Monday, December 27, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Dearest Savannah...you're 4 months old! I am sooo thankful for you. You are such a little charmer! At your doctor's appointment, you weighed in at 16lbs 10oz and were 26 1/4 inches long, both being in the 95th percentile. Way to grow girl! You have rolled from back to front but don't do it often. You can spend more time on your tummy and then you will roll front to back. You sleep thru the night about half of the time, so content in your pack'n'play. We haven't yet moved you to your room, but that will be coming soon, I think. You are growing out of your 6 month clothes and already have been wearing size 3 diapers for awhile now. You still have no hair. You love playing on your playmat and grabbing the hanging animals. You love your hands and your feet. You're not too much into toys, but you will grab the O Ball and suck on it. Your fave form of entertainment is your brother. You still love baths and have no stranger anxiety. You are starting to pull yourself up to sit from being propped on the couch. You LOVE your daddy and can spot him all the way across the room. I love you baby girl!
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Jackon is obsessed with the Bible. Praise the Lord! He has two of the same, "The Baby Bible Storybook for Boys," they are blue, and each page is a brief synopsis of a Bible story with a fun illustration to go with it. One is an older edition with slightly out of date pictures and a kitty cat placed strategically in random scenes, like in the manger of Jesus, who knew? The other is the newer edition, but it has packing tape all over it because of how many times it has been broken from overuse and slightly too enthusiastic page-turning. He also has an ABC Bible Verse Book that features great pictures of kids doing the right thing, like sharing, reading the Bible, eating their veggies, etc. Jackson's fave page is the one of the little boy reading the Bible under his covers during a thunderstorm; Jackson likes the picture of the lightning. And Jackson also likes to "steal" mine and JW's mini paperback Bible, just to hold it. One morning, he asked me to read it to him, and I tried to convince him that it wouldn't be as interesting as his story Bibles, but he wouldn't be convinced, so I started reading out of Proverbs. When I tried to stop, even though he seemed not to be paying any attention to me, he immediately asked me to keep going. I think God was trying to tell me something! There is a mini Gideon bible that he has slept with. And when he won't go to sleep at night, it's usually because he is reading his bible to himself aloud. How can I argue with that?
The title of this post is in reference to the last page of his bible storybook. There is a picture of Jesus surrounded by all the children, and this verse. One morning, Jackson started saying, "hinder them." I thought he was saying "hit 'em," because he says that a lot. But then he pointed to the page, and I realized what he was saying. How cute! He's learning the Scriptures already, praise God!
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Jackson is asleep right now, on an air mattress in his room, with the light on, surrounded by books. He was reading to himself up there for about an hour out of his toddler bible. How can I get mad about that? Praise God for him. Bedtime isn't so bad, he eventually falls asleep, and sleeps in pretty well after some early morning awakenings. Naps are a different story, as in, nonexistent. The other day, he did sleep, but he had climbed underneath his gate (it was raised so he wouldn't climb OVER it) and fell asleep on the floor just outside his room. WHY? Yesterday, I took him for a run and he fell asleep in the stroller, and he stayed asleep for awhile after we parked it inside the house. Without a nap, the little guy struggles, and we grapple for patience. I pray that eventually he will regain the all precious nap. I took it for granted before that he went down so easily.
Savannah has been sleeping most of the day today. She finally will take the bottle, which is an answer to prayer, and she sleeps AWESOME at night. Although we'll probably have an all-nighter tonight since she slept all day. With babies and toddlers, things NEVER stay the same, so never get comfortable. I'm trying to enjoy each and every moment, however, because I know when they're older, I'll be wishing for the "simpler" days of today. If only I remember how hard these days were too... Live for today!
Well, wish me luck tomorrow, I'm off to save lives, I hope...
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Jackson has decided not to sleep any more, which has been very discouraging. We've tried many different approaches to this problem, but we're back to the old Ferber method, letting him cry in his room. Thankfully, since we've been on board with this approach, it has been a lot better, and he's actually sleeping in the chair in his room. Wierd, I know, but at least he's sleeping in his room, right? Who knows, this parenting thing is very confusing.
Before Denver, my sis came to visit us for a week, which was a great time. It was such a blessing being able to spend some QT with her. There's nothing like sisters.
So now we're all at home together as a family again, preparing for this Friday, when I go back to work. AHHHHH! I pray for everything to work itself out, and I know that it will.
Savannah, you are 2 MONTHS OLD! The time has flown by so fast. I have really enjoyed these last 10 weeks at home with you. You have changed so much since we first brought you home. You don't spit up as much, you are content to sit in your swing, in your bouncer, or on your playmat. You actually are sleeping thru the night, from about 11pm to 5am, in your Pack'n'Play, which has been a HUGE blessing. You LOVE to nurse, and you hate the bottle; that will have to change soon. You smile all the time, and you love to hold conversations with me, cooing and making the most precious sounds to my ears. You think your brother is hilarious, and you smile at him when he comes over. You are a good traveller and have already had your first airplane trip across the country! At your 2 month check-up, you weighed 12 lbs 12 oz and measured 23.5 inches long, both in the 90th percentile. You are just about to sneak into 6 month sized clothes, since the 3 month clothes are a bit snug on you. We love you so much, and you are such a blessing to our family.
Monday, September 20, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Weight: 10lbs 7oz (80th percentile)
Height: 22 inches (90th percentile)
She is very healthy and very strong; she's starting to lift up her head on her own a lot.
After the appointment, the family had a visit at "Come Grow With Us" preschool, and we loved it. We enrolled Jackson there for the fall; he loved it too. I think it will be great to expose him to other kids and have someone besides Mommy and Daddy reinforce social skills and other learning issues to him. I feel confident in his intelligence, and I'm excited to have him show the teacher how well he knows his alphabet and letter sounds. He's even starting to draw on a MagnaDoodle, and I've seen a few squiggles and circles, a step up from straight lines. Jackson is doing much more imaginative play, and he's having conversations with himself. It's really funny when you stop and listen. His latest infatuation is with the timer that I use for his time-outs. They are working though; he actually understands what he is there for and says he is sorry. Thanks, Supernanny!
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
I took advantage of Savannah sleeping to get J dressed and change his (then) poopy diaper. But then I had to shower. I didn't wanted to leave J with Savannah unsupervised because he has been known to try to pick her up (he can do it, too). So I kept him in the bathroom with me, constantly talking with him to verify his presence, while Savannah, who had then woken up, was screaming in her bassinet. Sigh. Somehow, I managed to get us all in the car on time, and we made it to the zoo. From there, it was a breeze.
Savannah slept in either the carseat or the sling the entire two hours we were there, and J actually listened to me all day today. I rewarded us both with a trip to Starbucks afterwards. (Okay, it mostly for my benefit). So all in all the day ended up going really well, but I can definitely see the challenges having 2 little ones will present. We'll see what tomorrow brings, since JW has camp again. Maybe I'll try a trip to Barnes and Noble...
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Savannah and I went to my work yesterday to see my coworkers and introduce her. It was great to see everyone again, but I did NOT miss the stack of paperwork on my desk (thankfully, it belonged to someone else.) Savannah nursed most of the day yesterday, I had to pull the old nursing in the sling trick again, which thankfully worked, since we had company for dinner, and I really wanted to join everyone at the table. Today, I pumped for the first time, only 2 oz, but we're going to try the bottle today to see how she does. I hope it works!
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Meanwhile, Jackson is just thriving. He is so adorable lately, I just swell with pride for him. His fave thing to do right now is play basketball in the basement with his Daddy. He shouts, "Labron James for 2!" "Kobe Bryant" "MJ" "Raining Buckets!" It's hilarious. He can entertain himself for hours, literally. It's great, because my scrapbook table is downstairs, so I can watch him with Savannah in the sling and scrap away. He can sing "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" all the way through, "I'm a Little Teapot," and the alphabet. He knows practically all of his letter sounds, thanks to some videos and tapes that we have to use as aids. He plays very well independently now, lining up his cars and making them talk to each other, like "Hi, I'm Mader." He can jump with 2 feet and LOVES to climb on things. He still has no interest in potty training, though we're planning on stepping things into high gear soon in hopes to get him into preschool in the fall.
I have my hands full, but I love it, and I'm cherishing this time off work to enjoy being a mommy.
Friday, August 6, 2010
Jackson was adorable today, too. We started playing "Simon Says" with him to try to get him to pick up his toys, and today, he played by himself and picked up the entire room! We were so proud of him that we gave him a toy. He was happy. :) He also helped me make Fiber One Apple Cinnamon muffins for breakfast; he poured the water in the bowl and the entire egg (shell and all) into the mix as well--I hadn't yet shown him how to crack the egg. I love my kiddos!
Thursday, August 5, 2010
Well, it's been awhile since my last posting, but I had a good excuse...she's finally here! On Sunday July 25th, only 6 days late, little baby Savannah Grace made her arrival into the world at 11:18am after only 4 hours of labor. The ordeal was painful but quick, and WELL worth it after seeing our little bundle of joy in our arms. She is so sweet, and I've taken to calling her "sweet pea." One of my favorite things about having a little girl is being able to dress her in so many different adorable outfits. She has a little problem with spitting up...it's more like projectile vomiting or a geyser erupting...but the bonus is many clothing changes throughout the day and night, for both mom AND baby.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Psalm 5:3 "In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation."
Psalm 27:13 "Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD."
Psalm 40:1 "I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry."
Psalm 130:5 "I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope."
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
I am feeling contractions off and on, but nothing painful, so I don't think you are quite ready to make an appearance. Thank goodness for air conditioning in this July heat, that's all I have to say!
We can't wait to meet you and give you a name. Our considerations are:
Maybe you'll tell us which one you prefer. :) Jackson likes Taylor and Savannah. We'll see you soon, baby!
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
I'm really cherishing every moment with Jackson right now. He's so adorable. Still sleeping in his big boy bed without a problem. Enjoying rough-housing with Daddy more now. Still loves John Deere. Today, I said "Uh-uh," and he replied, "Yuh-huh!" How did he know to say that? He copies me a lot. I'm trying not to say "crap" anymore because I know he will start using that too.
Here are some pics:
Thursday, July 1, 2010
- He usually loves to play with his many cars, and every night he picks one or two to go to sleep with. (No soft and cuddly lovey for our boy!)
- He is finally sleeping in his big boy bed regularly, and he no longer gets out, thanks to our new video monitor (which saves me steps) and a sticker reward system--it works!
- He spends a lot of time outside, either at the playground, where we are blessed to have a live construction site complete with working vehicles; also in our sandbox or on the driveway coloring with chalk.
- Today, I was trying to teach him to say "Excuse me" after he burps, and he then proceeded to make himself fake burp. It was hilarious. I didn't think they did that stuff until they were older!
- He loves playing in the tub, mostly just pouring water from one container to another, but he HATES getting washed.
- He loves being "nudie" and he will ask to "run away."
- He still loves his paci (I actually bought him a new one about 2 months ago because the old one was so worn that pieces of silicone were coming off in his mouth!)
- He still listens to lullabies at night.
- He goes to bed at 8pm and wakes up between 5-6:30a.m. (Yawn!)
- He loves to eat fruit, and will eat it all day if he can. He also loves chicken nuggets, meatballs, and mac and cheese. Ventures to what we have been eating have not been super successful thus far.
- He loves calling me names that are NOT my name, like "ma-muck," "ma-meek," etc.
- He loves reading books still, and will read the same ones over and over.
- Every morning he will watch about an hour of video--John Deere, Bob the Builder, or Leap Frog. No commercial TV yet.
Just wanted to remind myself of the cute stuff he is doing. It's easy to get distracted with #2 on the way, but my #1 is super cool and getting so big! What a good big brother he will make!
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
But of course, he was most excited to sit on a silly lime green no-name lawn mower tractor. Oh well. As long as he's happy! Notice all the John Deeres in the background...
Today, we went to the playground, and there was a digger and a skidsteer, both which Jackson was SO excited to be around. So I snapped some cute pictures:
Baby girl flipped over the weekend, but I just got back from grocery shopping and she flipped back to breech again. Bummer. I even went to the chiropractor today, which actually was helpful, because apparently my right SI joint was so out of alignment that my right leg was 1/2 inch shorter than my left! No wonder I was having trouble walking! Keep praying!