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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Grains of Gratitude

Sundays always seem to sneak up on me...I find myself realizing "oh, I need to do my gratitude post today!"

1. I'm grateful we made it on time to MOPS on Tuesday. I have to be there earlier since I'm the finance person and I check everyone in. I was relieved we got out of the house without it being too crazy. Then I got to MOPS and realized I forgot the checkbook to pay the MOPPETS workers! Oops. Good thing 2 of the other ladies have checkbooks from our account.

2. I'm grateful we also made it out of the house on Friday morning to meet with some of the MOPS ladies at the zoo. I almost threw in the towel and didn't go though. It's hard to get yourself ready, plus a preschooler, when your baby is screaming their head off! Ok maybe he wasn't screaming, but he sure was crying. Loudly. Protesting even. I knew Kayla would enjoy the zoo, and they finished building the new playground, so we made it out. Of course Kayla didn't want to leave, but we had to get back home so she could go to school. I'm glad we did get out, even if the morning was a bit stressful. I'm just going to have to get used to that!

3. On Saturday the housing office had their quarterly "birthday bowling party" for residents - 2 free games, hot dog, chips, drink, and cake. We met Jennifer and Katelyn at the bowling alley for a fun afternoon of bowling. I'm grateful everything was free!

4. I already mentioned I was grateful that Lee sent me a sling, but now that Lucas is here and I've had a chance to use it I'm really grateful for it! He's Mr. High Maintenance and really fights sleep during the day. So when he gets really fussy I end up "slinging" him and sometimes it takes him a few minutes to settle down, but when he does, he sure does settle! He gets all snuggled in the sling and finally falls asleep. He'll sleep for a couple hours like that too. It helps having the sling when I walk down to the end of the street to the bus stop as well.

5. I'm grateful for the couple of you who mentioned the Miracle Blanket in comments in a previous post. My mom went ahead and bought that (thanks mom!) and it really does seem to help. In the evening when Lucas is really fighting his sleep and nothing will make him happy (and I don't want to be a human pacifier!) we wrap him in that and he'll calm down and go to sleep. He'll sleep for a good 4-6 hours in that too which is really nice when he falls asleep around 9 and sleeps for several hours.

6. First smiles! I thought this was too early to see any real smiles from Lucas, but the last couple of days he has given us a few. If we catch him when he's content and alert, and making eye contact, we've been able to coax a few smiles out of him. How exciting! Trying to capture it on film isn't the easiest though when you're waiting...and waiting...and waiting for that smile to appear!

Staring intently at Joe

The beginning of a smile

and the end of a smile :)

Lucas is now bored with Joe's attempts to get him to smile, but Kayla still thinks her daddy is funny!

Have a great week ahead!

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mommaof3 said...


LauraJ said...

he's A-dorable!! And Kayla is A doll!
I watched the video to that miracle blanket. I met a lady in a hospital many years ago. She was inuit from Northern Canada. The point I'm saying is that she wrapped her baby like this in an flannel blanket that was bigger than the size they sell at the store. Same principale though. Her baby was always happy as a clam! They wrap thier babies like this up until almost a year old!

Much More Than A Mom said...

I'm so glad you got a miracle blanket! Aren't they great? Lucas' smile is gorgeous - there's nothing like a new smile!

Beck said...

What cutie patooties!
I literally could not have done without my sling when my kids were babies - they're WONDERFUL!

Anonymous said...

Oh the life of a mom and all the things that go along with it!! expecially trying to get out the door!! glad you did not give up and you went to the zoo with Kayla!!! oh my, Lucas is changing!!! what a cute face and smile!!!! and I especially loved Kayla's smile and her eyes when she was being amused by her daddy , trying to get Lucas to smile... :) Michelle, remember you are a good mom!! Love to you all Love Grandma/mom

Anonymous said...

Oh the life of a mom and all the things that go along with it!! expecially trying to get out the door!! glad you did not give up and you went to the zoo with Kayla!!! oh my, Lucas is changing!!! what a cute face and smile!!!! and I especially loved Kayla's smile and her eyes when she was being amused by her daddy , trying to get Lucas to smile... :) Michelle, remember you are a good mom!! Love to you all Love Grandma/mom

~Melissa~ said...

They both are so adorable!! I'm glad the sling and blanket are helping with Lucas. :)

Nisa said...

OKay, that last pic of Lucas looking bored while Kayla is smiling so big at her daddy just made my day. I liked the ones of Lucas smiling too, don't get me wrong, but Kayla just has this look about her in that one. Sooo cute. Those first smiles sure are hard to get on film, huh? Waiting... Waiting... I miss those times... Sometimes...
love you!

amber said...

Awww, now that is such a sweet smile! He looks like Kayla in those pictures. So darn adorable!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Michelle!

I am so happy to hear that you and Lucas are enjoying your sling! Yay! I have some of my best memories of taking Gabe out and about in it, and in my other carriers!

I also have to say that the latest pictures of Lucas are amazing! He is quickly growing up, isn't he?


Tanya said...

What cute smiles....from both of them :)

Corey~living and loving said...

ooooo so much to be grateful for.....the top of my list was the sling....and the miracle blanket. both....heaven sent.

Dori (Aviva's mommy) said...

Lucas is just to cute. So glad to hear the sling works.

Love the pic of Kayla and Lucas.


mum2brady said...

Awww Michelle he's too precious! Love that last pic with Kayla :) So glad you've found some tricks to get Lucas to sleep better, that is always sooo helpful. And - what fun activities you had this week - I'm grateful you got to do all that too!!!

Thanks for joining in - even when it's crazy!!!


Anonymous said...

Hi. I just recently found your blog. You have two beautiful children. You're kinda going through the opposite of me. I have two typical 46 chromosome boys and just had a T21 girl 4 months ago. Welcome to the world of boys - they are such great fun. And thank you for providing such great info about T21 and Kayla. I hope my daughter is as beautiful and smart as Kayla.


Laura said...

Sounds like you are getting in the swing of things, I'm putting you in the supermom category. Several activities in one week and on time...I'm never on time wish I was, this is one of my faults. I loved my sling too,I didn't have one until Wesley came baby #9. Boy it would have made life much easier if I had had it with my others. Hope you have another great week, and I loved those sweet smiles!

Anonymous said...

aww the pictures are so cute!! I love his little smile. I had to laugh at the picture with lucas and kayla. He does look bored but she looks so adorable. Kayla has such a cute smile!
love ya,

chelle said...

awww what a smile!!!
You will get out of the house (with everything you need) on time eventually. I tried to not focus on the rush, since they seem to be little for such a short period of time.

schatzi said...

Oh my goodness your son is growing quickly....he is gorgeous...Kayla is such a sweet little girl and I think she will be an amazing big sister....your son is blessed to have such a sister.


Melody and Doug said...

Your children are so cute. Great pictures.

Anonymous said...

Oh Lucas is too cute! What a beautiful smile! I often too have days where I don't feel like going out but when I do I'm always happy I did and we have a great time. Owen was also a much "higher maintenance" child than Brant was so I can totally relate! HUGS

mom2noah said...

Lucas is so darn adorable especially next to cutie pie Kayla.

Kerry said...

Love these pictures of Lucas... and Kayla's smiley face :):)

Renee' said...

What great pics and a wonderful week of blessings!


Dena said...

really? could they be any cuter!

amanda said...

Gosh! He's cute, and Kayla is a beauty!

Dana a/k/a Sunshine said...

Love the pics!!! He is already getting so big. What a cute smile :)

joan said...

Hi Michelle,

I tseems like I haven't been to visit in forever. Your little guy looks bigger already and big sis looks like she adores him. Hope you all are doing well.

jotcr2 said...

Maybe he's bemused more than bored. I love the new photos. :)