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ten on ten : january 2015

Our ten on ten {a day when I follow along with a bit of sunshine & take ten pictures on the tenth day of the month} was a lovely Saturday. It involved a baby sprinkle {shower} for a sweet friend, organizing the garage, legos, kids playing, coffee and ended with an evening at my moms and a yummy family dinner. Aaron chopped up our Christmas tree for out green bin and the remaining holiday decorations were finally tucked away for next year. It was the perfect weekend day…relaxing and productive and even allowed for some intentional connecting with family and friends. Truly those are the best kids of days for me…a little social, a little productive, a little relaxing and a lot of fun. Blake continues to delight our hearts and as he is approaching 6 months and it’s hard to believe we ever lived without him! Hope you are enjoying a lovely weekend of doing all sorts of fun and relaxing things too!

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{ten on eleven}

Try as I may and try as I might to remember to do my favorite monthly project {ten on ten}…sometimes I forget. Actually I didn’t know what day it was yesterday {while on a quick 4 day weekend getaway} and so the tenth came and went. But in the spirit of the project I went ahead and took my ten pictures today instead…on the eleventh. Today we were traveling back home from a quick weekend  in Southern California to see our BFF’s {and my Aunt & Uncle}. It was the perfect mix of good catch-up time, belly laughter time, delicious food around big tables, dirty fingernails, no sleep, baby obsessing and little hearts playing sweetly as adopted “cousins” and friends. My heart is full.

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{postpartum elation}

My cousin came up with a great term for me recently. She was describing me to a friend and told her that I suffer from Postpartum Elation. I am normally a pretty emotional person with very little energy. I have some health issues that cause me to have chronic pain and very irregular sleep. So I am often tired and I think it’s fair to say I can be pretty darn grouchy. My pregnancies are super tough but my early days with a newborn are a whole different thing. I become alive when I have a new baby. It’s been such a joy in my life that it’s hard for me to imagine not having another baby {Blake is only 3 months old and I feel like he is already so big}. But that’s another topic for another day.

I know this is a weird and strange phenomenon that very few people suffer from. It is rare that I hear someone say they enjoy the newborn stage {let alone LOVE IT. I cannot explain it. I guess it’s just how God made me!

And I’m loving every day with my sweet Blakey because of it!

You might suffer from Postpartum Elation if…

The best moments of your life have been in the hours and days after your baby was born.

You cannot stop smiling and saying how thankful you are for this baby in the hours and days after he/she is born.

You are actually more energized during the early days of having a baby than any other time in your life.

You don’t mind sleepless nights because it means you have a new baby.

You are happy during those emotional early days of a newborn {even during the baby-blues moments when you feel overwhelmed}.

You feel energized by the baby elation that tells you “this too shall pass” as you sort out each new baby stage & difficulty.

You are willing to “suffer” through tough pregnancies to have a newborn baby again.

10727779_344662949048287_2029000831_n{this is the face of a very happy mommy with postpartum elation…of course}

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{sometimes it all falls apart}

yep. sometimes it all falls apart and there is nothing left to do but give in.

the house is a mess.

i have things i have to get done tomorrow and it all starts early.

last night was more of a nap than a night of sleep, making today hard.

today was long. there was some fun connecting time with friends {and a surprised iced mocha treat} that i loved. but it was still just a long day. i don’t even have the energy to type properly {so all lowercase letters it is}!

tonight was long too. homework didn’t get done. cereal was eaten for dinner {outside on a picnic table}. you see the dining room table is currently under siege…my craft supplies have a habit of attacking our home from time to time}. the couch is having its own battle with clean laundry that needs to be folded. the coffee table already lost the battle since folded laundry has now been sitting on it for two days. lets just say the dishes won long ago so we won’t talk about those.

and as for the kids i just wanted them to go to bed. is it just us or does it seem like when you want them to go down the most they have the hardest time falling asleep. blake put up a good fight but is finally asleep. sweet, night-owl, restless paige is finally asleep {in our bed at the moment}. grant drifted off easiest {he tends to go with the flow except for when he is not going with the flow and then i’m really stumped}.

ahhh. can you hear that? it’s my brain trying to rest.

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i made a lot of mistakes today.

i didn’t want to be a fire wife tonight…doing this alone. i yelled more than i would like to admit. and i disliked the fact that i was eating my dinner at 8 PM and feeding blake again and trying to convince paige that getting out of bed again would yield terrible consequences. but then i didn’t have the energy to come up with terrible consequences so she landed in my bed so i could just get some peace. and then i didn’t like that i caved. but i did because selfishly i just wanted a minute to be alone.

i realize that even though so many things needed to be done today it’s okay to let it go.

i have to give into the chaos, take care of my babes and head to bed.

…well…

after i print a few things and post this and check my phone one more time i will head to bed.

fingers crossed.

here’s hoping “tomorrow is always fresh with no mistakes in it…yet” as my beloved Anne & Miss Stacy would say.

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