A September Update

Well, we survived our first (and probably only) hurricane here. I actually think Hermine was a tropical storm when she blew through at 3am a few Friday’s ago.

I woke up and it sounded like my house was going through a car wash, with the wind and the rain hitting the side of the house. I expected little kids to join us but that didn’t happen and when I went to check on them, the sound of the storm was hardly noticeable upstairs. The kids slept through the storm and Peter only woke up to nurse then went back to sleep. I was awake for a good part of the night though, of course.

Joshua got up for work and got a text from his boss that the office didn’t have power and that the sheriff said people needed to stay off the roads until noon, or even later, so Joshua worked from home. We, thankfully, didn’t lose power or internet during the storm. (Which is strange because we lost power the week before on a Wednesday morning, while the sun was just shining away.)

That afternoon we submitted a counter offer on our house and the next morning, it was accepted. Wait, what?! True story. We’ll be heading back north, God willing, soon. Housing on that end has worked out as well so all is good and we just have to wait for the inspection and appraisal here, then closing.

I’ve spent the past few days packing up more boxes. I packed a bunch back when I found out I was pregnant with Peter because I knew I’d be sick for a good few months and then I packed up a lot more over the Christmas break, so really, it’s clothes and kitchen stuff that needs to be backed. (Oh and Joshua’s tools, but those are his domain, not mine.)

We decided to enroll the kids in the strings program again to keep them learning until we move. Last year Karol was in the Concert Strings group which requires auditioning and being accepted. I was under the impression that auditioning was an annual thing and that he would have to do it to keep his place in the group, so he did that on Wednesday. It turns out that he was accepted into the Youth Orchestra. (again what?!) He’s ten. I’m not bragging here, but I’m super impressed by his skills.

Strings started last night. Benedict is playing this year and his class is first, a half hour before the girls’ class, then Karol class begins right after the girls’ class ends. This means we are out of the house for three hours, sigh. I got the kids out and when we got to the school, it seemed like no one knew where the girls were supposed to be. Peter was having a melt down, and I was trying to keep my mind together. I was near tears. I got the girls to where they needed to be and then realized they didn’t have their music books or paper. Sigh. I hate forgetting things.

Oh and I also thought that the Youth Orchestra was on Wednesdays. Nope, Mondays. No one had eaten dinner and Peter had spit up all over my shoulder. I rallied though and kept my mind together. Note: Bring the stroller next time and not the baby carrier, it’s still to warm out for that.

Finally, I’m making these for dinner. I’ve made a variation of these recently, without the cabbage and sauerkraut (so basically burgers wrapped in bread.) Tonight I’m making the recipe for real. That is if Margaret stops sneaking sauerkraut from the jar. She’s informed me she loves it and would eat it all the time. Winning.

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Sigh

We’ve all been nursing a bit of a cold, including baby Peter. The rest of the kids can articulate what hurts (throat, ears, eyes, nose) but poor Peter just gets to cry and cry a lot to let us know he’s not feeling well. He’s been waking up between 330 and 430 in the morning and has been fussy until about 630 or 7. That makes for awesome morning around here, I tell you. Say a prayer for him and for his parents that this passes quickly.

It doesn’t help that when he should be napping during the day, certain children are very loud and wake him up. It’s been a rough day and I’m near tears.

 

UPDATE:

I didn’t even get a chance to actually post this yesterday because the day was so rough. Last night, Peter fell asleep around 8 instead of his normal 930. He woke at 3 (ish) to eat and then went back to sleep next to me. He slept again until about 6am. Did I? Of course not. I was wide away. I prayed for a bit, then I read a bit. Wikipedia is your friend at times like this, you find a boring topic and go feel your eyes drooping. Nope, that didn’t happen either. I finally fell asleep a little after 4, but it was still far better than yesterday.

He slept the rest of morning and when he woke up, he was happy. I’d forgotten what happy Peter was like because I haven’t seen it for a week. I’m really happy that he’s back to his normal self, really.

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Updates Round Here

  • Our elliptical machine broke last week, so we ordered a conversion kit for my bike and now I can ride it in the house like a stationary bike. I like it much better and it doesn’t feel like it’s going to kill me.
  • If you’ve read my blog for a while, you know that I have milk production issues and supplement the babies with formula using (currently) a Lact-Aid nursing system. This time has been no different, except I seem to have a lot more milk with Peter than I did even with Scholastica. It’s not at the no supplement range at all, but my supply is still here and he’s 9 weeks old today and it seems to be going up. I’m so happy about this.
  • We are in the middle of week three of school and I think we are being pretty successful here. There are some days where I have to pull them along to get their work done and some days (okay everyday) there are complaints about how much writing they have to do (well from one kid), but it gets done.
  • We’ve been watching the Olympics here as well. The kids love water polo and the horses. I really enjoyed the swimming and gymnastics. I’ve probably have stayed up later than is prudent watching some nights.

 

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A Whole Month! (A Few Days Late)

(I started this on Friday….)

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Peter is a month old today. I’ll be honest, he hasn’t settled into much of routine and some days he’s awake and alert all day and some days he’s a sleeper. Some days he’s super fussy and pretty much needs to be held all the time (usually on a day I have things to do and he won’t permit being held by any other person.) Some days he’s just happy as a clam and thrilled to have his big brother or sister hold him.

The kids love him very much, to the point where I need to shoo them away because they are always touching or kissing him and it is keeping him from sleeping.

He got to meet his godfather on Monday, the 4th and was baptized on Tuesday. His godmother was not able to be here, however he was able to talk with her on the phone that evening.

Going back to routine, now that I think about it, if I nurse him around 11pm, he’s usually good until about 330 or 4 and then he’ll nurse again, then sleep until about 730. So I guess he’s getting a good chunk of sleep during the night (which means, in theory, that I am as well, ha.)

His favorite activities are snuggling, sleeping, and talking to the ceiling fan. I’m sure I caught him have a deep philosophical conversation with it today.

So there you have it, a sleep deprived mama blogging about her youngest  🙂  It’s not profound, but I’ll be happy I did this so that I can remember the things he did at this point.

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The Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul

The giving of the keys to Saint Peter | Pietro Perugino | 1482

 

When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”  They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”

Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.

And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. (Matthew 16:13-19)

Happy Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul! Today we are going to celebrate this little guy with homemade Tikka Masala and ice cream. 🙂

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