Friday, September 2, 2011
Seven Quick Takes
It has been a while since I've done this, but here goes....
1 § While Hurricane Irene blew by this guy had nestled himself between our screen and door to ride out the storm. He hung onto that screen for at least two days. The girls quite enjoyed seeing the grasshopper and I got a kick out of a little science up close but still not in my house.
2 § My children are very good at finding any and every bug. Including ones I wish they wouldn't. Just after the storm, my girls were playing inside by the door and spotted this thing. And, of course, had to tell me about it. So now I'm telling you about it. May I introduce you to the wolf spider. Ugly things aren't they?
3 § I actually didn't notice Irene much though. We had our own storm inside our house when the whole family got a stomach bug and the laundry machine got a month worth of workouts in two days. But one of the nice things about homeschooling is we can cancel a week of school and no one is ahead and no one is behind. It just moves back and we pick up where we left off. And since I prefer to organize the school year around the liturgical year, it isn't like we are trying to sync with the traditional school year anyway.
4 § We actually began school August 1st but it was a bit of an arbitrary date. And I mainly began then because Cecilia and Felicity had been nagging and begging to do school all of July. Even on Sunday mornings. Yes. My children beg me to do school with them. They were even asking this week but I managed to wriggle my way out of it to recover from the illness and try to get the house back to some semblance of normal. I don't recall ever begging for school when I was little but it gives me a little hope that I am doing something right.
5 § I recently have been struggling with what to read. I have lots of good books but I've been having trouble finding something that suits my mood. It has made me curious about modern Catholic fiction. Any recommendations?
6 § I confess I'm having a little trouble with Teresa's sleeping. She is 5 months old now, nurses well, wiggles across the floor on her tummy and sits up but her sleep is a disaster. It was improving until last weekend when, repeatedly running to the bathroom, I thought it best just to put her in her swing for the night. Since then, she has regressed to wanting to nurse all night long. She likes to suck. She will be laying in bed beside me and if I pull away so she can't nurse, she will suck on my arm, my knuckle, my finger, whatever. She is just a baby who lives for sucking. She loves her swing but she can't use the swing to get to sleep every time. I've tried getting her sleepy and putting her in her crib awake but she cries hysterically for at least 15 minutes every single time. And, frankly, it gets harder and harder for a mother to do that. I'm wondering if I should try walking her to sleep again. I tried once but she is so sensitive she woke every single time I set her down. For me, baby sleep has got to be the most difficult part of baby parenthood. I had this trouble with Cecilia and she wound up addicted to nursing to falling asleep until she woke every hour all night long. I'm SO trying to avoid that and yet that is exactly where Teresa seems to be heading.
7 § Three years ago I completed my child protection training for the Archdiocese of Washington. Yesterday I completed my child protection training for the Archdiocese of Baltimore because the training for one did not carry over to the other. I almost wanted to go knock on the diocesan doors and ask, "Catholic does still mean universal, right?" Oh well. I'm sure it won't be the last training I get either.
Very Blessed Weekend and Welcome September!
See more quick takes over at Jen's Conversion Diary.