Wednesday, May 02, 2007

The Toddler


This picture pretty much sums up Johnny. Overall very sweet but if you look closely in his eyes you see a hint of mischief. Some days feel non-stop, if I turn my back for a second he is into or on or under or eating something he shouldn't. Makes me a little nervous to think of trying to sit and nurse a newborn when this little hurricane will be running rampant. Also it forces me to try to discriminate when he is being downright naughty or when he is simply being the vivacious and curious lover of life he was made to be. I don't want to encourage the naughty nor do I want to discourage the wonder. I need to keep him busy, that's for sure. It's been pretty challenging the last few weeks because I am exhausted. I hate it, I want to enjoy these last months when Johnny can have me to himself but I am realizing he is already sharing me now. I can tell he senses this because as it becomes more and more difficult to carry him around he is asking me to hold him much more than he used to. Pregnant or not, at nearly 35lbs that is no easy task! I know I wrote about how fast this pregnancy is going but suddenly it seems to have slowed to a crawl and I am really eager to be done. Maybe it's because I've been reading the blogs of some very expectant moms or maybe it's because I held a precious little nine week old today. Sigh. In the meantime, I have plenty to keep me busy. And by plenty, I mean this crazy kid..

By the way..thank you all who commented on my last post. I just received those comments today. I guess I accidentally changed a setting that requires me to publish those comments. I tried to undo the setting but it hasn't worked. Argh!
Anyways, it's nice to know that others share my plight. My dreams have left me alone for the most part, now if only my bladder would let me sleep!

11 comments:

Paul & Kameron Morton said...

The bladder thing is the worst. I think I got up every night of at least the last two months. It is good to hear from you though... gives me some idea of what I'm in for with Aidan. I just got started & am ready to be done so I can't imagine being farther along!! :) I will pray that God gives you peace about your next little one and that maybe He'll give some of that to your precious boy while you're nursing the new baby!!

Jenny Lilac said...

It is hard to find balance between discipline and letting them keep their sense of wonder and discovery - I hope someday I can figure out that balance with my little one.

Mimi said...

It's really hard, I agree, and I'm not a champion on finding parenting balance, I'm afraid to say.

annie said...

I've been told that the two pictures I posted aren't loading but they are when I check on my browser. Anyone else not seeing the images?

Anonymous said...

test

Bluecanopy said...

Annie,

One picture is showing up for me...Johnny is sticking out his tongue and looking through a playhouse window...

I remember dreading the adjustment to having two mostly because I was a little scared and couldn't imagine entertaining Basil while caring for Juliana. Somehow it works...you'll get the hang of it.

We read A LOT of books on the couch...coloring while sitting or laying :), blanket forts, etc.

Eventually I could take him out to the park or outside to play. Usually Juliana slept either in the sling or in her carrier...I was soooothankful for the newborn sleeping because it helped me keep the closeness with Basil...I always (well, often) tried to do something with him when she was out.

It took me a while to really realize how GOOD a sibling is for the older one to have...they learn about sharing mom and setting aside their urgent "needs" as situations sometimes require and as much as a two-year-old can do that :)

The transition was hard for me, I won't deny it...but honsetly, I think goin from none to one was more difficult. You're already in the mom mode now.

Hang in there sister...and enjoy these last months with your lively and spunky boy!

Sorry for rambling...

annie said...

Thanks. I guess it's a pretty universal struggle we share as mothers. It really is encouraging to know that we all grapple with these issues.
I think I solved the picture problem. Am I right?

doro said...

i love the picture of him "growling." even though we have no kids, i always appreciate your honesty and hope that i can be the same way when i'm a mom some day! you are an inspiration.

Lauren S. said...

I'm uneasy about having two as well.

One thing my Presbytera told me that was so sweet was that one of the best gifts you can give your children is another baby. I think that is so sweet, and being an only child, I think of all the times I begged my parents for a baby and how now I really wish I had a sister or a brother.

Rebeca said...

Oh, I know what you mean about trying to find balance and discern what's just lots of energy and what's naughty. I have a 4 1/2 year old boy who is very full of life! And a two year old girl. I hope this last part of your pregnancy goes well, and doesn't drag too much!
Blessings!

Paul & Kameron Morton said...

Picture problem solved... and I LOVE the first picture. You described him so well... I can SEE that glimmer of mischief! Thanks for your note on my blog by the way- I love that you protected your nest as long as you could (I'm not a cat fan so I got upset with you). The mama hummingbird is about 2 stories up so she's pretty safe. If I can get pics of the babies, I'll post them in memory of your baby birds!! :)