I love my life. I find myself thinking about that a lot lately. When I’m at the fabric store with my mom and Jack, choosing which colors I want to embroider on some dishtowels, when I’m sitting at home with Jack and we’re both giggling at each other’s silliness, when I’m cleaning my roomy (if somewhat outdated) kitchen, and while I sneak a little nap in during Jack’s morning nap. I just can’t believe that I get to do this. I get to be Ryan’s wife and Jack’s mom. This is my life!
A year ago, life was a lot different. We were still in Texas, practically broke, living penny to penny, stressing constantly about how we were going to pay our bills. I was pregnant, missing home, missing family. We were undergoing a lot of changes. It was our first time truly living on our own as husband and wife. There was no one to turn to, except each other, when the going got rough.
And even though it was difficult to push through…look where it got us! God has been good. He’s brought us back, he’s brought us “home.” We are bonded together more than ever before, and we’ve got a beautiful boy to love and cherish along with each other. We no longer have to go without meals just to make sure we can pay for electricity. And that was only a year ago! Let me say it again, God has been good.
I feel like I’m living my dream. What an amazing feeling! I’m married to my best friend. I’m caring for my child and anticipating the eventual arrival of many more. I’m a stay-at-home-mom. I’m learning to be more creative. I’m learning to manage my own home. This is the life, my friends.
Though we are dealing with some big adjustments right now, I feel the need to thank the Lord for what we’ve been given. He’s challenging us – if one thing is for sure, he’s reminding us of how desperately we need him, over and over again. That can’t be a bad thing!
And now, I have a question about babies. 🙂 This one is for you, mamas! I’ve just recently started to feed Jack solid food on a regular basis (three small meals a day, with Cheerios, a teething biscuit, and the occasional sippy cup filled with water in between). He’s started to sleep through the night again, which has been great. But I’m having some issues…
First of all, is it important for me to make sure he’s eating both vegetables and fruit? He loves fruit and he’s pretty into sweet potatoes (of course, they’re sweet, Mama!). I just can’t get him to eat carrots, peas, green beans, squash, or basically any other vegetables but sweet potatoes. I’m not sure if I need to be concerned about this. I’m worried that he’ll never acquire the taste for them if I don’t start him early. I’m not worried as much about his being nourished by vegetables as much as I’m concerned that he’ll never want vegetables. Is this silly?
Secondly…is Jack nursing enough? 5 times a day, sometimes more…I have no idea what the average amount is for a 9 month old. I’m feeding on demand – I really don’t mind if he eats whenever he’s hungry or needing the comfort. But I just want to make sure he’s being nourished. He seems to be gaining weight perfectly fine. We don’t have insurance right now so he hasn’t been to the pediatrician in quite some time. But I’m pretty sure he weighs about 23 lbs.
Lastly…are there any homemade baby food makers out there? I started him off with homemade food – pear sauce, apple sauce, attempted acorn squash, attempted avocado, and of course mashed up bananas. But lately, I feel like it’s too risky to make a whole batch of homemade organic fruit or vegetables in the event that he doesn’t even like it. So I’ve been buying Earth’s Best organic baby food in jars. Since I’ve established that he likes sweet potatoes, I’ve been thinking about making those homemade because I can count on him to eat them. The problem is….I need to figure out a system if I’m going to do the homemade thing. If I don’t have a system, I won’t follow through. Personally, I feel better about fresh food, even if it ends up being frozen or refrigerated. At least I know where it’s coming from and who’s making it. But….store-bought food is easy. I need some tips.
If I can do cloth diapers, I can make my baby food! It’s all about getting into a system that works. I’m sure I can conquer this issue, but I don’t have many (read: ANY) friends here who are doing this stuff. Help, mamas!
And now I’m off to attempt to sleep. Last night, regardless of my exhaustion, sleep didn’t come to me until 1am. What’s up with that?
Oh, and my brother is coming to town tomorrow! Hurray for brothers! I can’t wait!
Night night… 🙂