Archive for November, 2006
Sleeping soundly. Of course, come bedtime she’s bound to wake up!
I couldn’t decide which picture I liked best, so I just posted them both!
They don’t stay little forever. They grow up too fast. We’ve all heard it. We’ve all thought it.
I watch my newborn daughter and as she adds the pounds and begins staying awake for larger parts of the day and it crosses my mind. She’s already growing up. My oldest daughter will soon be nine and it seems only yesterday I held her in my arms, desperately trying to get her to sleep in the wee sma’s while she cut teeth. My son already has female admirers in his kindergarten class. I would like to have a chat with these girls. Don’t they know he is mine? They are just gonna have to wait!
And yet it’s more than just our imaginations at work. Our kids really are growing up too fast. I’ve been watching it in public schools. Girls as young as eight wearing Pl@yboy bunny t-shirts, pants with sexy or hottie written across thier bottoms. Kids in elementary school discussing sex, singing songs that make me blush to think of, saying things I was embarrassed to tell my husband or mother about.
Does this mean they are becoming more responsible? Making more sacrifices? Being more generous? Showing more compassion? Falling more in love with Christ? All those characters and attributes we desire to see in our children? I think not.
Several published studies have found, for instance, that some tweens’ bodies are developing faster, with more girls starting menstruation in elementary school — a result doctors often attribute to improved nutrition and, in some cases, obesity. While boys are still being studied, the findings about girls have caused some endocrinologists to lower the limits of early breast development to first or second grade.
Along with that, even young children are having to deal with peer pressure and other societal influences.
Beyond the drugs, sex and rock’n'roll their boomer and Gen X parents navigated, technology and consumerism have accelerated the pace of life, giving kids easy access to influences that may or may not be parent-approved. Sex, violence and foul language that used to be relegated to late-night viewing and R-rated movies are expected fixtures in everyday TV.
Kids look and dress older. They struggle to process the images of sex, violence and adult humor, even when their parents try to shield them. And sometimes, he says, parents end up encouraging the behavior by failing to set limits — in essence, handing over power to their kids.
But as the limits have been pushed, experts say the stakes also have gotten higher — with parents and tweens having to deal with very grown-up issues such as pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Earlier this year, that point hit home when federal officials recommended a vaccine for HPV — a common STD that can lead to cervical cancer — for girls as young as age 9.
I’m terribly afraid for my children, growing up in our culture at times. I do the best I can to protect my children from some of this without just starting a family-only commune in a bunker somewhere in New Mexico. Locking the door and throwing away the key after stocking the thing to provide for us for the next 200 years…..We don’t watch television. My kids don’t go over to the homes of people I don’t know very well. They do not use a computer without strict adult supervision. No telephones or televisions in their rooms. But there is only so much you can do….
As it is, most parents of children tend to think I’m a bit on the prudish side when it comes to how I’m raising my children. Which, doesn’t bother me in the least. I know my children are still exposed to more than I was as a child. Much more than my parents or grandparents were exposed to. And sometimes I shudder to think what the cost is going to be.
All I can think to do is pray. Pray hard. Pray often.
Do you see this trend affecting the kids in your home?
How are you protecting your children? What are you doing to combat this overwhelming force that our culture can be? Do you have any advice? Are you a prudish mother/father? Depriving your children of violent television and video games? Refusing to buy them a cell phone? Not allowing them to wear the miniskirt or let three inches of their boxers show above their pants? Invading their privacy by monitoring their internet use? Making them use the phone in the living room or kitchen where you might hear what they have to say?
Meanie! I’d love to hear about it!
Don’t you agree?
I’m one of those people who get really into Christmas as soon as the leftover turkey has been safely stored in the fridge. I usually dig out Christmas music the day after Thanksgiving and spend the weekend after Thanksgiving decorating for Christmas. Not that my few decorations take very long to put out…
As the Advent season fast approacheth, my curiosity sets in. What do you do at Christmas? How do you celebrate? What do you cook? Do you have any yummylicious recipes to share? How do you prepare your kids for Christmas? Do they believe in Santa? Do you have any family traditions that must be observed? What does your church do for Christmas? Will you participate? What is your favorite Christmas carol? What’s on your wish-list? What is your favorite Christmas movie? What homemade gifts will you give? How much shopping do you have left? Any money saving or time saving Christmas tips you would like to share? Any special Christmas memories you’d love to rehash? Who’s your favorite reindeer? How do you keep your kids from going nuts and turning into selfish little pigs during this season? Do you go caroling? Do you indulge in anything this time of year that you don’t let yourself do for the rest of the year? What does Christmas really mean to you?
I wanna know it all.
On the off-chance that some people will visit my blog, although I’ve been in a blogging slump for a little longer than forever, let me know what you think about this idea. I’m thinking about hosting something along the lines of a Christmas Collection. Maybe I’ll link to as many Christmas posts as you can write for one week. Maybe two weeks. Starting in December. It’s nothing you’d have to commit to, or write everyday for…just use a Mr. Linky on the days you make a Christmas post.
If you decide you’d like to participate leave a comment. If I have many interested I’ll set it up. I may need you guys to help me get the word out if I do it though. Since, I basically disappeared out of the blogging community for ages….
Anyone interested in playing?
I married my best friend.
In the last year, since our rainy wedding day, we’ve been caught in the mountains after dark, been ice skating, on huge shopping sprees, held family gatherings in our house, borrowed vehicles when ours wouldn’t run, traveled across half the U.S. to pick up kids, been to movies and out to karaoke, paid bills we weren’t sure we’d be able to pay, gone some of the hottest days of summer with a broken AC, shot off tons of firecrackers, been to the emergency room, through an entire little league soccer season, been through a pregnancy and the birth of a new baby, and much, much more.
And I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat!
Happy Anniversary Joshua!
What can I say? I don’t have time to write…and I’m terribly proud of this beautiful little girl…
Posting pictures it shall be!
Today we brought Rebekah home. We were beginning to wonder if we’d been forgotten in the hospital. The doctors released Rebekah pretty early this morning but it took forever for someone to come say I was allowed to go home.
It’s nice to be in our house again. It seems so very cozy after all the white and bright of the hospital. And it’s lovely to not have to document every feeding and diaper change….and to not have my blood pressure and temperature taken every other hour!
Rebekah is doing quite well. She does have a bit of jaundice and we have to go back to the hospital for lab work in the morning. Her doctor doesn’t think it’s serious enough to need treatment. We are just having it checked tomorrow as a precaution.
Thank you to all who left kind comments. It was fun to have Josh read those to me when I couldn’t walk around much!
UPDATE BELOW – PICS!
Rebekah Luthien Whipps!
8 pounds, 15 ounces, and we love her to death.
She was born at 10:32am, CST.
We DID take pictures, but this is from a hospital computer, so I won’t be able to put them up until later this evening.
Watch this post for an update!
(BLEST – YES, IT ACTUALLY HAPPENED.)