Thankful for a Little Thing

On Thursday night I dreamt that I felt the baby kick.  I was taken aback because I haven’t really been anxiously awaiting to feel the baby move.  To be honest, I’ve been pretty relaxed throughout this pregnancy.

Anyway, as yesterday progressed, I thought more and more about that dream.  I wondered if perhaps it wasn’t a dream.  Did I actually feel the baby move while I was asleep and the sensation entered my dream?

As I was lying still going to bed last night, I can most assuredly tell you I felt movement.  It was ever so faint, and I only noticed it when I was still.  I’m so thankful for this little nudge.

And thanks for letting me share it with you. 🙂

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Our Morning Story

Nothing beats sneaking into her room right as she’s waking up.

Her little fingers start to wiggle.  Her legs start to kick.  Her eyes open and look around the crib.

She is so content lying there and at the same time eager to start the day.

Her eyes meet mine and, there it is, her smile that I’ve missed since the night before.

This is a Life Changer

I spoke with my amazing boss yesterday.  She’s one of the blessings I count in my life.  That’s why what I told her was really tough.  Like put it off an extra day tough.  I had to tell her that I was accepting a new job with less pay.   You see, I’ve accepted an entry-level position as a diaper changer.  Yep, I’m going to be a Stay-At-Home-Mom.

I had intended to return to work after my maternity leave.  God intended something else.

I’ll get to read a variety of books:

The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr

Bringing Up Girls by Dr. James Dobson

I’ll get to teach exciting subjects:

Bible Stories

Important Life Skills like Potty Training

I’ll get to visit cool places more regularly:

Zoos

Playgrounds

I’ll learn how to cook exciting new meals:

Baby Food

More Baby Food

Anyway, I hear that I might be promoted out of this entry-level position within a year.

Who wants a pacifier holder?

Edit:  Knitting pattern can be found here.

I knew that I would be making a lot of sacrifices as a mother.  Spending time with adults, going out whenever I wanted, showering, jogging, my house, clean laundry.  (Ok, these things make me sound like a slob, and I assure you that I am not.  Well, maybe a little?)  Without a doubt, the one thing I miss most as a new mother is sleeping through the night.  Coffee can only do so much.

As the result of holding a newborn who only sleeps when being held, I do a lot of web browsing with one free hand.  I read a lot of news articles and blogs.  I re-happened across this post by another cousin and was inspired to make my own pacifier holders.  I have been experimenting with some alternate designs, and I’m happy with how they have turned out.  See?

Sewn pacifier holder made with 100% polyester barnyard ribbon

Knit pacifier holder made with 100% cotton

Katie uses velcro to secure the pacifier to her handsome son’s holder.  Since I’m a mother to a beautiful girl, I wanted to avoid anything that would potentially damage a frilly outfit so I chose a polyester cord.

Pacifier holders are great for babies of all ages.  Newborns who spit them out with great force that they fly from your front door and into your lawn, or toddlers who like crawl around everywhere.  These holders will keep you from constantly retrieving pacifiers.

Every household should have at least one.

This is where the contest comes in.  I would like to give one of these away!  In the comment section below, please tell me about something you had to give up for someone, and do you regret it or not?  You don’t have to be a mom to comment.  Not even a dad.  Surely there is a small someone in your life who could use a pacifier holder and who is waiting for you to win them one.

Contest Details:  You will have until midnight on Mother’s Day (May 13, 2012) to reply (or rather, you have until I wake up very early on Monday morning).  I will pick a comment at random and then I will contact you to see which one you want.*   If you want another color than what is shown, I can let you know your ribbon or knit options.  I will ship this out at no cost to you.  Pacifier itself not included.

Cool, huh?  Now tell me your story.  🙂

* You’re better off picking the knit one.  My sewing skills are horrible.