For example, we learned that we do not need to bring the MASSIVE pack’n’play with us next time, the stroller would have been nice (if traveling alone), I need a different traveling bag besides the Petunia pickle bottom (something a bit larger, but not too big, and better for organizing), Andrew and I could have shared a bag for our stuff, Elyse’s stuff could have been put with our stuff as well, we needed to do laundry if we stayed any longer, more bibs are a good idea, bottles needed more preparation (and more guidance on how to bottle feed), and extra room to take things back!!
Even though it was a bit of a whirlwind, we really enjoyed getting to see our so great to see our close family and friends! We also took our first date night since she has been born. I know a lot of parents don’t get that much needed luxury until at least a year of their child’s life, but it was sure nice to be given the opportunity (and it was nice to know that the babysitters didn’t mind at all either, haha! In fact, we were almost shoved out the door as we took our time leaving! I love that her grandparents love her so much).
Besides patience and anger, self-control and discipline were some other areas I found I have not been neglecting as well. The self-control issue is very obvious by the way I cannot control my ability to reach for the third or fourth cookie and continue to eat a variety of snack mixes, even when I am far beyond satisfied. I have tried in many ways to convince myself that it looks much more dainty and proper of me to eat food in small portions, with slower, smaller bits. However, I just can’t get that down… I look anything but Audrey-Hepburn-dainty when I consume my sweets and my meals. It actually shows my careless attitude to restrain from temptations, period. Thus, I have taken a period to fast and pray for this area to be refined by taking a break from sugars and chocolate (my trigger areas, as my mother-in-law calls them!) until Thanksgiving. Therefore the ‘Fast before Feasting’ shall be put into motion as of today.
Speaking of discipline, I am in training for a possible marathon. This is for two reasons: 1) I have never run a marathon before and I really want to before our next child, and 2) if I am going to keep myself from having another little one, I need a legit excuse (because I am totally ready for number 2!!!). I am putting to practice some of world-famous marathoner’s, Kara Goucher, tips for training and getting speed. They had paid off as Andrew and I were able to run at a 7:15 pace for 3.5 miles! It was awesome to be out in the warm weather enjoying some running with my lovey again. O the things you take for granted before you have little ones….
As for Elyse, she is almost 2 months old and more alert than ever! We have not heard a giggle from her yet, but we look forward to hearing one soon. She has put on some more weight (don’t know about how much, but she has) and is a able to focus better on you. The coos and the baby talk just got more intense too, and I am almost positive that she said ‘I love you mama’ while we were traveling (though Andrew will deny this with everything he’s got, haha!).
Lastly, I will leave you with the current pictures we have of snow. We went from 70 degree (Alaska summer) weather to a foot of snow at our arrival!!! We had to dig our truck out of the snow and pray the whole way home for safety. Yes, our lives are definitely a lot more complicated now with the factors of sliding and snow blowing rolling in with each new layer of snow covering. Ohhhhhh Alaska!
Here is a fun picture our neighbor, who took Eli for the weekend, sent me: