Monday, July 2, 2012

Who Knew?

Who Knew That...

... some babies don't like to take naps for more than 30 minutes at a time, making it nearly imposisble to get anything of substance done?

... sneaking all sorts of bits of chocolate and other things here and there during pregnancy would indeed make it a little lot more challenging to lose the preggo-weight (read my plea for accountability here?

... a bedroom could seem so much bigger when you take the pack-and-play away and have the baby sleep in his own room?

... making a meal plan for the week and buying the groceries accordingly actually helps you stick to the budget and eat healthier?

... your house is never quite as picked up as you'd like it to be when you have a child, no matter how old they are, I'm guessing?

... you can memorize some of those children's books pretty quickly?  The sun has set not long ago, and everybody goes below... I don't even read that book anymore, I just recite it as we rock before bed.  (The Going to Bed Book, by Sandra Boynton)

... figuring out how to cut your spending to find a seemingly exorbitant amount of money to pay for daycare is quite challenging?

... coming up with creative, non-mommy things to blog is also challenging, since my day is mostly mommy-ish?

... that, even if I wanted to tell you about something non-mommy-ish, like the yummy homemade lettuce wraps with quinoa, chicken, and veggies I made yesterday, it would sort of be pointless because I didn't think to get a picture because I barely had time to make them?

...watching your baby's face light up in a huge smile when he sees you could so totally make your day?

... that Jesus still has a lot to say to you, if you'd just take the time to listen?

... and that He doesn't mind if your quiet time is interrupted frequently by attending to the baby; He still wants to talk?

... it is nearly impossible to grasp what life is going to be like when I go back to work and Husband starts school?

... how much I would miss Husband when he went back to work, even though I was (am) glad he was able to get a job?

... how freaking adorable it is to see my son sleeping in his crib, a little baby in a big bed, with his arms flung wide out of the blanket since he is apparently incapable of falling asleep without being swaddled but also incapable of not wiggling free?

... it's hard not to wish I had more followers or comments and wonder how I could grow my blog, while simultaenously stubbornly refusing to take the time to find, go to, read, and comment on others' blogs, which I think might be the trick?

... that I would be annoyed with myself for caring about something stupid like followers and comments?

... that the Bumbo may not be something our Peanut likes, even though you'd think he would?

... that DVR would be one of my almost favorite-ist things, especially upon discovery of some fun Food Network shows?

... that I end up staying awake way later than I should to grab some "me" time and put the house to sort-of-rights after Will goes to sleep, so I secretly sometimes wish his bedtime was a little earlier?

... that I could easily come up with a bunch more things I didn't apparently know?

You probably knew.... but I'm just learning them. 


  1. I've been a mom for 11 1/2 years now and there are still things that I don't know. I just finished writing about some of them (mostly related to the prospect of actually maybe having all kids in school full-time this year - about having time to actually do the things that I haven't had time to do these past 11 1/2 years that I haven't even realized that I didn't have time for because I was so busy taking care of whichever child was little at that point and needing my attention, etc etc etc) Yes, that was a major run-on sentence, but it was used for dramatic effect.

    Just to let you know, I follow and I come over to read every single entry. I try to make it over within 24 hours of an entry, but with these busy days of summer, I haven't been visiting my favorite blogs nearly as much as I'd like to. And even less often have I been commenting. But lookie here, a bit of comment love for you! :)

    I tried out some new, healthy recipes this past week (that my kids mostly snubbed, but it was eat or starve, so they made do with it) but I totally forgot to blog about it because I also didn't have time to take a picture of the new menu items. But I think I will put that on my list of blog-worthy posts. I'll just have to make sure to take some pictures of other dishes so that I can make a complete food post out of it.

    And the staying up later part, well, let's just say, this is just the beginning. I still stay up later, trying to get the house in order, read a book, watch a DVR'ed show (the DVR is a truly wonderful device, except now I don't ever know what time or channel a show comes on because I just open up the DVR list and if there is something there, then I watch it. If not, there's always Food Network and HGTV) or do a number of other things that I just can't do during the day when I'm attending to the needs of everyone else.

    It sounds like you are settling right into motherhood though! Welcome to the ranks! :)

  2. Hey. I love this post.

    I forgot to give you this information on your accountability post. Try using It's a fabulous place to keep track of your food intake and exercise. I know many people who have lost weight using it. Free and easy to use. If you have a smart phone you can zap the labels on things and it will post them for you. I don't so I have to put it in manually. Let me know what you think.

  3. I second the myfitness pal recommendation! It's awesome.

  4. Beth, I have been following your blog since I saw it on your facebook page. I love it. You so totally make me remember 33 years ago and how bewildered I was. I think you are amazing and loving, a fantasitc wife, mother, daughter and granddaughter and a beautiful woman. Susan


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