Monthly Archives: November 2007

The Wallace Baby Greatest Hits

I like singing. It’s kind of quiet around here at times during the day, so often I’ll fill the spaces with singing to my baby; usually with rewrites* (the term “write” being used loosely) of classic melodies from the past. Here are some samples….

My Mommy Loves Me Just the Way That I Am (to the tune of My Baby Loves Me Just the Way That I Am by Martina McBride)

“Don’t need no copy of Baby magazine/Don’t need to dress like no little king/Diapers or onesies, she’s my biggest fan/My mommy loves me just the way that I am/She thinks I’m cute and she thinks I’m smart/Thinks I’m sweet and she loves my heart/She’s always saying she’s my biggest fan/My mommy loves me just the way that I am…”

Another one is “Baby Will” (to the tune of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Edelweis):

“Baby Will, Baby Will/Baby Will is his name/Baby Will, Baby Will, needs a diaper change/Oh, baby Will, how you poop and poop/Poop and poop forever/Baby Will, Baby Will/I’m so glad we’re together.”

(You can guess what we were doing as I “wrote” this song.)

You like? I’m thinking of releasing an album…

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The Atonement Child

I just finished re-reading one of my all-time favorite books: “The Atonement Child” by Francine Rivers. Have you ever read this book? It’s about a young Christian woman who becomes a victim of a tragic act of evil and as a result, finds herself pregnant and unsure of what to do. Almost everyone around her – even the Christians – encourage her to end the pregnancy. Her fiance is worried about his reputation. Her Christian college won’t allow pregnant girls to attend. The pastor she seeks counsel from is afraid of being sued, so he waters down his response to her questions. Her roommate says she didn’t deserve this, so she has the right to end it. Her dad doesn’t want to have to support this child’s upbringing and pressures her mom to help her seek an abortion. Meanwhile the girl is full of fear and confusion – but can’t shake the still small Voice speaking the truth about what is inside of her. It’s a fascinating, hard-to-put-down book that deals with all of the tough questions and challenges the “except in cases of rape or incest” clause that so many attach to their pro-life position. And it’s just well-written. I first read it 5 or 6 years ago, and loved it then – but it was even more powerful to me after recently being pregnant myself. So…if you haven’t read it yet and are looking for a good read – check it out. πŸ™‚

Oh nevermind…

Have any of you bloggers ever re-read your blogs & thought “I didn’t mean it to come out like that?”. That’s what I did today as I looked back on my last 2 posts. Maybe I’m overanalyzing, but I just didn’t feel great about them. The problem with blogs is that it’s easy to say the wrong thing for the whole world to see. The wonder of blogs, though, is that you can go back and edit or even delete. So…since life is too busy to edit, I’m just going to delete all but the following paragraph from my last 2 entries on mommyhood, because this really sums it all up:
“It’s not challenging to see Will as sweet – just challenging when he’s unhappy & I don’t know how to fix it! And it’s, of course, challenging to look beyond myself & my own wants/needs for the day. Stupid sinful nature. Only God can give me the strength to overcome it & be the mom I want to be and that Will needs. That’s what I feel like He was trying to teach me today. πŸ™‚

Thanksgiving As It’s Supposed to Be

I can see snow falling gently outside the bay window, my beautiful baby is peacefully snoozing beside me,Β  the house is silent (except for the sound of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade playing on the TV in the background, of course), and we’ve got a day full of family and food planned. It feels like Thanksgiving as it’s supposed to be – full to overflowing with the things we’re thankful for!

There is much to be thankful for – and may we never forget that there is One to be thankful TO.

On that note, wherever you are and whoever you’re with, I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, full of all the things you love!

I’m Still Here!

I’m not sure if anyone was wondering, but yes I am still here, and yes I am still planning to keep up this blog! It is hard to believe that it’s been over two weeks already since I last posted. Time truly does fly these days! The days and weeks seem to run together into one long blur.

In light of this reality of my life, and for the sake of catching this blog up to where I am now, here is yet another blog of random thoughts and tidbits…

β€’ Shortly after my last posting, I got sick! Halloween and the 2-3 days following were full of fun tricks and treats like a middle-of-the-night fever of 101, a killer sore throat, a throat culture (truly one of the least fun procedures in the world), and other such fare. On the other hand – I got to spend some extra time with Mark & Will (Mark was able to take that Friday off of school to care for us – thank goodness!), and Mark & I felt like we got to bond a little closer with the baby. It seemed someone flipped a switch or something that weekend, because all of a sudden his little personality seemed to kick in, and he was absolutely full of smiles and coos — and has been ever since. πŸ™‚ The downside is that Will caught a bit of my fever – but thankfully nothing too bad. I’m now mostly recovered – with the exception of a remaining cough, stuffed nose, and the absence of my head (upper register) voice, which I’m praying will return quickly (any singers out there with any tips on getting your voice back?).

β€’ I’ve started working again for my dad! I’m putting in 10 hours a week, almost entirely from home (though Will & I try to head into the office for a couple hours once or twice a week). So far it’s working out quite well (from my end, at least!). I am LOVING getting back to design work, and it’s a great job to have while taking care of a baby. I feel so blessed to have a job that affords me the flexibility to still be able to keep Will my #1 job. There are still a couple little kinks that I need to work out – mainly in figuring out the best places in my schedule to fit my work hours (they fit — but I just haven’t necessarily been putting them in the right places :)), but it should work out well.

β€’I’m LOVING being Will’s mommy! As I mentioned before, he is smiling, “talking”, and interacting far more than he did before. Today he started playing with toys, which was a big step! πŸ™‚ I can hardly believe he is already 9 weeks old! On Wednesday I brought him in for his 2 month check-up. He is growing beautifully – 11 lbs, 10 oz. He did receive his first vaccinations, which was no fun for anyone, but he seems to have recovered from the trauma and is now speaking to me again. πŸ™‚ He is still working on sleeping through the night, though it is definitely improving. He’s had one 7.5 hour night, and last weekend he had 3 6-hour nights in a row. Since then he hasn’t been so sleepy – but that can probably be attributed to his stuffy nose.

Speaking of the boy, I can hear him awaking in the other room! Must go…

Have a great weekend! πŸ™‚