7 Quick Takes Friday

7 Quick Takes Friday June 24, 2011


We’re so excited because on Sunday we’re having a half-birthday party for Maggie! Her birthday is in December, and three days after Christmas, so we decided it would be more fun (read: people would actually come) if we had a party for her half-birthday in June.

I’m making cupcakes with pink icing that spell out “Happy Birthday Maggie!”, and the theme is pink and purple. Her signature colors. ๐Ÿ˜‰


Baby sleep. Man, it’s tricky. Maggie is a pretty good sleeper, but her bedtime seems to be getting later and later. Last night she was tired at 8:30, so we put her to bed, and she woke up at 9:30, ready to play. Yeah, she didn’t get to sleep until 11:15 last night.

Once she gets to sleep she’ll generally sleep anywhere from 6 to 11 hours at a stretch, and frankly, I don’t really like feeling as though we have to go to bed as soon as she does.

What time does your baby go to bed? Do you have any kind of routine for doing that? I think we need a routine.


Thanks for all the lovely feedback on my most recent post. It’s not easy to write about our sins and mistakes, but we talked about it (Atticus reads anything that has to do with the both of us before its published), and he agreed that in order to really make the point in the post, and to not seem like I’m saying we’re perfect, we had to include that.

So thanks for being supportive, friends!


2011 Honda Odyssey Unveiled 2011 Honda Odyssey 1

2011 Honda Odyssey — want

We are thinking of getting a new (to us) vehicle, and I’m wondering if any of you van drivers out there have any recommendations?

It probably won’t be until next spring when we buy something, but I want to start researching now.

We’re looking for something:

with good gas mileage

seats up to 8 (just in case!)

is a van, but doesn’t look quite so van-like

is a swagger-wagon ๐Ÿ™‚


Atticus is job-hunting, and he had a great interview on Wednesday (his patron saint Thomas More’s feast day!), and we are hoping he’ll get an offer on this one. Please say a little prayer that they’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse!


Then there’s this:

which is, I think, actually more awesome than this:

But only by a little.


That poster makes me think of one of my english professors in college who used to say, “I resent your use of the word awesome. Awesome is reserved for thunderstorms and God almighty.”

He also refused to get a computer, preferring to do everything with an old typewriter. Ah, the memories of old Ducharme.

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  • Baby sleep is a tricky thing. We’ve always been big believers in bedtime between 8-9:30 for babies under 9 months. At nine months, it’s 8 or 8:30 like all the rest of the kids. yes, this means that while babies, they’ll get us up around 2 or 3…but in the long run, having the routine at the beginning of the night has been a God-send for us to have down because eventually…they do just sleep right on through until it’s time for everyone to get up. Good luck!!!

    I am really hoping I get a chance to go see Harry Potter this summer…but it comes out right after the baby comes. So maybe I’ll have to wait. But I really want to see part 1 and 2 in a theatre. We’ll see!

  • Oh! Vans! We have a Toyota Sienna and we love it. It gets great gas mileage. ourse only seats 7, but I know you can get them where they seat 8. Ours is a 2006 and I did notice that later years Consumer Reports started down-grading them a bit…so maybe the newer ones aren’tt .

  • 7. Great idea! I hope you share pictures!

    6. We do have a routine, but Miriam wakes up every half hour like clockwork and it’s driving us crazy. So no advice to share, but I will be reading everyone else’s comments in the hope of gleaning good advice!

    4. I can’t wait to hear what you get. We’ll probably get something 1-2 years from now and I was also thinking we should start researching that stuff!

    3. Will do!

  • joy

    Love the half-birthday idea!
    Bedtimes are tough, best suggestion is try and guess at what relaxes her (bath or books, or snuggle) and make that the cornerstone.
    Will pray for your husband’s job hunt.

  • Yay for half-birthdays! I love that Maggie’s 6-month day is just one day before Elise’s first birthday!

    We started a bedtime routine when Elise was 7 months (I’m sure we could have done it earlier…I was just too foolish to try). We gave her a bath at 7 (a relaxing one, she’d be in there for a good 15 minutes), let her play for a little while, read to her, and then I’d nurse her to sleep (you could substitute rocking or whatever lulls Maggie to sleep). This worked great until about a month ago. I think it’s just too hard for her to go to sleep when it’s still light out, plus she’s teething (which messes up everything). So now her bedtime is usually between 9:30-10, which is later than I’d like. Sigh. But I do advocate routines in general — having one helped us a lot!

    Seats up to 8 — love it!! ๐Ÿ˜€ We’re thinking our next vehicle will probably be some kind of minivan. We haven’t researched it yet, though.

    Your husband’s job hunt is in my prayers! I hope he finds a wonderful opportunity!

    And regarding #5 — I am so grateful for your courageous honesty. It really helps to know that I’m not the only one with a less-than-perfect past who is still trying to live the chaste life God wants me to!

  • I LOL’d at the Star Wars picture! Where do I find one of those?!?

  • Rae

    I actually thought about whether I really wanted to use the word “awesome” in my comment on your last post. And obviously I did. ๐Ÿ™‚ I think anything that inspires awe is awesome, since isn’t that the definition? Josh used to (teasingly) say that it was not correct to call another human adorable since we are to adore God alone, though of course we can venerate Saints.

    But I will say that a baby is adorable or something strikingly grace-filled is awesome, because I think it fits. I try not to overdo it, but I do think that your post was as awesome as a thunderstorm. So there, take that Mr. English professor! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • CM

    Well, clearly your professor had not seen that particular picture. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Colleen

    Minivans are expensive. They are gas guzzling beasts. They would be easier for carting around lots of baby stuff, but with only one baby, there are probably several options that are more economical. And since you like Honda, check out the Honda Fit which both the hubby and I have, and love. Its extremely versatile and has better rear leg room than the Ford Fiesta which was in Chris’s car line up two months ago (more leg room equals more time until Maggie can smack the driver’s seat with her feet). And you can fit just about anything into it (couch, wardrobe, bathroom vanity)

  • Laura

    Purple is the best color ever ๐Ÿ™‚

    The van in the pic looks cool

    I hadn’t seen the trailer, thanx, it looks AWESOME (choice of word completely unrelated to the teacher’s story) I think the movie will live up to the expectations