warning :)

Sorry for any typos. I mostly blog from my iPhone lying in bed nursing a baby or sitting on the couch nursing a baby, or wearing a baby nursing. In between home schooling and laundry and diaper changing. Oh did I mention I might be nursing a baby? The point is, I rarely sit down at the computer. Thanks for understanding. You're the best!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

late start is still a start

If you are following my journey to happier mornings then you know I'm not really a morning person anymore. I also struggle with the sin of perfectionism. Yes in my life this is sinful. If you know me you know I am messy and unorganized. My mindset for a long time has been "if i can't do it perfect, i just don't do it" Wrong thinking? Yes! Very wrong!

I am Not Perfects. But In Christ My willing spirit is made perfect "But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me" 2 Corinthians 12:9

So the quick version of what I am relearning this week, is, Just get back up lady and start where you left off.  "Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning" Lamentations 3:23


The challenge has been going well. I've been getting up about 5:30 each day and spending time in prayer, and working on business stuff. It's a little more the 2 hours before the kids get up. Sometimes I have a little one with me, must mostly not. It has been great, peaceful time. 


However today, I slept through my alarm by 2, yes 2 hours :( But instead of being angry about it, I just got up and carried on as usual. Thankfully and praise God, the kids were still asleep, so I was able to Pray and study my Bible for a good 45 minutes. Then we made breakfast. Now the kids have a few free minutes, while I type this up. After I'm done here We'll Start school 2 hours late. 


Gods, power is made perfect in our weakness. His grace is sufficient! Let It be sufficient. 


OK, I have to run, we have school to do. 


Have an Awesome Tuesday! 


Monday, August 26, 2013

breastfeeding Multitasking

I like to multitask. If I can do 2 things at once, I am happy. I really think is more like add. But we'll call it multitasking :)

For example, in high school, I couldn't just watch a show with my family on a Friday night. I had to also be writing and flipping through a magazine at the same time. I don't idle well. 

Silent prayer has always been hard. Something I really have to focus on. Be still and be with God. 
The be still part, is the hard part for me. My brain works really fast. 

So, when i became a mom, I brought my multitasking ways with me. Breastfeeding/ pumping with baby number 1, I read and watched tv.

By the time I had baby number 2, I had a smart phone and I wasn't afraid to use it. :)

I read a lot of books on breastfeeding (something I struggled with ) I read email, checked facebook, all while nursing my sweet baby. It seemed to be a great time to multitask. 

Then came baby 3 and then 4 all pretty quick. 

We didn't have a computer. So all my Internet needs were fulfilled by my smart phone. Email, Facebook, blogging. I did most of it while nursing a baby or two. 

Well, a few weeks ago I realized I was WAY stressed out. (Something I don't  normally deal With) We are in the middle of a move, a job change for my husband, homeschooling and launching some family  businesses .  A lot to do at once. 

One of the things I always look forward to during  the day, is getting to sit and nurse my sweet baby girl. It doesn't happen very often any more since she's 17 months old, but it's still one of my favorite things  each day. I get to lay down and chill for a few minutes. 

What I noticed last week was, I ALWAYS, Facebook, blog or read while nursing. I didn't ever think this was a problem. But this week I decided to put the iPhone down while breastfeeding and let the happy mommy hormones really help me relax. I realized my brain was never at rest. I was always on the go. always "at work" 

I feel God really working on my mommy heart, to just be still and love my baby and rest. Moms don't get a lot of that. But it's built into our day.  We just have to take the time God gives us. 


So off with the phone. (At least while nursing) :)

What do you think about breastfeeding and multitasking? 

Monday, August 19, 2013

hello simple breakfasts

I am participating in the hello hello mornings challenge.  Today is day 1. And if you read about my morning monsters you know I need to come up with a simple, sane way to feed all these kids and myself, while I'm still in a daze.

So here is my,
Hello Breakfast Menu

Soaked oatmeal We really like soaked oatmeal. I measure out about 2 cups of oats into my cooking pot. dice one apple and put into the pot, cover with water, mix in about a tbsp of yogurt cover the pot and let it sit on the counter over night. In the morning, I turn on the pot, bring it to a light boil, turn it down until it's warmed. Then serve with cinnamon and milk or cream.

Pancakes. I make up the pancakes sometime during the week and store in fridge or freezer. In the morning I just warm them in the microwave or toaster. Easy Peasy. I am just using the good old fashioned Better Homes and Gardens red and white cookbook recipe, but am working on some almond flour, and whole wheat recipes. I'm sure you could do the same thing with these.

Baked eggs. Whip up 6 eggs with a little milk poor into buttered muffin tins cover and store in fridge (or you can do it all in the morning, I wont be that awake)  In the Morning pop in the 350 oven for 10ish minutes until done. Serve on homemade rolls or alone with cheese. If you want to get fancy these are really yummy

homemade or not :) yogurt. I love making yogurt, but sometimes I don't do it. So I buy it.
We eat it with frozen blueberries

I won't lie, I'm sure there will be days, we'll probably have, just plain old toast and jam. But I'm hoping my menu will eliminate the "shhh and just eat some bread or cold cereal" monster that likes to show up in the morning.

Bless us, 
O Lord, 
and these your gifts, 
which we are about to receive 
from your bounty.
Through Christ our Lord. 

Amen.

What are your favorite sane breakfasts?

today I'm linking up with
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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Family Sanity Saver

I just recived these in the mail yesterday.
 I am so excited about them. Drinkbands are going to change our dishes situation forever. We have 4 kids and we always seem to forget whose glass is whose. So I end up just getting a new glass for whoever lost track of which was theirs. It happens all day.

I tried color coded plastic cups but if they didn't get washed that day or were still in the dishwasher I didn't have the right color for the right child.

But now that  I have Drinkbands, I can put one on any glass and we know whose is whose. Its already working like a charm.

Check it out and let me know what you think!

curriculum 2013-14

Our kids are 8, 4, 3, and 17 months old.  This is what we are using this year. We are still piecing together some things, but this is a good start

READING
We have this whole curriculum from dollar homeschool I like that I can print new books, when the old ones get worn out (or milked dumped on them, or chewed up or...) I haven't really looked at the sience and history yet, but I'm sure its great too.

This came in the dollar homeschool but I also bought the hard back version

MATH



I really Love this Math. I've never been very good at math, so I was nervous to have to teach it. However these books are awesome. I am learning something everyday!

RELIGION

WE have this child training Bible but I want this one. It is pretty much the same, but has some Catholic elements. And it's an ebook, so you can down load it right away. (I like instant gratification)
We have theses catechisms 

We love this book from Holy Hero's too 
We memorize one scripture or prayer each week, and part of the catechism question.

HANDWRITING

I copy the Bible verse or prayer we are learning and they copy that each day. 

SIENCE


We have a set of these that my parents gave us. So We are just doing a book a week, Unit study style. 

HISTORY

I am still looking for something we really love.  For now we are reading the Bible and talking about the history.
We also watch this
and talk about American history.

SOME EXTRAS

We love anything from Holy Hero's
The kids love to draw, and paint and use their kindles 

 What do you use?

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Baby Wearing Wednesday

Here are some goofy videos of me quickly showing a friend how to use her new ring sling.

This is how crazy my days alway are. fun, fun, fun!

Enjoy wearing your baby today. 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

homeschooling awesomeness

I am planning our homeschool year this week. ( I'll post what we are using this year in a different post) We are entering in our 4th "real" year of homeschooling. WE have an 8, 4, 3 and almost 2 year old. I love homeschooling, I really do. But I get overwhelmed and stressed pretty easily. So when I saw this book,
Homeschooling Day by Day  I wanted to read it. I bought it yesterday and dove right in. IT IS GREAT!

If you need a little encouragement to start the year off right, this is the book for you.

Thank you little natural cottage for you hard work and encouraging message!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Morning Monster

I have always been a naturally cheery person in the morning. My parents home schooled my brother and me. I remember in high school, my mom looking out over her morning coffee at my chipper face with a look that said, "quit being so loud" all in a loving mom way.

After high school, I had many a roommate give me this same look with more colorful looks and with colorful words.

What I've always liked about the morning, is the still, quietness. I have always loved to spend time with God, listening to God, quietly listening.

I like to watch sunrises, and smell the morning dew. I even like to chill of morning and wrapping myself up in a blanket with a cup of fresh ground coffee and a bit of heavy cream or a nice cup of earl grey tea.

I LOVED MORNINGS.

10 years of marriage and 4 kids, has created and morning MONSTER!

As soon as I had my first baby, I almost instantly turned from chipper morning lady, to, tired, lets watch tv until I can function mama. My first son even slept through the night early and slept in his own bed.

I tried to blame it on my husband being deployed and having to do everything myself. But I really had a lot of help while he was gone.

Then we had more kids. The next group of little ones came fast. 18  months apart. Each one slept with us and nursed until a little over 2 years old.  Co-sleeping hasn't really made me anymore tired then I was with one baby sleeping in his own bed. In fact it has very much helped the breastfeeding relationship and I feel I get more sleep now, not having to get out of bed every time the baby needs to eat.

The real Problem with mornings is... THEY (all those kids) can sense when I'm about to get up. It does not matter how early I set the alarm, they will know and at least one of them with want to be up.

No more still, quiet, prayerful, sunrise watching, dew smelling, coffee enjoying mornings. NO! NO more!

So I have started staying in bed until all 4 of them are up and begging me for food, or I can smell that a baby needs a diaper change or I hear them fighting over a toy in the other room.

I hide from the morning.


Have you ever noticed that everyday normal things, are soooooo much louder in the morning, when people are sleeping?

Take this morning for instance, I very quietly (like a ninja in fact) snuck out of my warm bed at 4 am. I noticed how much the floor creaks, and how loud I walk (like an amazon women) and even the light switches make noise and the coffee pot. Oh my the coffee pot SHHHHHH.

I have already had to go and shush the baby back to sleep, twice. I know she's not ready to get up, but she knows I'm up. They all do.

In my ideal world, I wouldn't care so much if they were up with me. We could enjoy the quiet together. We could pray together and enjoy the sunrise together.

But instead we have LOUD. With 3 boys and then a girl, our house is always loud. Morning, noon and night.

I do have a plan though. I am casting my sleepies on the Lord. I am making a stand against the morning monster. I am going to say hello to mornings again. If the kids wake up, so be it. I will be coming up with a morning action plan.

Easy breakfasts
quiet activities for the littles
Prayer
Coffee and a smile once more.

Take That Morning Monster! Take That!


Join me and other moms from around the globe in the hello mornings challenge. Go check it out and follow me on my fight again the Morning monster. http://www.hellomornings.org

I want to know your best morning tips. Help a tired mama out.

Don't forget to check out moms the word and The modest mom 2 of my favorite blogs. Thanks ladies.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

breast-feeding week. MY struggle to breast-feed.



I'm nursing my 16 month old baby girl as I'm typing this. (not easily I might add, she thinks is funny to kick my arm). Today I am actually using a computer (I usually blog from my iPhone) My phone is easier to use I am finding out. A lot less arm kicking.

Anyway, enough about where I'm typing hey?

If you didn't know, It's World breast-feeding week and really breast-feeding month. I love breast-feeding. It however, has not always come so naturally to me. When my first baby was born, I was very ready to nurse this sweet blessing from God. All went well enough at the hospital, until I meet with the lactation consultant (if thats what she really was, I don't know) She told me I had inverted nipples and handed my a nipple shield and a prescription for a breast pump.

I instantly, thought I was broken. It broke my heart. I didn't know what to do after that. My husband and mom were very supportive and tried to encourage me, but This was new for all of us.  I cried and tried to feed my baby. I pumped like crazy day and night. All while trying to nurse. But I really felt like I just couldn't do it. After just a couple of weeks, I gave in to pumping only. After What seemed like forever (it was only 3 months) I started formula feeding.

All This time I was also struggling with, just not feeling like a good mom. I put on a good face in public, but I was Sad! I just wanted to be able to feed and nurture my baby.

In an attempt to gain some sanity I started a rather strict schedule. And a cry it out method of Parenting. Most people would have thought, I had it all together. I thought I had it together. I was "that mom" that pushed sleep training (sorry friends) But inside I felt like a failure. Silly? Maybe. But it was what it was.
My son paid the price for my unattached parenting style. I just wasn't always nurturing. I was so focused on being the perfect parent. Or rather, having the perfect baby.

After 4 years I was pregnant again. This time I was determined to breast-feed.

After The birth of my second son, I meet the most wonderful lactation consultants in the world. At the hospital they had a breast-feeding support group every single tuesday. It was a come and go group. they usually had 2 lactation consultants, and doctor in the room. You could have your baby weighed and talk to a dr, or lactation consultant. They were sooooo helpful and supportive and great problem solvers.

I went every week. They were so encouraging. They helped me more then I can say. I am so Thankful for them (I'm tearing up a little) They also helped me know, I was not a bad mom for not nursing my first baby. They helped me understand how to nurture him now along with my new baby.

The next thing that helped me was Dr Sears website. I went to the problem solving page and would read it on my phone while I was breast-feeding. It was so helpful to read that having inverted nipples isn't a hindrance to breast-feeding, because baby should be latching on the whole areola not the nipple anyway! I was a very encouraging website. also Some of his books
are great (I don't agree with all of it, but they were so encouraging)

I also found (and later read) that breast-feeding can very much help the baby blues. I found this to be true.  but also letting go of my crazy dictator schedule and just really enjoyed being with each baby also helped a lot.

I gave up some of the control and tried to let God and His word lead. This book was helpful Brestfeeding and Catholic Motherhood

I have now breast-fed 3 of my 4 children. tandem nursed #2 and #3 together and #3 and #4 together. I read this while pregnant with #3 to try and prepare. I am now only nursing the youngest.

Mothering is quite the adventure and breast-feeding is no exception.

How has your nursing relationship been?

Monday, August 5, 2013

Cover up that diaper

A few weeks ago I did 2 cloth diaper videos, but forgot to talk about why I like the covers I use. Do here's another video :)




  
If you have any questions let me know.
Don't forget to check out the modest mom and moms the word.

Smile and have a great Monday!