Thursday, January 13, 2011

What time is it?

Just when you think you have some sort of pattern figured out it changes. I think this is not only true for babies, but also with life. My mom recently told me with babies it is 2 steps forward and 1 step back. Good to know...helps with discouragement!

We are trying to establish some routines, flexible ones of course, depending on Rylyn's needs. She seems to wake up around 8:30 am each morning. We are putting her to bed between 11 pm and 12 am...and she is up to feed around  1:30 am and 4:30 am (when she is sticking to her patterns that is). We also appear to have a morning, afternoon and evening nap, however times vary from day to day depending on our activities. For e.g. a huge spit up seems to set us back as it empties her stomach and she will be hungry again. She is still eating every 2-3 hours, but will cluster feed and go for longer stretches too.

Now let's talk about the "1 step back" and "flexible" parts. Yesterday was the "All You Can Eat Buffet." I swear she was hungry on the hour...and not "I want to suckle or be comforted"..."I AM HUNGRY." We attempted our naps...no avail. Rylyn was up and awake nearly all day. It was nice when Daddy came home and took her for 1 hour so I could make some cards and feel like myself rather than a breastraunt.

The amazing thing though? I swear Rylyn started looking bigger yesterday...especially in her head. Then, this morning, Chris said the exact same thing! I guess there really is a 2-3 week growth spurt where babies need to feed more frequently. God packaged us so precisely, that as babies, we know exactly what we need.

Bible Reflections

Ecclesiastes 3

A Time for Everything
 1 There is a time for everything, 
   and a season for every activity under the heavens:
 2 a time to be born and a time to die,
   a time to plant and a time to uproot,
 3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
   a time to tear down and a time to build,
 4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
   a time to mourn and a time to dance,
 5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
   a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
 6 a time to search and a time to give up,
   a time to keep and a time to throw away,
 7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
   a time to be silent and a time to speak,
 8 a time to love and a time to hate,
   a time for war and a time for peace.

 9 What do workers gain from their toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet[a] no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. 13 That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. 14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.

-Right now it is my time to watch and enjoy Rylyn as baby and me as a mom. She is only going to stay this small for a short period of time. I must captivate this experience and let other things go (which is a challenge for a busybody like me). I like the phrase, what do workers gain from their toil? It makes me think, what would I gain from a load of laundry...clean clothes. Then when I ask, what would I gain from post-poning that load...a chance to savor a smile or a cuddle, it is clear what time it is...not time for laundry.

1 comment:

  1. Bless you Kara as you navigate motherhood. Rylyn is blessed to be born into your family....God knew what He was up to! I love your honest approach to the challenges of the greatest role of your life. You and Chris and awesome new parents...learning as you go! You had great role models and have lots of support along the way!

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