Monday, February 24, 2014

All sorts of POSITIVITY

February, a month to be cherished and remembered by it's lovely weather, healthy children and low utility bills. A month so full of activity that children graciously accept bed time and sleep soundly though the night. The lure of convenient food never crosses our dinner table and sweat pants stay tucked neatly in my drawer, never to be worn. It is all sunshine and roses around here....SUNSHINE AND FREAKIN ROSES.

Don't be fooled by their sweet smiles. Even little Brigid has been extra feisty lately. Since the start of the month she has slept all of ZERO hours in her crib. She will be sound asleep, deep deep asleep, so asleep that the thought of her sleeping peacefully in her crib seems attainable, but immediately after laying her down POP open her blue eyes. And to make things easier for my sleep deprived self, I decided to potty train Johnny because WHAT THE HECK we're not going anywhere anyways!!

One of Brigid's new games:

First she spots the toy.

 Then she goes in for the swipe.

And finally tug and war ensues, always resulting in Johnny's favor leaving Brigid with the saddest most adorablest face ever.

After thoroughly shattering her brothers heart, he makes her smile again by swapping in a baby toy.

 And then she's all smiles again.

Johnny has also picked up on a new fun game called "throw the elmo out of the crib, forcing mom to come in to give it to me over and over and over again."

And because this post has taken the most positive route possible, I figured why not add how wisely I had used my time this morning and removed everything from the top shelves in our kitchen, you know, just for fun.

It's been real February.


Saturday, February 1, 2014

St. Brigid of Kildare

I was reminded by a friend that today is the feast day of St. Brigid, our little Brigid's namesake! After the night we had last night with little B, I was grateful for the opportunity to ask this beloved Saint for special graces to get through the day. ;)

When we found out we were expecting another girl, I immediately began stressing over her name. There's so much pressure in naming a child. You want it to be individual, yet not too out there (if you know what I mean). I just knew I had to leave this one up to God. I asked, I begged He inspire me. But months went by and I still felt nothing, until I found myself before the Eucharist at St. Brigid's Catholic Church in Dublin, Ohio. I was on a weekend shopping trip with my mother and sisters and after a little "googling," we had decided on the parish to attend for mass. Immediately upon entering the parish I felt a strong sense of familiarity and the name just came to me, Brigid Rose.  

I remember last year when I was researching the name, that the little soul I was pregnant with would be about six months old today, the day of St. Brigid's feast day and it's just so crazy to be here! I can't believe I've already given birth for the third time, that we made it through those really tough first six weeks and I have successfully nursed her for six months!

“I would like the angels of Heaven to be among us. I would like an abundance of peace. I would like full vessels of charity. I would like rich treasures of mercy. I would like cheerfulness to preside over all. I would like Jesus to be present.”

Saint Brigid pray for us!