Wednesday, January 24, 2007
I know I should be sleeping but...
Yes, I know what you are thinking ladies. I should be sleeping right now while I have the chance! But since I can't jump in the car and run to Target with all the kids (just not ready for that) and since I can't run up to Starbucks and grab a REGULAR coffee with a tiny bit of cream in it, I decided to blog!

Yesterday was hard but good. I did not anticipate how hard it would be just trying to get myself fed. I did not have time to sit down with a bowl of cereal or the bowl of oatmeal I was craving. I mean, how would I have time to make oatmeal?! But it was still a great day. I got tired, the nap only lasted for about fifteen minutes because Ava Beth woke up way earlier than normal and my adrenaline is still kind of pumping. But last night went really good. I don't know if I have shared this before but I am a HUGE fan of the book BABY WISE. I have done it with my other two and it works GREAT for us so I am using those methods again with Ezekiel. He's only a week old so I am not forcing a schedule on him by any means but I am helping him along the way. Lactation specialists HATE this book and so do a lot of other people but it comes from Growing Kid's God's Way and I think it is fantastic!Last night little Zeke slept three and a half hour stretches!! That was exciting and I actually felt rested this morning. Well, somewhat. Now if it sounds like I am bragging, I am! Josiah was colic and had severe Acid Reflux and Ava Beth was fussy for a while too. So I am THRILLED every single day and excited that little Ezekiel is so good. I actually have one of those babies that everyone says, "Wow. He is such a good baby!" This is a first for me so get used to the bragging. It WILL continue.

Also I got some great news today. My husband has worked for UPS for thirteen years. It is an incredible company and his job provides enough for me to be able to stay at home with our kids. Having babies costs nothing! Actually it costs one copay of $20.00. Just once and then nothing else is owed. My sonograms, my epidural, everything is covered at 100%. We also do not pay premiums. Our insurance costs nothing. Yes, it is amazing. After hearing President Bush speak last night about healthcare, I realized how blessed we are through UPS. But one thing we have to pay for is Well Care. So I pay cash for the checkups and then get the shots at the health department. It is a beating and quite a hassle when you have three kids that have birthdays two weeks apart. All three of them need shots and checkups! Today I called to add Zeke to the insurance and was told that well care is now covered. Shots, everything! All that is required of me is $20.00! I was so excited that I called our pediatrician to tell him! They all know how I stress about the well visits. God is good! I have been praying ever since Josiah was born that they would add well care and they finally did! That is a huge praise!

Two girlfriends from my old church just left a little while ago. I did not expect them to bring all the food they did. I thought it was just a visit. What a blessing to not worry about food during this crazy time. Actually we have had meals ever since we got home and we don't even belong to a church right now. Again, what a blessing!

I'm still craving a Starbucks, a trip to Target and Old Navy and YES I would like a big fat margarita too with a whole bunch of chips and salsa from La Hacienda Ranch. But for now, I am still trying to settle in. I love my babies. I love them so much. I would not trade this life for anything!

With that being said, I am off to try and sleep. I DO MISS MY SLEEP.

I just read this over again and after publishing it, I realized I sound so upbeat and make this "three kid thing" sound like a breeze. Just so you know, I am having a good day. I will need to read this again when a bad one comes. But every mother should rejoice on those good days and remind ourselves of them when the difficult days come.

Stay tuned!

  posted at 1:45 PM

At 1:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad you are having a good day ;o))
Post more pics when you can - they change so quickly this early on.


At 1:40 PM, Anonymous Rebecca said...

Ok you brought me out of my silence on that one. No wonder I lurk here every day. I knew we were kindred spirits.

I LOVE Babywise. I too am hesitant to bring it up sometimes because some people react so strongly against it. I Babywised both of my sons and they slept through the night at 11 weeks. Which means 12 hours to me.

I am so glad that you are having a good day, I dont know you but I am praying for you and your family.


At 2:05 PM, Blogger Paula said...

You aound wonderful!! I know ther will be tough days, but today is good and I give the praises to God for that. I praise God foe Ezekiel being so good. You deserve it.

I am so ther with you about the chips, salsa and a drink. I am not so much for sour drinks.

Thank you for being so encouraging to me during your adjustment and sleep deprived stage. You rock!

At 2:30 PM, Blogger Munchkin Land said...

Mandi, please know that I'm thinking of you and hoping that you are adjusting well to being a mother of three. I'm sure that you're going to have your moments of ups and downs, especially with the post-baby pregnancy hormones withdrawal. But it sounds like you're doing well.

As for Babywise, it makes me kind of sad that you feel you have to justify WHY you use it... to anyone!! Personally, I can't use that method (for my reasons only) but I certainly don't judge (or fault) anyone for using a method that works for them!!

I'm glad to hear that everything is going as well as can be expected!!

At 2:37 PM, Blogger Amanda said...

Thank you Jen. I don't feel I need to justify it. I love it because it has really helped mein my parenting. Toddler Wise is even better and now I need to read Pre-school wise then Teen wise! It works for me so I love it. But I understand what Rebecca was saying too because someone always has an opinion about anything a mother does. And the great thing about being a Mom is being able to choose what to listen to and what to ignore. I am getting so much better at that! :)

At 4:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sweetie! We are kindred mommies! I LOVED Babywise so much that I have all of the books in the series!! (Yes, there is a series!!)Yup, toddler wise; preschool-wise, which is awesome; and I even bought teenwise for down the road - incase I can't find it when I need it!! So much of it resonated with the deepest part of me as a mom and you know, it has WORKED for us!!

Em slept through the night at THREE WEEKS OLD!! And Timmy at about 5 weeks!

Oh, and I wrote this before I even read your own comments about the whole series!! Like I said: kindred-mommies!

You sound great - I wish I could bring you over some coffee...

At 6:35 PM, Blogger Christy said...

I'll have to check into the book! We went to the dr today and my little man is now 8 and a half pounds and 21 1/2 in long.. growing so fast and already a month old tomorrow. Piercen sleeps for 3-4 hrs at a time and I love it...some people say breast fed babies eat every 2 hrs.. wow.... If Piercen would sleep between 1 am and 4 am we'd have it made.... I can't say I mind though when he is cooing at me and we have such a great time talking to him/playing with him even if its 1 am. I wouldn't trade that for anything. I never ever knew how great being a mommy would feel. I dreamed of it but still never imagined THIS feeling!!! By the way, Zeke is beautiful!!!! Pray for me, I am so missing not feeling him in my belly and the past few weeks have flown. I am already sad at how fast things change.... I wanna stop time for a while!

At 2:00 PM, Blogger Kate said...

Rejoice! Rejoice! And again I say Rejoice! (One of the kids songs that I love to sing!) I am so happy to hear such an upbeat post right after a a baby! That is so rare, but then again, so you are! (And you know I mean that in the sweetest way possible!) Email me your addy - I wanna send Zeke something. :)


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