Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Church going & more graces 85-100

We haven't been to Mass for 2 years now- with the exception of a few times here and there.

Like most kids Gregory is noisy and won't sit still.  Besides our local Church community didn't inspire child friendliness/understanding (including unfortunately our parish priest though he does try!).  I'd say due to laziness from our part we never tried to find a better place and so we come to present day.

Last week while at his grandparents, they took him to service and told me stasyed fairly good.  So Easter Sunday decided to go all as a family.  He wasn't too bad and so decided to start taking both kids to Mass a couple times a week when attendance is low and once monthly for the Sunday mass which is longer. 

Its training for both of us......Gregory to understand this is an important place and must behave and me to stay relaxed and not fret.  Today it was our first try and again it was fairly good.  Thankfully I did have grandparent support to help when it got a bit rough.  However it helps that he is actually willing to go himself.

Grace no.85 Gregory wanting to go to mass and being fairly behaved throughout.
86. elimination communication (potty training for babies) and having results
87.  our boy willing to try the potty every now and then
88. beautiful gifts from thoughtful friends
89. feeling confident enough to model lingerie & swimwear
90. Gregory deciding to move to his own room and bed without us ever suggesting it
91. Actually enjoying a meal at the restaurant
92. 5 years of marriage to a wonderful man
93. a smiling baby
94. finally starting the process of building a local mum community
95. lots of kisses from Gregory
96.  enjoying our brand new Summer menu
97. finding someone with whom to talk on any NP difficulties locally
98. the feeling of fulfillment right now
99. support
100. sharing a glass of wine

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Leaps and Bounds

Gardening - Our onion patch

Gregory is growing in leaps and bounds.  Sometimes even I am amazed.
Take as an example the alphabet- I decided to start teaching it to  him seeing he seemed ready for it. Five weeks later (and 5 letters later) I realise that he already knows half the alphabet.  I am quite astounded by this truly!  At first I thought he knows them because he knows in which order they come, but when I started quzzing him on which letter is A for example in an actual word he found it for me without a problem.  So yeah he already recognises the letters.  AND the numbers from 1 to 10.  He also knows the numbers in Maltese and Spanish and actually counts them to!

Another sudden leap which left me dazed is his request to start sleeping in his room on his own.  Up till last Sunday we co sleeped all 4 of us together.  Than on Monday he decided to sleep in his room.  He does this till about 1 am when he wakes for a little breast taster :) and than he stays in our bed for the rest of the night.  I had planned to wean him to his own bed and room in a year and a half seeing that this Summer I wanted to potty train him.  But it seems that it will not be necessary for me to do so now.

All these changes leave me breathless at times, yet proud of my son.  My baby, who is truly no more a baby but a young boy. 

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

30 Springs ago - No.84

In a couple of weeks I will be 30!

A lot of people feel depressed when they reach this number....it does suddenly feel like an awful lot of years....but rather than depressed I am happy.

Happy I have reached this age without a lot of difficulties along the way.  Happy that most of the accomplishments I wished to do by then have actually happened.  Happy simply for being alive and kicking.

In view of this happiness, I am thanking God a little bit more for giving me so much and consider this grace no.84

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Church going & more graces 85-100

We haven't been to Mass for 2 years now- with the exception of a few times here and there.

Like most kids Gregory is noisy and won't sit still.  Besides our local Church community didn't inspire child friendliness/understanding (including unfortunately our parish priest though he does try!).  I'd say due to laziness from our part we never tried to find a better place and so we come to present day.

Last week while at his grandparents, they took him to service and told me stasyed fairly good.  So Easter Sunday decided to go all as a family.  He wasn't too bad and so decided to start taking both kids to Mass a couple times a week when attendance is low and once monthly for the Sunday mass which is longer. 

Its training for both of us......Gregory to understand this is an important place and must behave and me to stay relaxed and not fret.  Today it was our first try and again it was fairly good.  Thankfully I did have grandparent support to help when it got a bit rough.  However it helps that he is actually willing to go himself.

Grace no.85 Gregory wanting to go to mass and being fairly behaved throughout.
86. elimination communication (potty training for babies) and having results
87.  our boy willing to try the potty every now and then
88. beautiful gifts from thoughtful friends
89. feeling confident enough to model lingerie & swimwear
90. Gregory deciding to move to his own room and bed without us ever suggesting it
91. Actually enjoying a meal at the restaurant
92. 5 years of marriage to a wonderful man
93. a smiling baby
94. finally starting the process of building a local mum community
95. lots of kisses from Gregory
96.  enjoying our brand new Summer menu
97. finding someone with whom to talk on any NP difficulties locally
98. the feeling of fulfillment right now
99. support
100. sharing a glass of wine

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Leaps and Bounds

Gardening - Our onion patch

Gregory is growing in leaps and bounds.  Sometimes even I am amazed.
Take as an example the alphabet- I decided to start teaching it to  him seeing he seemed ready for it. Five weeks later (and 5 letters later) I realise that he already knows half the alphabet.  I am quite astounded by this truly!  At first I thought he knows them because he knows in which order they come, but when I started quzzing him on which letter is A for example in an actual word he found it for me without a problem.  So yeah he already recognises the letters.  AND the numbers from 1 to 10.  He also knows the numbers in Maltese and Spanish and actually counts them to!

Another sudden leap which left me dazed is his request to start sleeping in his room on his own.  Up till last Sunday we co sleeped all 4 of us together.  Than on Monday he decided to sleep in his room.  He does this till about 1 am when he wakes for a little breast taster :) and than he stays in our bed for the rest of the night.  I had planned to wean him to his own bed and room in a year and a half seeing that this Summer I wanted to potty train him.  But it seems that it will not be necessary for me to do so now.

All these changes leave me breathless at times, yet proud of my son.  My baby, who is truly no more a baby but a young boy. 

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

30 Springs ago - No.84

In a couple of weeks I will be 30!

A lot of people feel depressed when they reach this number....it does suddenly feel like an awful lot of years....but rather than depressed I am happy.

Happy I have reached this age without a lot of difficulties along the way.  Happy that most of the accomplishments I wished to do by then have actually happened.  Happy simply for being alive and kicking.

In view of this happiness, I am thanking God a little bit more for giving me so much and consider this grace no.84