Saturday, August 29, 2009
Posted by Julie Hess at 11:19 PM
As of yesterday, L is two months old. I'm amazed at all that she's able to do at such a young age. She smiles almost constantly and tries to "talk" to us with her funny little gurgles and coos between smiles. Sometimes it even sounds like she's saying, "Hi." She's so fun just to sit and look at.
Today I bought her some little colorful plastic links at Target. I put them together and hung them from the handle of her carseat. I walked away for a few minutes and when I came back, she was holding them in her hand.
The "bag of flour" stage is going by so quickly. I can't believe how fast they grow and develop.
When I took her in for her check up yesterday, she was eleven pounds and twenty-two inches long. Just like our other girls, thin and long.
I took A in for a check up too. The doctor asked him if she was a good baby. He said no. She said, "Oh, does she cry a lot." He said, "No. She's a great baby." So glad to hear he loves her so much.
After the appointment, the doctor gave him the traditional sticker for being a good patient. He thanked her and asked where L's sticker was. Sometimes my kids ask for stickers for other siblings knowing that they'll eventually get the sticker, so I was interested to see what he was up to. The doctor asked him what kind of sticker he thought L would want. He said, "A princess." I thought for sure he'd choose the girl car from "Cars" (the movie), but he wouldn't hear of it. It had to be a princess. He said it was because she was a princess; not a term I love for little girls because it makes me think of someone who rules the roost and is spoiled rotten, but he doesn't think of it in that context. Like I said before, I'm so glad he loves her so much. We all do.
Posted by Julie Hess at 10:53 PM
Monday, August 24, 2009
I'm awake so much earlier than I'd like to be this morning. L had it all figured out for a few days. She went to sleep at 8pm and slept until 5:30am. It was heavenly--all but the fact that I didn't go to bed at 8pm on those nights or even close; it was more like midnight, but I had things I HAD to get done that I wasn't able to do during the children's wakeful hours.
Anyway, thank goodness she's so cute. Here's what she looks like this morning; all bright eyed (well, at least one of us is). She is now eight weeks old.
I would like to say that I am a very scheduled and organized person. I would really like to be one of these "has it all together" kind of women, but alas, I am not. It is a continual quest with me. Someday. Oh yes, someday.
Here's the latest strategy. When I went back to school shopping with the kids, I purchased a Franklin planner and a white board for myself. I have been using an electronic planner for the last seven or so years, but I'm finding that it's not the best with the way I do things, so I'm happy to go back to paper. Franklin's were my life from my second year of college on. Z and I used go out and buy each other our planner refills each year for Christmas--I know, how romantic, huh?
Each night before I go to bed, I write the next day's schedule and my to do list on the white board. It greets me when I first wake up.
A few months ago, when I was struggling with my random personality, I found that my day could be divided into five different sections and that there were certain tasks that fit into each section. I based these tasks roughly on Flylady's way of doing things. This worked really well for me. I checked those things off my list each day. I felt like life was together, so these things make the white board as well. For anyone who's interested and may have a similar way of thinking, here's what these five sections look like:
EARLY AM (approx. 45 mins.) - start around 6:15am
- Scripture study
AM (approx. 1 hr. 10 mins.) - start at 7am
- Make bed
- Wash face/brush teeth
- Get dressed
- Make up, hair, earrings
- Straighten bedroom
- Start laundry
- Make breakfast
- Straighten kitchen
- Clean sink
Late AM - 9am to 11am
- Read with kids
- Straighten house
- Today's zone (see below)
Afternoon - 11am to 4pm
- Make lunch
- Clean kitchen
- Clean sink
- Read, sing, and pray with T/T's naptime
- Scripture study - alternate time #1
- Free time
- Prepare snack for kids
- Time with kids
- Start dinner (4pm-ish)
- Kids' jobs
Before Bed (approx. 1 hour 10 mins.)
- Straighten house
- Shine sink
- Floss, wash face, brush teeth
- Wipe bathroom sink
- Jammies on
- Last load of wash into dryer
- Lay out tomorrow's clothes
- Check calendar for tomorrow
- Scripture study (alternate time #2)
- Track today's finances and points
- Set up schedule for next day
Knowing how I am and how my life is, I have had to set up an alternative plan for scripture study, which is by far the most important thing in my day. If there were other things that I figured were high priority, I'd probably have alternates for them too. I also have to remind myself to just look at the task at hand and not get overwhelmed with the entire list.
The other thing that having a Franklin does for me is that it makes me want to set goals. The one thing I want to accomplish in the next couple months is to streamline my house. Things just keep piling up. I have broken my house down into ten weeks of cleaning and given a task in each area to each day of the week (Monday through Saturday). I tried to make these tasks things that were doable in a couple hours time. Today, for example, I'm cleaning off and out my bedside table. The other day, I cleaned out the left side of my bedroom closet. I have also given myself flex days and the last week is a catch up week. If I happen to miss a day, I either squeeze it into another day when the task is smaller, or I fit it into a flex day. I just continue with the plan each day not stressing over those things that have been passed over.
Of course amongst all of this are feeding the baby, bathing the kids, and all the other things I have to do. These either make the to-do list or just get done amongst the other jobs. I try to stay flexible. I know that my children, like their mother, rebel against being pushed into a rigid plan, so I try to keep this in mind as I deal with the things I do that involve them.
As for the "zones," I love this idea of Flylady's, here's the plan:
- Sunday - planning day
- Monday - laundry and upstairs
- Tuesday - grocery prep and kitchen
- Wednesday - desk tasks and downstairs
- Thursday - errands and car
- Friday - catch up and date night
- Saturday - deep clean and family fun
The most important thing I do on a daily basis is train my children. My job as their mom is to teach them to be self-reliant. For this reason, there are a number of things I don't have on my list. They are picked up by my children. I also give myself the freedom with the above list to delegate any of the tasks to someone else. There is no law that says I have to do it all.
Posted by Julie Hess at 8:08 AM
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Posted by Julie Hess at 11:23 PM
Friday, August 14, 2009
Got in to see my doctor about the heart thing. A few days after posting about my frustration, I decided to be a bit more assertive, and they scheduled me.
First of all, I don't know if I've mentioned it, but I have returned to Weight Watchers. I lost .8 pounds in the entire month of July--thanks to a lack of motivation and a couple family reunions. I weighed in last Saturday. When I stepped on the scale at the doctor's office this afternoon, after a week of journaling everything I've eaten and being careful of my point intake, I am down 4.5 pounds!!! I am so excited! I noticed day before yesterday that I felt skinnier and then felt even more so yesterday. This started the appointment off on a good note.
Also since making this appointment, we attended my family reunion. I had the chance, on the last day, to talk with my neice who had similar heart issues during her two pregnancies. She shared her experiences and symptoms. They sounded nearly identical to mine. She was diagnosed with SVT. It was nice to go into this appointment armed with some amount of knowledge.
So, here's how it played out. They sent me in for an EKG, and I will be going to in get a portable heart monitor to wear for two weeks. In that time, we are hopeful that there will be at least on episode that can be recorded, so we can figure out what exactly is going on. If that doesn't work, I will go in for a bit of time on a treadmill. We'll see how this all goes.
Posted by Julie Hess at 6:47 PM
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Posted by Julie Hess at 9:30 AM