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You Win Some, You Lose Some

You win some and you lose some. Such is life. Such is parenting.

Win: Miss D, who turns 2 in December, has gone potty in the potty six or seven times in the past two weeks. Most of the time she decides to sit on the potty all by herself. She is so independent!

Lose: Miss D thinks she should change her own diaper. A wet diaper is a mess. A dirty one is a major mess. The first time she took her dirty diaper off she required a bath not even 10 minutes after she got out of the bath tub. Since this incident she has gotten better at letting me know she needs to be changed.

Lose: I sometimes get overwhelmed and react in ways that are :::human::: I have to forgive myself to acting and reacting in ways that are imperfect. Life happens.

Win: My little ones still take naps and some times this means that I get to take naps too!

Win: Miss D came to me and pointed at her diaper. I thought she needed changed but it turns out she was dry. So I asked if she needed to go potty. She shook her head yes and ran to the bathroom.  A few minutes later she was calling MOM, MOM, Moooommmy! She had gone in the little potty. After dumping it out I let her flush! Hooray!


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Highlights of the Day

Ahhh . . . the calm after the storm.  Life is always crazy around here. It seems like lately it has been louder than usual.  After everyone was in bed I just sat and listened to the quiet.

In almost three weeks Miss G has grown a lot, but not enough to fit into size 1 diapers.  I figured this out after buying Miss G her first pack of diapers. We were down to the last of newborn diapers that my awesome mom-in-law bought this summer at a yard sale. As soon as I took one diaper out of the package I knew that I had made a mistake. Those size 1 diapers were humongous! I didn’t even try to put them on, but only held them up next to her. They covered half of her torso. I’m afraid I would have a baby Urkele if I put her in those diapers. She will grow into the diapers eventually.

One of the highlights of my day was walking into the bathroom to find my oldest son, who is almost 8 years old clapping for my next to youngest daughter who turns 2 in December. “Danielle went potty!” She sat on the potty all by herself and went potty. She been doing this for the past two weeks. The first times she did  it she took off all her clothes and I would find her just sitting there.  Most of the time nothing happens. She has progressed and learned that she can keep her shirt on and tonight she had taken off her pants and just pulled her diaper down. I don’t have time to “potty-train” her right now, but I am totally into the idea of her potty-training herself!  Little Miss Independent tries to do EVERYTHING by herself any way. She might as well let her figure out how to potty in the potty.

Tonight before bed, I found my oldest singing to his siblings the German lullaby that their Daddy always sings to them.  Daddy is working out-of-town until tomorrow, so my boy decided to take over and sing a bed time song. He knew I was busy trying to calm Miss G down because she was screaming like she was starving and he melted my heart and made his Mommy proud.

I keep feeling like I should be back to feeling normal and then I totally wear myself out during the day.  I have to keep reminding myself that I JUST had a baby less than three weeks ago. I still need to rest and recover but I have six kids.

I HAVE SIX KIDS!  Oh my goodness! Sometimes it is hard for me to believe it, but I have to confess I cannot imagine my life without any of them.  They are my treasures. They are little ones entrusted to me by the creator of the universe. When I am down on myself for messing up this whole Mom gig I try to remember that I truly am just doing the best that I can. No one else can be their Mom.

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My Favorite Little People

“The baby thinks you are a climbing rock.”  ~ J

Oh yes, she certainly does.  I think I am going to have to get one of those play sets with a built-in climbing wall for the girl who thinks that every thing is for climbing. Thank the Lord she has not figured out that she can get out of the crib . . . yet.

Today I had a power struggle that I had with “J.”  I declared at snack time that everyone who was still hungry could have applesauce or a banana.  He had to have a talk with Daddy and be sent to his room before I gave him another chance. He chose a banana and then his big brother followed suit.  The simple and not so fun thing about power struggles with kids is Parents. Always. Win.

I caught “I” reading through the letters of the alphabet with  her big brother’s Tag Reader. She sat there for more than 15 minutes all by herself going through each of the cards.  Not to shabby for 2 years old.

Daddy has been introducing “A” to a Star Wars computer game. He made his own character and while going around talking to characters in the game Andy turned down a quest. He later told his Daddy it was too dangerous. It made me laugh that James told him that nothing is too dangerous for a Jedi.

I can’t remember what I said that made E mad at bedtime. To redirect her, I asked for hugs and kisses.  She sweetly gave them, telling me that I could sleep in her bed if I wanted to.  I told her that Daddy would be lonely if I didn’t sleep in my bed and she told me that “D” could sleep with him.  These days “D” ends up in our bed every single night!

I think my kids’ hugs are my absolute favorite. I cannot get enough of the warm and fuzzy feeling that I get when they put their little arms around my neck to give me a hug.  Some times J still holds me in a hug until I tickle him to let me go.  It is an amazing thing to be entrusted with five little ones and I am thankful for them.

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The Siblings

It’s time for another photo comparison and a confession. I don’t think these kids will be able to deny that they are siblings!  You can click on the photo above to look at a bigger version. I wonder if you can tell these kids apart!  These are photos of each of my kids around 4 months old while they are playing in the Exersaucer. (For those of you who don’t know what an Exersaucer is, it’s an activity center for babies with a seat that swivels 360 degrees.) I’m impressed that our Exersaucer has made it through being used by four kids already.

I confess I have gotten my kids’ baby photos mixed up before. I thought I was looking at one kid’s baby photos when it was another one of my babies! It makes me very thankful that my photos are digital and that the files have dates on them. Back in days of film and prints I would have to write on the prints or negative sleeves to know when they were taken. You can probably guess how much time I would have for that now! I love these kids and I love comparing their photos. They make  Mommy smile.

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Mommy Brain is Real

Throughout my years as a Mommy I have researched the whole “Mommy Brain” phenomena and I am absolutely convinced that it is real because I have experienced it first-hand.  Here are a few examples for you.

In my mind I really did think about telling James to put the stroller in the back of the van. I just didn’t do it. We got within 2 minutes of the mall when I realized my mistake and I was less than thrilled about the idea of carrying the baby around in her car seat. We ended up going to two other stores instead of the mall.

James had a hole in one of his socks, but instead of telling him so I told him, “You have a sock in your hole.”

My phone rang the other day and I tried to flip my phone open. I haven’t had a flip phone in years.

More than once, (I’m too embarrassed to say how many times) I have put the jelly away in the cabinet instead of the refrigerator and the next day I had to convince very disappointed children to eat something else instead of, “Peanut Butter Jelly Time.”

I went to the grocery store and got all the way to the checkout before I realized that I did not have my wallet. Thankfully the store is only a few minutes away and they held my groceries for me while I went home to get my wallet.

Sometimes my mom comes over to stay with my kids so I can go to the grocery store. I pick up a few things for her while I’m out and I almost always manage to forget one thing. This wouldn’t be so bad except for the fact that she gives me a list EVERY single time!

I called the doctor to make an appointment. After asking my daughter’s name the receptionist asked for her birth date. I said it was 12/21/2012. I was really embarrassed when the receptionist asked if could it be 2011. I tried to blame it on the time of day.

Heating a cup of milk in the microwave:
Step 1. Get a cup out of the cabinet.
Step 2. Pour milk into the cup.
Step 3. Press the 30 second quick-start button 3 times.
Step 4. Walk away.
When I came back into the kitchen my cup of cold milk was sitting on the stove top because I completely forgot to put my cup into the microwave.

On my birthday last year someone asked me how old I am and I had to do the math!

I sent one of my helpers to the bathroom to get the baby wipes box. He came back and said that he couldn’t find the wipes. They were right at my feet and my foot was touching the box!

Maybe it is because of sleep-deprivation. Maybe it’s hormonal imbalance. Maybe it is evidence that I try to do too many things at one time! Maybe it’s all the kids that I have! I know that I am not getting any younger and I hate to think about the things that I will end up doing or not doing because I can’t think straight. Whatever combination of causes there are for, “Mommy brain” I know I have it. I am trying to deal with it by laughing at myself. If I don’t laugh I might cry and sometimes I do cry.

Do you or someone you know suffer from “Mommy Brain?”


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Here We Grow

A few weeks ago Andy needed longer pants, This week I discovered that Joshua needed bigger shirts.  Eliana and Isabel couldn’t wear their dresses and Danielle couldn’t stretch out her legs in her sleeper outfits. The great clothes shift continues! Praise God I only have to buy clothes for Andy and Eliana. This time around we had some dear church friends give us pants that fit Andy’s skinny frame perfectly.

After Andy’s front tooth fell out this week his smile made James and I laugh out loud. He had lost his two bottom front teeth already, but it was not terribly noticeable when he smiled.  This guy is doing great in school and we’re so proud of how he is learning and growing.

Joshua has been between wanting to be totally independent and still wanting help with everything.  One minute he is telling us that he doesn’t need our help brushing his teeth and the next minute he is asking if we can help him put on his shoes or cover him up.  He loves his baby sister and he asks multiple times a day if I can take a picture of him holding Danielle. Miss Danielle is already 7 weeks old.  It seems like it was just a few days ago that we brought her home from the hospital.  She is holding her head up more. She’s starting to smile. She’s outgrowing her newborns clothes and diapers. She’s sleeping for longer stretches at night. Her eyes are still blue and her dark hair is growing back in.  She has a little cry with a minute or two pause before the next cry which tells me that she not too upset.  It’s a little bit like getting an early warning before she gets really upset. Usually the problem is that she needs  a diaper change, a new bib or she’s hungry. Sometimes she is just bored and wants a change of scenery.  With each one of the kids it seems that they grow and change much more quickly than their siblings before them.

Isabel has been adjusting to not being the baby in the house.  She’s been cutting 6 teeth at once, four of which are molars.  Before I realized she was teething actually took her to the doctor because she was drinking all the time and I thought she might be diabetic!  Her vocabulary is growing daily and she constantly amazes us with the words that she says. We still affectionately (most of the time) call her “Baby-zilla,” because of her tendency to destroy things, to take things that don’t belong to her, and to cause general messes where ever she goes. Sometimes I put her into the playpen instead of Danielle to give everyone a break from her!

Miss Eliana is as sassy as ever.  She gets frustrated easily and wears her heart on her sleeve.  She is progressing nicely with being potty trained.  Her expanding collection of stuffed animals has caused her to fall out of bed more than once.  If you have any ideas, suggestions or stories to help us convince her to move her toys off of her bed they are more than welcome!  She cries and cries even if we move her animals to the foot of her bed.  She wants all of them and she is absolutely broken-hearted if we put them into the toy buckets that we have just for animals.

Today Eliana said to me, “You got a lot of kids!” I responded by saying, “Yes, 5 kids is a lot!”  I will be the first one to confess that I get overwhelmed sometimes, but my kids are a tremendous blessing to me! While the kids grow and change, so do I.

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Growing Never Ends

Little Miss Eliana has four favorite words, “No,” and “No Way José!” I know she’s just growing more independent. She knows how to vocalize what she wants or does not want to do. She’s so much more sassy than the boys were at her age. All of my little people keep growing and sometimes I wish that they would just stop. View some new photos of them on my Maganda Photos Blog.

There are boxes of the kids’ clothing stacked in my living room because my kids are all growing. Thankfully Joshua is passing some things on to Eliana. I just remembered I need to buy Andy some new jeans because he is outgrowing is old ones. Isabel is now wearing the same size that Eliana was wearing last fall! It feels like I just boxed those clothes up and I’m getting them out again!

I feel like I am constantly getting Miss Isabel out of “trouble.” She’s crawling around much faster than before and she is constantly finding things that she should not have. I have been losing sleep because a growth spurt has her several times every night wanting to nurse.

Joshua is still trying to get the hang of going potty. It has been a battle for sure. I am so weary of changing his diaper and having the “you need to go potty in the potty” discussion with him. Every time I ask him why he went potty in his pants he tells me, “Cause I was being bad.” He says it so sweetly that it is almost impossible to stay upset with him. You can send your dog away to be house-broken, why isn’t there some where to send toddlers?

Andy is going to be starting kindergarten in the fall, and sign-up is in April. Sometimes when I think about it I start getting teary-eyed. I am going to be “that Mom” who cries when her baby goes to school for the first time.

I guess while my little people are growing I am growing too. I hope that I’m growing to be the best Mommy that I can be. Some days are better than others.

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