Monday, March 22, 2010

:: new normal ::

Why, hello, blog!  I've taken a small haitus - mostly because, well, I just couldn't find the time to sit down and put some of the few remaining working brain cells to work forming a post.  So maybe, perhaps, my brain cells have taken a small haitus.  Meh.  Well, I'm back now.  Between caring for a newborn again with doctor's appointments (he had his first cold at 2 weeks), a road trip to Idaho to visit Nana, Papa, Melissa, Billy and Aunt Arlene - plus a great dinner in Ellensburg on the way home, finishing up potty training Aidan, pushing through with potty training Gia, changing numerous bedsheets and underwear, wiping numerous bottoms, noses (Aidan and Gia got colds too - right when Liam came home from the hospital) - all without more than 3 hours of sleep at a time, most of the time, I just haven't gotten to posting on this silly blog.

Things feel different now.  I feel as if my little family of my own is complete.  New dynamics with the older two are being created.  They play together more.  Thus, they fight more.  They hold their own little conversations, which I just LOVE listening to.  They sing together.  It's like they've banded together.  Them against the rest of us.  I'm sure it might have something to do with the little boy sitting in the swing at this moment with his paci drooping out of his lips and hat pulled down over his eyes.  So really - my biggest challenges right now are not the little newborn and his care.  The challenges I currently face are:

- The Older Two (Thing 1 and Thing 2) Potty Training, discipline (more on that later), and making sure they get enough attention.  Thank GOD they are amazing sleepers.  I don't know what I would do if they weren't.  They slept in until 9 this morning.  Thanks be to God.

- My current chore chart/list.  I am facing the desperate need of organization around here.  Getting into a routine with housework so I do it the same every week.  This is essential to my sanity and survival.  Any tips, advice, suggestions are welcome.  Ahem.  I also am forming a pretty intense spring cleaning list.  From the garage, to closets, to building a raised garden bed to plan a little garden with Aidan and Gia, to cleaning my windows and carpets, and deep cleaning my house.

- My health/exercise regime.  Our treadmill broke, so we scored a sweet new one from Craigslist.  I'm excited to get cleared from the doc to exercise  and get started.  I cancelled my gym membership (hello - NOT taking 3 kids to the gym with me.  I don't care if they're free) and hope that between the Wii Fit, Treadmill and some home strength training, I can be shipshape for some hikes this summer.  Having 3 babies in 4 years has destroyed my body and it's time to kick it back into gear now that I'm done birthing kids.  I'm probably going to still go in for some spinning classes on an occasional Saturday (I miss spinning) as well.  It's the eating thing that's going to be the biggest challenge.  I'm a terrible eater, sometimes skipping meals altogether in my busy-ness - especially in the morning.  I know, that's the worst meal to skip.

- Getting Out.  Now, I have never let having a child/children stop me from getting out of the house - even if it's just during the day to a walk around Green Lake, out to a dinner/movie date night with Ryan, or a week/weekend away with Ryan.  As a result, my kids know how to behave in a restaurant, at peoples' houses and in public, as well as sleep anywhere.  Fortunately, we have many great "aunties and uncles" that offer to take the kiddos and grandma & bompa too.  My mom (Nana) comes over once or twice a year to keep them as well so Ryan and I can get away.  I don't want having a third baby to change anything, and fortunately - it won't.  I refuse to let it.  So, I need to figure out how to get three kids in/out of the house smoothly and continue to work with Aidan on his "big boy behavior".  I am so proud of my kids and the fact that they're already such great little people.  I have to get out of the house.  Period.  And so do they.  I also have an awesome group of girlfriends who share frequent happy hours with me.  Hallelujah.

- Marriage.  Boy, having kids can change things, right?  Whether it's financial stress, fatigue, work stress (me at home and him at work), raising children - there is always something causing stress.  It's easy to disconnect and get frustrated.  I'm learning how a third can challenge us even more (hello - we're outnumbered).  I love my husband.  He's a good man and a good father.  Sure he SHOULD be more romantic at times (nudge, nudge), but besides that, I really don't have any complaints (other than his gas, which is another post for another day).  We're just simply learning how to be parents of three and still have time for each other (see above - getting out).

So, that's what's on my mind these days.  I'm anxious to get back to blogging and sharing all the madness with you.

Happy Spring!

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