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.
Ironically, the day after the storm we went out to put the items back on the patio, he had fallen and died. He seemed to have survived the storm only to croak from sheer exhaustion. Guess they aren't the brightest things.

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?
He was hiding under the corner of the mat which was just a smidge raised. Fortunately my dad introduced him to the underside of a rock.

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.


  1. Hope everyone is feeling better and better.
    I agree that getting a baby to sleep independently can be SO hard ~ Liam still nurses down, but will then let me transfer him to the crib.
    Hang in there!

  2. Ugh! Shelby was like that. Voracious nurser and loved to suckle. I am pro-pacifier so I gave that to her but the putting her down was also not good. Joey was the same way about being put down. I got one of those swaddling blankets for Will and it seemed to be the trick when he was little. I used it until he grew out of it and by then was conditioned, but I don't know if they make them big enough for five month olds... ugh! I hope you can get some rest soon and that Teresa figures out the sleeping thing. That is so rough! Glad to hear you all weathered Irene well. I was thinking of you after it passed through here, especially with the stomach bug going through your house. Sick and a storm. NO FUN!

  3. Sleep continues to be my achilles heel in babydom. Last night I was very sore and so desperate, I just put Teresa in the swing. She slept from 10:30 until 5:45, when I woke her up and brought her to bed to feed her. She fell back asleep by 6:30 and is still sleeping at 9. She CAN do it, she just would prefer not to.

    Her naps aren't so much a problem as her night but I'm thinking I might need to either get her to fall asleep for a nap laying next to me without nursing and then use that for bedtime or simply try to put her in the crib at bedtime. I'm just so nervous about the crying. I don't want her crying a lot and I don't want her crying to wake her sisters. I also don't know if I'm ready to move her completely from our bed to the crib. I like my snuggles!!!!

    I did swaddle her when she was little, but she just got too big. Now I need to choose either forcing her to sleep in her crib somehow or getting her to sleep beside me without nursing. :::sigh::: Either way it won't be the nice snuggles I want.