October stock-take

October is turning out to be a month of stock-taking and lessons for me, and I’m not just referring to Little Lessons.

I’ve somehow found myself enrolled in 3 different parenting seminars, spread across 3 weekends. No I didn’t suddenly decide I needed a crash course. Let’s just say it so happened that some very credible parenting experts are here in town.

At the same time due to my “happening” belly – happening in the sense of growth and size, as well as the rhythm and beat of a very active baby boy within my womb – I’ve been feeling a real need to slow down, and draw down my activities and commitments to a minimum.

We’ve had some good adventures and fun recently with the kids. I think it’s a good time for me to unwind from the grind and hustle and bustle, and refocus on my needs and the kids’.

I have some projects in mind to engage them at home.

I’m also making a conscious choice to nourish my soul a little more. Lotsa rest, good books, great company… 😉

Come November we’ll be busy getting down to real prep work for baby’s homecoming. I will need to start on some essentials like planning my confinement menu (since we won’t be getting a confinement lady this time round), taking stock of some of the things we still need to buy, etc. (I confess. Because this is our third one, I’ve been really lax in the prepwork. I don’t even have a clear idea of whether I have sufficient newborn clothing! I guess we’ll somehow wing it and survive…)

At the same time we have been very blessed by friends who have passed our stuff back, along with lotsa new things that their babies have grown out of.

Back to my point on learning, I also need to relearn the basics of baby-ing! (And where oh where did I put my trusty Gina Ford bible for baby routines?)

I hope amidst all the workshops and learning that my brain won’t go into overdrive, that the knowledge will be applied in daily life, and prove useful as we usher our third one into this world.

Here in a nutshell are my goals for October:
– nourish my soul with good books
– engage the kids with meaningful fun projects at home
– plan confinement menu, buy cot protector (and other necessary things)
– pick up new tips from parenting workshops and  apply them to daily life
– plan some quality couple time and take stock of what we’ve done this year

Bite-sized goals. That’s my theme for the month…

It’s a privilege to have access to good information and truths. But sometimes the best lessons come through real experiences. Do you agree?

What does October have in store for you?

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  1. says

    I’m also cutting down on my activities so I get to spend more time with the family and not run around like a headless chicken. This month, I’m planning to get active again and start training for my vertical marathon 🙂
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  2. says

    I am so excited for you ! I hope you are getting some help from your mom or MIL ? Can’t imagine no help, no confinement lady, a new baby and 2 kids ! I had both my kids through c-sec and I can’t imagine not having someone to help me cook , esp for the first month. But once I am over the first month, I pretty much handle everything my own…then again, I only have 2 kids 🙂
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    • mamawearpapashirt says

      Hi Haifang, mine will likely be c-sect too. I do have a helper who can clean and cook simple confinement food so I’m thankful for that. One step at a time I guess…we somehow get by with lotsa grace and not sweating the small stuff. Oh JJ will start kindy next Jan so that means my mornings are quiet at least! Lol 🙂

  3. says

    Life’s been such a flurry of activities that we’re already in the last quarter and gasp, yes it’s time to stock-take…I too like your approach of bite-sized goals…For me, I have few important prayer requests which I hope the Lord will come true for us…May October be yet another month of the Lord’s faithfulness and grace for us all…keep well June!
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  4. Carol says

    Hi June

    you mentioned about credible parenting experts in town this month. do you mind sharing who they are and which talks/events they will be speaking at?

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