These Days.

These days.

They may be foggy. The nights … they are long …

A tired, but surreal bliss, hangs over my head … yes, the newborn-fog has hit me. I’m running on little sleep and yet I do not want to miss *anything* over the next few weeks or months … the next year …

We all know how fast the time flies with a newborn changing every. waking. second. of the day. Not to mention the days and details of each girl of mine … I don’t want to miss these days, no matter how stretched my body might feel.

My friend and I were chatting today about how sad we are when we hear others moms constantly complaining that they are tired, that life is too much, that it’s just overwhelming … I’m not saying I’m filled with an over-abundance of energy right now. I *am* tired. I am dragging … I have lost my cool with my husband and nagged him too many times over something as silly as the bedtime ritual … but I am working on it. I am working on being better. On realizing that this tired drag-your-feet stage is only a stage -just that – a mere chapter in time – and before I know it, the days will have turned into years and years into decades and I am not ready for that. It’s not easy though. {I’m preaching to the choir, right?!} Every day, I have to keep my attitude in check, to register my brain that this *is* the day that the Lord has given me and that, despite any frustrations I might be facing, I am to be thankful for the good. To embrace the positive.

I’ve joined a small group from my church where we are studying Motherhood. It’s been such an eye opener to me – to not just love being a mother, but to embrace motherhood and all of it’s calling. For me right now, that means being a human receiving blanket (Lovelyn is a puking machine!), reading three extra bedtime stories even though I feel like crawling into bed myself and sleeping and trying out that cookie recipe that just didn’t quite turn out right yesterday. {Seriously. Does this sound ridiculous to you? I’m just trying to do the best at what I am doing in this moment.} That’s where my heart is at right now …

Lovelyn is growing so fast – she’s up to 5’11 lbs and is such a sweet, sweet baby. She is always in my sling or in my arms or sleeping on my chest (where she is right now). I don’t mind one bit.

Lucia is adjusting and feeling a bit happier. That makes me happy.

Homeschooling is going well – although at times, it is definitely harder than I anticipated … but it’s coming and together, we’re slowly creating a routine, a system and I think we’ll be okay. Some days are better than others and some days are harder. But we’re getting there …

We’ve met a ton of amazing homeschooling families in our area and that has helped in so many ways … [so inspiring!]

So for now, I just want to encourage you to be the best that you can be wherever you are, doing whatever you are doing. It’s too easy to do things half-heartedly and to just get by. Whether or not it’s mothering many little ones …

or educating older ones or working a career … we are called to do our best. And to stop complaining, to see the good and to LOVE what you are called to do.

[Sorry – I know this blog post is all over the place – my brain is like this right now …]

Speaking of many little ones … is this not the cutest car decal ever?!

(Oh, and no, hubby does not have a motorcycle – this Harley Davidson symbol is probably just a harsh reality check reminder of his one day mid-life-goal of finally owning a Harley again!)

I just got it this sticker for our car last week and have had so many compliments on it … so many that I e-mailed the shop where I bought the decal and asked if they would do a giveaway for one of the blog readers – and they said yes!

I KNOW you want one for your car/van/bus/suburban/truck/etc. …. I just know it …

This darling deco was purchased from the Decal Dude on Etsy … go check out their cute, online store and see what suits your family best …Stick Figure Family Style no 1 you pick up to 6 figures

You can choose up to eight family members and have it personalized with dogs, cats, etc.

Now I won’t lose my truck in a parking lot (not that I could lost My Beast of a Suburban if I tried) ….!!!

All you have to do is leave a comment on the blog and your name will be entered to win a family decal – sweet!

For everyone else, DecalDude is offering you a 10% discount on your purchase if you mention the Gigi Photogrpahy blog when checking out with your purchase.

{Wouldn’t these make a cute stocking stuffer for Christmas?!}

P.S. There’s snow in the forecast for us on Friday! Yeah!!!

November 10, 2010 - 9:19 am

Heather Awww love the shot of Lucia and Lovelyn !!! I would love
one of these decals, they are the cutest !!!

November 9, 2010 - 5:15 pm

Jane Love the decal! Great for a stocking stuffer!

November 9, 2010 - 5:03 pm

Kim B. I’ve finally had a moment to catch up on your blog and what a great post for me to read right now. Your life, while crazy, sounds wonderful and full of love. You inspire others/me to be a better mother/person and to let go of the craziness. Lovelyn is one lucky girl to have such a wonderful family to love her (and glad to hear Lucia is adjusting well too.) All the best!

November 8, 2010 - 8:36 pm

Chelsey I hope I didn’t miss the giveaway! Beautiful post Gigi … you really hit home xoxo

November 6, 2010 - 3:50 pm

Kate Hi Gillian
Congrations on your beautiful baby. Its my first time on the blog since you have had her and it was so nice to see the pics!
She is very sweet. The family decals for the car are too cute also!!

November 6, 2010 - 2:48 pm

Lucia Hey Gillian! Congrats again on baby Lovelyn! She’s beautiful, just like all your girls. Love the decals as well, super cute! Take care.

November 6, 2010 - 12:00 pm

Carry Gillian, I love and appreciate how very real you are…..have a great weekend and enjoy decorating for Christmas!

November 5, 2010 - 9:23 pm

Jenn Love the blog, pics and the decals they are a great idea for gifts. Thanks!

November 5, 2010 - 9:16 pm

Becki Thanks for the reminder to remember that each day with our children is a blessing!! (mom of 4 children 9, 7,6,and 3)

November 5, 2010 - 8:24 pm

Kim Gillian – your blog post was just what I needed today. Thank you for sharing.

November 5, 2010 - 8:06 pm

CorrieT So true it’s just a stage… enjoy it! Praying for rest in abundance for each of you.

November 5, 2010 - 5:46 pm

Mandey I love checking out your beautiful pictures but most importantly your take on life…as a mommy of 4 I truly loved reading this! Thanks…I totally need one of those decal’s for my amazing van…of which I call my LIMO! ; }

November 5, 2010 - 5:44 pm

Mandey I love reading your blog & your insite on life! Truly inspiring…as a mommy of 4 myself some days just get plain crazy at our home! But I LOVE every minute of it! I totally need one of these decal’s for my van…which I call my LIMO! ; } Happy thoughts to you!

November 5, 2010 - 4:55 pm

Samantha Fizzard soo glad that everything is starting to settle down for you! Even super busy your photos are amazing! Love the new decals for the car too! soo cute! 😀

November 5, 2010 - 3:02 pm

Stephanie Thanks for the reminder! I needed one today 😉

November 5, 2010 - 2:47 pm

lita Nice pictures and how cute are those decals!! Nice to see the girls enjoying their baby sister 🙂

November 5, 2010 - 2:24 pm

Meghan Great blog post. Thanks for the link for the decal, I have been wanting one like this for awhile and didn’t know where to look.

November 5, 2010 - 1:50 pm

Lori Gillian, I totally agree with you! You sometimes have to sit back and let it go! I struggle with that. Love the pics – super cute!

November 5, 2010 - 1:26 pm

shelleyk what a sweet blog post 🙂 (and I have that same grey sweater you are wearing in the shot with the baby wrap, love it cause it’s nice and long, hehe) thanks for the little encouraging message that touched my heart today 🙂 let’s all do our best, right where we are.

November 5, 2010 - 12:38 pm

Sonya I’m feeling everything you’re saying … happy to see that Lovelyn has gained so much weight as well!!! Always remembering to take one day at a time and enjoy what each day brings (it always helps to have a coffee in hand too 🙂

November 5, 2010 - 11:11 am

Colleen Costigan What a very honest and true blog!!!! Life is too short and every minute counts, your children are too cute. Its always comforting to know other people feel the same way I do!