Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Together:




I really like these two together. 

Monday, February 27, 2012

High/Low:

High:
- Eating breakfast for dinner with some favorite friends
- Grooveshark.com
- Breakfast in bed while watching Man vs. Wild with Doug and Henry

Low:
- Finding my favorite bottle of (expensive) baby soap tipped (or tumped, as some might say) over in the cabinet. Then realizing that more than half of it has soaked into the cabinet instead of soaking into my sweet boys skin.
- Stepping in dog slobber
- Baby coughs


Friday, February 24, 2012

This Past Week We [Family Edition] :



- We spent several days soaking up family time. Doug's brother and wife live in California and his sister and her husband live in Virginia. We don't get to see each other very often so every time we are all together it is such a treat. This time was even more special with two baby boys and one baby on the way.
- Had sibling date night with their cousin and her husband. Enjoyed playing arcade games together and listening to the waitress talk about how much Doug and Greg resemble each other.
- Watched old family movies and thumbed through old photo albums. [They inspire me to do a good job of documenting our family life].
- Enjoyed lazy mornings, conversations around the breakfast table, and some family favorite food.
- Took turns passing and holding the babies.
- Two different evenings full of extended family. Loved watching Grandpa feed Henry and rock him to sleep.
- Girls shopping trip and lunch out while the boys stayed home and watched the babies
- Laughed. a lot. [as usual]
- So so blessed by such wonderful moments together.It is hard having family spread all across the country but it does make you so much more grateful for the times together.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

3 months:



Sleeps like a champion [11:00pm to 8:00 am]
Eats like a champion [Every three hours]
Smiles easily 
Very talkative
Likes to look in mirrors, play with his toy birds, and have his head rubbed 
Started sleeping in his own room 
Met Uncle Greg, Aunt Beth, Aunt Jeanette, Uncle Brad, and cousin Anson for the first time



Friday, February 17, 2012

This Past Week We:



1. Had our first semi-significant snow fall of the year. It was only about 2 inches, but it was still pretty. I need to prepare myself for that to be it for the winter. It is no where close to the 22 inches we got last winter.
2. Doug and some other staff went to his old elementary school and did a skit for one of their assemblies. The principle told all the students that Doug was once one of her students many many years ago.
3. Enjoyed Februany at Subway. [Worst marketing campaign ever?]
4. Finally finished season 1 of Downton Abbey
5. Had a light bulb changing party. This house has a ton of lights and they all seem to have different bulbs.
6. Made Lemony Olive Oil Banana Bread . It tasted much better the next day. And I might leave off the icing next time.
7. Had fancy cheese and crackers for snack
8. Filed our taxes
9. Henry started to taking naps [like a champ] in his crib.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Velvety Chocolate Pudding:


This was the perfect Valentines Day dessert. It is incredibly rich and we were only able to eat about a fourth of the cup. Good thing it stayed fresh for us to enjoy it again with our dinner last night. I had never made real pudding before and for some reason I always thought it was going to be really difficult. I get nervous when heating milk and eggs are involved. I am glad to say it was not difficult at all. You just have to keep stirring.

Velvety Chocolate Pudding
from. Mad Hungry

3 1/2 tablespoons all purpose flour
3 tablespoons best quality cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
Hefty pinch of coarse salt
1 1/2 cups milk
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 large egg, well beaten
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Whipped cream, for garnishing (optional)

1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, coca powder, sugar, and salt. Press through a sieve into a medium saucepan to eliminate any lumps. Whisk in milk.

2.Over medium heat, stir the mixture until thickened, about 2 1/2 minutes. Be sure to get the spoon around the edges of the pan as the mixture thickens. Whisk if needed to combine well. Stir in butter.

3. Whisk 1 tablespoon of the hot chocolate mix into the beaten egg and return to the pudding in the pan. Stir in the vanilla and cook to completely thicken, 2 to 3 minutes. Strain through a sieve and pour the pudding into four to six pudding cups. Serve warm, or cool first and chill until serving. Press plastic wrap directly on the surface of the pudding to prevent it from forming a skin. Top with a dollop of whipped cream if desired.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Our Valentines Day 2012:



Included:
- a heart garland with sweet words
- a back supporter and Life Bob Dylan issue for Doug, a massage and more sweet words for Danae, and Brown Bear Brown Bear book for Henry.
- a fancy at home dinner...oven fried chicken, creamy garlic mashed potatoes, roasted asparagus, and homemade velvety chocolate pudding
- and we watched Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Monday, February 13, 2012

The Weekend:


Doug works a lot. The majority of the weekends in a year you will find him working and serving the guests that are here. He loves what he does and I love that he is fulfilled and so good at his job. It is such a satisfying thing. Now that we have a child in the picture we are talking through what our family times will look like and the balance between work and family life. His boss is doing an excellent job at making sure that Doug has enough time at home. This past weekend his boss made him take the whole weekend off. And it was pretty perfect.

We slept in, drank lots of coffee, went to some dirt bike stores, ate lunch at Jimmy John's, had friends over and ate gourmet cupcakes all the way from New York City, went to church, ate lunch with our shepherd group from church, attempted to take a nap but baby boy did not want to cooperate, snuggled on the couch,  watched the Grammy's, and attended a surprise dance birthday party. 

Friday, February 10, 2012

This Past Week We:



- Drove to small town Arkansas and fulfilled one of Doug's long time dreams...we bought a dirt bike. Doug rode dirt bikes as a kid and has wanted to own another one since. Especially since we have lived at camp. His commute to work just got more fun.
- Doug spent three days in Roach, MO. Sounds fun, huh?
- Made chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies, again. [I can't stop making them]
- Our friend Molly came for a visit. She saw the house and met the babe.
- Skyped with Baby A.J. [and his parents Brad and Jeanette]
- Had a Mexican dinner date [beef enchiladas and tacos]
- Henry slept in his crib for the first time.
- Watched a girl movie and ate too much popcorn with friends
- Bought some sweet vintage wranglers for when Henry is a toddler
- Watched the first half of the Super Bowl in the conference center with the staff and the second half in our living room with our little family

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Home Alone:


Doug went out of town for three days for a camp conference. This was the longest we have been alone without him. We took lots of pictures together and sent them to him. We ran a different errand each day (to help pass the time). I watched shows and movies that I knew Doug would not want to watch. And last night we had a girls movie night at our neighbor's house. We watched Crazy Stupid Love and really liked it. Henry got passed around to all the ladies.

I also have a hard time eating actual meals when Doug is not home. I am not entirely sure why. I ate frozen meals and green smoothies. I also drove through two fast food restaurants for meals. I guess I lose motivation to actually cook when I would be the only one eating it. We are pretty excited to have Doug back home today.


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Family Photos:



Doug does not like taking pictures [In fact, his mother would tell you as a young child Doug would cry every time they tried to take his picture. There are pictures of him as a toddler with huge tears rolling down his cheeks.] He is always so good to cooperate and take pictures any time that I ask. He smiled perfectly the whole time and then this happened. Life is fun and interesting with Doug in the picture.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Becoming a Mom:


I remember vividly the first few weeks of Henry's life. I felt tired,sore,and extremely overwhelmed. I would dread the evenings knowing that night was coming and that I would have to get up during the night to feed. There were lots of tears and screams. Another mom told me that her babies got a lot happier around 6 weeks and at that time I thought three weeks was so far away. I wondered how anyone with babies were able to do anything outside of their house.Doug lovingly encouraged and helped and reminded me that it would get easier.

What also made it so hard those first few weeks at home was the fact that it honestly took a while for the mother/child connection and bond to set in. I have always loved Henry, but it has taken me a lot longer to know him and to really really love him. My labor was incredibly long and tiring (both emotionally and physically) and due to some complications, I was only able to hold him for a few minutes right after he was born. In his first week of life I only held him for a few hours total and spent a lot of time fighting tubes and cords to try to hold him in my arms.I think it was also so hard because this was my first time doing this. I had never had a baby before. I had never had the experience of having a baby and then getting to snuggle and cuddle together from the beginning moments of his life. I had never experienced a "normal" birth.

It is so good for me to realize this now. I felt like a bad mother because I did not have that immediate overwhelming love and connection with my baby that I had heard so many women talk about. The first time I held him is a blur. The main feeling I felt was relief...my baby was finally here. I think in our story it is totally understandable and normal that the bonding would take a little longer. We had missed many of those  moments in that first week. We had to make up for lost time once we did get home. We have since bonded and connected, it has just taken us longer than I had expected.

I have been amazed at how my relationship with Henry has changed over the past month. He knows me and wants to be with me. I know him and I want to be with him. I feel so much more confident as his mother. And I might even miss him when we are driving in the car for a long time and I don't see or hold him for a few hours. I am thankful and blessed to be his mom. I am also so glad that it has indeed gotten easier. We sleep more, we play together, we go out in public, and our life as a family of three is moving forward. I feel more like his mom now because I get teary eyed just thinking about our story, our love, and our bond. I love being Henry's mom.







Thursday, February 2, 2012

Happy Birthday, Doug!


Today is Doug's birthday. We already started the celebration with sloppy joes for dinner last night and pigs-in-a-blanket for breakfast. [One of the "pigs" rolled out of its "blanket" on the pan...Doug looked at it and said "that pig must have gotten hot. It rolled right out of his blanket". He really does make me laugh everyday.] Tonight we will continue to celebrate with buffalo wings and chocolate chip cookies. I think eating favorite foods is the perfect way to celebrate a birthday.

I think you all know this already, but I really love Doug. Like a whole whole lot. He is so sweet to me even if I am being selfish and needy. Watching him love our son is incredibly encouraging. He works so hard to provide for our family and I know that he always will. He is also funny and super good looking. I mean seriously, just look at him. I am so glad I get to share my life with him. He sure does make life more fun and wonderful.