audrey we had several visitors and each one came with a gift for Claire…big sister life was great! Also, Dad was home, so she and him got to go on plenty of special outings. Now life is a little more boring and it’s been pretty tough.

"Look mom, we're playing" -Claire

“Look mom, we’re playing” -Claire

At my 6 week postpartum appointment I was cleared to start running. I’ve actually been really antsy to start running, but I’m still trying to figure out how to best fit it into the schedule. So far I’ve done two 3 milers on the treadmill. But I need to step it up because I signed up for a half marathon at the May…am I crazy?? It’s good motivation for me though, even if the race turns into a walk/run it will be good to get back at it!

Well that’s all the updates I’ve got for now. Hoping to work in more time for blog posts in my daily schedule, so stay tuned 🙂

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