While I’ve learned a lot about being stuck in bed, I figure that deserves its own post later this week. For now, I just have a few reflections on our family fun (and meltdowns) this week.
Lesson #1: I tend to write about my kids’ sweetest moments so I can re-read the stories and be reminded of why I adore my kids on the not-so-great days. (I did a lot of re-reading this week.)
Lesson #2: Just when you think your kid has an immune system of steel (thanks to years of suffering through every bug imaginable), something new comes along to knock him (and everyone who has to deal with him) out.
Lesson #3: Not having a TV in my room has allowed me to do something I say I never have time for. Read. And, the bonus: I actually feel smarter at the end of an “episode”. (Half way through The Help and loving it just like so many of you said I would.)
Lesson #4: Even the most predictable kids can surprise you sometimes. While Big tends to be the one who’s excited about the baby, the other day when I said, “When you were Little’s age, you were still the only kid in our family. He’s so lucky that he has you to learn from and play with. Isn’t having a brother great?” He answered, “Yeah. But I’m not so sure about a sister!” And Little, who openly admits he plans to have nothing to do with his baby sister, ran up to my belly the other day, kissed it and said, “Love ya, baby!”
Lesson #5: There is such a thing as birthday party withdrawls. This is the first weekend in what seems like forever that the kids didn’t have a party to go to (which was good considering Big’s hack attacks). To make up for it, Lenny and the boys blew up our jumpy house in the backyard and chowed down on pizza. I think that will hold them over to next weekend’s party. I think.
Hope it’s a great week ahead for you…and that you’ll share something funny/sweet/memorable you learned this week in the comments!
Photo from Flickr by massdistraction.
As always, another great post! A real blog about a real family with real
ups and downs. You have a beautiful little family and it’s about to get even more beautiful with the arrival of your baby girl!
I was thinking about you today…had a Russell Stover Vanilla Cream Egg!
I know we share a weakness for chocolate!
Too funny. One of my friends mailed me a bag of Cadbury mini eggs and let’s just say they’ve almost all disappeared. I’m dangerous around Easter candy (or any chocolate, for that matter)!
Thanks for the kind words!
the silver lining of my work trips is the ability to get some reading done 🙂 Glad you found your silver lining, too!!
Hope you’re getting in some good reading. And food. That seems to be another silver lining to your travels. Enjoy!
Glad you’re enjoying The Help! I thought it was a real kick! Do pass on any other good reads you find over the next few weeks. Hang in there, Mama!
Amy, Using Our Words says
Will do. I haven’t read these, but got a couple recos:
Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
Juliet by Anne Fortier