06 November 2010

Selah

The lord of the manor recently looked at me askance and demanded to know why I'm not pregnant yet. I directed his attention to the likely explanation, which was rolling around corpulently at our feet, and asked what brought on such criticism. He said, "Things have been going way too smoothly around here."

17 comments:

HappyFox said...

Rofl!

Glenda said...

You two are funny.

Melrose said...

funny, mine's been wondering the same thing. How old is your roller?

Leah said...

Smoothness is highly overrated.

lisa said...

Yes, that fifth one is a chieftain ;) Corpulent lusciousness...check, check. :)

Anonymous said...

Clearly I must be doing something wrong because at 5 I felt like I was getting my butt kicked.

Rebekah said...

Melrose, 10 months and 2 days. No teeth and no sleeping for more than 3.5 consecutive hours. What a character! :P

Anon, maybe this is naive, but I feel that I could deal with a rather large number of children in addition to household management reasonably efficiently as long as I am neither pregnant nor postpartum (within 4-6 months, ha ha ha). It's the new baby business that really kills me. If I've ciphered correctly on the basis of historical precedent, this makes our house more unsmooth than not.

Leah said...

Ahh, I feel I'm in good company! My 16 month old still won't sleep any longer than 3 hours. I keep telling myself "this too shall pass," but I'm hard to believe.

Aubri said...

Oh boy, and I thought I was in sleep purgatory b/c my 10 WEEK old is still waking every 2 hours, but 10 months? 16 months?! Aaaaa!
I'd so much rather get the "Hey, why aren't we pregnant yet?" question than the ones I've been getting from friends and family lately, "No more for a while right?" That is the WORST thing I could hear right now! Why do people say this? Especially when yes actually we could have another one soon if the Lord blesses us thank you very much!

I enjoy y'all's blog btw! ("y'all" cuz I originate from the South and you can take the girl out of the South but you won't take her "y'alls"!)

Katy said...

For 5 months now whenever I say "guess what?" to my husband, he says "You're pregnant!" (sometimes in not-so-private settings).

A friend--a new mom--recently posted on fb that today they were moving their 3 wk old out of their bedroom into her own room, so the infant can begin to sleep through the night. Sometimes I want to assume that every Christian believes as we do, so I can reply to those statuses with "HAHA! So you and Andy will have another little one soon, huh? *wink* *wink* Irish twins!" Ok, I wouldn't do that.

Oh, and this post reminds me I forgot to buy maternity tests at the grocery store (again...guess I'll have to wait until next week). Jewel should have 10 for 10 on those things.

Aubri, those comments are so awkward. I hate it when people basically proclaim (assert?) I'm done having kids. The way the questions are phrased always feel to me like a set up...for me to embarrass the other person.

They named that little girl, the girl with her own room, Selah. Rebecca, maybe this post is a sign that you will have a little girl in 10 months and will name her Selah :) Or maybe not.

Gauntlets said...

Hey, Katy, don't go to the store. These here dealies come to your mailbox in quiet brown packaging and work just fine. I mean, I've found them to inspire sudden desperate moments of prayer just as efficiently as First Response.

Untamed Shrew said...

A 10mo with no teeth? Covet, covet, covet....

A 1 or 2yo who isn't sleeping more than a few hours is totally normal, folks. One of the best things I did was make my kids share a room. They don't get scared (at least, not for being alone) and they learn to sleep through more noises.

ζωὴν περισσὸν said...

Ditto Shrew on the no teeth covetousness... cute as they are, the four my 6mo popped right in a row are making nursing less comfortable these days. I know I had a couple who bit once or twice, but this one seems to be gnawing while nursing, so she'd be taken aback if I unlatch her. And she wouldn't get what she needs! So it's kinda ouchy for now. :P

And speaking of comments and criticism... try being "watched" the way our family has been when the magic six month mark has rolled around. Being that we are destitute, moved out of my folks' three weeks ago only to have to move again in a another two... to where we know not. Marriage and family difficulties, and everyone's "watching" already. Makes it tougher to ignore impending criticism if I start to show a little more roundness in the next few months... sigh. The world's view makes me so very weary; sometimes I wish I could hide us all away somewhere so my hubby is not bombarded by perversions of marital intimacy and the life given through it, and we are not watched like we're a time bomb ready to go off.

Sorry, I got yelled at twice today in the name of "concern." An hour of long-distance lambasting as I tried to shop... hung up on both parties because I was shaking so hard, and stood there crying in the frozen food section for a good ten minutes.

God be with us and keep us faithful, and give us strength to lean on Him and each other, for the first time, if He would so bless us with a tenth precious gift.

Melrose said...

Rebekah I keep forgetting how close our babies are. My little one is 5 days older than yours. 6 teeth and thankfully sleeps a good 6-7 hr stretch most nights. We shall see. :)

Katy said...

(sorry, *Rebekah)

Thanks, Gauntlets. I always think after each child I won't care anymore to KNOW ASAP when I'm expecting, but I always do. I'm also not too embarrassed anymore to go through the checkout with two boxes of two test sticks each. HAHA--especially when the three kids are with me (and misbehaving). Hehe.

Yes, I can relate to the "watching," although no one has said anything, yet. My husband has been unemployed since March; perhaps I'm more self-conscious than criticized. A friend at church recently wistfully commented how she would like to have a third, but they can't afford another baby at this time (both she and her husband work). I just didn't say anything! I'll pray for you, ζωὴν περισσὸν (Pam?)

Lots of moms of ten month olds--mine was born the 14th (due December 28th--alas, we missed having a baby in 2009 :) His teeth don't bother me, but he is an acrobat, twisting (and twisting me!) in all sorts of ways as he feeds.

ζωὴν περισσὸν said...

I suppose I might say for the record that despite our circumstances I am still of the belief I have always held when it comes to the gift of children.

What concerns me about these exchanges at times is that, at least in some venues (not necessarily this one), the discussion becomes Law-heavy and we miss out on the Gospel. We need to be so careful to keep caring for the people and not condescending to them. I also have heard and read some sarcasm that seems to be demeaning. I may thinking more of comments made by a pastor on this topic than the dear ladies here, I really don't recall... I have many times been struck by and very much appreciated the bare honesty I have read here.

I do hope that those who are striving to be faithful and obedient by trusting God when it comes to the children He gives, we do not become pompous so that others view us as arrogant, not offering the Gospel to those who are truly struggling. It is also less credible to be speaking this way when the speaker has a "handleable" number of little souls and maybe even a supportive husband to boot... (I'll be the first to admit I may have been one such person, back when I had fewer children)

Maybe I'm just a tired hormonal and severely stressed mama thinking out loud, and if I make no sense just ignore me. If on the other hand, there is some good point to be had in all that, God be praised.

ζωὴν περισσὸν said...

PS. yeah Katy it's me. ;o)