Roller Coaster of Love

There are always about six different activities going on around my kid.

There are always about six different activities going on around my kid.

For whatever reason, I had that song stuck in my head all day. I didn’t hear it anywhere, no one referenced it, it just appeared. And the title would work for my week as well. Lots of highs and lows, but there has been just a lot of general happiness.

This shot in no way does the scene justice. But you have to move fast with 3-year-olds. And I know this one will always bring back good memories.

This shot in no way does the scene justice. But you have to move fast with 3-year-olds. And I know this one will always bring back good memories.

Hitting a groove with chores, kids and creative time is still hitting some challenges and roadblocks. My little guy has days where he eats almost constantly. It’s like he is growing or something. At this rate, he could be Andre the Giant for Halloween in a few years. But, just as with my daughter, I remind myself cuddling and nursing will give me something to look back on when he is 13 and screaming that he hates me. For now, he is just full of smiles. He did wake me up at about 4:30 this morning to eat. I fell asleep in the chair with him until about 7 when my husband left for work. What really got me to wake up was my daughter telling me I needed to look at the pink clouds. It was one of the most peaceful and beautiful starts to a day I’ve had in a long time.

I made these pants that were supposed to be 3-6 month size. They may have been off a bit. So he will be wearing these constantly for the next week because that's all the longer they will fit.

I made these pants that were supposed to be 3-6 month size. They may have been off a bit. So he will be wearing these constantly for the next week because that’s all the longer they will fit.

Bet you didn't know I lived with Wonder Woman. Jealous?

Bet you didn’t know I lived with Wonder Woman. Jealous?

Luckily for all of us, I have a decently stocked craft stash for my daughter. Very helpful for keeping little hands busy when I have my hands full with baby. Months ago, my sister-in-laws parents sent a bag of colored corn starch packing peanuts. If you haven’t seen them, they are insanely cool. Just a little dab of water and they stick together. Building little corn starch sculptures kept her busy for quite a while. And she did build some really cool things.

Best four bucks I spent this summer.

Best four bucks I spent this summer.

Somehow, their naps only overlapped by 15 minutes today. That was exactly enough time for me to make myself lunch and take a magic eraser to the train case I bought at an antique store. For Christmas, I am decorating the train case so L has a place to store all her jewelry. Getting the outside clean was the first step. Maybe tomorrow I can get the inside done. After that, I actually need to paint it. I am thinking big, bright flowers. Plus I bought some rhinestones to girly it up. All I know is time is running out. I think I picked a good year to buy quite a few gifts.

A major point of pride with me has been maintaining a schedule of home-cooked meals despite having a new baby. Tonight was brown rice with fried eggs and panko curry chicken...delish.

A major point of pride with me has been maintaining a schedule of home-cooked meals despite having a new baby. Tonight was brown rice with fried eggs and panko curry chicken…delish.

Probably the biggest perk of sitting still and nursing is it gives me time to think and plan. I always have my notebook in arm’s reach. So by the time anything happens, I am relatively prepared. The area that has been the biggest help is cooking. When E is at work, I really need to hit the ground running. The good news is, no one is starving.

And speaking of starving, some tiny little man is making squeaking sounds. That is my cue to go switch out some laundry and grab my markers. Next time I post, I will be sharing sketches. Some good, some bad, but they are happening. Bye until then!

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