Tuesday, November 09, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook ~ 11.9.10

While I continue to work on more substantial posts...the Simple Woman's Daybook:

Outside my window...
dark. Winter is depressing. I don't like how it gets dark so early--especially early here since we're on the very eastern edge of the time zone. At least the weather was gorgeous today! But, it's also time for the annual invasion of box elder bugs. They cover the back of our house, and come in the back door at every opportunity. Harmless, and generally not horrifying to me as far as bugs go--but very annoying.

I am thinking...
about the irony of how when I have lots of time, I have nothing to say, and now that I have lots to write about, it's hard to squeeze in the time.

I am thankful for...
my amazing, amazing husband. Watching Steve as a dad makes me fall in love all over again. And the way he cares for me...this man out-serves just about anyone I know, gladly and without complaint. I'm also endlessly thankful for the level of postpartum help I get, both from our families and from him. He has a few extra vacation days left this year, so he's taking half days here and there to help ease the transition. It was so nice to have him home at noon today and get a wonderful, uninterrupted nap!

From the kitchen...
we're getting meals from women at our church this week and next--what a blessing! We're still eating off the giant pan of chicken pot pie we received yesterday (along with the most evil-looking chocolate peanut butter pie). I did manage to get some raw applesauce made tonight and some apples sliced for dehydrating--I hit up a good sale on organic Galas over the weekend.

I am wearing...
navy sweatpants and a turquoise shirt. Klassy.

I am creating...
milk. A lot of it. Also working on Jude's newborn shoot--I need to attempt to process the pictures I took last Friday, but am procrastinating because I don't really know what I'm doing.

I am going...
to write out Jude's birth story soon.

I am reading...
on my new Kindle! Steve got me a "Birth Day" present--and it's great for reading while I nurse :) My discretionary funds are running low at the moment, but thankfully there are hundreds of public domain books available free for Kindle. Right now I'm about a quarter of the way through the only Charles Dickens book I've ever read (other than excerpts from Great Expectations for freshman English in HS): Bleak House. I'm also enjoying Charles Spurgeon's devotional Beside Still Waters.

I am hoping...
that nursing will stop hurting soon. Right now it makes me want to shoot myself.

I am hearing...
the sounds of Steve's power tools. What's notable is not what I'm creating, but what he's creating. The other day he made this really intricate elephant-shaped jigsaw puzzle for Elijah; just now he came upstairs with a bear he cut out. There is no end to that man's talents!

Around the house...
Elijah is full of energy and dancing all around. Jude is sleeping in his swing and will be waking up soon to eat (ugh). The sink is full of the dishes I should be doing right now instead of blogging :) And I actually managed to do a load of laundry today--so I've got a basket of baby stuff waiting to be folded.

One of my favorite things...
hugging and cuddling with Steve without a giant pregnant belly in the way. We both have a fresh appreciation for being able to get close again!

A few plans for the rest of the week...
I'm not really making "plans" these days. Keeping it low-key. I do need to take the boys to the library tomorrow, as Elijah's books are due, and that will be a good little outing. I'd like to get together with my friend Lydia, but we're still trying to work that out. Otherwise, just settling in to our new normal here at home.

A picture thought I am sharing...
a sneak peek from Jude's newborn shoot:

8 comments:

Jill said...

I can't wait to see the rest of the photo shoot. That picture is absolutely adorable! Can't wait to meet him.

dancingbythelight.com said...

That picture's great, Amy!

And how about those cramps? Did you get those while nursing the first week or so? Didn't have them at all with the boys, but definitely could feel it this time! The lactation nurse at the hospital said women who have had 4-5 kids have to take Advil 30 minutes before nursing because it can be so painful. Oy!

Amy said...

thanks, Danielle :) the afterpains were HORRIBLE the first night - especially b/c my midwife didn't want me taking ibuprofen, the only thing that could touch them, until 12 hours after the birth. I seriously wanted to die. but since then, that hasn't been the source of the pain.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful baby, lovely picture! You're creating "milk...lots of it." Funny. Kudoes to the man. I think the name "Steve" comes with talents and a service orientation. He sounds so much like much son.

zz said...

Oops, that was me above.

Anonymous said...

AWESOME PICTURE AMY! You do KNOW what you are doing! Love reading your " journey!" All three of yours boys are lucky to have you!

Shanna

Ann Kroeker said...

Wow, wow, wow, what a photo!

What a baby!

Jeremy and Marjorie said...

That is the cutest baby picture ever!