Thursday, May 24, 2012

Mama Musings

{1} I am not the thinnest I've ever been. I'm not the most toned I've ever been. My body doesn't look like it did when I was in college. Yet I am the most comfortable in my own skin I've ever been. Learning what your body is capable does wonderful things for your body image. So much so that I even recently ran a race in tight running pants - the kind I swore would never grace my thighs. My running speed left a bit to be desired, but hey, I'm positive I beat my time from last year (when I ran it pregnant)!

{2} I am one of the world's worst nappers. This is unfortunate, especially during a string of 5am wake-ups. No matter how tired I am, I struggle with turning my brain off and allowing myself to believe that I deserve the gift of sleep without guilt.

{3} I finished reading a book last night. It was the first book I've finished this year. !?! Yup, at this pace, I'll read a whopping 2 books in 2012. That's a problem. I'm a reader. I love reading books, and generally read around 2 a month, but I have clearly not been making it a priority. One problem might be the ridiculous number of blogs I follow. 250. I know, I need help. I've whittled that number down under 100 this week, with the ultimate goal of getting down to 50. (PS - the book was "Dear Daughter" by Heather Armstrong, and I highly recommend it, especially if you're a mama, it was laugh out funny and really touching.)

{4} Does there ever come a point when the sounds your child makes aren't intoxicating? My husband's eyes crinkled with delight listening to the baby monitor the other night, and I immediately grabbed for it to join in on listening to the adorable sleep noises she was producing. Our baby girl's giggles and babbles fill up a room and make my heart ache with their cuteness. (Of course, when it is nap-time, I find myself wanting to marinate in the silence. The hum of the refrigerator has never sounded so soothing.)

Monday, May 21, 2012

Us vs. the Yard - Round 3

A new season, a new field of flowers in the backyard. Yup, we did dig a whole bucket of these bulbs out of the backyard last spring (along with a bucket of tulip bulbs). Mother nature, you win.

All of the peonies we transplanted look really happy, and some have already been blooming. I'm enjoying them so much, I think they might be my new favorite flower. I was hesitant to crown a new favorite, because I know that a number of people associate me with daisies, but they just haven't been resonating with me lately. Does it sound like a break-up? I'm sorry daisies, it's not you, it's me. You'll always have a special spot in my heart, but it's time to usher in a new flower era.

We doubled the size of our garden this spring, and so far everything is thriving. Fingers crossed that beginner's luck carries into a second season.