It seemed like a good idea at the time…
April 08, 2011

...but now she pushes this chair around everywhere, wriggles up, stands upon it like the queen of the world, discovering the secrets we keep four feet or more off the ground.  I hover about her everywhere, hoping that she does not find the knife block on the counter or the CD player on the mantle in the time it takes me to blink.

In other news, it has been a WEEK.  A week of exhaustion, a week of worry, a week of babysitting other peoples’ children and fielding impossible questions.  A week of crossing fingers for a safe homecoming, a week of heavy hearts at the news of another deployment, a week of three long-awaited births.  A week of a baby shower, a week of a birthday party, a week of a bridal shower.  A week of excitement over a proposal, a week of offering up our truck to help friends move into their first house, a week of lip-biting agonizing waiting for news.  A week of phone calls with old friends, a week of running into old schoolmates, a week of long nights and early mornings and hard talks about hard topics.  A week of cats peeing on the clean laundry, a week of chickens vanishing into thin air, a week of dogs tracking mud through the house.  A week of making plans, a week of forgetting about plans, a week of last-minute changes to plans.

We knew this week was coming, circled on the calendar like a black cloud of doom.  Next week is worse.  The week after is much, much worse.  And then it should clear, the way a fog lifts and there is sunshine.

We have our health, we have our love, we have our little family of three and I would never ask for more.  But there are times, like today, when the busy-ness and the keeping-track-ness seem overwhelming and all I want in the world is a long lazy afternoon filled with warming my toes in the sun and watching my child chase a ladybug across the lawn.

What was your week made of?  Do you have plans for the weekend?

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  1. By on April 08, 2011

    Hi Sarah, it’s funny, because my week was just as nerve wrecking. I thought I was going to have a miscarriage, but now, fingers crossed, baby is ok again. Laying in bed and waiting and hoping and freaking out is really exhausting. Well but now I have no more excuses to not do the laundry and wash the dishes.
    It may sound really corny, but just enjoy the two sunshines in your life and let the blessings distract you from all the mind-tearing hyperness and worries…it’s just like laying in the sun with your toes and such :)

  2. By Megan R. on April 08, 2011

    My week started with running errands in the rain and wind.  Funny, but my week will also be ending with running errands in the rain and wind.  Good thing Finnley is a fan of both.  Too bad I’m not.  Luckily we did have a day in the middle playing at one of the coolest places on the planet (Smith play house / playground in Philly) in some grand sunshine!  I do love to be outside in the sun….

  3. By Lesya on April 08, 2011

    Your week sounds pretty exciting to me, to tell you the truth.  This has been my final week of school, when all the assignments are due and there was at least one due every single day of the week.  Plus I had a sinus infection.  Plus I started to see the baby moving in my belly. So that was pretty distracting.  I wish you a very happy weekend, and hold on there, it will all be over soon, just like you said.

  4. By Cynthia Krajcarski on April 08, 2011

    Your week sounds like some of our weeks… Those weeks are never good and we always struggle to make it through, but somehow we all manage and we’re all the better for it. I’ll be thinking of you. : )

    For us, this weekend entails ten (yes, that’s double digits TEN!!!!) loads of laundry, church, a potluck at church, breakfast with my mom, my nanny and my daughter (four generations!), dinner with my best friend and her family and then probably a bible study with our (both Luke and mine) best friend.

    The laundry is all in preparation for our first family vacation… We’re leaving for Hawaii on Thursday. Yippee!

  5. By Courtney L @ Bundle of Wonder on April 08, 2011

    First of all, good luck with the next couple of weeks!  Spring always seems to be full of crazy weeks it seems!

    Our week has been full of teething, fevers, the stomach flu, me freaking out over a not-well-instructioned assignment for a class, and the two looming 15 page papers plus test that are in my near future.  Therefore, tonight I will be working on my presentation, Saturday I’m dedicating to enjoying myself and relaxing, and Sunday is full of more school work.  Thankfully, there are just three weeks left of this semester!

  6. By Alicia S. on April 08, 2011

    The STOOL. You don’t know what you’re in for. We have a single wooden stool in our kitchen, and it has become our worst nightmare within the last 6 months. Our son has learned to scoot it across the kitchen floor, climb onto our countertops, and then in the middle of the night, raid the snack cabinet, which even I have a hard time reaching. Then, he realized that he could scoot it anywhere he wanted to in the HOUSE. He killed a fish that way. We dread him having nightmares because now, instead of climbing into bed with us - he just detours into the kitchen and sneaks granola bars and raisins until he feels like going back to bed.

  7. By Courtney L @ Bundle of Wonder on April 08, 2011

    Oh, I wanted to ask if you have ever heard of the Learning Tower?  Once Harper can stand on her own for more than a few seconds I’d like to get her one.

    Check it out!  They seem to be much safer than chairs for little ones to stand on.

  8. By on April 08, 2011

    Sarah I read a few of your old entries one especially about the Moby wrap. I am expecting our 1st baby next week and have been trying to wrap that sucker and make it work but having a huge watermelon on your front makes it difficult. Does the wrapping become second nature or is it always a bit challenging?

  9. By Sarah Christensen on April 08, 2011

    Amy H - It takes a few weeks of practice, but it becomes second nature eventually.  I actually practiced on my cat and on a small backpack stuffed with clothes pre-baby and had my husband help me the first few times with Charlotte.  By the time she was 2 months old or so, I just wore the wrap full-time, even when I was driving and she was strapped in the car-seat in the back, etc.

    Honestly, though, I also gave up on the perfect folds with the wrap.  I would pull it out of the laundry and just wrap it on, never bothering to do that half-fold and keep the sleeves straight and such.  So that probably made it easier.

    You’ll get there, I promise =)

  10. By The Mommy Therapy on April 08, 2011

    Wow, your week sound fun and horrible at the same time.  Is it really getting busier?  I’m impressed with your stamina.

    Our week was a lot of recovering from lack of sleep, preschool, working out, house cleaning and playroom makeover planning….you know, the stuff that makes the exciting stories.

    Good luck through the next few crazy weeks.  Just think how great that empty, carefree week is going to feel, eventually.

  11. By Vincent on April 08, 2011

    :D (just in case you need a smile)

    your blog is a beautiful thing. i love the candor with which you share your experiences, whether good or bad. watching your daughter grow up and hearing about the paint messes and the field trips and animals she loves is incredible. it makes me that much more eager to be a father :)

    be encouraged, you have people praying for you and hoping for the best!

  12. By on April 09, 2011

    Completely unrelated, but for some reason, I just love this picture =)) Good luck for the coming weeks, I just recovered from three crazy weeks myself.

  13. By Jill Anderson on April 09, 2011

    My son does the same thing with a chair. He turns two next month. I am always worried he is going to fall.

    It sounds like you have had a crazy week. Hope things slow down for you soon.

    My week has just been the usual work, taking care of kids, doing homework, making dinner, bear den meeting and trying to fit in time with hubby.

  14. By Sarah Christensen on April 09, 2011

    Courtney - We have a couple friends who have those (or something very similar).  One of them has the playhouse set-up too - it’s pretty cool.  We don’t have the money to buy something like that, so I keep pestering Donald to make it.

    Based on how the bed went, I’m thinking it should be ready for kid number three?  Maybe?

    Mommy Therapy - It’s really just busy because a few random things that were originally scheduled for several weeks ago were put off and things that were scheduled for several weeks from now were moved up.  I think we’re just going to have to pick a few things not to do because I don’t think we’ll make it otherwise lol.

    Jill - She fell off tonight =(  But Donald caught her! =)

  15. By Christy on April 11, 2011

    I spent my weekend ripping out old carpeting out of our house. I’m HELLA sore today! But man, the house looks awesome.

  16. By Melissa Laibacher on April 11, 2011

    I went to see a movie on Friday evening.

    Running errands and some shopping on Saturday.

    Cleaning on Sunday morning.
    Sunday afternoon we drove out to my best friend to visit her and her family… we had a nice dinner and the kids played with a water table in the backyard. Good times. :)





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