Elissa’s fascination for catching flies started this summer. She used to only try to catch them in her fingers and would swat them with her hand. Experience has led her to a good ol’ trusty fly swatter. If she eyes a fly that has gotten into the house, she runs to retrieve the fly swatter and often she knows where that is before I do. She then aims to stun the fly. It will still be alive and she catches in her fingers and is full of pride as she runs with it to the garbage. This girl is not afraid of much and certainly not bugs.
We have thoroughly enjoyed a week at home. Our one outing was when Anika and I went to Bismarck for her 2 month appointment.
She checked in at 11 lbs. 14 oz. which is five pounds heavier exactly than when she left the hospital on July 3! She was 24″ in length. She was not “small” like I thought but still a big girl in the 90th percentile. Her head though was in the 60th percentile which made Nathan and me laugh because Hunter and Elizabeth have head measurements off the charts!
My month of September is going to be spent being a full time mommy and wife before October arrives with my work routine returning. I thought I was going to “accomplish” so much on maternity leave. Cleaning, organizing everything, decorating, whatever. My accomplishments are better than household tasks and include going to Hunter’s summer baseball games, feeding and rocking a sweet baby girl, playing a lot of “house” with E, family time at my parent’s farm, walks and playtime in the park, family drives to the lake to once again play at the park and a host of other memories. This month I know I will not get the laundry all finished and organized perfectly or the house decorated perfectly for fall but I am enjoying every day with my kids and husband. Hunter will march in the local homecoming parade in a couple weeks playing his trumpet and he will have numerous basketball game beginning next week.
My days at home with the girls include little moments.As I type on the porch, Anika is taking her first ever nap in her crib opposed to her normal sleep spot of her bouncer and Elissa is picking geraniums from the flower pots and wildflowers (I planted from seed and they grew!) from our unweeded flower bed bringing them to me, saying “Here Mommy, smell!” I have the monitor next to me but Anika seems to be enjoying her nap and is quiet and restful. Of course once she awakes, it will be nap time for E. I should have never imagined that both would sleep at the same time and that is when I would also get in a brief nap and get all the laundry done, house organized and a fine meal prepared. Regardless, my accomplishments are many at home, just not what is on my “to do” list. And I may never cross off everything on that list but I do not mind and certainly am going to take in all the little moments that we have today.