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erin

I'm Erin Jo. I'm thinking, writing, dreaming, mothering, loving, living, praising, BLESSED to be Fiona to my Shrek and Mommy to my four amazing kiddos.

dave

dave

Shrek is "like an onion with many layers" but has a heart of gold. He's my husband and my friend, and we just get better all the time.

lily

lily

Lily is my first baby and only girl. She's smart, funny, tall and kind. Keeping up with this girl is a challenge and a joy. She's terrific!

max

max

Max is one part ogre, two parts lover and all boy! Our little man has a temper but gives the best hugs of anyone I know!

colby

colby

Colby is as ornery as he looks. He flirts shamelessly, even with strangers. He's all mouth and curls and the loudest by far.

luke

luke

Luke is the baby of the family, but holds his own. He's happy and adorable. And he's a terrible sleeper. =)

19 Weeks and A Side of Sass


Well, yes, I still have almost five months to go.

Colby has been sleeping better the past few nights. He’s getting past an ear infection and maybe a new tooth (who knows?!) Anyway, I was thankful he slept until 4 a.m., was soothed by Shrek, and then went back to sleep until 5. Then he was up again by 6, with my alarm. I could tell he wasn’t ready to really get up and I had to get ready for work… So I changed his diaper, got him a cup of milk, turned off my alarm and snuggled him back to sleep. And… fell asleep. Ooops.

Next thing I knew, it was nearly 7:30 a.m., so Momma kicked it into high gear, put on her sass boots and got it done: kids dressed, fed, delivered to school and sitter, momma dressed, make-upped, coffee and breakfast sandwich made to go. And I happily devoured my breakfast and Anna Quindlen audio book as I drove my hour to work and just kept going. I killed a huge to-do list, had an awesome lunch on College Green with my new intern and generally rocked the work day!

So tomorrow marks Week 19 of this pregnancy. And the next day, hopefully, we’ll find out what kind of baby we’re having. That is, whether it’s of the boy or girl variety. We’re so excited! Both of the older two are convinced it’s a girl, I think because it just makes sense to them to have “three boys and three girls in our family.” And Colby? That happy baby is blissfully unaware that his life is about to change; he won’t have nearly the time his big sibs had to be the baby of the family.

And his momma? Well, she tried to savor rocking the punk to sleep tonight, to not wish he’d hurry up and drift into dreamland, because she suddenly felt nauseous, overheated, huge and tired.

In a perfect world, we would all know what we have. We’d slow down, we’d forget about the Joneses and the Kardashians and all of the silly, trite things we allow to fill our lives.

We’d kick our workweeks in the pants, remember to stop with the kids to admire the ant pile on the sidewalk for as long as they wanted, and we’d rock our babies to sleep as long as they would let us.

And THAT is exactly what I’m trying to do.

“Slow down you’re doing fine
You can’t be everything you want to be
Before your time.”
- Billy Joel

One Response

  1. Debbi Offenberger says:

    Erin – you are so right! We all need to slow down but sometimes it seems impossible. I was reminded of that Sunday morning with some terrible news of someone we went to college with. Slow down, enjoy what is around you, love those closest to you and appreciate yourself. Love ya Erin! Thanks for the reminder, I need to hear that a lot.

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