Thursday, December 12, 2013
Me: Camille, did you throw the baby's new teddy bear in the trash can?
Camille: Because I was mad.
Me: Why were you mad?
Camille: Because he threw up and he peed on the scale at the doctor's office.
After we salvaged Edward's Teddy, we also fished out one of his hand-knitted hats. It was underneath the bear.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Outside my window...
|This is what it looked like outside my window last Friday morning.|
|And this is what it looks like this morning. I love it.|
|I think we've had about a foot.|
|One of our evergreens is so heavy with snow, it's bent almost completely over.|
I am thankful for...
|this little guy.|
In the kitchen...
generous friends have been providing delicious meals for the past two weeks. We've been eating like glutinous kings. What a gift.
I am wearing...
my pajamas and I don't feel guilty about it. Schools are closed again today and I told the kids we could have a pjs day. I'm so type-A, this is a real treat for them (and me).
I am creating...
Christmas lists...still. I thought I was finished shopping, but I've lost track of what I've purchased so far. I do this every year. I need a better system.
The girls are creating paper-chain garlands.
My sister-in-law, Mary, brought me some magazines while I was in the hospital. The Christmas themed Better Homes and Gardens suggested making different types of Christmas garland for the tree. I gave the girls a stack of pretty paper, a stapler and some scissors and let them go to town. They've done a great job so far.
I am going...
on a date with John this weekend. It's long overdue and much needed. I think we'll finish up that Christmas shopping.
I am reading...
I've lost track. The last thing I was on was A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius but I haven't finished it. Actually, I've abandoned several books lately and since the baby arrived, I've taken some time off of reading.
I'm interested in reading The Sinner's Guide To Natural Family Planning, though. Looks promising and affordable.
I am looking forward to...
finally celebrating Patrick's 10th birthday which was on November 23. With the new baby and some other conflicting activities, we had to wait. But this weekend is the weekend for him.
I've also offered to take some family photos for a good friend of mine. I'm excited and nervous. I hope I don't mess up the pictures!
Around the house...
keeping the kids fed, the laundry going, and the learning happening. This alone is a full time job.
A favorite quote for today...
from Pope Francis:
“The family is experiencing a profound cultural crisis, as are all communities and social bonds. In the case of the family, the weakening of these bonds is particularly serious because the family is the fundamental cell of society, where we learn to live with others despite our differences and to belong to one another; it is also the place where parents pass on the faith to their children. Marriage now tends to be viewed as a form of mere emotional satisfaction that can be constructed in any way or modified at will. But the indispensable contribution of marriage to society transcends the feelings and momentary needs of the couple. As the French bishops have taught, it is not born “of loving sentiment, ephemeral by definition, but from the depth of the obligation assumed by the spouses who accept to enter a total communion of life”.
One of my favorite things...
|Our annual trek to the Christmas Tree Farm|
|Camille was miserable until John put her in the tree carrier.|
|Securing a tree is tough work|
|with many opportunities for wrestling with siblings.|
A peek into my day...
Friday, December 6, 2013
Before I married, I volunteered at a summer day camp for inner city kids sponsored by Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity. It was an awesome experience, mainly because I saw the everyday workings of the Sisters and the simplicity with which they approached every task. They took seriously their job of forming the children in the Catholic faith, but they did so without the latest textbooks, innovative technological devices, and superior educational approaches. The most important thing they used to bring the children closer to Christ was something they carried with them all the time:
love, something many of those kids had never experienced before ever.
I've been thinking about those Sisters lately and what they would think about the Catholic blogosphere jam packed with tutorials on "How To Live Advent Perfectly" and the Pinteresty Advent/Christmas crafts I've been seeing all over the place. I'm sure if those Nuns had access to the WWW, many of them would adopt some of the ideas for their faith formation purposes, but I also wonder if the abundance of the information might overwhelm them like it does me.
Written by Colleen Duggan at 4:03 PM
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
I'm sure you wouldn't believe it if I told you that this child, in a fit of anger, told me she was going to give our baby away. To emphasize her seriousness, she also threw one of Edward's diapers and her boots across the room.
Patrick, in casual observance of her fit of rage, said,
"Have you ever noticed how assertive Camille can be?"
No, Son. No, I hadn't.
Monday, December 2, 2013
I've mentioned before I have never had luck breastfeeding. (For all you breastfeeding advocates out there, remember, I'm a nursing advocate too. I think it's best both for baby and mom, but it's never worked for me, so please save your recommendations. I've tried all the tricks of the trade--four times over-- and none of them worked. That's life, I guess.)
This time around I decided to forgo any attempt to nurse this baby and I can't tell you what a difference it has made in my sanity level. I'm enjoying the baby and I'm not stressed out because I don't think he's getting enough to eat or because I'm sore and bleeding. I'm holding him as much as I can rather than seeing him as a food leach. I'm able to let other people feed him, which allows them to bond with him.
But the biggest benefit?
I'm at peace.
I think it was St. Francis de Sales who said when we do God's will, the natural consequence is the experience of personal peace. So many times in my mothering journey, I have forced my will and have felt the resulting chaos--discombobulation, uneasiness, and impatience. This time, however, I have total peace. While I wish I could nurse this baby, for whatever reason, this is simply not God's will for me.
Too bad it's taken me six kids to figure this one out...or maybe I should simply be grateful I know now.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
I'm ever so thrilled to introduce you to the newest Duggan, who arrived at 2:18 pm yesterday, November 25. Named after his paternal grandfather, Edward, and his maternal grandfather, Dennis, the little brute weighed in at 9 pounds and 3 ounces and is 22 inches long. Aside from some pretty hefty facial bruising because he came out so fast, everything about his labor and delivery was perfectly perfect. (My OB told me it was one of the easiest deliveries he's attended in his 20 plus years of baby duty. Just call me Mama Warrior or Grand multipara, whichever you prefer.)
My sister in law, Mary, saved the day and watched the kids while John and I were at the hospital. Once Edward Dennis was born, Mary brought the kids to meet their new sibling and my parents drove up to meet their new grandchild.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
One day I'm going to keep my camera on me so I can take photos of the 10,000 wardrobe changes Camille makes in a 12 hour time period. Check out this ensemble:
|Style and substance. Everyone needs a pair of Santa slippers.|
Yeah, me neither.
She also told us the new baby isn't allowed to sleep in her crib.