Alarm-ing Myself

I haven’t been waking up to an alarm clock since Baby C was born. Unfortunately, with one thing and another, my sleep schedule has been creeping later and later. I hate when I have no morning, but I also hate being tired. And Baby C wakes up to feed anywhere between once and four times each night. Even when she doesn’t wake me up, I wake up, and often can’t fall right back to sleep. So I need kind of a lot of “sleep” to cobble together enough of it.

I set my first alarm yesterday, and my second one today. I’m tired, but I’m encouraged that I’ve still got so much of the day ahead of me. I’m hopeful that I’m tired enough to return to my normal, early-ish bedtime tonight. Maybe soon I can start waking up at a reasonable time without an alarm.

Awesome Things

This has been a challenging week for me. I’m not sure why. Maybe recovering from being sick? Maybe that my infant suddenly decided to put on her demandy-pants and cluster feed for two days? It just felt really hard to even keep up with the basics, let alone plan, garden, spring clean, etc.

But there are still awesome things:

J is working from home in the mornings for a couple of weeks.

It’s Friday.

I just discovered Weather.gov’s hourly weather maps. Here’s a link to one for Baltimore weather.

The play room is relatively neat.

It’s supposed to be sunny and warm this weekend.

Easter

cat and kid in colorful pants

This pretty much sums up Easter 2015: dyed eggs, and the makings for tea with honey and lemon for our sore throats.

cat and kid

Lola in a sunbeam, F in her customary layers with an Easter dress on top.

Under the Weather

I’m so pleased to report that none of us is horribly ill! F has a runny nose (that I really really really don’t want Baby C to catch…), and J and I have sore throats. So far, Baby C has no symptoms and is happy as a clam.

Also, the basement freezer didn’t close right last night, and so all of a sudden we have quite a bit of cooking to do on our sick day! Frozen pizza, soup, more pho broth, and two sausage recipes (sausage and peppers, and this one with kale and spaghetti squash) will minimize the waste. Bye bye to my small stock of frozen breast milk though.

We’re also planning to rent Frozen! None of us have seen it yet, and today seems like the day. F is beside herself that special movie plans are in the works.

Picnic!

F, baby C and I ate lunch on the porch today. It was warm but quite blustery.

Then F watered the herbs and the pots we planted seeds in. I don’t expect those seeds to sprout, by the way – spring wasn’t early (but no way to know up front), and those pots seem to have been dug through (squirrels, probably) many times.

Peaceful and spring-like!

Starting the Week

So, Deb’s pho recipe: not a minimalist undertaking! Quite good – F and I liked it, and J really really liked it.

Another not-so-surprising revelation: leftover pho would require a fairly elaborate system of packing to become a brown-bag lunch. Too elaborate. I opted to make tonight’s planned dinner casserole last night after dinner and use it for today’s and tomorrow’s lunches instead. Dinner tonight: pho again! We’re all pretty happy about that. 🙂

We took F to the playground yesterday, even though the cool breeze was cutting through me while I nursed C on the sidelines. J didn’t mind it because he and the other dads were all playing some no-rules version of tag with the kids.

Hoping to get outside again today, at least as far as the shed to finish raking up our leaves. Major mulching plans are afoot with our supply of leaves from 11 oak trees.

It feels good to start the week with dinner already cooked, all three of us dressed and ready for anything right after getting up, blog blogged, and a very modest, flexible plan that inches us toward our goal of a garden.

Minimalism

I think that with Spring Cleaning, taxes, and needing to figure out how to deal with the garden while holding a baby and fielding a constant stream of chatter from a three-year-old, I’m drawn to simplifying what I can.

I attacked my closet yesterday, inspired by Project 333. The “active” part of the closet is now under control (and under 33!), but I have to admit that I had trouble figuring out what I could cull from the off-season clothes piles – winter, summer, working, camping, etc. Still, it’s a start.

I’m encouraging J to start, too.

I’m eyeing the baby clothes that C has already grown out of (tubs and tubs worth – I’ll tell the tale of the multiplying baby clothes some other time) and thinking that they are not long for this house.

I’m not looking to live out of a backpack or only owning 100 things – for me, lagom has more items than that right now. But what we have now is too much clutter, too much to wash, too much to tidy, and more than any of us actually use.