Autumn Time Changes

Well Autumn has arrived in my neck of the woods and I am loving it. It is by far my favorite season. With the Fall breeze, the changing leaves, and the hustle and bustle of life  sets in.

It’s been a great while since I have posted last, as I have allowed life to get in the way and my time management skills. I have lacked slotting in time to focus on writing that isn’t part of my scholarly work. Graduate school is going well thus-far and my biggest obstacle is making quiet time for me to truly focus on my work and put all that I know I am capable into it. I am four weeks in to a twelve week quarter though and so far, so good.

The children are growing up faster than I would like to admit. LM is nearly three and has hit the chaos that goes with that age frame. We have frequent episodes of dramatics, yelling, screaming, overwhelming (for us both) times and she is still being stubborn on potty use but is still working on it. On the flip side to the CRAZY threes (seriously twos have nothing on threes) she is making huge developmental strides. LM’s newest fascination is dressing herself, she loves to change a million times a day all by herself. It isn’t always right side in, or on just right but the concept is growing every day and I am very proud of that fact. She also is attending a play-school taught by a friend of mine twice a week. She is able to play with her friends and do some learning and activities, it has been fantastic for her and she absolutely LOVES it. Her conversational skills are also quite amusing – she is totally 2 1/2 going on 15.

MM is almost 8 months old, which is hard to believe. He has two bottom teeth and is working hard to get the top two to pop in as well. He crawls like a madman and regularly gets mad that he can’t walk like LM can. He wants to get around so badly and do everything. He is still quite the chunk and has a huge amount of personality. He also is still his daddy’s little clone.

I fill my days with child rearing, school work, and spending time with my best friend who is staying with me at the moment. My days are often overwhelming and I find myself needing to take more time to rest and reevaluate than I have in years past. I feel myself reflecting on things differently than I have at previous stages of my life.

As the Autumn air fills my lungs I remember the big things and the little things I must accomplish. I acknowledge the feelings I have for everything going on in my life right now and I center myself in the acceptance of my abilities and the focus of my mood. This journey we are embarking on will not be easy, but it is more than possible.

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Halfway Already!

I have been having a hard time catching a spare minute or enough brain cells to hop on here and talk about life lately but am seriously hoping to get back on the blogging waggon. 

21w3d

Here I sit now a little over halfway through my 3rd pregnancy. At 21w3d today I am feeling older and older every day. My body reminds me that not only have I done this before but that on top of doing it before I now have a toddler to chase, and man do I feel sluggish. I started out my pregnancy with severe sickness and lost nearly 20lbs that I really didn’t have to lose. After 20 weeks of fighting I finally have those 20 back plus 2! So the official record is that I have only gained 2 pounds though I fought hard to get those 20 pounds back too. I am more sore and slow and swollen then with my other pregnancies. I’ve been having Braxton Hicks contractions since about 18 weeks or so and they certainly aren’t going away anytime soon but all and all things to be plugging along without complication and hopefully that continues.

Belly Baby 20w5d

Big Girl

Little Miss is coming up so every quickly on 14 months and I just can’t believe it. Her words and signing are both increasing rapidly and last night we went out for a “girls night” with some of my friends who are Deaf. It was a fantastic evening and LM signed and played peek-a-boo with a friend.

Peek-a-boo with the Olive Garden napkin

Yesterday we had a “photoshoot” too in her adorable new Carters (yes I may have an addiction) outfit. I never thought I would enjoy buying clothes, let alone tiny ones, but it is very fun.

The time out of the house made me remember how much I miss that part of my life. I miss being engaged and actively having to think and process and be challenged. It’s not to say that I am not challenged at home with LM it’s just not the same kind of challenge. I am learning how to balance it all, slowly though, as well as working on some goals. I am hoping I am able to make as much of all of them as I plan.

After kids what did you start doing for *YOU* time? To keep an active mind?