Monday, May 20, 2013

Two Weeks

Emmett went for his two week checkup today. He is growing good and doing great!

And so am I, aside from some sleep deprivation but that's coming around. Pretty happy with how my body is bouncing back. 27 pounds down, 24 to go to get to pre-pregnancy (yikes! That means I gained over 50 pounds while pregnant!) then I'd like to lose another 10-15 but one battle at a time.

His appointment was at 11:20 and by the time it was done, I was very hungry and was so tempted to just drive through somewhere but alas... I resisted and went to the store and bought some produce, hummus, string cheese, and yogurt.

My idea is this: to have fruits and veggies cleaned and cut so that when I'm hungry, I will eat them instead of something else that's quicker but not as healthy. Plus, it makes and instant after school snack. I can get it out when the kids get home from school and let them go to town on it. They love all this stuff so that's easy.

I've posted in the past about how weight obsessive I tend to be and how the number on the scale becomes an obsession to me and I'm going to try really hard not to let it get that way again. I'm focusing on eating healthier and on working out. Starting the eating healthy now so that in a few weeks when I can work out, it'll be a habit and I can focus on redeveloping my workout routine.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Why It's All Worth It

Sleepless nights.

Endless nursing.

Fever from an infection.

Lots and lots of dirty diapers.

So tired, I can barely stand up.

That was my Mother's Day this year.

But it was also dinner with family.

A meaningful, thoughtful card from my husband.

A beautiful card made by the oldest.

A piece of artwork with a poem made by the middle.

Cuddles with my one week old baby.

THAT is why it's all worth it. No matter how tired or frustrated or sore or sick, I am blessed beyond words. As I write this, my husband is at work and the two oldest are at school and the baby is sleeping peacefully. I am overcome with emotion. Tears fill my eyes as I stop in the midst of the tired and the weary and I find joy.

Philippians 4:13
I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

Isaiah 40:29
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

Last year, Connor and I were out shopping and he picked a beautiful, long flowing dress for me. It's so pretty and he asks me to wear it all the time. Not too long ago, he asked me when I'd be able to wear it again (I'm working on it, buddy!) His Mother's Day artwork was designed especially with that dress in mind. The background matches the dress, which the artwork is laying on in the picture. Ohmygosh, that just blew me away- that he purposefully used the colors from the dress for my Mother's Day gift! How special!

Aidan didn't think his card was very special but I disagree! I LOVE everything the boys make for me. Because I know their heart is in it when they do it. I can see their heart and see their love. A gentle reminder that no matter how imperfect I am as a mom, they love me through it all.