Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Well, it has been such a wonderful day. This morning we woke up with Daddy so we could take him to work. With smiles and kisses, we sadly said goodbye to daddy, excited to see him in just a few hours. Then our day began!
We took a ride to the Focus on the Family Bookstore where we were able to buy Mia some new books and a toddler bible. We got books that included "If Jesus Came to Visit Me," "The Tale of Three Trees," "You are Special," and "A Bug Collection." SO CUTE! Of course Mia picked them all out herself, so I couldn't say no!
in between his classes to take us to lunch. After much debate, Uncle Nate concluded that the ever delicious Fat Burger Restaurant would be the best choice for our lunch outing. As mommy wolfed down a delicious turkey burger, Mia sat there patiently, trying to get Uncle Nate to feed her a few french fries. Good thing mommy was there...no need to start fattening her up!
snugly nap on the big recliner. It was so relaxing.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
The party was a post-pregnancy baby shower thrown by my inlaws! It was so much fun. The party was held at the The Mona Lisa which is a fondue restaurant in Manitou Springs here in Colorado. The restaurant is in an old house, so every room is unique and different, making your time there never dull and boring. Mia was showered with many gifts, which mommy so generously opened for her.
From many handmade articles such as blankets, booties and sweaters...
...to an itty-bitty swim suit...
That evening, my inlaws wanted to go out for pizza at the oldtime pizza place. This restaurant is a long time favorite of the Price-Gerster family and it is always a good time when we all gather around the table to chat it up. Mia decided that this was getting to be a little too long of a day, and though daddy was holding her tight, decided to through a fit the entire time. She was so exhausted/tired/cranky, but nothing would help until we got home.
Sunday was full of relaxation, naps, and chinese food. The perfect day before a new work week! Mia got in plenty of snuggling time with both mommy and daddy as we got ready to pass her onto someone else for the daytimes.
All in all, it was a wonderful weekend. Just what the doctor ordered!
Friday, April 25, 2008
I got up early today, hoping to thoroughly enjoy this day to the max. How, though, do I manage to squeeze all the hours, moments, and giggles into one last 24 hour period? I've painstakingly tried to plan out the last perfect day, but fear that I may be spending more time trying to plan the day than actually enjoy it.
To be honest, though I know that I need to go back to work, and most likely it will get a little easier once in the swing of the new routine, I am completely dreading Monday. I fear that Mia will forget all of our fun, and not desire her mommy as much. I get nervous about her crying and the fact that I won't be there to comfort her. I dream of those precious little moments that I will miss, not gettng a chance to see all the little ways she slowly changes. Oh how my heart breaks when I think about it.
If you think about it, please pray for me. I know that I'm not the first woman to go back to work, leaving her precious little one behind, but it is a new experience for me. I hope to handle it with grace and strength.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
1. The rubber on new shoes for school. It was so much torture not being able to wear them until the first day of school.
2. The smell of my husbands clothes when we were dating. This probably sounds wierd, but everyones laundry smells different. I remember hugging Casey and then missing that smell that was always part of him.
3. Sharpened pencils. When machanical pencils came on the scene it just wasn't the same. Nothing spurs on creativity like a newly sharpened pencil.
4. The smell of the school dumpsters on a hot day. Ok..Gross, I know! But hear me out. Remember being out on recess and it being so warm outside? You were running around like crazy but there was always a slight breeze blowing the dirty smell of the huge dumpsters through the playground.
5. Grandma's house. Always a warm, welcoming smell that wraps you in extreme comfort.
6. Dairy Queen's butterscotch Dilly Bars. This was a favorite pasttime for me and my Grandpa J. We would take a ride on the bikes and then stop by for a fun treat.
7. Acrylic paint and new canvas. Yea! The creative juices start flowing! :)
8. Stew cooking when I woke up from my nap. I would wake up so foggy, but all I could smell was the thick fragrance of homemade stew.
9. Sawdust. I love hugging my dad after he has been working in his wood shop. The smell of sawdust is so comforting.
10. The smell of chlorine...brings me back to swim lessons, swim team, and all around reminds me of summer time and no obligations.
What are your favorite smells? I'd love to know!
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Since the weather was too icky to be outside, Mia and I went on a little a little adventure with grandma in tow. We conquered the world of commerce with our pockets full of daddy's money! It was a blast. Mia slept most of the time, obviously bored with mommy's fussing about. Mommy tried to find the ever impossible cute outfits to cover her postpartum body. The previous work wardrobe of pregnancy comfort must be set aside for "real" work clothes. However, being far from her size 6 body, we feverishly searched for those perfect items to do the trick for now. Here are a few of the items I found (I do love Target):
~ This shirt I just absolutely love! It is adorable when it is on~
~ This Henley sweater I got in a chocolate brown and pink. Super cute!~
~ This skirt I got in a khaki/neutral color. I would have purchase black too, but they didn't have my new size. ~
~ This shirt I got in plain white...you can never go wrong with one of these! ~
I did find some other finds on the sale rack which are just as cute as these listed. All in all, our little outing was a success. And, with only half of our play money spent, we will be heading out soon for another round!
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
- I absolutely hate the words "moist" and "supple." When I hear those words it is as if someone has just run their fingers down the chalkboard. YIKES!
- When I put my deodorant on in the morning, I rub my arms back and forth in a quick running motion, just to make sure the deo is in there good and tight.
- I have a freakishly strong craving for hotdogs -- I just can't get enough of them. It's rather disturbing actually!
- I secretly would love to be an interior decorator or wedding planner or both! I can't make up my mind - that's why I'm neither! :)
- I love to be on stage singing, acting, being silly, whatever. I'm not shy in front of people. However, I CAN NOT play the piano in front of anyone. I took lessons for about 10 years, and totally freaze up when anybody is around.
- When we win the powerball (after we actually start playing) I want to adopt lots of babies from all over the world. And then build a huge house so they all have their own room, and hire a maid!
Monday, April 14, 2008
All my life I have struggled with the "I can't waits..." "I can't wait to have my drivers license." "I can't wait to start dating." "I can't wait to be in the 'real' world" and the list goes on. Even now, with my precious baby, I catch myself thinking about the adventures to come, secretly, yet not consistently, wanting them to hurry up and arrive.
Why are we never completely content where we are at? Why do we wish we could see down the road to what seems like a better time in life, void of the present struggles? Yet, once there, we always want to move on. Why is it so hard to realize that the best point of life is exactly where we are at that moment?
Well, today I have had plenty of time to reflect on just this thought. Poor Mia hasn't been feeling well all night with a slight fever anda huge case of the snuggles (more than normal). With mommy's arms being the only place she can sleep or be calm, I've reflected on all the thing that will vanish in just a matter of time. So here is my decision: I choose to try and forget about the things that have to be done and try not to imagine the future when some things will be "easier." Instead, I will treasure these moments when I am my baby's entire world. I will long for the moments when she freaks out because I'm not there. I will giggle every time my baby smiles at me. I will crave the days when she just needs to sleep in my arms, knowing that one day this will be just a memory.
Dear Lord ~
Please teach me to slow down and focus on those things that are truly eternal. Give me patience for the everyday. Please help me to eat up these precious moments with Mia in order to truly enjoy the job You have set before me. Thank you so much for entrusting Casey and me with your precious child. We could not ask for more.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
"Baby, you are such a wonderful person. I love you."
"Sweatheart, you are such a great wife and mother."
"You are so beautiful. How did I ever deserve to have you as mine?"
As the days and weeks goes by, it is so easy to get caught up in the routines that consume our waking moments. It's an early "rise and shine" as we hurry to get daddy out the door and to work. When we return from bring daddy to work, it's time for baby to eat. Depending on her mood, it could take 30 minutes or 1.5 hours to eat and go down for a nap. Mommy hurries to squeeze in a shower, get ready for the day, and make the bed before feeding number 2. Then depending on how Mia is feeling, mommy could have lots of time to get chores done, or we could spend all day cuddling and playing (I prefer these days.) At 4:00 pm, mommy has to start getting dinner ready or it just won't be ready when we get home. At 5:10 pm we have to leave to pick up daddy from work. We return, eat dinner, go to the gym, give Mia her feeding and then go to bed. The next day, it starts all over.
Though I love the days that I have had, and have absolutely no regrets, it can wear on you as you see nothing of gain in what you do. The next day, the house is dirty again. Dishes will need to be done, no doubt. Mia will always have a diaper to change. Laundry continues to pile up. Though I thoroughly enjoy doing the things around the house that keep it up and orderly, I do like a little something more every now and then.
Well, the above statements have been my reward the last few days. I can't tell you how much joy it brings to the soul when you hear that whispered right before you close your eyes for the night. My heart just skips a beat knowing that my husband wouldn't choose anyone else, and that he longs to come home because we are there. What a wonderful reward it has been!
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Well, I thought you all could use a little giggle. Please, while reading this, imagine them in the tones listed. It will give you a more realistic view of what is going on in our house everyday.
1. *Surprised tone - wide eyed*
Ooh! A little tooter! Good girl...do you have more. Come on! Make your butt rumble!
2. *Calm, consistant, patient tone*
Come on Sweetie, get it out. You can burp it...Blow it out little one..
*Then breaking into song/chant. More Cheerleader like*
Burpie! Burpie! Get it out! Mia! Mia! Get it out!
3. *Sympathetic, calming tone*
Oh honey, look at all those boogies. Those nasty boogies! Mommy will get them.
4. *Excited, "good morning" tones
OOOHHH! Stretchies! Goodmorning Peaty Swie (Sweatie Pie). How's mommy's little angel?
And then there are the many nicknames that Mommy and Daddy choose to call little Mia:
1. Peatie Swie (mommy)
2. Little Miss Piggy (mommy)
3. Darling Girl (daddy)
4. MayBell (daddy)
5. Princess Mia (mommy and daddy)
6. Hungry Hippo (mommy)
7. Love Bug (mommy and daddy)
8. Little Lover Dover (mommy and daddy)
9. Tiny Toots (mommy)
10. Sweatheart (daddy)
11. Precious baby (mommy and daddy)
12 Poopie pants (daddy)
I'm sure the list goes on, but I am drawing a blank. They are so spur of the moment, it's just so difficult to keep track. :)
Monday, April 7, 2008
Friday, April 4, 2008
While I agree that you should never sell yourself short, who has the right to say that being a stay at home mother is in any way doing just that. I truly believe that those women who have the ability to pour into their children 24/7 are truly blessed. Not only are they helping to shape the next generation, but they are impacting the Kingdom by shaping the tools the Lord will use for His glory. She could be raising the next most influential leader, minister, president, scientist who cures cancer, or even the next young lady who chooses family as the most important thing in her life.
I think it is truly rude for people to judge those who decide to stay home with their children and look upon this career choice as no career at all. In my few weeks at home, I have learned to respect, even more, those women who choose to stay home all the time. I would have never known the hours that truly slip through your fingers as you are absorbed with feedings and diaper changing. Then you have the hours where your precious baby will not let you put him/her down, so you end up holding them for hours on end. You watch the precious hours of the day slowly slip through your fingers and the to-do list on your refirigerator grow even longer for the next day. It's exhausting and frustrating but rewarding and exciting all at the same time.
I truly have respect for every woman that chooses the route of staying home. I do wish, though, that this decision to be a stay at home mom was a dream that was easier to grasp. With this economy, it can be virtually impossible for women to have the option for how they want to handle their family situation. Most women, like myself, need to continue working for various reasons. Mostly it is just to be able to live an average life full of careful budgets and planning. I hope to one day conquer the dream of staying home full time with my children. In the meantime, my prayer, though seemigly unrealistic, is that the government will realize that the high cost of living and other financial burdens in only hindering families nationwide by not allowing people the choice.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
- super soft blankets
- her "papa johns" chair that vibrates
- having a clean diaper
- having a full belly
- being thrown over daddy's shoulder to just hang there
- taking a bath
- riding in the car
- people calling her adorable :)
- being burped with meaning (big thumps on her back)
- smiling from ear to ear
- having her feet tickled
- having her armpits tickled
- having her back lightly rubbed
- nibbling on her ears (she HATES this!)
- having her clothes changed
- wearing socks
- being pulled out of the bathtub
- dropping daddy off at work
- being even the least bit cold
- not having someone pay attention to her
- having gas bubbles in her tummy
She is such an adorable little girl. We continue to fall more and more in love with her. Thank you Jesus for Miss Mia!