I've posted pictures but I haven't had a chance to sit down and write in a while so I am taking that opportunity now in my spare time. All ten minutes of it! :)
Life has been anything but normal these days. We are finally starting to get into a routine in the mornings and evenings. Thank goodness for that - because I thought I was going to come out of my skin if I didn't get it together soon.
Selah went for her two month check-up yesterday. Her original check-up date was cancelled by the nasty weather the week before Christmas so we had to reschedule. I am happy to report that she is now 12 lbs, 6.4 oz and 22 inches long. She is in the 75th percentile for height and 90th percentile for weight. The doctor said she is very healthy and has hit all of her milestones. She is laughing (sort of- in her own little way), smiling a whole lot, she can hold her rattle, and she is cooing up a storm.
She is tummy sleeper now and is successfully sleeping through the night! YEAH!
So Selah is good. Me on the other hand.... I am struggling a little bit trying to juggle everything in my life. Baby, Husband, Work, Cooking, Cleaning, Laundry, Church, Friends, SLEEP... Being a working Mom is hard stuff y'all. Being a working Mom who needs to look presentable EVERYDAY is even harder! Also, our babysitter situation is not ideal and it is really stressing me out.
So... Our church is being called to do a fast. Different than a private fast. As a church we are called to fast for 21 days. You can choose which fast you do and how you go about it. Andrew and I prayed and we decided that we would do the Daniel Fast. We began our fast on Monday and I am already having a struggle. As we walked through the grocery store buying our items for the next several weeks... it began to dawn on us what we were about to embark on as a family. This fast requires lots of prep time in the kitchen and a very strict diet. No chocolate, no cheese, no bread... my three main food groups!
As my alarm chirped out of control at 4:30am, I was woken up from a dream about french toast and hash brown casserole. Currently my stomach is growling at me as I scarf down fruit, nuts, and lots of veggies. I fixed Cinnamon Apple Raisin Almond Oatmeal this morning. Homemade! BUT - you can't have sugar with this fast. Thank goodness for cinnamon. I have to be super careful and eat little meals all day long since I am a nursing Mom. Gotta get those calories! Last night we had veggie burgers with homemade fries. Yum.
Preparing all this meatless food reminds me of the time my Mom got on this "we're going to be a healthy family" thing and made us eat Tofu spaghetti. It was the grossest thing that has ever hit my taste buds.
Andrew and I are really hoping to find some answers from God during this fast. We are hoping to grow and learn from this as a couple and as individuals. This may just be the hardest thing we have done so far. I brought trail mix for a snack today and had to thumb through the M&M's to get to the nuts and raisins. That is pure dedication folks.
Pray for us. We may be cranky in a few days :)