Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy New Year

One of my favorite bloggers, Tsh at, posts these Questions for Reflection for the New Year annually. Last year I thought about them for a few minutes, pondering how my year had gone. This time I'm gonna think about each one for more than just a couple of minutes. I'm going to REALLY think about them, and write the answers down. Here are some of them... abbreviated ;)

What was the single best thing that happened this year?

Well, that's easy, right? ;)

What was the single most challenging thing that happened?
Balancing the needs of 3 children, Aaron, myself and all the other important people and activities in our lives. Having a new baby with 2 preschoolers and a husband who's had a challenging and very time consuming year at work has been, well, challenging. For all involved.

What was an unexpected joy this year?
Getting to visit my old and dear friend Tracie in Tennessee. It's been sooooo long since we've seen each other and I've never visited her in TN. So even though it was for such a sad sad reason (the funeral of her brother), being able to put my eyes on her and my arms around her was such an unexpected joy.

Pick 3 words to describe 2011.

Character building opportunity

What were the best books you read this year?

Ummm... did I read??? Just kidding, um, sort of. I read the 7th Harry Potter (for the 3rd time) and it was awesome (again :) I started the Aunt Dimity series of cozy mysteries while on bed rest and I'm totally hooked.

With whom were your most valuable relationships?

This is a really good one. I like this question a lot and have given it much thought.

What was your biggest personal challenge from January to December?

Getting back to my pre-pregnancy weight!!! And mission accomplished and then some!!!! Can you tell I'm proud ;)

What was your single biggest time waster in your life this past year?

THE TELEVISION! I have given up most tv in the past 6 months. No more reality tv. No more flipping channels at night. I still have a few favorites I DVR, and my goal is to turn on the tv, watch my show and turn it off! And I'm doing pretty well, although it's incredibly easy to slip right back in to the flipping channels habit.

What was the best way you used your time this past year?

I think the only possible answer for me is spending time with my kids. Really really spending time with them. Leaving the cereal on the floor, the laundry unfolded and the phone on silent and walking with them as they ride their scooters around the block. Playing memory and Go Fish. Making a huge mess baking brownies. There are so many other ways that I spend my time, gratifying ways, but I believe this is the BEST way.

What was the biggest thing you learned in 2011?
In terms of practical learning, how to manage the households finances. And I should emphasize learnING, nor learnED.

In terms of  big life learning, really facing and trying to accept that my children are participants in this world, this society, not just in this family. For good and sometimes for not-so-good, other people, other participants in this world, will help shape them and the lives they lead.

Create a phrase or statement that describes 2011 for you.

While I definitely won't be sorry to put much of 2011 behind me, I've stretched and grown in ways I didn't know I ever would. I'll take what I learned with me into what I hope will be a happier, easier 2012.

Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Ready for the runway

Lola has really been expressing her own individual style lately, changing her cloths several times a day and pulling inspiration from all sections of her wardrobe.
I call this look "mixed seasons". Is it summer, time for swimming? Is it winter, jacket weather? Or is it March, time for her birthday? A fashionista like Lola shouldn't have to choose!

Lola chose this outfit very deliberately for school. She was very proud of herself, and I'm proud of her as well.  As her Oma pointed out, Lola at 3 looks a lot like I did at 15!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Prematurity Awareness Day

12 million babies worldwide were born too soon this year, one million of whom didn't survive. November 17th in National Prematurity Awareness Day. If you've never done so, why not take a minute and learn a little about premature birth and what the March of Dimes is doing to help?

Because of the research they've supported, through donations by people just like you, babies born too soon are given a fighting chance for survival. Because people took the time to read, learn and donate to organizations like the March of Dimes, children like Lola and Jackson survive and thrive despite coming into the world long before their little bodies are ready. Because people care, people just like you, my tiny little preemies

have been able to grow into strong happy preschoolers.

I am so grateful for the March of Dimes for raising awareness of premature birth as well as money to help in the fight against it. I'm grateful for the researches dedicated to finding out causes and working out solutions. I am grateful to the doctors and nurses who spend their careers, their lives, working with mothers and babies affected by premature birth. And I am grateful for all the people who donate their time and money to help in the fight. Thank you all!

Friday, November 11, 2011

6 months already???

As hard as it is for me to believe Molly is already 6 months old. Half a year has gone by and our lives have changed so much... and then changed again and again will again in about 5 minutes. Its going by so fast, and while I can't slow down time to get more of "baby Molly" before she becomes "toddler Molly," I am trying to savor this stage a little more than I did with Jackson and Lola.

I've often said I wished their infancy away, constantly hoping, praying and wishing for the next stage to come so things would get "easier." Well I've tried to resist the temptation to do the same this time around. I can see how fast it's going. "How fast?" you might be wondering... well, Molly is now mobile! She is crawling (slowly) about 5 steps before needing a break. Considering that's about 3 more than she could do yesterday, I'm figuring tomorrow she might be up to 7. And while this is very exciting for her and for the rest of us who like to watch and cheer and smile, it's also terrifying. My house is absolutely not ready for a crawling baby!

I have a video of her crawling but alas, my antiquated (4 1/2 yr old) Mac operating system doesn't support the new version of firefox that I need to in order to upload video to my blog. (How is one supposed to keep up, really) And so for now, until I can get over to the Mac store and get one of those genius kids to help me install Snow Leopard or Lion or Giraffe or whatever zoo animal is the latest and greatest, you're stuck with a picture. This is her right before se crawled over to get the camera.

We went to Molly's 6 month checkup this week and she is doing great! She's 17 pounds 4 ounces and in the 74% for weight, healthy we like to say ;) She's doing all the normal 6 month old things including sitting and crawling and getting really mad when I put her down and walk away.

She's not eating as much as solid food as she "should" be, honestly because I haven't made it a point to fit it in... undressing her and feeding her and then bathing and redressing her. That 15 minutes twice a day is being allocated to other things at this point. So instead of eating solids 2-3 times per day as recommended by her pediatrician, we're getting to it about 2-3 times per week. Kinda like the spilled cereal under the table, we'll get to it eventually ;)

She is getting over an ear infection that has been quite annoying both to her and me. She's been crankier and not sleeping as well as usual and I assume the ear has something to do with it. Although at this age it can really be anything, ear hurts or growth spurt or teeth coming or fear of being alone or.... But she did sleep through the night last night for the first time in a week so hooray for that! Speaking of cranky baby not wanting to be left alone, my time is up! I'll be working on the new operating system and video upload situation, check back!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Calm Amid the Chaos

Molly often sits in a zen-like state while Lola and Jackson run like tasmanian devils around her, leaving a trail of used and discarded preschool crafts in their their wake. Here she is a amid post playdough wreckage, so calm and accepting of the chaos that was just going on around her. I strive but often fail to achieve that state myself.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Life as 5 Freedmans

I've been facing a tough blogging decision for a while now; how do I continue blogging about our family, more specifically ALL 3 of our kids, on a blog dedicated to Lola and Jackson? Do I simply rename it, leave the domain the same and move forward. That would certainly be the easiest and quickest solution. 

But unfortunately that wouldn't take care of another problem I've experienced: blog hackers. I have been recording way more reader activity than is actually possible for about a year. It doesn't bother me to the point of losing sleep. There are no images on my blog that I would consider inappropriate and there's no content that is so private that I would be devastated to find out an unknown person in Germany was passing it off as their own. But it's still kind of uncomfortable since I have no idea what all this traffic is actually doing with my site. I'm not computer literate enough to delve deeper into the problem. And honestly I really don't feel like dealing with it. 

So rather than snoop into the snooping I'm going to kill two birds with one blog, as the saying goes. So begins "5 Freedmans."

I'm leaving "The Adventures of Lola and Jackson" up for now. I won't be adding content but it will be out there in cyberspace until I figure out a way to move everything over to this blog, and who knows how long that will take. Also, as you probably already know, I've linked to this blog in the old one so you all will be able to find me. I know, I know... but then won't the hackers just follow me over to this blog. I guess that's a risk, but I have a suspicion that the hackers aren't actually human, but rather computers using people's domains to do whatever it is that hacking computers do. Since they don't actually read the blog post, I'm hoping this will outsmart them, at least for now. 

So here we are, officially moving on from the adventures of our adorable twins to life with 3 little beauties: