Sunday, March 21, 2010

Farrah is Four Months! And Green Family Update!

Wow, another month has come and gone! (Pictures to come in the next day...)

Month 4 has been quite crazy and busy. While Farrah continues to be a sweet baby, she's placed her challenges with mama, too. We have been fighting it out for naps and she wakes up a good bit at night, most nights. (I'm a walking zombie lots of times). She is easy to get back to sleep with a paci but waking a lot none the less. I am trying all kind of different tactics, and each day I figure new things out about her and what does and doesn't work. I've re-learned that as much advice people give, mama still knows best! :)

She also doesn't like taking a bottle, so we are working at that. She will take it in her middle of the night feeding when she is asleep, so I know she can do it. So just figuring that out has made for some challenging nights with babysitters. Poor Chelsie got the best birth-control babysitting last night! Between Farrah screaming and Bella clogging the potty with toilet paper...

However, this morning was great when I went to wake HER up instead of the other way around at 8:15, and I got a big ol' smile! So, maybe we are turning a corner... or maybe she was exhausted from screaming at Chelsie last night... haha

I think all the time about how this is the hardest job I've ever had. Really I think of it more now that I have two kids. It's truly the hardest and most rewarding job I've ever done. But then I remembered a marketing job I had a couple of years ago (friends know what I'm talking about), and that was actually the hardest. Because it was so hard and I never felt like I was good enough, ahead of the game, or rewarded. Motherhood has so many rewards -- everyday. The joy and exhaustion - wouldn't have it any other way.

Sorry for that ... I just actually have time to blog and these are thoughts that go thru my head!

-eats about 6 times a day. 7:30, 10:30, 1:30, 4:30, 7 and 11pm (or whenever I'm about to go to bed and wake her to eat) on average.
-really liking the exersauser
-starting to kick toys and figure out her feet some
-like to chew/suck on her fingers when relaxing
-takes paci only when she's ready to sleep
-loves watching her big sister
-sleeping in the room with her big sister. screams and somehow doesn't wake her great sleeping big sister

Bella is so sweet and smart. Her current things:
-Knows all of her letters!! Can I just say, who named that letter "double-U" anyway?!? I think it should be said "Wha" like as in "Walrus"
-Still loves her babies, bunnies, raggyann, etc.
-Loves her baby sister. Likes to "hold hands" with her and says "I love you so much!"
-There's pretty much nothing she can't say. I really don't know what she doesn't know. It's amazing how she's basically a little girl now...
-it's amazing how much she still sleeps and through so much. she sleeps on average 8:30-8am and 2.5-3 hour nap everyday. And, she sleeps through farrah screaming at night. amazing. I guess this is one advantage to living downtown and having MARTA right outside....

Chris and I have been busy. I love blogging but truly had no time. Chris is working and is a great provider. Doing some great things at Buckhead Church! Then he's working basically another full time job with We love it; lots of work to do when you have your own biz and it's just YOU. :)

We've joined a new small group and getting to know them. We loved our last small group and finally ended after 4 years. So, just getting to know some new people and hear their stories. So we started something new, too, where we have a babysitter every Monday for it. It's fun to see Bella get excited for "Taylor" to come play.

Chris got his new camera and is loving it. Our Picasa site is full, so he started a Flicker site - check it out here.

I turned 30 a couple of weeks ago. It's kind of a weird birthday. First time I felt "old" or "older" -- I kind of treated it like a New Years in that I had some "resolutions" or "priorities". I get easily overwhelmed at all the pressures on me -- Clean house, social stuff, renovations, real estate work, OwnTheMix work, budgeting, couponing/ saving money, blogging!, all while being a good mom, wife, daughter, sister, granddaughter and friend. Oh, and then I want to add in there all the things I want to do: learn to sew and create things, be a better and healthier cook, EXERCISE!, and just do nice things for people.

My day usually looks something like this: Be a good mom, try to clean a little, scape dinner together, put kids in bed, work and then be a good wife. Very little time left for all the other stuff -- some of which are pretty darn important!! So I am trying to learn how it all works!

Basically, if I've never looked like I have it together, I don't. :)

Hopefully I will be at a place where I can blog more sometime...


Jill said...

Personally I'd WAY rather read a blog of someone who is real and never has it quite together, because, who does?! Definitely not me, at least. =) And you are so right - Mama always knows best. I've decided that's the #1 thing I've learned in Motherhood so far - God has given us these babies and he equips us! We can learn from others (I certainly love asking questions and reading others thoughts) but, at the end of the day, we have to trust the instincts he gave us. You are a fabulous Mommy and have such a precious family!

Tara said...

great update and glad you are all surviving. i'm wishing you a good night sleep soon. Cope and i have just joined a small group and really like it. It took a little while to get used to everyone but now they are like family. Tell Bella Ramsey says hi.

Chelsie said...

i think you are the best mom, sister, daughter, real estate agent, friend, wife ever. you're certainly still my role model. i love you so much. you're doing it right, i have no doubt about that.

and your daughters are such a blessing in my life. through everything last night i just wanted them to be happy. they make me so happy. good experience for birth control? sure. but certainly makes me excited to be a mommy.. in ten years ;)

Julie Tiemann said...

Great update! I'm with Jill - who DOES have it together? I sure don't!!

Lily was a great sleeper until about four months old and then we went through a rough patch for several weeks. She's over it now though. I think Amelia did the same thing. In our case, I think it was a growth spurt or development or something. Hope for your sake that Farrah changes soon - I know how bad sleep deprivation can be!!!

Nana Julie said...

Wow! I've been waiting for an update & it was worth the wait. Like I told you on your birthday, you turning 30 just proves that time flies when you are having fun! So, what is the most important thing you can do is love on those beautiful babies & wonderful husband that God has given you. Because before you know it, they will be grown & have families of their own! The housework can wait. I am a true believer in that - still am ;). Just relax & enjoy the ride. You are a great mom, daughter, and all the other wonderful things you do. Love you.

And remember when things are not going smoothly:
We are making memories here people!!

"GG" said...

I love your honesty and pure raw thoughts and feelings about being a daughter, wife, mother, friend, etc. You are doing a wonderful job at the HARDEST job on EARTH!!! No one really understands until they have to do it and what you have to jungle to make it work. I love that you have discovered that making memories is more important than making sure everything is in it's place. One can drive themselves and others crazy trying to do it is really impossible to do everything well. So I am glad you have the foresight and wisdom to do what is best for you and your family! I couldn't love you more if you were my very own daughter...and I truly consider you the one I never had! Love ya!!!