April 17, 2012

Gratituesday: Aiden

"Gratituesday" is a time once a week to verbalize at least one blessing in your life. It's hosted by Laura at Heavenly Homemakers. It's really uplifting to read her blog every Tuesday and see all the people who "linked up" to the post with their own "gratituesday" post. So, I decided to join in!

We've been battling a lot of sickness at our house the past 2 months- Aiden got an ear infection that lasted over a month, we've all had stuffy noses and sore throats, and now Aiden has Hand, Foot and Mouth disease! He has blisters on his hands and bottom, and had ulcers on his throat. Poor little guy!

Due to all the sickness, there's been a lot of fussiness. And when I say a lot, know it's drastically understated, ok? When Aiden's not feeling well, no one feels well! But all this fussiness and sickness has made me really appreciate the happy times.

Every laugh, smile, or peaceful moment where he plays by himself is a gift. And it should be every time, but he's always been such a happy kid, I took it for granted. He is strong-willed and gets frustrated, so don't think we never had any crying! But it was always for a purpose- a visible purpose that Momma could help with! I can't help the "I don't feel well" cry. I can't snuggle enough! But the moments that the pain meds have kicked in and he's running around, singing and laughing are gold! 

He's getting over this HFMD mess, and we're finally getting back to more happy than sad (knock on wood!). We're all, especially Aiden, happy he's getting 'back to normal.' 

Reading List Update

1. Your One-Year-Old: The Fun-Loving, Fussy 12-To 24-Month-Old 
2. The Invention of Hugo Cabret
3. The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers: Reclaiming Our Passion, Purpose, and Sanity*
4. I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts On Being a Woman
5. Grimm's Fairy Stories
6. The Hunger Games Trilogy
9. The Happiest Toddler on the Block
10. Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches
11. The Husband Project: 21 Days of Loving Your Man--on Purpose and with a Plan
12. Rekindling the Romance: Loving the Love of Your Life
13. One of Us Must Be Crazy. . .and I'm Pretty Sure It's You: Making Sense of the Differences That Divide Us
14. Have a New You by Friday: How to Accept Yourself, Boost Your Confidence & Change Your Life in 5 Days
15. The Money Saving Mom's Budget: Slash Your Spending, Pay Down Your Debt, Streamline Your Life, and Save Thousands a Year
16. Calm My Anxious Heart: A Woman's Guide to Finding Contentment
17. Yes!: 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive
18. Influence: Science and Practice
19. Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream
20. Networking Magic: Find the Best - from Doctors, Lawyers, and Accountants to Homes, Schools, and Jobs
21. Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God
22. The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: Fourteen Amazing Authors Tell the Tales
23. Wonderstruck
24. Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man: A Novel
25.168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think
26. Fool: A Novel
27. A Prayer for Owen Meany
28. I Never Promised You a Rose Garden: A Novel
29. The Help
*Did not finish

Well, I've read quite a bit since last time I've updated: 6 total! March flew by and April's following suit, but I'm glad I still managed to read. I've fallen behind on my Bible reading by a week, but I'm hoping to get caught up on that soon.

How are you doing so far with your reading list?