Recognizing Middle Child Angst and What You Can Do to Address It

Hi lovies. I hope you are all having an amazing week. It’s been all kinds of interesting here. First, we had the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday. We spent the day spending time together as a family and catching up on some of the familial tasks, while discussing the importance of Dr. King’s legacy today. Then, yesterday, the area experienced a crisp clipper that dropped an inch or two of snow during the morning commute that shut down everything. The school alerts went from two hours to closed in about an hour. I ended up staying home to #telework (thank you, God for flexibility and internet) and caught up on work documentation. It was also then that I received confirmation of something I’d suspected for a while. Our eldest baby, Honeybee (3) is regressing. Well, no, not really.  That's been overly dramatic, but she is feeling left out and has been giving not-so-subtle hints for a while.

If I was attending to our infant daughter, she would laugh extremely loud and talk baby gibberish to make sure she was included in the conversation. Then, her subsequent conversations would be barely discernible because she would continue to talk in baby talk. If I asked her to do something that she has been doing on her own for months now, she would suddenly need help to complete the task (like dressing in the mornings or making her bed). I knew pretty quickly that she was crying for attention and spent some extra time with hugs and kisses, but she still seemed to be reaching. I decided I’d do some research on what she may be experiencing and came back with all kinds of hits for “Middle Child Syndrome”, which has some pretty scary stats by the way.

Weekend Recap: Playoffs

Hi everyone!  I'm just now sitting down from the conclusion of a pretty mixed weekend in our home.  It was just as I liked it.  Father Winter was kind enough to take the kids on a day trip to visit family giving me the first day sans children since the birth of our youngest daughter almost five months ago.  I honestly was so excited and had all of these terrific plans, and then ended up doing nothing except resting on Saturday.

I would have been super disappointed in myself for this, but dang it, when was the last time I allowed myself the luxury of just lounging without running around.  It has been super busy the last few weeks and a bit of me time was just what I needed.  I don't know why we moms (and dads, too) put so much pressure on ourselves to be there for everyone without taking time to recharge.  It's so important to have the downtime.  I have learned that if we aren't able to function, we are no good to anyone else.  And I needn't have felt bad for long.  It wasn't too long before it was time to make dinner.  I racked my brain for a while before settling on these Jerk Shrimp Kababs with Brown Rice for the family. Let me know if you would like the recipe.  I'll be glad to share.  I'm currently fasting from sweets, so the pineapples that beautifully accompany this dish are omitted this time. Don't worry!  They'll be there next time!

Friday Frazzle: My Weekly Snapshot

Hello everyone and happy Friday!  I hope your week has been wonderful!  It’s been super busy on my end, but that is always a good thing and I will not complain about that.  So, today is my first #FridayFrazzle.  Friday Frazzle is basically a quick snapshot of my week. I pull a few things that may have happened or that I’m doing and I’m sharing with you and asking you to feel free to do the same with me.

So, let’s begin!

Happy New Year..

Hello everyone!  Welcome to 2018.  A couple of weeks ago, I'd planned to do a countdown, a review of 2017, my #Infertility9 and all kinds of good stuff.  Then, my mother in love passed and I kind of didn't care about doing those things any more.  Funny how the importance of stuff changes from moment to moment.

Today, I'm feeling better about sharing and figured I'd touch on a bit of everything.  So let's begin.

2017 Review

What a year 2017 was.  We'd only JUST received our Beta on Christmas Eve in 2016 and here we were in January being discharged from our fertility clinic.  What an amazing and scary time that was.  Stepping away and debating about whom we would tell and how soon we would tell. We finally decided that, as we'd done in the past, we would allow God to direct our paths and He did in a major way.  We had a successful pregnancy, delivered a healthy baby girl (a shock to our #teamgreen guesses), and went through the fun of naming her.  In addition to the joys and highs of 2017, we faced sadness when my mother in love was called Home the day after Christmas.  The day before she'd been full of smiles.  Then, she was gone.  But we are still celebrating because we know exactly where she is and know we will see her again someday.