Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Introducing Mr. Bentley Garrett

After four weeks I am finally getting around to posting about his arrival. Bentley was born October 3, 2010 at 8:28 pm. He was 8 lbs. 2 oz and 21 inches long.

Bentley has been such a fun addition to our family. The boys are absolutely smitten, and so are Tyler and I! Bentley is such a sweetie pie. He loves the fan and the sound of his brothers voices. I've never heard Bentley cry. He doesn't cry, he screams! He can go from content and happy to screaming like a maniac in just an instant. It's quite fun to wake up to.
I am slowly getting the hang of being the mother of three. It's been a little overwhelming! Getting things done with a preschooler, a toddler, and an infant in tow takes a lot of planning and scheming; And even then, sometimes things just don't get done. I've learned I can't do it all, and that just has to be okay (can you tell I'm a bit of a perfectionist?!). It used to bother me when mothers of more than a couple children acted like it was just impossible to do certain things (keep the house clean, craft, take the kids shopping or to the mall play place, attend church activities, etc.) because they had too many kids. I had the opinion that a woman shouldn't exclude herself from an activity or fail to do a chore and blame it on her kids. With the right amount of planning ahead, you can pull anything off, right?

I have to say I am a little embarrassed to have judged them so. After just four weeks, I finally get it. Some things just aren't worth it! I've learned to write shorter "To Do" lists, plan more mellow days, and enjoy my boys. I still, occasionally attempt outings that end up being pretty crazy. I'm a proud mama when the kids are good and it all goes well, but often I come home thinking, "I'm never doing that with these three again!" For example: Mother Natures Pumpkin Patch. Brigham, Taft, Bentley, and me... don't ask, I'm not ready to talk about it yet, just know it was more than exhausting. :-)

I can't believe Bentley is my third child. I am the mother of three little boys. I knew this would happen one day, but for some reason I am caught off guard. I guess I am (and feel) a whole lot younger than I thought I would be once I reached this point. I mean, having three children is so many! I now, at 24 years old, have more kids than most people. I am doing it all times three. I am now a super busy mom. Busy wiping noses, changing diapers, scolding, dropping off and picking up, driving a MINIVAN (awesome by the way!), making forts, making dinner, kissing owies, remaking forts, pushing trikes, cleaning up "accidents", packing picnic lunches, and rocking babies. I'm busy and I'm loving (almost) every minute of it!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Joy At School

See my post for my turn at teaching preschool!

I Can Pretend

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