Brittny – 15 May 2010

Low – This is my fourth attempt at writing this post now…

Also, just feeling inadequate to do all the things I ought to be keeping up with – work, cooking, laundry, mothering, blogging, sleeping, dishes, vacuuming, freelance projects, my calling, temple attendance, scripture reading, praying, exercising, grocery shopping, budgeting, dating (but only Eric of course), service, family home evening… not enough hours in the day!

High – I found a decent blogging client for my droid! Granted it’s super annoying to write a full post with my thumbs… but I can! Now I can blog from bed, woot!

Also, I got some super cute pictures of Sam while we were playing outside today – we’ll see if I can add them to this post…

Well after much trial and tribulation I’ve decided to settle for a link to the photo gallery. Maybe next time…

Samuel

Cute pictures of Sam 🙂

Brittny – 11 April 2010

Low: This has been a ridiculously busy week. I’ve been working all week on a single page redesign on a website. It should have been a relatively easy project except that the requirements were impossible using conventional web design practices. So I had to use all kinds of strange methods and different programming languages just to get the page styled correctly. Ew. Yuck. Gross. Once I did have everything there was still the matter of getting the content on the page to work as well (I had a form that I had to trick it into thinking it had all the right data). On top of that I landed two new freelance projects and finally got the meeting set up for Theronyx with Axis41 so that we can get going on that website redesign and have another smaller freelance project that I’m supposed to have done. Oh yeah, and sleep training sucks (but don’t worry mom, I wouldn’t say sucks :P). I haven’t been getting a ton of sleep lately with that going on. So needless to say, I’m a bit tired.

Highs: All of that work = money. While it would be nice if my projects would line up and come one at a time I’m grateful to have a job that I can do from home and earn good money. I’m really grateful for all of the opportunities that I’ve been blessed with.

Plus, Eric let me take a nap today when we got home from church while Sam napped. It wasn’t a super long nap, but it was definitely needed. If I can get to bed at a reasonable hour tonight I think I’ll be ready to take on this week.

Also, while sleep training still hasn’t worked 100%, we are doing MUCH better. Sam now takes all of his naps on his own in his bed which means I have at least a little bit of time to myself during the day (albeit, his naps are generally shorter than they are when he sleeps on my lap, but I’ll take what I can get). Plus he will go to bed by himself at night for about the first 3 hours of the night which also gives me a little bit of time to wrap things up for the day while he sleeps. However, he usually wakes up not long after I go to bed – usually about the time I’m ready to drift off. I’m thinking he might be scared of the dark or maybe dislikes the total quiet that comes over the house when Eric and I go to bed. We might need to invest in a night light and start playing him some white noise again. Luckily he usually sleeps well once I hop in bed with him and I can get some sleep too. He has a queen sized memory foam mattress that I got at Walmart for ridiculously cheap so there’s plenty of room for both of us – even when Sam lays sideways – and Eric doesn’t get kicked out of bed. Win-win-win!

However, the real high this weekend came on Saturday morning. I woke up with Sam and I was feeling pretty overwhelmed with everything that I needed to get done that day and I was tired. I turned on my computer and saw this email –


Ryan and Taylor took Sam for the entire afternoon so that I could finish off that ridiculous project. It was really nice to finally get that project completed. After I finished it Eric and I had a “date” – if you consider eating semi-burnt potstickers at our kitchen table while listening to Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me a date (which apparently I do :P). And we were able to get our house cleaned up so we could have guests over that evening. It was funny because I’m used to only not having to take care of Sam when he’s sleeping so I felt like I needed to whisper the whole time he was gone. I feel so much more ready to face this week after getting our lives a little bit more in order. So I really want to say a huge THANK YOU to Taylor and Ryan for helping me out yesterday, it really meant a lot.

On to this week!

Brittny – 05 February 2009

Low: I was going in to work today for my annual review and to get to some meetings. That meant we had to be up this morning at 7am. So I planned ahead and went to bed with Sam at 11pm. Of course, he woke up at 12;30am and then wouldn’t go back to sleep until about 2am. I had somewhat expected that would happen and missing those two hours of sleep would have been fine… if I could have fallen back to sleep with Sam at 2am. Instead I couldn’t fall asleep until 5am for no particular reason. Sam wasn’t sleeping especially soundly so most of those two hours of actually being asleep were spent nursing Sam which just isn’t the most restful way to get sleep. Only getting about 3 hours of not so restful sleep is a pretty crummy way to start a busy day.

High: Believe it or not, going in to work today. I feel really blessed to work at Axis41. They have a really talented team there and I’m really grateful to be a part of it. I hadn’t realized just how much I missed being there with them. I’m now considering working it out so that I can go in one day a week and work there again. I think it would be good for me to get out of the house and also good for Sam to learn to be with other people. Next week will be a trial run while we’re with Mom and Dad to see how Sam handles being on his own during the day (well, not all on his own, but not with me :P)

Also, I got to take a 3 hour nap when we got home which was VERY beneficial.

Finally, the Lockwoods came over! I’m so glad that they live close enough for us to see them regularly. It’s so fun having family around to just hang out with and enjoy their company. Yay for family!

Brittny – 24 January 2010

Low: Our family had a really slow start this morning. Sunday mornings are still pretty rough since we’re not used to being up at 9am when church starts… let alone beforehand to get ourselves ready! We were late to church as a result, but…

Highs: … Sam was really cute when he woke up. At first he was *legs tired, so tired*, and just snuggling us and trying to figure out why in the world mom and dad were trying to wake us up. But when I took him into the bathroom and put him down to turn on the bathtub he immediately was happy and smiling and trying to hop in the tub. It was super cute! He also slept through almost all of church, which was definitely a blessing so that we could teach our Sunday School lesson and pay attention during the 3rd hour of Ward Conference. (yes, Ward Conference was another high 🙂

Also, Mom & Dad Hansen came over for lunch this afternoon and to visit us and play with Sam. I made our fettuccine alfredo all by myself and it turned out well (although it took me longer than I would have liked to get everything put together and on the table). We had fun visiting with them and showing off Sam’s new tricks. It’s such a blessing to have family nearby that can come and see us often.

Plus, after Mom & Dad Hansen left Sam was getting sleepy, so I took him to bed and nursed him to sleep and was able to sneak out and leave him alone in our bed. He’s still there now! Eric and I even got to spend some time by ourselves which is a definite rarity and something I really miss. I think it’s going to be a big driving factor in sleep training Sam. I just want to get to talk to Eric sometimes without a baby crawling over us! (Even if I do really like that baby 🙂

Hooray Sunday!

Brittny – 18 January 2010

Low: I spent all day yesterday in a house with cats. I think I might be allergic to cats because my throat hurts today (of course, my allergies have been acting up for awhile now anyways)

Highs: SAM IS WALKING! He’s so cute just toddling around the house now. There are few things as happy as watching that kid learn new tricks. What’s really fun is how proud he is of himself and how he’ll show off. One thing he does is he’ll crawl almost to Eric and then stand up and walk the rest of the way just to see us clap for him. He’s the best baby in the whole world!

Also, I got to spend all day yesterday helping a good friend of mine organize her bookshelves and discussing some deep topics of parenting. I’m so glad that I found Denise in our ward and we’ve made friends. I’ve learned so much from her and she’s such a great example to me.