Saturday, April 04, 2015

Why does vacation make me sleep so much?

I've always thought it would be lovely to drink coffee on a porch in the spring whist staying at a log cabin and reading for an hour before anyone wakes up.  Alas, my body betrayed me and I slept until the noise level was too much too bare.  I guess dreams take effort, initiative and an alarm.  

Two days at a cabin in the woods.  Not one photo taken because we were so busy having fun that I forgot to dig it out. We painted rocks, wooden masks and I got to work on an embroidery project.  It was quite a crafty good time pared with amazing food.  No wonder we were tired and sleeping in.  But next time, I hope to make an effort to get up early for one hour of "me" time.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Who loves perfection? I DO, I DO!!!

Fourth baby has me in fits from not being able to create a perfectly photogenic moment.  She's only happy when clinging to a parent so putting her down for a photo shoot only confuses her and leads to an all out screaming fit.  Perhaps I'm falsely influenced by other parents who post new baby photos with what seems relative ease and the baby is sleeping on some cute pile of towels or in a lovely well composed outfit that baby has seemingly had no stress about be dressed in.  Sometimes we keep her in the same outfit for several days to reduce the trauma of outfit changes. 

There is a happy baby in there, just when she's attached to moma or daddy!

Take this outfit for example - I wanted cute baby photos, Evie wanted to sleep and cuddle.  So the idea of putting her in this summer outfit and being put down was just too much for her to handle.

Maybe it's the floor she hates, so we try the bouncer.

Still not happy, maybe we try again after feeding her.

Finally, the Facebook shot (formerly known as the money shot)!  It was fleeting and I immediately changed her outfit back to pajamas.
And here's the edited version!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Apparently there are limits as to what a Stay-At-Home-Dad will do

And today that thing is the Valentine's Day cookies/craft/give-away thing-a-ma-bob for the entire class. 

Husband brought the kids home from school today and entered my home office with a frantic look on his face and said "you need to go out and get Valentine's gifts for Charlotte's class, the party is tomorrow!"

"But honey, I have a lot of work left today."  He leaves my office without a word.  A line has been drawn in the sand. 

First I try to think of a way to convince him it's not a big deal, just go to Target with all 4 kids and pick something but instinct tells me that's a terrible idea. 

Second I sulk.

Third I remember we have an entire batch of red velvet cupcakes in the freezer and I could quickly ice them but then I'd need to figure out a way to package them individually because what parent wants their kids coming home with a sticky cupcake in a bag with other candy and random goodies - Kindergarten schooled me in what to expect.  Cancel the cupcake plan.

Forth I google "easy Valentine cookies" because I don't want to make sugar cookies and ice them and deal with all the kids wanting to help.  It will be a two hour project and non-stop negotiations.  I found this lovely gem for "Valentine Strawberry Cookies" but still requires a store trip.  Fail.

Then I remember I'm out of flour so I'm going to the store regardless of what I pick.  Very sad now.  Oh well, at least dinner's a quickie!  Pierogies with pre-made sauce.  Maybe I'll make everyone go with me!  NO, that will take twice as long! Now stop agonizing over this and get back to work!!

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Working from home with newborn

Baby attempts to monopolize my time by refusing to be put down.

She entertains me with cute faces.
But alas, lunch hour is over, she must go to her dad if I'm to get anything done around here!  

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Finding Balance ~ Part 2

Evangeline ~ five weeks old
Still refuses to be put down while sleeping so this is how I get things done on
lunch break because this is in fact, a work day.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Finding Balance with Four



One thing I'm absurdly proud of is our ability to get the kids to school on time with a newborn in the house.  It's a feat that takes supreme effort and requires everyone's cooperation in a finely timed sequence of events.

The optimal time for mom to rise and start the day is 6am.  This allows me to get loaded up with coffee and breakfast before my little clan has woken up.  This does not include baby because she's usually strapped to my chest in a sling and still needs to eat or is in some form of waking or pooping because that's literally all she does these days is eat, sleep and poop.  Sometimes pooping takes an hour or more to work through - but I digress. 

At 7am I wake up the other 3 kids along with dad and they loll about on the couches while watching Odd Squad on PBS.  This takes exactly 30 minutes which allows me to make everyone's breakfast.

At 7:30am they are all ushered to the table to enjoy a lovely hotel style continental breakfast of toast, favorite toppings, juice and coffee with the occasional scrambled egg if someone has managed to hold the baby while breakfast is prepared.  Having already eaten earlier means I can immediately begin preparing lunches while simultaneously unloading the dishwasher - again this only works well if someone agrees to hold the baby. 

At 8am they rush to get ready for school and we need to work on this timing because it's a bit too tight to get them out the door by 8:10 if the start getting dressed at 8:00.  I propose less talking at the breakfast table and faster eating to finish by 7:50 going forward.

At 8:00 I begin my morning exercise routine of squats and lifts by taking the baby back into my sling and loading the dishwasher. 

At 8:30 I retire to my office with baby still comfortably asleep in the sling and prepare myself for the upcoming workday.  This could include a blog post, Facebook or jumping directly into work to make the best of every possible working minute.  Clearly I've chosen the first option today! 

Saturday, January 31, 2015

How to do projects with 3 active kids and one sleepy newborn!

This is what not having a shower and immediately jumping into kid activities looks like.  Charlotte prayed 3 days in a row, "please help mommy get her work done so she can spend time with us".

They all asked to color R2D2

This spot on moma is so nice!  I could get used to this, says the small one.

I guess coloring time is over for this guy, he's upset about something.