Sunday, April 29, 2012

a day in the life

4:30 am: Justus wakes up for a feeding (he had been sleeping since 9 pm the night before!) and then right back to sleep for him and his mama.

7:15 am: Time to start the day! Justus eats and then it's hang-out time on mom's bed. He kicks & coos for the rest of his awake-time while Jana eats breakfast and reads the Bible.

Good morning!

8:45 am: Justus goes down for a nap. Jana finishes her devotions, starts a load of laundry, checks e-mail, and does the budget (expense tracking / paying bills).

11:00 am: Justus wakes up. Time to eat again and some more "kick time" while Jana eats her lunch. Then it's bath time.
I'm hungry, Mama!

Much better . . .

12:45 pm: Justus goes back down for a nap. Jana blogs, cleans the kitchen, does another load of laundry, and takes a shower.


3:15 pm: Time for Justus to get up from the nap! That was a long one....had to wake him up. JD eats once again and kicks for a bit on the play mat.

Just relaxing.

Mr. Big Eyes

4:15 pm: They head out for a walk with Liz. Justus naps while in the stroller and Jana gets her fill of girl-time.

6:15 pm: At home again. Jana watches a bit of "The Biggest Loser" on Hulu and makes Tuna Noodle Casserole while Justus continues to nap in his car seat.

7:00 pm: Jana wakes up Justus and feeds him again while finishing "The Biggest Loser" episode. They enjoy some time together: chattin' on the couch, tummy time on the mat and then some more kick time on the mat.

Happy, happy.

We love "kick time."

Tummy time with "Mr. Pig"

8:15 pm: Bryce is home from his part-time job! Mom & dad eat dinner and then dad spends some much needed time with his son.

9:00 pm: One last feed and diaper change and then it's time for bed for the little one, so the parents can have some time together before they crash.

* disclaimer #1: this was a super good nap day for Justus - he doesn't always sleep that long for each nap session.
* disclaimer #2: this was a super productive day for me - it's not always like that. the day before I sat on the couch all day and watched Hulu and didn't even get out of my pj's.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Going home...

So.....I'm off to my parents' house for the week. So excited for Justus and me to have some quality & quantity time with my mom, dad and brother. It's been almost 3 years (before marriage) since I spent that much time back at home, and now I get to bring my son along. Yay for not working and being able to make the trip!

Where is Bryce, you may be wondering? He's spending the week in El Salvador on a construction-focused mission's trip. Please join me in praying for his safety, divine construction knowledge/creativity, and the ability to cope well with missing JD and me (he wasn't looking forward to being separated from us). I'm so proud of him for serving in this way and excited to welcome him home again.

There's a lot of little things to finish up before leaving on my first long, solo drive with JD. (A stop at McDonald's for some coffee? Yes, please.) I am my mother's daughter: the house must be cleaned and all laundry must be done before leaving for a trip. Justus decided that the day started at 6 a.m. this morning and so he's already down for his first nap. Time to get off this computer and get moving!

I hope to be greeted by a smiling face (like this) in about 2 hours and then we'll be on our way!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

talent not wasted

Two days ago, I was turned down for a job. It seemed like the perfect fit - I was bummed and the rejection hurt. Yet, to be honest, I wasn't sure I could handle working from home part-time and also being a full-time mother/wife/homemaker. A good friend reminded me that "God knows" and I'm trusting that He is guiding. I read this passage this morning: "Yet [she] did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in [her] faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised" (Romans 4:20-21).

My talents are not being wasted. This is not just a holding pattern until the ideal "job" comes around. Oh no. This is Kingdom work, right here in the Parsonage.

*  The same capacity that allowed me to juggle multiple tasks from multiple bosses, now assists me in simultaneously watching JD, doing laundry, paying bills online, and putting dinner in the crockpot.

*  The same ability it took to track business expenses and to arrange scheduling to account for many executives' busy calendars, now helps me keep our budget in line, manage the family calendar, menu plan for the next two weeks, and keep JD on a healthy schedule.

*  The same creativity and perseverance it required to tackle huge filing projects, clean offices and decorate my desk area, now allows me to stay on top of our paperwork filing (mortgage statements, utility bills, insurance papers: you know, the stuff that always piles up), weed the flower beds, rearrange the mantel decor, and do the weekly cleaning tasks.

I am truly blessed to be able to use my talents in this manner and in this venue.
Thank you, Jesus.

Now, will you please excuse me while I fold laundry, take a shower, and cut my toenails before Justus wakes up from his nap.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

. . . and he did it

The sleep training is finally starting to pay off.

And we're very happy about it.

Justus slept for 9 hours last night (say what!?!), from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.
The night before, he slept from 9:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
The week leading up to that, he slept from approximately 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
It's just getting better and better.

Praise the Lord. This is one happy mother. I feel like I'm still catching up on my sleep, although I did get 7 hours straight last night (the most sleep at one time I've gotten in almost 3 months). When JD went back down at 7:30 this morning, we both slept until 10. Yay for morning naps. Did I mention that he's been doing great at naps? Oh yes. This guy is on a roll.

It's a semi-dreary day here in Indiana. I think this calls for some hot chocolate, music, perhaps a bit of cleaning and laundry, catching up on Hulu shows, snuggling with my little man, and some reading. Maybe I can squeeze a walk in, if it's not rainy and not too cold for the munchkin. And maybe we'll go visit the husband at work. Yep, it's going to be a good day. A day that I'm actually feeling awake. Hallelujah!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Sweets, First Words, & Weeds

Dear ladies (and husband) who read this blog:
We have a problem.
My sweet tooth has returned.
I loved sweets in high school. Then one night I had a chocolate splurge (pretty sure it was the night before I took the SAT test) and got really sick later on. Alas, no more sweet tooth, at least not to the same degree. I liked them but could leave them. Fast forward to pregnancy. I couldn't stand the sight or thought of sweets during the first 4-5 months. And then, bam, during the second half I suddenly couldn't get enough and now I LOVE them again. Cake, chocolate, ice cream, hot chocolate....I just have to eat (or drink) something sweet, every day. This is getting to be ridiculous. I think I need counseling.


I'm convinced Justus' first words are going to be "Parson" and "be quiet." That's what I yell to the dog all. day. long. Oh dear.


Our landscaping needs a little makeover. I started weeding last week and hope to continue this week with some more weeding (there were lots of weeds), planting and spray painting. Yes, I did take "before" pictures and, yes, there will be some blog posts of the final product.


Last week I enjoyed: being outside and weeding, going on a walk with JD and Parson, returning a few items at Kohl's and JCPenny, making dinner twice, getting good news at JD's 2 month doctor appointment, having dinner with friends, and spending a few days in Fort Wayne. Yes, a very good week indeed.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

8 weeks

8 weeks in.
Can't believe this little man has been in my life (in the flesh) for 2 months now.
Current nickname: Mr. Dude.
JD is really filling out - newborn onesies are too small (boo-hoo).
His face is rounder.
I love all of the coos and gurgles we hear these days.
He found his fist and it's constantly being put in his mouth, with the thumb tucked in.

Last week, JD started rocking his naps: awake for one hour and then sleeping for two during the day. Not so much this week - I think he's colicky.
And not so much the nights, started waking every 3 hours for a full feeding, instead of sleeping 4-5 hours.
So many different phases.
(Fellow mothers: any ideas on how to encourage a full night of sleep?)
Justus is "tracking" so well these - follows us with his eyes and turns his head.
Enjoys play time on the floor mat - love watching him kick up a storm.
He moved upstairs to the crib earlier this week - I sleep so much better that way.

What about the mother?
She is honestly suffering from a sleep-deprived brain (make sure I write it down if you want me to remember it in an hour).
The last two weeks have been the best yet - thankful that the pain is slowly diminishing.
Lately I've been enjoying baking/cooking and rereading Louisa May Alcott books (for the 15th time).
Thankful for my wonderful husband, who does such a good job taking care of me and JD.
Looking forward to celebrating Easter this weekend and seeing family on both sides.