Monday, November 19, 2007

A New Balancing Act

I bet you are wondering what has happened to us. Seeing as I am now a mother, I have new responsibilities and have not yet balanced a new schedule, therefore leaving me in a pickle when it comes to writing a blog. It's not that I haven't thought about writing, it's just finding time between normal responsibilities and the new ones, like feeding a baby every few hours and changing baby's diaper and cuddling baby. All this takes up time... Time with which, before Josh entered picture, I had nothing better to do with than to sit at the computer and update the world with the menial happenings in my life. And seeing as I have left you all in the dark about my new motherhood, and Josh is contentedly sleeping in his cradle (at the moment), I take this opportunity to tell you the joys I have been experiencing.

Josh is three weeks old today and has already gained a pound and a half (as of Friday). He has also grown a full inch. That brings him up to 10 lbs. 1 oz. and 22 inches. He looks huge and I cannot imagine ever having to give birth to a ten pound baby. I don't know how Mom gave birth to my 9 lb. 12 oz. brother. He is still amazingly beautiful (naturally) except that he has broke out with a rash on his face. Poor little guy looks as if he has poison ivy crawling all over his cheeks and eye lids. Hopefully it is calming down now and will soon go away. I can't have Shelly taking photos of him with an ugly rash, even if she does have a beautifier...

So as of late, I have been snuggled up in my cozy little house with my baby, trying to balance cleaning in between breast feeding. It seems that, if I go one day without cleaning, I will never be able to catch up. Josh, of course, takes precedence over anything else and I much prefer it that way. But I am now able to sympathize with those Mothers who have many children and a messy house. And to make matters worse, I have a husband who leaves a dark cloud of grossness behind him, no matter where he goes. I think I have given up on my basement completely. I have cleaned it several times now, and after this latest project I wash my hands of the mess and give it up. The basement will be messy from now until who knows when. After writing this, I will probably end up cleaning the basement in a short while as I usually do when
I give up a mess. After all, I must go to the basement quite frequently because the washing machine is there and I can't just ignore the stuff everywhere. Don't get me wrong, I have a very crafty hubby who is great when it comes to making things like outdoor boilers and work benches. I am very proud of him, but it's hard to keep up with him especially since he is completely unorganized.

I don't know why I went off on a cleaning tangent when I was just going to tell you about little Josh. Now what do you want to know about the new adventure I find myself on?

7 comments:

Martha said...

Today I am thankful for sawdust. It is not very hard to clean up.

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

Hey, that precious little boy is the most important thing in your life!

gmj said...

okay, well, smelled any flowers lately? How about something you do for you? Important person, you. found your toenails yet? can you wear your rings yet? As much as I (an ant on the blog) love little Josh, you were in my life first and I will always love you most. :)
See, nobody else can say that out loud, even if they feel it, Gmj has some privilages being so far away!

Rachel said...

Little ones change our lives for the better. God teaches us a lot through them. You sound like you're a great mommy. Isn't it fun having a young life so dependent on you to please them? I've always enjoyed being a mom, not to say there haven't been some very frustrating times.

Gudl said...

It sounds like you are doing very well. The fact that you even find some time to go to the computer is amazing! It is great that Josh sleeps good inbetween feedings etc. ... sounds like he is no 'fuzzer'..
All my kids (3) had rashes in her faces that came from the hormones from breastfeeding. That will go away by itself, but it can take a while.

Anonymous said...

ah my love...each day is like Christmas...you never know what wonderful gift you shall open today...Housework will be there when you get there...the basement will also be there...the laundry..well okay some things etc etc...however...with our babies...we only go through this life once and we do not get a second chance ... to enjoy and savour each and every moment with that baby...with your health..with a great marriage..savour each little moment with passion and great zest...and guilt about dirty dishes never served much purpose...live...love...laugh and be happy my sweet and wonderful young woman!

Heather said...

Bethany, it sounds like you are doing exactly what you should be doing! You are enjoying your baby and you fit the rest of the stuff in whenever you get to it! It will all be there waiting for you later. Little Joshy will only be 10 lbs. this one time, so keep up the good work and enjoy.