Carrots for Michaelmas: Musings of a Catholic Wife, Mother, and Occasional Redhead

The boys
November 18, 2011, 4:40 pm
Filed under: Children

I’ve got all three littles at our house this morning. So far it’s been a little busy watching three but everybody’s been happy, fed, and changed without too much chaos! Here’s a pic of the boys and their rad dinosaur village they made during baby girl’s nap:



Our House, Part VIII: The Living Room
November 17, 2011, 4:39 pm
Filed under: Our Home

I finally took some pictures of our living room the other day. Daniel agreed to part with an old armchair that was making things feel cramped. My view was that the chair was looking pretty shabby and nasty after sitting in storage for a few weeks last summer when we were waiting to close on our house…and that’s after it was moved four times in Waco…and that’s after it was bought used for $25 over 5 years ago. It had a good run. Daniel view was that it was super comfortable and generally awesome and still had years of enjoyable usefulness. But he loves me more than the armchair and with nary a grumble, took it to the curb.

Here’s our new armchair, which is actually a hand-me-down from my sweet sister-in-law.

Here’s the view into the kitchen from the front door side of the room. The couch (one of two) used to belong to my grandparents and was previously at my brother’s house. I asked my mom when her parents bought them and she said she can’t remember a time when they didn’t have them when she was growing up. Who knows how old they are! But i LOVE them. The coffee table was a wedding gift from my dear friend Claire.

Couch number two, front door, and key holder from Texas (obvi). The rocking chair was a birthday gift a couple of years ago from dear friend John, Kate, and Luke in Waco. Why is this picture so dark? Oops. I promise that my house isn’t this dark.

View into the dining room. Little writing desk is a hand-me-down from Daniel’s grandma.

I think I removed 8 coats/sweatshirts and 5 bags from that thing before taking this picture.

And because he’s cute:


Lucy’s First Bath
November 16, 2011, 4:34 pm
Filed under: Children

We’re pretty worn out from lots of night feedings and I think I might be struggling with a plugged duct that I hope doesn’t become mastitis. So, we are really taking it easy today and I feel like a loser mom letting Benjamin watch way too many movies about backhoes and excavators as we’re all piled in my bed snuggling while I try to nurse Lucy as much as I can. We are reading books and taking a few breaks to play outside…so the day isn’t a complete failure 🙂

But I thought I’d share a picture of our sweet little girl getting her first real bath at home on Saturday.

I haven’t washed her hair since her baptism on Sunday because her head still smells so amazing from the holy oil and I love to drink in the scent while I’m snuggling her.

I think we’ll all be ready for naptime soon…at least I hope so 🙂

Sweet Potato Harvest
November 14, 2011, 3:48 pm
Filed under: Farm Life


Daniel did an awesome job growing sweet potatoes this year. This is part of the harvest from the second bed of potatoes he and Benjamin dug up. They are so delicious. Any favorite sweet potato recipes we should tackle? I love sweet potatoes during cool weather!

May She Walk Always as a Child of the Light…
November 14, 2011, 2:30 am
Filed under: Children | Tags: ,

Our precious Lucy Elanor’s Baptism was this afternoon. What a wonderful day!

Her sweet dress was made for and worn by my cousins, Jennifer and Michelle, when they were baptized and I wore it when I was dedicated as a baby.

Here’s our new awesome priest, Father Tim, holding Lucy next to the baptismal font.

What a blessed day! I can’t stop smelling her head which still smells so sweet from the oil she was anointed with. She was so calm during the whole thing and didn’t even wake up when the water was poured on her little head. Lucy’s godmother, Colleen, was there and her husband, Titus, was proxy for Luke, Lucy’s godfather who is in Texas and couldn’t be there today. We were also joined by wonderful friends and family and celebrated afterward with treats at our house.

Aren’t these little cakes from Daniel’s mom adorable?!


Beautiful Lucy and beautiful Ooma!

Beautiful Lucy and beautiful Marmee!

Precious, glorious day!



All About Lucy
November 12, 2011, 6:26 pm
Filed under: Children, Misc

I started this post over a week ago and just now am finding time to finish it! Babies!

Look at this beautiful lady:

Amazingly, all three children at our house are napping simultaneously! “Three?” you may ask. Lois and I are watching sweet little Jonah Atkins while his mama goes back to work for the next couple of months. Here’s a less than wonderful photo of the boys, AKA scallywags:

So…while the bebes nap, I’m on my second cup of coffee and decided to start this post I’ve been meaning to write…

Lucy Elanor is angelic. We are so in love with her. She is so calm, sweet, and lovely. We’ve actually been getting some sleep at night even if it’s very interrupted! Last night I think I got at least 5 or 6 hours which for week 2 really isn’t bad, even if they were in 1-3 hour segments. Sweet girl’s big brother only slept for 45 min. at a time until he was about 3 months old so I’m counting my blessings!

In general, she’s a very happy baby. She only fusses when I change her diaper with cold hands or when she has gas. Her main issue is spitting up…which…unfortunately, she does A LOT. Benjamin had some pretty serious reflux issues so I’m disappointed that we might have the same struggles with her. Any advice for helping a baby that spits up all the time? Thankfully, she doesn’t seem to have any trouble gaining weight even though she seems to spit up everything she eats. At her 5 day appointment, she had already surpassed her birth weight and was 7lbs 1oz. I’m trying to nurse her in a more upright position, burp her often, and keep her upright for at least 20 minutes after every meal. Because she’s spitting up so much, she seems to naturally like to “snack” rather than eat. She’ll nurse for 5-8 minutes and then take a break so it kind of feels like I’m nursing constantly but…I’m just thankful I have the luxury of staying home with her and nursing all day!

Her precious Baptism will be tomorrow. Our dear friend in Waco, Luke, has agreed to be her Godfather and our new wonderful friend at our parish, Colleen, has agreed to be Godmother. I can’t think of two better people to guide her in holiness!

We’ve already taken our precious one to Mass several times and I got to take her to my holy hour in the Adoration Chapel. Our friend Alan, who shares my holy hour, says that he doesn’t mind if she always comes with me which is a wonderful blessing because I’m trying to always have her with me and never have to pump. She has been a lamb during each Mass and only started fussing slightly during All Saints’ Mass but quieted immediately after I nursed her for 5 minutes. She is such a champ at nursing and stays latched (unlike Benjamin who would latch and unlatch a thousand times each feeding) so its far less challenging to nurse her in public.

A sweet little homeschooled friend of our family is going to ride up to GA with me every week when I teach my ballet classes and sit with Lucy while I teach. That way I won’t ever have to leave her and I can nurse before and after my classes! This time around, I’m trying to follow the principles of ecological breastfeeding. I’ll post some resources about that later.

Lucy is such a precious blessing. It’s hard to remember life without her! She continues to be bright-eyed, healthy, laid-back, and sweet. On Thursday night, Daniel and I even took her with us to attend the Bach Christmas Oratorio at Ruby Diamond (newly renovated! so pretty) and she just slept in the sling the whole time.

Benjamin is very gentle and loving with his baby sister and although he requests extra mama snuggles and has been pushing the boundaries slightly more than usual, he never seems to be upset that she’s here and part of our family. He alerts me at the tiniest baby whimper to tell me that she’s “crying and needs to eat some milk.” He seems to be very into doing things “as a family” these days. Last week Daniel was taking him on a special Daddy and Benjamin trip to the Jr. Museum and Benjamin requested that sometime he would like Mama and Baby Lucy to come, too, so that it would be a “special family trip.” But our sweet boy deserves his own post soon and when I get a chance to catch my breath, I’ll write one!

Thanks everybody for your prayers and well-wishes! People are spoiling us with food and treats. If you would, say a prayer for me, because I’m coming down with what seems to be a nasty cold and Lucy’s baptism is tomorrow. I hope I’m well enough to enjoy it!

Soul Cakes for All Souls!
November 2, 2011, 11:57 am
Filed under: All Saints, All Souls, Children, Feasting

Yesterday on All Saints Day we started out the day at Mass to celebrate and then went out for a special family breakfast at our favorite Midtown cafe. After Daddy had to go to work, Benjamin and I made Soul Cakes during one of Lucy’s naps.

We used a recipe from Catholic Cuisine. Unfortunately, the recipe wasn’t as good as the one Daniel used last year but, oh well, they were still tasty!

I can’t believe how big Benjamin is after looking at pictures from last year. Here’s a picture from last November:

And here’s a sweet one of him meeting his sister in the hospital:

Baby Lucy is doing great! When I get a minute to myself (hmm, yeah right!) I’ll do a post all about our little lady. She  is such a love.