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Read This!

Sometimes you read something that not only speaks to your heart but is as if someone else was actually listening to your heart speak.  I know that I regularly post about motherhood its ups, downs and everywhere in between!  But I read an article from another blogger this week that must be shared.  Here is just one excerpt that really spoke to me but please, please click on the link and read the entire piece.

“My point is this. I used to worry that not only was I failing to do a good enough job at parenting, but that I wasn’t enjoying it enough. Double failure.  I felt guilty because I wasn’t in parental ecstasy every hour of every day and I wasn’t MAKING THE MOST OF EVERY MOMENT like the mamas in the parenting magazines seemed to be doing. I felt guilty because honestly, I was tired and cranky and ready for the day to be over quite often. And because I knew that one day, I’d wake up and the kids would be gone, and I’d be the old lady in the grocery store with my hand over my heart. Would I be able to say I enjoyed every moment? No.

But the fact remains that I will be that nostalgic lady. I just hope to be one with a clear memory. And here’s what I hope to say to the younger mama gritting her teeth in line:

 “It’s helluva hard, isn’t it? You’re a good mom, I can tell. And I like your kids, especially that one peeing in the corner. She’s my favorite. Carry on, warrior. Six hours till bedtime.”And hopefully, every once in a while, I’ll add– “Let me pick up that grocery bill for ya, sister. Go put those kids in the van and pull on up- I’ll have them bring your groceries out.”

So Carpe Diem what ever minutes of the day you can but know that you are not alone.

I now am going to have a dance party with my girls, tell Ava to keep my kisses, nurse Ella off to nap and kiss her peacefully sleeping cheek and for an hour not worry about the thousands of things on my to do list!  And later… after I have cleaned the kitchen for the 500th time this week, Ava is having her afternoon no nap meltdown and Ella is pawing at me for more milk I will most likely be counting the minutes to daddy’s arrival and praying for bedtime.  Such is the perfectly exhausting job of motherhood.

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“Ideas are a dime a dozen. People who implement them are priceless.” ~ Mary Kay Ash

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Keep Those Kisses

My heart, my Ava! I recently read a quote used in a maternity session. It immediatly resulted in tears there is no love like that of a mother.

“No one else will ever know the strength of my love for you. Afterall you are the only one that knows what my heart sounds like from the inside.”

Ava and I have a little banter that goes like this.
ME: kissy sounds, “Keep those kisses.”
Ava: “I keep them in my pocket.”
She will often reverse it throwing me kisses and saying, “keep those kisses.” Where I of course respond, “I will keep them in my pocket.”

I love my girl and my heart and pocket are overflowing with the proof!

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“We never know the love of a parent until we become one ourselves” ~unknown

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The News

Since 99% of the people reading this blog are family and friends this may not be considered news however this blog now about 4 months behind…

Upon returning from Michigan this summer EPT confirmed what my vomiting already predicted baby #2 way on the way!  Estimated arrival January 20, 2011. There are many people I have heard say things like, “I never felt better or more beautiful than when I was pregnant”, “I LOVED being pregnant”… Who are you???  Pregnancy DOES NOT agree with me!  I am not a fan 95% of the time although since the gift at the end far outweighs the journey I find the process more than worthwhile!

Now after 4.5 months of extreme illness and exhaustion I have begun to re-enter the world.  At 24 weeks I am feeling so much better and starting to have some energy back.  Following our second ultrasound we can announce that baby Fleck is a GIRL~   Sisters!!!  I cannot wait to meet our newest darling!  She is starting to move regularly although not enough for Larry to feel yet and I am already thinking of bunk beds adorned with pink!

Although I also have to mention that there are days where I wonder, “WHAT WERE WE THINKING?”  another baby, nursing, sleepless nights… It is not double the work but an exponential amount, as a friend pointed out!  An adventure…  The parents of two, life is sure crazy!  I now watch mothers with multiple children everywhere we go thinking, that will be me.

“A baby is something you carry inside you for 9 months, in your arms for 3 years and in your heart until the day you die.”~ Mary Mason

Presenting Ella Elizabeth Fleckenstein:  The First Baby Pictures!  (20 weeks)

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the feet shot!

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The Art Of Happines

I once read this book as a book club requirement. It was an interesting read. Although not everything clicked the Dali Lama made some excellent points, most of which are great logical ideal common sense steps on how to truly be happy. Logic and idealism is not always reality…

Four days a week Lola paws at the bed signaling that it is time to go out.  I get up and head outside and the first 20 minutes of my “groundhog’s day” daily life begins…  She drags me down the hill, I drag her up.  We pace… she eats grass I pull her away, she pulls me back.  If I am lucky this lasts 15 min. sometimes as long as 30 min. before she will finally do her business.  This entire time I am frustrated EVERYTIME… it is NOT a moment of happiness for me. In fact during these passing minutes I often forget how much a truly love Lola… sad I know.  It hit me this morning that life is full of these mundane repetitious requirements.  If each time I set out to complete this task I feel unhappy, something has got to change.  This is my new conscience attempt to find happiness even in those tasks that I find most draining… Step One:  Coffee before Lola and remembering my i-pod… worth a go!

I need to take lessons from Ava…. childhood truly lives the “Art of Happiness”

“Children laugh an average of three hundred or more times a day; adults laugh an average of five times a day, we have a lot of catching up to do.” ~Heather King

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Happy Mother’s Day!

“God could not be everywhere so he created mothers!” ~Jewish Proverb

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