Friday, August 31, 2012

I Did It

One of the things I dread is going out and about with an infant.  Yes, even with my sixth baby, this causes me some major anxiety.  The sound of one of my babies crying and fussing in a car seat, or in a store, (and the germs!) makes me feel trapped and makes me sweat and makes my brain feel like it's rattling inside.  I'd rather just wait till we have a reliable schedule that ensures no fussing.  BUT we were out of food.  And Jeff is so busy with work and coaching and the kids and as good as he has been about helping out with runs to the the grocery store (I think he secretly likes it?) there just aren't enough hours in the day, and really-I can't procrastinate forever.

We accomplished our first grocery store outing today and sweet little Janey did not make a peep.  All the way there and during and back-she even let me put away all the food.  I think I bought enough to last a good two weeks with a quick fruit/milk/bread run 1/2 way through.


Patrick was so good.  He promised me he would help me go as fast as possible by being a good listener, and he was excellent.  He was rewarded with a little toy at the end of the trip.

I couldn't resist the pumpkins and the mums.  I know it's too early to even think about fall but they were calling my name.


My favorite month starts tomorrow-I've been watching the squirrels outside the window where I sit and nurse, and little yellow leaves are starting to fall.  The nights are cooling down, and the sun is bright.

I feel so grateful right now...for my beautiful new baby, food in my cabinets, kids in good schools, a helpful husband, and a cozy house that I never want to leave.



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  1. Congrats on a successful outing! September is my favourite month too... I can't wait for cozy sweaters and cooler nights!

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  2. What a beautiful little girl. I know you are thrilled. It is wonderful to hear how you take joy in the simple things (not easy things) to which a mother is called. Glad your voice is out there!!! Beautiful name too. Our 5th baby is a Molly Jane.

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  3. Congratulations on you beautiful daughter! I'm so excited for you and a little jealous... oh how I love the teeny-tiny babes. They grow up so quickly.

    Sept. is my favorite month.... especially in _________ (your home town). I miss it :(

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  4. Yay for a successful food run! I was just like you when I had my first child. I would get so worked up about leaving the house with them and whether we could get what we needed and get back without major crying. I hate to hear a baby cry in a store too. But you feel so accomplished and like you can tackle the world when you go and you get what you need despite all the anxiety. They are usually great too the whole time too!

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  5. I made my weekly grocery store run today too, Sarah. With a helpful almost 3 year old it was actually fun, but I still couldn't wait to be done and home with everything put away, safe and sound in my cozy house! I am like you, I love my home! Enjoy those little ones at home with you and I agree... September is the best month there is!

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  6. Congratulations! So glad that Janey and Patrick cooperated for you. :)

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  7. I love everything about this post! The pumpkins on the mantel look perfect!!!

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  8. Congrats, you did it! I remember the first time taking our girls together...scared me to death! And yes, I am thrilled September is finally here.

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  9. I can empathize with you. We have that same grocery store here. They used to have tvs in the checkout lanes. I am on overload every time I go in there. My husband usually does the shopping now. You are doing a great job:)

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  10. Aren't we all blessed?! Life is good.

    I'm happy you made it through without a peep ... looks like Patrick and Janey are going to be a great team!

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  11. I know what you mean! Although I {secretly} like to conquer it to think to myself "I am woman, hear me roar"! And I have had to stand in the corner of the produce section and nurse before. Not fun. (that was my 1st baby! LOL)

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  12. Glad the grocery trip went well! Love the fall decor. I started getting mine out...mostly artifical...yesterday and it's still over 100 in AZ. It just has that "fall feel" outside.

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  13. Such good things to be thankful for. I'm glad everything is going well for you and that your first shopping trip went smoothly!

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  14. All my favorite things too!!! Enjoy every minute of it all. It sounds lovely, Sarah.

    Take care,
    Amy W.

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  15. I know you are tired, but I sure love the little updates.
    Good to know you have the same anxiety provoking thoughts I do with a newborn.
    Glad your entry into "life" went smoothly.

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  16. I remember those sweet moments when our newest baby was just home. My favorite month is coming up, too! I couldn't have resisted the pumpkins either. When Sept. 1st rolls around, I know the holidays are so close!

    Congratulations on your new, sweet bundle of joy! How I wish I had one more!

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  17. I love that feeling of being genuinely grateful. (and you inspired me to dig out my fall decorations- my favorite!)

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  18. Ooooh, she looks so darling all asleep in her seat!

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  19. Funny how we are content with small mercies - a trip to the supermarket peacefully - get a big tick from me! Love it!

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  20. Oh, I am with you! I hated for the girls to be upset, and I just stressed the whole time. Sounds like a perfect fall in your household:-) Enjoy!

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  21. Beautiful!

    I know life is not perfect for anyone....... And so I can appreciate you taking the time to stop and "count your many blessings" when you thought about them. It sure makes the challenges of life seem much more manageable when, and if we do that.

    I just read somewhere this week "You won't find happiness until you find gratitude." ; )

    I could totally relate to this WHOLE post. Amazing. Even after 14 years......the space of time that has gone by since my 6th baby {a girl} was born. Thanks for bringing back those memories. Time sure does fly by.

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  22. This post makes me warm and fuzzy inside ;) There is SERIOUSLY NO PLACE I'd rather be than my home ;) and now, excuse me while I go put my pumpkins out toooo!!!!!!!! Soak up every second with that beautiful family :)

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  23. Good job, Sarah! I have similar feelings after a new baby. Your post is peaceful. Have a great weekend!

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  24. Perfect! Hope you have a good night tonight:)) I thought of you this week when I was up nursing the baby. It can feel so lonely, yet mothers all over the world are doing the exact same thing in the middle of the night.

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  25. This post rang true for me... I have two little girls and never could handle them crying in the car! Still can't. I am glad I am not alone... I also love my home! Perhaps I am not as much of a freak as I have been made to believe! Oh.. And I love September .. Best month ever!

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  26. So much to be thankful for! What is it about having a new baby that heightens your sense of gratitude? I guess it's playing such an important role right in the middle of a miracle. You just seem to have a renewed sense of the fact that "every good and perfect gift is from above," don't you?

    I'm so glad you and Janey and Patrick and everyone are doing well! You're in my prayers. :)

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  27. Just lovely in so many ways, it's falling in love and a big mushed up heart, as I believe you said here before! My little boy is four months and my little girl is 3, so happy you've been able to keep blogging, you're a little slice of blissful perfect reading for me when I get a chance!

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  28. Going out when you have a new baby IS stressful--especially grocery shopping. It always stressed me to the max the first month. Somehow I don't think Mom's who just birthed should be going. I wish there was another way (there wasn't for me) I know your Jeff is maxed but what about our families, friends and neighbours? Forget the casserole, the next women I know who gives birth I'll be doing a grocery run for her once a week for a month.

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  29. Sarah - this is such a peaceful post - I love it!! I'm like you - I never want to leave my house! So many people around me are always running around with constant social engagements and I often think there is something wrong with me that I just like to stay home with my family!!

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