Thursday, May 19, 2016

Gideon 9 Month Update

Age: 9 months!

Phew!  I actually cannot believe how much this kid has grown in the last few weeks.  So many of his previously acquired skills have refined.  We already knew this but it's so apparent this month that this kid is SUPER sharp!  Whether it's learning how a toy works, finding something that I hid from him, or turning the page to a book--Gid is wicked smart.  

We have had our fair share of challenging days as this little one has a strong will.  He was appropriately named as Gideon means "strong warrior" and that describes this boy perfectly.  While his will power makes me crazy sometimes now, I pray daily that that energy will be channeled into incredible purpose for the Lord someday and in fighting for his faith, his future family, and whatever calling is on his life. 

I have touched on this a little in past posts, but Gideon is legitimately one of the funniest humans we know.  He loves to laugh, make others laugh, and has got a really developed sense of humor.  This is so fun and he absolutely gets that from his dad.  So, 9 months has been good to us.  Gideon blossoms more everyday with an unrelenting curiosity to learn and explore, this parenting thing is sanctifying us, and as always out hearts explode with thankfulness for Gideon being entrusted to us.

Weight: He goes to the doctor next week for his 9 month check up so I'll know exact numbers then but I would venture to guess 22-24 lbs

Length: I don't know!!  He is finally popping out of his sleep sack so now he just sleeps with a light blanket on him.  He is getting taller but I'll have to wait and see how tall he is next week.

Sizes (diapers, onesies):  Nothing new here.  The last few weeks I did downsize back to size 3 diapers again he had lengthened out at first without a big weight gain.  But he's in a growth spurt as we speak and now he's back in his size 4's comfortably. All his clothes are 12 months, 2-3T socks, a few 18 month onsies.

Eyes:  Blue still!!  Touching back on the humor I mentioned before, this kids eyes dance and sparkle with some fiery mischief!!  I love it.  Whether you're playing a trick on him, or he's keeping a toy from you, those blue eyes are full of trouble and it's so cute!!

Hair: His hair is still nice and red and of course getting longer every day.  It seems to be getting more curly each day which makes Ryan happy as he has curly hair when it grows out.

Sleeping: In general, sleep is a strength for Gideon but as he's growing it has been tough lately.  Usually he sleeps 7:00 pm- 10:00 pm then dream feeds and sleeps until 4:00 am, nurses at that time and then back to bed until 6:00 or 6:30 am.  But lately it has been more like waking up at 1:00 am, 3:15 am, 4:07 am, 5:55 am BAHHHH!!!! It's tough.

We don't believe in "cry-it-out" but we do have short timed intervals that we try use as we get him back to sleep.  During the day he takes two GREAT naps.  Usually for 1-1.5 hours each and that is an enormous blessing for this mama. 

Eating: First of all, whoever prayed that Gideon would eat other places...those prayers have been noticed and so impactful!!  This child has not nursed anywhere but his nursery for over 6 months.  But lately I have gotten him to eat at the pool, in the car, and in the church nursery WOO HOO!

He's been eating a lot of solids and getting so good at putting things right into his mouth.  He's really got a great pincer grasp and aim.  His newest foods are mac and cheese, zucchini, squash, cottage cheese, kiwi, french fries (parenting win!), pinto beans, pumpkin bars, and probably other things I'm forgetting.

Milestones:  He is not officially crawling but he's ridiculously close.  He is really mobile in all directions and can get where he wants to go by pulling, scooting, rolling, etc.  He has been trying to pull up on things lately and will get there soon I'm sure.

He is grasping that when something is hidden, it's not gone.  So if I hide a toy he wants to look for it under the blanket.  He is really good at mimicking and has a small sound vocabulary that is becoming more regular.  He mirrors our facial expressions and even some sounds.

Memorable outings:  I don't think we have gone anywhere particularly new but we have been to the pool a lot, the zoo several times, and a hike to Red Rocks again.  We have plans to camp next month so we are looking forward to that and maybe even an airplane ride to Texas for a vacation at our friend's lake house!

Favorite toys/activities:  He really likes playing "watches" as I call it. Ryan has several athletic watches and a dorky calculator watch that Gideon adores.  He will play with them for a long time.  If he can be propped up against something to stand he will happily do puzzles or sensory boards.  He really likes opening any kind of flap, turning book pages, playing trains at the library, splashing at the pool, group story time,  cousin time, and scooting aroud his room to find toys I sporadically place.

Words/sounds:  He makes some "ma-ma", "ah", "buh-buh", "da" and a few other noises.  He laughs so much of course and fusses very loudly to let us know when something displeases him.

Nicknames:  The newest one is Lou Bug.
Lou, Little Love, Giddy Con Queso (from daddy), Giddy Lou Who (from Aunt Linny), Giddy Puff (from Aunt Linny), Giddy Face (from Maggie), Giddy Pantz (from Maggie)
The usuals...Giddy Bear, Giddy Up, Gid, Giddy, Itty Giddy Titty Monster with the tiny hiney, G (from Uncle Clint), Mister, Man Cub

Funny moments: Gideon has taken to just pitching the toy he is holding really hard over his shoulder or to the side when he's done with it and it's hilarious.  He's like "I'm done now!" and just tosses it without a care in the world about who it will hit or where it will land.  Everyone also got a good laugh from him when he floated down the lazy river earlier this week.  He let me put him on his back while I cradled his hear and he literally just floated around and around the river.  He took the river very literally.

Looking forward to:  Crawling!  Standing!  Steps!  More solid foods!  And honestly just more summertime adventures.  There is os much to do in Denver that's free and kid friendly so I look forward to his ability to go longer without a nap and eat more solids as a way to get us out and about even more.  Every single day is a gift with him and the joy of spending my days with him is more than I could ever ask for.  I look forward to just soaking him up!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Heavy on the Giddy Pics

Tonight we are POOPED!!  Gid and I partied at the zoo this morning with Auntie Linny and cousin JJ and really enjoyed ourselves. Then this evening we hosted dinner for Ryan's co-worker, Alex, in on a business trip from the Dominican Republic.  We took him to Red Rock Ampitheatre to get him out of the city and into the gorgeous CO scenery.  

For the record, we made him bacon-egg-cheeseburgers and that felt very American.  

And then I felt bad for clogging his arteries.

Sooooo after all that fun we are chillin' on the couch this evening and definitely going to bed early.

I'm just dumping these pics because are dang adorable and sometimes a few swoony baby pics are all you need on a Wednesday night!  Hope the rest of your week is full of all good things :)

Yogurt face and a semi-crawler who scooched himself under the couch

We took a rainy walk on Monday and used our nifty Uppababy rain cover!  It was so cozy Gid fell right asleep

We went to the pool earlier this week with Grammy and of course swam hard and had sa blast.  The fountains and lazy river are always crowd favorites with us

That sweet gorilla is Charlie, who as it turns out, is a super softie and loves babies.  He was sad when we packed up and left him.

Maybe you saw this pic on Facebook but just zoom in on Gideon's face and be so blessed by it HAHAHA

Gorgeous spring time flowers.  This type of scenery never gets old

God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.
Hebrews 6:10

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Rest of Mother's Day & Recent Happenings

My photos uploaded backwards so Mother's Day pics are at the end.  But let's start here!

Gideon is SOOOO close to crawling.  He scoots backwards, forwards, sideways, he planks, does push-ups, sticks his butt up in the air...but just does not quite crawl.  He will be so utterly pleased with himself when he does and I will never be able to keep up with him again. 

He is such a big kid full of so much joy lately.  The last week or so of nights/sleep have been pretty tough as he's growing and definitely feeling two top teeth moving in.  During the day time he is mostly a content, curious little guy though. 

 It's a lot of work to grow into an almost 9 month old--WHAT?!?!

I tried to entice him to crawl with these colorful bowls.  He was enchanted by them but no crawling.

Left: Typical scene these days...a smiling, laughing baby who is on all fours. He purposefully rolls out of a seated position or pushes to get down from our arms so he can practice his skillz.  Right: Gideon and Daddy had a great time reading the other day.  I took a bunch of pics because literally Gideon was acting like we took him to Disneyland instead of letting him hold cardboard books haha

We had a weekend smashed full of good things.  Saturday we worked on landscaping project that's en enormous amount of work (always more than planned for).  We are removing this awful pea gravel  area and a bunch of weeds along our fence line to landscape in larger river rock.  

Ryan is killing this project with his manly muscles.  He took his shirt off  when he got hot and pronounced that he wanted to finish digging shirtless so the neighborhood could enjoy his "beach ready bod" HAHA!!! 

After all that we went to the pool for some family time.  This is definitely becoming one of our most enjoyed activities.  The kid pool was open today (last time a punk toddler pooped in it) so we got to play with fountains, turn knobs, let waterfalls stream on our hands and watch the big kids.

There were all these huge wheels that control different spouts/[pressures so in my curiosity I accidentally turned on a stream of water full blast in Gideon's face but he recovered and another mom only judged me the hardest I've ever been judged.

Then we came home and warmed up and played hard the rest of the evening.  We have been going to a new church in Genesee called Flatirons.  I've been to Flatirons in college so it wasn't totally new to me but as a family we are navigating it and I have to is the best!!  

It's the most welcoming, solid, honest church we've ever been to.  The pastors are hilarious but serious about truth and make ridiculous dry humor jokes so I immediately love them.  We joined the Greeting Team and are so grateful to be plugged into a church near by that's so legit.

Ok and the rest of Mother's Day!

These are the flowers that Ryan and Gideon got me from Ladybird Poppy.  I can't name a single flower in that bunch because they are each so exotic and unique.  It was a truly special gift.

Sunday afternoon we hosted Ryan's family and had so many cousins running around.  It's mass mayhem but Gideon is slowly getting used to it and I think he prefers to have so many kids his size around.  We made huge glass dishes of homemade chicken parmesan, made from scratch mac & cheese, and enjoyed time with everyone.

Gideon ate his first mac & cheese and LOVED it!  I'm happy to say he still favors vegetables but who knows how long that will last.

All the cousins.  If anyone knows how to get every child looking at the same camera with a semi-pleasant look on their face...share the secret with me!!

Uncle Ryan is a crowd favorite because one minute he'll be throwing you on the couch and covering you with cushions and the next he is playing guitar and wooing a room of children into clapping and dancing.  He's the best uncle.

So that was our Mother's Day event and our weekend.  At the end of every week I always look back and am unbelievably thankful for my husband, my son, my family, our friends, and this sweet life we get to live.  

However many years anyone may live,
    let them enjoy them all...
Ecclesiastes 11:8 

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Mother's Day Weekend So Far

Gideon is taking a looooong nap after being up approximately 78 times last night (he's teething and in a growth spurt) and a super exciting morning at the zoo.  He's exhausted!  So since it's raining, I have a big cup of coffee next to me and am getting to blog!

My dream afternoon.

Friday night, we babysat our favorite little Penny girl so her mom and dad could enjoy a concert at Red Rocks!  Gideon loves hosting his BFF Penny and I whisper to both of them all the time to get married someday.  

The four of us had dinner, went on a walk, gave the babies a long bath, and then bedtime for the littles.  Penny is literally such an easy baby girl and so nice to have over!

Saturday morning we got up and headed out to the Denver Zoo for Mother's Day with my side of the family.  It was a cool, overcast day and didn't rain until we were headed out!

There were so many animals out and about thanks to the calm, comfortable weather.  We saw them playing, running, eating, and of course snoozing.  And there is a brand new baby gorilla that WE DIED OVER!!!!!  This little baby was so cute.  Baby Whimsy (my new obsession in life) was nursing and getting her bottom patted to calm her.  It was absolutely astounding and mesmerizing to see the mama gorilla mothering her in such a familiar, human way.  WOW!

Giddy Lou has a great time with his grandparents and got to nap in his carrier and ride in his stroller like a big kid.  He had such a fun time!

Gramps, Gideon, and Grammy

Gid was all bundled up, nice and warm.  And he also got to sport Gramps' sunglasses for a bit :)

Ryan and I enjoyed getting to walk around and see all the animals.  And then we had a jumping contest.  The first time we tied but then he beat me by 2 feet the second time!

Finally, on the way home from the zoo Ryan arranged for us to pick up a bouquet of surprise flowers from my favorite florist, Ladybird Poppy.  She did the floral for our wedding and I absolutely love her vintage, unique, style.  

It was a sweet Mother's Day surprise and present.

So far we have had a fun weekend enjoying the zoo as a family, drinking coffee while it rains, and we still have more celebrations tomorrow!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Gideon Welcomes Spring

Spring time with a sweet little baby cakes is so much better this year!!  It is the highlight of our day to go on walks and talk about the trees and animals we see, listen to all the sounds, feel sun on baby toes, and enjoy the gorgeous weather!

This kid spits out his liquid Vitamin D supplement like it's his job so I have to expose him to some sunshine without sunscreen and a hat (my mama instincts are BLARING when his white legs are just sitting in the sun) but we only do 10 minutes or so once a day.

Just today we went on a long walk with Grammy and she made sure to take us to the most exciting park in all the land!  There were Gideon-sized swings and I think this kid has a found a new calling in life...swinging!!

His face says it all--this is the good life says Gid!!

On the walk home we found a an adorable little honor-system "library" off the walking trail/on the outskirts of someone's backyard.  So I traced Gideon's hand as his signature (ha!) to sign out the book and we will return it next time we are on that trail.  

We choose books with as many words as possible and the bigger, more complex the words--the better!!

Seriously, how creative are people?  This made our day.

Since the weather is so pleasant Ryan and I have been doing some landscaping out back this week.  We are pulling weeds, laying new mulch, and cleaning up the yard.  Gideon hangs with the doodles and does major work with his toys while we work.

Grumps the protector and Poppy the lover

Gideon has really been doing better with eating!!  Some days he just makes a mess and eats nothing but other days I find lots of things in his diaper later (TMI) so I know he's taking in more than I think.

Just to convince you to do Baby Led Weaning, this was an example of our dinner the other night.  We had a Mediterranean appetizer dinner (olives, cheese, artichoke hearts, fresh vegetables, hummus, etc) and I just gave Gid appropriate sizes of most everything.

He ate the olives (sliced-duh) and hummus first!  What almost 9 month old eats olives??

For breakfast he had cottage cheese, quartered blueberries, and cheerios.  And then his dinner was the appetizer dinner just like mom and dad.  My motto is lots of color and always fresh.

This child is so happy!  He is in a "mommy-stage" right now so we spend more time lately just cuddling on the couch and playing with puzzles or his kitchen.  He will literally lay across my lap so I will tickle his bare legs, play with his hair, and rub his belly HA!!  

Whatever it takes to get more cuddles!

We have a full weekend ahead celebrating MY FIRST MOTHER'S DAY!!!!  I am really thrilled.  We have the zoo with my family, church Sunday morning, a dinner with Ryan's side, and hopefully some special time as just a little family of 3 too.

Have a wonderful, blessed Mother's Day and I'll post pictures of our weekend soon.

 Stop trusting in mere humans, who have but a breath in their nostrils. Why hold them in esteem?
Isaiah 2:22

Monday, April 25, 2016

Baby Led Weaning & Other Crunchy Topics

We have been sick most of April and we are so over not feeling well!! Gideon had a fever/cough/sore throat/throw up/diarrhea etc for about 10 days.  He's mostly over it minus a terrible cough and congestion at night that flares up. 

Anyone else find that their baby's first sickness was their worst?  This thing is hanging on forever (which luckily my SIL, Anna, warned me it would so I could gird my loins over the insanity!)

I have had a cough, sore throat, sinus drainage, ear pain body aches for almost 2 full weeks and it's not looking like it's getting better.   I've tried to wipe it out naturally but sometimes you just need an antibiotic to kick something in the butt.

Oh and let's talk about know, the immune-compromised guy who lives with us? He has escaped with nay even a sniffle!!!!  How?!?!  I'm thankful for that, it's a pretty insane blessing.

Mama and Gideon playing with Easter basket toys from Grandma

On to granola-hippie topics...

Gideon has been rocking all sorts of natural, crunchy things in his life lately.  He's been teething and has the SHARPEST vampire-pointy-death-razors baby teeth in the world.  Let's just say we've been learning about discipline and gentleness at the tender age of 8 months old while nursing *ahem*

Anyway, I am obviously pro-Western medicine when the time is right.  Ryan is on Remicade every 8 weeks and it keeps his Crohn's in remission.  I gave Gideon baby Motrin and baby Tylenol to get down a raging fever last week.  There is a time and a place.

But on the whole I want us sticking to as natural as possible.  So it's been Hyland's teething tablets, an amber teething necklace, and chilled watermelon to help those sore gums out.  I highly recommend all three!

Also how delicious does this baby look in his bumGenius diaper??  This one is called "Armadillo" ha!  We buy cloth diapers from Cotton Babies and they don't know I exist but I LOVE the sales they have.  We bought a whole stash and Ryan found us a killer deal of colors that were being discontinued for like $12 a diaper or something insane.

I do like cloth diapering a whole lot.  When I have to buy a pack of disposable diapers I wait for a sale and try to have a coupon.  I love saving money and the eco-friendly side of cloth plus what baby doesn't look SO cute in them?

Red hair? Check!  Cloth diaper?  Check!  Teething necklace?  Check!  All of his mama's favorite baby accessories!!!

And finally, BABY LED WEANING!!  Hallelujah this is the best thing ever invented.  When I first started I was pretty scared he would choke and wasn't sure I would like it but just had to learn what to cut up, what I could be given to him in chunks to gnaw on and so on.  I did a lot of reading and research and learning from others who have done this method. 

Generally, this kid will put like a crumb or 1/16 of a teaspoon to his lips but I always see what I serve him out the other end in his diaper later so he must be eating more than I think.

Breakfast time is a favorite time around our house.  Messy but worth it.  We call the floor the "food land mine" when Gid is done eating

I try to get him fats, a fruit, and a veggie in at at every meal.  Mostly I just chop up whatever we are having or set aside components to our meal so he can chomp on that.  These are our go-to menus:

Buttered toast chunks and banana
Watermelon and oatmeal mixed with a little coconut oil
Egg yolk (scrambled or hard boiled) and quartered blueberries 
Whole milk yogurt, sliced grapes and cheerios

Asparagus stalks, applesauce and shredded white meat chicken
Green beans, hummus spread on pita bread, shredded cheddar, and an apple slice
Whole wheat pasta tossed with olive oil, peaches and chopped broccoli
Red bell pepper, sliced olives and chunks of pear

Literally whatever we are having, so special prep or extra cooking!
If we are having black bean burgers I just dice it up.  If we are having stir fry I just scoop a spoonful onto his highchair tray.  If nothing is terribly kid friendly then I'll just give him some version of a lunch menu above because it's normally prepped in the fridge anyway

He has such a blast exploring all these foods in their natural textures and colors plus no extra work for me!

So these are all of the fun "natural" things we have been trying out lately.  They work for us and make life a whole lot easier.  It's fun to share things here on the blog-comment to let me know if you have something natural you like and recommend!  I love getting more ideas.  

Have a good week :)

The heavens are Yours, the earth is Yours; The world and all it contains, You have founded them

Psalm 89:11

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Babies, Dates, & Yoga

We've lived in Colorado forever and Ryan and I are both natives...yet somehow we always forget that April is super snowy and then we get mad about it.  HA!  The problem is that we love summer and fall and really spend a lot of time outside.

Ryan plays frisbee, we walk every single day, we bike to movie in the park, pack picnic dinners, camp, hike, and rock climb.  So when it's raining and snowing all month it's such a bummer.

I will just be thankful that this wetness will help my garden grow and hopefully revive my very pathetic looking berry bushes out in my garden beds.

Anyway, April happenings and an update!

Thanks to Aunt Linny, Uncle Justin and cousin JJ for keeping Gideon for a few hours so we could have a date night.  Our romantic setting of choice was the sketchiest Pho restaurant on Colfax but seriously it's the most authentic Vietnamese Pho you will ever have!!

We talked life and future, caught up with one another and mostly just enjoyed not have a squirmy baby to juggle while we sipped hot soup.

THIS KID!!!!!!!  He is so scrum-diddily-umptious.  He's such a big boy with a voice, opinions, preferences, belly laughs for days, and some serious 8 month old will power.  I love every part of him and that we get to know him more each day.

Nothing makes Gideon happier than a sock or wearing a majorly hipster baby outfit

We had the great privilege of watching our favorite little Penny Pie last week while her mama rested after a lot of consecutive night shifts.  Penny and Gideon had a glorious time playing, rolling on the carpet, and hallelujah--napping simultaneously!!!  

They are BFF's for life.   And Ryan and I sincerely hope they decide to get married in about 25 years.

These two are two peas in a pod!  I often find Gideon in his carrier on Ryan.  They work in the garage together, do chores, go on walks, or accomplish whatever needs to happen.  The new Ergo 360 is pretty much a necessity for parents in my opinion.  

We just discussed last night as we walked with Gideon in the carrier on Ryan that it's such a millennial dad trend to baby-wear.  I LOVE that my hubs is secure enough in his masculinity to baby-wear and Gideon is happier on him than any place else.

Ryan's work, Healing Waters, hosted a Get Out Give Water fitness event as part of an effort to help end the global water crisis.  The yoga class was at Red Rocks Ampitheatre which was the most stunning place in the world to participate in yoga for a good cause.

My friend Caitlin, who I have been friends with for more than 14 years joined me.  Love her, the cause, the class, and the scenery!

Some starting balancing poses that ended up kicking my butt!

A family shot with all that beauty in the background!

A lot of our days are spent learning and exploring the world around us.  Gideon is standing and balancing when I prop him against something, figures out how everything works, and just enjoys being a curious baby with everything in the world to learn.

We went to baby story time at the library this week and really enjoyed connecting with new friends and the social aspect.  I really was aware of how intentional you have to be to say hello to the mamas and try to connect with them. It's easy to just chat about the babies or focus on your own little one at events like this but we need to engage our brains and encourage one another to be known and appreciated outside of our roles as mama's also.  

We hope you have a week full of goodness and rest and soaking up any nice weather that comes your way.  I know that's what we will be doing!  

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
Isaiah 61:1


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