Well, I’m officially "back on the job" as of yesterday, with five little girls under five (for a couple more weeks). I am SO thankful to Matt for the nice long baby-moon, and for the fact that he did all my grocery shopping and deep cleaning this week to let me start in slowly. I am very blessed! Yesterday after I had taken care of all the girls and house for the afternoon, I went to a couple of stores for odds and ends. As I was driving it struck me how much I’d genuinely enjoyed my afternoon. I realized that I truly love my job – I derive such satisfaction out of so many little things: I love how my home "speaks" peace when things are tidy and pretty; I love how my girls seem all the more delightful with their hair in neat, sweet little ponytails and their faces clean; I love that feeling at naptime after the laundry is folded, and at night when all the dishes are clean – when things feel so nicely finished and at rest. Alyssa, thankfully, is a great little baby, and is settling into a nice feeding routine that flows very well with our days (as long as I get up on time in the morning!) There are plenty of things that are difficult and frustrating about this job of wifehood-motherhood-homekeeping (like the fact that I’m VERY tired with nursing at night), but so much joy to be had in these little things! I am truly happy and feel so blessed to have this good work, to care for all these little girls (a fact which I have to remind myself of when I’m feeling easily annoyed!), to live in this home, and particularly this week I’m thankful to live in a time when there are so many little inventions to make our jobs easier. Here are my current favorite things:
*At the very top of my list is my new peanut shell . I’ve said before how much I love my ergo, but I can’t use it for a newborn. This peanut shell is so easy to put on and so handy for when Alyssa’s fussing, but I need both of my hands! I’ve never been good with slings, but this one is perfect for newborns! In fact she’s snoozing in it right now.
Yep, there’s a baby in there . . .
*Little moses baskets, so I don’t have to run upstairs every time the baby needs to nap (and to keep her safe from all those adoring sisters). Ok, this picture is a laundry basket, but it works for now and walmart is shipping me a nice, inexpensive moses basket in a couple of days.
*My new camera – our old one decided to die (completely) two days ago, so my birthday money and the gas money we saved with Matt off work went towards a new one. It has a learning curve, but it seems to take beautiful pictures already, and I’m sure they will get even better as we get to know the camera more. Here’ s a pic we snapped today:
I suppose this isn’t a recent invention, but I am so thankful for ladies who have the talent and time to knit pretty things for little ones. Here’s a sweet sweater set a friend from church made for Alyssa: