{Today's Letters}

Thursday, May 08, 2014


Dear Timothy James, in the last 24 hours you've done 3 loads of laundry, mopped the floors, cleaned the bathrooms, watered the garden, fed the chickens, changed enough poopy diapers to fill a landfill, and have somehow managed to schedule an estimate to get a tree removed in our back yard. You. Are. Amazing. Dear Brave, yesterday you decided to nurse at Cherokee Park while coming home from our walk. Thankful to have already experienced our first picnic together. Dear Readers, when your sweet babe hasn't napped all day and you feel like drowning, thoughtful friends who leave granola bars on your front steps are better than floaties. Dear Mr. Loerke, today was Brave's due date. I can't imagine the last two weeks without her. I love parenting this little honey bee with you more than a 30 minute nap at 4am! Over and out.

Happy Thursday! T-minus three days until we'll be celebrating Mother's Day at the HH with smoked brisket, one of Noel's pies, and yard games with friends. What are your plans?

9 comments:

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Homemade granola with a bit of scripture? You have some awesome friends. :)

Suz said...

{Apologies in advance for the super long comment...} Love today's photo - completely captures the beauty/exhaustion of being a new mama. I texted this winner to my husband on my first day home alone with my very fussy newborn (http://tinyurl.com/luc7lat) with the message "Is it 6pm yet?". Thankfully, we've both come a long way in six short months (http://tinyurl.com/py5ys5y)! Those early days are the hardest and sweetest... A word of encouragement, my little was a horrendous napper for 5 months & refused to nap longer than 20 minutes in her crib, but would sleep forever in my arms. I finally decided to stop fighting it and to just savor naps with her in my arms while I watched movies or in our carrier where she loved to snuggle up to me. Magically, at 6 months with a little bit of tough love, she started taking "proper naps" in her crib. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, wish I could go back in time and tell my frazzled self that! (Oh - and nursing in the park? You haven't lived until you've whipped out your lady parts in a public place. Cheers!)

Melissa Plath said...

Mother's day plans: Buy a new grill and a good cut of meat and pig out!

As for being a new mama, I've got a six month old. All I can say is how badly I miss the sleep deprived nights and the little nugget that needed me for everything. It's beautifully heartbreaking watching your little one grow and learn new things. He's crawling and sitting up and pooping actual turds now, and I wouldn't be mad for a second if he decided to crawl back up inside me!

Also, kudos to your for nursing in public...I always feel like a superhero when I do and a stranger tells me what a good job I'm doing!

Anne said...

My plans for Mother's day? Celebrating my birthday (Thanks Mom & Dad!) with friends and family!

p.s.: I love the photos illustrating your blog, your inspiring life...

Josh and Haley said...

This post-definitely describes being a new mama well- just staying afloat! Love it! So glad you have precious friends to keep you encouraged! Sounds like you are doing great- taking walks and getting out always made me feel like I was still a real person! I remember the first time I nursed in public and it felt soooo weird to whip it out anywhere other than my house! But by the third baby I was so over it:). Hope you get se sleep and have a great Mother's Day! My plans are to spend some one on one time with each of my littles. We usually travel as a posse so I am hoping to do something fun with each of them this weekend!

Brooke said...

Thank you for posting your experiences through pregnancy and new motherhood. I am 40 weeks today, anxiously awaiting this little nuggets arrival and it's nice to have a glimpse into our not so distant future! Holy sh%# this is gonna be crazy :)

Happy Mother's Day!

Hannah J said...

Mother's Day here in the UK is celebrated in March - usually around the 17th depending on when the Sunday falls.

Today my friend delivered her second daughter. I think I was in the top 5 people who got to hug Baby Girl first. I held her for like 10 minutes then gave Chris a turn. About 20 mins and an obs check later I stole her back and didn't let to for like an hour. If I'm like that with someone else's kid what on earth am I going to be like in 8 weeks ish when our little one decides to show up.

Hannah J said...

My comment below about meeting my friend's daughter - I got a call from another friend asking me to go to the supermarket and get some bottles and some formula. Oh my life there are so many choices!! There were like 3 brands then normal formula, one with extra stuff in for hungry babies and then one for colicky babies and then another one for something else and they were all for newborn babies - unless I really can't I am do sticking to boob when baby arrives! Either that or I'm going to be asking the midwife which ones I actually need lol.

Turns out that technically it was other friend making the decision for new mum friend. (Made me a little cross as it's new mums choice and kind of is none of other friend's business!).

And by being on boob - don't have to worry about running out of formula at 4am on a Sunday when the store is closed lol.

Robyn said...

Brave is one beauty- as are you.

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