Wednesday, December 31, 2014

More Updates & a Clean Slate

I’m making progress on my massive catch-up blog-post list.  Slowly but surely, I’ll get there.  I hope.  With the hustle of the holidays over, I’m feeling a bit more settled and working to find a routine again (again, meaning, like I had 2-3 years ago) but while I’m super antsy to get some of my in-progress projects completed (including this here blog), there are so many in-progress projects that I have moments of feeling overwhelmed, and then I just kinda shut down.  So that’s productive.  (With this also comes some clarity on what matters and what doesn’t and what I want to keep working on and what I just need to let go.  This blog - at the top of the what I want to keep working on list.)
With that in mind…and the idea that I sometimes need to start over to make something work again… I’ve moved the blog to a new site.  Again.  I apologize for doing this to you all again (which, by the way, huge thanks for sticking around all these years!) but for various reasons, Tumblr just isn’t working well for me.  So with the influence of and help from my IT guy (thanks, Justin!) I’ve purchased my own domain, so no matter how many different blog hosts I decide to switch to, no matter what, you can always find us here:
Easy peasy.
With that clean slate, I have huge and ambitious plans to stay up to date.  When there is something to write, I plan to sit and write.  While I catch up here, I’ll stay caught up there.  (That sounds like a great resolution, no?)  I’ll redirect as necessary so you won’t miss anything, but for now, please change your readers or bookmark tab or however else you find us, to our new domain above.
On that note, I have completed a few old posts here, and there are a couple new posts up on the new site.  Happy reading!
Here you’ll find (click each link to be redirected):
Losing Luci (I began this post three or four weeks after Luci died, and found myself working on it sporadically over the next six or seven months.  It was tough trying to focus on the story and wanting to remember and capture some of the details.  If you typically ride an emotional roller coaster or are a dog-lover, have some tissues handy.)
Daddy’s Little Girl (a little love story)
Dear Reed (before he goes to Kindergarten)
And on the new site, you’ll find a story that’ll make you smile and one that’ll make you bust a gut.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Ruby at 13 Months

What they say is true - documenting and remembering and record-keeping for second, third and subsequent children just gets less and less.  Certainly not for lack of desire, but rather because this old brain and body of mine goes in a million different directions with three kiddos to keep track of!  When it was just Drew, he was all I had to think about.  Tack on Reed, and now Ruby…well, it’s lucky I’ve been recording her monthly progress here because I have made zero entires in her baby book!
Obviously, as a memory keeper, this is distressing to me.  I wish my memory was as sharp as it used to be so that at least as time passes, I could write things down later.  Well that’s a joke.  I retain nothing these days.  It’s rough to keep track of it all, especially all the when-she-did-what but seeing as I’m trying to keep somewhat decent details of the boys’ days too… you can imagine.
So I have an idea.  Well, it’s not my idea, but an idea I saw on one of my favorite I-read-it-everyday blogs (again, I shall praise the wonder of internets!).  After seeing the idea on yet a different blog,Elise is documenting her daughter’s second year of life by sharing and comparing some of her daughter’s and her own favorites each month.  So fun.  So I’m hopping on that bandwagon and decided to document Ruby’s favorites for the next several months.  By using prompts similar to what I’ve used for the boys’ Currently posts, I’ll have a running record of what Ruby is reading, watching, learning, eating, making, etc from month to month.  I’ll likely tag on a bit of commentary (because I’m long-winded like that) regarding certain milestones or mannerisms, but I found this to be a fun and unique way to remember Ruby’s second year. 
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So this is Ruby, at 13 months old.
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Reading The Hungry Caterpillar
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Eating Cheerios
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Playing “Let’s have a picnic!”
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Wearing size 2 shoes
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Listening toTaylor Swift’s “Shake it Off”
In addition: Weening off the bottle and formula was no problem for this little one!  This was an easy transition for all of my kids…let’s hope she gives up the pacifier this easy, too!  The first night we went bottle-free, I gave her a snack just before bed, hoping to satisfy her like her bottle did so there wouldn’t be any midnight hunger pangs.  She slept great.  The next night I did the same.  By the third night, it kind of went by the wayside and it didn’t make a lick of difference.  From about 7:30/8:00pm until somewhere between 6:30 and 7:30am, this girl sleeps, bedtime snack or not.  Double thumbs up, my people.
Also: this girl is w.a.l.k.i.n.g.  She continued to test the waters, taking 2-5 steps at a time before stumbling or grabbing onto something to steady herself.  Then, for about two weeks, she’d walk on her knees (somehow that was comfortable) until about a week or so ago, when she started walking with such confidence and she hasn’t stopped!  I find myself just as surprised and excited with Ruby’s milestones as I did with Drew’s and then Reed’s.  This motherhood gig doesn’t get old.