Archive for January, 2013

Hey! I’m Kinda Feelin’ Jipped!

January 31, 2013

I’ve recently “liked” a couple of pregnancy and birth pages and they’re fantastic! I love all the amazing pics of women giving birth in the way and environment of their choice. They have photographers capturing all the wonder of the event and husbands/partners/co-parenting significant others (making terms up for things I don’t know the label for) are joining in, being super supportive and experiencing as much of the baby’s birth as possible. Then there are the breastfeeding pics and posts. All beautiful. There are many strong, amazing women out there that are making the decision to be fully present in the experience of becoming a mother, no matter the # baby it is.

Only one problem…

All this amazingness is making me feel like I never experienced giving birth or breastfeeding. There were no photographers, no uber supportive/rubbing my back/getting into a tub of water with me, husband-no tub of water for that matter. No home birth and heck, for my last birth, my biggest supporter was my 12 yr old daughter, who was great, but did her best to make sure she stayed near my head the entire time.

I breastfed while toddlers climbed on me, while I pushed a stroller with 2 or more other children in it, while I grocery shopped, while I made dinner, while I did mundane and needed household chores, while I was 1/2 or entirely asleep and there was no one documenting it and putting a lovely lens to the whole thing to show how beautifully natural, loving, life-giving and super fantastic it was.

I never had a belly cast made. Never took belly pics in my bathroom or bedroom mirrors (there were no “smart phones” with cameras) and never, once, had professional pics taken with the glowing and gushing father of all these kiddos. What the heck?!

How is it that I had 9 kiddos and am now feeling like all the new moms out there are sticking it to all of us Old Geezers who finished having babies too soon to be truly amazing? I don’t like it!

I’ll go thumb through the endless baby books, photo albums and scrapbooks that I put together on paper filled with lignin that’s slowly eating away at the only precious images I have that prove that in my day, we were as amazing as we felt we could be and it was pretty ok.

Seriously though-Here’s to you, Moms of the Next Era! You’re making me wish I could do it one more time.

Sincerely,
Mommy of Many

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Martin Luther King Jr’s Dream, As Interpreted By Lex

January 31, 2013

This kiddo keeps me smiling!

Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream, according to Lex is that “boys and girls would drink together.”

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Good Stuff to Share

January 31, 2013

YOU are in charge of your thoughts. Breathe deeply and choose wisely~

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January 31, 2013

Strong, Worthy, Beautiful!

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Happy New Year! A Recap on 2012 and the Beginning of 2013-Part 2…Finally!

January 26, 2013

I’m back and so is my creative side. So here’s what the 2nd half of my kiddos were doing in 2012;

Maddi-She finished up the school year, here, and then headed to San Diego to spend the summer with friends. She and a close friend of hers’ took a trip to the Dominican Republic to be a part of a mission project. After they returned, she participated in her last year of Junior Lifeguards. She was then invited to stay in San Diego and to go back to Cathedral Catholic H.S., where she (and her siblings before her) had attended. It’s been a really fantastic opportunity for her and we’re grateful for her hosting family!

Tristan-He started middle school, as a 7th grader, this Fall. So far, he’s been doing well and enjoying school, as much as school can be enjoyed. He dusted off his flute and joined the band class. They had a Holiday performance and I was super impressed with the program!

Max-This year he’s in 4th grade and is doing well. His teacher works really well with him and it’s been nice for all of us to work from a place of understanding what Max’s strengths and weaknesses are. He went on a school trip to Coloma for 4 days which he REALLY enjoyed. I was so happy that he made the (last minute) decision to go! He also tried out for a play that was put on by a production company that came to the school. He got a part and did a fantastic job! I love seeing him step out of his comfort zone and into new things!

Gabi-She continues to do very well in school and is a fantastic reader. She started gymnastics in November and is LOVING it! In the summer she borrowed our neighbors’ rip stick and took off like there was nothing to it. Santa brought her one of her own this Christmas. She was had a couple of school performances and was, most recently, cast as Little Red Riding Hood. There’s always something creative or exciting happening when activities are left up to Gabi.

Lex-It’s hard to sum up his year in a few lines. He’s constantly giving everyone around him, something to chuckle at. He’s a bright and loving little comedian! We had to learn the hard way, that he is allergic to dairy and I’m impressed with his dedication to making sure he keeps it out of his diet. He loves soccer and running and has joined the running club at school. He’s in 1st grade and is a super-strong reader. We all agree that Lex keeps us smiling!

It was a full year and it couldn’t have ended on a better note, with all of my kiddos together for Christmas!

Here’s to 2013 and all that’s ahead!

Doing the Dance of the Children~

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Happy New Year! A Recap on 2012 and the Beginning of 2013-Part 1

January 15, 2013


Happy New Year!

I know we’ve all been hearing the crickets over here. There was so much to do with having all my kids home for Christmas that I just wanted to be present in it and not worry about sitting down to write about it. Unfortunately that carried over a little longer than I had planned.

I’m going to do this update in 2 parts or else it will never get done. So…here’s part one of what the Lang Kiddos and M.O.M. were up to in 2012;

2012-What a year! We got a little more settled into our new life. There were plenty of struggles but there was also some really Good Stuff.

Jen-I began working in marketing. Marketing! It all fell together very quickly and I began writing for various clients and events. I’m now one year into it all and I really enjoy it! I’m hoping that 2013 brings me more work!

Me, with other ladies of Social Media at a concert we helped to promote.

Kateri-In May, Kateri graduated from the Franciscan University of Steubenville with degrees in Theology and Humanities. She then went on to become the personal assistant to one of the college’s professors, Dr. Scott Hahn. She also became the University’s assistant diving coach. As of yesterday, she began Grad School. She was able to come out for Christmas and brought her newest love, her puppy, Layla.

Clayton-After 5 years of him being away for school and travel, he came home for a few months to work and then move onto the next phase of life. It was such a joy to have him here! He did a fantastic job of helping with the little kids, keeping them active and showing them new ways to use their imaginations. He did a juggling demonstration for Lex’s class during Lex’s special week at school. He found work on a rice farm and came home tired and muddy after each day’s work. He has since moved on to Ohio and is back in school.

Mariah-She is in her Sophomore year at Bryant University. She has an internship with a company in Sacramento during her summer and Christmas breaks. She’s learning all the different aspects of the company and is doing a fantastic job! She has also been helpful in writing a business model for a coffee shop that a friend of mine wants to open. She is her sororities philanthropist chairperson and put on a fantastic event supporting our troops. Mariah has a bright future ahead and is on the path to making it all happen!

Arianna-She spent the year focusing on sports. She’s in her Junior year of high school and has played tennis, soccer and softball. She’s well-rounded in the world of sports! She’s my “big” kid at home, these days and she would LOVE to get her license in the near future. Earlier this year, she and Gabi did an Adventure Run together as a team and had a great time!

Ok, the news of Maddi through Lex will be on it’s way SOON!

Doing the Dance of the Children~

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