Living life in the carpool lane..

I’ve noticed that since I’ve officially become a stay at home mom, that I’ve been really exploring my artistic side.

I’ve spent most of my academic life and my career focused on the sciences.  To balance out my brain, I would make some cards and recently started scrapbooking.

Now that I don’t have to worry about working, I’ve started to try to expand my artsy side.  I’ve been playing with the paints that were left over from my daughter’s Christmas crafts.  I’ve been playing with my watercolor palette to make more cards.  I’ve also started a very rough and tumble version of ‘art journaling’ now that I am participating in the “listers gotta list” monthly challenge.

I have a Day Designer Today and To Do planner.  I find myself doodling and using colors to put in my daily tasks and reminders.

I have an artistic side.

I’m finding it very therapeutic and fun to do after a long day of trying to keep two little girls safe and fed and alive.  After a day of threenager tantrums and baby spit up, it’s nice to sit at my craft table and just create.  It eases my mind and I feel refreshed..

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Today is K’s baptism.

By the end of the day, she will have completed her first Sacrament in the Catholic Church.  She gets to wear the long white dress.  She will smell like Chrism oil by the end of the day.  We will have celebrated the big day with a little reception at a restaurant and will probably have some people come over the house at the end of it all.

By the end of the day, little K will be a part of the Catholic Church.

I’m excited.

I’m hoping she won’t cry too hard when the water gets poured on her head.

Congratulations to little M on fulfilling the first of many Sacraments.  We love you!

When my girls were born, I would often look at them and wonder…

What will they look like when they have hair?

What will they look like when they have teeth?

What will their voices sound like?

What will they look like when they are school aged?

What will they look like when they get to high school?

What kind of adults will they become? 

Yes.. I wonder about their futures.  I wonder about what kind of relationship my girls will have with each other.  I wonder about what kind of clothing style they will have as they get older.  I wonder about what kind of significant other they will have.  I wonder about who they will settle with and if they will give me grandchildren.  Then, I start to wonder about what kind of grandchildren I will have..

It goes on and on and on…

I’m excited for the future, but I’m loving the present so much.  Time flies so fast so I’m making sure I will cherish every single moment I have with them now.  Eventually, all my questions will be answered.

K turned four months last week.

Can you believe it?  FOUR MONTHS!

It seems like only yesterday that she was a newborn.  Now, she’s four months old.

I feel like four months is the turning point in the baby’s life.  I felt it with M and I feel it with K.

At four months, it’s like they shed any ounce of “newborn” they had left in them and came out a full fledged baby.

At four months, the world is suddenly much more interesting.  They both became very aware of their surroundings and both became very easily distracted by any noise or commotion that is within ear and eye shot.

At four months, they both became much more interactive.  They both craved to hold conversations with whoever would engage them.

At four months, their cries changed from that signature newborn cry into their own individual baby cry.

At four months, they changed from happy newborns to happy babies.  I love it!

It’s been a whirlwind of time since K was born and here we are at four months.  K is turning from back to tummy and she LOVES trying to stand when we hold her.  She’s started eating rice cereal twice a day and is drinking her formula like no one’s business.  She smiles at almost anything and everything.  She is curious.  She is alert.  She is nosy.

She LOVES her big sister and will often follow her with her eyes where ever M goes in the room.  She thinks M is the ultimate source of entertainment and laughs at almost everything M does.

I loved when M turned four months old because it felt like such a big change in her life.  I’m also loving K at four months old.

I can’t wait to see what time has in store for my girls as they continue to grow.  Thanking God for all these wonderful blessings!

I watch my girls when they sleep.

No, not creepy.

I watch my girls when they sleep.

I look at them, and I can’t believe they are mine.

I look at them, and I can’t believe they were in me.

I look at them, and I can’t believe I made them (with Hubby’s help.)

I look at them, and I can’t believe that I’m a mother.

They are so peaceful when they sleep.  Their faces are so calm and sweet.  I forget the crying.  I forget the tantrums.  I forget the difficulties of parenting when they are sleeping.

When they sleep, parenting feels easy.

When they sleep, I feel like I have this whole “parenting thing” under control.

I watch my girls when they sleep and it makes proud to be their mom.

I watch my girls when they sleep and it reminds me just how much I love them so…

With K approaching the four month age, I think it’s time we did a status report on how M & K have been doing.

If I had to sum it up with one word, I’d have to say “PRECIOUS.”

From the beginning, K has fixated on M.  I remember asking their pediatrician if it was normal for K to make eye contact with her sister more than me.  Naturally, her pediatrician said it was normal and it was because M was much more animated than I was.

Now, K absolutely adores her older sister.  Every little move that M makes is followed by a sweet smile or giggle by her little sister.  K is amazed by all the things that M can do.  I can see in K’s eyes that she cannot wait to be able to run, jump, and play around like her big sister.  It’s truly amazing to see all that love she has for her M.

In return, M really loves K.  Whenever we come across relatives we haven’t seen, or even strangers, she never fails to introduce those people to her baby “stister.”  On days that M and I go out on our little mommy/daughter days, she will find herself reminded of K constantly.  We were at the grocery store and heard a baby cry, M turns and tells me, “That sounds like my baby sister, K.”

When asked if we should leave the baby with a relative or a friend, M’s reaction is always, “No, she has to come home with us!”

Every morning, when they both wake up, they have to lie down together on a pillow and just hug and cuddle.  M shower’s K with kisses.  K turns towards her big sister with loving eyes and works on her reaching and touching skills by going for M’s face.  I have TONS of pictures of their time together each morning.

Playing is becoming more and more of a real thing between them now.  As K is getting older, the playtime is getting to be more interactive.  M has a “silly walk” that she does that always gets K smiling and laughing.

I love the bond they are building.  I love the relationship they are forming.

I know that as they get older, there will be fights.  I know there will be misunderstandings.  I know there will be drama.  I know there will be tears.  I know there will be downs.

I also know that there will be ups.  There will be heart-to-heart sister talks.  I know there will be things they will tell each other that they might not tell me.  I know there will be hugs.  I know there will be laughter.  I know there will be fun.

I love watching these girls grow together.

Today, I’m blogging from a Starbucks.  I have my iPad and I’m using the WordPress app. 

Ideally, I should have brought my laptop, but it’s just too much to carry.  Also, from the looks of the crowd in this Starbucks, all the tables with outlets have all been taken… 

I’m rambling.

I’m actually at a loss and totally beside myself.  Hubby has the baby and M is in her Gymboree drop-off class right now.  

For the first time in forever, (wink, wink, Frozen fans…),  I’m without kids and not because I have an errand to run.  I’m actually without kids AND I have nothing to do…

It’s a strange feeling….

I think I have forgotten how to relax.  I think I have forgotten how to think about things outside the realm of parenthood and motherhood.  My mind is constantly on my girls, especially now that I’m not with them.

Doesn’t help that Hubby just sent me a super sweet text of little K flashing her sweet gummy smiles…

My eye is also on the clock too.  I don’t want to be late to pick up M, but I don’t want to be too early and waste valuable “relaxing ” time…

I can’t be the only that feels this way during these rare “mommy breaks,” am I?

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