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Accomplishment Anxiety

When Bryce and I found out that we were expecting this cute little bugger

we were pumped!  I couldn’t wait!  Everyone told me that it would change things, BUT I thought that being from a family of eleven and being a pretty hard working person, that I would be able to manage it perfectly.  I mean, especially since I’m taking the year off for maternity, I’ll be able to get A LOT done!  psshhhh 

I always told Bryce that our house would never look like those homes of those “people who have kids.” 

 (Ok, I know this is exaggerated a bit)

I had this vision in my head of Bryce coming home from work to dinner prepared, home cleaned, filing cabinet organized, bassoon practiced, and Micah content from all the playing and learning.  (Stop laughing at me)

Things are definitely starting to come along easier, don’t get me wrong (all the mothers of multiple children are now shaking their heads).  I think what I’ve been experiencing is “accomplishment anxiety”.  I have all of these things in my head that I want to accomplish and check off of my list while home on leave, but none of them are getting checked!  I need to keep reminding myself that my primary purpose at this point is caring for Micah.

I recently read this and thought it worth sharing.  It was a great reminder for me:  

Author Anna Quindlen, in her book Loud and Clear said, “The biggest mistake I made as a mother is the one that most of us make…..I did not live in the moment enough.  This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs.  There is one picture of the three of my children sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages 6, 4, and 1.  And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night.  I wish I had not been in a hurry to get on to the next things: dinner, bath, book, bed.  I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less.”


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Fall Photo Shoot

The sun was shining, the air cool and crisp, the trees changing and our 7-month old son was cute as all get out!  Time for a fall photo shoot.  Bryce was the guy behind the camera, I was the crazy lady trying to get Micah to crack a smile.  I think that the cars driving by our apartment thought I was nuts.  I used Picnik online editing and I think the pictures turned out GREAT!  These were my favorites:

Man, who are his parents?!  tee hee

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A Modern-Day Snow White

In celebrating Amy’s birthday, we went out to Stoney Creek Apple Orchard yesterday.  It’s finally autumn when you get out to the orchard!  The evening was complete with cider, donuts, a hayride, pumpkins and APPLES!  We had a great day (besides the awful football game)……

Micah loved the orchard!  Although any time he’s outside and with Dad, he’s generally a happy baby…just like his Mommy.  tee hee    Here we are decked out for our team.  It’s still great to be a Michigan Wolverine!  Next year, next year- I love when I trash talk my family and then have to eat it.

While picking some Ida apples we decided to create a modern-day snow white.  I hope you enjoy the presentation starring Amy (snow white), Jenny (the wicked witch), and Ryan (prince charming).  Enjoy our contemporary re-enactment.  ONCE UPON A TIME..


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This past week Micah has come down with a cold.  I wonder if colds are worse for the child or the parent?  Regardless, his poor little nose has been extremely congested which means one thing for an infant- the dreaded nose bulb syringe.

HE HATES IT!  And if it’s not already hard enough to use, try doing it while your baby is thrashing every appendage.  This got me thinking….  I’ve heard of several pet owners that have felt it important to try out whatever they’re going to use on their pets to make sure that it’s humane.  For example, my dog Mac had a shock collar for about a year because he kept running across the street to our neighbors home.  My Dad tried a “shock” to make sure that it wasn’t too intense for Mac.

(This looks like a sad Mac with a shock collar)

That being said, do you know any adults who have tried the bulb syringe for sucking snot?  I’ve heard of adults using it for a spraying saline, but how about for suction?  I think an adult version would have to have a wider “snout”.  Wouldn’t that be weird if we used them?  Why don’t we use them, are they really that terrible?  Well, excuse me while I go retrieve some boogies from Micah’s nose.  If you happen to decide to try this, please upload a video and picture to my blog! 

In other news, IT’S GREAT TO BE A MICHIGAN WOLVERINE!  Go UM!  Beat that little annoying brother of yours!  tee hee 

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After Micah was born, Mom T. hooked us up with several pieces of clothing that used to belong to Bryce as a baby.  One of them being an adorable cowboy shirt.  You can see it in this picture of Bryce below:

Micah and I decided to do a little photo shoot to compare father and son. (you would NOT believe how difficult it is to find a red cowboy hat!)  Bryce is clearly younger in his picture above, but the similarities are unbelieveable!  Check out that nose!   

 Ride on cowboy!

Micah is such a good sport for humoring his mother! 

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