It’s been forever since I’ve done a This Week’s Miscellany so feel free to skip this if you don’t want some long-windedness! And if you haven’t switched over to Bloglovin‘ or Feedly from Google Reader, be sure to add Carrots to your new reader so you don’t miss any posts (or subscribe via email on the left sidebar).
Life at the Stewart household is slowly transitioning from the chaos of adding Baby Gwen to our family into the awesome, crazy, fun world of having three kids to soak up the summer with. I’ve tried to be intentional about taking it very easy and not leaving the house too often and too soon. After Lucy (baby #2) was born, I tried to jump back into life too quickly and ended up exhausted and sick during her first month and then she caught pneumonia. Awful! Family and friends have helped us out with the “big kids” so they don’t get cabin fever and we’ve kept things simple so that I can recover and rest and get to know this new little one.
Our friends have been feeding us amazing meals (see Katherine’s wonderful tips about how to gift friends with meals) and then I’ve resorted to only doing slow cooker meals from what I stocked in the freezer for everything else.
Since I just discovered making slow cooker freezer meals about a year ago, I still find it amazing that I can toss a bag of prepped ingredients into the Crock Pot in the morning and it will be dinner by 5pm. (I always use Stephanie’s From Your Freezer to Your Family eCookbook and you can check out some of the recipes in this post.)
This is the blessed view of life usually before me these days. I’m struggling through some overactive letdown/oversupply issues that make Baby Gwen a spit up machine. She isn’t typically grumpy about it but has a little hissy fit most evenings before settling in for the night. Give me all your knowhow about solving overactive letdown, mamas! I’ve had it with all three babies, but Lucy didn’t mind so I didn’t really research how to fix it. Trying out ecological breastfeeding with Gwen (it worked great with Lucy) and I think it’s going to be our style again this time.
I am way behind on keeping up with my 2013 Reading Goals! But these are the summer reads I’m going to try to make it through before September. I’m currently really enjoying The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene. I haven’t read much in the way of 20th century fiction in awhile, so it’s a nice change before I jump back into some classics. I’m also re-reading The Collected Works of Flannery O’Connor for an online book discussion group. I can’t believe how much more I discover in O’Connor’s works each time I read them. What’s on your summer reading list?
In the past couple of months 4-year-old Benjamin has made a leap in his read aloud attention span and has been eating up “real” books. I tried to read him Little House in the Big Woods last year but he just couldn’t get into it. So we took a step back and just enjoyed picture books until trying out The Hobbit a couple of months ago. He loved it! Reading it together was truly one of the most delightful experiences of motherhood so far. Next we read Charlotte’s Web and now he’s loving Little House on the Prairie. If you’ve got little ones, what are they enjoying in the way of summer reads?
Not Actually News:
So I got fed up with this lackluster postpartum hair:
I mean…what’s going on here? Is it curly? wavy? straight? brown? blonde? Who knows. So I decided on going back to being a redhead:
Maybe I was inspired by letting my kids watch Brave far too much in the past month, or maybe it’s just a manifestation of my obsession with Anne-with-an-E.
The Quotable Lucy:
“Guess what, Lucy!”
“I wove wou!”
“That’s right. How much?”
I think she’s just the loveliest little girl. Even with peanut butter on her chin.
The Quotable Benjamin:
“Now that we have a kiddie pool, I can just do homeschool swim lessons!”
After weeks of throwing a fit about not wanting to take swim lessons this summer, Benjamin loves his swim lessons and is finally not freaking out about getting his face in the water. Success!
Sherlock Gets Its Celibacy Right and Its Irene Adler All Wrong at Catholic All Year (Interesting take on Sherlock. I completely agree with what Kendra says about the portrayal of Irene Adler! What made her fascinating to Sherlock Holmes was her ability to beat him with her mind. That being said…I loved the new adaption. What did you think?)
Snuggly Bedtime Books..our top ten picks at Surviving Our Blessings
It’s Not Okay to Yell at Your Kids at Life Your Way (I find myself yelling at Benjamin far too often. I made a serious effort to stop during Lent and saw a huge improvement in my mothering and my enjoyment in mothering, but in late pregnancy the yelling crept back in.)
Building a Preschool Arts Bin for Your Home at Two Os Plus More
How to Eat the Best Tomato of Your Life at Mama and Baby Love
Cave Dwellers? at The Imaginative Conservative
Wishing you a wonderful summery weekend!