Thursday, July 5, 2012

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Monday, April 25, 2011

A Baby Sis!

OK so I know I haven't posted on here in a really really really really long time.  We've been busy, to say the least.  I wanted to take a few moments to let you all know that Caleb now has a baby sis.  She's absolutely precious.  :-)

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Long time no post

Ok so it has been forever since I've posted on here. Guess when I started the blog I thought I'd be keeping up with it more. Anyway I was trying to clear out my camera and remove old photos and videos and I came across this one. This was a little over a month ago. Friggen hilarious.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

A Year Ago Today (give or take)

Today is the first day of school for my alma matter. Roughly a year ago, on August 20th, I was preparing to head back to school myself. I was also newly married and worried about the possibility of being pregnant. I was feeling ill and irritable and anxious about the semester that lay ahead, my final semester of college. Look how far we've come in a year!

My baby boy is approaching his 6 month birthday. Holy moley. And my friends Mike and Kori are now married and living in a house that they bought in Huber Heights. And my friend Mallory's mother had her leg amputated but is still going strong. And Mallory graduated from college herself after going back for the second semester. And she lived in community and learned so much. And I started teaching piano, and doing more music subbing at church. I also got involved with a young mother's group called Moms and Tots at my church. And my husband and I have been through financial struggles but now he has a job that he loves and that pays well and we couldn't be happier.

It's interesting to look back and see how things can change in a year. It really is a beautiful life. :-)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

A little tough Love

My goodness..he's finally asleep. I can't tell you how much this child fights sleep during the day!

This morning he was with a babysitter for a couple of hours so I could play the piano at church, and he was good until the last little bit. Then he got fussy and wasn't eating and his diaper wasn't dirty. I knew he was probably tired but would he go to sleep? Not a chance. So I fed him when I got there (after calming him down) and put him in the car seat and we drove home. En route, he fell asleep. Success! Except wait, he doesn't stay asleep for long once we get home. Sure enough, 5 minutes upon entering our house, he was awake again. I thought "hey, he's drowsy, maybe I can just take him out of the seat and rock him and he'll zonk out again". I was having success. I sang to him, he was relaxing. He actually tucked his nose inside of my shirt (I'm wearing a button down) and seemed to be just taking in my mommy scent. It was a nice moment. Then I put him down on the couch (belly down) and *BAM* he was awake again. Seriously child...I was starting to get annoyed.

So I made myself some lunch and let him fuss in his swing a little bit. After lunch we changed his diaper and I played with him, got him to giggle a bit, and then I fed him again. Keep in mind it had only been about 2 hours since his last feeding. He's not having a growth spurt. I'm thinking he's going to need to start solids soon because mommy's milk just doesn't seem to be satisfying him. Either that or he's teething and mommy's boob is the only thing that feels good on his gums (I doubt this is the case).

So he started to fall asleep again during the feeding. Success! Right? Wrong! I put him down on his tummy again and *BAM* we have an awake baby. At this point my patience is running dry. He was crying intermittently and I knew he was tired, but he just would not go to sleep. So I left him on his belly on the little couch where he usually takes naps, and decided to vacuum the living room. That worked when he was a newborn. Not this time. He was more interested in looking at what the heck mommy was doing.

So I finished the vaccuming and said "well hey at least I have a clean floor" and decided that I was not going to let him stay awake when I knew how tired he was. So I got out my laptop and strapped on my "tough love" attitude. He layed there and looked around at things quietly for a while (it's amazing how far this kid can hold his head up...I thought for sure he would roll off the couch at one point) and then he started crying so loud. But I was determined. I wanted to scoop him up and love on him, but I knew. After somewhere between 5 and 10 minutes of crying, there was silence. I looked over at him and he was zonked. Crashed. Totally out. He cried himself to sleep.

Now I have mixed feelings about the "cry it out" method in general, but I have to say that this time it worked. And it was the only thing that worked. I knew he wasn't in pain, I knew that he knew I loved him...he just needed to let himself go to sleep. And I'm so glad that a little tough love paid off in the end. Now the question is: how long will he nap? Hopefully for a good 3-4 hours. This is his first nap today (and probably his only one). He's due for about that long. Times to cross our fingers and see what happens!

He slept until 6:30. Tough love works!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

There were 4 in the bed...

...and the little one said "Roll over!"

It's true. Our 4 month old is rolling over more consistently now. The problem is, he still does it in his crib at night. Last night he went to bed early (around 8:30) and at around 11:30 we heard this high pitched SHRILL scream. He had apparently tried to roll over but the crib bumper got in the way so he was stuck up on his side. The poor thing probably had no idea how he got there and no idea how to get back to where he started! He tries to roll over on his own during tummy time during the day and when he's really exerting effort he makes this cute little "grunt" noise. Then his head flops down and he takes a few quick puffs of air (it's exhausting work!) and gets right back at it. Before we know it he'll be a pro. Then he'll be sitting up, and crawling, and standing, and walking, oh my! Or maybe he'll go right to walking. Yes. My boy is gonna be a pro in the area of mobility. He already scoots around the crib like it's a racetrack and has been doing that for quite some time. Oh what I have to look forward to!