Monday, March 31, 2014

Family Adventures:









We went on a family adventure last night to have a picnic in the park. We got sandwiches with a gift card [thanks to Grandma Karen] and headed to the local park. We walked to go see the ducks, crossed the incredibly nerve wrecking bridge if you have toddlers that like to lean over the poles, and then sat on a bench and watched Henry play on the playground. When did he get big enough to play by himself? Henry still has a hard time when fun ends, so in order to get him to leave the park without a meltdown he asked Doug to go down the slide two times. It worked! No meltdown fits. That is a huge family adventure success, my friends.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Four Months:



You...
- weigh 16 pounds and are 26.5 inches long
- continue to smile big and bright during most of the day. You give smiles easily.
- you laugh when we change your shirt, when we kiss your face, and when we play peek-a-boo
- you are going to bed around 8 and then you have a dream feed around 10 and then you sleep until around 6 in the morning.
- eat every three hours still and getting bigger by the day.
- love when Henry talks to you. He loves to come find you throughout the day and check on you and talk to you. You two have a sweet relationship already.
- moved into your crib in your room this month!
- are trying to figure out rolling over. You get pretty close but then just stop. Maybe next month!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

In Henry's Words:


"Mama, take picture of Henry riding my horse. I say cheese"


"Football Henry. Touchdown"

"Henry are astronaut" 


H went inside and got a pair of socks and asked me to put on his 'gloves':
 " I have to ride my motorcycle" 


While watching diggers out the window:
"When I get bigger I going to drive digger. And get dirt."


While working on our ABC's:
 "lemon o?" [followed by lots of laughs]


"I build big tower. Careful. Careful, tower"


"Need hands in pocket, mom" 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Lately:






Life has been crazy. Full of good and hard things. Happy and sad moments. Some really awesome naps and some really horrible nights of sleep. Days where everything clicked and days where we are fighting and struggling through each hour. You know, the usual for a family with a toddler and a baby in the house. [And please enjoy the very random assortment of pictures I found on our camera]

- We grieved the loss of our sweet nephew, Elijah Clark. He was born at 28 weeks without any kidneys. His eight hour life was pretty special and the week surrounding that time was also so special. My parents and sisters were all together for a few days. It was a sweet time and through it all I love seeing God's love and faithfulness. He is so good.

- Then I was in a car wreck and totaled our car. A lady just pulled right out in front of me on the highway. I was just fine, thankfully. And now we are driving around a sweet mini-van. Thanks to insurance money, a husband that looks for the absolute best deal, and some tax money we are now driving the nicest (most pimpin' as Doug calls it) gold minivan. We said we never wanted to drive a gold van..so of course the one we found was gold. But really, it is a huge blessing and I am overwhelmed again at God's love and faithfulness. In big things like keeping me safe and well during a crazy wreck and small things like finding a van with automatic sliding doors and leather seats that make my life as a mom so much easier.

- We have had play dates with cousin Anson, friends Libby and Sam, and buddy Watson.

- We took a trip up to Joplin, MO for a food show. Doug was kind and let us tag along for the night. It was fun to get away for just a little bit and we enjoyed Target and Starbucks. Anywhere with those two places are better than our current town in my book.

- I attempted to attend a wedding of dear friend, Erin. Hanna and I started the trek down to Conway, AR but thanks to crazy crazy bumper to bumper traffic. We never made it. Saddest day ever. We stopped in Russelville and ate sub sandwiches together and then turned around and came home. We would have missed the whole wedding. It is sad and frustrating but I did enjoy the car/talk time with Hanna. She is a good one.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Cute Naked Baby Pictures and some Thoughts:


There is just something about a naked baby. This one in particular is especially adorable.

We have been a family of four for three months now. When thinking about adding another child to our family I was nervous about being out in public alone with the two of them. I was nervous about not sleeping, ever. I was nervous about breastfeeding again. I was nervous about labor and delivery since Henry's was rather traumatic for all of us. I was nervous that the new baby would scream and scream and scream. I was nervous that I would not be able to do it.

Looking over these worries is good for my heart and soul. I see the Lord's hand in our family. I see his faithfulness in knowing exactly what our family needed.  I see how you really do just do what needs to be done and you look back and realize that you made it through another day. I know now that your heart is capable of doubling in size when you add another child. And I see that yes there are hard things, babies/toddlers/children are hard, but they are so so worth the work, energy, patience, and time.

I am also challenged to not worry. To find peace and comfort in knowing that worrying will get me nowhere (except more worried!) and that we serve a good God who loves and cares for his children deeply and in beautiful ways.