And life is good

Despite the fact that I haven't blogged in nearly a month, life is going GREAT.  Five kids is definitely an adjustment, but it's not unmanageable.  Morty and Ferdie are absolute angel babies, and the other three are great with them 90% of the time.

I probably shouldn't say this because A) I might jinx it, 2) you might hate me, and D) I can't take the credit, but Morty and Ferdie have been sleeping through the night since they were 7, (yes, seven) weeks old.   Like I said: they are angel babies.  And when I say sleeping through the night, I mean they go to bed between 9 and 10 and wake up between 7 and 8. 

I get asked this a lot, so sorry if this is TMI, but yes, I breastfeed.  Yes, both of them.  Yes, at the same time.  It saves so much time over feeding them separately; I can't even imagine.  They currently eat 5-6 times per day for about half an hour, making about 3 hours of my day dedicated to (and strapped to the couch) feeding them.  If I fed them separately, that would be SIX hours people.  I don't have that kind of time to be sitting on the couch.  I have a twin nursing pillow (that is no longer produced, or I'd link to it), but I actually just ordered this one in lime and am little too excited about it.  (In the interest of full disclosure, I actually bought mine on eBay, and only spent about half... that's the way to do it.)

I listen to a Christian radio station much of the time and they purport to be the "fun, faith, and family way to start your day."  I'd like to assert that Christmas is the fun, faith, and family way to start your year.  At least it was for us.  With my brothers in town for the holidays, we spent an inordinate amount of time up north at my parents' and in-laws'.  And it was wonderful.  I say that there is no better way to celebrate the birth of our Savior than by spending time with loved ones. 

Even if they are large, hairy, or noisy. 

Or all three.


But spending that much time celebrating can take its toll.  I used to say {jokingly} in high school that I was an insufficient bulimic; I binged but I didn't purge.  I think the whole month of December was a giant binge-fest, and now it's time for the purge.

But don't worry, I won't be sticking my finger down my throat.  Much like last year, I will be participating in a health/fitness challenge.  This one is a little different.  If you're curious, you can learn more about it here

I'm excited about it, because it encompasses almost all of my New Year's resolutions and gives me even more motivation to get this year off to a good start.  The journaling aspect isn't one I was looking for, but I don't mind it, and the random act of service might be a little tricky since I don't leave my house most days, but I'm sure I'll find plenty of opportunities close to home. (If I can do something for you, let me know!)

And speaking of New Year's resolutions, here are mine. 

Last year, my resolutions were a little nebulous and hard to pin down and measure.  I will not be making that same mistake this year.  

First: Read my scriptures EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.  Why is that so hard?  I hope it's not just me.

Second: Exercise at least three times per week.  Mostly that means running.  I started running again when the boys were 6 1/2ish weeks old, but it's been hit-and-miss with the holidays. 

Third: Finish my Personal Progress and receive my Young Womanhood Recognition by my birthday.  I could have finished by my last birthday, but I totally slacked. 

Of course, there are plenty of other things I want to get done/accomplish this year, but these are the ones I'm going to focus on.  Like last year, I intend to check in here and update you with the progress/success I'm having, but I don't know that it will be quarterly.  (And speaking of, I'll work on a wrap-up/fourth quarter post sometime soon.)

I should probably post some of the five hundred million pictures that have been taken of me and/or my family/kids, but since most of them aren't on my computer (yet) you just get to wait. :)


Janssen said...

I was wondering about breastfeeding, so not TMI in my opinion. I stared at that pillow for a long time, trying to figure out how it might work. Then I realized there were pictures below. I am not that bright. . .

Grant said...

I feel like there may or may not have been some very pointed comments in my direction....was that just me?

Momma Strain said...

you're super woman.

Jwlz said...

I have a habit of not reading everyday as well. I tend to 'forget' once or twice here and there.

And I thought I was the only one that didn't didn't complete YW Personal Progress. I should think about working on that this year, too.

I wish you the best of luck on your new year resolutions.