Archive for April, 2011
The last time I mentioned our vegetable garden, we were preparing to plant the seedlings in the ground outside. Last week I finally got all of my plants in the ground, which took several hours, and most of them are doing very well. So, what did I do with my baby while planting all of those seedlings?
That’s right. She relaxed under a nearby shade tree while playing with her toys on the blanket. I was so glad that she stayed perfectly content while I was planting until I looked over at her. My smart baby learned to pull the blanket up, then had begun picking the grass and eating it. As I was cleaning all of the grass off I noticed little pieces stuck to her chin and got a little worried that she might have eaten something poisonous. (Don’t worry, my baby is doing just fine.)
Since I had not finished all of the planting at that time, I tried to stick her pacifier in her mouth to keep her from putting grass there, but she was too smart for that. I had to buckle my baby up in her stroller for the remainder of our time outside, but she only started to get fussy towards the end- probably because she was getting very hungry. Later on I realized that I had not nursed my poor baby before going out, so she had a pretty good reason for being cranky after patiently waiting so long.
First: If you are starting a vegetable garden while taking care of your new baby, then you might want to wait for some help. Babies can be a handful even when they are not quite mobile yet. At least keep them secure when it is just the two of you and you are concentrating on another task.
Second: Make sure to feed your baby well before taking on a time consuming task. Don’t let the poor baby starve and get unnecessarily fussy. If your baby gets too hungry, they might get creative with whatever is around them.
Third: Do not stress out over any changes in your plans, or unexpected occurrences that come along. It will be okay if you don’t get everything done in the garden because the baby is screaming. Also, don’t worry if all of your plants are not a success or some of them die before you can put them in the ground (not all of mine survived and the season has just begun).
My very cute baby girl loves hair and thinks it is so funny to be attacked by mommy’s hair that she starts to laugh and scream. My baby does not crack up with laughter over much, so when I was able to get her laughing I had to record it. If you like this, then you should see my baby playing piano also.
Below is one of my favorite passages in the KJV Bible detailing what this day is truly about. For other interesting facts about Easter read my Easter Fun Facts post, and to see what I am doing this Easter read my Baby’s First Easter.
JOHN Chapter 20
1 The first [day] of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.
2 Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him.
3 Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre.
4 So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre.
5 And he stooping down, [and looking in], saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in.
6 Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and seeth the linen clothes lie,
7 And the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself.
8 Then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulchre, and he saw, and believed.
9 For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.
10 Then the disciples went away again unto their own home.
11 But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, [and looked] into the sepulchre,
12 And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.
13 And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.
14 And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.
15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.
16 Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.
17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and [to] my God, and your God.
18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and [that] he had spoken these things unto her.
19 Then the same day at evening, being the first [day] of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace [be] unto you.
20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them [his] hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord.
21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace [be] unto you: as [my] Father hath sent me, even so send I you.
22 And when he had said this, he breathed on [them], and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:
23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; [and] whose soever [sins] ye retain, they are retained.
24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.
25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.
26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: [then] came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace [be] unto you.
27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust [it] into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.
29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed [are] they that have not seen, and [yet] have believed.
30 And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:
31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
As I was preparing for my baby’s first Easter, I stumbled across some interesting statistics and facts about Easter. Although Easter is meant to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, there are some other origins for Easter symbols. I have recorded the most interesting details, so I hope you enjoy it.
The Name Easter- Although the Easter holiday is to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the tomb, the name “Easter” is derived from the pagan Anglo-Saxon goddess Eostre. Springtime and the month of April are both associated with Eostre, and she is believed to be the goddess of spring fertility and the sunrise.
The Easter Egg also came from this Anglo-Saxon goddess because the egg is the symbol of fertility, as it has also been viewed by many cultures throughout time. Some traditionally will dye eggs red to symbolize the blood of Christ, and green to symbolize the beginning of spring.
The Easter Bunny– It is speculated that the goddess’ lights of dawn (because she is the goddess of the sunrise) were carried by hares, but the actual etymology of rabbits with Easter is unknown. Although they are also associated with fertility.
Easter Baskets- The idea of a bunny carrying an easter basket originated from German legend, and is also associated with Eostre. Baskets of the first seedlings were presented to the goddess so that she would bless their harvest.
The Easter Lily symbolizes purity, life, and renewal. Because it is shaped like a trumpet, it is to remind us of the heralding of Jesus Christ upon returning triumphant to Jerusalem.
Of course the symbol of the cross stands for Christ dying for the sins of the world, and the lamb because he called himself the sacrificial Lamb of God.
Easter Fun Facts:
90 Million– number of chocolate easter bunnies made every year.
16 Billion- jelly beans made specifically for Easter every year.
700 Million– marshmallow peeps bought every year in America.
76%– of Americans eat the ears first on a chocolate bunny.
10%– increase in Americans’ Easter spending from last year.
95% of the world’s Easter Lilies are grown on only 10 farms in the United States.
Quotes and Poems:
If Easter says anything to us today, it says this: You can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there. You can nail it to a cross, wrap it in winding sheets and shut it up in a tomb, but it will rise!
-Clarence W. Hall
An Easter Carol
Tomb, thou shalt not hold Him longer;
Death is strong, but Life is stronger;
Stronger than the dark, the light;
Stronger than the wrong, the right…
Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time.
This coming Sunday will be my baby’s first Easter and that means decisions for my husband and I. Whose family will we visit for Easter dinner and whose church service should we attend to show off the baby in her adorable Easter dress. Also how much money do we want to spend for our baby’s first Easter? I am very excited!
Shopping for Baby:
It is hard not to go spend crazy for my baby’s first Easter because I want to buy all kinds of cute clothes, toys, and candy. She already has an adorable Easter dress given to us from her Grandmother with cute little baby sandals. We recently went shopping with our little girl and tried out a few hats (shopping for a baby girl is so much fun- I loved it). One in particular was extremely cute on her and we are considering going back to the store this weekend to buy it. I am using the excuse that she needs this new hat not only for Easter but also to help mommy in the garden this summer.
Since I am passing down my old easter basket from my childhood, we will not need to buy one for our baby’s first Easter. Hopefully it will stay intact as an heirloom throughout her childhood also. I am planning to buy a few Easter eggs that I can fill with the Gerber yogurt melts that she loves so much and maybe I can let her indulge on a few marshmallow peeps too. Along with those items I will probably get a cute little Easter book to place in her basket, and that will be all. So, I am not going to break the bank for Easter, instead it will be small and simple.
Now that Easter is almost here, my husband and I really have to decide on our Easter plans. So, with only a little arguing we were finally able to come to an agreement on the plan of action for this coming Sunday. We will definitely not be going to any sunrise services because my husband works late at night and is not someone you want to cross early in the morning. We are taking the baby to our own church for the Easter morning service but after lunch we are all heading over to my parents’ house for Easter dinner. My mother wants to take pictures of our baby in her Easter dress with their baby lamb that was born a few weeks ago. Traveling on Easter with a baby may not be a lot of fun, but spending time with family for holidays and special occasions makes the annoying trip worth it.
Are you planning to celebrate Easter with your children? How did you make your baby’s first Easter memorable for everyone?