Hannah Happenings

Saturday, April 30, 2011
For the fam (and posterity's sake). What Hannah has been up to and her current favorite things to do at 15 months old.

1)Blind Girl. Her new (and very odd, I might add) favorite activity is to scrunch up her eyes closed and attempt to walk around or pick up food as a blind girl. We call her Hannah Keller. I don’t know how or where she picked this up, but she enjoys doing it, until she walks into the wall or the table or any other piece of furniture that she can’t see with her eyes closed. We love our little weirdo.

2)Talking in her sleep. Sometimes during naptime or in the middle of the night I hear her say things like “yeah” or “oh wow” and I go to pick her up thinking she must be awake only to find her still fast asleep. She laughs in her sleep too. What I wouldn’t give to know what she’s dreaming about.

3)Her current favorite foods: clementines and cantaloupe (and ice cream- but that's a given). I’m thrilled that she likes fruit so much, but she could seriously eat these two fruits until the cows come home.

4)Cuddle bug. She’s been super cuddly with us lately, but especially with me. We think it’s because she senses there’s a change about to happen and she’s needing that reassurance that we still love her as much as ever. And of course, I am more than happy to indulge her hugs, kisses and cuddles.

5)Building block towers. (See video) Her engineer Grandpa would be so proud.
video

6)Tantrums. Just so you know that it’s not all fun and games around here, Hannah has started to throw little tantrums especially when I try to take or lead her (holding her hand) somewhere she absolutely does not want to go. If she doesn’t want to hold my hand she’ll violently yank it away and grunt. Ahh, toddlerhood, here we come.

7)Navel-gazing. We are loving belly buttons around here. Hannah’s belly button is always fun to play with as is Mama’s because it sticks out. Good times.

Alleluia

Thursday, April 28, 2011
Alleluia! He is risen!

We had a lovely Easter. As always, Easter Sunday was gloriously sunny. We had brunch at home before heading over to Matthew’s Mom’s house where Hannah enjoyed her first ever Easter egg hunt. Her cousins were so cute trying to help her find her eggs, but once she found one egg she had little interest in finding the others. She just walked around for the next hour or so with her one egg.



Despite the joy surrounding Easter, I’m feeling a little sad that Lent is over. The ending of Lent is always bittersweet for me. Is that weird? I keep reminding myself that just because Lent is over does not mean I have to suddenly stop practicing my Lenten resolutions. Duh. The whole point of Lent is to make permanent life changes, not temporary 40 day ones. So I intend to keep up several of my Lenten practices such as a daily Rosary and attending Mass once during the week. Many people do these things already so really it should not be that hard.

This Lent and Easter also helped me to come to an understanding regarding my current station in life. For a while, part of me has still expected myself to carry on in my spiritual practices as if I was still single (and not a bajillion months pregnant). While I do think it is important to have high expectations for myself, I don’t think it’s helpful to be unrealistic in those expectations. Attending daily Mass or making it through the entire Good Friday service is not entirely feasible at this point in my life. Just like every season of life, there will come a time when I am able to participate in such a way, but currently I am not and I am learning to be okay with that. God understands and acknowledges the difficulties and demands of having little children, even if I sometimes do not.

At Mass recently, I nearly broke down. Hannah was being difficult and I was feeling very pregnant (i.e. huge) and my back was really hurting and with tears in my eyes and perhaps a tad of self-pity told God, “this is hard. I don’t know if I can do this.”

Yet, it was then that I realized, isn’t that the point? The crucifixion was hard; the way of the Cross is hard. It’s not supposed to be easy. We don’t get to relish in the joy of Easter without first enduring the suffering of Good Friday. And in that moment, I was so glad to be Catholic. The joy of Easter is so much more meaningful when you understand the pain and suffering of the days preceding it. How can you truly enjoy feasting if you have not first fasted? How can you see the true miracle of the Resurrection if you have not first experienced death? Life is not all feasting and glory. And because God made that evident in the Passion and Death of Christ, we should not expect ourselves to be exempt from such suffering.

So am slowly learning to kiss the tiny crosses that Christ sends my way, for His burden is easy and his yoke is light and if he wishes me to carry such crosses, then I must learn to do so joyously.

Blogging

Saturday, April 2, 2011

I haven't been blogging much during Lent and probably won't be blogging much, if at all, for the rest of Lent. I've been feeling led to venture into the desert for a little while.

Have a blessed rest of Lent. See you at Easter!

33 Weeks Belly Shot

Friday, April 1, 2011

Man, you never realize how big you are until you see a picture of yourself. That belly is out there!

And I don't think Forever 21 had me in mind when they decided to market and sell sweater and shirt dresses, but guess what, those things work great for a pregnant belly (and they're cheap too)!

Make Way for Ducklings



I had grand plans to take Hannah to feed the ducks in the Public Gardens on Wednesday. I was so excited for our outing, but lo and behold when we got there they were dredging the pond and thus, no ducks. Fortunately, she's young enough and had no idea of my grand plan and was happy enough visiting the Make Way for Ducklings statues that are in the Common. We ended up enjoying a nice walk around Boston despite the epic fail of my grand adventure.
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