Yesterday marked two months since Nolan joined our family. Wow! Time flies by so fast! He is such a happy, easy going baby (except in the late evening…I guess everyone needs a fussy time). Recently he has started smiling and making all kinds of little happy noises. He loves to have company – definitely the social butterfly type of second child! If I walk out of the room or he is not included in what is going on, he cries. He particularly likes his play gym and bouncy chair right now.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
…random lessons from the life of a NYC mommy…
:: Sleep is not overrated. I’ve been getting more of it since Nolan has slept through the night (7+ hours) every night this week.
:: Elaine is too smart for her own good…sometimes. She helped herself to a screwdriver to try to open the battery compartment on Nolan’s play gym (when she couldn’t get the music to come on). Unfortunately, Nolan was right underneath her. Fortunately, Mommy walked in just in time!
:: Elaine watches everything. She has started nursing her baby doll this week. Then she burps Betsy. Just like I do with Nolan.
:: The news reporters and weather forecasters are not always right. Hurricane Irene was a bust, at least in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. They totally played it up too big. Ben was told by a reliable source this week that they were trying to make up for botching the snow removal from the Dec. 26th blizzard last year. We had rain, and some windy gusts. When we went to bed last night the Weather Channel said we had a “3-10% chance of Tropical Storm or Hurricane conditions.” (It wasn’t even a picture worthy storm…and that says a lot coming from someone who takes pictures of everything). I haven’t heard yet about the status of the lower areas, such as Sheepshead Bay/Coney Island near where our church is located.
:: 90% humidity is not good for getting clothes dried. My living room looks like a laundry facility with all of the makeshift drying contraptions holding wet towels and diapers!
:: Blogging provides inspiration. I enjoyed making some things for Elaine this week…all of which I found on other blogs.
- Ruffled Skirt – made from one of my old t-shirts, this project took me an hour (but that included interruptions).
- Pom-Pom Push-It – Just a sour cream container with a hole cut in the lid. Elaine has to push the pom-poms through the slightly smaller hole. Another easy project!
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Here are some summer activities that we have been enjoying:
Today marks one year since my Gramps stepped into eternity with Jesus. I can hardly believe that it has been a year. (Read more here and here). I’m sure the time has dragged by for Grams as she has had to make many life adjustments.
I was thinking about Gramps this week. I was remembering everything that took place at this time last year. I was leaving the Bay Mart after a regular shopping trip. Elaine was in the stroller. Mom called and I cheerfully answered the phone. She said, “It’s not happy news that I’m calling with. Gramps is in critical condition.” Gramps is the first loved one that I have lost, and it was very sudden. I just didn’t expect to hear my mom say those words.
After Dad and his siblings made it to Oklahoma to say their goodbyes, the decision was made to remove Gramps from life support. It was very early in the morning. Dad called me right afterward Gramps because I am an hour ahead and he knew I would be awake. It was one of the few times that I remember hearing my dad cry.
I remember talking to Grams on the phone. I needed some funeral details in order to book a bereavement airfare. For lack of knowing what to say, I asked how she was. Her response was, “God is good.” What a response in such a time of sadness!
As I thinking about these things, I also thought about these verses in 1 Thessalonians 4:
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
I’m comforted by the promise that we will see Gramps again. In fact, if the Lord tarries, Gramps will be one of the first ones to meet Jesus in the air. It’s sad when I remember that he is not here on earth with us anymore, but it makes me jealous to think that he is already in heaven, worshipping the Lord along with the angels.
Grams – I love you and I’m praying for you today.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Our downstairs neighbors just gave Nolan this play gym. Nolan was a typical male and showed little expression about the new toy. Elaine, however, was ecstatic. So Nolan was gracious enough to “share” his new toy with his older sister. He even put up with her demonstration of how everything works. Check it out…
Monday, August 22, 2011
I have been telling Ben all summer that I wanted to go and walk along the beach…any beach…in NYC. The last time we took in a sandy shoreline was in Virginia Beach over a year ago. Elaine now loves the water and playing outside, so I thought she would enjoy the waves on her toes and building sand castles. On a perfect-almost-fallish-evening we packed up our gear and headed for Manhattan Beach (which is really in Brooklyn).
I dressed Elaine in her swim suit underneath her clothes, even though I intended to walk and not swim at the beach. I guess that was silly thinking! We were busy setting down our bags and picking a spot in the sand while Elaine made a bee line straight for the waves. She went crashing in without regard to depth, sand, or salt. And she loved it! She floated, she sank, she held Daddy’s hand, and she shivered, but she did not want to get out.
When we finally convinced Elaine to warm up a little in the sand, she wanted only to knock down the sand castle rather than help build it up. Next we convinced her to help fill the moat with water, and she basked in that task! She even chased the seagulls and was none too pleased when Daddy made her turn around and come back to our “spot”.
Burying Elaine and Daddy in sand. (This is where the evening took a turn for the worst. Elaine decided to rub her eyes and got sand in them. She did not like the cold water we squirted in her eyes to clean them out!)
Even Nolan enjoyed some sun. It was a pleasant way to spend the evening. And I think Elaine is getting swim lessons for her second birthday!